Classic Pop (magazine)

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Classic Pop
EditorSteve Harnell
Editor-at-LargeIan Peel
Former editorsRik Flynn, Ian Peel
CategoriesMusic magazine
FrequencyMonthly
PublisherAnthem Publishing
FounderIan Peel
First issueOctober 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
Websiteclassicpopmag.com

Classic Pop is a monthly British music magazine, which launched in October 2012.[1] It was devised and founded by Ian Peel, who was also editor for the first 19 issues. Rik Flynn stepped in as editor until Issue 23 followed by current editor Steve Harnell. Ian Peel remains involved as Founder & Editor-at-Large.[2]

Its overriding philosophy is summed up on one of its occasional series, Five Decades of... which interviews and appraises the work of an influential musician or group who may have been constantly overlooked my other media but who are nonetheless hugely influential and have been consistently active, releasing new music across the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Key Five Decades of... features have included Vince Clarke (Issue 10, pages 54–61), Duran Duran (Issue 1, pages 52–59), Simple Minds (Issue 2, pages 58–65) and Spandau Ballet (Issue 3, pages 50–57).

Classic Pop has also published special one-off editions commemorating the lives of David Bowie, Prince and Michael Jackson, as well as the careers of ABBA, Madonna, Paul McCartney and Elton John.

Regular sections[edit]

'Godfathers/Godmothers of Pop'[edit]

One of the magazine's lead sections, every issue has profiled one or more highly influential musicians with an exclusive interview and induction into Classic Pop's Godmothers/Godfathers of Pop.[3] The following artists have been bestowed the title:

Marc Almond (Issue 16, page 18-19), Adam Ant (Issue 19, page 17), Wally Badarou (Issue 12, page 19), Tom Bailey (Issue 4, page 19), Andy Bell (Issue 13, page 17), Blancmange (Issue 1, page 21), Thomas Dolby (Issue 23, page 33), Wolfgang Flür (Issue 20, page 17), Martin Fry (Issue 9, page 17), Glenn Gregory (Issue 3, page 19), Clare Grogan (Issue 12, page 17), Tony Hadley (Issue 6, page 19), Daryl Hall (Issue 16, page 21), Morten Harket (Issue 3, page 17), Nick Heyward (Issue 19, page 19), Peter Hook (Issue 5, page 19), Trevor Horn (Issue 10, page 17), Steve Jansen (Issue 23, page 35), Matt Johnson (Issue 18, page 17), Howard Jones (Issue 2, page 19), Gary Kemp (Issue 1, page 19), Nik Kershaw (Issue 1, page 23 and Issue 21, page 33), Mark King (Issue 11, page 17), Annie Lennox (Issue 4, page 17), Ron Mael (Issue 10, page 19), Phil Manzanera (Issue 22, page 19), Dieter Meier (Issue 7, page 19), Daniel Miller (Issue 20, page 19), Kylie Minogue (Issue 2, page 17), Giorgio Moroder (Issue 6, page 17), Yoko Ono (Issue 7, page 17), Andy Partridge (Issue 15, page 17), Kate Pierson (Issue 21, page 31), Nick Rhodes (Issue 5, page 17), Nile Rodgers (Issue 8, page 17), Shaun Ryder (Issue 18, page 19), Cathal Smyth (Issue 22, page 17), Lisa Stansfield (Issue 8, page 19), Susan Ann Sulley (Issue 15, page 19), Bernard Sumner (Issue 17, page 17), John Taylor (Issue 9, page 19), Tracey Thorn (Issue 17, page 19), Toyah (Issue 13, page 19), Midge Ure (Issue 11, page 19), Martyn Ware (Issue 14, page 17), Pete Waterman (Issue 14, page 19).

'Classic Album'[edit]

Each edition of Classic Pop devotes five pages to an in-depth examination of the making of, and influence of, a definitive album of the pop genre.

Guest Reviewers[edit]

Since May 2014, the singles reviews section has been written by a special guest.[4] To date these have included:

  • Neil Arthur (Issue 22, page 94)
  • Sara Cox (Issue 11, page 94)
  • Carol Decker (Issue 20, page 92)
  • Dr Robert (Issue 23, page 90)
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor (Issue 14, page 94)
  • Martin Fry (Issue 16, page 94)
  • Paul Heaton (Issue 12, page 90)
  • Billy Ray Martin (Issue 18, page 92)
  • Dieter Meier (Issue 13, page 90)
  • Chris Stein (Issue 15, page 94)
  • Nick Van Eede (Issue 21, page 92)
  • Tim Wheeler (Issue 19, page 92)
  • Jah Wobble (Issue 17, page 92)

'Lost & Found'[edit]

Every issue of the magazine has included a column – most often written by Ian Peel or John Earls – examining and assessing a single or album that should be considered classic or influential with hindsight, but which has fallen off the radar of the media or public-at-large. The following releases have been covered in this section:

  • Airhead – Funny How (Issue 18, page 16)
  • Bourgie BourgieBreaking Point (Issue 17, page 16)
  • Espiritu – Conquistador (Issue 7, page 14)
  • Engine Room – Your Kiss is a Weapon (Issue 9, page 14)
  • Eurythmics1984 – For the Love of Big Brother (Issue 2, page 14)
  • Frazier ChorusSue (Issue 4, page 14)
  • Gangway – Sitting in the Park (Issue 15, page 14)
  • Haircut One HundredPaint and Paint (Issue 13, page 14)
  • Information SocietyWhat's On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Issue 23, page 32)
  • Intaferon – Get Out of London (Issue 14, page 14)
  • Kaja – Crazy Peoples Right to Speak (Issue 16, page 16)
  • Mainframe – 5 Minutes (Issue 22, page 16)
  • Merrick & Tibbs – Call of the Wild (Issue 10, page 14)
  • Modern English – I Melt With You (Issue 21, page 30)
  • Neil – Neil's Heavy Concept Album (Issue 19, page 16)
  • Perils of Plastic – Ring a Ding Ding (Issue 6, page 14)
  • Person to Person – Stronger Than Reason (Issue 12, page 14)
  • Jon PertweeWho Is the Doctor? (Issue 8, page 14)
  • ShakatakDrivin’ Hard (Issue 20, page 16)
  • ShriekbackJam Science (Issue 3, page 16)
  • Sigue Sigue SputnikHey Jayne Mansfield Superstar! (Issue 5, page 14)
  • The The – Soul Mining (Issue 1, page 12)
  • This Way Up – Feelin’ Good About It (Issue 11, page 14)

Occasional series[edit]

'Labelled With Love'[edit]

Classic Pop runs an occasional series of in-depth appraisals of influential record labels. These have included:

'The Story Behind the Song'[edit]

For five issues in 2014, Classic Pop ran a series of interviews with songwriters describing the creative process behind some of their most well-known works.[5] The songs examined in this series were:

  • Ai No Corrida (songwriter: Chaz Jankel, releasing artist: The Blockheads) – Issue 9, page 98
  • Digging Your Scene (songwriter: Dr Robert, releasing artist: The Blow Monkeys) – Issue 12, page 98
  • Glad It's All Over (songwriter and releasing artist: Captain Sensible) – Issue 11, page 99
  • Just an Illusion (songwriter: Leee John, releasing artist: Imagination) – Issue 12, page 99
  • We Close Our Eyes (songwriter: Peter Cox & Richard Drummie, releasing artist: Go West) – Issue 9, page 100
  • Wishing (I Had a Photograph of You) (songwriter: Mike Score, releasing artist: A Flock of Seagulls) – Issue 13, page 93
  • Wouldn’t It Be Good (songwriter and releasing artist: Nik Kershaw) – Issue 10, page 102

'On the Road With...'[edit]

A pictorial based on exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and commentary from a recent concert. These have included Claudia Brücken's This Happened at Bush Hall, London (Issue 1, pages 106-107), The Christians' European Tour (Issue 2, pages 128-129), Thomas Dolby's Time Capsule Tour of the US (Issue 1, pages 104-105), Nick Heyward at Let's Rock the Moor! (Issue 4, pages 112-113), Let's Rock Festival (Issue 11, pages 90–91), Madness at The Queens' Diamond Jubilee Celebration Concert (Issue 1, pages 108-109), Swing Out Sister at Billboard Live, Tokyo (Issue 3, pages 128-129), Then Jerico's Big Area Tour (Issue 2, pages 126-127).

'Hit Songwords'[edit]

The earlier issues of the magazine included the lyrics to a particular song. These were Deacon BlueChocolate Girl (Issue 4, page 12), The Farm - All Together Now (Issue 5, page 12), Frankie Goes To HollywoodTwo Tribes (Annihilation) (Issue 6, page 12), Spandau Ballet - Gold (Issue 2, page 12), Squeeze - Cool for Cats (Issue 3, page 12).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ClassicPopMag.com (4 October 2012). "CLASSIC POP LAUNCHES TODAY!". Anthem Publishing. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ iSubscribe.co.uk (8 April 2016). "Meet the Founder and Editor-at-Large of Classic Pop magazine". iSubscribe.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  3. ^ Sinclair, Paul (19 October 2012). "Classic Pop magazine: new launch". SuperDeluxeEdition.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  4. ^ ClassicPop.com (16 May 2014). "Classic Pop Issue 11 Out Now". Anthem Publishing. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ ClassicPop.com (23 January 2014). "Classic Pop Issue 9 On Sale Now!". Anthem Publishing. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  6. ^ CrazyAboutMagazines.com (10 July 2016). "CLASSIC POP Magazine Back Issues". CrazyAboutMagazines.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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