Depeche Mode’s Ex Guitarist Martin Gore Announces Solo Album

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Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore releases a self-titled solo album under the alias MG on April 27. Gore’s first solo album since Counterfeit was released under his own name in 2003, Gore chose the alias MG after teaming up with Vince Clarke for the album Ssss under the name VCMG in 2012. One song, Europa [...]

Morten Harket: Interview

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Morten Harket, A-ha’s frontman has performed everywhere from Siberia to Santiago in support of his fifth solo album, Out Of My Hands,  and in 2013, along with his former bandmates, he became a real Scandinavian pop prince after receiving the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav from King Harald V. Do you feel like a new [...]

New Order

New Order Portrait Session

After forming from the ashes of Joy Division, New Order soon established themselves as one of the UK’s most successful Art/Pop groups. Here we take a close look at the highs and lows of this most inventive and influential band. Mick Middles It was the dawn of the Eighties and something had changed. Gone were [...]

Gentlemen Take Polaroids – Japan: Classic Album

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GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS Japan A long-awaited commercial breakthrough, their first top 40 single and a shift to a major label: Japan’s fourth album was a turning point in their fortunes. However, this success hid a murmuring discontent within the group. Anthony Reynolds At the time of Gentlemen Take Polaroids’ release in November 1980, Japan were [...]

Howard Jones: Interview

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  Earlier this year, Howard Jones remastered and reissued his late-Eighties/early-Nineties albums One To One, Cross That Line and In The Running as a box set on his own label, dtox, before heading off on a tour of the US. This followed last year’s expanded editions of his two breakthrough albums, Human’s Lib and Dream [...]

7th February 1981: Top 10

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This issue, we go back in time to the week ending 7 February 1981, when Adam And The Ants, Midge Ure and John Lennon each had two singles in the UK Top Ten…

Purple Rain – Prince And The Revolution: The Classic Album

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PURPLE RAIN Prince and The Revolution When, five albums into his career, prince suggested that he wanted to make a movie, his label scoffed. Twenty-nine years on, Purple Rain is widely regarded as the moment the singer truly became a global icon Mark Lindores When Prince revealed that his stipulation for renewing his record contract [...]

The Human League

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Since their formation at the height of punk in late-SEVENTIES Sheffield, The Human League have proven to be one of the country’s most resilient acts. It’s time to take a look at the best and worst of the synth-poppers who “Dared”. Wyndham Wallace In the canon of great opening lines, “You were working as a [...]

Madonna: The Classic Album

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MADONNA Madonna Released in 1983, Madonnna’s debut album helped to pioneer a new wave of pop, based on the sound of the new york underground. More importantly, writes mark lindores, it launched the career of a woman who’d go on to become a global icon   When Madonna appeared on US TV show Dick Clark’s [...]

Kylie Minogue: Interview

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A quarter of a century since her first single, Locomotion, Kylie is a true Godmother of Pop, having scored 31 Top Ten hits in the UK. We caught up with her to talk about her amazing career, her new album and what comes next. You’ve had an enduring pop career, spanning 25 years. Was that [...]

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