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CLASSIC ALBUM COLOUR BY NUMBERS

CULTURE CLUB

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About Classic Pop

Issue 45 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue our cover stars are Boy George and Culture Club – we grab an in-depth interview with the iconic singer and guitarist Roy Hay as the band return with their first studio album in almost 20 years. We also find out what life was like inside Prince's backing group The Revolution from band member Lisa Coleman and hear from the Purple One's archivist Michael Howe about further unreleased material from the legendary singer. Need a buyer's guide to Pet Shop Boys? We look at the duo's complete career in our Lowdown feature. Former Fairground Attraction frontwoman Eddi Reader tells us all about her new album Cavalier and we also meet Sister Sledge who look back on their disco heyday. New albums from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Blancmange and Neneh Cherry get the once-over alongside reissues by Yazoo, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian and much more. We also review live shows including Gabrielle, Simple Minds and The Proclaimers. Enjoy the issue!

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WHEN IT COMES TO GENERATIONAL ICONS, YOU DON’T GET
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Paul Young’s tail was up in 1986. Now aged 30, engaged
In a bizarre encounter that takes in drawer slamming
The now-defunct Sounds magazine marked out Martin Stephenson
REGULARS
THE GOLDEN AGE OF POP JUST HAPPENED TO COINCIDE WITH
IN OUR ROUND-UP OF OCTOBER POP-HISTORY MOMENTS, MADONNA AND MUSICAL YOUTH DEBUT, FRANKIE RELAX AND MICHAEL JACKSON CHANGES THE COURSE OF MUSIC VIDEO
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
U2 CHANNEL THE STOOGES FOR THEIR FIRST UK NO.1 SINGLE
Q When did you first become a Superfan of your favourite
In 1992, Madonna was wearing her Queen Of Pop crown
FEATURES
PIONEERS OF RACIAL AND LGBTQ+ EQUALITY, ENDLESSLY QUOTABLE, CREATORS OF WONDROUS SOUL-POP – CULTURE CLUB WERE POSSIBLY THE DEFINITIVE 80s BAND. INTERNALLY, OF COURSE, THEY WERE A TOTAL MESS. BACK WITH THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY 20 YEARS, HOW ARE FOUR OF THE MOST VOLATILE PERSONALITIES IN POP FINALLY MANAGING TO GET ALONG HAPPILY? WE MEET THE CALMER CHAMELEONS TO LISTEN TO THEIR GROUP THERAPY…
THEY WERE ONE OF THE MOST COLOURFUL ACTS OF THE DECADE, YET THE VIBRANCY AND MELODIES OF CULTURE CLUB’S SECOND OPUS BELIED THE HEARTACHE AND TENSIONS THAT INSPIRED IT – WITH THEIR FLAMBOYANT FRONTMAN’S SPOTLIGHT SHINING A LITTLE TOO BRIGHTLY FOR HIS BANDMATES…
WITH THE RELEASE OF THE STRIPPED-BACK POSTHUMOUS ALBUM PIANO & A MICRO PHONE 1983, PRINCE STILL REMAINS VERY MUCH IN OUR THOUGHTS. CLASSIC POP MEETS THE STAR’S ARCHIVIST MICHAEL HOWE TO FIND OUT MORE SECRETS FROM THE PAISLEY PARK VAULT AND HEARS FROM THE REVOLUTION’S LISA COLEMAN ABOUT WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE IN THE WORLD’S HOTTEST BACKING BAND…
MAT MAITLAND IS A CREATIVE DIRECTOR AND COLLAGE ARTIST WITH A MUSIC-DESIGN CAREER STRETCHING BACK TO THE 90S. HIS UNIQUE STYLE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONED BY MANY GLOBAL LUXURY BRANDS, AND HE WORKS WITH THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POP AT CREATIVE CONSULTANCY BIG ACTIVE. WE CATCH UP WITH HIM TO EXPLORE HIS EYECATCHING AND SURREAL PORTFOLIO…
A FORMER SMASH HITS JOURNALIST AND AN ARCHITECTURE STUDENT WHO NEVER GRADUATED, PET SHOP BOYS WENT ON TO BECOME THE MOST SUCCESSFUL UK DUO EVER, SELLING MORE THAN 50 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE AND BEING HONOURED WITH A BRIT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC
AS SHE PREPARES TO RELEASE AN ALBUM MADE UP OF BOTH NEW SONGS AND ANCIENT BALLADS, SADENIA ‘EDDI’ READER TALKS FAMILY HISTORY, BUSKING, THE RISE AND FALL OF FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION, HOW TO BE FEARLESS ON STAGE… AND WHELKS. CLASSIC POP GETS THE ODD WORD IN.
FOR DECADES, POP HAS BEEN LITTERED WITH ACTS WHOSE PERFORMANCES OR RECORDINGS RECEIVED A LITTLE HELP BEHIND THE SCENES. FROM BONEY M. TO MILLI VANILLI AND BLACK BOX TO TECHNOTRONIC, CLASSIC POP INVESTIGATES HOW SOME CHART STARS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY MIGHT SEEM…
WITH LASTING SUCCESS SEEMINGLY OUT OF REACH, SISTER SLEDGE WERE ON THE VERGE OF SPLITTING UP. KIM SLEDGE TELLS CLASSIC POP HOW A CHANCE MEETING CHANGED THEIR LIVES.
POP – AND POPULAR CULTURE – HAVE A HABIT OF RECYCLING THEMSELVES EVERY 30 YEARS OR SO. TAKE A LOOK AROUND AND IT’S CLEAR THAT THE TASTEMAKERS AND INFLUENCERS CREATING MUSIC AND FILM IN OUR ERA ARE STILL HAUNTED BY THE GHOSTS OF THE 1980s…
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REVIEWS
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80s ON ABSOLUTE 80s RADIO SELECTS THE CREAM OF THIS MONTH’S CROP OF LATEST SINGLES: FEATURING MICHAEL JACKSON, NENEH CHERRY, SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR, RICK ASTLEY AND MORE
COSTELLO AGAIN PROVES HE’S A MASTER OF DISGUISE, ADOPTING
A DELUXE REISSUE CAPTURES THE BIRTH OF A BAND WHOSE
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