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Howard Jones – Building Our Own Future
Ladies of a certain age will probably swoon at the thought of their teen heartthrob, Howard. A solo synth-pop pioneer, he formed part of the musical background to many a formative experience of many of our youthful years. He’s still going strong, still recording and touring â€“ and on the strength of this track, he can still compose a damn fine and really catchy tune.
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Opal Sky – The Blue Of You
The new single from Edinburgh’s venue-filling, audience-whipper-uppers, Opal Sky. Visit their new website for details of where to get this track, where to get their September double-A-side single and details of their upcoming tour (including dates in Germany).
Opal Sky’s MySpace
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Swedish Polar Bears – Norman Blake / Worship This
On my first listen to these Swedes on MySpace, I was convinced that Alastair â€œDropkickâ€ Taylor had formed another offshoot band and he was pretending to be Scandinavian. Nope ! This great band share similar influences (Teenage Fanclub in particular) to Dropkick and you’ll hear it in their sound. They even mention it in their lyrics, so listen closely !!
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The soundbed was ‘We Are Like Crystal’ by Aeryal
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken
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