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CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT MISFITS: THE MERCURY YEARS 1986-1990

A FOUR-CD SET COVERING THE BRIEF CAREER OF A BAND WHO, AT THEIR BERET BEST, MOULDED JAZZ, FUNK AND SOUL STYLES INTO A SERIES OF INFECTIOUS SINGLES...

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The UK singles chart underwent a sea change in the mid 80s. Where the first half of the decade had teemed with sleek, sophisticated electro-pop, its closing years were dominated by upbeat funk-pop and decaffeinated soul. Sade, Simply Red and Phil Collins led the way and Curiosity Killed The Cat were right there in the vanguard. Fronted by the smouldering, beret-wearing (it was actually a fisherman’s cap, turned backwards) Ben Volpeliere- Pierrot, they flamed into life with 1987 No.1 album Keep Your Distance, only to vanish as quickly as they had appeared.

Curated by music website superdeluxeedition.com editor Paul Sinclair and featuring sleevenotes by former Classic Pop writer Paul Lester, Misfits: The Mercury Years 1986-90 is a 4CD set comprising Keep Your Distance and its less successful follow-up, 1989’s Getahead, plus remixes, demos and outtakes. Five of the songs are previously unreleased.

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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!