Vinyl Archives: Week of May 20th

Featuring David Bowie, Violent Femmes, The Cure, and more!

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David Bowie – “Heroes”

A new posthumous David Bowie release is on its way, with a forthcoming collection of previously unreleased demos titled The Mercury Demos. The album, which is set for release on June 28th via Parlophone, will be a collection of 10 Bowie recordings from the spring of 1969 that eventually resulted in Bowie’s deal with Mercury Records. In honour of the release, we had to include this emphatic track, as Bowie sings legendary lyrics like, “We can be heroes/ Just for one day.”

Violent Femmes – “Blister in the Sun”

A few weeks ago, folk-punk band Violent Femmes dropped the title track from their forthcoming album, Hotel Last Resort. The 13-track follow up to 2016’s We Can Do Anything is set to be a focused, powerhouse record that comes packed with punchy, straightforward tunes and a handful of covers like Pyx Lax’s “I’m Not Gonna Cry” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

The Cure – “Friday I’m In Love”

The Cure are also gearing up for an album release after keyboardist Roger O’Donnell explained that the highly anticipated album will be “epic,” and may be their final full-length release. “I personally think it will be the last Cure record,” keyboardist Roger O’Donnell explained to SiriusXM. Despite the bittersweet news, O’Donnell went on to describe the album’s sound, explaining that “it’s epic, I can say that about it. I mean, playing it and sitting there and listening back to it… everybody’s jaws were dropping.”

Blondie – “Heart of Glass”

What a tune. “Heart of Glass” is a staple track from the late 70’s that saw American new wave band Blondie at the forefront of the music scene at the time. This track revolves around frontwoman Debbie Harry’s unique vocal tone as she sings, “Once I had a love and it was a gas/ Soon turned out had a heart of glass/ Seemed like the real thing, only to find/ Mucho mistrust, love’s gone behind.” Try not to get this song stuck in your head after giving it a listen, we dare you.

Joy Division – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”

Joy Division recently announced that they’ll be re-releasing Unknown Pleasures for its 40th anniversary. The groundbreaking album was first dropped in June 1979, and it features hit tracks like “She’s Lost Control,” “Shadowplay,” and “New Dawn Fades.” The forthcoming limited edition re-release will drop on June 14th, and is set to include an LP pressed on 180g ruby red vinyl, an alternative white sleeve paying tribute to the original design idea, and a new Unknown Pleasures white t-shirt.