Dave Formula, keyboard pioneer with post-punk legends Magazine and Visage releases his solo album, ‘Satellite Sweetheart’ on Monday February 15th 2010. One full year on from the triumphant return of Magazine themselves. It will be available as a CD and as a download. Pre-order your copy of the CD now at the Wire-Sound online shop (click through on the left), Amazon, iTunes, petrol stations, ice rinks and all good stockists of pop.
This debut collection of solo recordings features brand new collaborations on brand new material from fellow band members Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson, John Doyle and the late John McGeoch.
Additional performances are supplied by guest vocalists and musicians David McAlmont, Robert Wyatt, Corinne Drewery, Joel Purnell, Dennis Rollins and Clint Boon, even.
‘Satellite Sweetheart’, draws on Formula’s childhood in Whalley Range, Manchester. The striking childhood memory that inspired the collection is of Dave being taken to see Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who, after becoming the first man in space in 1961, made an appearance at the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in Brook’s Bar, in a show of proletarian solidarity.
“I got to shake his hand as he walked past”, says Dave.
The collaboration with Barry Adamson, ‘Bison Heard’, recalls Paul’s Record Shop, which sold calypso music, on Alexandra Road, Moss Side.
“It seemed like the coolest place on earth when I was being dragged up and down on a Saturday afternoon, doing the shopping with my folks”, says Dave.
Dave was introduced to Howard Devoto in Manchester during the 1977 white heat days of punk rock by legendary producer Martin Hannett. The two have worked together subsequently in Magazine and Luxuria, and together they have composed one of the album’s centre pieces in ‘Via Sacra’, which in turn lit the spark to the recent Magazine reformation.
“I persuaded Howard that it was time to be creative once more. A last chance to be venerable. An offer he couldn’t refuse”, says Dave.
Below, the video for ‘Via Sacra’, featuring Dave Formula (keyboards), Howard Devoto (Vocals), Barry Adamson (Upright Bass) and John Doyle (Drums).
Title : ‘Satellite Sweetheart’
Artist : Dave Formula
Format : CD + Download
Label : Wire-Sound
Cat # : WIRED 11
Release Date : 15.02.10.
Distribution : Cargo / 020 7731 5125