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No.40 LOVE SHOT HOT CHOCOLATE

Hot Chocolate were a classic example of the music snob’s contempt for an act that was far from cool but massively popular. Love Shot, the band’s eighth studio album, was as modestly received as the rest of their catalogue. However, with their slick melodies, adaptation of numerous musical fashions and an instantly recognisable lead singer, Hot Chocolate were fantastic.

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In the new Classic Pop we celebrate 30 years of Kylie Minogue – from the PWL early days through to the iconic noughties classics and her new No.1 album, Golden. We also take an in-depth look at Kylie’s Fever for our Classic Album feature. As a special treat for Kylie fans, we have an exclusive limited edition special fan pack issue of the magazine available with four fantastic A4 glossy art cards of the star. Subscribers will receive an exclusive version of the issue with a collectable cover. Elsewhere, we are granted a rare audience with Scritti Politti's Green Gartside, we serve up our Top 15 sophisti-pop albums of all time and Prefab Sprout feature in The Lowdown. We chat to Kim Appleby about her new TV show and the prospect of new music; Sophie Ellis-Bextor talks to us about her new album of orchestral reworkings of her back catalogue and Daphne & Celeste return to the pop fray. Our album reviews section features Sting and Shaggy, CHVRCHES and Alison Moyet. This month’s reissues section includes John Foxx, The Human League and Brian Eno. On the live front, we check out gigs by Erasure, Morrissey, Paul Weller and Lloyd Cole.

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SOME POP STARS ARRIVE ON THE SCENE AS THE FINISHED ARTICLE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX, WHILE OTHERS GRADUALLY GROW INTO THE ROLE. KYLIE MINOGUE IS DEFINITELY IN THE LATTER CATEGORY. OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS, WE’VE SEEN SEVERAL REINVENTIONS AND THE ODD MISSTEP, BUT MOST INTRIGUINGLY OF ALL, THE GRADUAL REFINEMENT OF A REMARKABLE POP PERSONA.
NEWS
It’s A Miracle! Boy George & Culture Club announce tour
Black Slate established a huge reputation as a backing
Annie Lennox hasn’t written a pop song in 10 years
A petition has been started by David Bowie fans to
George Michael was planning a secret project shortly
1 Which single did Kylie co-write with James Dean Bradfield
Rooting around those boxes of “junk” in your loft may
Midge Ure and Bob Geldof became the unwitting stars
Hot Chocolate were a classic example of the music snob’s
New, rare and previously unreleased music will feature
In a parallel universe Neil Tennant is a ballet dancer.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark might be enjoying
Electroclash kids Ladytron are back and they have a
Heaven 17 are hitting the road to toast an old classic.
Robert Smith has unveiled the first round of names
Paloma Faith fears the working class is being forced
British guitar-slinger Mick Jones cut his musical teeth
THREE PROMO VIDEO NUGGETS FROM THE SOPHISTI-POP LOCKER
Take That are bringing their hit musical The Band to
Pat Kane formed the jazz-infused Hue And Cry with his
Tiffany famously made her name performing at US shopping
Freak Power, the 90s funkateers, are back minus their
Ambient master Ryuichi Sakamoto has been making up
REGULARS
DOES SLAP BASS HAVE A PLACE IN POP, OR IS IT A RARE ASTEROID HITTING OUR UNIVERSE FROM PLANET FUNK? I WOULD ARGUE ITS IMPORTANCE, AS THE BEATING HEART OF EVERYTHING FROM POST-PUNK TO SYNTH-POP.
PAUL HARDCASTLE’S COMMENTARY ON THE AGE OF U.S. SERVICEMEN
READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP
OSCAR-NOMINATED SONGS DOMINATE A CHART THAT INCLUDES CLASSICS FROM BOB MARLEY, WHAM! AND A LYRICALLY OBLIQUE DURAN DURAN
FEATURES
AFTER 14 STUDIO ALBUMS, TOP 10 SINGLES APLENTY AND WITH WORLDWIDE RECORD SALES OF MORE THAN 80 MILLION, KYLIE MINOGUE JUST KEEPS ON GETTING BETTER. FROM RAMSAY STREET AND PWL TO CLUB CLASSICS AND NASHVILLE, JOIN US AS WE HONOUR THE DOYEN OF THE DANCEFLOOR…
HAVING MADE HER TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO POP WITH 2000’S SHIMMERING DISCO OPUS LIGHT YEARS, KYLIE CAPPED HER COMEBACK THE FOLLOWING YEAR WITH A STREAMLINED NEW SOUND AND A COOL NEW IMAGE, WHICH SAW HER POPULARITY REACH FEVER PITCH
GREEN GARTSIDE, THE CREATIVE FORCE BEHIND SCRITTI POLITTI, DISCUSSES THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND REVEALS HOW HE OVERCAME CRIPPLING ANXIETY TO FALL BACK IN LOVE WITH POP
THE THREE ALBUMS SCRITTI POLITTI MADE FOR VIRGIN RECORDS ARE SOON TO BE RE-RELEASED BY ROUGH TRADE ON VINYL, INCLUDING ANOMIE & BONHOMIE FOR THE FIRST TIME. EXPANDED VERSIONS OF THE ALBUMS WILL FOLLOW. SO, WHICH SHOULD YOU INVEST IN?
HANGING WITH JAZZ LEGEND MILES DAVIS
BY MIXING ELEMENTS OF JAZZ, R&B AND SOUL, A NEW WAVE OF ARTIST EMERGED DURING THE MID-80S, BRINGING WITH THEM A CERTAIN CULTURED ELEGANCE TO THE CHARTS. HERE IS OUR PICK OF THE SOPHISTI-POPS
FROM THEIR QUIRKY ROOTS TO COMMERCIAL BREAKTHROUGH, THE COUNTY DURHAM COLLECTIVE FORMED BY THE BROTHERS MCALOON HAVE COMBINED CLASSIC SONGWRITING WITH A MASTERY OF MELODY TO CREATE ONE OF THE MOST IMPRESSIVE BODIES OF WORK IN BRITISH POP
AS ONE HALF OF THE TRULY ICONIC 80s DUO MEL & KIM, KIM APPLEBY IS A PART OF POP ROYALTY. NOW SHE’S BACK, HEADING UP A BBC FOUR SERIES CALLED THE 80s POP ROAD MAP WITH CO-PRESENTER MIDGE URE. THE PWL LEGEND TALKS US THROUGH A LIFE IN MUSIC.
RICHARD SMITH’S CREATIVE OUTPUT INCLUDES A DIVERSE RANGE OF CLIENTS AND STELLAR COLLABORATIONS. AS HALF OF THE DESIGN DUO, AREA, THE GRAPHIC DESIGNER’S IMPRESSIVE POP PORTFOLIO WAS HUGELY INFLUENTIAL IN THE 90s.
The last time we saw Daphne & Celeste they were
IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER THAT SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
FROM DARLING OF THE INDIE PRESS TO DANCEFLOOR DIVA TO FULL-ON ORCHESTRAL RE-WORKINGS OF HER GREATEST HITS, WE CHART THE CAREER OF SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR
FROM BEING STOCK AITKEN AND WATERMAN’S ENGINEER AT THE HIT FACTORY IN THE 80s, PHIL HARDING THEN PRODUCED EAST 17, 911 AND BOYZONE IN THE 90s. CLASSIC POP CATCHES UP WITH A MAN WITH A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON TWO DECADES OF HUGE CHART ACTION
WITH THEIR MESSAGE OF INCLUSION AND UNITY, THE BEAT WERE AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE UK 2-TONE BOOM. NOW THE BEAT STARRING DAVE WAKELING ARE SET TO RELEASE A HOTLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM. THE BAND’S FOUNDING MEMBER TALKS WATCHING BLACK SABBATH PLAY FOOTIE AND THEIR REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO ANDY WILLIAMS AND SMOKEY ROBINSON COVERS.
CLASSIC POP JOINS FORCES WITH BRAVEN TO HELP SOUNDTRACK YOUR SUMMER
REVIEWS
Our round-up of new singles plus new albums from Sting
STARFISH AND COFFEE, MAPLE SYRUP AND JAM. NOW YOU CAN ADD STING & SHAGGY TO THE LIST OF IMPLAUSIBLE COMBINATIONS THAT MAY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN…
38 YEARS AFTER ITS ORIGINAL RELEASE, THE FUTURE FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH JOHN FOXX’S DARK MASTERPIECE WITH THIS 49-TRACK, 3CD DELUXE EDITION
PLAGUED BY UNSYMPATHETIC PRODUCTION, THE DOLLS’ STUDIO ALBUMS LACKED THE POWER OF THEIR LIVE SHOWS – THIS 5CD BOXSET LOOKS TO REDRESS THE BALANCE
STRIKING NEW SET COLLECTS MUSIC FROM VARIOUS ENO AUDIO-VISUAL INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE GLOBE FROM 1986 UP TO THE PRESENT DAY
TO CELEBRATE 40 ISSUES OF CLASSIC POP, WE’RE GIVING
OVER 30 YEARS INTO THEIR CAREER AND THE PIONEERING SYNTH-POP DUO DELIVER THEIR A-GAME WITH A CAREER-SPANNING SET – LET’S GIVE THEM A LITTLE RESPECT
ALWAYS LACONIC AND SOMETIMES IRONIC, THE ANTI-MONARCHY MORRISSEY RULES ALEXANDRA PALACE AS HE LETS THE MUSIC DO THE TALKING FOR ONCE