Torsten In Queereteria (2019)

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Andy Bell: Torsten In Queereteria, Deluxe CD/Hardback Book Limited Edition
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£16.99

Released April 12, 2019.
A strictly limited edition CD packaged in a richly illustrated, deluxe, 48 page hardback art book which is available exclusively through Cherry Red mail order.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/andy-bell/


TRACKLIST
A strictly limited edition CD packaged in a richly illustrated, deluxe, 48 page hardback art book which is available exclusively through Cherry Red mail order. **

This edition contains several exclusive features :-

o A bonus track, an edit of an unreleased remix by Bronski Beat of the most popular Torsten song, ‘I Don’t Like’, from the first album “Torsten The Bareback Saint”.
o Lots of colour art and treated photographs of Andy Bell in the role of Torsten.
o A six Torsten poem sequence, ‘Filthy, Rhymey Murk’, which offers insights into further episodes of Torsten’s life.

“Torsten In Queereteria” is the third solo album by Andy Bell (Erasure) performing as alter-ego Torsten, a gender-fluid, semi-immortal who, having loved and lost many during an unnaturally elongated life, is left haunted by his lifetime of bittersweet memories. Torsten is a role Andy Bell first took up at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in 2014 in “Torsten The Bareback Saint”, and a role reprised by him in the critically acclaimed, 2016 follow up, “Torsten The Beautiful Libertine” which enjoyed a sell-out run at London’s Above The Stag Theatre. The CD comes with a richly illustrated 32 page lyric booklet.

“Torsten In Queereteria” is a unique pop / musical theatre collaboration between Erasure singer Andy Bell, poet/playwright Barney Ashton-Bullock and musician Christopher Frost. This new album, three years in the making, is structured around four separate themed ‘Acts’ which deal with different aspects of both Torsten’s life story and his self-realisation; each song designed as if a postcard insight into a particular hot-spot of memory.

Album opener ‘A Hundred Years Plus Today’ is Torsten in reflective mood as to the longevity of his life. It precedes three recollections, in song, of intense events from long ago times spent with lost friends and lovers and speaks of the hope, uniquely embodied in coming from a coastal town, that the sea might deliver temptations in the guise of sailor lovers.

Act Two narrates a headlong bounding into hedonism; interacting with strange, seaside town, cottaging cruisers in ‘Cabaret Awayday’, to the respite and debauchery afforded by trips to the Queereteria cruising club and a stout defence of partying and drunkenness in ‘If We Want To Drink A Little’, a duet with Hazel O’Connor of ‘Breaking Glass’ fame.

In Act Three, Torsten hits rock bottom and becomes a tad unpleasant and bitter. ‘Thou Shalt Be My Vibe’ portrays a manipulative, drugged-up, drunk Torsten driving a potentially exploitative relationship. ‘Money With Menaces’ is an ode to the bitterness of both parties in a rent-boy / sugar daddy relationship. ‘Let’s Be Sober Another Time’ sees Torsten in denial of his chronic alcoholism which leads, in turn, to a mindless and provocative challenge to all his remaining friends and cohorts to ‘Come And Taste My Breakdown’, concluding Act Three.

Levity is restored in Act Four in which an older Torsten is in more reflective mood about leaving his partying years behind. ‘To Know Good Men From Perverts’ is the culmination of the experience that life affords in learning one of its ultimate lessons, the discernment between those who we can trust and those who seek to harm us. ‘We Hadn’t Slept For Twenty Years’, the lead single from the album, is a loving reminiscence of close friends and the mayhem and mirth of their formative years partying with a vengeance! ‘Silence Is Golden’ pays emotional tribute to an aged lover who has recently died, someone who sublimated the existential angst and fear of knowing he was nearing death by a mania to read widely and an insistence on ‘Silence’ to enable him to do so. ‘Not Opting Out’, the album’s defiant closing number is Torsten’s reckoning that though his own life may be nearer its end, he remains stalwartly an active participant in it; even though the ever accelerating pace of change is spiritually and physically exhausting, he will not be defeated.

ACT 1 : REMEMBRANCE, YOUTH AND BEAUTY
A HUNDRED YEARS PLUS TODAY
YOU STAMPEDE AN OPEN WOUND
LOWLAND LOWRIDERS
I AM OF THE SEA

ACT 2 : THE HEDONISM AND THE HURTING
CABARET AWAYDAY
QUEERETERIA
IF WE WANT TO DRINK A LITTLE

ACT 3 : BITTER REGRETS
THOU SHALT BE MY VIBE
MONEY WITH MENACES
LET’S BE SOBER ANOTHER TIME
COME AND TASTE MY BREAKDOWN

ACT 4 : TO MOURN AND TO MISS
TO KNOW GOOD MEN FROM PERVERTS
WE HADN’T SLEPT FOR TWENTY YEARS
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
NOT OPTING OUT


BONUS TRACK

16. I DON’T LIKE (BRONSKI BEAT REMIX EDIT).

**This deluxe fan edition is limited to 1,000 copies and is exclusively available through Cherry Red Mail Order with limited quantities available to ticket holders at the Above The Stag Theatre, in London, during the 4 week run in April / May 2019 of the ‘Torsten In Queereteria’ stage show starring Andy Bell and Peter Straker (Hair, Ken Hill’s Original Phantom Of The Opera, Doctor Who).




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Re: Torsten In Queereteria (2019)

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Andy Bell: Torsten In Queereteria, CD
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Released April 12, 2019.
“Torsten In Queereteria” is a unique pop / musical theatre collaboration between Erasure singer Andy Bell, poet/playwright Barney Ashton-Bullock and musician Christopher Frost. The CD comes with a richly illustrated 32 page lyric booklet.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/artist/andy-bell/

ACT 1 : REMEMBRANCE, YOUTH AND BEAUTY

1. A HUNDRED YEARS PLUS TODAY
2. YOU STAMPEDE AN OPEN WOUND
3. LOWLAND LOWRIDERS
4. I AM OF THE SEA

ACT 2 : THE HEDONISM AND THE HURTING

5. CABARET AWAYDAY
6. QUEERETERIA
7. IF WE WANT TO DRINK A LITTLE

ACT 3 : BITTER REGRETS

8. THOU SHALT BE MY VIBE
9. MONEY WITH MENACES
10. LET’S BE SOBER ANOTHER TIME
11. COME AND TASTE MY BREAKDOWN

ACT 4 : TO MOURN AND TO MISS

12. TO KNOW GOOD MEN FROM PERVERTS
13. WE HADN’T SLEPT FOR TWENTY YEARS
14. SILENCE IS GOLDEN
15. NOT OPTING OUT


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The first of four reclusive line learning days for the theatre show ‘Andy Bell is Torsten in Queereteria TV’ at www.abovethestag.com in which I play ‘Daniel’ the doting lover. I saw my first advance copy of the album this morning!

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Yet another advanced copy of the album this time presented to the director of the show Robert McWhir

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Such vibrant photos!! Thanks for posting!! 8-)



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