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WELCOME TO CLASSIC POP

”I WANTED OUR FIRST TOP OF THE POPS APPEARANCE TO HAVE AN IMPACT THE WAY BOWIE’S HAD.” SO SAYS MARC ALMOND, AND WITH SOFT CELL’S DEBUT PERFORMANCE OF TAINTED LOVE ON THE TV INSTITUTION, WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT THE ICONIC RENDITION WILL REMAIN ETCHED ON THE MEMORIES OF A WHOLE GENERATION OF POP FANS.

My first memorable encounter with the duo came in rather odd circumstances. It’s the mid 80s and I’m a pre-teen, travelling to France on a cross-channel ferry for a family holiday. Safeguarding against a decidedly choppy day, the hatches are quite literally battened down and assorted kids are ushered into a TV lounge to take their minds off the carnage going on outside.

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Issue 44 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue we speak to Soft Cell's Marc Almond and Dave Ball as they prepare for their farewell gig at the O2 in London and release a career-spanning boxset, Keychains & Snowstorms. We also take a look at their Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret LP in our Classic Album feature. Elsewhere, we have an exclusive interview with the world's biggest record producer, Mark Ronson, catch up with The Proclaimers who return with their politicised new album Angry Cyclist and talk to Level 42's Mark King about his life in pop's funkiest band. This month, we look back on the glory days of house music and Toyah tells us how she brought the punk aesthetic to the pop world. For boombox fans, we take an in-depth look at why cassettes are making a return and we also serve up a buyer's guide to the wonderful Luther Vandross. Our packed reviews section features new albums from Prince, Paul Weller, Lenny Kravitz, Paul Simon and many more while the reissues section includes Pet Shop Boys, the latest David Bowie boxset and Curiosity Killed The Cat. On the gig front, we head to Hyde Park for The Cure's only European show of the year, delve into the latest Let's Rock festival in Shrewsbury and check out gigs by Nick Heyward, Del Amitri and others. Enjoy the issue!