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People often ask us how we choose the artists we put on the cover - and indeed inside. "IM," they say, "how do you choose the artists you put on your cover? And indeed inside?"

There is really no one answer. When we choose a band like the Thompson Twins or Imagination, it's because they're using gear that's brand new and they're using it to redefine the sound that comes out of your radio. And when we choose a band like Yes or an artist like Stanley Clarke it's because they've already had a big hand in shaping music and still have interesting things to say about today's and tomorrow's sounds.

In both cases lots of people disagree with our choice - but your aspiring synthipop act can learn as much from the Quo as the Mode, despite the social stigma of being seen in the rehearsal room reading about boogie instead of MIDI.

Name games and sub-cults aside, they're all musicians with many of the same problems and passions, and so, if you're reading this, probably are you. You never know, a band you utterly despise may just have the solution to one of your own hangups. For instance, where do you buy gold lame nappies..?

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