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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > July 2019 > IAN PEEL’S A TO Z OF POP

IAN PEEL’S A TO Z OF POP

RAP IS EVERYWHERE, IT’S UBIQUITOUS. BUT IT WASN’T ALWAYS THAT WAY. WHAT STARTED OFF AS THE SOUND OF THE STREETS IN THE UNITED STATES HAD TO WORK ITS WAY INTO THE UK PUBLIC’S CONSCIOUSNESS THOUGH SOME SURPRISING CHANNELS…

R IS FOR… RUDIMENTARY RAP

First there was Blondie. When they hit No.5 in the UK (and No.1 in the US) with 1981’s Rapture – in which Debbie Harry raps a homage to Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash – it was the first single to feature a rap to get to the upper echelons of the UK and US singles chart.

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This month, we have the definitive interview with the returning Shakespears Sister – back after a split that lasted more than 25 years. We also meet Lloyd Cole to talk about his stunning electronic-flavoured new album Guesswork and catch up with the iconic Betty Boo who looks back on her career as a UK hip-hop trailblazer. Our Classic Album this issue is Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ambitious debut Welcome To The Pleasuredome and we take a deep dive into the studio work of Belinda Carlisle for our Album by Album feature. We talk to Steve Barron, the director who shaped the 80s pop video landscape, and also hear from China Crisis’ Gary Daly as he unveils his first-ever solo album. Read our verdict on Madonna’s Madame X alongside new live LPs from Soft Cell and New Order plus much more in our new albums pages. Our packed reissues and compilation section features Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson, Joy Division, Shakespears Sister and more. On the live reviews front, we check out shows including Take That, Howard Jones, Marc Almond and the Manic Street Preachers. Enjoy the issue!