Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush – Classic Album


Given her current status as one of the most original and dynamic artists Britain has ever produced, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time in the mid-Eighties when Kate Bush was perceived to be languishing in the proverbial pop wasteland. In July 1985, as the world basked in the enormity of Live Aid, [...]

Elvis Costello publishes his autobiography

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Elvis Costello will publish his autobiography in Autumn. Unfaithful Music And Disappearing Ink will be published by Viking, and was written wholly by Costello without the aid of a ghostwriter.   A statement by Viking said: “The memoir offers Costello’s unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through [...]

Dare – The Human League – Classic Album

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Driven by break-ups and wrought in fierce competition, Dare saved Virgin Records, spawned a single that kickstarted MTV, drove the musicians’ union mad-and drew up the blueprint for synthpop. Until 1980 The Human League had been bleak and sombre synth pioneers. They were at the forefront of electronic music, yes, but not at the front [...]

Peter Hook: Interview

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It seems inconceivable that Peter Hook is edging towards 37 years in the music business. Perhaps even more remarkable is the fact that he’s well into the third full phase of his career, which has seen him playing his distinctive, low-slung bass guitar for both Joy Division and New Order. Today, the Salford musician fronts [...]

Nile Rodgers: Interview

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Nile Rodgers ruled the dancefl oor in the late Seventies with Chic, before going on to produce even bigger hits for Sister Sledge, Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran… the list goes on. He’s enjoyed a career renaissance in 2013 thanks to that Daft Punk track as well as headlining festival shows across Europe… Are you [...]

Ron Mael: Interview

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Pioneers ever since Sparks began in the late 1960s, Russell and Ron Mael were among the first duos to make synthpop after teaming up with producer Giorgio Moroder on 1979’s album No. 1 In Heaven. Still ploughing their own furrow, Classic Pop asked keyboardist Ron for his views on the genre… Were you aware of [...]

Trevor Horn: Interview

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From the pomp of Propaganda to the ceremony of Act; from the should-have-been-massive Nasty Rox Inc. to the couldn’t-have-been-bigger Frankie, Zang Tuum Tumb has steered electronic futurist pop for three decades. As part of the label’s 30th anniversary, producer Trevor Horn sat down with his original co-founder Paul Morley to talk about the (st)Art of [...]

Wally Badarou: Interview

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Synonymous with just about every key album at the funk end of the Eighties pop spectrum from Level 42 to Grace Jones to Talking Heads, Wally Badarou has since diversifi ed his art but remains incredibly prolific. And he’s on the line to Classic Pop… How did you fi rst come to work with Grace [...]

Clare Grogan: Interview


Three albums with pop-punk playthings Altered Images, the de rigeur-but-doomed solo career, and a life on screen, from Red Dwarf to Skins… oh, and a children’s book about a little girl that grows up to be a pop star, and a movie still very close to our hearts, Gregory’s Girl.There’s no doubt that Clare Grogan [...]



Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty completely disrupted the musical landscape of the early nineties. And then they vanished, attempting to take all trace of their work with them. A quarter of a century on, we sift through the albums, singles, movies and mythology. Ian Peel   The KLF – a duo of Bill Drummond and [...]