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Category: Groups

The Indian Givers – Fake I.D.

One of the great forgotten pleasures is the ritual of going into a record shop on a Monday morning and flicking through the new releases. The late eighties were an especially great […]

Little Mix – Boy

We often forget that the girls and boys who pop up as teenagers on talent shows like Popstars and The X Factor aren’t just people who want to be popstars […]

New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle

The best pop should be exciting – it should make you run around the house or hurtle to the dance floor as soon as you hear the opening bars, and it should […]

Prides – Messiah

As a card-carrying Scottish person (the card donates my organs to Greggs the Bakers) I’m ashamed to admit that I hadn’t actually heard of Prides until they popped up at the […]

Prefab Sprout – Hey Manhattan!

Prefab Sprout – the perennial bridesmaids of the British music scene. Despite being eminently loveable, and with a sizeable dowry of ace tunes, they never quite made it to pop’s altar to […]

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 […]

All Saints – Chick Fit

When the Spice Girls‘ cooler rivals made their 2006 comeback with Rock Steady and reached the heady heights of number 3, they seemed nailed-on to conduct an assault on the […]

Saint Etienne – Nothing Can Stop Us

If I had a lab and made a pop group in a sort of Weird Science-y way, Saint Etienne is what I would come up with. When I chanced upon Foxbase Alpha in 1991 I […]

Scritti Politti – Perfect Way

One of the most interesting developments in pop music in the digital age has been the homogenization of the world pop charts.  Because everything now is instantly downloadable or accessible […]

SoundGirl – Don’t Know Why

“Right guys, it’s 2011. LOL-pop is over, and we need a new sound. You’ve got 15 seconds. Go.” “Well, I’ve got this song. It’s basically a pop-reggae interpolation of Carly […]

ABBA – When All is Said and Done

Knowing when to leave a party is a trick that not many pop stars have learned – realising that the lights are about to come up and making a dignified […]

Talk Talk – Living in Another World

No-one could ever accuse Talk Talk of selling out for short-term gain. More than any other band of their time they appeared to be on a very specific journey, one that […]

M.O – Hot

In my last missive I mentioned Left My Heart in Tokyo, and the fortunes of the Mini Viva girls – Brit and Frankee – have gone in somewhat different directions […]

Girls Aloud – On the Metro

  Polydor HQ, late 2012. Picture the scene: Girls Aloud have just sent Twitter (a.k.a. the gays) into meltdown with the “accidental” leaking of comeback single Something New. Cheryl Not-Cole is […]

‘Til Tuesday – Voices Carry

It’s to our great shame as a nation that ‘Til Tuesday never made it big in the UK. They had the haircuts – presumably bought at a car boot sale held […]

Frazier Chorus – Nothing

Frazier Chorus, we hardly knew thee. Gosh, remember the trend for slightly fey indie bands discovering drugs and going a bit dancey? It was quite the thing in the early […]

ABC – Ocean Blue

Perceived wisdom has it that ABC went a bit rubbish after The Lexicon of Love, and although I hate to say it, perceived wisdom was perhaps onto something. No doubt there are […]