Interview

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Murphy’s Law: INXS manager on ‘band to brand’ and the music industry in 2019

Chris Murphy managed INXS from 1979-1995 before returning in 2009 with a self-proclaimed desire to re-energise the interest in the group by turning the band into a brand.

2017 saw the acclaimed Kick 30 reissue – featuring a Dolby Atmos surround mix by Giles Martin – hit the shops and this year has seen the release of Mystify: A Musical Journey With Michael Hutchence (a wonderful companion to the Mystify documentary) and a restored version of the Live Baby Live concert film which is receiving a theatrical run in the UK at the moment. The newly remixed soundtrack is out today.

We caught up with the Australian music entrepreneur in the summer to discuss these projects and found a very driven individual and a canny operator and someone candid about what he does and doesn’t like about the music industry. “I’m not here to make money in life, I love doing the things I’m passionate about,” he tells SDE…
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News

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Pet Shop Boys / new album ‘Hotspot’

The Pet Shop Boys‘ new album will be called Hotspot and is due at the end of January next year.
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Deals

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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

The Moody Blues / In Search of the Lost Chord 5-disc box – £22 £39


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News

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a-ha / Take On Me blue vinyl 7″

a-ha‘s debut single ‘Take On Me’ has been reissued as a limited edition blue vinyl seven-inch single to coincide with the band’s Hunting High and Low tour and to tie in with the launch of a new documentary The Making Of… Take On Me.
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News

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Andy MacKay & Phil Manzanera / Roxymphony CD+DVD deluxe edition

Orchestral re-imaginings of Roxy classics • Signed exclusively for SDE  Update 13 Nov: DVD will now be NTSC region 0

This December Roxy Music legends Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera will release Roxymphony, a special CD+DVD deluxe bookset that features live recordings (and video) from a one-of concert on London’s Southbank in November 2018.
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News

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Supergrass / The Strange Ones 1994-2008 career-spanning super deluxe box

12″ box set containing vinyl records & CDs • Six hours of unreleased audio

Supergrass‘ career-spanning box set The Strange Ones 1994-2008 is now more widely available for pre-order.
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News

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Goldfrapp’s Felt Mountain to be toured and reissued in 2020

English electronic music duo Goldfrapp‘s debut album Felt Mountain will be reissued late next year, after the album is toured in the spring of 2020.
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News

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Out This Week / on 15 November 2019

David Bowie / Conversation Piece box


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Features

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Saturday Deluxe / 9 November 2019

New George Michael song released

With much fanfare (cue an oh-so-predictable premiere on the Zoe Ball breakfast show) a new George Michael song was unveiled on Thursday. ‘This Is How (We Want You To Get High)’ features on the soundtrack to the new Emma Thompson-penned romantic comedy Last Christmas. The film features a character obsessed with George’s music (Emilia Clarke’s Kate) and features Wham! and GM songs throughout.
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News

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Pop Group / ‘y’ definitive edition

Bristol band The Pop Group‘s 1979 debut album ‘y’ is being reissued as a multi-disc deluxe vinyl and CD packages.
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Features

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The Hits Album versus Now 4

In celebration of ‘Now 4’ arriving in full on CD, SDE explores the pop compilation battle to rule them all. It’s late ’84 and that pocket money isn’t going to spend itself – but which to choose? In the red corner, new kid on the block ‘The Hits Album’ and in the blue corner, the reigning champion ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ (#4). Ian Wade is your guide….

November 1984, and one of pop’s most extraordinary years was drawing to a close, ending as spectacularly when every pop star imaginable ended up on the Christmas No.1. Duran Duran were in their pomp, Wham! had embarked on a gold run, the biggest new group in the country, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, had spent a quarter of the year at the top spot and while Michael Jackson was still everywhere, Prince and Madonna’s threat level to his crown had upgraded.

All while that was going on, there was another battle brewing…
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Reviews

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Review: a-ha live at the Royal Albert Hall

In 2006 a-ha played in a back lot of London’s ExCel centre as part of the British International Motor Show. I was there, and while the band were excellent (they are rarely less than that), as fans congregated in this rather grim, tarmac setting, it was apparent that the show wasn’t a sell out and there was a good third of the capacity free. They may have been enjoying a mini-revival at that time – thanks to the UK top ten hit ‘Analogue’ (the title track from their 2005 album) – but the appeal of seeing a-ha play live didn’t stretch much beyond the diehard fans, it seemed.
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Deals

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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

UK: Julian Cope / Autogeddon vinyl box set £35

Mega-deal over at the SDE shop for the vinyl box of Julian Cope‘s Autogeddon album. This 25th anniversary package contains the remastered album on black vinyl, the remastered ‘Paranormal In The West Country’ 12” EP, an exclusive blue vinyl seven-inch featuring ‘Conspiracy Blues’ & ‘Highway Blues’, large format book and postcards all set in a stunning cloth box with foil-blocked gold lettering! These normally go for £60+ so this is a complete bargain.


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News

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Mick Jagger’s solo albums to be reissued on half-speed mastered vinyl

Universal Music are to reissue all four of Mick Jagger‘s solo albums on vinyl, in December.
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Video

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SDEtv: R.E.M. / Monster unboxed

SDE takes a close look at the new R.E.M. Monster 25th anniversary super deluxe with this new unboxing video, and takes the opportunity to compare it to previous R.E.M. anniversary editions.
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News

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M People / Renaissance 11-disc box set

9CD+2DVD box set • Signed edition available • Albums, remixes & rarities

Demon Music will release Renaissance, an 11-disc M People career-spanning box set in February that features albums, remixes, rarities and two DVDs. An exclusive limited edition with a signed print is also available.
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News

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Out This Week / on 8 November 2019

Gene Clark / ‘No Other’ deluxe box set


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Pre-order a signed CD of Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot’s new album

Former Housemartin and The Beautiful South member Paul Heaton will issue a another album with Jacqui Abbott next year, and you can pre-order a signed CD now.
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Deals

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This Week’s Box Set and Reissue Deals

Sparks / Past Tense: The Best of Sparks 3CD set

UK: Sparks / Past Tense: The Best Of 3CD set – £9.99 £18

Fantastic pre-order price for the three-CD set which is due out on 8 November.


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News

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G Stands for Go-Betweens: The Go-Betweens Anthology volume 2 box set

Follow-up to the acclaimed first box • 5LPs & 5CDs • Albums and rarities

This December, Domino follow up G-Stands for Go-Betweens – their 2015 box set devoted to Australian indie band The Go-Betweens – with a second box, G Stands For Go-Betweens: The Go-Betweens Anthology Volume 2.
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