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SATURDAY 23RD AUGUST 2014

SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC GLASGOW DATE

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic has announced the first date of their proposed four night Halloween tour. The band will be heading north of the border on the night itself, playing Glasgowís Ivory Blacks on Friday 31st October. There has been regular activity over on Martinís message board by fans pleading for a Scotland date. Now they have their chance to get out there and show some support and hopefully ensure future trips to their fair country.

I have put all relevant details I have over on the FORTHCOMING SHOWS page.

SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2014

ELECTROWERKZ UPDATE

Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic played a top notch and very upbeat set and Londonís Electrowerkz last night. Werenít you there? My thoughts and photos can be found HERE

It was great seeing Nick, Kirstie and Angel. I do remember a time though that the London shows were full of people I know. Guess those days are gone now, shame really.

For those that are interested in the live shows keep checking back as I try to keep the FORTHCOMING SHOWS page as up to date as I can.

Cheers,

Doc x

THURSDAY 3RD JULY 2014

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC LIVE IN LONDON THIS SATURDAY

This Saturday seeís Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic rocking out at Londonís Electrowerkz, a date rescheduled from the end of May. If you are (like me) holding onto a ticket for the original then rest assured you will get in. So looking forward to this show. Check out the flyer for the complete line-up of bands. Sputnik stage time is 10.00pm.

NEW SHOWS

Two more Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic UK dates have appeared via 8Ball Booking.

First up is Foremans Bar, Nottingham. SSSE will be performing there on Sunday 28th September, doors open at 7.00pm. The other latest date on the schedule is a free to enter show at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes on Friday 17th October. Iíve put all the details I have for these two new shows on the FORTHCOMING SHOWS page.

LATEST SPUTNIK T-SHIRT FROM REBEL IN PRINT

You want it??? You got it. Brand new Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic Sigue Sigue Sputnik star t-shirts from REBEL IN PRINT. These high quality shirts are available NOW in UNISEX and LADYFIT. They won't be available at the SSSE show on Saturday but I will be wearing one if you wanna have a feel.

See you Saturday,

Doc x

SUNDAY 22ND JUNE 2014

SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC ROCK OUT IN LOWESTOFT

 
 

Grannyís music venue hosted a shit hot rocking set from Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic last night. Their performance would have blown away the most dyed in the wool London crowd; they certainly went down a storm in Lowestoft. Hopefully Martin, Johann, Mark and Lena will be invited for a return visit soon.

Youíll find my thoughts and photos from the evening HERE

See you in London......13 days....

Doc x

FRIDAY 20TH JUNE 2014

SSSE LIVE AT LOWESTOFT GRANNY'S TOMORROW

Itís the longest day of the year tomorrow and, aside from being down at Stonehenge, I canít think of a better way of celebrating the Summer Solstice than being down at the front at a Sputnik gig. Thatís where you will find Doc Jnr and I tomorrow evening. Heís not seen Martin since SputfeSSSt , Iíve not been to show since 2012 so itís been a long time coming for both of us.

Pictures will follow in due course. See you there?

Doors 7.00pm - Bands from 8.00pm.

Doc

SATURDAY 14TH JUNE 2014

RIO ROCKS 2014 - SSSE WORLD CUP ANTHEM

So the 2014 World Cup campaign is now well under way. To celebrate this, Sputnik Electronic have re-recorded the classic track Rio Rocks. This new version features Will Crewdson on guitar and Lloyd Price on keys and programming. It's available to purchase now from SPUTNIK2.COM at the cost of £1.25.

Iíve never heard Rio Rocks played live so Iím pleased to hear itís going to be in the set for Lowestoft.

The Lowestoft gig is just 7 days away now, canít wait itís been far too long since Iíve seen SSSE.

Doc x

MONDAY 9TH JUNE 2014

ELECTROWERKZ SHOW RESCHEDULED DATE

Iíve been chomping at the bit waiting to share this news for the past few days but wanted to wait until Martin had approved the flyer.

The show at Londonís Electrowerkz that was postponed from 31st May due to Martinís recent health scare has now been rescheduled for Saturday 5th July. Tickets for the original date remain valid. This had happened a lot faster than I was expecting but it is still my intention to go, so I hope to see some of you there.

I've put the full details on the FORTHCOMING SHOWS page.

NEW SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC DVD

New from bs-films.de, SSSE recorded live at Witten Excalibur on 17th April 2014. This show was part of the Easter tour of Germany. Those familiar with bs-films will know they always put out a quality product and Iím sure this release will be no exception.

The dvd is available now from SPUTNIK2.COM price £10.00 including p+p.

Hopefully available from the gigs too?

Lowestoft followed by London for the Doc ;)

SUNDAY 1ST JUNE 2014

MARTIN DEGVILLE UPDATE

I am more than pleased to be able to spread the news that Martin has been discharged from hospital and is on the road to recovery;

This from his Facebook page earlier today;

Hi everyone!!!!

1st of all I would like to thank you all most sincerely for all the wonderful messages texts and phone calls I have received, that meant so much to myself and Johann and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart :)

I was discharged from hospital on Saturday and am now on the rock n roll road to recovery!!!!

Love to you all. Big kisses xxxx

Martin Degville

I was really upset when I heard of Martinís health scare and was not much fun to work with on Friday. Martin is someone who I have admired as a performer since 1986 and have counted as a personal friend since 2000. News of his recovery brings a massive sense of relief.

According to the venue, Lowestoftís gig in June is ON!!! Which is more fabulous news as we are already set to attend this show. When news reaches me of the status of the other planned UK shows I will share it here.

I am a much happier DocSputnik today.

THURSDAY 29TH MAY 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM FLAG PROMOTIONS

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! Sigue Sigue Sputnik's Martin Degville has been admitted to hospital with severe chest pains and is currently having more tests and being kept under observation. This means his planned show this Saturday at Electrowerkz will be rescheduled until a later date. I am sure you win join all of us at Flag Promotions in wishing Martin a speedy recovery. Tickets may be kept for the rescheduled date or refunds are available from point of purchase. Alternatively they may be used for Saturday's show which will go ahead with The Memepunks headlining now with Jordan Reyne, Scant Regard and You The Living.

Iím sure fans the world over will join Doc Jnr and I in sending your thoughts, prayers and best wishes to Martin and Johann. Feel better soon my friend.

Iím sure further announcements regarding Martinís health and the status of the other scheduled UK shows will be shared via Facebook etc but I will also post all updates on this site too.

Again, please get well soon Martin xx

Doc

MONDAY 26TH MAY 2014

LOVE MISSILE F1-11 2014: THE REMIXES

Friday saw the release of Love Missile F1-11 2014: The Remixes, a 17 track compilation from Martin Degville in association with Sobel Promotions. Nine artists have lent their name to the project in total, eight of the mixes are presented as radio edits and full length versions.

I purchased mine directly from Martin and received the download link almost immediately. I had to reorganise them within my iTunes library and (with no official tracklisting I could find) have ordered them as follows;

JULIAN MARSH RADIO MIX / IAN FORD RADIO MIX / SWITCHTWISTA RADIO REMIX / JOSE JIMENEZ RADIO MIX / JOE GILLAN RADIO EDIT / MR SHARMANíS ULTRA MIX RADIO EDIT / PART OF THE ART RADIO EDIT / MIKE JOLLYíS PINK TOOTHBRUSH DUBFEST RADIO MIX / JULIAN MARSH MIX / IAN FORD MISSION IMPOSSIBLE EXTENDED MIX / SWITCHTWISTA EXTENDED REMIX / JOSE JIMEINEZ REMIX / JOE GILLAN MIX / MR. SHARMANíS ULTRA MIX / PART OF THE ART MIX / MIKE JOLLYíS PINK TOOTHBRUSH DUBFEST MIX / DVJ ENTICE CHILLPLAY MIX

This is a dance release make no bones about it, but within that there are many different interpretations, from Mr. Sharmanís minimal approach (nice one Paul) to the heavy sound of Part of the Art. I think there is something here to please most tastes. My personal favourites are the Part of the Art and Mike Jolly mixes. Iím not so into this type of music that I could get through it all in one session, but on rotation it becomes a welcome addition to my SSSE collection. Of course, nothing will ever replace that 1986 original which in itself was so far ahead of itís time that it still sounds exciting and fresh today. This release Iím sure is intended to compliment the original as well as bring the track to a whole new audience that may not have been aware of it before.

Love Missile F1-11 2014: The Remixes is currently available from SPUTNIK2.COM as a download for £9.00. I believe some people are currently having trouble accessing the website. If this is the case and you wish to order the two options are;

PayPal £9.00 directly to SSPUTNIK3@AOL.COM, stating itís for the Love Missile 2014 release.

Contact Martin directly at WORLDWAR4@BTINTERNET.COM where you can order the download or a hardcopy version.

Doc x

WEDNESDAY 21ST MAY 2014

SSSE MIDDLESBROUGH SHOW

Iíve updated the FORTHCOMING SHOWS with a new gig scheduled for 20th September at Middlesbroughís Longlands Club. Itís good to see the SSSE crew back on the road in the UK again.

Martin has posted on Facebook that guitarist Will Crewdson will be joining Martin, Johann and Lloyd onstage at Mayís Electrowerkz show. This is shaping up to be a great show for SSSE, would be great to see a good Elite turn out for this.

SSSE stage time 10.00pm

Doc

MONDAY 19TH MAY 2014

LOVE MISSILE FLIES AGAIN

Sobel Promotions is proud to announce the return of Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic! Being released on May 23rd, 2014 is their classic song Love Missile F1-11 updated with 2014 mixes. Originally produced by Legend Giorgio Moroder the remix package includes remixes from Julian Marsh, DJ Ian Ford, Joe Gillan, Mr.Sharman, Part of the Art, Josť Jimťnez, Mike Jolly, DJ DavyC and Dvj Entice. The message of Love Missile F1-11 remains the same today as it did in 1986 when it was originally released.

Martin Degville is available for interviews and bookings. Contact Barbara Sobel at sobelpromotions@gmail.com

Doc x

WEDNESDAY 14TH MAY 2014

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC NEW UK DATES

Two new SSSE UK shows have been announced; they play in Lowestoft in June, then appear in Winchester in October. All the details I have for these two shows have been added to the Forthcoming Shows page.

I should be attending the Electrowerkz show in London at the end of May; I hear via Facebook that this show is being recorded for Brazilian TV.

Doc Jnr and I will be in attendance at the Lowestoft show, tickets are already booked.

Martin has mentioned that Santi and David are returning to the UK to play a London show with him in September. The return of the Sci-Fi Superstars? However they are billed it promises to be a great show. More details when I have them.

Stay tuned,

Doc x

SATURDAY 3RD MAY 2014

ELECTROWERKZ UPDATE

New flyer for this months SSSE show in London features full support details.

"Electro-punks SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK ELECTRONIC return to the London stage on Saturday 31st May! They will be playing all their classic hits and more, and Martin Degville never disappoints on the performance and visual front! As you know, a Sputnik gig is always an excuse for dressing to impress, and partying to excess! Support from rousing party monsters The Memepunks! Also, Jordan Reyne and You The Living complete a fantastic line-up!"

WEDNESDAY 23RD APRIL 2014

CRAZY POGO MIX

There was a time when Sputnik fan mixes were two a penny. Most of them were really rather good, it has to be said there are many talented fans out there in cyberspace. Napsterama anyone? However, as far as I know, no-one ever attempted a megamix. Thankfully that has now been rectified. It sticks mostly to classic Flaunt It era Sputnik and thunders along nicely. Well done to SpaceAnthony, this is long overdue.

Download link HERE

SIGUE SIGUE SPUTNIK - CRAZY POGO MIX (by SpaceAnthony)

00:00 - Intro
00:40 - 21st Century Boy (Crazy double mix by SpaceAnthony)
03:33 - Rockit Miss USA (Dearth wish mix)
06:40 - Teenage Thunder (Sputstyle)
08:50 - Sex Boom Boogie (Magic double mix by SpaceAnthony)
10:48 - Love Missile F1-11
13:18 - Frankenstein Cha Cha Cha
14:54 - C'mon Everybody
17:40 - Love Missile F1-11 (Special outro track)

WEDNESDAY 16TH APRIL 2014

THE RETURN OF DOCSPUTNIK

Hello and welcome back to DocSputnik.co.uk. As always itís nice to see you. Not much has actually changed, like myself, the site is still big and simple. The main changes are,

SPUTNIK LIVE
The photos and reviews of each show Iíve been to have been condensed onto one page. Iíve also added relevant audio/visual content where necessary.

SSS COLLECTION
This page now takes the form of a clickable thumbnail picture gallery with a separate page detailing track listings for each item.

SSSCRAPBOOK
Another thumbnail gallery, this page now incorporates the previous SSScrapbooks as well as the old Fan Gallery.

PREVIOUS UPDATES
This page no longer exists.

All other pages remain the same.

Now to take a look at a few things that have occured while I have been offline...

DEMOBOMB

The long awaited DemoBomb finally dropped. Tonyís collection of (mostly) previously unheard gems was released via weekly free downloads on the Sputnikworld site. I personally feel the actual tracks were a little hit and miss, certainly of much varying quality. It was Tonyís write up each week that I looked forward to the most. Such personal first hand insight into the band is a rare thing indeed and if these blogs donít prove that Mr. James should be concentrating on an autobiography then I donít know what will.

One thing that did disappoint me was the little regard given to the early 21st Century Sputnik comeback. Although several of the demos come from this period it seems certain now that Tony never felt that this was in anyway true Sputnik, indeed he states that any future reunion would have to be all six members on a grand scale. Something I feel in my heart of hearts will never happen. Believe me though I will be at the front if it does. And I know some of the faces who will be there with me too.

I havenít been on the various Sputnik forums recently but I know there had been some confusion over the final number of tracks in the collection. Well Iím pretty certain I didnít miss any and I have 42 tracks. Click HERE for the full list. One track I know many people missed was Sex Bomb Boogie (Sputstyle) which was removed from Sound Cloud (or whatever the host was) fairly sharpish. I wouldnít fret too much if you donít have this as it is barely distinguishable from the Flaunt It version and is very poor quality. That said if you do want a copy email me and I will send it by return.

Speaking of the forums an old buddy of mine, Chris Damien Doll, posted his own thoughts on Demo Bomb week by week over on the Sputnik2 message boards. Chris has particular knowledge concerning the day by day rigours of being in a band having been part of the Trashcan Darlings and can currently be found fronting the Suicide Bombers. Chrisí thoughts make fascinating reading, view them HERE

The first paragraph of the final Demo Bomb blog raises a couple of questions...

ďAnd so we reach the final blog for this free to download version of the DemoBomb album. I know there are more demos in my studio somewhere living with spiders, more hard to find versions of recordings at the end of corroding cassettes. Another time.Ē

Does this mean there is going to be a formal and hardcopy release and will there be a Demo Bomb Vol.2?

Only Tony knows...

RESURRECTION EP

This EP was released during the height of the Demo Bomb season and including (coincidentally or not) re-recordings of two of the tracks (namely Surfiní in the City and Be My Universe aka Miss Universe). Judging by Facebook Lloyd has taken some time off from working with Martin as he was not involved with the production of this or the forthcoming Cover To Covers EP.

Handling the production duties here is Paul Hammond. My problem with this EP, as well as the awful intro, is that compared to Electronic DNA and its remixed counterpart this release sounds dull, lifeless and uninspired which is a real shame as the songs themselves are fine. Thereís a completely re-worked version of the song formerly known as The Last Temptation Of Sputnik, Iím Your God and the long awaited Martian Babylon. I canít help thinking this would have been a much better release in the hands of Mr. Price.

COVER TO COVERS EP

 

Hot on the heels of the Resurrection EP but thankfully of much better production quality. Iím not a great fan of cover version products, much prefer new material personally. Martin puts his own stamp on four classic tracks. Ghost Rider is the best.

Both EPís are currently available to purchase on Martinís site.

DEMOLITION

The most recent material Iíve picked up while the site has been offline. This one does pretty much what it says on the tin. A collection of raw demos from sessions for the forthcoming SSSE album Born To Be Glamorous. Like the G.O.D. release from a few years back some of these tracks show real promise but there is much work to be done yet on all of them. A release for completists only I think although admittedly I have only played it start to finish once. Sputabilly is annoyingly catchy.

GERMAN EASTER TOUR 2014

SSSE on tour with Fundetta, this is basically happening NOW!!! so head over to REVERBNATION or SPUTNIK2.COM for full details on these shows.

BIRMINGHAM SHOW 24TH MAY

Please be aware that the advertised show at The Cross, Moseley has been cancelled by the promoters who have put out this statement.

ďIt is with regret that The Seventh Wave Presents has had to cancel the "Dodgy Out In The Open Show" and the "Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic / Attrition / Spacebuoy Show" planned for 17 May and 24 May respectively. We are truly sorry for having to make this announcement. The Promoter (The Seventh Wave Presents) has done everything in their power to make these shows happen. The Loft has had a number of production difficulties and they have decided that there will be no more live shows at the venue after 03 May.

Refunds for "Dodgy" and "Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic" are available from the point of purchase. Alternatively, you can transfer your ticket across to another of our shows (19/04/14 Northside + support or 03/05/14 B Movie, Blue Zoo, Among The Echoes and Zero Corporation). Zero Corporation (who were originally scheduled to be on the "Steve Strange Show" will be moving across to the B Movie and Blue Zoo show on 03/05/14). Once again, please accept our apologies. We have not been the masters of our own destiny ........ we will regroup and hopefully come back stronger."

LONDON SHOW 31ST MAY

Sputnik Electronic play Londonís Electrowerkz on Saturday 31st May. Details and ticket information can be found HERE and HERE

TRADING

Any of the unofficial DVDs or audios in my collection are available for trade or to purchase. DVDs will be supplied in plain packaging only. Please note I only trade unofficial items PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR COPIES OF ANY SSS/SSSE RELEASES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE THROUGH THE OFFICIAL SITES. Thank you.

DOCSPUTNIK.CO.UK

The siteís domain has been renewed for another year. The Sputnik community is fairly quiet these days, most happenings are reported across the social media sites now. Still, Iíve decided to keep on with the site for now, although updates will probably not be as frequent as they once were.

As always, thanks for stopping by,

Doc x