Can't Stand Losing You...

The Beat AKA The English Beat, emerged during the rise of Punk & 2nd generation Ska in the U.K. during the late 70's. The Beat featured lead vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, whose unique and infectious harmonies fronted hits like "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save It for Later", "Too Nice To Talk To", "I Confess", and "Sole Salvation". During their meteoric rise, they toured with legendary artists David Bowie, the Clash, the Police, the Pretenders, R.E.M., Talking Heads and the Specials. Dave Wakeling recalls when Bowie ran up and said: "You're the best opening band I've ever had. Will you please come on tour to America with me?" Unfortunately, Dave Wakeling had already decided that he wanted to leave the band.

VH! valiantly tries to reunite the original members of The Beat

Personally, I was crushed when The Beat decided to break up in 1983, especially on the heels of the Specials split a year earlier [forming Fun Boy Three & the Special AKA]. I understand that creative differences and, of course, money, influence the life-span of a band, but The English Beat were at their pinnacle following the release of "Special Beat Service" in 1982. In their wake came the offspring of their demise, General Public featuring Wakeling & Ranking Roger, and Fine Young Cannibals, formed by two of the remaining members, bassist David Steele & guitarist Andy Cox, along with a new lead vocalist, Roland Gift.

Two-Tone 2.0 [One Step Beyond Ska]

This flashback fast-forwards to a full-stop with the news that Ranking Roger passed away in March after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 56. Up until his death, Ranking Roger remained active. He re-formed The Beat with original members Everett Morton (drums), and Saxa AKA Lionel Augustus Martin (saxophone). Ranking also contributed to several projects, including collaborations with Sting, Big Audio Dynamite, Dubxanne featuring music of the Police, and Easy Star All-Stars Dub reinterpretation of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! [Featuring Ranking Roger]


We All Shine On...

David Gilmore, legendary guitarist of the seminal band, Pink Floyd, is auctioning his collection of guitars, 120 in all. The auction will be held at Christie's in New York City, and all proceeds will benefit charitable causes.

"These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it's now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world." - David Gilmore

Christie's interview with David Gilmore [and some of his guitars]

The highlight of the auction will be The Black Strat, 'the iconic Fender Stratocaster played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.'

"Between 1970 and 1986, The Black Strat was Gilmour’s primary performance and recording guitar, and was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound. It was played in the recordings of landmark albums such as the 1973 masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon, which includes the track Money and is widely regarded as one of the greatest LPs of all time; Wish You Were Here (1975), featuring the track Shine on You Crazy Diamond, which Gilmour reveals ‘came out of’ The Black Strat; Animals (1977); and The Wall (1979), which features Gilmour’s legendary guitar solo on Comfortably Numb." - Christie's

Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond

According to David Gilmore's site: "A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie's, King Street, from March 27-31, 2019, where the full collection will be on display, followed by highlights in Los Angeles May 7-11, and then the New York sale preview ahead of the auction from June 14-19. During the exhibitions, sound experience will be provided by Sennheiser."


Massive Attack Meets Banksy

The ground-breaking UK band, Massive Attack, are re-issuing their classic album, Mezzanine on April 19th. Mezzanine, a Trip Hop and Dub masterpiece, was ranked number 15 in "Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever". Now, after twenty years, the iconic release by Massive Attack has been remastered and will feature unreleased Dub remixes by the legendary, Mad Professor.^

Grant "Daddy G" Marshall and Robert Del Naja AKA 3D

Along with the 3 color vinyl pressings, and 2CD set, there will also be a DNA release encapsulated in a aerosol spray can. The album’s 'digital audio files were converted into 920,000 short DNA strands which were then stored in 5,000 miniscule glass spheres'. Mezzanine was the second-largest file ever stored using DNA.

The spray can is considered a homage to graffiti artists, including founding member Robert Del Naja AKA 3D, who has long been suspected to be the one and only, Banksy.

Artwork by Robert Del Naja

Here are some of the rumors and/or evidence supporting this theory:

"8 signs Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja is mystery artist" Banksy, presented by UK's Independent newspaper. The Daily Mail also weighed in on the subject, quoting journalist Craig Williams, who says he’s got compelling evidence that Robert “3D” Del Naja is also the anonymous street artist Banksy, 'known for his cheeky stencil work and other street art projects worldwide'. 'Again and again Williams claims, murals pop up in cities where Massive Attack has staged concerts, shortly after the performances take place. Not only that, but Del Naja was a graffiti artist in the 1980s and professes to be friendly with Banksy.'

According to NME, "Goldie may have accidentally made reference to Banksy’s true identity during a recent interview. Speaking to Scroobius Pip for his Distraction Pieces podcast, the legendary DJ can be heard referring to Banksy as “Rob” (or “Robert”, as some listeners appear to hear). Goldie then added: “No disrespect to [Rob/Robert], I think he is a brilliant artist. I think he has flipped the world of art over.”

The film soundtrack for Banksy’s documentary ‘Exit Through The Gift Shop; features original music by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow & Roni Size, who both originate from Robert Del Naja's and Banksy's hometown of Bristol, England.

In support of the 20th anniversary reissue of Mezzanine, the band will be touring Europe:

01-28 Glasgow, Scotland
01-29 Manchester, England
01-31 Brussels, Belgium
02-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sold Out]
02-01 Amsterdam, Netherlands [Sold Out]
02-04 Frankfurt, Germany
02-05 Munich, Germany
02-06 Milan, Italy
02-08 Rome, Italy
02-09 Padua, Italy
02-11 Paris, France [Sold Out]
02-12 Paris, France
02-14 Bordeaux, France
02-16 Barcelona, Spain
02-17 Madrid, Spain
02-18 Lisbon, Portugal [Sold Out]
02-19 Lisbon, Portugal
02-22 London, England
02-24 Dublin, Ireland
03-01 Bristol, England [Sold Out]
03-02 Bristol, England

...and North America:

03-11 Montreal, QC [Sold Out]
03-12 Toronto, ON [Sold Out]
03-14 Boston, MA [Sold Out]
03-15 New York, NY [Sold Out]
03-16 New York, NY
03-19 Philadelphia,PA
03-20 Washington, DC
03-22 Detroit, MI
03-23 Chicago, IL [Sold Out]
03-24 Saint Paul, MN [Sold Out]
03-28 San Francisco,CA [Sold Out]
03-29 Los Angeles, CA [Sold Out]
03-30 Los Angeles, CA [Sold Out]
03-31 Los Angeles, CA
04-02 San Diego, CA

JUST ADDED: The Massive Attack tour will feature vocalists; Elizabeth Fraser & Horace Andy, plus visuals by Adam Curtis [filmmaker of HyperNormalisation, etc.].

Visit: Massive Attack for more info and tour updates.

^The Mad Professor remixes:

Metal Banshee (Mad Professor Mix One)
Angel (Angel Dust)
Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub One)
Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
Risingson (Setting Sun Dub Two)
Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
Wire (Leaping Dub)
Group Four (Security Forces Dub)


月球的黑暗面 [The Dark Side Of The Moon]

China has made history...becoming the first country to land on the dark side of the moon.

The latest image taken from the surface provided by the Chinese Space Agency (CNSA).

And, of course, one of the greatest & most popular albums of all-time:

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon


Pizza Is Life

The texture, the aroma, the flavors...that heighten your senses. It's not complicated, it's pizza!
Here's a contemporary look at the living history of one of the world's most popular foods. From Neapolitan to New York style, including some notable favorites of mine along the way. Salute!

I'm grateful to have experienced the legendary Neapolitan style pizza while traveling through Italy.

Living in Chicago, I embraced Lou Malnati's Deep Dish style...but I grew up on New York style pizza, and there is NOTHING better!

My favorite pie in New Jersey, Rudy's Pizzeria, deserves some love, too ;)

Honorable mention goes to my friend, Billy Jacobs, who introduced me to New Haven style at Piece Pizzeria, a welcome reprieve from all the Deep Dish in Chi-Town.

Stayin' Alive: John Travolta enjoying a couple slices of New York style pizza to the Bee Gees.


Like, Obscure...Totally!

New Wave songs that process more memories than many of the top 80's hits could ever recall. Lesser known classics woven into the fabric of the era...they're totally bitchin, like for sure!

StMM exclusive playlist featuring over 30 tripendicular tracks!

Here's Paste Magazine's 50 Best New Wave Albums and NME's 100 best Songs of the 80's.


For Your Aural Pleasure

Introducing the all-new Lounge Productions!

"The finest in Downbeat & Dub music"

Lounge Productions presents: Passport Radio with exclusive interviews and archived playlists; hundreds of music resources; and the label, Burning Bowl Records.

Passport with host Architektur, broadcasts LIVE on WRUW 91.1FM!


5,000 Days On Mars

The Sun rose on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday.

"A Martian "sol" lasts about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day, and a Martian year lasts nearly two Earth years. Opportunity's Sol 1 was landing day, Jan. 25, 2004. The prime mission was planned to last 90 sols. NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter."

David Bowie - Life On Mars? (1971)


How to make a Tombstone into a Gemstone

My 9 year-old son has very specific tastes, and his favorite frozen pizza is a Tombstone 5-Cheese pizza. He's currently Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian, but he doesn't know it. For a late night munchie, I decided to bake one of his frozen pizza's, not my first choice, but I was willing to make the most of it!

Start with a frozen Tombstone 5-Chesse Pizza or similar. Drizzle with fresh tomato sauce* and olive oil. Sprinkle some more mozzarella and parmesan, along with basil & crushed red pepper to taste... *Marinate olive oil, white onion, garlic, basil, salt & pepper with Cento San Marzano tomatoes.

Bake pizza at 425+ until completely browned on edges.