Saddled with the worst name in pop history, that didn't stop the Dolly Dots from conquering Europe.
We’ve already discussed, on numerous occasions, the sad demise of physical singles and bemoaned the loss of their many secondary pleasures. No more ruinously creased ‘giant’ posters folded countless times to […]
Raccoons: carriers of rabies AND amazing pop tunes.
I’m well aware of how completely out of touch I am with the modern way of marketing pop music. As we’ve discussed before with Brandon Flowers and Frida Sundemo, the […]
Cast your mind back to 2008/09; 80s synth pop revivalism was at its height and it seemed every act (new or established) was trying on a shiny synth style in […]
Sometimes I really do wonder what goes on when record company types are trying to decide on what singles to pick from an album. It is, of course, a very […]
We exist in an odd time in the pop industry. In a post-recession world, money talks. Decisions at [insert record company here] are made with one eye on the bottom line rather than […]
This week, a good friend pointed out that I may just be the only person in the UK who even knows that Glee is currently playing out its final few episodes […]
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 […]
Think back over the last few series of The X Factor and you might be able to name the winner, and possibly even the runner up, but rarely does anybody […]
The legendary music industry figure Simon Napier-Bell probably knows more about creating popstars than Simon Cowell, Pete Waterman and Simon Fuller combined. His career as an artist manager started in […]
The 90s were truly a golden era of female solo singers and whilst many of their careers were short, I still treasure the CDs I hoovered up from Woolworths during […]
"Army of Lovers, who seemed to take the court of Louis XIV as their sartorial inspiration and a large bottle of amyl nitrite as their musical."
Out of all the reasons for a band splitting up, nothing will ever beat the apocryphal tale that All Saints imploded during a row over a jacket. It remains one […]
Whenever a new James Bond film is on the horizon you always get endless polls with exciting names like THE ULTIMATE JAMES BOND THEME and THE NATION’S FAVOURITE BOND SONG, and […]
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. […]
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 […]
Hands up who has a complicated relationship with Madonna. Everybody? Good. Myself, I tend to veer wildly in my opinions, and this is because she has been in my life […]
I’ve never been what anyone could even remotely describe as a ‘Classic Rock’ fan. All that posturing and ‘axe grinding’ never really appealed to my predominately pop-orientated palate. Okay, I […]
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 […]