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Category: 1990s

Madonna – I Want You

Hands up who has a complicated relationship with Madonna. Everybody? Good. Myself, I tend to veer wildly in my opinions, and this is because she has been in my life […]

Inga Humpe – Do I Have To?

It’s time to talk about cover versions, and specifically why they happen so often considering they pay for someone else’s swimming pool and not your own. Pop stars sing the […]

Thomas Dolby – Silk Pyjamas

You know when you really, really want to like a pop star but you can’t quite get your head around what they’re doing? This was the situation I found myself […]

Marcella Detroit – Detroit

Many’s the time over the last twenty years that I’ve wished I was in charge at a record company. Heck, every record company. But even though I’m not, I still […]

Marc Almond – Meet Me in My Dream

I don’t know whether it’s getting older that does this to a person, but the ten years between Soft Cell‘s Non Stop Erotic Cabaret and Marc Almond‘s Tenement Symphony seem to […]

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 […]

Sarah Cracknell – Coastal Town

When I moved to the seaside in 2008 one of the first thoughts I had, aside from “what the hell am I doing?” was “ooh, now I can listen to one of […]

Dusty Springfield – Occupy Your Mind

Come 1990, Dusty Springfield was in the curious position of being popular again. She had basically ruled much of the 1960s, leading a female invasion of the charts that sometimes gets overlooked by the one […]

Kirsty MacColl – My Affair

I think a lot of people – if I’m honest I’m one of them – tend to judge pop careers on chart positions. I do realise that this logic is […]

Taylor Dayne – I’ll Be Your Shelter

It’s time to talk about Taylor. Not that Taylor, the other Taylor. Taylor Dayne. In the very late eighties and the very early nineties Taylor Dayne briefly threatened to become the […]

Spice Girls – Move Over

“Luke, you simply have to write about the Spice Girls.” You’d think this would be hard; every track the girls ever released as a single charted strongly, so what’s left […]

Paula Cole – I Believe in Love

One of the great things that can happen when you’ve had a successful album is that you can ring up the record company and say “hello, I quite fancy having […]

Kim Wilde – It’s Here

The 1980s felt like a very long decade – in a way that few since have – and they got off to a lovely scruffy start, with Bananarama arsing about […]

Pepsi and Shirlie – Someday

Time moves in strange ways in pop music: 1987 and 1991 may only be four years apart, but that short period ushered in so many changes that sometimes it feels […]

Suzanne Vega – In Liverpool

In the late summer of 1992 I had just entered my third year at Glasgow University studying English Literature and Medieval History – boy have those come in handy – and […]

Jody Watley – Another Chapter

Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that Japan has great taste in Western pop music – Shampoo notwithstanding – for as a nation they’ve continued to embrace releases from people we’ve […]

Golden – Anglo American

I think one thing I’ve established over the last couple of months is my love for classic English girl voices, and specifically girls who sound like they’ve been plucked from the […]

Swing Out Sister – We Could Make It Happen

As we’ve discussed at length before, pop is brutal. Our test-case today is Swing Out Sister, one of Britain’s greatest ever groups, but one who were given incredibly short shrift in their […]