In Praise of… The Nits

  They’ve never had a hit single in the UK (or the US, for that matter), and this weekend sees their first London gig at a major venue (and just their third UK gig ever). But none of that really matters because pop doesn’t get more curiously classic than the Netherlands’ The Nits. The sound of [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 5-1

5 Visage: Fade to Grey In many ways, this was the spiritual sequel to our number 20 single, David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes. Visage frontman Steve Strange stepped out of the video for that song and straight into the limelight to sing this, the national anthem of electro-pop and deviant disco. Fade To Grey was [...]

Top 100 Singles of the Eighties: 10-6

10 Propaganda: Duel It’s actually quite incredible that Propaganda manage to gatecrash our Top 10 when they released so little music in the Eighties (and have released next-to-nothing in the years since). Duel was the German group’s second single and came more than a year after their UK number 27 debut with the promising Dr [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 15-11

15 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Enola Gay Not OMD’s biggest chart hit – even Locomotion got higher – but their most well-loved. Possibly because it summed up everything that was different about the group: leftfield but pop, whistle-able but war-fixated. This was also the single that pushed them over the hump from cult, ex-Factory [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 20-16

20 David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes We’ve come across several singles in the Top 100 that bridged the gap between Eighties pop and Nineties pop. And this was the one that, in three perfectly formed minutes, drew together all that was great about Seventies pop and set it out as a template for the years [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 25-21

25 Erasure: Sometimes The first of two high-scoring entries for Erasure, and proof that if any one musician dominates UK Eighties pop – and this Top 100 – it’s Vince Clarke. He’s here as one half of Erasure, and also appears as one half of Yazoo, and as a quarter of early Depcehe Mode. This [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 30-26

30 Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The Power of Love While Relax and Two Tribes, the first two Frankie singles, are remembered for their big, bold, world-stopping statements of sex and war, the third of their hat-trick of UK number ones was a simple, heartfelt ballad. What started off as a Hooded Claw and Penelope Pitstop-referencing [...]

Classic Pop Issue 10 Out Now!

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Issue 10 of Classic Pop is out now! For this very special issue of Classic Pop we bring you our Synthpop Special where we have brought together four pioneers of the genre – Howard Jones, Thomas Dolby, Heaven 17′s Glenn Gregory and Neil Arthur from Blancmange – in our inaugural Synthpop Summit. Other features include [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 35-31

35 Duran Duran: Rio We’re getting higher and higher up our Top 100, so the Duran Duran quotient is starting to increase (though we were taken aback that Rio – surely their definitive Eighties statement – has scored lower than lesser songs like Hungry Like The Wolf). Inspiration for this single came from various unlikely [...]

Top 100 Singles of the 80s: 40-36

40 Electronic: Getting Away With It This may be Electronic’s only appearance in our chart, but all of the group’s members – Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr and guest Neil Tennant – have entries elsewhere. The single only just scrapes into our chart in terms of eligibility, being released in December 1989, but it bridges the [...]