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Tag: Stewart Allan

Prelude – Platinum Blonde

There’s only one thing I love more than a days-of-the-week countdown in a lyric – think Cherrelle and Alexander O’Neal’s Saturday Love or Craig David’s 7 Days – and that’s […]

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 […]

Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw

It might be hard for us to imagine there was ever a time B.T. (Before Taylor), and as painful as it is to remember, we Brits were a little slow […]

Sting – We’ll Be Together

Why does everyone hate Sting? Ok, let me re-phrase that. Why did British singles buyers hate Sting? One more question and then I’ll move on to make my point. How […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Chimes – 1-2-3

A mere 9 months after Songs of Innocence-gate, the moment it became abundantly clear that Bono, The Edge and co. couldn’t even give their music away, it’s hard to imagine […]

Sheena Easton – 101

My esteemed colleague and Popvoid’s Mr Big, Niall McMurray, has already discussed the concept of an artist entering his or her Imperial Phase, and today we explore the moment when […]

Robert Palmer – You Are In My System

It’s pretty clear I’m definitely ‘one of them’. And by ‘one of them’ I mean I have a natural tendency to prefer female voices when it comes to my favourite […]

Heaven 17 – Let Me Go

In the world of pop there are only two things more frustrating than remembering the precise moment you decided to put someone else’s song on the B-side of your multi-million […]

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 […]

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, […]

Boy George – Il Adore

As the lead singer, chief songwriter and the undoubted creative force behind Culture Club, Boy George became one of the most iconic and commercially successful artists of the 1980s, scoring […]

The Human League – Boys and Girls

The rivalry and tensions which had been long-brewing within the ranks of The Human League came to a head towards the end of 1980. Founder members Phil Oakey and Martyn Ware enjoyed […]