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THIS MONTH IN POP

MTV IS LAUNCHED UPON UNSUSPECTING HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES, PET SHOP BOYS MEET BY CHANCE WHILE PULP TURN HEADS IN THEIR HOMETOWN OF SHEFFIELD

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As the 80s dawned, ITV Books editor Neil Tennant harboured a desire to become a singer-songwriter while Chris Lowe was an apprentice architect. In pursuit of his dream, Tennant bought himself a synthesiser but neglected to buy anything with which to plug it in. The act of buying an audio jack led to an encounter with Lowe and the pair started talking about their shared love of music. “I’d already had my career – which, of course, wasn’t really a career – in my bedroom as a singer/songwriter”, Tennant later explained. “Chris absolutely loathes the entire concept of that kind of music: his hatred and detestation for it is quite beyond belief.”

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop