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THE TRANSFORMED MAN

HOWARD JONES I S RE TURNING TO HI S ROOTS WI TH HIS N EW SYNTH- POP A LBUM TRANSFORM, AND WI T H I T, H E’S PRODUCED SOME O F H IS MOST M EMORABL E TUNES IN YEARS. WI TH A U K AND US TOUR ON THE HORIZON, A LONG WI TH COL LABORAT IONS WI TH Ü BER- PRODUCER BT, I S THERE ANY THING THAT CAN STOP THIS MAN PUT T ING HI S D REAMS INTO ACT ION? ANDY JONES
Howard Jones’ latest album is a return to his synth-pop beginnings

Howard Jones is one of a fair few synth-pop legends still enjoying success decades after tasting platinum sales back in the 80s. What drives the likes of him, OMD, Gary Numan and more to still be making music all these years later – let alone making successful careers out of it – is something that we’ll discuss later, but the ‘success’ element is certainly not to be downplayed. Jones can still shift 20,000 copies of a self-funded and promoted new album with ease, and even embark on the odd 35-date US tour. Those are sales and venues that most current bands, even signed to many labels, can only dream of.

Howard is, of course, grateful for this ongoing popularity and puts it down to his fans, an almost relentless passion and choosing his projects carefully. He has learned to channel his craft into focused albums that, on the one hand are tailored to those fans, but on the other, allow him to comment on current issues that he feels are important. His latest project, Transform, for example, is a driving synth-pop album that covers everything from losing his mother to dealing with negativity – and saving the planet along the way. It opens with The One To Love You, surely his most single-worthy track in years (a good job then that it is the new single), and also features that rare Howard Jones occurrence: collaborations with an artist outside of his immediate production team. On three tracks he’s partnered with US dance producer BT, a process that he says he greatly enjoyed.

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Issue 52 of Classic Pop is on sale now! This month, we have an exclusive interview with Bryan Adams and get the inside track on his adventure-packed 40 years in music plus we meet Howard Jones who tells us why he's returning to his synth-pop roots for new studio album, Transform. Classic Pop celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 2 Tone movement by speaking to those who made it happen including Jerry Dammers, Lynval Golding, Pauline Black and Ranking Roger; hip-hop legends De La Soul reveal the ties that have kept them together since their 1989 breakout LP 3 Feet High And Rising and we also talk to Toyah Willcox who explains why she's revisiting her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. Elsewhere, we interview Erasure's Andy Bell, pop tunesmith Guy Chambers and A Flock Of Seagulls. We also have unseen photos of Nick Heyward and Haircut 100. Our Classic Album is Soul II Soul's Club Classics Vol One and we serve up a buyer's guide to Japan and David Sylvian. Our packed new album reviews section includes Howard Jones, Morrissey, The Cranberries and The Waterboys. On the reissues front, Stephen Duffy's wonderful I Love My Friends makes its debut on vinyl plus there are re-releases from Heaven 17, Stevie Nicks, Julian Cope and more. In our live reviews section, we check out gigs by The Specials, Giorgio Moroder, Emika and Stewart Copeland.