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Issue 48 is on sale now! In our latest issue we look ahead to the most hotly-anticipated album of 2019 – it’s the return of Madonna. We also analyse her six personas that changed the face of pop and wax lyrical about her classic album Like A Prayer. We’ve got outrageous must-read interviews with Paul Heaton plus Echo and the Bunnymen’s Ian McCulloch and Ultravox fans will love our chat with the legendary Midge Ure. Our panel of experts look back over the year to count down their pick of the finest albums, reissues, compilations and books of 2018 and elsewhere we catch up with The Fizz to hear about their rollercoaster year as well as tracing the make-or-break record that saved The Jam’s career. We review new releases by Trevor Horn, Joe Jackson and Fun Lovin' Criminals while in our packed reissues section we look at Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Brian Eno and much more. We also check out gigs by Heaven 17, Rick Astley and Blancmange.

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Classic Pop
WE LIKE TO DO THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY HERE AT CLASSIC POP, SO WHILE ALL OUR RIVALS ARE DEVOTING VAST SWATHES OF THEIR MAGAZINES TO LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR THAT’S ALREADY DONE AND DUSTED, WE’RE COCKING A SNOOK AT SUCH TRADITIONALISM AND ALREADY BRAVELY STRIDING INTO THE FUTURE AND EAGERLY AWAITING WHAT LIES AHEAD IN 2019.
David Burke is a regular contributor to Vintage Rock
NEWS
Is Numan’s anti-nostalgia principle cracking?
Phyllis Nelson was an experienced disco singer and
A Good Heart and You Little Thief were tremendous pop
Synth-pop outfit Bronski Beat – Steve Bronski, Jimmy
Thereza Bazar first hit the charts in the vocal group
REGULARS
DEVOTED FANS SHOW US THEIR COLLECTIONS AND POP MEMORABILIA
THE REMIX ALBUM, NEIL TENNANT ONCE TOLD ME, “IS ABOUT SITTING IN THE STUDIO, BECAUSE IT’S A STUDIO, PLAYING WITH A TRACK BECAUSE YOU CAN PLAY WITH IT”. AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S SAVED POP THREE TIMES OVER.
IN OUR ROUND-UP OF JANUARY 1985’s HISTORY, MACCA REJECTS DALLAS, PRINCE SNUBS USA FOR AFRICA AND SHEENA EASTON COLLECTS HUSBAND NUMBER TWO…
TWO FESTIVE CLASSICS, FRANKIE GET ANTHEMIC, AN ICONIC SOUNDTRACK HIT AND ONE OF MACCA’S MOST DIVISIVE SINGLES BATTLE IT OUT FOR CHART SUPREMACY
FEATURES
AFTER MOVING HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD TO BE A ‘SOCCER MOM’, MADONNA HAS SPENT THE PAST YEAR WORKING ON HER NEW ALBUM. AS WE CAST OUR EYES FORWARD TO 2019’S MOST HOTLY-ANTICIPATED NEW POP RECORD, WE ALSO LOOK BACK AT WHY SHE REMAINS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMAN IN MUSIC TODAY.
WHEN IT COMES TO HER VISUAL AND CULTURAL IDENTITY, MADONNA HAS REMAINED ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE ZEITGEIST THROUGHOUT HER CAREER, TAKING LOOKS FROM THE UNDERGROUND TO THE MAINSTREAM, CAUSING CONTROVERSY WITH TABOO IMAGERY, AND SETTING TRENDS IN HIGH FASHION, ON STAGE, ON SCREEN AND ON THE HIGH STREET. HERE, CLASSIC POP GAZES AT THE MANY PIONEERING MADONNAS WE’VE WITNESSED OVER THE YEARS…
MADONNA’S FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM IS AN IMMACULATE COLLECTION OF SONGS WHICH SAW THE SUPERSTAR LOOKING INWARDS FOR DIVINE INSPIRATION – TAKING IN GRIEF, LOSS, REDEMPTION AND EMPOWERMENT. WITH THE CELESTIAL LIKE A PRAYER, SHE CREATED HER OWN NEW TESTAMENT.
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
ALTHOUGH HE RECENTLY REACHED RETIREMENT AGE, MIDGE URE IS DETERMINED NOT TO SLOW DOWN. WANTING TO COMPENSATE FOR YEARS LOST TO ALCOHOL, THE MAN BEHIND ULTRAVOX, VISAGE AND BAND AID REVEALS HOW HE’S STILL FIGHTING TO OVERCOME HIS BOYBAND PAST.
AS RESILIENT AS EVER, THE FIZZ HAVE HAD A ROLLERCOASTER YEAR. WITH MEMBER JAY ASTON ON THE MEND AFTER A MAJOR HEALTH SCARE AND THE BAND NOW SLIMMED DOWN TO A TRIO, THEY NOW SERVE UP A FESTIVE TREAT OF A FEEL-GOOD CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
INARGUABLY THE ISLE OF MAN’S MOST SUCCESSFUL POP ACT OF ALL TIME – SHIFTING MORE THAN 220 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE – THE BEE GEES FIRST FOUND FAME IN THE 60S, BEFORE GOING GLOBAL AT THE HEIGHT OF THE DISCO BOOM THE FOLLOWING DECADE
THERE’S POP ROYALTY, AND THEN THERE’S PAUL HEATON. HE MIGHT NOT HAVE SOLD AS MANY RECORDS AS MICHAEL JACKSON BUT, AS HIS FIRST COMPILATION SHOWCASING EVERYTHING FROM THE HOUSEMARTINS ONWARDS DEMONSTRATES, HEATON IS THE LAST KING OF POP. HE SETS OUT HIS RULES FOR MUSICAL MONARCHY…
AFTER DROPPING THE BALL WITH THEIR UNDERCOOKED SECOND ALBUM, THE JAM WERE IN CRISIS. COULD PAUL WELLER MAKE GOOD ON HIS AMBITION TO BE A LEADER OF HIS GENERATION? IN THIS EXTRACT FROM HIS BOOK, LOVE WITH A PASSION CALLED HATE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE JAM, SEAN EGAN TRACES THE MOMENT THE MOD TRIO WERE FORCED TO DIG DEEP TO SAVE THEIR CAREERS.
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AS ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN RETURN WITH REWORKED VERSIONS OF SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC MOMENTS FROM THEIR GLITTERING BACK CATALOGUE, IAN MCCULLOCH, AKA MAC THE MOUTH, IS TAKING NO PRISONERS: “IF YOU’VE GOT A QUOTE, SAY IT. I’M A SARCASTIC BASTARD…”
JOIN US AS WE SERVE UP OUR PICK OF THE FINEST NEW ALBUMS, REISSUES, COMPILATIONS AND BOOKS TO HIT PLANET POP IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS…
REVIEWS
Jah Wobble shows there’s still fire in his belly as
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80s ON ABSOLUTE 80s RADIO CHECKS OUT NEW RELEASES, INCLUDING FESTIVE CUTS FROM CLAIRE RICHARDS, KATY PERRY, GABRIELLE AND THE BAND PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS BUCKS FIZZ…
THE ILLUSTRIOUS PRODUCER, BUGGLE, AND ZTT RECORDS FOUNDER
SIMPLE MINDS HAVE ENJOYED A WELCOME RENAISSANCE IN
HEAVEN 17 ROLL BACK THE YEARS TO REVIVE THEIR BIGGEST-SELLING
No.48 DAVID BOWIE INTRODUCES THE SNOWMAN CHRISTMAS