Classic Hits

Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 Remaster) OUT NOW

Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 Remaster) OUT NOW

SPONSORED POST To mark its 35th Anniversary, @rickastley is reissuing his classic debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. Remastered at Abbey Road, it’s out today on CD, 2CD Deluxe and… The post Rick Astley – Whenever You Need Somebody (2022 Remaster) OUT NOW appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Review: xPropaganda – The Heart Is Strange

Review: xPropaganda – The Heart Is Strange

Nearly 40 years after A Secret Wish, Propaganda’s frontwomen reunite with their producer to reclaim their rightful place among synth-pop’s finest… All that we see or seem is but a… The post Review: xPropaganda – The Heart Is Strange appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Watch the video for the new song from Betty Boo, Shining Star

Watch the video for the new song from Betty Boo, Shining Star

Betty Boo has shared the video to her new song, Shining Star. The track is the singer’s second release after her triumphant comeback back in January with Get Me To The… The post Watch the video for the new song from Betty Boo, Shining Star appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Elton John announces new feature-length documentary

Elton John announces new feature-length documentary

A brand new documentary telling the story of Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour as well as the singer’s early years has been announced. The generously-titled Goodbye Yellow Brick… The post Elton John announces new feature-length documentary appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Interview: Tim Finn talks Split Enz, Forenzics

Interview: Tim Finn talks Split Enz, Forenzics

The co-founder of Split Enz, one half of Finn Brothers, and co-writer of Crowded House’s most successful studio album, Tim Finn discusses 50 years in the business and his new… The post Interview: Tim Finn talks Split Enz, Forenzics appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Conquering planet Earth – Duran Duran in the 80s

Conquering planet Earth – Duran Duran in the 80s

From dingy pub back rooms to tropical climes, the glamour and excess of the Duran Duran success story defined the 80s. However, becoming the biggest band in the world came… The post Conquering planet Earth – Duran Duran in the 80s appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Interview: Bernard Sumner talks New Order

Interview: Bernard Sumner talks New Order

Perhaps one of pop’s most reluctant stars, Bernard Sumner of New Order has been behind some of the finest songs of the past 40-plus years. A couple of years back,… The post Interview: Bernard Sumner talks New Order appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Making David Bowie: Low

Making David Bowie: Low

In 1976 David Bowie fled his demons, seeking seclusion, healing and creative freedom. he landed in Germany and set about creating the first album of his celebrated ‘Berlin trilogy’, the… The post Making David Bowie: Low appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Depeche Mode – the side projects

Depeche Mode – the side projects

From reuniting with old bandmates to helping out their neighbours, the side projects of Depeche Mode are often as interesting as their work in the band. Classic Pop speaks to… The post Depeche Mode – the side projects appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Depeche Mode: Spirit interview

Depeche Mode: Spirit interview

Back in 2017 Classic Pop packed its dictaphone and headed off to enjoy extended chats with Martin Gore and Dave Gahan on the occasion of the launch of the then-latest… The post Depeche Mode: Spirit interview appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Interview: Stephen Duffy talks Duran Duran, Lilac Time, Robbie Williams

Interview: Stephen Duffy talks Duran Duran, Lilac Time, Robbie Williams

Stephen Duffy zoomed into the orbit of Duran Duran in their formative years and again in 2002 as the Devils with Nick Rhodes – the resurrection of the Duran album… The post Interview: Stephen Duffy talks Duran Duran, Lilac Time, Robbie Williams appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Shakin’ Stevens interview

Shakin’ Stevens interview

In 2020, Shakin’ Stevens talked us through his incredible career, from his early days with the Sunsets to a decade-long run of 80s hit singles, via a starring role as… The post Shakin’ Stevens interview appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Bananarama albums – the complete guide

Bananarama albums – the complete guide

The albums of Bananarama have spanned from post-punk to shiny pop…  Deep Sea Skiving, 1983 As introductions go, few made an impression as indelible as Bananarama’s March 1983 debut album,… The post Bananarama albums – the complete guide appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Shakespears Sister announce 30th anniversary edition of Hormonally Yours

Shakespears Sister announce 30th anniversary edition of Hormonally Yours

To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Shakespears Sister’s seminal album Hormonally Yours, London Records have announced a special edition release across multiple formats.  A double platinum and Top 3 UK… The post Shakespears Sister announce 30th anniversary edition of Hormonally Yours appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Billy Idol announces revised tour dates for 2022

Billy Idol announces revised tour dates for 2022

Billy Idol has rescheduled The Roadside Tour 2022 with new dates now set for October 2022. All existing tickets are still valid for the revised dates.  Says Billy Idol: “As many of you know, this… The post Billy Idol announces revised tour dates for 2022 appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Betty Boo shares new single Shining Star

Betty Boo shares new single Shining Star

Betty Boo has shared a new song, Shining Star. The track is the singer’s second release after her triumphant comeback back in January with Get Me To The Weekend, her… The post Betty Boo shares new single Shining Star appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Dire Straits reissue classic greatest hits collection

Dire Straits reissue classic greatest hits collection

On 17 June UMC/EMI will reissue Money For Nothing, the first Dire Straits greatest hits collection (featuring songs from the band’s first five albums), which was originally released in October 1988.… The post Dire Straits reissue classic greatest hits collection appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Soft Cell: *Happiness Not Included review

Soft Cell: *Happiness Not Included review

Soft Cell album cover Happiness Not Included
* Happiness Not Included review

One of Marc Almond and Dave Ball’s joint regrets, which they’ve both told Classic Pop, is that Soft Cell didn’t follow their pop instincts enough. Ever since deciding not to include Torch on The Art Of Falling Apart, the duo swerved straight-up pop in favour of their darker side.

Artistically, it worked – as Dave has pointed out, TAOFA and This Last Night In Sodom were precursors for Depeche Mode’s reinvention as stadium goths.

For anyone yearning for Soft Cell to do another Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, however, it’s been a 41-year-wait. Their first comeback album, Cruelty Without Beauty, certainly had some bangers, but many of the sessions’ best pop moments were notoriously instead given away on assorted compilations until 2020’s excellent reissue showed what could have been.

In effect, it all means that *Happiness Not Included is the duo’s pop comeback album.

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Finally able to relax with each other again, not thinking of the hit machine or which element of their fanbase they should be pleasing, easing into pop music once more suits Marc and Dave perfectly. They’ve already been confident enough about their first album for 20 years to preview half of it live on their 2021 tour.

Quite right, too: Happy Happy Happy is a monstrous club moment for audiences, defying the cosiness of the nostalgia circuit with Dave Ball’s keyboards pounding away with the menace of Numbers. Marc’s lurid leering about unisex uniforms and VR sex set the tone for a retro futurism both his lyrics and Dave’s slightly sinister Blade Runner keyboards plug into perfectly.

Reminiscences of meeting Andy Warhol in Polaroid continue the elegantly bouncy mood, peaking with the extraordinary Nighthawks.

A duet with performance artist Christeene, it’s the album’s Sex Dwarf, a brilliant refusal to give into old age. Torch saxophonist Gary Barnacle drives the appropriately woozy Light Sleepers, while the title track – cheeky asterisk and all – is a brilliant confluence of Marc and Dave’s respective solo careers: the theatrical cabaret of Almond having a whale of a time with Ball’s off-kilter electronics.

It’s hard to imagine the sumptuous finale New Eden, straight out of Barbarella, could have been made if they hadn’t seen other people either. No matter what flavour Soft Cell fan you are, here is how you’d hope the 21st century would sound. Mightily impressive.

9/10

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Top 20 B-sides of the 80s

Top 20 B-sides of the 80s

We remember some of the best B-sides of the 80s… By Barry Page It’s easy to forget in today’s era of streaming and downloading just what a treasure trove of… The post Top 20 B-sides of the 80s appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading
Win a copy of NOW – Yearbook 1981 in all three formats!

Win a copy of NOW – Yearbook 1981 in all three formats!

NOW Music is proud to present the newest addition to the ‘Yearbook’ series, NOW – Yearbook 1981 – 4 CDs of 85 tracks that defined the charts in 1981. Featuring huge hits from: Queen and David Bowie, The Police, Ultravox, Visage, Duran Duran, Japan, Soft Cell, The… The post Win a copy of NOW – Yearbook 1981 in all three formats! appeared first on Classic Pop Magazine. ... Continue Reading

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