Marc Almond - Hits & Pieces

Chart Watch and New Releases: 10 March 2017

While the “singles chart” is full of Ed Sheeran tracks that aren’t singles, let’s have a look at the Physical Singles Chart where Depeche Modes Where’s The Revolution enters at number 1, knocking David Bowies No Plan EP down to number 2, while Blondie drop five places to #10 with Fun. There, that’s better, isn’t it? Mind you, you have to question how many copies a record has to sell to make the physical chart as the Stone Roses’ All For One re-enters at 33, George Michael falls to 35 with Freedom ’90 and the Dead Kennedys enter at 37 with a reissue of their 1981 classic Nazi Punks F*** Off.

This week’s big release is a long overdue single or double CD retrospective of Marc Almond’s 35+ year career: Hits and Pieces takes in Soft Cell and Marc & the Mambas as well as his solo work right up to 2015’s Scar and his new single A Kind of Love. Wet Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow has a new solo album Mysterious out today and Paul Weller releases his first film soundtrack, the original score of the forthcoming movie Jawbone. The Adventures’ 1988 album The Sea of Love gets a new expanded edition (review coming soon!) as does Shakatak’s Manic & Cool from the same year, and Thomas Leer releases a new album 1979.