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"Sophisti-pop" is a retrospective term, much like the US's "Yacht Rock" and like it's cross-Atlantic counterpart, there was a definite aspirational tinge to the music during the most aspirational decade of the lot. It was stylish and smooth, arty but not too arty. There was a political dimension too, with some of the acts firmly leaning to the left despite the target audience being arguably not of the proletarian kind. The thing that one remembers from this movement, such as it was that there was a lot of industry hype surrounding many of the acts featured. It was "fashionable" but as ever thus, the wind changed and by the 90s, Sophisti-pop faded away...

Featuring performances from ABC, Blue Rondo A La Turk, The Style Council, Matt Bianco, Sade, Scritti Politti, Simply Red, Swing Out Sister and Curiosity Killed the Cat.

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