Summer is coming.
New contributor Elliot on one of our finest pop-stars-in-waiting, it's the very lovely Tanya Lacey.
1981. There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?
This is what happens to a pop career when Life gets in the way...
Very few people would make you wait fifty years for their best record. But that's exactly what Dame Shirley Bassey did.
Girl Power, a decade early: it's the brilliant Mint Juleps.
Because sometimes there's nothing better than a cheap fix of dirty electronic pop.
Coshed by a Blunt instrument, Tom Baxter's "My Declaration" could find a second life as a winner's song...
1978's Hammer Horror - one of the few occasions on which we decided Kate Bush was just a little too strange for the charts.
Pop abhors a vacuum, so it's a brave person who takes five years to follow up their debut album. Stewart on the bulletproof (but not time-proof) La Roux.
Luke wonders why Vince Kidd remains "a curiosity on the fringes of pop".
Danny Wilson and the problem with perfection - how Mary's Prayer turned into a curse.
Joe Rivers on "an absurdly talented artist who really didn't want to play the game".
From the file marked "Why Isn't This Person a Huge Star Yet?", it's the quite brilliant Florrie.
The success and ubiquity of some bands is a little perplexing, and Scottish synth pop specialists CHVRCHΞS are a great example. To date they’ve had one ‘hit’ (The Mother We Share, no.38) […]
Tanita Tikaram releases absolutely brilliant song entitled "Stop Listening". Record buyers unfortunately take it as an instruction.
The tricky art of going out on a high and how almost no-one gets it right.
The union of Frowning Concepts Terry Hall and Dave Stewart produces unexpectedly uplifting results.