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NEW MUSIC FROM THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN

Touring for the first time in almost two decades has encouraged The Jesus And Mary Chain to pen new material. Singer Jim Reid revealed, “We’re doing an album now. We just started recording. It’s early days. I would say it’s a more mature sound, but let’s just wait and see.” Around the time of Psychocandy the band dropped a bombshell, admitting they ”could barely play any instruments”. Things haven’t changed, according to Jim. “We still can’t! We’ve never been fussed about technical ability. You can learn all you need to know to make interesting music in a few weeks rather than years.”

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The results are in! The latest issue features the Classic Pop 'Top 100 Albums of the Eighties' - as decided by our readers - including the classics of the decade, some cult favourites and a few wildcards to boot. PLUS! We give the Classic Pop verdict on David Bowie's new album 'Blackstar'… Elsewhere in the issue we investigate the classic pop of Christmas, delve into Sparks' weird and wonderful back catalogue, survey Simple Mind's classic album 'Once Upon A Time' and take a closer look at the leftfield sleeve art of John Foxx. Interviews include Visage's Steve Barnacle, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze, Susanna Hoffs, McAlmont & Butler and modern synthpop duo Hurts.

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IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. WONDERFULLY
NEWS
Three years after his shock return with Where Are We
Guitarist Jak Airport and drummer BP Hurding left cult
Dandy highwayman Adam Ant will tour his 1980 classic
Lush – with Elastica’s Justin Welch on drums – will
Festival stalwarts Let’s Rock have secured a cavalcade
Spandau Ballet turned to a former member of their great
Cyndi Lauper will release her first country album next
Pontins is set to curate two Eighties weekenders in
Having a loved one battle cancer inspired Nik Kershaw
1 Who wrote hits for pop trio Bananarama before moving
Rooting around those boxes of junk in your loft may
Scots trio Chvrches’ love of vintage synthesisers comes
Dave Gahan’s new album with the Soulsavers has allowed
Pete Waterman is preparing to transform PWL classics
The story of Michael Jackson’s final days is being
Following three decades of marital bliss, Belinda Carlisle
You’ve got the records – now get ready to cheer on
Red skies, a neon-lit underpass and a subtle suggestion
Crack out the tinsel, because Kylie is ready to pop
Prince serenaded Madonna at an intimate gig at his
We can get ready for an Eighties supergroup thanks
As he gears up to release Eloquence: Complete Works
THREE VASTLY DIFFERENT TAKES ON DAVID BOWIE’S FINEST MOMENTS…
The sun must be casting a pink hue on Planet Pop, because
Boy George is ready to take on Simon Cowell by launching
Touring for the first time in almost two decades has
Nearly 40 years on, and Mute Records is still a reliable
REGULARS
A-HA’S MEMORIAL BEACH BEING REVIEWED – QUITE CONTENTIOUSLY – AS “ONLY FOR THE BRAVE,” ADAM ANT’S MOMENTARY MEMORY LOSS, REKINDLED MEMORIES OF KING IN COVENTRY, AND OUR IT’S IMMATERIAL MEMOIR…
JOIN US AS WE DIVE HEAD-FIRST INTO THE VINYL OCEAN. THIS MONTH’S PLETHORA OF POLYMORPHOUS DELIGHTS INCLUDES ART-POP ODDITIES, RETRO-R&B CASUALTIES, SEVENTIES PROG-POMP, A LITTLE ICY MODERNISM AND SOME TAR-BLACK MISERABLISM…
T’PAU KICKED OFF 2015 WITH PLEASURE AND PAIN, THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 17 YEARS, WHILE THIS MONTH THEIR UK NO. 1 DEBUT LP BRIDGE OF SPIES GETS THE DELUXE REISSUE TREATMENT. WE ASKED CAROL DECKER TO SCRUTINISE THE LATEST SINGLES WHILE ON THE TOUR BUS…
SET FOR RELEASE ON HIS 69TH BIRTHDAY IN JANUARY 2016, BOWIE’S 25TH STUDIO ALBUM BLACKSTAR IS A GENRE-HOPPING RETURN TO HIS EXPERIMENTAL PRIME. READ ON…
DEPECHE MODE’S VENERABLE SINGER AND STOKE’S BEST-CONNECTED PRODUCTION TEAM REUNITE FOR A SECOND ALBUM OF HEAVY SOUL-SEARCHING. THEY WON’T LET YOU DOWN
FEATURES
A QUARTER OF A CENTURY ON, HAVING LISTENED, RELISTENED AND LOVED – AND ALL WITH THE BENEFIT OF 20/20 HINDSIGHT – WE CAN DEFINE THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE NINETEEN EIGHTIES. WE DIDN’T DEVISE THIS CHART: OUR READERS DID… CLASSIC POP READERS WHO, FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS, HAVE BEEN SENDING IN VOTES AND CHARTS IN THEIR THOUSANDS. THANKS EVERYONE – AND NOW, LET’S GO STRAIGHT TO THE COUNTDOWN…
FEAR NOT, FOR THE NEXT SIX PAGES ARE A GUARANTEED SLADE- AND WIZARD-FREE ZONE! CLASSIC POP HAS A FESTIVE SHERRY WITH STEPHEN DUFFY, KIM WILDE AND HENRY PRIESTMAN, AND TRACES A PATH THROUGH FIVE DECADES OF GREAT – OFTEN FORGOTTEN – CHRISTMAS POP…
BEHIND THE THREATENING MOUSTACHE AND THE FAUX-OPERATIC WORDPLAY, SPARKS WERE – AND, THANK HEAVENS, STILL ARE – GLEEFUL, MISCHIEVOUS AND ENDLESSLY IMAGINATIVE INVERTERS OF THE ACCEPTED POP TEMPLATE…
IN 1980, FRESH FROM LEAVING ULTRAVOX, JOHN FOXX BECKONED IN THE NEW DECADE WITH A GROUNDBREAKING DEBUT ALBUM, METAMATIC. DRAWING UPON HIS ART SCHOOL BACKGROUND AND DELVING INTO PHOTOGRAPHY AND COLLAGE, HE BEGAN WORKING WITH LIKE-MINDED DESIGNERS TO CREATE A FUSION OF SOUND AND IMAGE…
DESCRIBED BY JIM KERR HIMSELF AS THEIR MOST COMPLETE WORK TO DATE, THIS IS THE STORY OF THE MAKING OF SIMPLE MINDS’ SEVENTH ALBUM, THE MULTI-MILLION-SELLER THAT LAUNCHED THEM ONTO THE WORLD STAGE…
VISAGE BAND MEMBER STEVE BARNACLE TALKS ABOUT THE NEW ROMANTIC ICON AND INNOVATOR STEVE STRANGE AND THE CREATION OF THE FINAL VISAGE ALBUM, DEMONS TO DIAMONDS…
SQUEEZE WERE CHART MAINSTAYS FROM THE LATE SEVENTIES TO THE MID-EIGHTIES, WHEN THEY WERE HAILED AS THE NEW WAVE BEATLES. HOWEVER, GLENN TILBROOK AND CHRIS DIFFORD – THE LENNON & MCCARTNEY OF THE PIECE – WERE BESET BY PERSONAL DIFFICULTIES AND THEY CALLED IT A DAY. NOW THEY’RE BACK WITH A HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM, AND ARE PREPARED TO REVEAL ALL – WELL, ALMOST ALL…
IN THIS EXTRACT FROM DARE, A NEW BOOK ON THE BIRTH OF MODERN POP 1979-1982, DAVID LAURIE RECALLS THE EXTRAORDINARY BILLY MACKENZIE…
HURTS — THE DARK SYNTHPOP DUO OF THEO HUTCHCRAFT AND ADAM ANDERSON — HAVE WALKED A RAPID ROAD TO SUCCESS. AFTER THEIR SELF-MADE VIDEO FOR WONDERFUL LIFE BECAME THE TALK OF THE INTERNET, THEIR DEBUT ALBUM HAPPINESS BECAME A HUGE SELLER ACROSS EUROPE. THE GOTHIC-TINGED SECOND ALBUM EXILE WAS A CRITICAL HIT, AND NOW THEY’RE BACK WITH THE SCINTILLATING SURRENDER. SINGER THEO EXPLAINS THE HURTS PHILOSOPHY OF POP…
WITH HITS SUCH AS WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN, MANIC MONDAY AND ETERNAL FLAME, THE BANGLES WERE ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANDS OF THE EIGHTIES. THEY’RE ALL STILL ACTIVE, AND SUSANNA HOFFS HAS JUST RELEASED COMPLETELY UNDER THE COVERS, A QUADRUPLECD BOX SET OF THE SIXTIES, SEVENTIES AND EIGHTIES COVER VERSION LPS SHE HAS MADE ALONGSIDE POWER POP VETERAN MATTHEW SWEET…
WITH DAVID MCALMONT’S VENGEFUL VOCAL SOARING HIGH OVER BERNARD BUTLER’S TORRENTIAL ARRANGEMENT, 1995’S YES CRYSTALLISED AN ON-OFF PARTNERSHIP THAT STILL HAS MUCH TO GIVE…
REVIEWS
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