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 […]

Jewel – Intuition

Here’s a classic example of one of the most common and potentially fatal pitfalls faced by many artists as they endeavour to keep their careers moving forward: The Dramatic U-turn from […]

Will Young – The Way I See

As someone who spent nearly 20 years buying singles for a living and many more doing the same thing on the ‘Amateur Circuit’, I still mourn the demise of the physical single, […]

Boy George – Il Adore

As the lead singer, chief songwriter and the undoubted creative force behind Culture Club, Boy George became one of the most iconic and commercially successful artists of the 1980s, scoring […]

The Human League – Boys and Girls

The rivalry and tensions which had been long-brewing within the ranks of The Human League came to a head towards the end of 1980. Founder members Phil Oakey and Martyn Ware enjoyed […]