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POSING WITH A PURPOSE

IT’S 1983, AND A RESTYLED VICTORIAN PILE CALLED THE CAMDEN PALACE IS OFFERING THE BEST NIGHT OUT IN LONDON. MERELY A POSER’S PARADISE? BY NO MEANS – THIS IS WHERE THE WORLD’S MEDIA COME, ALL LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BIG THING. EACH WEEK, ON THESE CROWDED STAIRWAYS, CAREERS CAN BE MADE… PROVING THAT DRESSING UP TO GO TO A STEVE STRANGE CLUB REALLY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Main picture: Steve Strange led the movement up in the world – and into the Camden Palace. Completed in 1900, the hall became a rock venue as The Music Machine in 1977 before being rechristened in 1982. Kitted out with fresh lighting, two enormous (and infamous) ‘trapeze artist’ installations and London’s largest video screen, it was here that Steve Strange and Rusty Egan hosted up to five nights a week, each with a particular flavour and clientele. The Palace was also the location of Madonna’s first UK show in October, 1983. Since 2004, the club has been known as KOKO

Tasty Tim – a busy DJ on the London scene to this day – and gothic-influenced fashion designer Stephen Linard
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In our latest Classic Pop Presents special, we immerse ourselves in the flamboyant world of the New Romantics. From the scene's origins as an underground movement born out of the Blitz Club in Soho through to the worldwide surge of popularity that led to mainstream success for some of the major players who made their musical mark, such as Boy George, Spandau Ballet, Visage and Duran Duran. Inside we tell the story of the Godfather of the scene, Steve Strange, and explore his pioneering band Visage with the help of Blitz DJ and band member Rusty Egan and fellow band-mate Midge Ure, who moved on to front Ultravox. We chat to Spandau Ballet's Steve Norman, who guides us through the making of their game-changing debut album Journeys To Glory, plus we head up to the Midlands to the Rum Runner club, which gave rise to another of the scene's major success stories, Duran Duran. This issue has plenty more to be enjoyed, including an exploration of David Bowie's influence on the movement plus eye-opening interviews with some of the scene's faces to get their side of this fascinating era, including Toyah, Princess Julia and Mark Shaw. Raconteur, author, DJ – and Soho's Wag Club founder – Chris Sullivan shares his hilarious memories of the times, and we strut the cat-walk with Blitz Kids, fashion designer Judith Franklin and photographer Graham Smith for our New Romantic fashion feature. Also inside, there's our Top 40 Essential New Romantic playlist, the design styles and artwork of the scene's many fine releases, and all with stunning photos throughout!