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Named after a 1996 single by Stephen Duffy, Needle Mythology is a brand new record label co-founded by music journalist, broadcaster and inveterate vinyl hoarder Pete Paphides, who is characteristically frank about his reason for setting it up. “Because I wanted to buy these records, and they didn’t exist in the form [vinyl] that I wanted,” he says. “I couldn’t sit around waiting for someone else to do it any longer.”

It’s thus fitting that this lostclassic 1998 Duffy record is Paphides’ launch release as it is similarly shot through with direct, transparent honesty. It’s a cliché to refer to ruminative singer-songwriter albums as ‘confessional’ but the tender I Love My Friends really did sound like an inner reverie, amplified: a man-child thinking aloud.

The tone of a bruised soul refl ecting on where he is, and how he got there, was set by the opening Tune In, in which snatches of old songs by Duffy – a Duran Duran founder member, and veteran of Tin Tin and The Lilac Time – faded in and out as if you were surfing an FM radio dial. Eucharist doubled down on the bittersweet autobiography: “I was born in poverty/ When I was about 19/ I wrote a song called Kiss Me/ And soon it was payday…”

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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.