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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Nov 2019 > THE GEMINI MAN

THE GEMINI MAN

THEN JERICO AREN’T THE MOST OBVIOUS NAME FOR AN EXPLOSIVE TALE OF SELF-DESTRUCTIVE ANGER, WINDING UP IGGY POP, REHAB, SHOCKING DISABILITY AND HEARTWARMING REDEMPTION. BUT SINGER MARK SHAW HAS LIVED ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE STORIES IN ALL OF POP…

When Then Jerico appear in arenas soon as part of the Let’s Rock Retro Winter Tour, singer Mark Shaw and headliner Tony Hadley are guaranteed to talk about working together but never get around to it. “We’re both Geminis,” explains Mark. “It means we both jabber away, so we cancel each other out.” Shaw, it should be noted, can jabber away like very few pop stars Classic Pop has ever met. If the Looney Toons cartoons had ever created a pop star, he’d have been a lot like Then Jerico’s impossible all-action technicolour frontman.

An absolute hurricane and wonderful company, Mark talks about coming out of rehab before he’s even sat down for lunch at Pizza Express Dean Street, the Soho branch of the pizza chain which has recently begun hosting shows by Classic Pop-approved singers. Mark soon explains that, now he’s sober, he’s learned to channel the anger that once made him a volatile person to be around.

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In the latest issue, we have an exclusive interview with synth pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark as they celebrate 40 years of marrying art with pop. Elsewhere, we welcome back Simply Red – Mick Hucknall talks us through new album Blue Eyed Soul and Classic Pop speaks to Prince’s inner circle as the Purple One’s wonderful 1999 LP gets a revelatory boxset treatment. Our classic album this month is Peter Gabriel’s iconic So, the perfect union of pop and World music that made the former Genesis frontman a global star. There’s a dash of Acid Jazz funkiness as we meet Incognito and The Brand New Heavies plus we hear from Bruce Hornsby about how Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has given him some latter-day hipster cachet. We take an in-depth look at the solo back catalogue of George Michael in our Album By Album feature and also hear from Midge Ure about his 1980 Tour and brand new career retrospective compilation. In our extensive reviews section, we put new albums from the likes of A-ha’s Magne Furuholmen, Anna Of The North, Alphabeat, The Wonder Stuff and David Hasselhoff under the microscope and there’s a bumper crop of reissues including that huge Prince boxset, Rick Astley, The Police, Sparks, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Factory Records and much more. Our books special includes reviews of Prince’s autobiography The Beautiful Ones, Andrew Ridgeley’s George & Me plus Debbie Harry’s Face It and more. For live reviews, we head to Hyde Park for Radio 2’s Festival In A Day – headlined by Pet Shop Boys – and elbow our way down the front for shows by xPropaganda/D:uel, Tanita Tikaram, The International Teachers Of Pop and Morten Harket.