As part of National Album Day 2020 (October 10, 2020), TIALTNGO features on one of the vinyl releases that day:
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Smash Hits 80s: Limited Edition Red Vinyl:
1 New Order – Blue Monday
2 A-ha – Take On Me
3 Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
4 The B-52’s – Love Shack
5 Bananarama - Venus
1 Tina Turner – The Best
2 Simply Red – Holding Back The Years
3 The Cars – Drive
4 Pretenders – Don’t Get Me Wrong
5 Aztec Camera – Somewhere In My Heart
1 The Smiths – There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
2 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
3 Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
4 The Stranglers – Golden Brown
5 Talk Talk – It’s My Life
1 Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
2 Diana Ross – Chain Reaction
3 Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
4 Spandau Ballet – True
5 Brother Beyond – The Harder I Try
...reporrting the passing of Dele Fadele, a pivotal figure in the NME and particularly famous for his part in the 'Flirting With Disaster?' cover story about Moz's attitudes towards race.
Dele personally told me that Morrissey had sent over a drink - probably a pint of cider - to Dele when both were in the Good Mixer during Moz's stint living in Camden, and he took it it to be a burying of the hatchet of sorts.
Interesting interview with Paolo Bedini, the promoter who organised The Smiths' only ever concert in Italy on May 14, 1985 at the Tendastrisce in Rome. Sounds like it certainly wasn't an easy task to negotiate in the age of telex. And from Sarzana of all places...
Highlight from the article (translated via Google because my Italian is far too rusty and unreliable):
"I read that they came to Rome at the behest of Morrissey who, having seen a postcard of the city, specifically asked to play there: is it true?
This is what their agent confided to me, but I don't know if it was true or not. What is certain is that the concert was really special: they weren't on tour, they weren't around, so it was a unique event. And it is also difficult today to explain how peculiar it was. Today the concerts are scheduled a year earlier: I found myself putting up a Smiths live [ show ] in a week."
They also accidentally mixed up The Smiths' technical sheet with New Order's due to a...
I thought perhaps I’d expressed enough defective needle gratitude for the flowers arriving at the house and adorning the gates and walls for my mother’s terrible, terrible death. I find I must say more - because they keep coming … from all over the world … Israel, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Poland, Italy … communicating, in their way, a whole sense of truth, one that perhaps tells us that there is no reasonable explanation how love comes and goes.
The death of our mothers somehow tend to clear the ground for some form of reconstruction. Although technically past adolescence, this does not apply to me. See, the sea wants to take me, and let that be the boy’s traditional right, for we all have no interest in hanging around in order to be overtaxed, or to be repeatedly bashed about the head by the Idiot Culture that now rules England with an iron rod.
Had my mother been the mother of some politely antiseptic Hell-given pop star...