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Paul Browne A music enthusiast interested in a broad spectrum of music genres. He is the founder of the original OMD Website, while also providing design concepts and writing sleeve notes for various OMD reissues. Paul founded The Electricity Club, a dedicated blog focussed on exploring electronic music. paulbrowne@blitzedmag.com

Imogen Bebb Imogen is a musician, author and journalist who also writes regularly for Electronic Sound magazine. Her first book was about Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and was published in 2022.

Mik Scarlet A broadcaster, journalist, musician and DJ, and is probably best known for being one of the first wheelchair users to gain a celebrity status on our TV screens. He’s been a regular face in the UK media for 30 years, writing for newspapers, fashion and music magazines, and has written sleeve notes for compilations.

Lucy Robinson Blitzed Magazine’s resident Professor of 80s history, who will be contributing regular articles, and is a Professor of Collaborative History at the University of Sussex. She has researched the Falklands War, charity singles, music videos, fanzines, protests and the politics of popular culture.

Contributors & Thanks Thanks to our regular team of writers and contributors including Jan Blackwell, Mark Buckley, Kevin Burke, Martin James, Simon Heavisides, Robin Kirby, Ian Trowell, Steven Swaby, Kevin O’Dowd and Neil Scott. Thanks also to Annette Lee, Rich Walker, Amy Krawczyk, Billy Young, Matt Ingham, Gary Levermore, Ben Pester, David Palmer, Stefan Belda, Gunnar Sauermann, Kat Bawden, Julian Stockton, Zoe Miller, Ian Smith and Kasimiira Kontio. Thanks also to the team at Nine Eight Books. Art Editor Keith Wood, Hype Creative Publisher Tom Saunders tom@silverbackpublishing.rocks +44 7841 412199 Advertising Jez Damsell ads@blitzedmag.com +44 7841 412199 Independence Blitzed is published by Silverback Publishing Ltd Distribution If you have trouble finding Blitzed please call +44 7841 412199 or email subs@silverbackpublishing.rocks.

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ISSUE 13 // £6.49

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“PEOPLE STILL WANT TO HEAR THOSE GREAT SONGS”

“I AM NOT LIKE A TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN THAT

UNDERSTANDS AND WRITES PARTY TUNES” – BORIS BLANK

PARTY TUNE

INTERVIEW

YE

YELLO

RICHARD JAMES BURGESS

BLACK NAIL CABARET

THIS MORTAL COIL THE PRETENDERS KISSING THE PINK

A CERTAIN RATIO

VINCE CLARKE THE BLUE NILE BANANARAMA THE LOVELESS TIM BOWNESS

CHINA CRISIS PETE WYLIE

THE FALL

WINGS

OMD

WELCOME

The legacy of Swiss electronic outfit Yello has been bolstered by their talent for infectious rhythms, inventive vocal ideas and imaginative sampling. They’ve also made a lasting impact on pop culture via notable soundtrack appearances. In this issue of Blitzed, the legendary Boris Blank discusses the band’s history as well as Yello’s position in the modern era with the release of a brand-new album.

But there’s also plenty of other features in this packed issue to capture your attention, including exclusive interviews with Bruce Foxton discussing his post-Jam adventures and producer Richard James Burgess chatting about Landscape’s new retrospective. We catch up with Kissing The Pink as they release a new anthology and we also speak to rising pop noir outfit Black Nail Cabaret.

This issue also zones in on some choice 40th anniversary celebrations, including a look back at OMD’s 1984 album Junk Culture, The Pretenders’ Learning To Crawl and The Blue Nile’s A Walk Across the Rooftops. We also cast an eye over classic Wings album Band On The Run, celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new release. Plus, a reassessment of 4AD ‘super group’ This Mortal Coil’s dreampop debut It’ll End In Tears.

In Blitzed reviews, we cover Bananarama’s new compilation Glorious and A Certain Ratio’s new album It All Comes Down to This. China Crisis is given a fresh appraisal with a new collection featuring smart arrangements of their classic hits. There’s also book reviews covering a celebration of Tim Hibbert’s writing, Luke Haines’ exploration of music freaks and the Simon Reynolds’ latest offering.

There’s also the regular Blitzed columns and features, which includes Lucy Robinson’s historical evaluation of political rock band The Redskins, Mik Scarlet’s retro tech roundup of the stylophone and a look back at Julien Temple ’s 1986 musical film Absolute Beginners.

Dive in and, as ever, let us know which features you enjoyed (and perhaps what features you would like to see in future issues of Blitzed).

Paul Browne / paulbrowne@blitzedmag.com

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