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IAN PEEL’S A TO Z of POP

DOCTOR WHO IS BACK WITH A NEW SEASON AND, AFTER HALF A CENTURY, IT’S GONE FROM TV SHOW TO NATIONAL INSTITUTION. AND ITS MUSIC – AND THE POP IT HAS INSPIRED – HAS BECOME A GENRE ALL ITS OWN.

Back in Issue 8 of Classic Pop, I looked at one of the most curious 7” singles to spin off from Doctor Who – 1972’s Who Is The Doctor by Jon Pertwee. Before producer Rupert Hine brought the world records by Howard Jones and The Fixx he worked on this, the only musical rendition of the show’s theme to feature an in-character Doctor on the mic. Pertwee camps it up, explaining everything and nothing over a rollicking Radiophonic Workshop-style backing. “I cross the void beyond the mind,” he intones, “the empty space that circles time. I see where others stumble blind, to seek a truth they never find.”

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Issue 46 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue we have an exclusive chat with the new line-up of Spandau Ballet – their first major group interview as they relaunch themselves with new frontman Ross William Wild. We also have a must-read interview with Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet who look back on their fractious past life in Yazoo. The legends just keep on coming, too, as we speak to Nile Rodgers about his 40 years of classic tracks as a billion-dollar hitmaker and Chic's hotly-anticipated new album, It's About Time. Elsewhere, we look back at the 80s heyday of Top Of The Pops through the eyes of those who were there – DJ Janice Long and a whole host of TV insiders. Our classic album is the Stone Roses' imperious debut and we also meet Stephen Hague, the producer behind hits by Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Robbie Williams and many more besides. Need a buyer's guide to Michael Jackson? We look at the King of Pop's complete career in our Lowdown feature. As we delve into David Bowie's 80s boxset Loving The Alien, Classic Pop catches up with his closest collaborators who tell us how the legend's most divisive decade made him a global star. New albums from Boy George And Culture Club, Chic, Robyn, and The Prodigy get the once-over alongside reissues including OMD, Bronski Beat, Ultravox, The Police and Massive Attack. We also review Soft Cell's celebratory farewell O2 show plus Kylie Minogue's Golden Tour and more.. Enjoy the issue! Steve

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PER GESSLE
JEFFREY DANIEL
REGULARS
DIS FOR … DOCTOR IN’ THE TARDIS
IN OUR ROUND-UP OF NOVEMBER POP-HISTORY MOMENTS: PRINCE CONQUERS THE WORLD, THE TUBE SHAKES UP TV, WHAM! TOP THE CHARTS AND BOWIE BASKS IN THE MOONLIGHT
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
FEATURING A BEATLE, A SCOTTISH FOLK DUO, A JAZZ LEGEND, A SOUL SIREN AND A HAIRY HARD ROCK BAND… THIS WEEKLY CHART FROM 1987 COULDN’T BE ANY MORE VARIED IF IT TRIED
DEVOTED FANS SHOW US THEIR COLLECTIONS AND POP MEMORABILIA
BRITNEY GETS A WALK OF FAME STAR
FEATURES
WHEN TONY HADLEY LEFT SPANDAU BALLET LAST YEAR, IT COULD HAVE FINISHED THEM. INSTEAD, THEY’VE RECRUITED A YOUNGER SINGER – IN MUSICALS STAR ROSS WILLIAM WILD – AND ARE DETERMINED TO PROVE THE DOUBTERS WRONG. IN THEIR FIRST MAJOR GROUP INTERVIEW SINCE ROSS JOINED, THE BAND EXPLAIN: “WE’D GONE A BIT STAGNANT AND WERE TAKING LIFE FOR GRANTED. NOW WE’VE GOT OUR EXCITEMENT BACK.”
STILL ADORED NEARLY 30 YEARS ON, THE STONE ROSES RESCUED INDIE ROCK FROM SHAMBLING STUDENT BANDS AND FIRED MANCHESTER INTO A BRIGHT NEW MUSICAL FUTURE. CLASSIC POP CHARTS THE MAKING OF A ONE-OFF ALBUM THAT, ACCORDING TO NOEL GALLAGHER, “OPENED THE DOOR FOR BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC IN THE 90S”…
“WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO BE A BAND. WE JUST GOT HITS WILLY-NILLY, AND THAT SOMEHOW KEPT US IN THE SAME ROOM.” CLASSIC POP TALKS YAZOO WITH VINCE CLARKE AND ALISON MOYET.
HIS PRODUCTIONS ARE SOME OF THE DEFINING MOMENTS FROM THE LAST FOUR DECADES OF POP WHICH LAUNCHED – AND RELAUNCHED – THE CAREERS OF SOME OF OUR MOST TREASURED ARTISTS. FROM WEST END GIRLS TO WORLD IN MOTION, STEPHEN HAGUE TAKES CLASSIC POP THROUGH AN EXTRA ORDINARY CAREER BEHIND THE STUDIO DESK, AND, AS HE LOOKS BACK AT THE SONGS AND ARTISTS HE’S BEEN INVOLVED WITH, NOTES MODESTLY: “I REALISE NOW THAT IT IS QUITE A LIST!”
STEPHEN RECOUNTS AN EXTRA ORDINARY FEW DAYS WHICH GAVE US THE (OTHER) ULTIMATE FOOTBALL SONG, WORLD IN MOTION…
SIX MAGNIFICENT STEPHEN HAGUE PRODUCTIONS
THE NEW ORDER COLLECTION
WHEN MICHAEL JACKSON JOINED HIS BROTHERS IN THE JACKSON 5, A STAR WAS BORN. AS A SOLO ARTIST, HE WENT ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RECOGNISABLE STARS AND THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP, BEFORE CONTROVERSY DERAILED HIS CAREER AND TRAGEDY EVENTUALLY STRUCK.
Few musicians have successfully navigated popular culture with the skill and bravado of Nile Rodgers. The guitarist’s pioneering band Chic first galloped onto the UK charts in 1977 with Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) and since then, his output has generated over £600 million in record sales. After graduating from disco, he became the go-to hitmaker for David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Debbie Harry, Sister Sledge, Grace Jones, Daft Punk… the list goes on and on. Classic Pop caught up with Nile at his new residence – the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where he was recently appointed Chief Creative Advisor. London may have become his spiritual and creative home, but his latest Chic LP, It’s About Time, reveals he’s also on a mission to save the entire planet from self destruction… one club at a time.
TOP OF THE POPS TRANSFORMED ITSELF INTO A NON-STOP PARTY SHOWCASE FOR THE 1980s POP EXPLOSION. THOSE WHO WERE THERE, INCLUDING HEAVEN 17’s MARTYN WARE AND DJ JANICE LONG, LOOK BACK ON THE SHOW’S GLORY DAYS…
A RUNDOWN OF WEIRD AND WONDERFUL TOTP MOMENTS…
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A NEW DAVID BOWIE BOXSET, LOVING THE ALIEN (1983-1988), DOCUMENTS HIS BIGGEST COMMERCIAL YEARS AND INCLUDES A RE-RECORDED VERSION OF THE NEVER LET ME DOWN LP. CLASSIC POP HEARS FROM BOWIE’S CLOSEST COLLEAGUES ABOUT THE TOURS, REVOLUTIONARY VIDEOS AND ALBUMS OF DAVID’S MOST TURBULENT DECADE.
REVIEWS
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80s ON ABSOLUTE 80s RADIO CHECKS OUT NEW RELEASES INCLUDING THE HOTLY-ANTICIPATED RETURNS OF ROBYN AND THE PRODIGY PLUS AN UNLIKELY OLLY MURS AND SNOOP DOGG HOOK-UP
TWO DECADES SINCE THEIR LAST ALBUM, BOY GEORGE LEADS HIS COLOURFUL CLUB BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. THEY’RE IN FIGHTING MOOD…
FUTURISTIC PIONEERS OF ELECTRONICALLY ENGINEERED POP OMD RE-RELEASE THEIR FIRST FOUR ALBUMS FOR THEIR 40TH BIRTHDAY…
THIS EXPANDED VERSION OF BRONSKI BEAT’S JIMMY SOMERVILLE-SHOWCASING HIT 1984 ALBUM REVEALS A VITAL AND POLITICISED, YET UPLIFTING, SYNTH-POP TRIUMPH
FOR THEIR LAST-EVER LIVE SHOW, SOFT CELL SAID HELLO IN STYLE AND WAVED GOODBYE ALMOST THREE HOURS LATER – LEAVING FANS WITH GREAT MEMORIES OF AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT
THE ANTIPODEAN POP ICON CELEBRATES HER GOLDEN JUBILEE IN STYLE… AND IN COWBOY BOOTS! HAS KYLIE DISCOVERED HER INNER DOLLY? HAS SHE GONE LOCO FOR LINE DANCING?