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TOP 15: Sophisti-pop albums

BY MIXING ELEMENTS OF JAZZ, R&B AND SOUL, A NEW WAVE OF ARTIST EMERGED DURING THE MID-80S, BRINGING WITH THEM A CERTAIN CULTURED ELEGANCE TO THE CHARTS. HERE IS OUR PICK OF THE SOPHISTI-POPS

15 CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE (1987)

The opening one-two combo of the singles Misfit (which would reach No.7) and Down To Earth (No.3), immediately takes you back to Curiosity’s 1986-87 heyday. For a brief moment, their accessible blend of pop, soul and funk, and boy band looks, made them very much in vogue: on its release in April 1987, Keep Your Distance spent two weeks at No.1. It remains an intriguing time capsule.

14 TALK TALK

THE PARTY’S OVER (1982)

Thanks to its emphatic synth riff and simple chorus, it’s impossible not to be swept along by opening track Talk Talk. The rest of the group’s debut similarly hurtles along, bringing together classic synth-pop with considered lyrics. Indeed, Mark Hollis’ captivating vocals are a high point of the record, and every track – whether it’s Today, with its chant-along chorus, or the rhythmic new wave of Hate – is packed with hooks.

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In the new Classic Pop we celebrate 30 years of Kylie Minogue – from the PWL early days through to the iconic noughties classics and her new No.1 album, Golden. We also take an in-depth look at Kylie’s Fever for our Classic Album feature. As a special treat for Kylie fans, we have an exclusive limited edition special fan pack issue of the magazine available with four fantastic A4 glossy art cards of the star. Subscribers will receive an exclusive version of the issue with a collectable cover. Elsewhere, we are granted a rare audience with Scritti Politti's Green Gartside, we serve up our Top 15 sophisti-pop albums of all time and Prefab Sprout feature in The Lowdown. We chat to Kim Appleby about her new TV show and the prospect of new music; Sophie Ellis-Bextor talks to us about her new album of orchestral reworkings of her back catalogue and Daphne & Celeste return to the pop fray. Our album reviews section features Sting and Shaggy, CHVRCHES and Alison Moyet. This month’s reissues section includes John Foxx, The Human League and Brian Eno. On the live front, we check out gigs by Erasure, Morrissey, Paul Weller and Lloyd Cole.