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NEWS: 2014 FESTIVE FIFTY WINNERS!..................................................................................01 January 2015.....

The Cuban Boys have just discovered that their updated version of THE NATION NEEDS YOU has been voted the most popular track of 2014 in the highly-acclaimed Festive 50 poll carried out by Dandelion Radio.

The track was recorded especially for the 21 Songs For John compilation album which commemorated the 10th Anniversary of John Peel's death.

The album was only available to download for a limited time and has now been deleted. However, in the spirit of the project, the Cuban Boys have provided a special FREE download as there has been a tremendous amount of interest from people trying to obtain the track. Find it here

21 Songs For John

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RELEASE NEWS: 21 SONGS FOR JOHN............................................................................30 September 2014.....

The Cuban Boys are very proud to be part of a new compilation called '21 Songs for John'.

To commemorate the 10th Anniversary of John Peel's death, Mark W at Dandelion Radio has put together a stellar album of some of the favourite acts John supported over the years.

The Cuban Boys have contributed a brand new and expanded re-fresh of their THE NATION NEEDS YOU tribute track. In typical style, it is a fully-loaded, anti-commercial salute to their great friend and champion.

The entire album is available to download for FREE from 1 October until 30 November at which point it will be deleted.

Download or listen to 21 Songs For John here

21 Songs For John

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LIVE EVENT: PEEL'S BIG 75....................................................................................................24 August 2014.....

This year marks the 75th anniversary of John Peel’s birth, so Liverpool bands and DJs are coming together to celebrate at The Kazimier Garden, Liverpool.

The Cuban Boys have provided a newly completed update of The Nation Needs You tribute track which will receive its first public airing at the event.

The party starts at 7pm on Friday 29th August, continuing past midnight and into the early hours of what would have been John’s 75th birthday.

It costs just £3 on the door, with all proceeds going to Charity.

Money raised will go to Shelter (one of John Peel’s favourite charities) and Crisis (a homeless charity which runs creative/music programs in Liverpool).

If you can't make it on the night (or even if you can but you still want to donate) there's a JustGiving page in memory of him:

https://www.justgiving.com/PeelsBig75

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RADIO NEWS: JOHN PEEL SESSIONS ON BBC MUSIC................................................................27 July 2014.....

The BBC appears to have dug deep into the archives and rather surprisingly pulled out some of the session tracks the Cuban Boys recorded for the John Peel show in 1998/99.

A selection of these madcap one-off live recordings will be broadcast by Chris Hawkins on 29 July at 02.30 along with tracks by James Taylor and Starsailor.

More details at BBC 6MUSIC

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RELEASE NEWS: SUMMER SONG 2014......................................................................................22 June 2014.....

The boys are back. After months of radio silence and without even a flicker of warning, the Cuban Boys have emerged from their underground bunker with an unexpected new download and video, Summer Song (Carnivale Brasilia 2014 Remix). It is a fresh upgrade of an old favourite with some wonderful touches of their imperial past.

The audio download is available from BandCamp

The video can be viewed on YouTube

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NEWS: BACK IN THE STUDIO...................................................................................................17 March 2012.....

The Cuban Boys are back in the studio working on some material set for release during 2012.

They have opened an archive of reels and punched cards and are currently casting affectionate glances at a large bank of dials before they undertake the task of powering-up the monster sound collider.

If your houselights start dimming and the television goes on the blink, then you can assume that the band have flicked a switch and are engaging in sound reconstruction.

The boys look like they mean business.

Red Light On

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NEWS: JOHN PEEL LECTURE ON 6 MUSIC............................................................................31 October 2011.....

On 31 October 2011, Steve Lamacq broadcast a special four hour edition of his BBC 6Music show which included Pete Townshend's inaugural John Peel Lecture from the Radio Festival in Salford.

During the show, to demonstrate the bands' close association with John Peel, two Cuban Boys' tracks were featured - Cognoscenti vs Intelligentsia and The Nation Needs You.

Click here to visit the BBC Page

 

John Peel Lecture

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RELEASE NEWS: THE SATELLITE JUNKYARD (DECODED)...........................................................03 July 2011.....

History records that the Cuban Boys formed on this day in 1998 with little more than a notepad, a pencil, a cranky old pc and a 4-track tape recorder held together with string.

To celebrate the anniversary of their pop agitation and the third year since its original release, the band have uploaded their masterpiece 'The Satellite Junkyard' to BandCamp along with a newly formulated compendium album called 'The Satellite Junkyard (Decoded)'.

'The Satellite Junkyard' remains the band's preferred format, however...

'The Satellite Junkyard (Decoded)' provides a easy solution for those people who may wish to listen to the main tracks from 'The Satellite Junkyard' in isolation. Each track has been carefully re-mastestered for this purpose, stripping away the link content, so that each part is presented as a unique entity.

As an additional treat, the Decoded release includes some hidden content which has been extracted by experts from the original standard release - forming THREE new, full length tracks plus a beautifully crafted extended version of 'Claudine Is Blue'. These versions are exclusive to this release.

If you'd like to listen or buy a copy then head over to the BandCamp pages:

The Satellite Junkyard

The Satellite Junkyard (Decoded)


*** SPECIAL OFFER ***

The Cuban Boys are so keen for you to hear the album as it was originally intended, that if you buy the standard version of The Satellite Junkyard (£5), you will receive a special discount code which allows you to buy The Satellite Junkyard (Decoded) for just £2.

If you don't fancy that, then please just listen for free.

Cuban Boys BandCamp Page

 

Decoded

The Satellite Junkyard

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RELEASE NEWS: CUBAN BOYS GO TO BANDCAMP...................................................................19 June 2011.....

In their continuing effort to organise their back catalogue and to provide a modern platform for their future releases, the Cuban Boys have created a new profile on BandCamp.

The site provides a quality, one-stop shop for downloads and the band hope it will become a perfect place they can develop over time.

As a starting point the original soundtrack to the webfilm 'From Ennui To Blasphemy (Via Levity & Agitation)' is available as a free download.

Cuban Boys BandCamp Page

 

From Ennui To Blasphemy
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NEWS: CUBAN BOYS INTERVIEW...............................................................................................19 June 2011.....

The Cuban Boys have just provided a rare interview for the zany Australian zine Fulsome Prism #2.

The zine also includes a wonderful piece about the band.

Click here to visit the Fulsome Prism website

 

Fulsome Prism #2
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NEWS: ROY SKELTON - FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD.........................................................................10 June 2011.....

The Cuban Boys were sorry to hear of the passing of Roy Skelton and as a tribute to his fine work they have made the mp3 of 'B Is For Bungle' available as free download.

Click below to download:

Cuban Boys - B is for Bungle (free download)

The track is also available on the album Art Vs Commerce.

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RELEASE NEWS: CHIPS...........................................................................................................05 March 2011.....

There's a brand new Cuban Boys track called 'Chips' available for FREE! on this eccentric compilation from the good good people of Donut Nook.

For more information check out:

www.donutnook.com

or

www.donutnook.bandcamp.com

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ON THE AIRWAVES: JOHN KENNEDY AT XFM......................................................................26 February 2011.....

Longterm supporter and altogether top chap, John Kennedy, has been playing some tracks from Art Vs Commerce on his Xfm show. 'Cuban Boy' featured on 10 February and 'Open The Door, Richard!' on 22 February.

John Kennedy at Xfm

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RELEASE NEWS: INITIAL P DATACRIME REMIX...................................................................26 February 2011.....

Initial P's thumping remix of Datacrime 2011 features on the excellent compilation Disko Warp Presents Speedisko Vol. 3

For more information check out:

www.diskowarp.com

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NEW SINGLE: DATACRIME 2011..................................................................................... .......03 January 2011.....

To kick off the New Year, the Cuban Boys' have released a download only single called 'Datacrime 2011' - a completely re-worked version of an old b-side.

The single is taken from the new 'Art Vs Commerce' album and comes with an extended 'The Day Of The Robot Workers' mix plus a further 3 guest remixes by Blu, Initial P and Sean Albiez.

Follow these links: Spotify & iTunes

Release date 03rd January 2011.

 

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NEW ALBUM - ART VS COMMERCE....................................................................................12 December 2010.....

It has been twelve years in the making but finally the Cuban Boys have put together a compilation of all their singles, rare promos and unreleased favourites.

Crammed with 21 tracks, Art Vs Commerce has everything from 1998's first demo Cuban Boy to the new interpretation of Datacrime.

A limited edition release on CD that is sure to please the masses.

Release date 13th December 2010.

Go here for more information.

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JOHN PEEL FESTIVE FIFTY BOOK......................................................................................12 December 2010.....

Lee Thacker has produced a marvellous book called 'The Festive Fifty Number Ones: An Illustrated Memoir' - it essential reading for any John Peel fan. The book is a combination of written commentary and beautifully crafted illustrations celebrating the annual Festive Fifty poll, with an introduction by David Gedge (The Wedding Present/Cinerama). The book also includes the All Time Festive Fifty from 2000.

Naturally, the Cuban Boys feature in the book with their 1999 Winner 'Cognoscenti Vs Intelligentsia' and have also provided a written introduction to part of the book.

http://festivefiftyillustrated.blogspot.com/

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MIKE ENGLES' TOP 10 BBC SESSIONS.................................................................................01 October 2010.....

To mark the 75th Anniversary of the BBC's Maida Vale recording studios, one of the engineers, Mike Engles, selected the 10 favourite sessions he has recorded. Somewhat surprisingly, considering the wealth of people he has worked with, Mike chose the Cuban Boys as one of his favourite sessions.

Read more by clicking the link below:

Mike Engles Top 10 Maida Vale Sessions

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KATS KARAVAN - JOHN PEEL COMPILATION .......................................................................19 October 2009.....

The Cuban Boys are proud to announce the inclusion of 'Oh My God! They Killed Kenny' in the forthcoming 4 CD box set Kats Karavan - The History Of John Peel On The Radio which pays tribute to the fantastic late, great John Peel.

A beautifully packaged career wide retrospective, it captures the essence of John’s shows and his eclectic musical taste. It contains unreleased Peel Sessions, Peel favourites and obscure 7”s.

The artwork features a 64 page booklet with rare and unseen photos, extensive sleeve notes and exclusive interviews with some of the biggest and some of the smallest artists that appeared on his show.

Released via Universal Records.
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More info can be found at the funky website
www.johnpeel.co.uk

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