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Sunday, February 26, 2012

"Wonderland" label motifs (Siouxsie & the Banshees)

From 1983 onwards Siouxsie & the Banshees formed their own label named Wonderland.
Actually it was a sublabel of Polygram and since that date almost every official S. & t.B release was on it. Wonderland's first release was the acclaimed S.& t. B. double live Lp "Nocturne".
Later, Siouxsie's, Budgie's and Severin's other related projects were also released via this label (the Glove, early Creatures).
Every Wonderland's offspring bore the code SHE+(serial no.) and a little decorative motif whose basic shape (two rectangles) remained almost identical but all details and design changed for every single release! 
Most of the times details would somehow be related to the title of the song or the album.
So each Wonderland release has it's own distinctive motif!
Graphic design was initially credited to Da Gamma, later to a certain Nigel Vichi & the Banshees.

See some of them below.
I'll try to display them all in due time.

 Dazzle (1983) 
 Song From the End of the World (1987) 
 The Thorn (1984) 
 Killing Jar (1988)
 The Last Beat of my Heart (1988)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Asylum (Less known bands)

Since we mentioned New Model Army...
Asylum was a band from Reading, UK. They formed ca. 1988 and released 2 albums. Just before the 3rd entitled "Vent", they split.
Their 1rst  LP "Suckling the Mutant Mother" - 1991, was a very promising start produced by former New Model Army drummer Robb Heaton, who passed in 2004 due to cancer...
Their second LP "Into the Web" - 1992, without being bad, leaned too much towards metal
but I think is worth listening too... 
Their former guitarist Dave Blomberg joined N.M. Army in 1993 and stayed for 12 years.
His playing can be heard on NMA's following studio LPs:
"Strange Brotherhood" (1997), "Eight" (2000), "Lost Songs"(2002), "Carnival" (2005)

Here's a pic of the band and their 2 LPs front sleeves.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nelson quits!

Recently, New Model Army's official site announced that after 22 years in the band, 
bassist Nelson quits...
The statement and Nelson himself claims that it's due to family and personal reasons.
He will indeed be missed by the band and us, fans.
He is a great bassist and a fantastic person as I had the chance to found out for myself in 2009.
So long mate... thanks for the gorgeous grooves. Enjoy your new life !
Read more here:

Photo by J. Melchior

Friday, February 10, 2012

Press material and gig ads 3

...continued from 16.12.11!

More clippings from my collection.
Start with this weird summer show in Brussels (1981),

... then stuff from 1984,

and 1987...

Stay tuned for more goth 'n' roll...

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Surreal article on Eldritch!

SOM frontman's anti-French feelings were known even in the mid 80's...
Many made fun out of that. Mostly English fans but not only...
This one appeared in a tabloid (the Sun, I think) during the "Vision Thing" era (1990).
Now that's one hell of an article!!!