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Articles by Mark Elliott

West End Girls: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Cinematic Signature Song

West End Girls: Behind Pet Shop Boys’ Cinematic Signature Song

Inspired by hip-hop and ‘the pressure of living in a modern city’, West End Girls kick-started one of the most successful careers in pop.

Pet Shop Boys Album Covers: All 14 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed
List & Guides

Pet Shop Boys Album Covers: All 14 Studio Artworks, Ranked And Reviewed

Developing a carefully crafted aesthetic, all Pet Shop Boys albums covers bear Neil Tennant and Chris Lowes’ unmistakable fingerprints.

Please: Why We Should All Give Thanks For Pet Shop Boys’ Debut Album
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Please: Why We Should All Give Thanks For Pet Shop Boys’ Debut Album

Defining Pet Shop Boy’s pop-art manifesto right from the start, ‘Please’ was a rich, confident debut album.

Like A Prayer: How Madonna Elevated Herself To Pop-Deity Status
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Like A Prayer: How Madonna Elevated Herself To Pop-Deity Status

Pushing the boundaries of what was considered a Madonna album, ‘Like A Prayer’ found the singer heeding the call of her artistic ambitions.

Journeys To Glory: The Start Of Spandau Ballet’s Flight To The Top
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Journeys To Glory: The Start Of Spandau Ballet’s Flight To The Top

Spandau Ballet’s debut album, ‘Journeys To Glory’, was a revolution in sound and style that helped kick-start the 80s.

Ray Of Light: Behind Madonna’s Shining Late 90s Reinvention
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Ray Of Light: Behind Madonna’s Shining Late 90s Reinvention

Bolstered by producer William Orbit’s experimental electronica, the ‘Ray Of Light’ album made it possible to imagine a 21st-century Madonna.

Best Madonna Songs: 20 Classics To Help You Get Into The Groove
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Best Madonna Songs: 20 Classics To Help You Get Into The Groove

The best Madonna songs prove the Queen Of Pop to be the ultimate chameleon, turning out classic tracks while effortlessly staying on-trend.

Best Kylie Minogue Songs: 20 Classics You Won’t Get Out Of Your Head
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Best Kylie Minogue Songs: 20 Classics You Won’t Get Out Of Your Head

From pop princess to edgy experimentalist and disco diva, the best Kylie Minogue songs have made her an unstoppable powerhouse.