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Category: Pop music

Sarah Cracknell – Ready or Not

Solo careers are a tricky thing – just ask Rachel Stevens. Sometimes people go it alone purely for purposes of artistic expression, sometimes they’re refugees from a recently imploded band, and sometimes they’ve […]

Cyndi Lauper – My First Night Without You

…in which Cyndi Lauper channels Ben E. King and demonstrates what it would be like to have someone go through a complete emotional breakdown right in front of you, all in the space of three minutes. […]

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 […]

France Gall – Ella Elle L’a

. FRENCH POP ALERT! You can count on one hand the number of French-language hits that made the crossover to the UK charts. Joe le Taxi. Voyage Voyage. Dominique. Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus. […]

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 […]

Betty Boo – Hangover

  It’s fair to say that in 1993 there weren’t many people clamouring for a Betty Boo country single. Less charitable folk would say there weren’t many people clamouring for […]

Act – Snobbery & Decay

Take one German pop star, a Scottish "intense, weirdo-electronic-noise-merchant" (Smash Hits, 1985), stick them on the most exciting label of the decade and what do you get? Total amazingness.

Roxette – You Don’t Understand Me

The reason why this song wasn’t a hit is because Roxette were deeply, deeply unfashionable at the time of its release – though there is a strong case to be made […]

Roisin Murphy – You Know Me Better

There’s a certain kind of satisfaction to be had in liking an artist who never quite crosses over into the mainstream. A perverse satisfaction, sure, but you get to feel […]

Fleetwood Mac – Seven Wonders

Most people, if asked, would say that Seven Wonders was a proper hit, so familiar has it become; and if you lived in America you’d be right, because it made a fairly respectable no.19 there. […]

Everything But the Girl – Come on Home

It has never been easy to be an Everything But the Girl fan. Time and again we’ve watched as inferior acts enjoyed enormous success while Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn were just sort of there, […]