Luke Haines promotes his 3CD collection

COLIN WILSON Luke Haines, one of the UK's finest and most prolific songwriters brings, his UK tour to Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday.

COLIN WILSON

Luke Haines, one of the UK's finest and most prolific songwriters brings, his UK tour to Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday.

During his career, Haines has fronted the glam noir of the Auteurs, the broken funk of Baader Meinhof, and the downbeat atmospherics of Black Box Recorder, as well as releasing material under his own name.

After a brief spell at the helm of the Servants in the late Eighties, Haines formed the Auteurs, who were always solely Haines' mouthpiece, signing to Hut Recordings in 1992.

The band's debut album, New Wave, was shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and the band soon developed a cult following in the UK. The Auteurs went on to release further albums Now I'm a Cowboy, After Murder Park and How I Learned to Love the Bootboys.

Haines then developed one-off avant-funk project Baader Meinhof, controversially titled after the Seventies German terrorist group, before forming the popular Black Box Recorder releasing the albums England Made Me, The Facts of Life and Passionoia.

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Later solo work included the soundtrack to the 2000 movie Christie Malry's Own Double-Entry and the hip-hop inspired The Oliver Twist Manifesto.

This show is to promote the new and wonderfully titled Luke Haines Is Dead three-CD box set which has just been released by EMI Records.

Support comes from collaborator and former Jesus and Mary Chain member John Moore.

Doors 8pm. Tickets £7adv/£8door - all seated. Box office 01603 660352; www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

t Event, in association with EMI Records, is giving away a copy of the new CD box set, Luke Haines Is Dead, a collection featuring 62 tracks from the Auteurs, Baader Meinhof and Luke Haines solo work, including rarities, Peel sessions and outtakes. The collection is the perfect introduction to Haines' work. Just tell us the name the Auteurs' debut album and send your answer on a postcard, to arrive by Saturday, July 30, to Colin Wilson, Event Mag/Luke Haines Competition, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE, You can e-mail your answer to colin.wilson@archant.co.uk

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