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Tag: Pop duos

Carpenters – Rainy Days and Mondays

Easy Listening.  No two words have inspired more hate and derision amongst rock hipsters and the pop music cognoscenti than these – frankly, for the most part with good reason. […]

Alisha’s Attic – Pretender Got My Heart

As Donna Summer (memorably) and Sophie Lawrence (less memorably) pointed out, Love’s Unkind – but if there’s one thing more unkind than love, it’s pop. And specifically pop’s footsoldiers, i.e.) us. […]

Little Jackie – 28 Butts

Whilst it’s laudable that the good folk at Into The Popvoid seek to give credit to the should’ve-beens of this world, it sometimes feels like the actually-were-hits-but-nobody-seems-to-remembers could do with […]

Avec Sans – Hold On

Certain things in pop are like catnip to me – I am always going to have my head turned by a faintly dispassionate female vocal and I can never resist someone who dances […]

Swimming with Sharks – Careless Love

If you’re of a certain vintage, you’ll almost certainly remember half-page adverts in Smash Hits promoting an exciting sounding new band called Swimming with Sharks, and thinking to yourself “gosh, […]

Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn – One Day

It appears some artists just aren’t suited to life in the spotlight. The initial rush of success, and the recognition which follows, can rapidly subside. In my youth, this often […]

Joy Zipper – 1

For about half an hour in 2004, Joy Zipper threatened to be the band most likely to. They were featured in the NME as ones to watch, and their debut […]

Hall & Oates – She’s Gone

Given that they only ever had moderate success in the UK, it may surprise you to learn that blue-eyed soul outfit Hall & Oates are the biggest selling duo of […]

Goldfrapp – Rocket

Choosing the right first single is a very exact science, and there are many factors to consider. Are you coming back from a hugely successful debut? Then you’ll be wanting […]

Modern Talking – You Can Win If You Want

  Guest contributor: Pete Paphides   On Saturday afternoons, when we couldn’t be bothered to go all the way into Birmingham city centre, my best friend Richard and I would take […]

Pepsi and Shirlie – Someday

Time moves in strange ways in pop music: 1987 and 1991 may only be four years apart, but that short period ushered in so many changes that sometimes it feels […]

Eurythmics – Shame

Here’s another good example of the sort of thing that happens once a band has passed its Imperial Phase – songs that would have previously sailed into the top 20 […]

Bent – Sing Me

Some of the happiest times of my life were spent working in the Virgin Megastore in Buchanan Street, Glasgow. From the day it opened with a fake Melanie C and […]

Pet Shop Boys feat. Example – Thursday

Let’s return to the notion of the Imperial Phase, that period of invincibility where everything you do is huge and deemed better than everyone else simply by virtue of your own […]

Daphne & Celeste – You & I Alone

On the front cover of the Evening Standard’s latest ES Magazine is a striking image of a skull in spectacles with a full beard, and the headline ‘DEATH OF THE […]

Swing Out Sister – We Could Make It Happen

As we’ve discussed at length before, pop is brutal. Our test-case today is Swing Out Sister, one of Britain’s greatest ever groups, but one who were given incredibly short shrift in their […]

Yello featuring Shirley Bassey – The Rhythm Divine

In the mid to late eighties there was a bizarre sort of supermarket trolley dash by male pop stars seemingly hell-bent on scooping up every past-their-sell-by-date-but-still-safe-to-consume female diva from the sixties […]