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Sophisti-pop is a subgenre of pop music. The term has been applied retrospectively[1] to music that emerged during the mid-1980s[2][3] in the UK[4][5] which incorporated elements of jazz, soul, and pop.[4][6] Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.[4]

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.[5] According to AllMusic, major artists included Simply Red, Sade, The Style Council,[7] Basia, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout and the early work of Everything but the Girl.[4]


  1. ^ Kirkham, Neil (2017). "Polluting young minds? Smash Hits and 'high Thatcherism'". Journal of European Popular Culture. 8 (2): 139–152. doi:10.1386/jepc.8.2.139_1. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  2. ^ Terich, Jeff; Blyweiss, Adam; Bossenger, A.T.; Prickett, Sam (24 April 2014). "10 Essential Sophisti-pop albums". Treble. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ Cills, Hazel (15 June 2016). "Playlist: Underrated New Wave". MTV. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d "Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Sophisti-Pop". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide – Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Archived from the original on 4 September 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "9 different music genres in the internet age – 2/10 – Sophisti-Pop". The Economic Times. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  7. ^ All Music Guide - Google Books (pg.395)


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