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CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017) Anthem Publishing

Date:  Aug 2017
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Features an interview with Louise Wener

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    CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017)
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    What Do I Do Now - CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017)
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    What Do I Do Now? by Laura K Williams

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    CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017)
    Anthem Publishing

    What Do I Do Now - CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017)
    Anthem Publishing
    What Do I Do Now?
    Laura K Williams

    Sleeper reunion was far from inevitable. While the one time 'Queen of Britpop' Louise Wener shares her Brighton home with her bandmate husband Andy Maclure, a stone's throw away from guitarist Jon Stewart's home, they've all been focused on new projects.

    Since the band split in 1998, both Andy and Jon have been teaching at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and making music with the likes of Mel C and Sophie Ellis-Baxtor, while Louise has carved out a career as a successful writer, both fiction and non-fiction.

    But when Louise was approached by the organisers of Star Shaped Festival to play alongside celebration of Britpop, she decided to revisit this somewhat last part of her life. "It's almost like reaching back and taking ownership of  your past," says Louise. "It's not been part of my life for so long, I've almost lost touch with it and forgotten about it like it was some crazy gap year I had in my 20s or something, even though it was longer than that, so it's nice to reach back and connect with that.

    "It feels a little bit brilliant, I have to say, people can be somewhat critical of nostalgia, like if you hark back at things you can't always look forward at the same time. The two are in conflict in some ways. But I think it's lovely to reach back and connect with that part of you. We've all done different things since and it's not like we're going to go back and have it take over our lives again, it's something we want to do for the pure joy of it."

    The group (minus bassist Diid Osman, who lives in Bristol) has been doing a couple of small rehearsals each week ahead of the summer shows and Classic pop catches Louise the day after the band completed its first full-scale run through, which doesn't come without its problems.

    "The challenge is rembering it all," says Louise. "It felt quite alien at first but it passed quite quickly and I'm just trying to form my fingers back into the chord shapes because I haven't played guitars for years. That feels quite awkward, then you have this muscle memory that kicks in and you think, 'God, I remember those.' I stumble over the lyrics a little bit and I'm hoping the crowd will be more on it than me. If I mess up they'll let me know, that's how the ...

    Louise Wener in Classic Pop Magazine #31 (Aug 2017)

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    CLASSIC POP MAGAZINE #31 (Aug 2017)
    Anthem Publishing
    The new issue of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now!

    Get your copy here.

    Available from WH Smith, Tesco, Waitrose, independent newsagents and Eason, this month’s cover feature celebrates the relationship between music and movies with our Top 40 rundown of the all-time best pop soundtracks.

    We also have an exclusive interview with Nick Heyward who returns with his first solo album in more than a decade – it’s a stunning record that will surely figure highly on many ‘best of 2017’ lists.

    Also back is Louise Wener who’s reconvened Britpop favourites Sleeper for a number of live shows this year. We talk to the frontwoman-turned-novelist as she relearns her hits for the first time in 20 years.

    The last surviving member of The Spiders From Mars, Woody Woodmansey, gives us the inside track on working with David Bowie on some of his most revered albums of the early-70s and we meet the Art of Noise ahead of the 30th anniversary reissue of their platinum-selling LP In Visible Silence.

    Cyndi Lauper’s quirky debut She’s So Unusual is this issue’s Classic Album and we put Ultravox’s career under the microscope in our Lowdown feature.

    90s favourites Omar and Jesus Jones also stop by for a chat and our packed reviews section includes new albums from the aforementioned Nick Heyward plus Arcade Fire and Bronski Beat. On the live front, we check out what’s likely to be the final Stone Roses show ever plus cracking gigs from Kraftwerk, Chic, Phil Collins and Midnight Oil among others.

    Enjoy the issue!

    Steve Harnell
    Classic Pop