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IAN PEEL’S A TO Z of POP

DOES SLAP BASS HAVE A PLACE IN POP, OR IS IT A RARE ASTEROID HITTING OUR UNIVERSE FROM PLANET FUNK? I WOULD ARGUE ITS IMPORTANCE, AS THE BEATING HEART OF EVERYTHING FROM POST-PUNK TO SYNTH-POP.

SIS FOR … SLAP & POP

1984 was as epochal in the eyes of pop fans as it was in those of George Orwell, we all know that. And one of the iconic moments of the year was Chaka Khan’s breakthrough, Prince-penned No.1 single. While most people remember the two main lines of the chorus – “I feel for you, I think I love you” – it’s the third, a descending slap & pop bassline, that did it for me.

Does such playing have a place in pop, or is it a rare asteroid hitting our universe from planet funk? I’d argue that, more than having a place, slap & pop can be found at pivotal moments in every chapter of the classic pop story: disco, new wave, post-punk, sophisti-pop and even synth-pop…

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About Classic Pop

In the new Classic Pop we celebrate 30 years of Kylie Minogue – from the PWL early days through to the iconic noughties classics and her new No.1 album, Golden. We also take an in-depth look at Kylie’s Fever for our Classic Album feature. As a special treat for Kylie fans, we have an exclusive limited edition special fan pack issue of the magazine available with four fantastic A4 glossy art cards of the star. Subscribers will receive an exclusive version of the issue with a collectable cover. Elsewhere, we are granted a rare audience with Scritti Politti's Green Gartside, we serve up our Top 15 sophisti-pop albums of all time and Prefab Sprout feature in The Lowdown. We chat to Kim Appleby about her new TV show and the prospect of new music; Sophie Ellis-Bextor talks to us about her new album of orchestral reworkings of her back catalogue and Daphne & Celeste return to the pop fray. Our album reviews section features Sting and Shaggy, CHVRCHES and Alison Moyet. This month’s reissues section includes John Foxx, The Human League and Brian Eno. On the live front, we check out gigs by Erasure, Morrissey, Paul Weller and Lloyd Cole.