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POP’S PREMIER SILVER FOX TALKS TO HELEN JEROME ABOUT BEING A RELUCTANT PRODUCER AND COLLABORATING WITH LOS STRAITJACKETS
© Dan Burn-Forti

Nick Lowe turned 70 this year and remains one of the best-connected men in pop. He and his boarding school pal Brinsley Schwarz started bands together, including one named after Schwarz himself. A pioneer of pub rock due to his work with Dr Feelgood, Lowe became the house producer for new label Stiff Records, pioneering UK punk in the shape of The Damned’s debut, Damned Damned Damned. He also produced classic albums by Elvis Costello including Trust (1981) and Blood & Chocolate (1986). Nick played on Wreckless Eric’s Whole Wide World, and has worked with The Pretenders, Paul Carrack, Graham Parker and Rockpile with Dave Edmunds.

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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.