Royal Mail will be issuing a set of stamps on January 7th 2010 featuring classic British album covers, including New Order / Peter Saville's 'Power Corruption & Lies' (after Henri Fantin Latour) and the original 'Tubular Bells' LP covers. Other covers featured include Blur's Parklife and Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. As well as the cover image each stamp features a vinyl disc which appears outside the die-cut of the stamp. As I gave up collecting FDC's with the Beatles' album covers a couple of years ago these might be worth getting.
The forthcoming Simple Minds tour with OMD will feature both the bands performing Kraftwerk classic Neon Lights together, starting with the first concert at the Newcastle Metro Arena on 30th November. Jim Kerr of Simple Minds notes: "Kraftwerk were the link between a whole generation of kids in the UK that used synthesizers to define some of the 80's most glorious pop music. In our own way we want to honour their influence by performing Neon Lights." "Kraftwerk's contribution to music is timeless," says Andy McCluskey. "Kraftwerk was the reason why we formed OMD. Simple Minds and OMD listened to Kraftwerk before we started making music, but eventually our individual styles of music ventured into different directions. Simple Minds' early electronic rock albums 'Empires and Dance' and 'Reel To Reel Cacophony' defined industrial electronic rock with 'I Travel', while OMD explored electronic soundscapes and minimalism with our early songs 'Electricity' and 'Messages'".
Both bands have released cover versions of the song, OMD on 1991's Sugar Tax and Simple Minds on their cover album Neon Lights.
UK tour dates: Newcastle Arena (Nov 30) Birmingham LG Arena (Dec 2) Manchester MEN Arena (3) Sheffield Arena (5) Cardiff CIA (6) London Wembley Arena (7) Glasgow SECC (11) Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (12)
Picture by Robert Ellis from The Quiet Man showing John Foxx and Gary Numan in autumn 1979 on the Touring Principle Tour.
GN: "Tell you what John, I've got vis nearly-new Arp Odysey lying in the corner of the studio doin' nuffin...it's yours for a fiver mate!" Girl on left. "Don't listen to him John he's only trying to sell you second-hand Cars..."