Song of the Day: David Bowie’s “Five Years” by Duran Duran

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Duran Duran (Photo by Stephanie Pistel)

New wave legends Duran Duran long have embraced their David Bowie influences. And the quartet also have covered Bowie’s songs, first grabbing attention with their fantastic cover of “Fame,” which they introduced on their first-ever US tour (which included a date at The Bayou here in DC back in 1981).

Today, in celebration of what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday, Duran Duran release a cover of his epic “Five Years” from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

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Livestream Preview: Culture Club @ SSE Arena, Wembley, 12/19/20

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Culture Club (Photo courtesy Ticketmaster)

New wave icons Culture Club sound better than ever, and you can hear and see for yourself when they take to the stage at SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday, Dec. 19, for a special livestream performance, Rainbow in the Dark!

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Song of the Day: “One Wish for Christmas” by Limahl

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Limahl (center) and company (Photo courtesy Reybee Inc.)

UK music icon Limahl releases the festive single and video “One Wish For Christmas.” The holiday-themed track is an update to his previously -released song “London for Christmas” (originally released in 2012), reflecting the effect that the COVID-19 pandemic has had.

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Livestream Preview: Gorillaz @ Kong Studios, 12/12-12/13/20

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Gorillaz (Art by Jamie Hewlett)

Gorillaz, the biggest virtual band on the planet, make a live return this weekend with three separate fully live shows performed from the basement of Kong Studios on the Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13.

Gorillaz Song Machine Live From Kong is a full scale production blending exciting real time performance with Jamie Hewlett’s unique animation. The Gorillaz 14-piece band, led by Damon Albarn with 2D, Noodle, Murdoc Niccals, and Russel Hobbs, will also be joined by some very special guests.

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Song of the Day: “Gonna Make You Love Me” by Tony Lewis (of The Outfield)

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Tony Lewis (Photo by Carol Lewis)

Following his unexpected death last month, the family of Tony Lewis, lead singer and bassist of the 1980s rock band The Outfield and successful solo artist and producer, has posthumously released his new EP, More Than I Dared.

Additionally, they’ve shared the official music video for lead single “Gonna Make You Love Me” as a tribute to Tony.

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Song of the Day: The Valley of the Pagans” by Gorillaz featuring Beck

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Gorillaz (Art by Jamie Hewlett)

Gorillaz now drop “The Valley of the Pagans,” featuring Beck, the latest episode from the critically acclaimed ever-evolving Song Machine, which has seen Gorillaz take us through 2020 with a myriad of sounds, styles, genres, and attitudes from a breath-taking line-up of guest artists captured live in Kong Studios and beyond.

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Interview: Jed Elliott of The Struts (New Album: Strange Days)

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Jed Elliott (left) with The Struts (Photo by Beth Saravo)

On Oct. 16, The Struts released the band’s third album, Strange Days. Managing to record a new album in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic proved difficult. But after a round of tests to ensure everyone’s health and safety, the band moved in together and recorded the entire album from a home-studio over the course of just 10 days. Recording in a way they hadn’t before, during a time unlike any other, The Struts managed to capture the emotions of this moment in history, while balancing it with the fun escapism that many seek through their music.

With the addition of multiple major artists featured throughout the album, and even a cover of a Kiss deep-cut, The Struts pulled off an album that is true to their style, while simultaneously advancing their sound to levels not heard before.

Soon after the album’s release, The Struts bassist Jed Elliott spoke with Parklife DC’s Chris Smyth about all things Strange Days and how the band has been keeping busy during the pandemic.

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