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Tag: Popvoid

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Starlight

Here’s a good example of how to cope when your record company loses absolutely all interest. I present to you the story of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Last Laugh. Sophie’s tale is a […]

Shakespears Sister – Run Silent

When the news broke in 1988 that Siobhan Fahey was leaving Bananarama I was positively aghast. The ‘rams were – and remain – my all time favourite girl group and it was […]

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 […]

Annie – Heartbeat

Being known by a single name is a long-standing tradition in pop. Sometimes it’s there from the get-go, as with Cher and Madonna, and sometimes the star in question kind of earns it, as with Kylie. Some […]

Kate Bush – Suspended in Gaffa

A luxury most pop stars don’t enjoy these days is the freedom to do whatever the hell they like and hang the consequences. In 1982 and nearly five years into her career, […]

Rachel Sweet – Hairspray

One of the saddest things about a song not being a hit is that you almost never get to dance to it anywhere other than your own kitchen or living […]

The Indian Givers – Fake I.D.

One of the great forgotten pleasures is the ritual of going into a record shop on a Monday morning and flicking through the new releases. The late eighties were an especially great […]

Madonna – Spotlight

A few years ago I wrote a thing about the challenges Madonna faced as she entered the fourth decade of her career, and I ended it by asking the question: “if Madonna […]

Jewel – Intuition

Here’s a classic example of one of the most common and potentially fatal pitfalls faced by many artists as they endeavour to keep their careers moving forward: The Dramatic U-turn from […]

VV Brown – The Apple

In pop – as in life – there are always pioneers; those who blaze a trail through the wilds and make it safe for others to follow. VV Brown is […]

Little Mix – Boy

We often forget that the girls and boys who pop up as teenagers on talent shows like Popstars and The X Factor aren’t just people who want to be popstars […]

Robyn – Hang With Me

Following up a massive hit is one of the more interesting challenges that faces the jobbing pop star. When you’ve had a huge no.1 record – especially an unexpected one […]

Will Young – The Way I See

As someone who spent nearly 20 years buying singles for a living and many more doing the same thing on the ‘Amateur Circuit’, I still mourn the demise of the physical single, […]

Michael Sembello – Maniac

Let’s play a game of doppelgänger intros – 80s edition. I always have a moment of exquisite confusion when this comes on in a club – which admittedly hasn’t happened in a long time […]

Jill Sobule – Supermodel

Sometimes I think I take pop a bit too seriously, because it irks me to this day that Jill Sobule isn’t a superstar. In the mid-nineties I was briefly part […]

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 […]