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In the latest issue of Classic Pop, our cover star is the mighty Rick Astley. We have an exclusive in-depth chat with the singer as he returns with new record Beautiful Life – the pressure's on as he attempts to follow up his hit album 50. Synth-pop icons Heaven 17 look back on their superb LP The Luxury Gap and the legends keep on coming this month as The Human League talk us through their back catalogue, album by album. For ABBA fans, we go behind the scenes with Carl Magnus Palm for the inside track on their career in the recording studio and also serve up a buyer's guide to Sweden's finest. We travel Down Under to speak to Dannii Minogue as she relives her Neon Nights album 15 years on – it's the record that transformed her into a bona fide dancefloor icon. Massive Attack's imperious Blue Lines is our Classic Album this issue and we also meet Jennifer Warnes to talk about her brand new studio LP as well as her Oscar-winning songs that soundtracked the 80s. Our packed reviews section features new albums from All Saints, Gorillaz, The Proclaimers, Rick Astley and Gabrielle and many more while the reissues take in a superb Soft Cell boxset, Depeche Mode 12" singles, Morrissey and Jean-Michel Jarre. On the gig front, we're bowled over by an astonishing David Byrne live show, travel to the Isle of Wight Festival to see Depeche Mode and check out two legends, George Benson and Quincy Jones. Enjoy the issue! Steve Harnell Editor Classic Pop

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I WAS HOPING TO WRITE THIS LATEST EDITOR’S LETTER WITH
NEWS
”IF I INVITE SOMEONE TO MY STUDIO, THEY’RE MY GUEST.
You have to admire the nerve of any lyricist who claims
Shalamar were still two years away from a life-defining
Born and raised in Queens, New York, Robin S shot to
Sonia Evans found fame in the summer of 1989, when
REGULARS
LET’S PAY TRIBUTE TO SOME OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF POP MUSIC HISTORY: THAT CURIOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL SUBSET OF BAND MEMBERS WHO NEVER ACTUALLY PLAYED ON ANY OF THEIR RECORDS
MTV IS LAUNCHED UPON UNSUSPECTING HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES, PET SHOP BOYS MEET BY CHANCE WHILE PULP TURN HEADS IN THEIR HOMETOWN OF SHEFFIELD
FEATURES
HE FAMOUSLY RETIRED AT 27 BUT RICK ASTLEY WAS NEVER SERIOUSLY GONNA GIVE POP UP. IN 2016, LANCASHIRE’S FAVOURITE SON RETURNED TO TOAST A MILESTONE BIRTHDAY WITH AN ALBUM SIMPLY TITLED, 50. NOW, AS CLASSIC POP SPENDS A BALMY SUMMER’S AFTERNOON WITH THE MODEST STAR, HE REVEALS WHY LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
A DANCE ALBUM YOU COULDN’T DANCE TO, A CLUB CLASSIC FOR WHEN THE CLUBS CLOSED – MASSIVE ATTACK’S BLUE LINES TRULY REDEFINED NOTIONS OF ARTIST, GROUP AND GENRE. CLASSIC POP EXPLORES THE AMORPHOUS 1991 DEBUT FROM THE BRISTOL COLLECTIVE THAT LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON BRITISH MUSIC HISTORY…
MARTYN WARE LEADS US INTO TEMPTATION AND BEYOND AS HE TELLS THE STORY OF THE LUXURY GAP
PROVING THAT FORM IS TEMPORARY YET CLASS IS PERMANENT, A WHOLE HOST OF MAJOR 60s ACTS HAD AN UNEXPECTED CAREER RESURGENCE AS BONA FIDE CHART STARS IN THE 80s
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WITH ABBA RECENTLY ANNOUNCING THEY’VE FINISHED TWO NEW SONGS – THEIR FIRST NEW MATERIAL FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS – CLASSIC POP TRACES THE BAND’S LIFE IN THE STUDIO AND SPEAKS TO ONE OF THE BAND’S HISTORIANS AND RECORDING EXPERT, CARL MAGNUS PALM
SWEDEN’S FAB FOUR GOT THEIR BIG BREAK AT EUROVISION IN 1974 AND WENT ON TO DOMINATE THE GLOBAL POP LANDSCAPE FOR THE FOLLOWING EIGHT YEARS, SHIFTING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF SINGLES AND ALBUMS. THEY SPLIT IN 1982 BUT, TO THE DELIGHT OF FANS, HAVE JUST ANNOUNCED TWO NEW SONGS THAT WILL BE PERFORMED BY THEIR HOLOGRAM ALTER-EGOS IN A BBC TV SPECIAL THIS DECEMBER
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, DANNII MINOGUE REINVENTED HERSELF AS A CLUB SCENE ICON WITH NEON NIGHTS, A CLASSIC OF THE GENRE WHICH BEARS FAVOURABLE COMPARISON TO BIG SIS KYLIE’S FEVER AND MADONNA’S CONFESSIONS ON A DANCE FLOOR. AS THE ALBUM IS RE-RELEASED ON VINYL, SHE REFLECTS ON A TURNING POINT IN HER CAREER, AND MUCH MORE.
SYNTH - POP TITANS THE HUMAN LEAGUE HAVE SERVED UP SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC ELECTRONIC MUSIC OF THE LAST 40 YEARS CLASSIC POP MEETS THE BAND TO HEAR THEIR IN IMITABLE TAKE ON AN IMPRESSIVE BACK CATALOGUE
BACK IN THE 80s, JENNIFER WARNES WAS HAVING THE TIME OF HER LIFE. MORE RECENT YEARS, HOWEVE R, HAVE LEFT HER DOWN IN THE DUMPS. HER NEW ALBUM’S THE PERFECT REMEDY.
SOME LEGENDARY CLASSIC POP ACTS ARE RE-RELEASING THEIR BEST-OFS ON VINYL – AND YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON COPIES IN OUR LATEST COMPETITION
REVIEWS
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
THE HOST OF FORGOTTEN 80S ON ABSOLUTE 80S RADIO CHECKS OUT AN EXCITING AND ECLECTIC MIX OF TRACKS FROM KIM WILDE, JAMES, THE CORAL, SHERYL CROW VIA PAUL MCCARTNEY, U2 AND MORE
THE LONDON QUARTET FOLLOW 2016’S COMEBACK LP, RED FLAG, WITH A SLIGHTLY FLAWED BUT RARELY DISAPPOINTING FIFTH ALBUM THAT’S NOT JUST FOR THE LADIES…
There’s a peculiarly English criticism that’s often
CAN YOU EVER CONTAIN LIGHTNING IN A BOX(SET)? YES YOU CAN, AS THIS ERA-SPANNING SIGN-OFF FROM THE 80s ELECTROPOP PIONEERS PROVES SO WELL
WITNESS THE MUSICAL GROWING PAINS OF A BAND AS THE ESSEX ELECTRO-POPPERS GET TO GRIPS WITH A NEW LINE-UP AND THEIR OWN EMERGING SOUND
THE ORIGINAL NOW! ALBUM WEANED A WHOLE GENERATION OFF RECORDING POP SONGS FROM THE SUNDAY EVENING RADIO 1 COUNTDOWN
Representing the novelty wing of the early 80s British
FROM THE 80S POP OF JAPAN AND A-HA TO THE UNLIKELY COLLABORATIONS OF GARY NUMAN AND RADIO HEART, PLUS TREVOR HORN’S HOOK-UP WITH YES, WE RUN OUR CRITICAL EYE OVER THE LATEST HOT VINYL RELEASES…
Studio 54 first unhooked its velvet rope 41 years ago
AS A PERFORMER AND ARTIST WHO HAS NEVER BEEN RESTRICTED TO OR DEFINED BY MUSIC ALONE, BYRNE CUTS LOOSE WITH SOMETHING FAR MORE THEATRICAL h3@BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL
ON A SCORCHING HOT WEEKEND WHERE THE SUBLIME DISCO FUNK OF NILE RODGERS COMFORTABLY SAT ALONGSIDE A SWAGGERING LIAM GALLAGHER, BASILDON’S FINEST WOW AND CONFUSE IN EQUAL MEASURE…
THE PEROXIDE PUNK TURNED VIDEO STAR SETS OUT TO PROVE HE’S STILL KING ROCKER
WITH A CAREER SPANNING FOUR DECADES, THIS DEFIANT NEW YORK POET AND HER MUSIC HAVE STOOD THE TEST OF TIME – JUST DON’T CALL IT NOSTALGIC…