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Oh, Henry!

Who did Rolling Stone magazine call the best UK singer of the 1990s? Pauline Henry, that’s who, and she, and the band The Chimes, are at Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle this July.

The late 1980s and early 1990s was such an exciting time in the UK for soulful pop music that also managed to set dance-floors alight. Grabbing a slice of the action was Scottish R&B trio The Chimes who rose out of the remnants of synth-poppers Fiction Factory. And they struck gold when they decided to draft in Pauline Henry to handle vocal duties. Their first single was the soaring ‘Love So Tender’ – a slinky knock-out – but they hit the top ten with their house re-rub of U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ – a track that won the Bono stamp of approval (“At last,” he said, “someone is singing it properly”). Another Chimes classic is ‘Heaven’ – which is still a dance-floor filler today. Pauline Henry then carved out a solo career for herself with two powerhouse albums ‘Pauline’ and ‘Do Over’, which included hits such as ‘I Feel Like Making Love’, ‘Too Many People’ and ‘Sugarfree’. She – and The Chimes – remain an incredible live act, which is handy as they’re back in the north-east this July. Don’t miss! GM

Pauline Henry & The Chimes, Friday 26 July, Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £20,