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WELCOME TO CLASSIC POP

THIS MONTH, WE HAVE SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR YOU ON THE FRONT OF CLASSIC POP – IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN OUR HISTORY THAT A GUITAR HERO HAS GRACED OUR COVER (PRINCE TRANSCENDS THAT LABEL, BY THE WAY). BUT DON’T FRET, THERE’S NO MAJOR CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT FOOT AND WE WON’T BE PRINTING TABLATURE FOR STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN ANY TIME SOON. JOHNNY MARR IS A ONE-OFF, A PERSONAL HERO OF MINE WHO HAS HAD AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ACROSS THE PAST 30+ YEARS ON THE WORLDS OF POP, INDIE AND DANCE.

This is the man, after all, who by the tender age of just 23 had already jumped ship from The Smiths, leaving an indelible indie legacy in his wake that’s still being discovered afresh by new generations of music fans. More than that, he also managed to make supergroups cool once again by hooking up with Bernard Sumner for the superb Electronic, with occasional cameos, of course, from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe from Pet Shop Boys.

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In the new issue of Classic Pop magazine we catch up with Johnny Marr to hear about the former Smiths and Electronic star’s superb new solo album Call The Comet. Tom Bailey tells us why he's returning to pop with a new album after years exploring dub and world music – remarkably it’s the former Thompson Twin frontman’s first solo LP. Also making a much-anticipated comeback is Swing Out Sister – Classic Pop talks to 80s icon Corinne Drewery and other half Andy Connell as they break what is effectively a decade of studio silence with Almost Persuaded. Elsewhere, we tell the story of the legendary Factory Records label and serve up a buyer’s guide to the work of Blondie and Debbie Harry. The ever-industrious Neil Arthur tells us about his new project Near Future and gives us details of a new Blancmange album plus we also catch up with Jaki Graham for the inside story on her diverse new album When A Woman Loves. New albums from Tom Bailey, Erasure, Years & Years and Let’s Eat Grandma get the once-over alongside reissues by David Bowie, The Cure, Public Image Limited and George Michael. We also jostle our way to the front to review live shows including Beck, Echo & The Bunnymen and Blossoms. Enjoy the issue!

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