Had it, lost it, got it back on his own terms: here's Derek on the very wonderful Darren Hayes.
Hey? What did I hear you say? Yes, you're right. The Blow Monkeys were indeed amazing.
From "Play With Me" - the decade's other great lost pop album - it's Lene from out of Aqua with the quite frankly terrific 2003 flop "Pretty Young Thing".
The curse of the single from the greatest hits album strikes again! It's the incomparable Olivia Newton John, not singing about bondage despite what the title would have you believe.
Jill Jones - she's bilingual but not single. It's 1987 and all over the world the completely amazing Prince-helmed "Mia Bocca" fails to be a smash hit. Tut.
Dramatic synth-pop from a 6'2" Scandinavian songstress. Where do I sign up?
Great Britain joined the European Union in 1973. Perhaps one day pop will get that memo.
A magnificent entry in our occasional 'Crying at the Discoteque' series, Niki & The Dove's "DJ, Ease My Mind" demonstrates why Scandinavians do pop better than just about anyone.
Derek shares his love for "Christmas in the Room" by yuletide enthusiast Sufjan Stevens. A slightly less frantic way of saying "All I want for Christmas is you".
Hook filled delirious pop? Keep your eye on the Sparro.
Derek would rather Fleetwood Mac than jack.
Derek makes the (upper) case for BANKS: purveyor of intense dark pop.
I want doesn't get for Natalie Imbruglia's brilliant, searing break-up record.
Tanita Tikaram releases absolutely brilliant song entitled "Stop Listening". Record buyers unfortunately take it as an instruction.
Ooh, Derek's on the 702 tip.
2008, and Cyndi Lauper hits the dance floor with predictably brilliant results.
Derek on Deptford Goth's gorgeous "Feel Real", and the social anxieties involved when you find yourself standing next to a pop personage.
Derek Crook on the poetic pop of Prince protégée Ingrid Chavez. She co-wrote Justify My Love, fact fans.
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