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TOP 10: 6 SEPTEMBER 1981

CLIFF GETS WIRED FOR SOUND, ADAM ANT LOOKS BACK TO THE PAST (AGAIN), ELO HOLD ON TIGHT AND ANEKA GOES FULL MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

01 (1) TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL (SOME BIZZARE) 7TH WEEK ON CHART

TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL (SOME BIZZARE)

What can we say that’s never been said about one of the greatest synth-pop evergreens of all time? That it was originally recorded by Northern Soul powerhouse Gloria Jones in 1964? Nah, too obvious. That it was the best-selling single of 1981 in the UK? That’s basic. What about that it recharted here in May 1991, hitting No.5? Hmm, everyone knows that.

It’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that without a small clutch of songs from the late 70s and early 80s, this magazine probably wouldn’t exist, and Tainted Love – the Soft Cell version – is as vital a part of the thrilling evolution of synthpop as I Feel Love, Cars and Fade To Grey. Marc Almond and Dave Ball’s dialled-down and gritted-up take on Jones’ adrenalised original would go on to claim the top spot in Australia, Belgium, Canada, South Africa and West Germany, and would peak at the No.8 spot on the Billboard 100.

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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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