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BEV BEVAN'S; RETRO ROCK.

HEAVEN 17 Before After (BEF)

THIS is the first album release in eight years from Heaven 17, the electronic pop trio from Sheffield.

The band, named after a fictional group in cult movie A Clockwork Orange, enjoyed much success during the early 80s, including two top-five singles and three top-20 albums.

Original members Glen Gregory, Martin Ware and Ian Craig are joined by Billy Godfrey and one of rock music's most famous ex-wives, Angie Bowie.

It's all too electronic for my taste, using only drum machines instead of the real thing, but is a strong album.

Both opening track I'm Gonna Make You Fall In Love With Me and a dance remake of Blue Oyster Cult classic Don't Fear The Reaper could well be hit singles.

THE MODERN Industry (Mercury)

LONDON band The Modern had a debut top-40 hit last year with Jane Falls Down.

This even more commercial follow-up should give them a bigger hit.

As extravagant as The Darkness, as flamboyant as Scissor Sisters and with an edgy 80s-style sound, this band could really make it big when they release their debut album soon.

Catch them live at Wolverhampton Little Civic on February 17 and Birmingham's Bar Academy on February 27.

VARIOUS

The R&B Hits Of 1955 (Sanctuary)

THIS nicely-packaged three-CD box set comprises 84 blues, R&B, rock 'n' roll and doo-wop classics from American singers and musicians in the groundbreaking year of 1955. Amongst the legendary recordings on show here are Fats Domino's Ain't That A Shame, The Platters' Only You, Smiley Lewis hit I Hear You Knockin' and Little Walter's My Babe.

Tune into Bev Bevan's Jukebox every Saturday night from 6pm to 8pm for more classic h its.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jan 29, 2006
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