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Formed in Cardiff in 1992, Helen Love are probably the biggest Ramones fans in Wales, if not the entire United Kingdom, if not the world. Mixing that trademark punk sound with a little B-52's and a whole lot of indie irony, over the years they've created a sunny and unapologetically disposable style that bursts into life like a saccharine disco-indie-punk pinata. Love rarely play live, but in recent years have played dates in London and Newport plus headlined the Indietracks music festival and played Primavera in Barcelona. Their celeb fans include Dave Gorman, Mark Radcliffe, Phil Jupitus and Tim Wheeler of Ash. Whatsmore, the late Joey Ramone himself personally invited them to play in New York.
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UNE are BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 broadcaster, musician and author Mark Radcliffe and electronica tech head Paul Langley (Rob's Records / Yeti-MusicMan / BMG). UNE is electronic music spanning many styles with a plaintive lonely voice at its heart. A happy accidental collision of man and machines. These UNE songs are inspired by words from other languages that have no literal translation into English: Boketto, Waldeinkamseit, Saudade, Komorebi. The music and lyrics have therefore tried to convey the feelings those words invoke.
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Cardiff raised but London residing Simon Love (often with his backing band, The Old Romantics) sings songs about sham marriages and self-castration. With a love ot The Beatles, ELO and Liam Gallagher, he creates classic pop with tongue-in-cheek lyrics, often containing swear words. Or, as The Devil Has The Best Tuna Blog put it; "He's like the unheralded love child of Elvis Costello and Elton John with a bad case of Tourettes."
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