In Classic Pop Issue 62, we speak to Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill about the madness of Street Fighting Years and how they’re planning to return to their dancey roots for the band’s next studio album…

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Elsewhere, we sit down with Paul Heaton for an entertaining chat about his new LP with Jacqui Abbott, Manchester Calling, and hear why he’s such a big Lionel Richie fan.

We made it to the hottest gig in town for the first night of Madonna’s residency at the London Palladium. Find out if all the headlines have been justified with our in-depth review.

Is new album Weather the last hurrah for Huey Lewis And The News? Classic Pop catches up with the band’s frontman to discover why his health problems could signal the end for the band.

Our classic LP is Ultravox’s masterpiece Vienna and we remain immersed in synth-pop for an album-by-album deep dive into the work of The Human League.

Elsewhere, Johnny Marr tells us about his new singles boxset and we meet Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston to hear about the forthcoming hologram tour featuring the star’s likeness.

Deacon Blue are back with cracking album City Of Love – Ricky Ross fills us in on the details. Also, M People relive their Hacienda roots as they release a career-spanning retrospective boxset Renaissance and we take a look at the exciting 80s Californian music scene that birthed bands like The Bangles and The Go-Go’s.

On the reviews front, we run our critical eye over new releases including Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Morrissey, The Boomtown Rats, Cutting Crew and The Fizz, while our packed reissues section features Heaven 17, Electronic, Simple Minds, Toyah, The Cure and much more.

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