Preston – Dressed to Kill

Over the years, the relationship between reality TV and the pop charts has been a bit of a rollercoaster to say the least. Most obviously, there’s the endless parade of […]

Prelude – Platinum Blonde

There’s only one thing I love more than a days-of-the-week countdown in a lyric – think Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal’s Saturday Love or Craig David’s 7 Days – and that’s […]

Fra Lippo Lippi – Come Summer

What’s in a name? Quite a lot if the history of pop music is anything to go by. In the 1960s and 70s, it was deemed necessary for aspiring pop […]

Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw

It might be hard for us to imagine there was ever a time B.T. (Before Taylor), and as painful as it is to remember, we Brits were a little slow […]

Sting – We’ll Be Together

Why does everyone hate Sting? Ok, let me re-phrase that. Why did British singles buyers hate Sting? One more question and then I’ll move on to make my point. How […]

Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn – One Day

It appears some artists just aren’t suited to life in the spotlight. The initial rush of success, and the recognition which follows, can rapidly subside. In my youth, this often […]

Frances Ruffelle – God Watch Over You

At this time of year it’s always good to count our blessings and spare a thought for those less fortunate. In the wake of tabloid headlines announcing that yet another […]

Exposé – Let Me Be the One

In rock music there seems to be an unspoken rule which states success automatically attracts success. Generally, as an artist grows in stature and the money starts to flow, the […]

The Chimes – 1-2-3

A mere 9 months after Songs of Innocence-gate, the moment it became abundantly clear that Bono, The Edge and co. couldn’t even give their music away, it’s hard to imagine […]

Sheena Easton – 101

My esteemed colleague and Popvoid’s Mr Big, Niall McMurray, has already discussed the concept of an artist entering his or her Imperial Phase, and today we explore the moment when […]

Barbra Streisand – Left in the Dark

There’s a moment when every established artist makes the decision to stop chasing chart positions and worrying about being thought of as relevant or contemporary, choosing instead to make what […]

Robert Palmer – You Are In My System

It’s pretty clear I’m definitely ‘one of them’. And by ‘one of them’ I mean I have a natural tendency to prefer female voices when it comes to my favourite […]

Tight Fit – Secret Heart

In pop, nothing stings quite as sharply as the unexpected interruption of an unbroken run of top 5 singles – but sometimes you just have to admit that Hot Chocolate […]

Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

In the world of pop there are only two things more frustrating than remembering the precise moment you decided to put someone else’s song on the B-side of your multi-million […]