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Sophisti-pop is a subgenre of pop music. The term has been applied retrospectively[1] to music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK[2][3] which incorporated elements of jazz, soul, and pop.[2][4] Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers and polished arrangements, particularly horn sections.[2]

Stylus Magazine suggested that acts were influenced by the work of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry's mid-1980s albums, Bête Noire and Boys and Girls.[3] According to AllMusic, major artists included Simply Red, Sade, The Style Council, Basia, Swing Out Sister, Prefab Sprout and the early work of Everything but the Girl.[2]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Pop/Rock » Punk/New Wave » Sophisti-Pop". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Inskeep, Thomas; Soto, Alfred. "The Bluffer's Guide - Sophisti-Pop". Stylus. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ a b "9 different music genres in the internet age - 2/10 - Sophisti-Pop". The Economic Times. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. "The Blue Nile". Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Payne, Aidan (18 December 2009). "Top soul band back in Bahrain for Upstairs Downstairs concert" (PDF). Gulf Daily News. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 December 2017. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Strong 2002, p. 214.
  8. ^ Strong 2002, p. 287.
  9. ^ Dolan, Jon (19 July 2012). "Joe Jackson - The Duke". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "Matt Bianco". Virgin Media. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013.
  11. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Scritti Politti - Anomie & Bonhomie". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ Griffin, Andrew W. (6 June 2015). "FILM REVIEW: "Soul Boys of the Western World"". Red Dirt Report. Retrieved 2018.


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