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News Archives - 2001


Merry Christmas!
Hope it's great for you and your friends and family.

A new addition...
We will soon be welcoming a new member to the EMF family. Mark is going to be a dad. Congrats to him and wife Michelle!

Jesus Jones
Last night I FINALLY got to see Jesus Jones live. Absolutely amazing show... got to meet Mike and Jerry also, and a few EMF fans. =) Here is the moment I was waiting for second most in my life... after meeting EMF, of course! Click to see.
Cara and Mike Edwards

Happy birthday Zac
Happy 31st birthday today to our awesome bassist Zac, and we all wish him well...

Happy Thanksgiving
To all our fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you have some turkey to eat today. =)

Happy Birthday Derry B!
A big happy birthday to Derry! Today he turns 31. We wish you the best!

Update on Zac
What happened to Zac? He is in the hospital, but doing fine. That is all the info I have right now.

Gloucester reviews
Apparently the gigs went over well, but the band played as a 4 piece in Zac's absence. As soon as I find out what is wrong, I'll post it.

As if you could... tomorrow and Saturday are the band's 2 gigs in Gloucester. If possible, if anyone could tape the Saturday show for me, I would be really greatful. It means a lot to me... so... dust off your tape recorders if you have them! And also take lots of pictures!!
This is a gig you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!

Here are the details again...
Plus special guest bands and DJs
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November at 9pm
Bar ‘til 12.30am, DJs ‘til 1am
Over 18s only

Box office: 01452 505089

I'll have the winner of the contest posted soon too. I am running a bit behind!

American tour cancelled!
The American dates scheduled for California in December have been cancelled. I am still trying to sort out the details.

The new CD is still set to be released here, and, from Mark, "according to Capital they want to release the album early next year so it doesn't get lost in all the christmas releases."

Looks like the boys won't be on American soil again until 2002, at which point they will also be promoting the Best Of CD.

Tickets on sale now!
Tickets are on sale now for the 2 shows at the Gloucester Guildhall, November 2 and 3, even if they have not been advertised. Call the box office to get them today.
tel: 01452 505089

Thanks to Jamie for the info!

More info on Gloucester...
This is from a website describing the events at the venue:
Plus special guest bands and DJs
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd November at 9pm
Bar ‘til 12.30am, DJs ‘til 1am
Over 18s only

It’s all gone a bit 1991! In the absence of much remotely interesting in the Top 40, it seems it’s up to the turbo-charged pop party people of 10 years ago to come back and give us an almighty kick up the charts.

Ned’s Atomic Dustbin and the Wonder Stuff are back, so why not the Forest’s own EMF, by far the wildest and most incendiary of all the bands of that time.

We all know about the early stuff; Unbelievable, Children, Lies, I Believe, the number one album Schubert Dip, the subsequent successful assault on the USA (a feat which few bands have managed since), but, lest we forget, there were darker, harder, stronger releases too.

How about the thrilling cover of Iggy Pop’s Search and Destroy? The industrial guitar-dance Stigma album? The funky Cha, Cha, Cha long player?

The utterly euphoric knees-up cover version of I’m A Believer with Reeves and Mortimer?

So now EMF are back, with a Greatest Hits album, new songs and the same gleeful lust-for-life and eye for pop carnage. Join the band for a two night run (oh, to be popular) featuring full live sets of those big chart-toppers and new material, plus guest DJs.

Jesus Jones news
Mark your calendars. On October 9, the first new Jesus Jones album in 4 years, called London, will be released in the US. For more info (including tracklisting), head on over to JesusJones.com.

James supplies vocals...
James has done some vocal work for a band called The Boilerhouse Crew. The song is an 80's cover (I am not sure which it is however), and is set for release soon. Keep an eye out for it.

US Dates
Well, we finally have some US dates! These dates are scheduled for December.


I'll have more venues as they become available.

The band is scheduled to do a FULL US TOUR in April, hitting about 40 markets!

Back online!
Well, I am back online and getting settled in. By the way, if anyone else lives in Cleveland, let me know.

Moving day...
Tomorrow I am packing up and moving back to my hometown (after 7 long years away), so there will not be updates or emails probably until the weekend. It's not like anything has been happening lately anyway...

More UK gigs!
The boys will be performing 2 nights in a row, in Gloucester, at the Guildhall.

Dates: November 2 and 3

Thanks to MD for confirming it!

DJ night a success
Last night's DJ set with James was apparently a big success. Be looking for more dates with him in the future.

James the DJ
Back again! If you'd like to come out and see James doing his DJ best (and who doesn't?)...
Where: 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, E1
Date / Time: August 14, 7-11pm.

It seems he might be starting to do regular DJ sets, so be looking for more in the not-too-distant future.

Annual site awards
It's time again for Dotmusic's website awards, so why not go and help us out and vote for us? We'd like to make it into at least the top 50 this year. Click on the icon to vote as many times as possible, and thanks!

Big news US fans...
Good news for all us Americans. A US tour is in the works for sometime in the late fall/early winter. The word from the band's US booking agent is, they are possibly coming to the States in November.

Please keep in mind nothing is finalized yet! There are still lots of things to work out, however, it does seem like a GO that we Americans will have the boys on our soil before the year is out.

Happy Birthday Ian!
Today is the birthday of our super fab guitarist, the Live ID!

Another successful gig
From what I understand, the Cardiff gig went very well. I hope to get a review up soon. If you went and would like to submit one, send it here.

With nothing planned for the immediate future, it might get a bit quiet around here. Don't forget to keep the buzz going by posting on the message board.

Cardiff specifics
For anyone going this weekend, here are the details direct from Ian: "I believe it's free. We're playing in a square in the center of Cardiff at about 9.00pm." Hope this helps anyone who is going... Don't forget to take pictures!!

The boys on TV
Did anyone see it? The boys were on Channel 5 at about 3:30pm on Saturday. According to Mark, it was about a 10 minute clip of the Cornwall gig, and it had James introducing it. If anyone happened to be at the right place at the right time and snagged a video of it, let me know, cuz I'd really like a copy!

News a bit slow...
Like you couldn't tell! Still waiting for some major news to break in 'Mef camp, but until then, nothing exciting to report lately.

Changing servers
I am in the process of switching webhosts, so in the next week or so, I will need to reupload everything to the site. It's going to take a lot longer than I'd like since I have a very slow connection, so if you find a file missing... don't panic... it will be back eventually!

Vote for EMF
Something a little different to do... Q magazine is having a contest to pick the 50 greatest CD's of the last 15 years. You know what that means? Go and vote for your favorite EMF album (or all of them for that matter!), and get it on their list. Click here to be taken to the voting instructions.

Looking for Reunion shirts?
A great link was passed my way this morning. Saz over at Blue Grape Merchandising is selling Reunion t-shirts, so if you want one, click here! (I have the "charcoal" one, and it's very cool!)

Message from Ian
Ian would like to pass along his apologies to "the guy at the Mardi Gras who asked for the details of the Cornwall gig." I guess he didn't have the info handy, so we're going to try and make sure we always have correct info on the site before a gig.

Ian also said that the Cornwall gig rocked, being "this tiny room in the back of a pub bursting with mad skater types. Very EMF experience..."

Croatia gig NOT happening...

I finally got the scoop on the Croatian gig from Mark, who says "the gig is not happening at all as far as we know, the next one is Cardiff on the 4th August."

Sorry to all who got their hopes up! If anything changes, I will let you know....

James in FHM
James and his robots are featured in this month's FHM. It is the August issue with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover.

James in FHM
Click on the image to see the bigger one! And don't forget to go out and get the magazine to read the hilarious interview.

August FHM

Another successful gig!
From reports I have been getting, the Cornwall gig was very small but really great. Would we expect anything less? I hope to get some proper reviews soon, so so check back.
If you have a review, send it in!

Report from MD
Mark writes in this week to let me know how it went at Mardi Gras. He says, "we had a wonderful time" and also "they sold 82,000.00 tickets upfront so it was so busy!" He also reports, "We played for an Hour and then the plug was pulled on the show which didn't make neither us or the crowd very happy as you can imagine." He seems to be looking forward to Cornwall this weekend, as I'm sure all of you are too!

I'm back!
I am back home now after a few days on vacation. I even got a cool new tattoo! So now I will resume updating the site with some new stuff.

Mardi Gras success!
As if we'd have any doubt, our boys wowwed the crowd at Mardi Gras yesterday. Reports coming in are very positive indeed, and it seems that everyone is happy EMF is back. I will have them posted later in the week, as I am out of town from tomorrow until Thursday for the 4th of July holiday.

Mardi Gras tomorrow
If you live in the area, don't forget to support our boys tomorrow at Finsbury Park! They're headlining the indie stage, so get there early to get close, and be sure to scream your head off! Don't forget to send in a review when you get back!

XFM might redeem themselves...
So I emailed XFM to yell at them, and they told me there might be plans to re-air the EMF Hi-Jack in the future. If anyone listens to the station, please keep an open ear to hear if they say they will, and let me know!

XFM screwed up again!
Well, I hope we are done with XFM for a little while. The date they gave me of the EMF Hi-Jack was so wrong, it happened last Saturday, the 23rd! Looks like we all missed it, but hopefully I will get a playlist (all they do is play their favorite songs) and maybe somebody out there happened to tape it?

Info on the Cardiff gig
Date: August 4
City: Cardiff, Wales
Event: The Big Weekend
Price: FREE
Specifics: Open-air gig, on the Civic Centre lawn close to Cardiff Castle. EMF is headlining on the second day!

Thanks to Andy for the info!!

Happy Birthday MD!
Today is the birthday of the greatest drummer who ever lived, our very own Mark DeCloedt! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK!

Info on the Cornwall gig
Date: July 7
City: Widemouth Bay
Event: UK Downhill Classic
Stage: Arena 1
Price: £8
Phone: 07973 347821

For more info, visit the official site here.

Info on the party (where EMF is playing) can be found here.

Thanks to Jo for this great info!

New mag!
The new issue of Q came out today, and according to Andy, "It's mainly an article on 1991 revival bands, involving EMF, Neds Atomic Dustbin and the Wonderstuff , with snippets from all three bands." He says there are some great old and new pictures as well. Go out and get your copy today!

Q tomorrow!
Don't forget to pick up the new issue of Q that comes out tomorrow. It's the one with the first new interview with our boys! If anyone can get me a high-quality scan until I can get my own copy, I would much appreciate it!

Mardi Gras
Find out about the other acts sharing the stage on June 30 with EMF at Mardi Gras.

Click here for the official site.

On the road again...
Yes, it's true! Confirmed by Ian, MORE 'Mef tour dates in the coming months! Go and see our boys in a town near you!

July 7, Cornwall: Extreme Sports Festival
July 21, Croatia
August 4, Cardiff

More specifics as I get them.

Thanks to the Live ID for the info!

More James!
James speaks! Check out a great video interview at Inside Story Music.

Support James!
Don't forget to head on down to the Charterhouse Bar this Sunday to see James in his second "I Love London" DJ set. If you see him, remember to tell him what a fab job you think the 'Mef did last week!

A lot of people have been asking...
For those who are wondering exactly who it was that opened for EMF at the Astoria, it was DJ Milf's new band, Stateside Hombres. You may have noticed him hopping around his turntable (and setting records on fire!) minus the big red hair he used to have. His head was shaved bald!

Did you remember....?
... to get your copy of the Greatest Hits CD if you live in the UK? It came out yesterday, so go out and support our boys! Here is a special treat... some small snippets of the 2 FANTASTIC new songs included on the compilation. Pick your song:

Incredible (I'll Tell Ya) | Let's Go

Back from London!
Hello everyone!! I am back from London after the BEST week of my life. I have SO many stories and pictures to share... A quick overview... those who were there will remember, but at the Astoria gig, James dedicated Unbelievable to ME in front of the big crowd! ;) That would be the highlight of it all, but rehearsal was fab on Sunday, finally meeting the boys after 10 years, and of course the Cambridge gig! I'd have to say I liked that better than the Astoria simpley because it was my first EMF show, and the crowd was so small (only about 150 people). Stuff will be coming throughout the day and week, as I get it all together, and scanned, etc etc.

I visited EMI on Friday and got a copy of the new CD, and (more bragging) the boys thanked me in their "Thank You's" with a "very special thanks to". Plus, the site address is on the CD and all the posters and promo items. I also have some stuff to give away, so be checking for contests soon.

The Astoria gig was videotaped (The cameraman was right in front of me!!) and will be produced into a DVD in the future.

To all the people I met at the gigs, I LOVED meeting you all, and please keep in touch.

Okay, that's it for now. If you emailed me, please be patient as I have about 300 emails to sort through. But do feel free to send me any reviews, stories, pics, that you have from the gigs.

It was GREAT!!

That's all folks!
I am off to get ready to go to LONDON, so that means no more updates until June 11th. Anyone going to the shows, can't wait to meet you! Don't forget to come over and introduce yourself! The boys are back! IT'S FINALLY HERE!!
Cheers everyone!

Thank you, goodnight, best of luck,
I'm gone!

Another DJ set with James
James is doing another DJ set at I Love London at the Charterhouse Bar, Smithfield Market on June 17th.

Pre-Astoria Meet-up / Final details
Whoever is interested, there is going to be a meet-up before the Astoria gig, beginning around 5 pm. I have 3 different pubs named now, The Tottenham (which seems to me the most popular choice), The 101 Bar, and The George. Maybe we'll just bar-hop! So anyway, be looking for us around 5, we'll be hitting all the pubs!

If you'd like, send me an email with your cell phone number so I can get in touch!

For anyone going to both gigs and would like to come by and say hello, I will be wearing a blue shirt and khaki cargo pants in Cambridge, and a gray sleeveless shirt and baggy camo pants in London. I just dyed my hair red (more like an auburn) and I will probably be the only American around! Please do come by and say hi! I want to meet everyone!

As for the gigs, whoever gets inside before me, I beg you to save me a spot in the front, right in the middle (by where James will be standing).

It doesn't appear that there is going to be a live webcast of the show anymore either, but I will hopefully have a video to put clips on the site when I get back.

The site will be dormant from late Saturday the 2nd until Monday, June 11th.

Here they are!
A preview of the photos of James being sent to FHM for his article. You'll get to see the whole picture when the magazine comes out...

FHM pic 1 FHM pic 2

XFM Hijack
According to an email I got from the station, the band's Hijack session will not be aired until Saturday, June 30th. Now, my advice would be to listen this coming Sunday anyway, just in case!

James' FHM photos
They are GREAT! There are a lot of them, so I am sorting through to pick some good ones for the site (and for the magazine itself!)

James in FHM
James and his enormous collection of robots are going to be featured in an upcoming issue of FHM. The photos were done tonight, so maybe we'll have some to post soon!

In personal news, I have been invited to the band's rehearsal on Sunday, so be expecting tons of pictures... and maybe MP3's... when I get back home.

Just got done listening to the boys on the radio, and I have to say they were AMAZING. It was James, Derry and Ian in the studio, with Derry and Ian doing most of the talking. Then they performed "Let's Go" and "Unbelievable" acoustically, and didn't miss a beat! I'll have audio of the whole session up ASAP for everyone to hear! (My computer didn't cooperate, so I had 2 people tape it for me. =)

XFM correction!
Sorry this is so late, but I have just found out that EMF is not on the HiJack show, but instead on Studio 68, which airs at 6:00 pm London time. Hope everyone can get to a radio or computer in time....

They are set to go live at 7:15 pm. Their setlist is: Let's Go, Incredible (I'll Tell Ya) and Unbelievable.

Sunday they will air the EMF Hi-Jack, which was recorded today! I will be in London for that!! =)

XFM tomorrow!
Just to remind anyone who listens to XFM London, tomorrow (Tuesday), the boys will be on! Apparently they are on the XFM Hijack, which is where artists take over the studio and play their favorite records. The show is on from 10-11pm (GMT).

XFM is on the web at xfm.co.uk, and you can listen live from anywhere in the world! They also have a studiocam, so hopefully we'll be able to look in on our boys!

Look for an update later on in the week about a meeting place at the gigs next week. Yes, it is NEXT week. Can you stand it? I am finalizing details for everything possible, so everything should be in order by the time I leave on Saturday!!

Official Fan Club?
Please vote in this poll by clicking here. Would you be willing to join an EMF fan club? If you check YES, please be sure to also check what the MAXIMUM amount you'd be willing to pay is. Let's assume the fan club includes goodies such as t-shirt, newsletter, contests, etc. (This poll allows for checking of more than one choice).

Exclusive Derry interview!
Alex from Designer Magazine has emailed me with an exclusive interview conducted with Derry. Click here to read it.

Robot review
Last night's Save The Robots gig was a big success! They even covered a classic Cooler song called "rocknroll."

Attention DJ Milf fans!
New release out next week!

Stateside Hombres: 'Mary Mary'
(White Label)
Out 28th May on Concept music records

Thanks to my old pal Math for the info!

More info on Q
Thanks to EMI, we now have details on the Q shoot:

Just to let you know, Q should be doing their interview on Wednesday (May 23) with the guys, and photos will be done on Sat 26th in London. It is to run in the issue out around the 22nd June and will be about 2 pages.

Magazine photoshoot
Yup, the boys are headed back to the magazines. On Saturday, May 26th, they will be doing a photoshoot for British music mag Q. I am trying to find out of they will be cover boys or just an interview, so expect to hear more on this soon.

'Mef Radio!
EMF will be performing an acoustic show on XFM in London on Tuesday, May 29th!

Label hopping
The Greatest Hits CD is now coming out via EMI's Liberty label.

Preview of the setlist!
Mark has given me a taste of what the boys will be playing at the Reunion gig. Here is what he said:

"yeh we've got the setlist and you will not be disapointed there's something for everyone in it, one clue for you is there isn't a great deal of Cha Cha Cha in it at the moment! but the new ones will be for sure. I would love to play everything but it might be abit much if you know what I mean."

So they will be doing the new songs, and it appears lots of other stuff too! What do you think?

The MD Report....
Well, thanks to the truly wonderful MD, I now have full reviews of the latest performances from our boys! I can't be any more excited, and he sounds like he is truly enjoying himself! Here is the report:

The MEF are well and truly back in the area!! both shows were amazing even though we didn't go on until 3.30am!
The first show in Faro we had been on our feet 25 hours once we got back to hotel and I had to sleep with Ian!! well share a room amyway. The audience we're ok I think, to be honest I was so focused on my job and staying awake and alert I hardly noticed anyone else.
The second show was a belter, we played our asses off, mind you we played more control nowadays so you can actually hear the songs better in my opinion, I suppose that's one benefit of getting older! we were really tired the first half then unbeliveable kicked in big time and we were all charged up by the audience and then it was full steam ahead. We had some break dancers on stage for one of the encores which was wicked, we spent the whole of that track laughing our asses off. Derry also fell into the pit and had a Bono moment!!
Anyway that's all for now as I'm off home to start mixing our new intro music...

Sounds great doesn't it?? Thanks Mark!!

Devon gig cancelled!
According to James, the gig scheduled to be played in Devon has been cancelled. Amazingly enough... it's cancelled due to Foot And Mouth disease (as a safety precaution).

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Robot alert!
James' band Save The Robots are playing Monday (May 21) in Shoreditch, at a place called Cargo.

An amazing feat....
Maybe not for other sites, but definitely for this one! Over the weekend we topped 60,000 hits (even if the counter doesn't quite say it). So what, you say? Well, we hit 50,000 not even 4 months ago (January 31), which means you gave us 10,000 hits in 3 and a half months! Consider that it took 3 years and 9 months to reach 50K... average of 1111 hits per month... we now average between 2500-3000 hits per month. Looks like 'Mef madness is coming back in full force! And I am even more amazed that I managed to actually sit here and figure out all the numbers! =)

The cover of the album!
Here it is, fresh off the presses from EMI! They tell me that what appears gray will actually be silver. Cool!

Festival info!
I got the specifics on this weekend's events. The boys are playing at 2 different festivals, each in Portugal.

Algarve Academic Festival: May 11
Aporto Festival: May 12

Good luck to them! We know they'll kick ass!

Even more May shows!
Yep, the news keeps rolling in! The boys have another show scheduled for the second May bank holiday weekend in England. This one is in Devon. More specifics as I get them.

Thanks to James via Ollie for this news!

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The boys play Portugal again this weekend!
I can't believe it... reported by Flip in Portugal, the boys are playing there again this weekend! The details:

City: Porto
Gig: Queima das Fitas do PORTO

This is happening on Saturday night!

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Portugal report!
The first report is in, thanks to the wonderful MD. He writes in:

"just thought I better let you know that our first gig in six years went very well. The gig took place in Portugal on Friday night (more like Saturday morning actually!!) we played for an hour and fifteen minutes plus the oncores in front off approximately 25,000, talk about in at the deep end!!"

Sounds GREAT!! Thanks Mark!!

The boys are back in town!
The boys are back in England after their weekend festival in Portugal. I am waiting to hear about how it went, but I am led to believe it was great! The next show is Cambridge on June 4, and it's only 4 weeks away now! Can you believe it?

Right Here, Right Now...
For the Jesus Jones fans living in NYC, the band is playing a live gig TODAY at Arlene's Grocery. From what I understand, this is a very small venue and tickets are only available at the door. The show starts at 8:30 pm. In honor of this great band's reunion, I have spruced up the Tribute to JJ section.

Welcome back to the Jones boys!

Off to Portugal!
Derry has emailed me and let me know that the band is off to Portugal in the morning. We wish them all the best on ther first show all together in almost 6 years!!

We need your help again!
We are looking for ANYONE who saw the boys on their US Schubert Dip and Stigma tours. If you did and you'd like to help out with the upcoming band bio book, please click here to send an email to the author!

I thought this would be cool for those who wanna see it. Here is a scan of the ticket for the Astoria show!

Astoria ticket

Thanks to my old pal Graham for the scan!

More BRA details
Okay, I have learned that the BRA set after the Reunion show will only be a DJ set, and not a live show! Sorry if I got anyone too excited!

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Reunion Show After-Party
Bentley Rhythm Ace is going to be playing at the Astoria after the 'Mef concludes their show. Now, you know that James has done many live shows with them, so he may turn up on stage even after EMF are done! What a night that would be!

Thanks again to Luigi for the info.

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The fun continues! New EMF gigs have been set for the following dates:

May Bank Holiday (5-7): A festival in Portugal (I am still trying to find out the name)

June 30: Headlining the Gay Pride Festival at Finsbury Park

More info as I get it! Thanks to Luigi for this news.

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Review of James' DJ set
James' first DJ set went really well last night in London. He played a really exciting and energetic hour and 20 minute set. One reviewer said "It was quite beaty and electro with a few big anthems in there." Sounds great! Let's hope he does it again soon!

Final Tracklisting!
I have heard from EMI this morning and I now have the FINAL tracklisting for the Greatest Hits DOUBLE CD!

Lots of good stuff and some new mixes!!

Remember the CD comes out on June 11!

I Believe
Lies (Jim's Mix)
Girl Of An Age
Getting Through
They're Here
It's You
Perfect Day (Perfect Mix)
Glass Smash Jack
I'm A Believer (EMF & Reeves & Mortimer )
Incredible [ brand new track ]
Let's Go [ brand new track ]
Search And Destroy
EMF (Live at The Bilson)

[ Extra Disc ]

Unbelievable (Bambaattaa House Mix)
I Believe (Colt 45 Mix)
Children (Battle For The Minds Of North Amerikka Mix)
Head The Ball (Put Away In The Back Of The Net By Appollo 440)
Lies (Dust Bros 12" Club Mix)
It's You (1/2 % Extra Mix)
They're Here (D:Ream Mix)
Perfect Day (Chris And James' Epic Adventure)
The Light That Burns Twice As Bright (Mystic Mix)
It's You (Rad Rice Mix)
Unbelievable (Ralph Jezzard Remix)

Singles CD?

Greatest Hits demo

Thanks to my dear Ollie (once again!) I now have the tracklisting for a rough demo of the Greatest Hits CD (the one he has is called the Singles CD, and it belongs to James).

I Believe
Lies (Jim's Mix)
Getting Through
They're Here
It's You
Perfect Day (Perfect Mix)
Bleeding You Dry
Afro King
I'm A Believer (with Reeves and Mortimer)
Search & Destroy
EMF (live at the Bilson)

I know we are still expecting a double CD, so we'll see what happens!

Info from Derry!
I got an email from Derry today, and he's going to be helping get me some really cool, rare stuff for me to give away when I see him in London. Also he said they should be posting some setlists soon!

Rumors, rumors....
Rumors are running rampant that the boys will be playing some festival gigs BEFORE the gigs in the UK (possibly in Spain). I am hoping to get it confirmed soon!

Happy Easter!
For those who celebrate, have a great Easter! Hope you get lots of chocolate bunnies! =)

James the DJ
On April 22, at the Charterhouse Bar in London, James will be doing his first DJ set! If anyone can go, don't forget to bring along a camera!

Happy Birthday to me...
Yes, I had to throw it in. Today is my 25th birthday! So happy birthday to me. =)

The return of Mark!
Mark has returned to post on the message board in the Band Members section. Why not head on over there and send him your well wishes?

New track!
Finally! I have added a streaming Real Audio demo of "Let's Go", one of the 2 new tracks on the upcoming Greatest Hits CD. (Keep in mind this is the unfinished version of the song, but it's fabulous anyway!)

Thanks and so much love to James for sending me the track!

After listening, vote in the poll and tell us what you think.

Let's Go

Gig ad in the NME
In the new NME there is an ad for the Astoria gig. Check it out! And um, I guess I am flattered... they "borrowed" the image from the top of the site (which I spent a long time manipulating)! Thanks to Matt for the scan.

[ click for bigger image ]

Thanks everyone!
The poll helped me out. I went to the BMV today and ordered my plates which say EMF 4EVR. The girl who took my order said, "Okay, it's bothering me. What is EMF?" So I told her they were a band who were around in the early 90's. She said, "Didn't they sing 'You're Unbelievable'?" So I laughed and said that was them.


I figured I'd give this a try...
You can now browse the auctions on eBay from this site. See the brower at the bottom of the page? Take a look and happy shopping!

I have also archived all of the March news.

Happy April everyone! I am back from a refreshing weekend in Boston.

Just a quick update to say that the song "Incredible" has reverted back to its original name, which is "I'll Tell Ya".

FYI: I am off to Boston for the weekend starting tomorrow morning, so no email or updates over the weekend.

Happy Birthday James!

MTV... Bulgaria?
Asen from Bulgaria has written me to let me know that MTV there is talking about the Reunion show! Also reports that Bulgarian radio are talking about it... Who knew Bulgaria had so many EMF fans?

I archived a lot of the March news since the front page was getting too long! Who would have thought we'd ever have too much news?

Don't forget to vote in the new poll! ---->

Band biography
Someone has approached me from the UK who is writing a band bio book, assisted by Derry and Mark. Sounds as if it could be really cool, and I will be helping out on the project! More details as I get them.

News story hits the airwaves!
Check it out.... our story has made news on:
NME | VH1 | SonicNet | Dotmusic

It appears to all be the same story as the one on MTV.com, but at least it's making the rounds of the major news sites!

If you find the story other places, please let me know and I'll add a link!

Our story makes MTV!
EMF To Reunite, Release Greatest-Hits Collection

It's unbelievable! British electro-rockers EMF are reuniting to promote their new greatest-hits collection.

The group behind the perennial 1991 #1 hit "Unbelievable" will play its first shows in five years June 4 at the Junction in Cambridge, England, and June 5 at the Astoria in London.

A week later, on June 11, EMF will release in the U.K. Epsom Mad Funkers — The Best of EMF, setting straight the debate over the origins of their moniker, which many believed stood for "Ecstasy Motherf---ers." (They added fuel to the fire when they worked that phrase into a cheer on a B-side, called, appropriately, "EMF.")

The greatest-hits collection also will include two new tracks, "Incredible" and "Let's Go," which the group recorded recently, according to an EMI Records spokesperson in the UK. The album will be released internationally, including in the United States, but details are still being worked out.

A bonus disc of remixes, including one by Beastie Boys producers the Dust Brothers, will be included with Epsom Mad Funkers — The Best of EMF, the spokesperson said. EMF are still finalizing the track listings of both albums and taking input from fans on their official Web site (www.emf-theband.com).

EMF — vocalist James Atkin, guitarist Ian Dench, bassist Zachary "Zac" Foley, drummer Mark Decloedt and keyboardist Derry Brownson — formed out of the music scene in Forest of Dean, England, in 1989.

Within a year, they were on the top of the chart in the U.K. with "Unbelievable," which later hit the States. It's remained a compilation standard, appearing as recently as on last year's "Coyote Ugly" soundtrack.

Along with "Unbelievable," 1991's Schubert Dip, EMF's debut album, also included the moderate single "Lies." That year the band also released a video compilation, "Smoke the Banger." Stigma and the EP Unexplained followed in 1992. 1995's Cha Cha Cha was never released in the States.

But EMF have kept a steadfast fanbase over the years, according to 25-year-old Ohio native Cara DeCarlo, who has maintained their official Web site since 1996.

"After the official demise of EMF in 1996, the bandmembers went off to pursue other things," DeCarlo said. "They all had bands that had moderate success in the U.K. but never stayed together very long. Through all this, the fans kept saying they should just get EMF back together, even for a one-off reunion show. But nobody ever thought it would happen."

DeCarlo, who is flying to England for the shows, said determined EMF fans definitely played a role in prompting the reunion.

"EMF proved that it was OK to mix rock, pop and dance all together in one nice little package," DeCarlo said of EMF's mark on the music world. "EMF helped bring to the front a genre that was very innovative in the early '90s but was unfortunately quickly washed away by grunge."

[ To see the story on MTV's website, click here ]

A little birdy told me....
I have heard from various people, that the setlist for the Reunion show will open with Children and close with the duo of Unbelievable/EMF. What comes in between is yet to be determined!

Astoria tickets on sale NOW!
Order from Tickets Online!

Tue 5-Jun-2001
London Astoria
Doors open 19:00

Info on purchasing tickets
Info from Sarah: The Astoria is not selling tickets over the phone. Looks like you'll have to go to the box office or buy them online!

MTV taking notice of the story!
I have been contacted by MTV, who wants to run a story on the Reunion show! I have sent them tons of information, so I will be anxious to see how the story turns out.

My dream comes true...
Okay, not really EMF news... but certainly news for me. I had my first phone conversation with James this evening! Actually first conversation period! Yes, he called me from London! We had a very nice chat, and he is a truly classy guy and it was a 10-year dream come true for me!
THANKS JAMES! Can't wait to meet you in person! :)

Tickets on sale for Cambridge!
I got this info in the mail today...

Tickets are on sale now!!

Mon 4-Jun-2001
The Junction

Keep in mind this is the warm-up gig. They are still playing at the Astoria the next day!

Happy buying!

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Apparently another band was booked for June 7 at the Astoria, so now the Reunion show has been booked for June 5 at the Astoria, with a warm-up gig the day before in Cambridge. Let's hope this is the final date change!

Reunion show to be videotaped!
EMI's partner, Virtue TV, will be videotaping the Reunion show, either to be broadcast live or to be a streaming archive on this site. Either way, you will be able to watch the boys show from June.

News about the Greatest Hits CD
From EMI: The first CD will be all the hits plus 2 brand new tracks; the second CD, a bonus disc on intials only, will be all the great remixes, some well known and some not so familiar.

We got a double CD! Thank you, everyone!

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More from the weekend!
When asked if it was spooky being back together with his former bandmates, Ian replied: "It was spooky just how un-spooky it was after all this time."

Update on the weekend recording sessions
From an insider: Two new songs have been recorded so far, "Let's Go" and another that has a working title of "I'll Tell Ya". The session is being produced by Clive Martin. Rehearsals for the reunion show will commence on June 1, 2001.

Great news from the EMI camp. Next week they are going to be sending me 2 30 second clips from NEW EMF songs, to be recorded THIS WEEKEND. Also the boys want me to put up some photos they will be taking from their weekend studio trip!

And yet even MORE goodies will be coming after that! Stay tuned!

The response to what you want to see on the Greatest Hits CD has been overwhelming! Keep the ideas coming!

Send me what you'd like to see on the new EMF Greatest Hits CD and I will forward it to EMI and they will get it to the band! This is your chance to speak out and make your suggestion heard!

I have already had tons of great ideas... would you like to see a double CD with 1 whole disc of rare stuff? Some new songs? Would you like some live stuff? Let me know ASAP!

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Be looking for more BIG things to be coming in the coming weeks!

Fantasy Setlist
If you had your way and could set the playlist for the Reunion gig, what would you like to have them play? Send me your ideas and I will post them. Who knows, maybe the band will take some suggestions!

To see current submissions, click here.

Now there is an extra special treat for everyone. I have added ALL of the behind the scenes clips from the Smoke The Banger home video (only released in the United States in 1991) and also added 6 live video clips!! The live stuff is in the Video section and the STB clips are in the STB section (obviously!) ENJOY!

Very important! EMI has emailed me with the date of June 7. The show is still planned for the London Astoria.

June 7 is a Thursday.

Coming from the record company, I am assuming this will be the final time I will need to wonder if the date is correct! Hope this doesn't interfere with anyone's plans that may have already been made.

Also, some good news... EMI wants to work with EMF-TheBand.com in the online promotion of the Greatest Hits CD. They are also planning a possible WEBCAST of the show, for those who will not be able to make it to London.

More news as it becomes available!

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Derry has confirmed that the reunion show will be June 11 at the London Astoria.


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Wow, I know it's been a really long time, but I got some GREAT pictures that I added to the Donations page. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do! You will get to see James with blonde dreads. WOW!

I also added the vinyl to the Discography. It is a lot more complete now, but still not close to being finished!

New Discography
The new discography is finally up and running! It is not close to being complete, but it should give those looking to jumpstart their collection some idea of what to get. I still need to gather all my vinyl up and record those, as well as get some more scans. If you have anything to contribute, please send it to me.

Reunion news:
According to James, the band will be playing 2 gigs. Rumored venues include the London Astoria and the Colford open air gig in Gloucester. Please keep in mind nothing is confirmed at this time!

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Ian news:
After blanket press coverage and her appearance on Eminem's ubiquitous Stan, Islington singer-songwriter Dido Armstrong finally releases her debut UK single. This was the track that first launched her in the US as the theme tune to sci-fi teen drama Roswell High, and it's a lush, swooning love song, like Beth Orton singing with Massive Attack. There are three additonal remixes. Lukas Burton doesn't change much but adds a smart guitar part from ex-EMF man Ian Dench, Dido's brother Rollo produces the lavish, orchestral Chillin' With The Family Mix, and Parks & Wilson turn in an atmospheric deep trance version.

A news story from the Gloucester Online website...
Unbelievable! - council pooh pooh EMF reunion

Plans for EMF – the band who stormed out of the Forest of Dean to conquer the pop charts worldwide – to play an open air gig in the Forest to celebrate their reunion have been dashed by the district council.

The band are reforming for a one-off gig to mark the release of their greatest hits and keyboard player Derry Brownson suggested the group team up with the council for an outdoor event.

But cash-strapped Forest of Dean District Council has poured cold water on the idea. A council spokesman said: "I should think it is very unlikely considering our financial restraints," he said. "But we are open to ideas as it's our priority to regenerate the district."

The five-piece, who played their first ever concert at the Bilston pub in Cinderford, shot to the top of the charts with their debut single Unbelievable in 1990.

It was a number one in the United States and also hit the top five in the UK.

The song is still regularly played on radio stations around the world and, although the band had other hits with I Believe and I'm a Believer (with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer), Unbelievable remains their finest hour. Nevertheless, debut album Schubert Dip sold over a million copies in total.

It is thought the original line-up of singer James Atkin, guitarist Ian Dench, drummer Mark De Cloedt, keyboard player Derry Brownson, and bass player Zak Foley will play the reunion concert.

All of them except Mark De Cloedt – who still lives in the Forest – now reside in London and are involved in other musical projects.

James Atkin runs his own recording studio and is in a new band called Save the Robots, who are currently negotiating a recording contract.

Other news...
I guess the mailing list was having some problems, but it's fixed now, so everybody should be able to sign up!

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Confirmed by James: There WILL BE an EMF reunion show THIS FALL in London. Dates and venue have yet to be determined, but you know you will hear it here first when it happens!

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Some really good news on the rumor front...
EMI is looking to put out an EMF Greatest Hits CD this fall, and along with that, trying to get together a reunion show or more!! Keep checking the site for developments as they happen.

Jesus Jones news:
The band have been signed to Mi5 Recordings (a new record company distributed through Universal) and will have a new CD out in the spring! US tour will start in the spring also.
Thanks to Elaine's mailing list for that tidbit!

Happy New Year everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates.

I am in the process of writing a comprehensive discography, so if you have anything rare that is not listed in the My Stuff section, please be sure to email me all of the necessary info.

What I will need is:

  • Track listing
  • Catalog number
  • Format (ie CD, 7", etc)
  • Any other special details (ie promo, poster sleeve, gatefold, etc.)