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Tag: 1986

Cyndi Lauper – Change of Heart

Amazing pop stars at the top of their game in not-disappointing-in-the-slightest collaboration shocker! It can only be Cyndi Lauper and the Bangles.

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.

Bananarama – More Than Physical

Choosing a follow-up single to a massive hit is a decision always fraught with danger. As a man who spends way too much time thinking about what singles should be […]

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 […]

Randy Crawford – Can’t Stand the Pain

A lot of pop songs are sprints of one sort or another, racing to the finish line within three and half minutes –  but it’s good to have a marathon now and again isn’t […]

Stéphanie – Irresistible

You might think that to be successful in pop you need to be able to carry a tune. But as any backing singer will tell you – probably through gritted teeth – […]

Belinda Carlisle – Mad About You

What makes the perfect summer single?  While there are many recipes for summertime pop success, a few key ingredients are essential: 1. A swooping, joyous chorus that builds gradually and frenetically […]

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

It’s often the case that the best song on an album doesn’t get released as a single (see: Fever by Kylie Minogue) and I always used to tut when this happened […]

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 […]