Edward Ka-Spel looks back on meeting Amanda Palmer

In her book The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer writes about a formative experience involving one of her favorite bands, The Legendary Pink Dots. When she was 18, a friend brought her along to a Legendary Pink Dots after-show party and mentioned that she made music. At that point Palmer had only recorded a rough […]

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Steve Strange of Visage dies at 55

According to his Facebook page, the legendary Steve Strange of Visage (““Fade to Grey”) has died. “We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12th February, in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of Heart Failure. Steve’s family, band members and friends […]

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Midge Ure looks back at composing music for MAX HEADROOM: 20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE

Midge Ure Max Headroom

Iconic ‘computer-generated TV host’ Max Headroom is best known for his music video/talk shows and Coke commercials, but he was also the star of the innovative 1985 British TV film “Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future.” Set in a Blade Runner-esque, cyberpunk future dominated by TV and megacorporations, it provided a fictional backstory of […]

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What were the Skinny Puppy songs used at Guantanamo Bay?

When I interviewed Ogre from Skinny Puppy last year, he talked about their music being used for torture at  Guantanamo Bay. After member cEvin Key brought it up in a recent Phoenix New Times interview, the subject has been getting a lot of attention. But which actual songs were used? Unfortunately, Ogre didn’t specify when we spoke, but […]

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