New Music: Pet Shop Boys ‘Love Is A Bourgeois Concept’

The Pet Shop Boys will release the track Love is a Bourgeois Concept as the third single from their new album Electric.

The single will be released in two waves with two digital bundles coming out on September 1 and the CD package on September 30. Included in the first digital bundleare two brand new b-sides, Entschuldigung! and Get it Online. The second bundle will have remixes of the song by the likes of Little Boots and Dave Audé.

The track lists:

Digital Bundle 1 (released September 1st)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Nighttime Radio Edit)
Get it Online
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes Remix Radio Edit)

Digital Bundle 2 (released September 1st)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes Remix)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Claptone Remix)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Little Boots Discothèque edit)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Dave Audé Big Dirty Dub Remix)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Claptone instrumental)
CD Bundle (released September 30th)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Nighttime radio edit)
Get it online
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (The Penelopes remix)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Claptone remix)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Little Boots Discothèque edit)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Dave Audé Big Dirty Dub)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Claptone instrumental)
Love is a Bourgeois Construct (Little Boots Discothèque Dub)

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30th Anniversary Release for Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears celebrate thirty years since their recording debut with the release of The Hurting: 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition on October 22 via Mercury/UMe.

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith started the band as teenage friends in the late-70′s and worked for 18 months on their debut album.

Despite The Hurting being regarded as a new wave, synth-based classic, virtually all the tracks on the album were written by Roland on an acoustic guitar, including the song that gave the record its name. “Writing the title track was a strange piece of psychic osmosis,” says Roland. “Curt had been to see a band from Bristol called ‘Electric Guitars’ and was describing their sound to me; I had an acoustic guitar in my hand at the time and played him what he was describing: That’s how The Hurting was written, and we knew for a long time it was the right name for our first album.”

It was keyboard player Ian Stanley who brought technology to the table and helped Tears For Fears fulfill their sonic ambitions. Roland has no doubts how important he was. “Without Ian’s eight-track studio, his Roland JP4, his CR78 drum machine and MXR Pitch Transposer, we wouldn’t be where we are now…. He gave us the opportunity to demo, at his home studio, songs such as Pale Shelter, Change and Mad World.” The hard work was rewarded when Mad World was released in September 1982, and peaked at number three in the UK singles chart in November.

Work on the album continued, and it was the success of Mad World – at one point earmarked as a B-side for Pale Shelter – that banished any commercial doubts the record company may have been harboring. A few months later in January 1983, Change was issued as a follow-up single, reaching number four in the UK charts and number 22 in the US. Tears For Fears were now riding the crest of a wave and the time had come to finally release the album. The Hurting hit the shops on March 7, 1983, a full 16 months after Suffer The Children. Two weeks later the LP hit number one in the UK, displacing Michael Jackson’s Thriller. One final single, a reissued (and re-recorded) Pale Shelter, was released a month later and became the album’s third big hit.

The new edition of The Hurting was remastered at Abbey Road Studios and overseen by Orzabal and Smith. The new release adds the 1981 version of Suffer The Children in four versions: 7” single, 12” remix, instrumental, and a unique version that only came to light in 1999 (issued on a promotional-only CD). Likewise, the first March 1982 release of Pale Shelter also makes an appearance on CD 2 of this set, in both original 7” and 12” versions. Because Suffer The Children and Pale Shelter were later re-recorded for the album (with Chris Hughes and Ross Cullum producing), these early cuts were unique to the vinyl singles issued at the time, and the new deluxe edition marks their CD debut.

Other alternates featured on this 30th anniversary celebration of The Hurting include Change (New Version). Roland says, “I remember trying to convince everyone that we’d recorded Change at too fast a tempo. We had another crack at it slower, but it lost something in the process.” Tape fans might recall this track being appended to the original UK cassette. Like much of the bonus material on this deluxe edition, it has never before been issued on CD.

Different recordings of album tracks The Prisoner and Ideas As Opiates (originally issued on the B-sides of some of the early singles) bring the total number songs on The Hurting available in alternate form to five (half of the album).

The deluxe box set also includes all the 12” remixes and B-sides, including Wino, another track previously unissued on CD, as well as the 1984 In My Mind’s Eye Hammersmith Odeon concert film, which makes its DVD debut with this release. The 2-CD and digital package includes all of the audio from the larger set’s Discs 1 and 2.

Tears For Fears have also recorded a new cover version of Arcade Fire’s Ready To Start, which is streaming on The band says, “Having appreciated artists like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Kimbra, Nas, Gary Jules/Michael Andrews, Adam Lambert and Dizzee Rascal covering and sampling our songs over the past years, we agreed that some reciprocal cross-generational love was in order. We decided to give Arcade Fire a twist of Tears For Fears. Enjoy.”Track List:

Disc One – The Original Album
The Hurting
Mad World
Pale Shelter
Ideas As Opiates
Memories Fade
Suffer The Children
Watch Me Bleed
The Prisoner
Start Of The Breakdown
Disc Two – Singles, B-Sides, Mixes & Rarities
Suffer The Children (original 7″)
Pale Shelter (original 7″)
The Prisoner (original version)
Ideas As Opiates
Change (new version)
Suffer The Children (remix)
Pale Shelter (original 12″)
Mad World (world remix)
Change (extended version)
Pale Shelter (reissue 12″)
Suffer The Children (instrumental)
Change (7″ edit)
Wino (B-side)
The Conflict (B-side)
We Are Broken (B-side)
Suffer The Children (promo CD)
Disc Three – The BBC Sessions
Ideas As Opiates (Peel Session)
Suffer The Children (Peel Session)
The Prisoner (Peel Session)
The Hurting (Peel Session)
Memories Fade (Jensen Session)
The Prisoner (Jensen Session)
The Start Of The Breakdown (Jensen Session)
The Hurting (Jensen Session)
Start Of The Breakdown (Live)
Change (Jensen Session)
Disc 4 (DVD) – In My Mind’s Eye – Live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1984
Start Of The Breakdown
Mothers Talk
Pale Shelter
The Working Hour
The Prisoner
Ideas As Opiates
Mad World
We Are Broken
Head Over Heels
Suffer The Children
The Hurting
Memories Fade

Photo Special: Mark Wilkinson’s Aussie Roadshow!

The Mark Wilkinson roadshow continues to wow audiences across our great country! If you can, have a listen to his latest album Let The River Run
I’m pretty sure you will do the old-fashioned radio crank up as soon as you hear our favourites ‘Love High’ and ‘Middle Ground’…. theaussieword recommends! Check out this latest photo roll shared by Mark for
Click READ MORE to view the tour photo roll.

Special Interview: Rachel Costanzo interviews the lovely Rachel Costanzo.

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin?
I am a 16 year old singer songwriter from Melbourne that is working on achieving big and exciting things in the near future. I discovered my love for music at around the age of 5 years old and since then I’ve never been interested in anything else. 
What had you first interested in music?
I remember always watching TV when I was younger and I would always be on youtube looking up different singers and different types of music, so I don’t really have a specific person or artist that has influenced me to get in to music, but if I had to pick someone it would have to be Beyonce. 

Who motivates or influences your quest to make great music?
My motivations and influences that help me create music would have to be through experiences. When I’ve had a rough day I find myself just sitting at the piano belting out a tune. When I’m experiencing different emotions or going though a rough stage in life it’s as though singing just heals everything and picks me back up. 
Do you have any planned tours coming up?
I don’t have any planned tours coming up, but I can see some ahead in the future!  I’ll also be playing at Teen Expo supporting Timomatic at the end of August.
What are some of your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
Some of my biggest goals I want to achieve as an artist are to release an album and get radio airplay. It’d be a dream come true to meet and perform with other mind-blowing artists in the world, and last but not least to be able to sing to thousands of people that know me, and are in the room to hear ME sing. 
What can fans expect from you in the coming months?
Fans can expect to see a lot more of me performing and recording. A lot of exciting things are happening at the moment, as mentioned, I have a gig at TEEN EXPO on the 29th, 30th and 31st of August – I’ll be performing on all three days. 
Success, what is the secret to it and what has been your biggest career highlight so far?
I believe success is mainly about hard work and a bit of luck. I always tell myself to stay true to who I am and to always be humble and good things will come in time. 
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I am inspired daily by Jessie J, Rhianna, Ellie Goulding and The Script. Their music and the way they all perform really inspires me and overall just makes me feel soo happy and I guess as an artist myself, my biggest aim is to get people inspired, feel happy and to connect with me and my music. 
How would you best describe you and your music to your fans?
I would describe my music to be pop music.
What can you tell us about your latest album?
My latest single is about that feeling that we all get when something or someone comes out of nowhere unexpectedly and it changes your life. Blindside is about how you weren’t looking for love, but it came and found you. It hit you from your Blindside. 
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
In a few years from now I see myself traveling the world, touring through every country performing my albums and seeing the smiles on the faces of all my fans. 
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
A few of my favourite Aussie artists would firstly be Michael Paynter, and Guy Sebastian. These two artists have worked extremely hard for their careers and have achieved soo much. I am soo inspired by how humble they are to everyone and their energy when they perform. 
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I believe that if artists these days didn’t have the social media that we do now, it would be so hard to get our music out there into the publics eyes and to get noticed for what we love doing. Facebook and Twitter have really helped me get my music in to the publics eye. I think of social media as my backbone at this point in time because if it wasn’t for Facebook and twitter my music wouldn’t be known as much and seen as much as it has been. Getting my music out there to the world really means the world to me, I put my heart and soul in to writing music and it’s always a great feeling getting something back in return. Hearing that people are enjoying my music really makes me soo happy and grateful. 

Thank you for the interview! What can you leave fans of with here today?

Coldplay’s Leaked Lyrics For New Track ‘Atlas’

Coldplay quietly released a brand new song today. ‘Atlas’ will be included on the soundtrack to Hunger Games 2.

The song was recorded for the movie and is not planned to be included on Coldplay’s next album.

‘Atlas’ features the lyrics ‘caught in the fire, say oh’ suggesting that Chris Martin wrote the song specifically for the movie. The full title of the film is ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’.

Martin is a fan of The Hunger Games books. “We are so honored that Coldplay, one of the iconic rock bands of our generation, will perform the first song out on the new soundtrack,” said Tracy McKnight of Lionsgate said in a statement. “Knowing that Chris Martin is a fan of the books makes this even more meaningful. The Coldplay single underscores the stature of recording artists we’ve assembled for this powerful soundtrack.”

The soundtrack to the first movie features music by The Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift.

Coldplay’s last studio album was ‘Mylo Xyloto’ in 2011. During their Australian tour in 2012 Martin told the Brisbane audience that the band were planning on a three year break after the tour.

Pink & Cher Join Forces!

Pink has written two songs on the forthcoming Cher album ‘Closer To The Truth’.

Cher is looking to cross her number 1 dance hit, Woman’s World, over to the pop charts with the release of the official video for the song. Here is the official video which was released on Wednesday.

Cher’s new album, Closer to the Truth, will be released on September 24 and is her first since 2001′s Living Proof (not counting the soundtrack to Burlesque). Closer to the Truth offers a wide variety of guest work including a duet with Jake Shears and two songs written by P!nk. Missing from the track listing is The Greatest Thing, a duet that she recorded with Lady Gaga.

A deluxe edition of the album will add six more cuts including remixes and the original version of the Burlesque song You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet.

The track list:
Woman’s World
Take It Like a Man (featuring Jake Shears)
My Love
Dressed to Kill
Lovers Forever
I Walk Alone
Favourite Scars
I Hope You Find It
Lie to Me
Additional tracks on Deluxe Edition:
I Don’t Have to Sleep to Dream
You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me (Original Version)
Woman’s World (R3hab Remix)
Woman’s World (Jodie Harsh Radio Remix)
Will You Wait For Me