Like Punk Never Happened: Culture Club and the New Pop

Dave Rimmer, Author Faber & Faber $9.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-571-13739-8
Rimmer intends here to compare English New Pop bands of the '80s with their predecessors, the punk rockers. Although he documents the lessons New Pop musicians learned from the punk bands (more artistic control, better business acumen), he rarely quotes from the punk movement about the new bands. Likewise Rimmer is strangely silent about Culture Club, with whom he traveled during a tour of Japan. Apparently he conducted no extensive interview with Boy George and did not get cooperation from other members of the band. In the end his comments are limited to his own observations and a few other similarly limited ones from others. A typical statement comes from promoter Miles Copeland, who defines New Pop by saying, ""We're not in the music business. We're in the commodity business.'' (March)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1986
Release date: 04/01/1986
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