Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Upgrade to today
for only an extra Cxx.xx

You get:

plus This issue of xxxxxxxxxxx.
plus Instant access to the latest issue of 480+ of our top selling titles.
plus Unlimited access to 40000+ back issues
plus No contract or commitment. If you decide that PocketmagsPlus is not for you, you can cancel your monthly subscription online at any time. Auto-renews at $16.99 per month, unless cancelled.
Upgrade for $1.39
Then just $16.99 / month. Cancel anytime.
Learn more
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
CA
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Canada version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Read anywhere Read anywhere
Ways to pay Pocketmags Payment Types
Trusted site
At Pocketmags you get
Secure Billing
Great Offers
Web & App Reader
Gifting Options
Loyalty Points
89 MIN READ TIME

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Think of Wet Wet Wet and the first thing that comes to mind is likely to be Marti Pellow, a twinkle in his eyes, ‘big, cheesy grin’ and a blueeyed soul voice. In the popular imagination, Marti Pellow is Wet Wet Wet. So when the singer quit in the middle of 2017, panic swept through the band.

First there was anger, not personal, just professional, says the band’s drummer Tommy Cunningham. Tours had been tentatively proposed, including Australia, according to bassist and songwriter Graeme Clark. For keyboard player Neil Mitchell, the news came as a bolt from the blue: “I didn’t actually speak to Marti. We did four or five shows, finished in Edinburgh, then went home. After that, his manager phoned the band manager – he has his own theatrical manager – who told us Marti wanted to leave. Marti didn’t give us any inclination that was the case. He is his own man, doesn’t give much away. But we got a shock and I didn’t really expect it.”

Read the complete article and many more in this issue of Classic Pop
Purchase options below
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Digital Issue March 2019 - The Specials
 
$9.99
This issue and other back issues are not included in a new Classic Pop subscription. Subscriptions include the latest regular issue and new issues released during your subscription.
6 Month Digital Subscription $20.99 billed twice a year
Save
30%
$20.99
Annual Digital Subscription Plus the last 3 back issues for free Now $41.99 billed annually
Save
30%
$41.99
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION? Available at magazine.co.uk, the best magazine subscription offers online.
 

This article is from...


View Issues
Classic Pop
March 2019 - The Specials
VIEW IN STORE

Other Articles in this Issue


Classic Pop
AS WE CELEBRATE OUR HALF-CENTURY MILESTONE HERE AT
NEWS
Madness are marking their 40th anniversary with two
Toni Basil was pushing 40 when she dressed memorably
The title track off In The Army Now was Status Quo’s
Born in London to a family that ran the Rossi’s Ice
It was 30 years ago, in the summers of 1988 and ‘89
REGULARS
IS JAPAN – THE GROUP, THAT IS, AND ITS FOUR PIONEERING MEMBERS, DAVID SYLVIAN, STEVE JANSEN, RICHARD BARBIERI AND MICK KARN – AT THE ROOT OF ALL ART-POP? LET’S CONSIDER THE EVIDENCE…
IN OUR ROUND-UP OF MARCH 1985’s BIGGEST MOMENTS IN POP, MORRISSEY GETS HIT BY A STRING OF SAUSAGES, FRANKIE GET INTO HOT WATER (AGAIN) AND SOUTH AFRICA BANS STEVIE…
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
MICHAEL JACKSON HITS BIG WITH BILLIE JEAN, TOTO SERVE
DEVOTED FANS SHOW US THEIR COLLECTIONS AND POP MEMORABILIA
Having been unceremoniously dumped by EMI, the Sex
FEATURES
WHEN THE SPECIALS’ STUNNING NEW ALBUM ENCORE DESERVEDLY ENTERED THE UK CHART AT NO.1 EARLIER THIS MONTH, IT CEMENTED ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT COMEBACKS. THEY STILL HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU, RUDY – AND THEY’RE FINALLY UNITED IN HOW TO TELL IT. “WE COULD HAVE BEEN AS MEGA AS U2,” THEY TELL CLASSIC POP. “WHAT A CRAZY BAND WE WERE…”
CONCEIVED AMID A SUMMER OF HEDONISM DURING IBIZA’S INFANCY AS A PARTY CAPITAL, NEW ORDER RETURNED HOME TO THE TRANQUILLITY OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE TO PERFECT THEIR TECHNIQUE, RESULTING IN A GROUNDBREAKING RECORD THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE 30 YEARS ON
AS A MUSICAL ABOUT HER LIFE AND CAREER HEADS TO THE UK, GLORIA ESTEFAN TALKS TO CLASSIC POP ABOUT HOW SHE BECAME A LATIN CROSSOVER SUPERSTAR ON HER OWN TERMS
IN A CAREER THAT STRETCHES MORE THAN 40 YEARS, DESIGNER BILL SMITH HAS WORKED WITH SOME OF POP’S MIGHTIEST ACTS AND CREATED SOME OF MUSIC’S MOST RECOGNISABLE ALBUM COVERS. HERE, HE TALKS CLASSIC POP THROUGH HIS FAVOURITE COVER ART AND WHY HE’S WARY OF HAVING A ‘STYLE’…
We’ve got special offers for international readers
SIMPLY RED EMERGED FROM THE POSTPUNK SCENE IN MANCHESTER TO BECOME A BRIT POP-SOUL SENSATION, CLOCKING UP NO.1 SINGLES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ATLANTIC, WINNING MULTIPLE BRIT AND GRAMMY AWARDS AND SHIFTING MORE THAN 55 MILLION UNITS WORLDWIDE.
RAVE CULTURE MAY HAVE BEEN DE AD AT THE HANDS OF THE TORY GOVERNMEN T IN THE EARLY 90S, BU T A SERIES OF SUPERCLUBS, SPE ARHE ADED BY THE MIGHTY MINISTRY OF SOUND, WERE ABOUT T O GIVE DANCE MUSIC A NEW LEASE OF LIFE …
BONNIE TYLER IS ABOUT TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS WITH A BRAND NEW ALBUM BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE STARS THAT BOASTS THE TALENTS OF THREE KNIGHTS OF THE REALM, A QUO LEGEND AND ONE OF THE HOTTEST POP SONGWRITING TALENTS ON THE BLOCK
ONE OF THE MOST WELL-CONNECTED MEN IN THE MUSIC BIZ, GARY CROWLEY RAIDS HIS PHOTO ARCHIVE TO LOOK BACK ON SOME OF HIS PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 80s…
REVIEWS
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80s ON ABSOLUTE 80s RADIO CHECKS OUT THE NEW RELEASES, INCLUDING BONNIE TYLER, SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR, THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS, ARIANA GRANDE, NINA NESBITT AND JESS GLYNNE…
A DOZEN YEARS SINCE FUNK THIS, THE MIGHTY CHAKA KHAN’S
FORMED FROM THE ASHES OF THE HUMAN LEAGUE (VERSION
In an 11-year-long reign which spanned 1987-1998, Carter
A DOUBLE DELIGHT AT ROCKAWAY BEACH AS GARY NUMAN AND