11 May 2005
New single by Opium 
Opium's new single 'One Last Kiss' was released on 5 May 2005 on a CD single with 4 different mixes. Opium is Katrina Docherty on vocals and Alexander Macpherson writing the music. Alex (or Mac to his friends) used to be in Factory band The Wake.

After leaving The Wake in 1984 he signed to Jive Records with The Cat Club; then Opium were formed in 1995 as Alex's "vehicle for free expression; without record company. 'One Last Kiss' is the latest single. It was preceded last year by 'Atlantean' which was originally released in 1995.

Both CDs are being sold on eBay. Check the user ID 'opium23'. They are also available by contacting neuropa @ talk21.com

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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