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10 February 2015

New Studio Record Issued Posthumously

Conehead have announced that the release of ‘Alvin’, the final album by Alvin Stardust, and his first in thirty years will be bought forward to the 27th October 2014. The album will be issued posthumously and is a worthy testament to a talent that endured, and a reputation that will continue even after his death on 23rd October 2014. This is a collection reflecting a maturing performer, at home with the nuances of that remarkable voice. It’s a reflective, speculative and deeply personal album that beguiles with an open honesty that recalls the best of the singer-songwriter genre.

The album was produced by Richard Scott and Scott Ralph aka ‘Daftdog’. Rich and Scott's credits include writing ‘Morning Sun’, ‘Deceptacon’ and ‘Won't Do That’ for Robbie Williams along with his recent swing collaboration ‘Soda Pop’ with Michael Bublé. They say, “It was pretty apparent from the very first studio session that Alvin was going to be giving so much to the creative writing process, something to our knowledge, in spite of his huge musical heritage, he'd never been given the chance to do before. This, coupled with the immediate trust respect and space he gave us to do what we do, resulted in an album which we think captures Alvin's vast musical and life experiences. The whole experience was our privilege and pleasure”.

Speaking just a couple of weeks ago, Alvin said, “The chance came out of the blue. We got together for a one-off try at writing something. I was blown away with the result. Rich and Scott are so very clever in both writing and the production. It was a no brainer that I should grab on to these great musos and crack on with more stuff. They have brought out a completely hidden side of me and I love the darker, swampy blues edge that we have found.”

Alvin Stardust was a household name; shooting to fame in the 70s in the glamrock glory years [though his career started under the stage name Shane Fenton a decade earlier]. Kicking off with his storming debut hit ‘My Coo Ca Choo’ in 1973; Alvin took up residency in the charts and remained there for twenty five years! His second single ‘Jealous Mind’ took him to the coveted number one spot and he followed it up with more chart successes. Riding the seas of change in the business, and his luck, Alvin was sure-footed. A leftfield move to Stiff Records [known of course for Punk and New Wave] paid off and kept the hits coming right through to the mid-eighties. He enjoyed nine top twenty singles and hit albums before making the move into musical theatre taking demanding lead roles in Godspell, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and David Copperfield.

Alvin was more than just the poster boy for a foot-stomping movement, more than just that haircut, more than those hits. Alvin will be remembered, and this album is an important part of his legacy.

For more info please contact Chris Hewlett PR on chris@chrishewlett.com or 0845 601 2833

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