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Sophisti-pop is a subgenre of pop music. The term has been applied to music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK[1][2] which incorporated elements of jazz, soul, and pop.[1][3] Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.[1]

Stylus Magazine suggested that acts were influenced by the work of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry's mid-1980s albums, Bête Noire and Boys and Girls.[2] According to AllMusic, major artists included Simply Red, Sade, The Style Council, Basia, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout and the early work of Everything but the Girl.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Sophisti-Pop". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide – Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b "9 different music genres in the internet age – 2/10 – Sophisti-Pop". The Economic Times. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The Blue Nile". Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ Payne, Aidan (18 December 2009). "Top soul band back in Bahrain for Upstairs Downstairs concert" (PDF). Gulf Daily News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ Strong 2002, p. 214.
  7. ^ Strong 2002, p. 287.
  8. ^ Dolan, Jon (19 July 2012). "Joe Jackson – The Duke". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Matt Bianco". Archived from the original on 13 October 2013.. Virgin Media.
  10. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Scritti Politti – Anomie & Bonhomie". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 April 2016.


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