Archive for the ‘Features’ Category

One Hit Wonder: Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking

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There are one-hit wonders, and then there are No. 1-hit wonders – and Althea & Donna are in that very rarefied latter category. Jamaican singers Althea Forrest and Donna Reid were just 17 and 18 when they cut the track in 1977. Conceived as a mere light-hearted “answer song” to Trinity’s Three Piece Suit, it [...]

Chris Difford – Chris To The Mill: The Solo Recordings

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Chris Difford’s place in the pantheon of great English songwriters is assured – surely nearly everyone can sing along to at least one Squeeze song. Watch the exclusive acoustic performance here: With Glenn Tilbrook supplying the tunes, Difford has written some of the most memorable pop lyrics of the last forty years, across thirteen [...]

Classic Pop Presents: ABBA


Our new special edition magazine Classic Pop Presents: ABBA is now on sale! The 132-page special takes an in-depth look at one of the biggest pop bands in music history, from their early days in Sweden and their breakthrough as winners of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest through to their years as one of the [...]

One Hit Wonders: The Normal – Warm Leatherette (1978)


The Normal was, of course, the alias of Mute Records founder Daniel Miller. Their sole single nominally featured TVOD as its A-side, but it was the blank robotic chill of Warm Leatherette which proved Miller’s point that anyone could write a great song on a then-new cheap synthesiser. Although the song has since been covered [...]

Lost & Found: Persuasion – Adam Ant (1992)


After the reissues and tours for the first two Adam And The Ants albums, Adam Ant’s next project is to be a brand new album to follow 2013’s Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter. But, one day soon, Ant is determined to finally release his great lost funk album. Shortly [...]

Lost & Found: Mainframe – 5 Minutes


Purveyors of some of the finest cult electro-pop you may never have heard, Mainframe were notable in part for their use of (and their involvement in the development of) the Greengate DS:3 digital sampler. Yet the writing on 5 Minutes was just as forward-looking. Beginning with a battering of samples, the track is as accessible [...]

On This Day: 1987 – MTV Europe

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On this day in 1987, MTV Europe makes its debut. MTV Europe launched on 1 August 1987 from Amsterdam, Netherlands with a live performance from Elton John and was transmitted from AirTV in Camden Town, London. With similar tongue-in-cheek humour as the 1981 launch of MTV in the U.S. (where the first video was the Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles), the first video shown [...]

One Hit Wonder: Timbuk3 – The Future’s Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades


Husband and wife duo Timbuk3’s 1986 debut single The Future’s So Bright… is something of a pop anomaly (with an equally oddball part-animated video). What right did a twanging Fifties styled rock’n’roll tune – that had more in common with Link Wray than any of the synthpop that surrounded it – have to (almost) claw [...]

Exclusive Video Premiere: Deacon Blue – The Believers

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Deacon Blue release their brand new studio album on September 30, and Classic Pop is previewing the record with an exclusive of the forthcoming lead single.   Believers is the third part of an album trilogy that began with The Hipsters in 2012 and continued with A New House two years later. The band’s new [...]

Exclusive Premiere: Aaron Neville – Stomping Ground

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We’ve got another video exclusive for you here at Classic Pop Magazine. The legendary Aaron Neville is back with a new track Stomping Ground. Taken from the forthcoming album Apache, which will be released on July 15, Stomping Ground was recorded at the prestigious Studio G in Brooklyn. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winning [...]