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Classic Pop

May - June 2021
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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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United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 Issues

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This issue we bring you the contrasting tales of two influential Garys. On the one hand, our cover star Gary Numan has barely paused for songwriting breath since Tubeway Army hit the charts back in 1978. On the other, Gary Kemp now returns with only his second solo album in more than a quarter of a century – he’s been keeping us waiting since 1995 for the belated follow-up to Little Bruises. Sonically, the pair are poles apart. Numan’s latest outing retains the hard-hitting industrial edge that he’s now made his own while Kemp makes his comeback in a more recognisably traditional pop-rock style with nods to David Bowie and Pink Floyd. The passage of time hangs heavy over both projects, though. Numan’s new studio album, Intruder, tells its metaphorical tale of…

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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, he Zoom calls cover star Gary Numan and the returning Gary Kemp, while also helming our reissues reviews section. Paul Kirkley makes his living from interviewing famous people with much more interesting and glamorous lives than his own. He is also, to the best of his knowledge, the only paid TV critic for a national supermarket chain. This issue, he checks in with Marti Pellow to hear about the stream-of-consciousness recording sessions behind his new studio album, Stargazer. Anthony Reynolds is a singer-songwriter who first came to light with the band Jack in the mid-90s. His latest solo album,…

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Garbage return inspired by ‘astounding chaos’ The best connected band in pop return with new studio album, No Gods No Masters on 11 June. “This is our seventh record, the significant numerology of which affected the DNA of its content: the seven virtues, the seven sorrows and the seven deadly sins,” explains Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson. “It was our way of trying to make sense of how nuts the world is and the astounding chaos that we find ourselves in. It’s the record we felt that we had to make at this time.” Produced by the band’s long-time collaborator Billy Bush, work began on No Gods No Masters three years ago, and it’s been in the can since last September. First taster The Men Who Rule the World and its accompanying video is out…

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boy george jumps aboard nft concept

Boy George has joined the NFT (Non-Fungible Token) craze after teaming up with Crypto.com to release unique and exclusive_music and artwork. The one-offs can be bought by the highest bidder and George explained: “I think life turned me into art. My role models were both artistic types and hard-working types. I’ve painted myself and others. I have painted myself into a corner. “I love metaphors and mystery and ‘crypto’ sound like ‘klepto’, so that makes me a crypto maniac. Art is like a partner. Can you live with it? Digital art is a new emotion and it can be very musical. I’m mixing all of the things I do together – music, art, fashion, poetry and anything else it leads to. I have stopped refusing to be influenced.” Crypto.com/NFT launched in March…

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soft cell on track for first new studio album in 20 years

Soft Cell have confirmed a brand new studio album will arrive next year. Marc Almond and Dave Ball began working on songs shortly after their reunion gig at London’s O2 Arena in 2018, and Dave revealed: “Before the O2 show, Marc and I hadn’t seen each other in about 15 years. In the time in between, we’ve started to sound mature. The new songs are still catchy, but a lot more worldly-wise.” The Soft Cell of 2022 will be markedly different from the duo of old. Dave added: “We haven’t tried to write another Tainted Love. Maybe we should! But it would be inappropriate for two sixty-something men to try to write bouncy little pop numbers. That doesn’t mean that we’ve become miserable, and it’s not heavy industrial music either. I’d…