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LOST & FOUND

No.51 THE KANE GANG

THE BAD AND LOWDOWN WORLD OF THE KANE GANG

What was bad and lowdown about the Kane Gang’s world in the mid-80s is unclear; it certainly wasn’t their music.

This exquisite debut album, on venerated Geordie label Kitchenware, boasts a strong message alongside sophisticated production values and, as a rare extra in pop, the standout contrast of two very different lead vocalists.

The menace of Martin Brammer is evident from their version of Respect Yourself, a Top 30 hit, while Paul Woods has a more assuaging tone, making the big single Closest Thing To Heaven a most beautiful, satisfying listen.

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Issue 51 of Classic Pop is on sale now! This month, we have an exclusive interview with Bananarama's Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward as they return with their first new studio album in a decade. We also meet iconic duo Hall & Oates before their UK arena tour and talk to Gary Numan as part of our look into the superfan phenomenon. Classic Pop pays tribute to the wonderful Mark Hollis from Talk Talk and we celebrate the band's iconic Spirit Of Eden in our latest Classic Album feature. Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford take us inside their spiky songwriting partnership and we also hear from Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder about his life as a one-of-a-kind wordsmith. Our packed new album reviews section includes Bananarama, Edwyn Collins, Toyah, Andy Bell and The Chemical Brothers. On the reissues front, we revisit New Order's debut album Movement plus re-releases from Prince, Kate Bush, R.E.M, David Bowie and more. In our live reviews section, we elbow our way down to the front for Tears For Fears, The Revolution, Holy Holy and Bryan Adams. Enjoy the issue!