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IAN PEEL’S A TO Z OF POP

STING AND SHAGGY NOT ONLY DELIVERED ONE OF THIS YEAR’S MOST UPLIFTING ALBUMS, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING COLLABORATIONS OF RECENT TIMES. HAS THERE EVER BEEN A BIGGER JUXTAPOSITION IN POP?

When I first heard about Sting and Shaggy collaborating, I almost spat out my tea. As juxtapositions go, you couldn’t get two more different artists. But that’s not to say they don’t gel and, after one listen of Don’t Make Me Wait, I was convinced. Their album, 44/876, may not be one that I’ll go back to in years to come, but it worked. The two artists found a collaboration that no one else would have or could have thought of, and delivered the goods.

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About Classic Pop

Issue 44 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue we speak to Soft Cell's Marc Almond and Dave Ball as they prepare for their farewell gig at the O2 in London and release a career-spanning boxset, Keychains & Snowstorms. We also take a look at their Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret LP in our Classic Album feature. Elsewhere, we have an exclusive interview with the world's biggest record producer, Mark Ronson, catch up with The Proclaimers who return with their politicised new album Angry Cyclist and talk to Level 42's Mark King about his life in pop's funkiest band. This month, we look back on the glory days of house music and Toyah tells us how she brought the punk aesthetic to the pop world. For boombox fans, we take an in-depth look at why cassettes are making a return and we also serve up a buyer's guide to the wonderful Luther Vandross. Our packed reviews section features new albums from Prince, Paul Weller, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon and many more while the reissues section includes Pet Shop Boys, the latest David Bowie boxset and Curiosity Killed The Cat. On the gig front, we head to Hyde Park for The Cure's only European show of the year, delve into the latest Let's Rock festival in Shrewsbury and check out gigs by Nick Heyward, Del Amitri and others. Enjoy the issue!