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Classic Pop

November-December 2020

Classic Pop magazine is the ultimate celebration of great pop and chart music with star interviews, features, news and reviews. From pop to electronic and new wave, dance and indie – it's all here…

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1 min.
our contributors

Best known for editing Teletext’s music pages Planet Sound in the 2000s, John Earls has also written about pop for the Sunday People, News Of The World, Daily Star and NME. This month, John bosses our reissues section and also meets two iconic bands for in-depth interviews, Tears For Fears and New Order. Steve O’Brien is a music, film and TV journalist who has written for SFX, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Digital Spy and Empire. He’s interviewed, in his career, everyone from Angelina Jolie and Adam Yauch to Mike Read. In this issue of Classic Pop he talks to Tony James and Neal X from cartoon controversialists Sigue Sigue Sputnik about their time making headlines. Wyndham Wallace is formerly a publicist, label representative and artist manager who has written for Uncut…

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barlow’s human interest album

Don’t go expecting synths or drum machines on Gary Barlow’s new solo LP. The Take That man releases Music Played By Humans on 27 November and it does exactly what it says on the tin. “My ambition when we started this album,” said Gary, “was to create something really bright, a celebration of music and the wonderful musicians that we have in the UK and around the world. Some of it is recorded with an orchestra, some with quartets, a Latin band, and some of the tracks have jazz and big band sections – it really is music played by people, hence the title of the album.” First single Elita features Michael Bublé and Colombian star Sebastián Yatra, plus there are further collaborations with Barry Manilow, Beverly Knight and even James…

4 min.
this month in pop november 1987

O4 Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton grace the cover of this week’s Smash Hits. Also featured inside are interviews with Wet Wet Wet, Sting, T’Pau and Black, while The Smiths’ I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish is reviewed in the Singles section. Oh, and if you wanted a poster of Morten Harket for your wall, this was your lucky week. 11 Three weeks on from the stock market crash of 1987, U2 play a free ‘Save the Yuppie’ concert at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. Later, an arrest warrant is issued after Bono spray paints the words “Rock n Roll Stops Traffic” on a fountain. “I am an artist, and that was not an act of vandalism,” the singer said in his defence. 15 T’Pau begin the second of…

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on her way up

Phil Collins isn’t the only star guest on The Seeds Of Love. Backing vocals on Standing On The Corner Of The Third World are from Yazz, recorded shortly before The Only Way Is Up exploded in 1988. “I’d forgotten that!” admits Roland. “I can’t strictly remember her session on Third World, but she was local to the studio in Camden and knew one of the other musicians. She does a lovely refrain on the song, but I’d forgotten it was by Yazz.” The album would have had more star presence, too, if Tom Waits had accepted an invitation to sing the final verse on the closing Famous Last Words. “We were shooting for the moon trying to get Tom Waits,” admits Roland. “His reaction was ‘Tears For Fears? They can fuck off!’,…

2 min.
the players

LEE MAVERS Born in Liverpool in August 1962, Lee Mavers is the epitome of the enigmatic songwriter. A true perfectionist, whose quest to make the complete album has consumed his entire music career since he started out as bassist in Liverpool band Neuklon. Almost tragically, Mavers’ recorded output remains at one album – and he describes that as sounding “shit”. Dubbed by biographer Matthew Macefield as “The JD Salinger Of Pop”, little has been heard from the reclusive songwriter in recent years, and he’s now said to be living a quiet family life in a Liverpool suburb. The occasional live performance and interview over the past three decades have offered hope that more music will come from a writer Noel Gallagher once admitted to fearing, but other than a series of…