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Music: John Ashton’s Satellite Paradiso


SATELLITE PARADISO is the new music project from John Ashton, formerly of The Psychedelic Furs. The critically acclaimed debut album features some 20 musicians, past and present members from David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Mercury Rev, and of course, The Furs.
The Psychedelic Furs first assaulted the American rock ‘n’ roll consciousness with Top 40 smash, “Love My Way,” followed by “Heaven,” “The Ghost in You,” “Pretty In Pink,” (which gave the John Hughes film its name) and “Heartbreak Beat.”

The crew for Ashton’s first solo album mushroomed into a 20-piece ensemble for the ages, including bassists Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s) and Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz); drummer Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke); guitarist Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs); Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina and Jonathan Donahue; Flo & Eddie’s Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa, T.Rex); and original Furs members Duncan Kilburn (sax) and Roger Morris (guitar, keys) – and me!

Believe it or not, I met John on Facebook, ended up playing drums on six songs on the album, eventually becoming part of the live band. We also worked together to develop the graphic design for everything. I deeply love this music, and the people involved. It will always be one of my proudest affiliations.

“John Ashton unveils SATELLITE PARADISO, a long-gestating all-star project that explores cosmological questions uniting science, nature, and temporality with a totalizing virtuosity. Distortion becomes a palpable electromagnetic field as Ashton embarks on a Dante-esque sonic journey through a rhythmic wormhole in space-time that leads somewhere between 1984 and a timeless utopian future.” – Aidan Levy, THE VILLAGE VOICE

“Akin to his celebrated contemporaries, Johnny Marr and The Edge, John Ashton is that rare breed of guitar player whom you can identify in a single note or chord.” – Tom Semioli, HUFFINGTON POST

“Single of the Month. Album of the Month. With its virtuoso riffs, sonic swirls, sassy sax, melancholic cello and powerful vocals, SATELLITE PARADISO is music of the highest calibre.” – MANCHESTER REVIEW (UK)

“A monstrous, swaggering wall of sound.” – VIVE LE ROCK (UK)