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UP WHERE SHE BELONGS

BACK IN THE 80s, JENNIFER WARNES WAS HAVING THE TIME OF HER LIFE. MORE RECENT YEARS, HOWEVE R, HAVE LEFT HER DOWN IN THE DUMPS. HER NEW ALBUM’S THE PERFECT REMEDY.

Seated on a sofa at a friend’s home in Anaheim, California, Jennifer Warnes is grinning bashfully. We’re so near to Disneyland that every evening when the theme park’s fireworks erupt, they set off nearby car alarms, although her current mood has been provoked by something even more explosive.

She has just been told by Classic Pop’s roving reporter that he considers her latest album, Another Time, Another Place, one of the year’s finest. “You’re kidding!” she giggles, flattered and amazed. “Why?!”

Because it’s so tender and so unpretentious, he informs her. It just makes everything feel better. If this news surprises Warnes, it’s less of a shock to her than the first listen of the album was to him. His ingrained cynicism took root three decades ago, beginning with the sappy Up Where We Belong, recorded with Joe Cocker for the soundtrack to 1982’s An Officer And A Gentleman. It blossomed with Warnes’ 1987 duet with Bill Medley, (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, a tune he finds so overbearingly mawkish, he’s often insisted his gravestone will be engraved with the epitaph: ‘He never watched Dirty Dancing’. Yet Warnes chuckles surprisingly warmly as this prejudice is meekly confessed.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop