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Tag: Popvoid

Propaganda – p: Machinery

If you happened to be born in the early 1970s then you probably had the curious pleasure of hitting puberty just when it seemed most likely that you would be […]

Erik Hassle – No Words

There’s a school of thinking that says Scandinavian pop is the best kind of pop, and with Måns Zelmerlöw taking the Eurovision trophy back to Stockholm for the second time […]

Tracey Thorn – It’s All True

In 2007 I was living in Bristol and had recently left Virgin Megastores for the indie pleasures of Fopp Records – not a place that was especially receptive to my […]

Company B – Fascinated

If you thought Sia donning a platinum blonde fright wig to wrestle back a degree of anonymity was an exciting new pop concept, please think again – Latin freestyle trio Company B […]

Bucks Fizz – You and Your Heart So Blue

Sometimes a pop singer or a group comes along and speaks directly to your soul, and there isn’t a thing you can do about it. When I was eight the group that spoke to me, […]

Black – The Big One

Woe betide the sensitive male crooner in 1988. In a pop landscape where lyrical depth didn’t go much further than “Tay tay tay tay tay-tay tay-tay tay tay tay”, any man with a faintly hangdog […]

Sarah Cracknell – Coastal Town

When I moved to the seaside in 2008 one of the first thoughts I had, aside from “what the hell am I doing?” was “ooh, now I can listen to one of […]

Scott Walker – The Seventh Seal

Some pop stars play the game for their entire careers – having figured out their sound, they tend not to deviate too far from it for fear of alienating their […]

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 […]

Dusty Springfield – Occupy Your Mind

Come 1990, Dusty Springfield was in the curious position of being popular again. She had basically ruled much of the 1960s, leading a female invasion of the charts that sometimes gets overlooked by the one […]

Fantasia – I Believe

It’s a tricky thing being the winner of a TV pop music talent contest. On the one hand, a win can lead to worldwide fame and massive chart success (Kelly […]

Cher Lloyd – Sirens

Remember Cher Lloyd? She’s that annoying bubblegum brat from the estate with the hi-tops and tracksuit who thought she was going to waltz her way to the X Factor title […]

The Kids from Fame – Desdemona

  I can’t overstate the love I had for the Kids from Fame in 1982. As a ten year old pop fan, a weekly television series about young people attending the (fictional) […]

Exposé – Let Me Be the One

In rock music there seems to be an unspoken rule which states success automatically attracts success. Generally, as an artist grows in stature and the money starts to flow, the […]

Kirsty MacColl – My Affair

I think a lot of people – if I’m honest I’m one of them – tend to judge pop careers on chart positions. I do realise that this logic is […]

Barry Manilow – Daybreak

One of the joys of being little is that you have absolutely no idea about concepts of cool. I’ve tried to retain that in my adult life, believing that if you […]