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Classic Pop Presents Magazine

4 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review Classic Pop Presents is a bumper-sized magazine that dedicates every single page to the legends of the golden era of pop.

Each issue is devoted to chart-topping musicians from the 70s, 80s and 90s. To date we have dove deep to the roots of the story some of the all-time greatest artists including Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and Abba.

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Classic Pop Presents  |  CPP 01/2021  


Of all the years in pop music, 1981 was one of the most pivotal. A surge in new technology prompted a sonic revolution with synthesizers, drum machines and samplers, opening up endless possibilities.

Forty years on, we go behind the scenes with some of the year’s major players, including New Order, Soft Cell, Heaven 17, Bow Wow Wow, Scritti Politti and Altered Images.

Adam and the Ants’ Chris Merick Hughes opens up about a golden year for the band that included a hit album and two UK No.1 singles, plus we talk to Some Bizzare Records' Stevo and some of the soon-to-be-big names that appeared on his label's infamous '81 compilation, as well as chatting with The Specials' Ghost Town producer John Collins.

We focus in on the best of the year's albums, including classics from Duran Duran, The Human League, Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Heaven 17, Grace Jones, and Soft Cell – and offer up our soundtrack of the year.

From the arrival of Synth-Pop, Britfunk and New Romanticism via a succession of game-changing releases, to the birth of a slew of major acts, this must-have Classic Pop special pays tribute to a year that changed pop music forever.
Classic Pop Presents is a bumper-sized magazine that dedicates every single page to the legends of the golden era of pop.

Each issue is devoted to chart-topping musicians from the 70s, 80s and 90s. To date we have dove deep to the roots of the story some of the all-time greatest artists including Bowie, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and Abba.

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Classic quality

Always a good read Reviewed 24 July 2019

Classic excellence

Classic pop magazine which never disappoints Reviewed 11 July 2019

Love it!

I'm a subscriber to the monthly Classic Pop magazine (love it!), but these bumper special issues are just fantastic! Reviewed 16 October 2017

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Below is a selection of articles in Classic Pop Presents CPP 01/2021.

WELCOME Editor By 1981, punk had gone soft, the first wave of electronica had spiked, and the Iron Lady was at No.10. The recession had bitten hard. Promises of harmony, truth, faith and ho...
THE CONTRIBUTORS John Earls aims his keyboard at the legendary label Some Bizzare, looks at the legacy of Adam and the Ants and interviews Soft Cell’s Dave Ball, Altered Images’ Clare Grogan, New Order’s ...
THE STORY OF 1981 RISE AND SHINE: THE BRIT-FUNK EXPLOSION FRESH FRUIT IN FOREIGN PLACES OTHER VOICES LINX, IMAGINATION, FREEEZ, BEGGAR & CO; 1981 WAS THE YEAR THE UK FUNKATEERS SHOWED THE USA THE WAY THE CURE FOR...
TURN AGAIN HOOKED ON FORBIDDEN PLANET PETER HOOK  New Order were never an overtly political band, despite their start coinciding with Margaret Thatcher’s Prime Ministerial reign getting into full swing. “We su...
LOVER BOYS THE BIZARRE WORLD OF SOME BIZZARE DAVE BALL  Dave Ball is conflicted about Soft Cell’s status as the success story of Some Bizzare, the Phonogram imprint started by maverick talent-spotter Ste...
POP ART BUSINESS CLASS 80S ARE GO IT WAS NEVER GOING TO BE A TIE FOR NO.1 SLEEVE… BUBBLING UNDER: A DOZEN VERY HONOURABLE MENTIONS IN 1981’S SLEEVE DESIGN STAKES… At the end of 1981 Smash Hits...

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