Issue 17 – our June/July issue – is out today, with A-ha as our cover stars. We chart their highs, their lows, their farewell… and now their quite unexpected reunion for a new album and tour.
We speak in depth with two gentlemen who have fashioned and refashioned dance, disco and electronica time and time again: Giorgio Moroder and Martin Gore.
“People wanted to f*** me or fight me.” It’s not often you hear such a succinct career appraisal, but expect more frank and compelling reminisces in our interview with Lloyd Cole.
And what do Scritti Politti, Queen and Prince all have in common? They’re the major influences we discuss with another of our cover stars, Hot Chip.
We also catch up with an array of artists all famed for making history, and all still steadfastly focused on the future: Bernard Sumner, Tracey Thorn, and ABC/Vice Versa founders Mark White and Stephen Singleton.
What’s in issue 16?
Across 22 pages we announce the winners – and hand-deliver the trophies – for the most inspiring music of the last 12 months, with categories including Best Album, Single and Film, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Celebrating the wider history of pop, we present awards for Lifetime Achievement, Best Producer, Maverick Spirit and – our readers’ vote – Best Designer.
Issue 16 of Classic Pop is the only magazine in the world where you’ll read interviews with – among others – Charli XCX, Erasure, Adam Ant, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kevin Rowland, The The, Martyn Ware, Tony Visconti, Peter Saville, Marc Almond, Daryl Hall, The Blow Monkeys, and Rumer.
Also in this issue… Honouring the life of Steve Strange with our news leader and Classic Pop Moment. We debate the politics of disco with Jimmy Somerville. From the Factory Floor: we trace the history of The Haçienda. And from The Time to The Revolution, take our guided tour of the pop landscape of Minneapolis.
Plus all our regulars:
Classic Album — Phil Oakey on the making of The Human League’s Crash
Reviews — 18 pages of new releases, reissues and concerts
Singles — Martin Fry reviews Madonna, Rihanna and Blancmange
Long Live Vinyl — spinning the latest repressings from Kate Bush, Bowie and Björk
The Lowdown — our archive trawl through the highs and the lows of the Bananarama back catalogue
One Hit Wonder — with Toto Coelo, and Lost & Found with Kaja (after they dropped the GooGoo)
What’s in issue 15?
Gary Numan is our cover star. From Kohl-eyed punk to godfather of electro-pop, he talks candidly about the Eighties, his filmic new album and the fruits of life in the US.
As China Crisis unveil their first new album for 20 years, we have an exclusive interview with Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon.
Up-close and personal Q&As with this issue’s Godfather of Pop honouree,Andy Partridge, and Godmother of Pop, Susan Ann Sulley.
PLUS! Nick Heyward talks us through the making of Haircut One Hundred‘s Classic Album, Pelican West… We trace the story of the greatest music TV Show ever, The Tube… Russell Mulcahy reveals the highs and lows of making True, Vienna, Rio and some of the genre’s greatest videos. AndAnnabella Lwin and the surviving members of Bow Wow Wow on how they disrupted the mainstream, for good.
Included in each print edition of issue 14 is a free 2015 calendar in association with Lets Rock The Ultimate 80s Festivals.
In this issue of Classic Pop we interview Philip Oakey about his love of synthesizers, his female counterparts and a life in pop…
PLUS: Band Aid at 30 featuring exclusive interviews with Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Spandau Ballet (Official) and many of the original cast, The Lowdown on Prince, Kylie Minogue‘s classic debut album, Wet Wet Wet speak about about a tempestuous career, the story of the New York scene, all the latest new releases, reissues, compilations, books, DVDs and live shows reviewed and much more!
Issue 13 features our exclusive interview with Spandau Ballet and how they overcame their differences to begin again, the reformation tour, their new feature film ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World‘ and new album ‘The Story‘.
PLUS: The Lowdown on Duran Duran, the art of The Beloved, Neneh Cherry‘s classic album ‘Raw Like Sushi‘, Dieter Meier (Yello) reviews the singles, the story of the Leeds scene, Long Live Vinyl, competitions, plentiful reviews and much much more!
• The Lowdown on… Duran Duran
• Classic Album – Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi
• Exclusive interview with Holly Johnson
• The art of The Beloved
• The Story of the Leeds scene
Kate Bush, Erasure, Holly Johnson, Deacon Blue, Jesse Ware, John Foxx, Ali Campbell, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, The Dream Academy and Boris Blank, Pet Shop Boys and many, many more!
PLUS!! Dieter Meier reviews the singles!!
Comes with 5 FREE iconic ’80s artcards celebrating new Back To Black Vinyl reissues of albums from Tears For Fears, Soft Cell, Level 42, Dexys and ABC.
Classic Pop 12 tracks back to the moment on-stage at the MTV Awards when Madonna staked her claim to super-stardom and celebrates 30 years since the global hit album that followed.
PLUS: The Lowdown on Adam and the ants, Midge Ure and Glenn Gregory are… International Blue, Janet Jackson’s classic album Rhythm Nation 1814, The Art of Haircut One Hundred, The Clubs That Shaped The Eighties, The Story of the Soho scene, plentiful reviews and more!
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS with Clare Grogan, Naughty Boy, Imagination, The Blow Monkeys and Wally Badarou.
For this issue of Classic Pop we chat with the cast of musicians and producers that helped to steer our cover star Kate Bush on the way from teenage prodigy to global success!
Other highlights include:
• EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
with Midge Ure, Ian McCulloch, Mark King, Roddy Frame, Ellie Goulding, Paul Haig and Glenn Gregory.
• The Lowdown on… Kylie Minogue (official)
• Five decades of Stephen Duffy
• Classic Album… Duran Duran - Rio
• The Postcard Records Story
• Pop Art – Cartoon Pop
New releases and gigs reviewed from Blondie, Damon Albarn, Morten Harket, Echo and the Bunnymen, Lily Allen, Dieter Meier (Yello), Roddy Frame, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and many, many more!
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 (Official)’s Glenn Gregory and Neil Arthur from Blancmange – in our inaugural Synthpop Summit.
Other highlights include:
• TOP 40 SYNTHPOP SINGLES
Our definitive list of the best synthpop tracks – will you agree?
• EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS
With Thompson Twins’s main man Tom Bailey, Vince Clarke, Blancmange, Sophie Ellis-Bextor,Ron Mael from Sparks Official, Trevor Horn and Paul Hardcastle Official.
The Lowdown on… Soft Cell and Marc Almond (official)
Classic Album… The Human League - Dare
Pop Art – Depeche Mode
New releases and gigs reviewed from George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Blacnmange, Prince, Hazel O’Connor, Suzanne Vega, Beck, Nina Persson, Moby and many, many more!
In Issue 9 of Classic Pop we celebrate the anniversary of Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s arrival on the music scene with the definitive story of the band’s shortlived but controversial career. Highlights of this issue include Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Marc Almond, Adam Ant, John Taylor, Martin Fry, Erasure and the low down of Glasgow’s greatest eighties talents.
Issue 8 of Classic Pop exclusive Top 100 Singles of the 1980s feature, as voted by you! Who do you think will be number 1? Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, A-ha, Erasure, Culture Club, Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Blondie and Madonna all make an appearance along with many more.exclusive Top 100 Singles of the 1980s feature, as voted by you!
Issue 7 of Classic Pop is packed with incredible features, exclusive interviews, news and reviews of the latest CD, book and DVD releases. Highlights include candid interviews with Boy George, Gary Numan and Kim Wilde, plus we chat to Yoko Ono, Dieter Meier, Matt Bianco, Matt Goss and all the female presenters of BBC 6 Music! Features include a 4AD label profile; Camden Town’s influence over music from the 80s and 90s; Classic Album: Talk Talk’s Spirit Of Eden; The Lowdown on Roxy Music; and Pop Art: Klaus Nomi. We also review releases from Numan, Erasure, Boy George, Prefab, Peter Gabriel, Imagination, The Orb, Cabaret Voltaire, The Grid, ABC, Madness, Howard Jones and many more plus Prince and Rewind live!
We celebrate David Bowie with ‘When Bowie Went Pop’, a massive article on David Bowie’s Eighties music and influence, featuring new interviews with his guitarist and creative collaborator Carlos Alomar, bass player Carmine Rojas and author of Starman: The Definitive Biography Paul Trynka. We look at how David Bowie’s music defined the 1980s pop landscape and also study the work that he made during that decade – from Scary Monsters to Never Let Me Down.
Issue five features an exclusive interview with pop sensation Debbie Harry and a countdown of Blondies top 25 tracks. We also have an extensive Bananarama feature, the lowdown on The KLF, look back at Wham’s classic ‘Fantastic’ album, explore the 80′s music scene in Manchester, look at the impact of Stiff Records, plus over 50 reviews and much, much more!
Issue 4 features the Lowdown of Eurthymics discography plus an exclusive interview with Annie Lennox, as well as interviews with Alison Moyet, Tom Bailey, Sinead O’Connor and Pauline Black, the making of Prince’s classic album Purple Rain, a look into Birmingham’s outstanding 80′s music scene, how rock went pop with the likes of David Bowie, the story of OMD in the lead up to their new album, over 50 reviews, and so much more!
Issue 3, Mar/Apr 2013 - Print copies are sold out, but you can buy the app edition for £3.99/$5.99 or the desktop/Android version
Issue 3 features exclusive interviews with Adam Ant and Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, the Lowdown on New Order, Japan’s classic Gentlemen Take Polaroids, ten pivotal months in the story of the Style Council, The PWL Hit Factory label profile, 80s movie soundtracks, the birth of 2 Tone, over 70 reviews and much, much more.
Issue 2, Jan/Feb 2013 - Print copies are sold out, but you can buy the app edition for £3.99/$5.99 or the desktop/Android version
Issue 2 features exclusive interviews with Madness and Simple Minds, the Lowdown on The Human League, Madonna’s classic first album, Peter Hook’s first hand story of Joy Division, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and 80s Liverpool, Mute label profile, CD and live reviews and much, much more.
Issue 1, Nov/Dec 2012 – Print copies are sold out, but you can buy the app edition for £3.99/$5.99 or the desktop/Android version
Issue 1 features an in-depth feature on the Petshop Boys, Five Decades of Duran Duran, ABC’s classic Lexicon of Love, The Influence of Kraftwerk, ZTT label profile, the Lowdown on Depeche Mode, Top of the Pops remembered, CD and live reviews and much, much more.