Afrodiziak’s Claudia Fontaine dies, aged 57

Claudia Fontaine, best known in the 1980s as a prolific backing singer and member of vocal trio Afrodiziak, has died at the age of 57. The cause of her death has not been reported. Born in 1960, Fontaine began her … read more

Live Reviews

Go West

Icons of the ’80s – Cutting Crew, Go West, Nik Kershaw: Edinburgh Playhouse, 21 February 2018

I like a good value gig, so when my Rewind partner-in-crime suggested we try the Icons of the ’80s triple-bill I naturally said yes. The Playhouse was packed to the rafters, proving that nostalgia is still very much a profitable … read more


Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

Off The Chart: 24 March 1981

We’re rewinding to 1981 on this week’s Off The Chart for another two hours of forgotten and half-remembered hits, three tracks from a featured album, a look at the day’s events, a hit from the German chart and the top … read more

Album Reviews

James - "Justhipper"

James: “Justhipper – The Complete Sire and Blanco Y Negro Recordings 1986-1988”

“An earwig crawled into my ear / Made a meal of the wax and hairs.” Sorry, what? This isn’t James, the Manchester indie darlings who became huge with Sit Down and filled stadiums with anthems like Sound, Laid and She’s … read more


George Michael

George Michael: 1963 – 2016

We’ve lost a lot of major figures in ’80s pop this terrible year, but George Michael was bigger than most. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in North London on 25 June 1963, the son of a Greek Cypriot father and English … read more