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Q+A MARK ROGERS

WHAT HAS THE LEAD SINGER OF HOLLYWOOD BEYOND BEEN UP TO THESE PAST THREE DECADES? WILL SIMPSON FINDS OUT

One of the most memorable one-off hits of the mid-1980s, What’s The Colour Of Money? reached the Top 10 in July 1986 and for a month or so Mark Rogers, aka Hollywood Beyond, was one of British pop’s next big things. The Birmingham-raised frontman made the cover of Smash Hits, performed on Top Of The Pops and The Tube and released his only major label album If, which, unusually for its time, genre-hopped between funk, pop and, in the case of the hit single, Eastern European folk. After it flopped, Rogers relocated to New York to make house music on his own Freetown Inc label. He’s now back and has reactivated the Hollywood Beyond name. Meanwhile, If, after years as a hard-to-find rarity, has been reissued on Cherry Pop.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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