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24 September 2014
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In the ‘80s Five Star blazed a trail for shiny teen pop. Now the band’s Lorraine thinks pop’s predilection for teen pop is out of control!

Is pop music better or worse now than in the ‘80s?
Lorraine: It’s the same I think. It goes full circle doesn’t it. I do think it’s easier now to break into pop music than in the ‘80s but I don’t necessarily think that’s a good thing. There’s more avenues to find talent but that doesn’t mean that talented people are coming forward.

Pop Idol TV? Devil spawn or a genuine hotbed of creative talent?
Lorraine: Well, we’ve been swamped by reality TV shows like Pop Idol. I don’t like those shows. I watched Pop Idol but they just keep repeating the formula now. Will and Gareth are OK. I’m glad Will was picked because he could sing and it wasn’t just based on looks. But I don’t think they really get the chance to express themselves as artists. Everything is decided for them, from the songs to their outfits. They don’t necessarily get the best material, they just get whatever songs are being offered. I think Will and Gareth need to make sure they have people watching their backs because their money and fame will disappear and if they’re not careful they won’t have anything to show for it.

Regrets? Have you had a few?
Lorraine: I don’t have any regrets. We all worked hard. We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream. Originally I wanted to be an actress. Then when I was 14 I wrote a romantic novel! I was just trying to find a way to express myself. I guess I would have liked to have been older when we were famous. 17 or 18 is a nice age. I was 14 and that was too young. Look at S Club Juniors, they’re far too young. They should be in school! It’s going to make their teens much harder now they’re famous so young. You can’t take it all in when you’re 10 or 11 and they won’t be around when they’re 35. And when the fame goes it will be hard to deal with.

Do you still follow pop music?
Lorraine: Not really closely no. I like *NSYNC though. They’re really good at what they do and it’s nice to see black talent coming through like Alicia Keys and Craig David.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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