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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter, composer, music producer, and occasional actress, whose work includes six solo albums and two film soundtracks.

She is best known for her expressive vocals, broad soprano vocal range, and a diverse and electronic musical style which incorporates influences from many different genres, including industrial, pop, alternative rock, jazz, ambient, electronic, classical, folk and trip hop. She is also known for her eccentric costumes and music videos. Her singles “It’s Oh So Quiet”, “Army of Me” and “Hyperballad” all charted in the UK Top 10.

Her record label, One Little Indian, reported in 2003 that she had sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards (including one for acting). For her performance in Dancer in the Dark, Björk won the Best Actress Award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. She was ranked #36 on VH1’s “The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll” and #8 on MTV’s “22 Greatest Voices in Music”. Her most recent album, Volta, was released worldwide on 8 May 2007.

Björk was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Her musical career began when she was eleven with her study of classical piano in elementary school. One of her instructors sent a recording of Björk singing Tina Charles’ song I Love To Love to RÚV, then the only radio station in Iceland. The recording was broadcast on national radio - after hearing it, a representative of the Fálkinn label contacted Guðmundsdóttir, to offer a record contract, and Björk was recorded and released in 1977. In November 1979, her eponymous first album was released; the record contained covers of several pop songs, including the The Fool on the Hill and boasted artwork from her mother and guitar work from her stepfather. Björk became a hit within Iceland and was not released in any other country.

Björk’s musical tastes were changed by the punk revolution of the late ’70s; in 1979, she formed a post-punk group called Exodus and, in the following year, she sang in Jam 80.

In her teens, Björk was influenced by punk; at 14 she formed the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot, shortly followed by the jazz fusion group, Exodus in 1979. In 1980 she graduated from music school. In 1981 she and bassist Jakob Magnússon formed another band called Jam-80, which later became Tappi Tíkarrass (which means “Cork the Bitch’s Ass” in Icelandic), and released an extended single, ”Bítið Fast í Vítið in the same year. Their next album, Miranda, was released in 1983.

Afterward, Björk collaborated with Einar Örn Benediktsson and Einar Melax from Purrkur Pillnikk, and Guðlaugur Óttarsson, Sigtryggur Baldursson, and Birgir Mogensen from Þeyr. After writing songs and rehearsing for two weeks, the new band, KUKL (“sorcery” in Icelandic), developed a sound described as gothic rock. Björk began to show indications of her trademark singing style, which was punctuated by howls and shrieks.

KUKL toured Iceland with anarchist UK punk band, Crass, and later visited the UK in a series of performances with Flux of Pink Indians. They produced two albums as a result of these collaborations: The Eye in 1984, and Holidays In Europe in 1986, both on Crass Records.

The band was eventually dissolved, in part due to the closure of their label, Gramm. In mid-1986, several members of KUKL and the surrealist group, Medusa, got together to create the arts collective Smekkleysa (Bad Taste). They created a musical division, a band again called KUKL, but soon changed the name to The Sugarcubes.

Björk first came to prominence as one of the lead vocalists of the avant-pop Icelandic sextet the The Sugarcubes, but when she launched a solo career after the group’s 1992 demise, she quickly eclipsed her old band’s popularity. Instead of following in the Sugarcubes’ arty guitar rock styles, Björk immersed herself in dance and club culture, working with many of the biggest names in the genre, including Nellee Hooper, Underworld, and Tricky. Debut, her first solo effort (except for an Icelandic-only smash released when she was just 11 years old), not only established her new artistic direction, but it became an international hit, making her one of the ’90s most unlikely stars.

The Sugarcubes became one of the rare Icelandic bands to break out of their native country when their debut album, Life’s Too Good, became a British and American hit in 1988. For the next four years, the group maintained a successful cult following in the U.K. and the U.S. while they were stars within Iceland. During 1990, Björk recorded a set of jazz standards and originals with an Icelandic bebop group called Trio Gudmundar Ingolfssonar. The album, Trio Gudmundar IngolfssonarGling-Gló, was released only in Iceland. By 1992, tensions between Björk and Einar had grown substantially, which resulted in the band splitting apart.

Following the breakup of the group, Björk moved to London, where she began pursuing a dance-oriented solo career. The previous year, she had sung on Ooops, which sparked her interest in club and house music. She struck up a working relationship with Nellee Hooper, a producer who had formerly worked with Soul II Soul and Massive Attack. The first result of their partnership was Human Behaviour which was released in June of 1993. “Human Behaviour” became a Top 40 hit in the U.K., setting the stage for the surprising number three debut of the full-length album, Debut. Throughout 1993, Björk had hit U.K. singles — including Venus As A Boy, Big Time Sensuality, and the non-LP Play Dead, a collaboration with David Arnold taken from the film Young Americans — as well as modern rock radio hits in the U.S. She earned rave reviews in both countries. At the end of the year, NME magazine named Debut the album of the year. Additionally, she won BRIT Awards for both International Female Solo Artist and Newcomer. Debut went gold in the U.S. and platinum in the U.K.

During 1994, Björk was relatively quiet as she recorded her second album with Nellee Hooper, Tricky, 808 State’s Graham Massey, and Howie B of Mo’ Wax Records. She also released a remix EP, co-wrote the title track for Bedtime Stories, and performed on MTV Unplugged that same year. Army Of Me, the first single from Björk’s forthcoming album, Post, was released as a teaser single in the spring of 1995. It debuted at number ten in the U.K. and became a moderate alternative rock hit in the U.S. Post, her second full-length solo album, was released in June of 1995 and garnered positive reviews. It peaked at number two in the U.K. and number 32 in the U.S. Post matched its predecessor in terms of sales and praise, going gold in the U.S. and helping her earn her second BRIT Award for Best International Female Artist. It yielded the British hit singles Isobel (#23), It’s Oh So Quiet (#4) and Hyperballad (#8). Despite her commercial success in the UK, her singles failed to make much headway on American radio or MTV.

In late 1996, she released Telegram, an album of radically different remixes of the entire Post album, in the U.K. Its American release followed in January 1997.

Homogenic was released on 23 September 1997 and spawned many remix releases in the next few years to follow.

In the spring of 2000, she was named Best Actress by jurors at the Cannes Film Festival for her work in Lars von Trier’s Palme d’Or-winning Dancer in the Dark. Selmasongs, her score for the film, reunited Björk with her Homogenic collaborator, Mark Bell, and arrived in Fall of 2000, just in time for Dancer in the Dark’s U.S. release.

The full-length follow-up, Vespertine, was released one year later. Verspertine featured collaborations with electronic duo Matmos, who handled intricate micro-beats while Björk layered her voice in melodic, lyrical passages.

She released a Greatest Hits collection and the Family Tree box set late in 2002.

After performing a few dates in 2003, Björk worked on her all-vocals and vocal samples-based album, Medúlla, and a performance of its first single, Oceania, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.

The soundtrack to Drawing Restraint 9, a film by multimedia artist Matthew Barney, arrived in 2005 and also featured contributions from Will Oldham. Bjork also starred in the film, which would never see a DVD release and is only viewable in select art museums.

Her next and most recent album, Volta, was released on 8 May 2007. Volta features collaborations with Timbaland, Mark Bell, and Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. The album’s first single, Earth Intruders, was released digitally on 9 April 2007.

Track Info:
1. Army of Me 3:54
2. Hyperballad 5:21
3. The Modern Things 4:10
4. It's Oh So Quiet 3:38
5. Enjoy 3:54
6. You've Been Flirting Again 2:31
7. Isobel 5:46
8. Possibly Maybe 5:22
9. I Miss You 4:00
10. Cover Me 2:10
11. Headphones 5:40


The Dresden Dolls are an American musical duo from Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Formed in 2001, the group consists of Amanda Palmer (vocals, piano, ukulele, toy piano, harmonica) and Brian Viglione (drums, percussion, guitar, vocals).

They describe their heavily art-damaged and theatrical style as “Brechtian punk cabaret”, a phrase invented by Palmer because she was “terrified” that the press would invent a name that “would involve the word ‘gothic’,” and are part of an underground dark cabaret movement that started gaining momentum in the early 1990s.

Palmer accompanies her confessional story-songs with a thunderous and shimmering piano style that rests on the shoulders of Jerry Lee Lewis and Nina Simone. Viglione’s jazz and hardcore-influenced drumming and creative percussion are the perfect foil, providing in turns a delicate cradle of rhythm and a piercing bed of nails onto which Palmer lays her raw, tragicomic lyrics.

The release of their debut album The Dresden Dolls, produced by Martin Bisi (Swans, Sonic Youth), has won the band accolades from both mainstream and underground media, and it appears that the Dolls are poised to transcend cult status and smash all commonly held ideas about what a rock band is supposed to be. Their awe-striking live energy and singular look has earned them opening slots for Nine Inch Nails, Beck, the B-52s, Jane’s Addiction, OK Go and Panic! At the Disco, a tour with the legendary pink dots, and a victory in the 2003 WBCN Rock and Roll Rumble.

Their second album Yes, Virginia was released in 2006, eventually followed by a companion record No, Virginia in 2008, which features b-sides and out-takes from the “Yes, Virginia” sessions, as well as a smattering of new tracks.

At the end of summer 2008 they announced a hiatus. The band has made further announcements saying they will reunite when the time is right for both of them, and have stressed they have not broken up.

Track Info:
1. Good Day 5:49
2. Girl Anachronism 2:58
3. Missed Me 4:52
4. Half Jack 5:55
5. 672 1:24
6. Coin-Operated Boy 4:45
7. Gravity 4:18
8. Bad Habit 3:00
9. The Perfect Fit 5:44
10. The Jeep Song 4:49
11. Slide 4:28
12. Truce 8:32

The Dresden Dolls

Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright (born 22 July 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter.

Wainwright was born in Rhinebeck, New York, USA, to folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle (they divorced while he was a child). He began to play the piano at age six, and by age thirteen he was touring with his sister Martha Wainwright, mother Kate, and aunt Anna as the McGarrigle Sisters and Family. His song I’m Running, which he performed in the movie Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller (in which he also played a minor character), was nominated for the 1988 Genie Award for Best Original Song and earned him a nomination for the 1990 Juno Award for Most Promising Male Vocalist.

He lived in Montreal with his mother for most of his childhood and briefly attended McGill University, where he studied both classical and ‘rock’ piano. Some of his songs feature his mastery of French. Wainwright still maintains a residence in Canada.

He came out as gay while still a teen.

Wainwright became interested in opera throughout his adolescent years (for instance, his track Barcelona features lyrics of Giuseppe Verdi). He also became an enthusiast of such performers as Édith Piaf, Al Jolson and Judy Garland.

After having been a fixture on the Montreal club circuit, Wainwright cut a series of demo tapes, one of which found itself in the hands of DreamWorks executive Lenny Waronker. The label signed him and he released the self-titled Rufus Wainwright album in the spring of 1998. This album received much critical acclaim in Canada, and was recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best albums of the year. Wainwright’s second album, Poses (2001), brought similar acclaim.

Wainwright’s first main exposure to the American public came as an opener to singer Tori Amos in 2001 and 2002. He garnered praise for his performance and began touring as a main act shortly afterwards. He has frequently toured as the opener for Sting and co-headlined with Ben Folds and Guster in the summer of 2004. He still often performs with his sister Martha Wainwright (now herself an emerging artist) on backup vocals. Despite a growing cult following and critical acclaim, Wainwright has experienced only marginal commercial success in the United States.

In addition to being a pianist, Wainwright is a guitarist, often switching between the two instruments when performing live; however, his mastery of the guitar does not approach his talent with the piano within the Piano rock genre. While some of his most moving songs feature just Wainwright with his piano, many of his songs display complex layering and harmonies, occasionally comprising hundreds of individual parts. Wainwright is an avid opera fan, and the influences on his music are evident, as well as his love of Schubert ‘Lieder’; his music has been described as “Popera” (Pop Opera) or “Baroque Pop.” His lyrics are filled with allusions to opera, literature, pop culture, and, more recently, politics (in songs such as Gay Messiah and Waiting For A Dream). Wainwright is a recovering crystal meth addict and a rape survivor; he uses the press to bring awareness to these societal problems.

His talent has been widely recognized and praised by such artists as Elton John, Morrissey, John Mayer, and Sting, and he continues to influence artists like Keane, Alanis Morissette, Scissor Sisters, and Ben Folds.

Wainwright’s Want Two, from which four songs were released as the EP Waiting for a Want, was released by DreamWorks/Geffen on November 16, 2004. It is a companion to the 2003 release Want One. His latest, a live iTunes Sessions EP entitled Alright Already, was released March 15, 2005. A DVD entitled All I Want, featuring a biographical documentary, music videos, and live performances, was released on both sides of the Atlantic in summer 2005. The same year was also notable for two major contributions as solo vocalist to a pair of important records: the Mercury Prize winning I Am a Bird Now and At This Time.

The pair of Want albums was repackaged as Want for a late November 2005 release to coincide with the start of a British tour. The version of Want One is that which contains the two extra songs Es Mus Sein and Velvet Curtain Rag. The Want (Want One and Want Two combined) package in the UK has two new extra tracks: Chelsea Hotel No. 2 and In WIth The Ladies, which replace Coeur de Parisienne — Reprise d’Arletty and Quand Vous Mourez de nos Amours from 2004’s augmented edition.

Rufus’ fifth studio album Release the Stars was released by Geffen on May 15, 2007. The album was executive produced by Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys and featured Richard Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, Neil Tennant, Joan Wasser, Julianna Raye, Larry Mullins - pka Toby Dammit and Sian Phillips.[14]. It reached number 2 in the UK and debuted at number 23 in the USA. The first single of the album, “Going To A Town” was released on April 3, 2007 on the iTunes music store.

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall is his sixth album. It is a live recording of his June 2006 tribute concert to Judy Garland. Backed by a 36-piece orchestra under the conduction of Stephen Oremus, Wainwright recreated Garland’s April 23, 1961 concert, often considered “the greatest night in show business history.” After overcoming many personal problems, her comeback performance of 25+ American standards spawned the double album, “Judy at Carnegie Hall.”

As well as Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, Wainwright has appeared in the films The Aviator and Heights. Rufus has music in the film Brokeback Mountain, for which he recorded The Maker Makes and King Of The Road, as well as a minor cameo as a guitar player.

Wainwright released his sixth studio album All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu in March 2010. In stark contrast to the lush ornamentation of Release The Stars, the album is a simple voice and piano rendition of a song cycle that includes versions of three Shakespeare sonnets, and an excerpt from his 2009 opera Prima Donna.

The Lulu figure of the title is said by Wainwright to be “the dark, brooding, dangerous woman that lives within all of us”, similar to the Dark Lady character in Shakespeare’s sonnets. The first part of the title comes from the final couplet of William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 43” (“All days are nights to see till I see thee…”).

Track Info:
1. Do I Disappoint You 4:39
2. Going To A Town 4:04
3. Tiergarten 3:24
4. Nobody's Off The Hook 4:25
5. Between My Legs 4:24
6. Rules and Regulations 4:01
7. Not Ready To Love 5:51
8. Slideshow 6:18
9. Tulsa 2:18
10. Leaving For Paris No. 2 4:52
11. Sanssouci 5:15
12. Release The Stars 5:20

Release the Stars

Otep is a female-fronted, four-piece metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 2000. Witnessing a brief live performance impressed Sharon Osbourne enough for Otep to land a spot on Ozzfest before signing onto a label. Otep’s lyrics often involve discussions of pain and abuse, and there is a very personal feeling to many of Otep’s tracks; due to the use of original poetry as the origin of many of the lyrics.

• The band Otep was signed after only four shows, without a demo, strictly on the power of their live performance. Their live performance proved to be so impressive that Sharon Osbourne offered the unsigned act a spot on the 2001 Ozzfest tour. Since then Otep has appeared at the festival three times.

• To date, the band has released three full lengths, one EP and toured in support of all four releases.

• Otep Shamaya has also published two books of poetry, spoken at the Democratic National Convention in 2008,and is a painter. Some of those groups that she supports, but not limited to are RAINN, Carbon Rally, PETA, & WSPA. In addition to lending her support to numerous groups, Otep has started the social networks All Shapes & Sizes, along with Girls Out Now.

• On December 21, 2008, Otep’s founder and front woman created a blog entitled, I’m Not A Monster.

• On April 6, 2009, it was announced that Otep is now signed to Victory Records.

• On April 7, 2009 Otep Shamaya announced that the new album will also mark the band reuniting with former members Mark “Moke” Bistany on drums and Rob Patterson on guitar.

• Otep Stated a song from the new album, Smash the Control Machine, would be on the Vans Warped Tour various artists CD 2009. the song is titled “Rise, Rebel, Resist” “smash the control machine” will be the first song to be heard, receiving air play in June 2009, off the new album slated for release August 18th, 2009.

• Koichi Fukuda Is playing piano, on the new Otep album Smash the Control Machine and Emilie Autumn will be playing violin on the cd as well

Track Info:
1. Rise, Rebel, Resist 3:59
2. Sweet Tooth 4:21
3. Smash the Control Machine 3:44
4. Head 5:11
5. Numb & Dumb 4:26
6. Oh, So Surreal 4:21
7. Run for Cover 3:35
8. Kisses & Kerosene 4:12
9. Unveiled 3:28
10. UR A WMN NOW 4:19
11. Serv Asat 2:30
12. Where The River Ends 11:57

Smash the Control Machine

An American indie rock trio from Portland, OR, originally formed in Arkansas. The genre-bending DIY post-punk rock trio Gossip bring a new level of lyrical power and musical sophistication to their ever-evolving, always-electrifying sound and sensibility on Music For Men, the indie group’s first major label studio album.

According to Gossip guitarist and music creator Brace Paine, the idea of calling the band’s new album Music For Men comes straight from Beth Ditto, the Gossip’s iconoclastic lead singer and charismatic front-person. “It’s like a feminist joke,” Brace offers by way of wry explanation.

And while the Gossip incorporate a deft sense of cultural irony into Music For Men, there’s nothing confusing about the post-punk trio’s musical approach: direct and visceral, pulsing with a raw and unapologetic animal energy, drummer Hannah Blilie’s propulsive rhythms interlocking with Brace’s heart-pounding riffs and Beth’s aggressive and cathartic vocals.

One of the year’s most highly-anticipated event releases, Music For Men, the Gossip’s new musical manifesto, marks the group’s first full-length studio collection since their signature anthem-of-empowerment, “Standing In The Way of Control,” broke-out big in 2006. Music For Men is the first new music from the group since the release of its major label debut, Live In Liverpool.

On-board to make sure the Gossip got the studio sound they were looking for was producer Rick Rubin, who the helped the band find its own distinct groove in every track. “He is a true mystic,” Brace observes “All we talked about was John Cage. He’s only cares about music, speakers and sound systems. He’s really amazing to work with. I’d say ‘make the bass sound like PiL’ and he’d know what I was talking about, he got all the references. He would let me do whatever I wanted to do. Such awesome energy.”

Brace admits that the band’s experience cutting Music For Men at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu marked “the first time we ever had access to a studio like that. I can see if you let a musician loose in this big studio to just ride all this stuff, I can see why somebody would just come up with this huge thing. Having restraint was so important. I hate the over-production sound.”

“We wrote a lot of this album in the studio,” Brace continues, again referring to Shangri-La. “The Band built it in 1976 and Bob Dylan’s old tour bus was in the back. It was empty so I turned it into my own little studio with my computer with GarageBand and my guitars and stuff. I loaded up all my gear into Bob Dylan’s 70s tour bus and that’s where I wrote. Beth would come in and I would play her demos. All the vocal lines are hers, the lyrics are hers. I do the sounds and she sings over it. She’d come in the Bob Dylan bus and we did a lot of demoing on our own during the day because it was more comfortable. She’d come in and sing into GarageBand. I’d write some things to her vocals. ‘Dimestore Diamond’ was actually her humming the song and I started playing bass to it.”

While “Dimestore Diamond” lays the escapades of a punk-rock Second Hand Rose across a deep funk bassline and crackling rhythmic static, “Men In Love” fires up the ultimate dance-floor groove, as sweaty as it is transcendent. “Heavy Cross,” the album’s first single, finds Beth first cooing, then belting a confrontational challenge to the status quo of a cruel world.

Other new songs on Gossip’s “Music For Men” include “8th Wonder,” “Love Long Distance,” “Pop Goes The World,” “Vertical Rhythm,” “For Keeps,” “2012,” “Love and Let Love,” “Four Letter Word,” and “Spare Me From The Mold.”

“She’s got a serious set of lungs. She’s a great singer. I’m always blown away by what she does,” say Brace admiringly of his bandmate. “Everything she did was on the first or second take.”

When it came to the overall sound and vibe of Music For Men, “We kept it really simple. There’s usually not more than two things going on at once on the record. It just started out with bass lines and then I’d put a guitar over it or synth. I thought a lot about how it’s gonna sound live. We’re a live band so much. We have a fourth member, a bassist, on-stage. I play keyboards at the same time as guitar.”

The journey from “Standing in the Way of Control” to Music For Men has been a wild ride for the Gossip. “We have been out on the road a lot,” says Hannah. “The shows are great, every tour gets bigger, and the shows are more and more fun. We’re really good friends and we’re having a great time.”

Brace and Beth have been friends since Brace was 15 and each of them was formulating a cosmopolitan world-view encompassing far more than their lives in small farming towns on the outskirts of Searcy, Arkansas. A punk mixtape made its way from Brace to Beth (via a mutual friend, Kathy Mendonca, who’d later become the first drummer for the Gossip) and the seeds of a long-standing friendship and musical union were planted.

“I ended up hanging out with her quite a lot,” Brace, a budding local indie music entrepreneur. “I put out a tape of her band Little Miss Muffet.” It wasn’t long before Beth, Brace and Kathy moved to Olympia, Washington where “We lived in a punk house together and started the band in the basement.”

Right from the beginning, the Gossip felt they were on to something special. “Beth was doing this bluesy thing,” Brace remembers. “It was more lo-fi. We never did sound checks. Everything was super-loud and distorted. I didn’t know how to play my guitar at all. Then we got this new drummer…”

Once drummer Hannah Blilie came on-board, the Gossip line-up was in-place, ready to shake some action and kick down some walls. The young indie trio broke-through with 2006’s Standing In The Way Of Control, which reached #1 on the UK indie chart and #22 on the UK album chart while the title track became widely associated with the popular UK teen drama, “Skins.”

The success of “Standing In The Way Of Control” and the Gossip’s incandescent performances rapidly established newcomer Beth Ditto as a cultural icon in the UK — she was named the NME’s Coolest Person In Rock (in one of her four cover appearances), took home the Glamour Awards’ 2008 International Artist Of The Year, appeared on the cover of the premiere issue of Love magazine, and is a much-sought-after guest on UK television. Beth and the Gossip’s music were becoming recognized in the UK and Europe as a major force.

In a surreal world where he’s talked to Karl Lagerfeld about the Velvet Underground during French Fashion Week, Brace claims that “Our lives have — hilariously — not changed at all really. We live in the same town. “

And though the daily lives of the band’s members remain unaffected by the Gossip’s growing notoriety, the heat of their music and the adrenaline-rush of their live shows are an ongoing source of excitement.

Since the group’s formation, the Gossip has opened for and/or toured with a wide variety of musicians including Le Tigre, Chromatics, Tracy and the Plastics, Sonic Youth, Pre, YYY, Sleetmute Nightmute, Glass Candy, the White Stripes, CSS, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Erase Errata, Stereo Total, and the Kills among others.

The summer of 2007 found the Gossip on-board the True Colors Tour — as part of an eclectic bill including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Erasure, Rufus Wainwright, the Dresden Dolls, the MisShapes, the Cliks and host Margaret Cho — for a series of concerts benefitting the Human Rights Campaign.

That summer found the Gossip closing the Glastonbury Festival, with Beth Ditto paying homage to the late John Peel, the massively influential British DJ/journalist/television presenter, during the group’s set exclaiming “JOHN PEEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UNDERGROUND!!!” The Gossip was invited back to Glastonbury the following year.

2008 saw the release of Gossip - Live In Liverpool, a deluxe live CD/DVD documenting the group’s incendiary show from July 9, 2007, focusing on the deep raw power, energy and intensity of the Gossip’s live performances. In April 2008, in support of their live release, Gossip set off on a mini-tour of select US venues which included SRO shows in New York and a career-defining performance on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

“We are always on tour,” says the band. As popular on the festival circuit as they are in the world’s post-punk clublands, Gossip is lined up to play Radio 1’s Big Weekend in May 2009 as well as a series of UK summer festivals including Latitude, Leeds, and Reading.

When the band’s off the road, Beth, Brace and Hannah get together to practice at least twice a week. There’s a club in Portland called Dunes, where Brace sets up shows and DJs “a lot.” The group plays host to local post-punk parties and including a mythic underground soiree (now in hiatus) called “Suicide Club” where Brace whispers, “we would play post-punk records and show Joy Division videos on the wall. Maybe 30 kids would come. It was a great club. There was no sign because it was illegal.”

With “Music For Men,” the Gossip bring together the vital elements of danger, thrills and passion to their sound and vision, partying like it’s 2012!!!

On January 22, 2010, it was announced that Gossip will be performing at Lilith Fair 2010, which is back by popular demand. ABC is the official sponsor of this year’s Lilith Fair. For more information on the tour schedule and artists visit the Lilith Fair official website.

Track Info:
1. Fire With Fire 2:49
2. Standing In The Way of Control 4:17
3. Jealous Girls 3:40
4. Coal To Diamonds 4:00
5. Eyes Open 2:10
6. Yr Mangled Heart 4:22
7. Listen Up! 4:19
8. Holy Water 2:43
9. Keeping You Alive 3:48
10. Dark Lines 3:29

Standing in the Way of Control



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