As Japan’s seminal Quiet Life finally receives the deluxe reissue treatment, in the latest Classic Pop we examine the landmark record with help from the band. We also meet former Japan member Richard Barbieri who discusses his lockdown-inspired new solo album, Under A Spell.

Elsewhere, we’re granted a rare audience with Scritti Politti’s Green Gartside who reflects on the sophisti-pop outfit’s stately history, his rap obsession and new-found love of playing live.

We have a must-read interview with Del Amitri who take us inside their first new studio album in 19 years, Fatal Mistakes, and Run-DMC’s Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels reveals the formative influences behind the iconic hip-hop group.

Madonna’s Like A Virgin is our Classic Album and we talk to Bonnie Tyler as she returns with her 80s-centric latest studio LP, The Best Is Yet To Come.

We also delve into the back catalogue of Adam Ant in our Album By Album feature, predict the musical highlights that 2021 has in store, count down our favourite 80s instrumentals and meet the newly-reformed duo Boy Meets Girl.

In our expanded reviews section we have new releases including Steven Wilson, Sananda Maitreya, Gabrielle and The The while our bumper reissues coverage features Japan, The Selecter, Level 42, Classix Nouveaux, Fashion, Talking Heads and much more.

Steve Harnell
Editor, Classic Pop

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