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HOUSE HITS

THE SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE, THE ACID HOUSE REVOLUTION, THE BIRTH OF RAVE CULTURE. CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL, THE LATE 80s WITNESSED THE FLOORFILLING SOUND OF CHICAGO AS IT JACKED ITS WAY TO THE UPPER REACHES OF THE UK CHARTS, IMPRESSIVELY WITH BARELY ANY MAINSTREAM SUPPORT.

House music may have been initially dismissed as a cult concern by the nation’s one-time ultimate tastemaker Radio 1, but within a few short years the subgenre had spawned multiple No.1 hits, influencing everyone from Stock Aitken & Waterman to The Style Council and essentially kickstarted a cultural movement that still resonates three decades on. Narrowing down the biggest bangers to emerge from the early era of glowsticks, tie-dyed T-shirts and massive yellow smiley faces was therefore quite the challenge. Limiting our selection to only UK Top 20 hits (hence the lack of godfathers Frankie Knuckles, Jungle Brothers, Mr Fingers etc), we’ve included only one track per artist (so no Superfly Guy or People Hold On) and avoided anything which strayed too far into pure pop (see Mel & Kim’s Respectable, Yazz’s The Only Way Is Up), here’s our countdown. Can anyone say Acieed?

17 ROYAL HOUSE CAN YOU PARTY

(No.14, 1988) Todd Terry would later work his magic remixing Everything But The Girl and the unfashionable Corrs but there was little middle of the road about his first taste of UK chart success. Recorded under the guise of Royal House, Can You Party is a full-on club banger, complete with hype man chants (courtesy of The Jackson 5), wailing sirens and euphoric diva vocals. And its inspired sample of fellow house maestro Marshall Jefferson’s Move Your Body gave a certain Belgian act further up our list a few ideas, too.

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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.