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One of the ultimate Manchester hook-ups, Blitz Vega unites The Smiths’ former bassist Andy Rourke with ex-Happy Mondays guitarist KAV. The duo’s wild and celebratory music has been a long time coming, as they tell Classic Pop of finally finding a band where the singer doesn’t have an ego.

How did you two meet?

KAV: When I was 16, around 2003, my band A.K.A. Weave didn’t go anywhere commercially. But some of our fans were members of our favourite bands, like The Stone Roses, Oasis, New Order and Primal Scream. One night, Mani brought Andy down to a gig. I’d see Andy around after that and, when I moved to Los Angeles five years later, Andy was living in New York. He started DJing at some of my club nights.

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This month, we have a world exclusive with Adam Ant as he prepares for a full-album tour of his experimental solo debut Friend Or Foe. It’s a must-read interview packed full of surprises. The pop mavericks keep on coming elsewhere, too – our classic album is The KLF’s seminal LP, The White Room, and we catch up with the inimitable Wendy James as she unveils new double album Queen High Straight. We meet the people behind Pet Shop Boys’ dazzling new stage show Musik, a return to the world of Billie Trix; playwright Jonathan Harvey and star Frances Barber fill us in on what to expect. Peter Hook tells us the story behind Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures – 40 years on, the band’s debut is still a work of staggering genius. In our album-by-album feature, we take an in-depth look at the recording career of Eurythmics and we meet Will Young to find out how he’s beaten his anxiety issues to create new studio album, Lexicon. Legendary producer Stephen Street talks us through his life in vinyl and we take a peek inside a new book on Soft Cell to uncover unseen photos of the synth-pop duo. Our packed new album reviews section includes Gary Daly, Shura, Friendly Fires, Mabel and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including The Lightning Seeds, Belinda Carlisle, Big Country and Bonnie Tyler. In our live reviews section, we round up our Glastonbury Festival best bits plus check out gigs by Spice Girls, Elton John, Tears For Fears, Pink and more.