|Stylistic origins||New wave, synthpop, R&B, blue-eyed soul, smooth jazz, jazz fusion, pop rock|
|Cultural origins||Mid-1980s in United Kingdom|
|Typical instruments||Saxophone, synthesizer, drums, guitar, bass guitar|
Sophisti-pop is a subgenre term retrospectively applied to pop that flourished in the UK between the mid-1980s and early 1990s, incorporating elements of soft rock, jazz, new wave, and blue-eyed soul. Music so-classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.
Stylus suggested that acts were influenced by the work of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry's solo work. According to Allmusic, major artists included Sade, The Style Council, Basia, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout, and the early work of Everything but the Girl.
List of other sophisti-pop artists
- "Sophisti-Pop". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide – Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- "Sophisti-Pop (Top Artists)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on 24 February 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- "Hue & Cry". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- "Matt Bianco". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
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