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FLAME ON

WITH HITS SUCH AS WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN, MANIC MONDAY AND ETERNAL FLAME, THE BANGLES WERE ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANDS OF THE EIGHTIES. THEY’RE ALL STILL ACTIVE, AND SUSANNA HOFFS HAS JUST RELEASED COMPLETELY UNDER THE COVERS, A QUADRUPLECD BOX SET OF THE SIXTIES, SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES COVER VERSION LPS SHE HAS MADE ALONGSIDE POWER POP VETERAN MATTHEW SWEET…

There have been three Under The Covers albums so far… how come you’re so into cover versions?

Everybody loves covers. Musicians are generally obsessed with music, and so the chance to do some beloved songs is an incredible experience. Even when we were with The Bangles we would do droney, reverb-drenched covers of Beach Boys songs. I think it’s part of the process of figuring out who you are as musicians.

Which decade did you prefer doing covers from: the Sixties, the Seventies, or the Eighties?

The Sixties have always been the touchstone era for everything and really formed The Bangles’ sound, and I still listen to Sixties music every day. I’m painfully unaware of what’s been going on since the Nineties. I lived through the Eighties as a musician, but I’m so entrenched – and I’m not necessarily proud of it – in the Sixties that it’s often prevented me from knowing about other things. That said, both Matthew and I were taken by surprise when we realised how essential the Seventies were to us. It was such a diverse era.

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About Classic Pop

The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.