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Articles by Mark Elliott

Behaviour: When Pet Shop Boys Proved They Could Not Be Tamed
In Depth

Behaviour: When Pet Shop Boys Proved They Could Not Be Tamed

Their most introspective album to date, ‘Behaviour’ was an often exhilarating example of Pet Shop Boys flexing their musical agility.

Erotica: How Madonna’s Playful Tease Climaxed In All-Out Provocation
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Erotica: How Madonna’s Playful Tease Climaxed In All-Out Provocation

A journey through a range of sexually-charged fantasies, the ‘Erotica’ album found Madonna at the frontline of gender politics.

Introspective: Inside Pet Shop Boys’ “Most Imperial Album”
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Introspective: Inside Pet Shop Boys’ “Most Imperial Album”

Magnificently bridging the gap between dance and pop music, ‘Introspective’ found Pet Shop Boys doing ‘as we liked’.

Scoundrel Days: How a-ha Signalled Their Pop Years Were Over
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Scoundrel Days: How a-ha Signalled Their Pop Years Were Over

A reaction to the fame brought on by Take On Me, the ‘Scoundrel Days’ album found a-ha forging a darker symphonic statement.

Fever: When Kylie Minogue Hit Boiling Point
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Fever: When Kylie Minogue Hit Boiling Point

With her ‘Fever’ album, Kylie Minogue consolidated her grip on the global charts, satisfying both her creative drive and her fans’ demands.

Very: How Pet Shop Boys Became New Cultural Stakeholders
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Very: How Pet Shop Boys Became New Cultural Stakeholders

Pet Shop Boys’ most successful album, ‘Very’ was released against the backdrop of a health crisis that was decimating the LGBTQ+ community.

Best Nile Rodgers Songs: 10 Classics From Chic’s Floor-Filling Freak
List & Guides

Best Nile Rodgers Songs: 10 Classics From Chic’s Floor-Filling Freak

He made his name with Chic, but the best Nile Rodgers songs can be found scattered across records by Bowie, Madonna and more…

Music: Making The People Come Together Over Madonna In The 2000s
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Music: Making The People Come Together Over Madonna In The 2000s

With the ‘Music’ album, Madonna proved the new queens on the block had little chance of catching her critical and commercial momentum.

Can’t Get You Out Of My Head: Behind Kylie’s Unforgettable Comeback
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Can’t Get You Out Of My Head: Behind Kylie’s Unforgettable Comeback

The high point of Kylie Minogue’s dancefloor reinvention in the early 2000s, Can’t Get You Out Of My Head almost overwhelms her whole career.

Actually: How Pet Shop Boys Became Pop Revolutionaries
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Actually: How Pet Shop Boys Became Pop Revolutionaries

Determined to shape things their own way, Pet Shop Boys’ sophomore album, ‘Actually’, was an even bigger success than their first.

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