Frazier Chorus – Typical
Don't bore us, get to the Frazier Chorus.
Alphabeat – What is Happening
Alphabeat exerted a certain fascination on the British public in 2008 - for precisely three singles. The fourth, annoyingly, was AMAZING.
Jagwar Ma – O B 1
Stewart writes about embracing the new, as long as it sounds a bit old.
New Radicals – Mother We Just Can’t Get Enough
Pop: one of the few career choices where quitting early can actually do you a favour.
When in Rome – The Promise
In which we look at Pompous Pop and habitual doorway-leaners When in Rome.
ABBA – If it Wasn’t For the Nights
A fun discussion when ABBA fans get together is "what singles would YOU have chosen from 'Voulez Vous'?" Before you know it 37 years will have passed and no consensus will have been reached.
Fruits of Passion – Kiss Me Now
In the scramble for limited chart spaces someone always gets left behind - so while their contemporaries raced ahead, Fruits of Passion never really got off the starting blocks. Which is, as we shall see, a massive shame.
Talk Talk – My Foolish Friend
They may have been label-mates with Duran Duran, but while Le Bon and co. jetted off to tropical climes for their videos, Talk Talk got a Super Saver to Halifax. Amazing.
The Blow Monkeys – It Pays to Belong
Hey? What did I hear you say? Yes, you're right. The Blow Monkeys were indeed amazing.
Simple Minds – Love Song
1981 and 1982 - are they the MOST EXCITING years in pop? Spoiler: yes, yes they are.
R.E.M. – Sitting Still
1981: a fresh faced young man from the west coast arrives in New York city and heads straight for the nearest record shop.
Belle and Sebastian – I Didn’t See it Coming (Richard X Mix)
In which Belle and Sebastian turn into Dollar for four perfect minutes.
a-ha – Nothing is Keeping You Here
Not many bands really get better with age, but a-ha managed it.
Matt Bianco – Whose Side Are You On?
In which we ask the question: why did nobody admit to liking Matt Bianco at the time, when they were in fact dead good?
Dubstar – Cathedral Park
From the file marked "Bands we never quite got round to buying even though they were dead good" - it's the amazing Dubstar.
America – Sister Golden Hair
California, here we come.
Colors – Never Mind
This time last week I'd never heard of Colors. Now "Never Mind" is one of my favourite records and I'm busy inserting it into all my memories of 1985.
Bucks Fizz – Heart of Stone
The final (proper) single from Bucks Fizz, and if you ask me they saved the best for last.
Icehouse – Great Southern Land
Australia: REALLY good at pop. We shall be spending more time there...
The Human League – Love is All That Matters
When we last bumped into the Human League, they were on the verge of great things. We now rejoin them on the brink of disaster. Hooray!