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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 [...]

The KLF

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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 [...]

Giorgio Moroder: Interview

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Legendary Italian producer Giorgio Moroder single- handedly invented disco when he drenched Donna Summer’s dulcet tones with a pulsating synthesiser on her Seventies hits Love To Love You Baby and I Feel Love.   He went on to dominate the pop airwaves with chart smashes for an array of artists, ranging from Phil Oakey and [...]

The Police

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Given the anti-establishment ethos that fuelled the punk movement in the late Seventies, it’s remarkable that the big breakout act from that scene was a new-wave trio fronted by a former schoolteacher. Mark Lindores   The Police were formed in 1977 when erstwhile schoolteacher Gordon Sumner – or Sting, as he became known due to [...]

Fantastic – WHAM! – Classic Album

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Speedos, shuttlecocks and exuberant, life-affirming tunes – when george michael and andrew ridgeley exploded onto the scene with their debut album, the pop world didn’t quite know what had hit it.   Let us take you to a place where membership’s a smiling face… In December 1982, Wham! made their debut on Top Of The [...]

Pet Shop Boys Musical Reopens

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Closer To Heaven, the musical co-written by Pet Shop Boys, will open in London again for a limited one month run in April.   Together with Gimme Gimme Gimme sitcom creator Jonathan HarveyPet, Shop Boys wrote an album’s worth of new songs for the musical. It opened in London’s West End in 2001, but ran [...]

Win! 3 Copies of Level 42 – Something About You – Compilation Albums

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This new Level 42 compilation offers up a 17-strong setlist of the some of the band’s fi nest moments from across their career including the classic Top 10 trio Lessons In Love, Running In The Family and The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up). The kind folk over at Universal have donated three copies, and [...]

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks Confirm Joint Album and Tour

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Franz Ferdinand and Sparks have confirmed details of their long-mooted joint album together and a pair of UK shows: calling themselves FFS, the two bands have announced the release date of their joint album will be revealed shortly. It will follow a pair of UK shows in June at Glasgow Art School (June 16) and [...]

Andrew Spokes Fundraising for Cancer Research

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Compilation lover Andrew Spokes is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research by listening to the first 14 ‘Now! That’s What I Call Music’ compilations without stopping for 28 hours.   Spokes will be undergoing his feat on March 19-20 after losing a friend to cancer last year. He told Classic Pop: “My friend loved cheesy [...]

Kiss Me Once More – Kylie Minogue’s live is up on DVD

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The live DVD of ‘Kiss Me Once More” will be released on March the 23rd. The live was filmed at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro last November during Kylie’s tour of the same name and includes the full 27-song performance. Extras include the short film Sleepwalker, which was shown before the show in which Kylie plays Miss [...]

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