Young Guns go for it – The Story of Soft Cell (20-Sep-2000)
Hannah Peel performs Tainted Love as heard on FX Channel’s “American Horror Story.” No Alibis Bookstore in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Filmed by Paul McParland.
About Celine and Nite Wreckage A cutting-edge collaboration between electro pioneer DAVE BALL and feisty newcomer CELINE HISPICHE, CELINE & NITE WRECKAGE are what punk rock might have sounded like – had it been invented in the East End of Victorian London. One part Marie Lloyd to one part Poly Styrene, CELINE is not just a singer but a force of nature – and a witty wordsmith who takes her unlikely inspiration from an olde-worlde London of pea soupers, gin-shops and hansom cabs. CELINE & NITE WRECKAGE take Celine’s sharp-witted satirical sketches – delivered in an in-yer-face vocal style that conjures up the East End quicker than a plate of jellied eels and an Ian Dury album – with the filthy electro beats of DAVE BALL, a legend with 30-plus years of experience at the cutting edge of electronic music with Soft Cell and The Grid. Whether she’s glammed up in ballgowns and sequins, or sheathed in an industrial boilersuit, CELINE is every inch the punk rock Marie Lloyd, casting a jaundiced – but always witty – eye over dystopian 21st century London, as seen through the eyes of a gin palace queen. “As soon as I met Celine I saw we shared a mutual interest in the parallels between London today and the London of the past 300 years – especially the seamier side!” says Ball. “I immediately liked the idea of fusing my modern electronic music with her love of Hogarth and music hall.” Adds Ball: “Celine is a fantastically vivacious person with great ideas. To me she’s like a female reincarnation of Ian Dury – who I regard not only as a one-off lyrical genius, but also one of the greatest rappers.” Celine, who improvises many of her lyrics, says the thread that links the songs is the underground side of modern-day city life. “I want to transport listeners to the backstreet brothels of Soho,” she says. “Take them on a journey to Bedlam like a modern-day Hogarth and see how much we’ve changed in nearly 300 years. “Look at London – or any other major world city – in 2010. We’ve still got inner city poverty, we’ve still got the harlots and we’ve still got the Mother’s Ruin – only instead of gin it’s crack and crystal meth.” The sleazy, squelchy beats behind Celine’s satirical survey of society come courtesy of collaborators Nite Wreckage – Dave Ball and his production partner Rick Mulhall (aka remix team Nitewreckers), plus drummer Terry Neale. CELINE & NITEWRECKAGE are currently finishing their debut album “EVOLUTION? REVOLUTION!” at Kick Studios in Richmond, West London and available for live dates and festivals.
September saw the release of a six-track Marc Almond EP, Brel Extras, which includes three new studio recordings, plus two remastered live recordings of “The Devil (Okay)” and “If You Go Away.” The limited edition disc also includes the 1984 fan club flexi version of “My Death.”
In October, fans can expect a DVD/CD package, Marc Almond in Bluegate Fields — Live at Wilton’s Music Hall. The DVD features a show recorded earlier this year along with bonus songs. The audio-only CD will include guest appearances by Little Annie and Baby Dee.
Almond has also confirmed new live dates for the UK, Serbia, Lithuania and Russia. Please follow the links for more information.