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Classic Pop July - August 2021

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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Anthem Publishing
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Do you remember the first time that you laid eyes on Boy George? For me, like many others of my generation, that came in 1982 with Culture Club’s Top Of The Pops debut as they performed Do You Really Want To Hurt Me. Those four minutes remain one of the 80’s defining musical and televisual moments, the kind of show-stealing appearance that instantly became the major talking point in every schoolyard and workplace the following day as its cultural impact was felt across the nation. But enough of the nostalgia, that does something of a disservice to Boy George and everything he stands for as an artist. We may be celebrating his 60th birthday with a rather special cover feature interview this issue, but George, as was ever thus, still has…

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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 issue, Jon interviews our cover star Boy George, takes an in-depth look at Scritti Politti’s back catalogue and helms our reissues section. Lois Wilson is a regular contributor to MOJO and Record Collector. She was deputy editor on MOJO Collections and has written for The Quietus, The Independent, The Times and The Sunday Times. She is also the founder of @NHS1000Maestros. Making her Classic Pop debut, Lois interviews Kim Wilde about her forthcoming greatest hits collection. An award-winning journalist and TV pundit, Will “Ill Will” Lavin is one of the UK’s foremost Black music specialists, covering hip-hop, R&B and soul…

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Midge Ure tours classic album double-header Midge Ure will celebrate 40 years of two classic Ultravox albums on a nationwide UK tour next year. Rage In Eden, the band’s 1981 LP and the second featuring Ure on vocals, alongside the following year’s Quartet, will be the centrepiece of his Voice & Visions show. Midge explains: “I can’t begin to tell you how great it feels to be back out touring after the uncertainty of the past two years and it’s especially exciting to delve back in time and revitalise two standout albums from my career. This is the logical and emotional follow-up to the 1980 Tour.” Visiting 29 cities, the shows kick off at Bradford’s historic St George’s Hall on 21 February 2022 and ends on 2 April at the Philharmonic Hall…

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duffy’s post-duran band the hawks finally takes flight

Material from Stephen Duffy’s first band after leaving Duran Duran is finally set to see the light of day. When TV Eye, Birmingham’s Stooges-inspired garage punk outfit split, drummer Dave Twist and guitarists Dave Kusworth and Paul Adams approached Duffy and bassist Simon Colley from that first Duran lineup to join their new project. Forming in 1979 as Obviously Five Believers, the five-piece then changed their name to The Subterranean Hawks before finally settling on The Hawks. “If we’d stuck to Obviously Five Believers we may have stood a chance,” explains Duffy. “It’s how I still think of us. I think we only changed it because [producer] Bob Lamb couldn’t fit the name on the cassette boxes.” The Hawks recorded one highly collectable single, Words Of Hope, before eventually splitting in Christmas 1981. “We…

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boy george set to revisit taboo production

Boy George is planning to write a sequel to his West End musical Taboo. The show, which opened in London during 2002 before being largely rewritten for a Broadway run, focuses on Leigh Bowery’s legendary Taboo club. George, who recently released new song The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread, explained: “We are actually talking, me and the original writer, about doing Taboo the sequel because the show kinda got stolen off us – as they always do. So many people were involved in that show. One of the first things that was said to the writer was, ‘Don’t make the show too gay.’ Can you believe that? That was so funny as it had me in it, Leigh Bowery, Philip Salon and Marilyn. Taboo was about a bunch of people whose…