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”I WANTED OUR FIRST TOP OF THE POPS APPEARANCE TO HAVE AN IMPACT THE WAY BOWIE’S HAD.” SO SAYS MARC ALMOND, AND WITH SOFT CELL’S DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF TAINTED LOVE ON THE TV INSTITUTION, WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THE ICONIC RENDITION WILL REMAIN ETCHED ON THE MEMORIES OF A WHOLE GENERATION OF POP FANS.
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The 100th edition of Now That’s What I Call Music!
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REGULARS
STING AND SHAGGY NOT ONLY DELIVERED ONE OF THIS YEAR’S MOST UPLIFTING ALBUMS, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE MOST SURPRISING COLLABORATIONS OF RECENT TIMES. HAS THERE EVER BEEN A BIGGER JUXTAPOSITION IN POP?
IN OUR ROUND-UP OF SEPTEMBER’S MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS IN POP HISTORY, MORTEN MEETS HIS A-HA MATES, MADONNA HITS THE SILVER SCREEN AND BOWIE HITS THE STAGE
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
DEVOTED FANS SHOW US THEIR COLLECTIONS AND POP MEMORABILIA
THE COMMUNARDS SCALE THE HEIGHTS WITH THE BIGGEST-SELLING
FEATURES
SOFT CELL’S CHAOTIC, CREATIVE FIRST INCARNATION WAS
THRUST INTO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH THEIR UNIQUE TAKE ON A SOUL CLASSIC, SOFT CELL’S DEBUT ALBUM NON-STOP EROTIC CABARET DELVED DEEP INTO DIVE BARS, SEEDY S&M CLUBS AND PORNO CINEMAS, EXPOSING SOHO’S NOCTURNAL ACTIVITIES IN EYE-WATERING DETAIL…
INSPIRED AS A YOUNGSTER BY THE JAZZ GREATS, MARK KING SOON REINVENTED BASS PLAYING AND TOOK LEVEL 42 INTO THE UPPER ECHELONS OF THE POP CHARTS WITH AN IRRESISTIBLY FUNKY SOUND
WITH SONG SEGUES THAT PAY HOMAGE TO THE STRUCTURE OF
FRESH FROM CELEBRATING THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY, THE PROCLAIMERS ARE BACK WITH ENERGETIC, POLITICISED NEW ALBUM ANGRY CYCLIST. CLASSIC POP MEETS THE REID TWINS IN EDINBURGH TO HEAR WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY FRESH – AND HOW THE SPECTRE OF UNEMPLOYMENT STILL HAUNTS THEM, DECADES ON…
*Savings are available to UK Direct Debit and overseas
IF YOU THOUGHT THAT CASSETTE TAPES WENT THE WAY OF YOUR VHS VIDEO RECORDER AND CAMCORDER, THEN THINK AGAIN. A WHOLE NEW GENERATION IS MAKING THE FORMAT COOL AGAIN. CLASSIC POP HITS REWIND…
LUTHER VANDROSS WAS AN IN-DEMAND BACKING SINGER WHO WENT ON TO SELL MORE THAN 35 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE AND WIN EIGHT GRAMMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST R&B VOCAL PERFORMANCE FOUR TIMES. NO WONDER HE WAS HAILED THE “BLACK PAVAROTTI” BY CONTEMPORARY ALEXANDER O’NEAL.
BRINGING THE PUNK AESTHETIC INTO 80s POP MUSIC WITH HER RADICAL SENSE OF STYLE AND KINETIC PERSONALITY, TOYAH CHALKED UP A SUCCESSION OF MEMORABLE HIT SINGLES. FOUR DECADES ON, SHE’S DETERMINED TO LOOK BACK WITH SATISFACTION ON A JOB WELL DONE.
THE ESTABLISHMENT FIRST IGNORED IT, THEN EMBRACED IT, BEFORE FINALLY TRYING TO BAN IT… BUT THE CHARTS WERE HEATED UP 30 YEARS AGO BY A STRING OF CLASSIC HOUSE MUSIC TUNES DURING THE SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE.
AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE SYNTHWAVE MOVEMENT, CARPENTER BRUT MINES 80s INFLUENCES AND CONCEPT ALBUMS. “I’M NOT TRYING TO REINVENT ANYTHING,” HE INSISTS. “I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE MUSIC I LIKE.”
ENTER OUR COMPETITION FOR A CHANCE TO WIN GREAT NEW POP ALBUMS ON EITHER VINYL OR CD
REVIEWS
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80S ON ABSOLUTE 80S RADIO SELECTS
THESE THREE REISSUES – PLUS EXTRAS – COVERING THE PET SHOP BOYS’ 1990S OUTPUT PROVE THAT WE SHOULD TAKE THEIR POST-IMPERIAL PHASE SERIOUSLY...
THIS FOURTH BOXSET INSTALMENT IN PARLOPHONE’S BOWIE RETROSPECTIVE GIVES A COMPELLING MAKEOVER TO SOME OF HIS LEAST-INSPIRED POP AND ROCK
A FOUR-CD SET COVERING THE BRIEF CAREER OF A BAND WHO, AT THEIR BERET BEST, MOULDED JAZZ, FUNK AND SOUL STYLES INTO A SERIES OF INFECTIOUS SINGLES...
It’s curious to think that a music originating in Jamaica
FROM THE BEST OF U2’S POP OFFERINGS AND THE FALL’S SINGLES TO CLASSIC 70S ELO, THE FINAL EURYTHMICS’ ALBUMS AND OUTLYING EXPERIMENTS FROM THE BETA BAND AND LUNA, WE DROP THE NEEDLE ON THE LATEST VINYL RELEASES…
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As someone who was fiercely protective of her privacy
In the 13 or so years since Robbie Williams teamed
DARRYL W. BULLOCK DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY: 100 YEARS
To coincide with what would have been Michael’s 60th
ROBERT SMITH AND HIS BLACK-CLAD BAND BRAVE THE LONDON
THE TOURING FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SMASH HITS GALORE FROM MARC ALMOND, KIM WILDE, MIDGE URE, TOYAH, JASON DONOVAN AND MORE
NEW STANDOUTS FROM HEYWARD’S NATURE-LOVING WOODLAND
FIVE YEARS AFTER THEY REFORMED, THE SCOTTISH COMBO CONTINUES TO PULL IN THE CROWDS – AND THERE’S A DASH OF NEW MATERIAL, TOO
HOT IN THE CITY! THE NEW YORK SONGSMITH PLAYS TOURIST FOR A UK VISIT TAKING IN A SERIES OF LOW-KEY GIGS THAT ARE OFF HER USUAL BEATEN TRACK
GIGANTIC LAUGHS ARE HAD BY ALL AS THE BREEDERS – LED BY THE DEAL TWINS IN PLAYFUL MOOD – WOW THE BRISTOL ACADEMY CROWD WITH A VARIED SETLIST
1 SEPTEMBER 1984