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Guitarist Jak Airport and drummer BP Hurding left cult punk band X-Ray Spex to form Classix Nouveaux in 1979 and with the help of an advert in the Melody Maker, recruited unconventional bald-headed punk singer Sal Solo. Early cut Robot’s Dance quickly became a club favourite and spent an 11-week stint planted in the upper echelons of the indie charts (be sure to check out the spooky 12” version), but it was this more commercially-minded 1982 single – taken from their second album La Verité – that broke the band into the UK Top 20. Although this was their one and only major hit in the UK, Classix Nouveaux managed No. 1’s further afield in Portugal, Yugoslavia, Iceland, Israel and Poland, where they were notable as one of the very first Western bands to perform during communist rule. The band’s follow-up single Because You’re Young fell just shy of the UK Top 40 and a third album, Secret, released in 1983, yielded no further success for the group in their home country. Poland was still listening though and both Never Never Comes and Heart From The Start, both respectable synthpop singles from Secret, reached the top spot over there. The band broke up in 1985 and Solo went on to grace the Top 20 once more as a solo artist.

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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.