Gig news

Roisin's show in Luxembourg last night had to be rescheduled for Monday. Tonight's and tomorrow's gigs in Holland (Groningen and Landgraaf respectively) will go ahead as normal.

From roisinmurphy.com

If Hitler had been a hippy...

Earlier this week, Roisin Murphy attended a private viewing of the Chapman brothers' latest show 'If Hitler Had Been a Hippy How Happy Would We Be' in Mayfair, London.


Star Light

A rather unusual yet amazing picture of Roisin in Moscow a few days ago, courtesy of grusitskaya.

Check out grusitskaya's photo stream for another picture of Roisin.


Vogue feature

Blog reader Molly kindly sent me a scan of the feature 'A certain style', where Roisin 'introduces her eclectic style' to the readers of Vogue UK:

MOSCOW - Москва

Roisin performed in Moscow's B1 last night. The show went by without any accidents.

Picture courtesy of -gonzo-.


Last night in Graz

After a short break, Roisin returned to the stage last night in the Austrian city Graz. As she states on MySpace, she'll be 'on tour all Summer!'

Picture courtesy of David Gluzman.

Oh me, oh my!

A great performance of Cry Baby, recorded at the Hospital Studios in London last year.

Overpowered - Kris Di Angelis remix

One year after the song first appeared online, DJs are still inspired to create new remixes of Overpowered.

Go to myspace.com/krisdiangelis to hear London DJ Kris Di Angelis' remix of the song.


Ramalama Live

Ramalama (Bang Bang) performed live at London's AIR studios as part of the iTunes Festival.


Jodie Harsh on the Movie Star video

According to Jodie Harsh, the video for Roisin's new single Movie Star was recorded earlier this week:

Yesterday myself and a gaggle of London's finest performance artists, dressed-to-kills and club personalities filmed the video for Roisin Murphy's latest single, Movie Star. I don't want to reveal too much about the video to save being skinned alive by Roisin but it involves me playing the role of Roisin's mother and it's reminiscent of John Waters' work with Divine. You'll see what I mean soon when it's released.

From myspace.com/jodie_harsh

Moscow Times interview

Next week Roisin Murphy will return to the Russian capital Moscow to perform at B1 Maximum. A good reason for The Moscow Times to interview her.

The last time Roisin Murphy gave a concert in Moscow, she left in an ambulance. While performing her song "Primitive" at Ikra in October, the Irish singer suffered an eye-socket injury as she hit her head on a chair due to be used as a stage prop in a subsequent number.

While she only had time to perform a few songs before the accident last year, Murphy returns to the city to perform a full set at B1 Maximum on May 23.

"The last place I was in Moscow was hospital," said Murphy in a phone interview from London. She recovered quickly, even though she had to cancel several concerts on her "Overpowered" tour last year. "I canceled three or four gigs after that, but not as many as people thought I would. I was back on the road within a week."

Murphy achieved fame as a member of electronic dance duo Moloko, responsible for such hits as "Indigo," "Sing It Back," and "The Time Is Now," which she formed with musician and producer Mark Brydon in 1995. She first toured Russia in 2004, when her relationship with Brydon, who was also her long-time boyfriend, had ended and the band was about to split.

"When Moloko was beginning to come to an end during the 'Statues' era, which was our last record, it felt strange," she said. "It felt strange to do press and promo on my own. It felt strange to be alone, really."

As soon as the tour finished, Murphy went straight to work with producer Matthew Herbert, a collaboration that brought her 2005 solo debut, "Ruby Blue."

"I really didn't think about becoming a solo artist," she said. "I just thought, 'OK, I really want to work with Matthew now.' And that kind of snowballed or developed into a solo record. And some time after that I realized I'd gone solo."

Released on EMI, "Overpowered" is her second album, which she sees as a departure from her debut. Murphy co-wrote and co-produced the record, working with a variety of producers, writers and mixers.

"I've never worked like this before; I've always worked with just one writer/producer - in Moloko and on 'Ruby Blue' with Matthew Herbert," Murphy said. "It was only two people in a studio, and so in that sense you have to let that experiment happen."

Describing "Overpowered" as a "more determined" record, Murphy said she wanted to work with all sorts of different people.

"I wanted to work in a completely new way and take on a new challenge," she said. "I had to be very determined about what kind of record I wanted to make. Otherwise, it would be likely to spiral out of control. It was a totally new approach for me."

Murphy said the inspiration for the album came from disco records given to her by New York DJ Danny Krivit. As she was starting work on "Overpowered," she came to the city to perform Moloko's song "Forever More" with him.

"I went over, and I played at this club called the 718 Sessions. It was fabulous because many years ago I was at a club called Body and Soul in New York, and it provided me with the inspiration for 'Sing It Back.' The DJ was playing all this music to this amazing crowd. He could turn down the song, and the whole crowd would sing the song back to him.

"So, I felt like I'd come full circle, I felt like going back to that same audience, that same crowd and being embraced. It gave me the push to really want to deliberately make a disco record."

Roisin Murphy performs on May 23 at 9 p.m. at B1 Maximum, located at 11 Ulitsa Ordzhonikidze. Metro Leninsky Prospekt. Tel. 648-6777.


More Sex and the City

Some more amazing pictures of Roisin at the world premiere of Sex and the City - The Movie a few nights ago.


Sex and the City premiere

Last night, Roisin Murphy attended the world premiere of Sex and the City: The Movie, which took place in London. She certainly dressed the part.

Here's what the BBC News wrote about Roisin's ensemble:

The style honours should go to singer Roisin Murphy (...) who opted for conspicuous fashion.

In perhaps the most striking look of the night, Murphy (...) supported British design, sporting an elegant black silk dress with orange and purple sashes by the London-based Russian designer Roksanda Ilincic.

The purple "multi-step" hat was perhaps an accessory too far, but full marks for trying.

Sarah Jessica Parker eat your heart out!

Thanks to Betty for the pix.


More from Belvedere Jagger Dagger

Some more pictures of Roisin at the Belvedere Jagger Dagger launch in London last week.

picture_01: Roisin arriving at the event.

picture_02: Roisin giving money to a beggar.

picture_03: Roisin leaving with Jodie Harsh, which whom she'll soon be making movies.


Movie Star video news

Celebrity drag queen Jodie Harsh will feature in Roisin Murphy's new video Movie Star.

This is what she told Dean Piper last night: "I play Roisin's mum. It’s very exciting."

Belvedere Jagger Dagger launch

Roisin attended the launch party of the Belvedere Jagger Dagger at Automat in London last night. On the left picture she's posing with Jodie Harsh.

Blue & Red

Another picture taken backstage at the Album Chart Show.


Spinning for Oxfam

Last night Roisin played a DJ set in the London nightclub Bungalow 8. It was part of an evening organised by the UK charity Oxfam, which unveiled its first exclusive designer boutique on London's Westbourne Grove.

Read more on vogue.co.uk.


We're making movies

Roisin's upcoming single Movie Star is being used to advertise the most recent additions to the FilmFlex collection, Virgin TV's On Demand movie service.

Click here to check out the commercial.

A new publicity shot


Boozing in the background

According to the UK's number one quality newspaper The Sun, Roisin Murphy has added some background vocals to a new Franz Ferdinand track.

You may wonder what's so remarkable about that. Well, according to The Sun the recording session took place when Roisin and her fellow vocalists Jamie Liddell and Mara Carlyle were highly intoxicated. Dear oh dear...

Click here to read the article.

Movie Star - July 7th?

Some sources on the mighty world wide web are reporting that the tentative UK release date for Movie Star is July 7th.

After Overpowered, Let Me Know and You Know Me Better, the song is the fourth track from the Overpowered album to be released as a single.

Last month, Roisin admitted to the Daily Star that she hopes Movie Star will make more of an impression on the charts than her previous releases:

"The charts are important to me and I think it will happen as more people are finding the record. The next single Movie Star is the most radio-friendly I’ve made – so fingers crossed."

Other single releases planned for July 7 are Give It 2 Me by Madonna and Sharleen Spiteri's All The Times I Cried.

I will keep you posted!


Fun For Me

> This rare video (1995) for Fun For Me by Moloko recently appeared on YouTube. Two other videos were also recorded for the single's release.

Backstage at the Album Chart Show

A lovely picture of Roisin looking pretty, taken backstage at the Album Chart Show.

Thanks to Betty!