I just got back from England where I had a meeting at the infamous Soho watering hole The Groucho Club with none other than Heaven 17′s Martyn Ware. Martyn and Glenn Gregory – who are currently touring with a show that sees them play their classic Penthouse & Pavement album in its entirety – have decided to accept our offer and are coming on board The Cabonauts as remixers!!
They join Jo Callis (The Human League, Rezillos) and a few more huge names who we’ll announce soon.
Heaven 17, originally featuring Martyn, Glenn and Ian Craig Marsh, formed from the ashes of the original Human League – first becoming BEF then settling on the Heaven 17 moniker. As BEF, they were pretty much responsible for Tina Turner’s resurrection in the early 80′s. You can read more about them – and I suggest you do – at their wikipedia entry.
I’ll be posting an interview with Martyn soon – so if you have any questions for him, leave them below.
In the meantime, here’s a few choice cuts of theirs:
From their recent sessions with BBC6, here’s an updated take on their classic “Let Me Go”.
This is one of their biggest hits – Temptation.
And here’s a version of Temptation they recently recorded with La Roux
Also fom the recent sessions for BBC6 here’s an updated take on “Fascist Groove Thang”.
In astonishingly brilliant news, Neil Gaiman – author of The Sandman graphic novel series and many other brilliant books – has written an episode of the new Dr. Who series. It won’t see the light of day until Matt Smith’s second season which is approximately 14 months from now, but fans – including myself – are already on the edge of their seat.
The news was revealed in an acceptance award message he sent to the UK convention “SFX Weekender” (he won Best Comic at the SFX Awards). Here it is in full:
“Over the years SFX, and its readers and their votes in the polls, have always been very kind to me. I thought I’d return the favour with what used to be called, in journalistic circles when I was a boy, a scoop. As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.”
What are your thoughts on Gaiman’s becoming a part of the Who universe? Leave them below.
Judge Dredd – the big-chinned arbiter of all that is the law – is coming back to the big screen. But this time, according to it’s co-creator John Wagner, its to be much closer to the original than the first film was.
Talking to 2000AD Review, John discussed Alex Garland’s script and additional concept art by Jock.
Said Mr. Wagner; “I have read the script and seen Jock’s visuals. While I can’t go into detail about the content I can say that it’s high-octane, edge-of-the-seat stuff, and gives a far truer representation of Dredd than the first movie”. Of the Stallone version, he added “I hated that plot. It was Dredd pressed through the Hollywood cliché mill, a dynastic power struggle that had little connection with the character we know from the comic.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Can’t wait to see what the new one will look like. What are your thoughts? Leave ‘em below!!
With Dollhouse crashing to an unbelievable series finale, we wanted to post this interview we did on The Cabonauts set with Miracle Laurie about the show. She gushed – as you can tell – about Eliza, Joss and how she made it on to the series in the first place as Mellie! Add @TheCabonauts to your twitter for the latest updates!
While we gear up The Cabonauts, we’ve been keeping busy with a brand new comedy/horror series that debuts today. The Occulterers stars Ellen Sandweiss (The Evil Dead), James C. Leary (Buffy, The Cabonauts), Camden Toy (Buffy, Angel), Amy Kline (I <3 Vampires) and my good self Hayden Black!
The 6-episode series airs one new episode every night this week thru Halloween following a bunch of VERY dysfunctional ghost hunters as they spend the night in Castle Vampire in Transylvania. It’s accompanied by 6 x 1 hour live feeds where you can watch for yourself what goes on there. If you see anything spooky, twitter the team at @TheOcculterers.
It was tons of fun making the series – I wrote it and shot it in just 2 weeks because of the deadline – and we hope to have another season soon. Let us know what you think!
We were interviewed recently on a wonderful web series called The Web Files. Kristyn Burtt is a wonderful interviewer and we all had a great time. Check it out!
To say it was hot in the studio that day was an understatement – and there’s nothing like wearing sweaters to really make you feel worse. You can also read about the time we spent together on Kristyn’s blog.
This is it! As David Tennant departs and Matt Smith comes on board, the brand new logo for Dr. Who has been revealed in all it’s…Tardisness. New exec producer Stephen Moffats says “The 11th logo for the 11th Doctor – those grand old words, Doctor Who, suddenly looking newer than ever. And look at that, something really new – an insignia. DW in TARDIS form! I apologize to school notebooks everywhere because in 2010 that’s what they’re going to be wearing.”
Jo Callis is a man with a list of music hits to his name that would make most people drool. As founder and principal songwriter of late 70′s pop/punk outfit The Rezillos, he had a string of UK hits including “Top of the Pops” and “Destination Venus”. And then came…
The Human League!!! Jo co-wrote ALL their major hits and played and sang on them too. Don’t You Want Me, Mirror Man, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, The Lebanon, Life On Your Own, Louise, Heart Like A Wheel, Seconds, Open Your Heart and TONS more. Jo also wrote with Feargal Sharkey (of the Undertones) and had a UK hit with Loving You. And so on and so on and so on. But guess what?
HE’S COMING ON BOARD THE CABONAUTS TO REMIX OUR SONGS!!!! Jo, based in Scotland, is a big sci-fi fan and so it’s only fitting he joins the cast and crew on the most unique sci-fi show ever. I can’t even begin to tell you how over the moon we all are. His remixes will be sold on iTunes later this year when we launch the show. In the meantime, it’s hard to believe that a genuine 80′s icon is remixing these songs I’m writing – and he’s kicking it off with the track from the pilot entitled “(Female) Scientists” featuring vocals by Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse) and James C. Leary (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Jo is now an official Cabonautee and we couldn’t be happier.
Here’s a selection of his videos.
And I couldn’t resist linking to this absurdly bad (so intentionally bad it’s brilliant) version of Fascination here on YouTube.It’s very Vic & Bob. We’ll let you know soon who else is coming on board the Scarad to remix tracks – some other great surprises are on the way
A brief interview on set of The Cabonauts where we talk to Miracle Laurie, co-star of the pilot (and, of course, Dollhouse). Miracle reveals what happens in the first episode! You of course know the lovely Miracle from Dollhouse where she plays Mellie/November. Her co-star in the pilot is another member of the Joss Whedon universe – namely James C. Leary who played Clem, the loose-skinned demon on Buffy.
You may recognize – or not, as the case may be – James C. Leary as Clem (the loose-skinned demon) from Joss Whedon’s Buffy TV series. He played a demon and was covered in latex. Well, he’s now co-starring in The Cabonauts pilot episode as a husband who’s been…well, a little too kind to his wife (if a man could ever be too kind!) because he’s opted to get pregnant instead of her. This is 2183 after all.
We grabbed a moment with him in the backseat of the Scarad to talk about it.