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Category: Groups

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 […]

Def Leppard – Photograph

When I was a teenager we moved to the countryside, which meant that my ten minute walk to school became a twenty minute drive in the company of my brother. […]

Go-Go’s – Our Lips Are Sealed

From a certain point of view, Britain was a thoroughly miserable place to be in the early 1980s, and it’s tempting to think that we passed on the Go-Go’s because we […]

Deacon Blue – Loaded

Nothing – not even a cold macaroni pie from Greggs – makes this ex-pat Glaswegian well-up like the opening bars of Deacon Blue‘s 1987 debut Raintown. It probably helps that the record […]

The Associates – Breakfast

In Forest of the Dead, one of Steven Moffat‘s finest episodes of Doctor Who, there is a line that made me shiver when I heard it: “I have the two […]

Propaganda – p: Machinery

If you happened to be born in the early 1970s then you probably had the curious pleasure of hitting puberty just when it seemed most likely that you would be […]

Company B – Fascinated

If you thought Sia donning a platinum blonde fright wig to wrestle back a degree of anonymity was an exciting new pop concept, please think again – Latin freestyle trio Company B […]

Bucks Fizz – You and Your Heart So Blue

Sometimes a pop singer or a group comes along and speaks directly to your soul, and there isn’t a thing you can do about it. When I was eight the group that spoke to me, […]

The Kids from Fame – Desdemona

  I can’t overstate the love I had for the Kids from Fame in 1982. As a ten year old pop fan, a weekly television series about young people attending the (fictional) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Diesel Park West – Jackie’s Still Sad

  Guest contributor: Pete Paphides  In the world of record collecting, I was a bottom-feeder. Faced with the challenge of buying as many records as possible with my weekly allowance, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

St. Lucia – All Eyes on You

When you get to a certain age there comes a point when you have absolutely no clue about what’s going on in modern music. You don’t really understand how it […]