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Wake Up (And Bid)!

22 Jul

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Robots In Disguise fans may be pleased to know they stand a chance of owning a really special slice of memorabilia… in the form of a Robot Lipstick costume!

The quirky outfit in Tatty Devine blue was designed to promote the band’s Wake Up! single back in 2010, and was also used on stage during live performances.  It is now the latest bit of RiD costumery and the like to be auctioned off by Dee Plume via e-bay, so if you fancy getting something a little different in your living room, this could be it!

You can bid over yonder, and revisit the brilliant Wake Up via it’s music video below.

Hollow Released!

11 Mar

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The new single by Sue Denim is out to buy now!

Hollow is the second single from her charming solo debut Sue And The Unicorn.  Paired with an exclusive b-side, After The Rain, the single is available digitally now, exclusively via Sue’s Bandcamp page for just £1.50. DOWNLOAD IT NOW! 

You can see the video for the single below, and there’s a couple of rare chances to see Sue live this month, with a one-off gig at Camden Barfly on March 23rd followed by a gig at Maesgeirchen Social Club in Bangor on March 29th.

You can also pick up the full length album from a number of sources – including The Velvet Onion Amazon UK and Amazon US Stores.  

However, we have to admit, we’d probably prefer it if you bought it directly from Sue, as she’ll get more cash for it that way!

A digital version of the album is available for £7 via Bandcamp, and as a physical cd (optionally signed) at her official site for just a tenner!

Hollow Denim

25 Feb

The wonderful Sue Denim has unleashed her new music video, Hollow, which you can see below.

The second single from her charming solo debut Sue And The Unicorn – it will be released as a single with an exclusive b-side, After The Rain, on March 11th, ahead of Denim’s one-off gig at Camden Barfly on March 23rd.

We’ll be bringing you download links for the single as soon as possible, but in the meantime you can pick up the full length album from a number of sources – including The Velvet Onion Amazon UK and Amazon US Stores.  However, we have to admit, we’d probably prefer it if you bought it directly from Sue, as she’ll get more cash for it that way!

A digital version of the album is available for £7 via Bandcamp, and as a physical cd (optionally signed) at her official site for just a tenner!  If you’re still unsure, you can hear two preview tracks, courtesy of Sue, via our very own Soundcloud page below.

Camden Denim

6 Feb

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Sue Denim will be performing at Camden Barfly next month.

The singer songwriter will be bringing her summer vibes to London audiences for the first time this year on Saturday March 23rd.  Tickets are available now via ents24 for just £6, so there’s never been a better excuse for capital-dwellers to check out Sue’s solo show.  For tickets, click on the word bicycle.

Don’t forget Sue’s debut solo album, as well as much of the Robots In Disguise back catalogue, is available in The Velvet Onion Amazon UK and Amazon US stores, and Sue’s own website has all the merchandise you could possibly need, so check ‘em out now!

2012: A Year In Interviews

2 Jan

In 2012 we were lucky enough to get the chance to chat to a few of the artists that we write about on these pages. So here’s a look back at some of the year’s interviews – and the fascinating, colourful and revealing comments that were shared. A big thank you to everyone who gave us their time and permitted us to poke cameras and dictaphones in their faces – we couldn’t do this without you! 

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“You kind of get sick of photographers going: ‘What about this? Let’s try a look. Gimme a look! thumbs up, relax that jaw, big smile, oooh, Cheeky! Whuhey!’ All that kind of crap. Whereas with this, it was the opposite and I think they enjoyed the novelty. I think there’s a certain power to looking moody.”
Dave Brown talks about the un-comedy portraits in his photography exhibition ‘Tough Crowd’

“You do sort of wonder how many more good dresses you can pull out of your wardrobe. I might just turn up to the next one looking like Tina and go: ‘Hi, everyone. I’m not actually a film star. I don’t have the wardrobe for this.’”
Alice Lowe discusses dressing for the multiple Sightseers premiers

“They keep going on! The London Film Festival was the gala screening, and I went to Cannes for the premiere there, which was very exciting. They had one last Thursday, which I couldn’t go to, and then this one tonight, which is being called the UK Premiere. I’m not sure what the difference is anymore, but it will be fun. I get to wear my suit again.”
Richard Glover’s take on dressing for the multiple Sightseers premiers

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“That is completely Noel’s fault. I kept saying ‘Can’t I be called something like Jana or another German name?’ and he said ‘No, Dolly is better’ and he and Nigel Coan were absolutely certain that I was going to be called Dolly. I got really self-conscious about it, and in the early days of filming Tom Meeten enjoyed putting my name in every single sentence because I was so embarrassed about it.”
Dolly Wells squirms about playing a character called ‘Dolly’ on Luxury Comedy

“Before Boosh, I was the shyest person in the world. I was scared of my own shadow, I wouldn’t talk to anyone that I didn’t know. Boosh has made me who I am now. It’s given me an animated, childish confidence. People say that when you’re thirty, you can’t be stupid like that anymore, but who says? There’s no rules!”
Mike Fielding in introspective mood

“We thought we knew what we were doing – we didn’t – and suddenly we found ourselves on stage with all these people like Simon Farnaby. They assumed we must be good, so we had to come up with something. It was all an accident, no actual decisions were made.”
John ‘Willie’ Hopkins talks about his appearances at Ealing Live with Richard Glover.

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“I’m not sure I have much of an opinion on mainstream music – I just don’t really listen to it! I imagine if I did listen too much I might not be too complimentary about it, so best not to get involved! Or maybe that’s where I’m going wrong. I think I’ll go and check out the charts RIGHT NOW!”
Sue Denim’s views on mainstream music

“You do get to see why it’s a bad idea to go and kill people, in a really cathartic way.”
Alice Lowe notes that Sightseers has a strong moral code 

“Maybe he doesn’t like the idea of being moody for me…the offer’s there, Paul, whenever you’re ready, stop body swerving me and get on your frown for Brown!”
Dave Brown courting Paul Foot for ‘Tough Crowd’

“Yeah. It’s not like I’m gonna go: ‘Well, actually, it’s funny you should say that. I’ve got a little pot of spunk in my pocket.‘”
Mike Fielding’s reaction to fans screaming at him that they want to have his babies

“My brother never stops talking. Usually about sweets.”
Noel Fielding’s analysis of bother Mike

“I’ve secretly always wanted to be in the S.A.S. A friend of mine used to say I could have been in the S.A.S. but on reception.”
Richard Glover talks about his alternative career path

“I’ve got my balls out on telly, they’re horrible things…I’ve got really dangly balls.”
Tom Meeten discusses his award-winning appendages

“Keep the faith! And let’s get The Boosh to make a film before they get too old and grey!”
Oly Ralfe’s message from NY to TVO readers

“Writing with Alice is like writing with your wife. It really is just like being with your wife, and arguing on holiday, whilst sightseeing, then writing it down.
Steve Oram’s take on writing Sightseers with Alice Lowe

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“I tend to write the first draft of stuff, then Amy totally rewrites it! She changes everything, and I’ve learnt over our twenty-odd year relationship to understand how that works for the greater good.”
Director Ben Wheatley’s approach to working with his long-term partner, Amy Jump

“We’ve got the power to take people on a journey – if we want to go to the moon, then let’s go to the moon for 10 minutes!”
Joey Page on the power of stand-up

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“If a drama show goes out on TV and it’s not that good no one kicks up a fuss, no one goes ‘Whoever commissioned this should be shot. I want my license fee back!’ I could easily say that a drama that doesn’t engage me in the first five minutes is the same as a comedy that doesn’t make me laugh, but people just don’t mind as much – they just accept that it’s not their cup of tea. But rarely do people accept that about comedy!”
Dan Clark takes on the harsh critics of comedy

“There’s no limits with him, whereas when you meet an actor for the first time it can be a bit awkward to pull their trousers down or something. With Richard, you can punch him in the face, rape him, and he’ll still come back for more.”
Steve Oram shows his love for working with Richard Glover on Sightseers

“I’ve been looking at Noel’s face constantly for three years, and even I watch him and say ‘There’s NY Cop’. I don’t say ’There’s Noel doing NY Cop’. You’re not looking at Noel, you’re looking at the character. It’s pretty incredible because he’s got such a pointy, distinctive face.”
Nigel Coan, director of Luxury Comedy, talks about Noel’s character performances

“I can’t believe they didn’t have Minstrels!”
Mike Fielding

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The Velvet Onion Calendar 2013

31 Dec

The Velvet Onion is pleased to continue its tradition of a yearly Calendar, available for free download!

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Once again we’ve been working with a number of our friends both in front of the camera and behind it, to bring you twelve great months to print out and stick up on your wall between January 1st and December 31st.

With yet another new design from Velveteer Lauren “Lozzy” Taylor, based on our fresh looking website layout, we really hope you like the results – which are available for a free download now.

GET YOUR FREE 2013 CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE NOW!

Thank you to everyone involved, and to all of you – our dearest Peelers – for a truly fantastic 2012… Happy New Year everyone, and here’s to a glorious 2013 for all!

EXCLUSIVE: In Holoserica Cepa – A Gift From The Velvet Onion

25 Dec

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Yes, it’s Christmas time, and as another year draws to a close, The Velvet Onion has not one, but two presents for you.

Our annual TVO Calendar has sadly been delayed a little, but will be here for your perusal before 2012 runs out of gas.  We’ve been working round the clock the last few days to ensure it’s up to scratch, and reaches you before the end of the month, and we think you’ll love what we’ve come up with, so stay peeled over the festive season for that!

The other present… well that’s arguably more special.  We’ve called upon some of our more musical friends in the realm of the Onion, to provide a very special eight-track EP you can download completely free!

Just visit our Soundcloud page to get all eight tracks, featuring the likes of James Cook, Sue Denim, Antony Elvin, Stephen Evans, Suzy Evelyn-Hall, Rich Fulcher, Richard Glover, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Holly Jane Shears, Waen Shepherd, William Summers, Gareth Tunley, Michael Tyack and Tony Way.

But hurry, because the files will only be available until SUNDAY JANUARY 6th, before being taken down forever.  For a full tracklisting, and a flashy swanky player loaded with all eight songs, see below.

TVO would like to thank everyone involved with the making of these tracks, and the compiling of this collection.  You all know who you are, and to you, and everyone out there reading this – a most merry of holiday seasons to you all. We love ya.

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01. Secret Wolf – GARY LE STRANGE

Taken from the long deleted third Gary Le Strange album, Beef Scarecrow, this song has only previously been made available at Waen Shepherd’s live shows many moons ago.  Stay tuned for the full reissue of his GLS albums over the next twelve months, with the first, Polaroid Suitcase available now.

02. Stingo – PRINCES IN THE TOWER

Originally a spin-off from folk legends Circulus, the magnificent Princes In The Tower have become an almighty Tudor force in their own right.  This track is taken from the forthcoming debut album, A Golden Hour With Princes In The Tower, which will be available soon…

03. Midnight, The Stars And You – RICHARD GLOVER & STEPHEN EVANS

Described by Evans as a ‘short and daft’ version of the 1930s classic (forever immortalised in The Shining), this is a previously unreleased recording from the Splendid duo…

04. The Self Machine – JAMES COOK

Taken from James’ wonderful debut solo album, Arts And Sciences, this track sees the former Nemo frontman on typically fine form.  The album is available now.

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05.  Song Of A Wayfarer – WILLIAM SUMMERS

Recorded live at St John the Divine Church in Richmond upon Thames back in July, this is an exclusive, haunting live recording from the multi-instrumentalist.

06. Unicorn – DEADDOGINBLACKBAG

The first new DeadDogInBlackBag song for a long, long time, this is a complete and utter exclusive from the electropop duo.

07. Another Rainy Day – SUE DENIM

A 60s influenced b-side from Sue’s recent Bicycle single, this track acts a taster for her delightfully summery debut solo album, Sue And The Unicorn, which is available now.

08. This Christmastime [2012 Mix] – ANTONY ELVIN, ALICE LOWE & FRIENDS

Originally recorded for Alice LoweJacqueline Wright‘s Jackal Film of the same name back in 2010, this fresh mix from its producer and co-writer Antony Elvin features a host of TVO stars – Gareth Tunley, Shelley Longworth, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Rich Fulcher – spreading an important message for the festive season.

More From Denim

29 Sep

Fans of Sue Denim and her new album And the Unicorn, can feed their fandom with a new filmed interview with Sue.

In the two-minute film clip he talks about her music, why she didn’t go down the ‘fan funding’ approach to producing her new album, and her cameo appearances on The Mighty Boosh. Take a look at it by clicking on the image below:

 

The bike-loving songstress has also promised more live dates in November (so look out for those), including a London date on 16th November. Take a look at this review and video of one of her recent shows – and then make sure you snap up a ticket next time!

Don’t forget that you can pick up some rather lovely Sue And the Unicorn merchandise via Sue’s website. What’s more, if you tweet Sue a photo of yourself with said merch, she’ll share it with her twitter followers. Infamy!

More Sue For You

14 Sep

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The warm afterglow of Sue Denim‘s awesome (we have it on good authority!) London show provides us with the perfect opportunity to tell you about a new interview with the songstress.

This week Sue chatted to Amelia’s Magazine, about her new album And The Unicorn, moving to Wales and falling in love. Of her new record’s departure from the familiar electronica Robots in Disguise sound, Sue says, “I wanted it to sound very different from RiD, wanted it to be simple and warm in terms of sound. Then I found producer David Wrench, warm simplicity in recording being one of his trademarks!”

Sue also talks about how solo writing differs from working with Dee Plume saying, “Biggest difference – I was able to express myself fully without any compromise and get songs finished quickly! Less arguments! But also, less laughing. Good and bad points to working alone.”

To read more about Sue’s new album (and to find out why she’s no longer bored in Wales!) click here to read the interview in full.

The Review And The Unicorn

14 Sep

This evening (Friday 14th September) Sue Denim will be performing in London; the last date on her UK tour off the back of her debut album And The Unicorn.
If you didn’t get the chance to see her perform her tunes in your town, then you still have the chance tonight to get lost in Sue’s world.

To remind you of why you shouldn’t miss this great chance this evening, Aggie & Paulyne have taken it upon themselves to jot down every thought that comes to mind when playing And The Unicorn. So why not have a read with the album playing in the background, or order yours now to see what you’ve been missing!

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1. Bicycle
The first song (and first single) of the album is as the title suggests a song about bicycles. One might even call it a love song! Evokes vivid imagery as you imagine Sue riding her bike through the woods, up the mountains, at the beach and all the way back again. Whether you’re an avid biker or stuck on a bus, you will feel the wind in your hair. Also beware, Bicycle will make you hum “nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah something something something dreaming…” all day long as you start making up your own “nah nah nah nah something something’s”. Believe us, we’re currently something something something writing.

One word to describe the song: Uplifting
If this song would be an animal, it would be a: Stork

2. Brewster McCloud
If you shut your eyes, you may see a campfire, people swaying, some relaxing under a starry sky. Brewster McCloud is the ultimate chill-out song. A true festival number when the sun’s about to set. The first half making you feel lighter than air then the crescendo propelling you through to the light at the end of a tunnel. The song may reference the 1970’s feature film but I relate it to the timeless classic Peter Pan.

One word: Dreamy
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Art, Science, Cook…

13 Sep

There is excitement in the air for James Cook fans after the official video for his album-titled single, Arts & Sciences goes live!

Keeping his loved 80’s nostalgia style in this video and collaborating with Chris Corner in the edit-suit to knock the eccentric-levels up to 11, you can still see something great in what some of our favourite, understated musicians can create.

Also directed by Graham McGuire, a director who knows the Musical Booshdom well after working with Robots In Disguise in the past plus Sue Denim on her debut solo single.

Take a look at the video below and head over here to order your very own James Cook back-catalogue!

Riding To A Town Near You!

3 Aug

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Sue Denim will be taking her guitar and unicorn around the UK later this year!

As we mentioned previously, the shows have had a slow start in ticket sales but we’re delighted to hear that the shows will go on!

Bar Bristol, which has unfortunately been cancelled, you can see Sue in Newcastle upon Tyne, Birmingham, Liverpool and London at each of their O2 Academy venues.  She will also be popping to Cardiff to perform at 10 Feet Tall.

To pinch your tickets for any of the 02 Academy dates, you can head over to here.  For you Cardiff fans, tickets are available right here.

Remember to have a peel of our interview with Sue earlier this year and to check out the first video accompanying her debut single Bicycle, which can also be found on her album And the Unicorn, to be released on 13th August!

Onion Talking: Behind The Unicorn, Sue Denim

24 Jul

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Earlier this year we spoke to comic Joey Page, about his years of trying to break the comedy circuit and bring the audiences to him, rather than waiting for the head-honchos to give him the nod. This time we  turn to the world of the music industry, and find out from Sue Denim what it’s been like for her to release her album off her own back.

The musical stars of the Booshdom have been known for producing their own projects, even from right at the beginning with Sneaker Pimps. Yet, the struggle continues and many of these talents are still yet to break into the mainstream. But is that really a bad thing?

Today is the official release of Bicycle – the first single to come from Sue Denim.  Sue  has been spreading her musical wings and is now releasing her debut solo album, And the Unicorn, to be released on 13th August.  The album comes to us off the back of Denim’s fully independent label, Superhealthy, and we for one are fully supportive of anyone out there who believes in making a living in any medium independently. Velveteer Paulyne asks her the questions that can put any aspiring musicians out there at ease.

Sue & The Unicorn was originally in the public eye in 2009. Since then Sue has used the power of the internet (myspace, twitter and even The Velvet Onion) to promote and release her experimental, unplugged songs.  Her raw, to- the-bone tunes and homemade videos have made each project feel like a personal gift; like a secret just between Sue, you and the Unicorn.

How have  you found developing such a different musical style with people that know and support you through Robots In Disguise?

The connections I’ve made during over 10 years working in the musicbBiz have definitely helped, but ultimately whoever I’m dealing with has had to love my new music too. Happily for me it’s been an amazing and very encouraging response!

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See Sue’s Show!

16 Jul

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Sue Denim is hoping to undertake her first full blown solo tour in September, with dates across the UK, which currently face the threat of cancellation unless sadly flagging ticket sales improve.

The Robots In Disguise singer songwriter has been steadily working on her acoustic tinged debut album, Sue And The Unicorn, which will be sweetening the sound of our summers from August 13th.  It’s available for pre-order for just £8.99 for The Velvet Onion Amazon Store now!

The album will be proceeded by single Bicycle on July 23rd, and we’ll be bringing you an exclusive chat with Denim that day to celebrate.  In the meantime, you can see it’s video below.

Lovely stuff, we’re sure you will agree – not just for fans of Robots In Disguise, but a well honed, happy go lucky vibe which should no doubt appeal to fans of great female songsmiths from Siouxie Sioux to Paloma Faith.

The album and single are also being released entirely independently, and as such, the accompanying tour is getting little fanfare or attention – threatening some shows with cancellation.  Something this good deserves to be heard, especially live, so we hope all of our UK peelers who can find the time to pop over to a show near them pre-order tickets now!

The tour kicks off in Newcastle, and travels to York, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol (sadly no Manchester date this time around, so the hardcore RiD fans will have to traverse elsewhere), before rounding off in London a week later.  For the full list of dates, and ticket links, see below.

Sat 8th Sept – O2 Academy, Newcastle – BUY TICKETS
Sun 9th Sept – Fibbers, York – BUY TICKETS
Mon 10th Sept – O2 Academy, Birmingham – BUY TICKETS
Tue 11th Sept – O2 Academy, Liverpool – BUY TICKETS
Wed 12th Sept – 10 Feet Tall, Cardiff – BUY TICKETS
Thur 13th Sept – O2 Academy, Bristol – BUY TICKETS
Fri 14th Sept – O2 Academy, Islington – BUY TICKETS

If you’re still not convinced, here are two exclusive tracks which Sue shared with TVO in the Winter.  Enjoy.

Forgotten Favourites: The Anniversary Of Booshfest!

6 Jul

Four years ago yesterday, The Mighty Boosh teamed up with Mean Fiddler’s Vince Power to create Booshfest – a whole day of music, comedy, costumes and more at Hop Farm in Kent.

In our recurring Forgotten Favourites strand, Velveteers Mog & Paulyne reminisce about this memorable moment from the peak of Booshmania.

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It became a significant event for thousands of fans. Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt picked up the phone to their extensive and impressive line-up of talented mates, and managed to bag Gary Numan, Har Mar Superstar and of course a bit of Jazz from Polar Bear (who were a perfect kick-start to the day). Then there was The Charlatans, Robots in Disguise, The Kills, Peaches, plus a DJ set from Jarvis Cocker!

Along with the music, a festival organised by comedians wouldn’t be complete without some comedy, and this was catered to by the popular and over-populated Velvet Onion tent – sadly before TVO itself took the name and ran with it.  Featuring on this bill were TVO favourites Matt Berry, Matthew Holness, Arnab Chanda and Paul Foot, amongst others.

The merchandise and food stands even stuck with the theme; selling ‘Loud Hats’, ponchos, soup, pie & mash and even Eels! It seemed no rock had been left unturned and it certainly gave off the feeling of stepping into a literal Boosh world.  We’re sure if they could have used Euros as currency they would have!

As well as planning the day, we also got to see the Boosh simultaneously promote it all over TV, radio and print. They appeared on the front cover of NME (one of many covers in this period), as well as a slot on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, which also teased at their then forthcoming live tour, Future Sailors.

With The Boosh taking an unexpected turn in their careers with this event, the press were not always going to be complementary.  Of course, the event sparked reviews stating “Punters failed to get a handle on the odd line-up” and “The atmosphere was lacking from the off.” We’re not sure which festival they were at, but from what we saw there wasn’t a fan on Hop Farm that wasn’t glowing with the Boosh spirit!

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The Velvet Onion may have only existed as a comedy tent back at the time of Booshfest, but Velveteers were there in mind, body and spirit. Indeed, Mog’s over-excited review of the day made it into Cheekbone, the Boosh fanzine of the day. Much to her embarrassment we’ve dusted it off in celebration of that glorious day four years ago.

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Sue Take Me Up The Hill!

4 Jul

Sue Denim has released her first solo music video to accompany her debut album And the Unicorn!

Following up from the last few dates we were able to give you of Sue’s blossoming folk-pop career, Bicycle is the first single to come from the album which will be released on the 23rd July and shows Denim out and about in Londontown on her bike, but of course if full Sue style.

Have a look at her shiny new video below to keep you occupied until the tour kicks off on 8th September!

The Unicorn Is Released!

11 Jun

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There have been whispers for a while now about Sue Denim releasing her debut solo album, and now we have come across some dates that put these rumours to rest!

‘And The Unicorn’ will be released on 13th August – just in time for your 2012 summer playlist.

Along with the album there will of course be a single to accompany it. Bicycle will be the first single to come from her album and it will be available to download from 23rd July!

Naturally, Sue will be touring later this year too, all dates announced so far can be found right here!
So take a look to see if she’s popping to your town, plus stay peeled for more additions as we find them!

If these dates are looming oh-too slowly, then take a look back at when Sue was lovely enough to give us an exclusive peek at one of the tracks from her album!

Books And Unicorns

4 Feb
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Did you know that today, 4th February, is National Libraries Day? It’s a day dedicated to raising the profile of the humble library, via a series of celebratory events. To find out what’s been going on in your local area visit the National Libraries Day website.

Under the guise of Sue & The Unicorn, Sue Denim has written and recorded a song about books to mark this special day. What’s more, she’s very kindly sent to us to share with you.

To listen to Sue’s special track. taken from her upcoming album And The Unicorn, click here

So go on, while it’s chilly outside curl up with a good book in honour of National Libraries Day while you listen to a beautifully melodic song about them!

2011 Pops Off With a Bang!

8 Jan

The final months of 2011 were an exciting time for the Booshniverse. Join us for now for the final instalment of our four-part retrospective as we relive it all over again. . .

October

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October began buzzing with Booshy delights. The month’s start saw previews for the upcoming 25th series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.  Meanwhile, Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher continued on their North American Snuff Box DVD tour in Canada, Los Angeles, and Fulcher in NYC.

While London Madcaps prepared to get their books scribbled by Noel Fielding and Dave Brown, the BBC were busy at work filming the Victorian spoof drama Bleak Old Shop of Stuff. The series, starring TVO regulars Katherine Parkinson and James Bachman, as well as Stephen Fry, is meant to start airing in the New Year. The Sightseers, the Alice Lowe/Steve Oram film collaboration was also underway by mid-October. For the nostalgic at heart, cult DJ extrodinaire Pogo released “Zoo Zoo”, a Mighty Boosh mash-up.

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The first of four TVO Scribblings wristband competitions was announced, with peelers in London, and soon thereafter Edinburgh vying for guaranteed admission to meet the Shambletons. Psycho Delia mixed some tunes, and IAMX fans were pleased to see the band’s triumphant return to a London stage in one hell of a show! Friend of TVO, Hayden Black, saw Goodnight Burbank, his series that started as webisodes with cameos from the likes of Rich Fulcher and John Barrowman, make its North American televisual debut. Familiar face Alan Partridge, the infamous alter ego of Steve Coogan, announced his returning to both radio and TV.

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Blackpool’s Comedy Carpet was unveiled, Booshy jaunts included! Lucky American peelers got the opportunity to catch the Matt Berry/Steve Agee film Angry White Men as it enjoyed a limited release in California and North Carolina. In yet another bout of nostalgia, Vlad the Impaler returned to the handlebars of Serge and the rest of Kasabian’s musical bicycle.

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Sue Denim EXCLUSIVE: Brewster McCloud

23 Dec

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Back in September, we told you that Sue Denim‘s solo project Sue and the Unicorn was going to fund and record an album. Now we can bring you the joyous news that the album has been finished!

Sue has worked with producer and piano magician David Wrench to bring you 10 tracks which she says sounds like “I’m singing in the same room as the listener”.

The project does not have a set name yet so it might not be Sue and the Unicorn, as we have written here. Moreover, Sue has been debating the name issue on Twitter so why not head on over there to give her your humble opinion? Should the Unicorn stay or go?

The album has a preliminary release date of March 2012, and then Sue hopes to be on the road on tour in April. As is often the case with self-funded releases nothing is set in stone, but as soon as we know the hard facts we’ll be here to keep you informed.

If you opened yesterday’s TVO Advent calendar door, you probably noticed that we said we would bring you an extra little surprise today. Well, Sue was kind enough to give us a sneak peek at one of the track on the coming album and we get to share it with you!

The song, called Brewster McCloud, does indeed make you feel like she’s right there signing next to you (as promised!). It’s become an instant favourite here, and we just can’t stop listening to it.

Listen to the song below or head over to SoundCloud to leave some love!

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