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Sophisti-pop is a subgenre of pop music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK. It incorporates elements of jazz, soul and pop.[1][2] 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, as well as Bryan Ferry's mid-80's albums Bête Noire and Boys and Girls.[3] 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.[1]

List of other sophisti-pop artists[edit]


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  2. ^ "9 different music genres in the internet age – 2/10 – Sophisti-Pop". The Economic Times. 7 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide – Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  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. 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 at the Wayback Machine (archived 13 October 2013). Virgin Media.
  10. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Scritti Politti – Anomie & Bonhomie". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 April 2016.