Greg Ham, the flautist from Australian band Men at Work, has been found dead by police at his Melbourne home on Thursday (April 19) at the age of 58.
The cause of death is yet to be determined. "Because of the early stages of our investigation, we're not prepared to go into the exact details of what has occurred,' Detective Senior Sergeant Shane O'Connell told reporters.
Mr. Ham joined Men At Work in 1979 playing flute, harmonica, saxophone and keyboards. He played the chirpy flute riff in the song Down Under which became an international hit. The song which was released in early 1982 and went on to top the charts in both the UK and US.
Men at Work scored such hits as "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under." Last October, the group lost a protracted copyright suit that claimed their riff for "Down Under" came from a familiar local nursery rhyme, "Kookaburra." In 2010, a judge ruled that the band had copied the melody and that it should pay 5 percent of past profits.
Despite it, "Down Under" remains the unofficial anthem for Australia and came in fourth in a 2001 music-industry survey of the best Australian songs. Men at Work broke up in 1985, and Ham had been working as a guitar teacher in recent years.
In celebration of the 21st anniversary of their debut album 'Leisure', Blur will re-release their back catalogue as a special deluxe box set on 30th July.
The package will come as a special 21-disc set, including 2cd special editions of each of the band's seven albums, four discs of rarities, three DVDs including two hours of unreleased footage, two live shows and a disc of video rarities, a collectable 7" of a rare and previously unreleased live recording of Seymour-era song 'Superman' and a hard-bound book including liner notes based on brand new interviews with the band and previously unseen photos.
Each Special Edition boxes of all seven studio albums, will include bonus disc of material that includes previously unreleased extras, exclusive Blur artwork postcards, expanded booklets including previously unseen photographs and liner notes based on a brand new interview with the band.
Blur 21 boxset will be available on:
Blur 21: The Box
A deluxe 21 disc set, featuring:
- All seven newly expanded Special Editions
- Four discs of rarities, exclusive to this set. Includes 3½ hours of previously unreleased material
- Three DVDs including over 2 hours of previously unreleased footage. Includes two pivotal live shows and an exclusive disc of video rarities.
- Collectable 7" single of the rare and previously unreleased live recording of the Seymour-era Blur song Superman.
- Deluxe hard-bound book telling the story of Blur's 21 year career with extensive liner notes based on a brand new interviews with the band, illustrated with imagery of the era, including some previously unseen photos.
Blur 21: The Vinyl Box
- All seven vinyl formats of the Blur albums are collected together for The Vinyl Box and housed in a sturdy hard case, presenting the definitive collection of Blur vinyl.
Public Image Ltd. have confirmed the tracklisting for their comeback album 'This Is PiL'.
The release marks the band’s first album of new material since 1992′s ‘That What Is Not‘, and is to be issued through their own PiL Official label on May 28th.
John Lydon words about the album: “Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. ‘One Drop’ is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we’re all teenagers don’t you forget it! At any age, stay young. ‘Lollipop Opera’ is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrousness! ‘The Room I Am In’ well that’s about drugs and council flats. And there’s a tragedy that still continues. ‘I Must Be Dreaming’ Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments.”
The tracklisting for 'This Is PiL' is as follows:
1. This Is PiL
2. One Drop
3. Deeper Water
6. I Must Be Dreaming
7. It Said That
8. The Room I Am In
9. Lollipop Opera
11. Reggie Song
12. Out Of The Woods
The release of the album will be preceded by an EP, entitled 'One Drop' on April 21st as part of this year’s Record Store Day initiative.
'This Is PiL' will be released on May 26th through PiL's own label PiL Official.
Taking place Aug. 2-5 at Chicago's Grant Park this year's Lollapalooza festival has announced its forthcoming line-up, featuring Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, The Black Keys, Justice, and Avicii as its headliners.
Also on the list are At the Drive-In, Sigur Rós, Florence and the Machine, The Shins, The Afghan Whigs, The Gaslight Anthem, M83, The Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs, Bear In Heaven, Chairlift, SBTRKT, The Walkmen, Neon Indian, Metric, Sharon Van Etten, First Aid Kit, The War on Drugs, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, Miike Snow, Washed Out, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Bowerbirds, Alabama Shakes, J. Cole, Dr. Dog, Dawes, and many others.
On April 10th, as part of Kraftwerk's eight-night retrospective New York museum residency this month, the band will release a limited-edition box set of all eight of their albums.
2,000 copies of the set will be sold on the Museum of Modern Art's website, and at gift shops in the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan and MoMA/PS1 in Queens. It'll include remastered versions of the set released in 2009 (the massive reissue The Catalogue). It can be purchased at MoMA, as well as from their site.
Kraftwerk will perform eight of their albums in chronological order in full, one for each night, starting with 1974's Autobahn.
Django Django have unveiled the video for their new single 'Storm', set for release on May 7th and is the second single taken from their recently released self-titled debut album. The release will come backed by an Adrian Sherwood remix of Skies Over Cairo, and will be available exclusively for Record Store Day.
'Storm' was directed by Los Angeles based directors Focus Creeps whose recent work includes Artic Monkeys, Girls, Neon Indian and Wavves among others.
Weird Dreams are an East London's psych-pop band. Comprising Doran, Craig Bowers, Jon Rexter Crawford and William Riley, Weird Dreams formed when Doran and Craig met working in a vintage clothes shop, where talk frequently turned to '50s pop, '60s girl groups and – naturally – David Lynch movies.
The band's name is taken from Doran's propensity for real-life weird dreams. "Since I can remember I've always had incredibly vivid dreams, both good and bad," says the frontman. "They've always felt like an important part of my life."
Following feverish response for their two EPs and recent single 'Holding Nails', Weird Dreams are set to release their brilliant debut album Choreography, on Tough Love.
Influenced by both the Beach Boys and the films of David Lynch, Weird Dreams draw equally on the intricate harmonies of the former and the latter’s penchant for twisted suburban ennui. "The way David Lynch pushes reality to a point where it feels uncomfortable, his obsession with 1950s culture, his stream of consciousness approach to working", says frontman Doran Edwards. "Weird Dreams is a bittersweet pop band with twists."
"I love how idealistic and overly gushy '50s doo wop and '60s girl groups were, but I wanted to produce an even more dreamy-sounding version with lyrics that could be quite dark and resentful", says Doran. True to that vision, tracks such as 'Little Girl' and 'Hurt So Bad' speak of unusual relationships, while album centerpiece "Suburban Coated Creatures" is a personal unraveling of difficult teenage years dealing with small town life.
**Weird Dreams reached the TOP 20 on Kool Rock Radio's Best New Bands of 2011 list. Their single 'Faceless' peaked at #19 on our Best Tracks 2011 chart, and 'Holding Nails' peaked at #110.