This is supposed to be where I only review Non-Stop, Andy Bell’s terrific new solo CD, but we ran out of space for a blathering editorial, so I’ll be succinct.
Non-Stop will be released on June 7 on CD and via download and features the singles “Running Out,” “Will You Be There?” and “Call On Me” alongside a further seven electro anthems including “Honey If You Love Him” a duet with Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.
There are no soaring anthems as in Bell’s earlier Erasure years, though. This is down low, with the raucous “DHDQ” (“Debbie Harry Drag Queen”) being a highlight. But it’s more appropriate to hear Bell’s ruminative lower register songs of love gone sour. His vocals remain sweet, though.
It would be best to hear Bell’s new music in a bar, late at night, when a cute guy’s written his number on a coaster for you, but you’re not sure if you want to go home with him yet, or just tease him.
Well, we didn’t want to tease here in our premiere issue of BARtab. We hope you enjoy our diverse array of May’s lesbian, gay, bi, trans, straight and cool fun things to do.
From the pastoral pleasures of the Russian River to the funky fun in the Lower Haight, from the dragtastic Polk to the manly South of Market, from dive bars to galas, our vision reflects a broad spectrum of nocturnal culture.
Thanks to the rapid-smart staff at our parent publication, the Bay Area Reporter, I was able to hone my skills from two decades of gay media-dom into one single guide to local fun. So, enjoy.
For those who missed our first deadline, you can add events to our brand spankin’ new website, updated daily. Just register and you’re in.
- Jim Provenzano
Oh, and listen to Andy at www.andybell.com