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THE YES MEN

WITH DAVID MCALMONT’S VENGEFUL VOCAL SOARING HIGH OVER BERNARD BUTLER’S TORRENTIAL ARRANGEMENT, 1995’S YES CRYSTALLISED AN ON-OFF PARTNERSHIP THAT STILL HAS MUCH TO GIVE…

Take one flamboyant frontman possessed of a voice capable of leaping between octaves with a single bound and a guitarist hailed as the most gifted of his generation (give or take Blur’s graham coxon), and you’ve got Mcalmont & Butler. the duo’s symphonic retro-pop single Yes reached no. 8 in 1995 and suggested they were destined for sustained, glittering success. the fact is, by the end of ‘95, following one further hit with You Do (no. 17), M&B were no more, leaving the vivacious vocalist (that’ll be David Mcalmont) and inventive guitarist (take a bow, suede’s Bernard Butler) to go their separate ways. there was a brief reunion with the Bring It Back album in 2002, and that was it. so… what happened?

“There’s been a lot of upheaval,” sighs Mcalmont, who is in his fourth year of a degree in art history at london’s Birkbeck university (somehow it figures that the title of his dissertation is evidence of personal experience and flagellation in the paintings of fra angelico). “a lot has gone on,” he continues, wearily. “a lot of success and frustration and change. some of the frustrations have been personal…”

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The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.