Saturday, March 14, 2015

"Morrissey does not sing, he groans. He should have been drowned at birth. Rubbish."

Every so often the internet rediscovers Morrissey's singles reviews from October 1984, but I have always thought that the most memorable page of reviews in the history of Smash Hits came a few months later, when twelve-year-old Marshall O'Leary reviewed the new releases on March 14, 1985:

Smash Hits, March 14, 1985 - p.19

I'm sure a lot of us have wondered about Marshall since this issue was published: thirty years later, he has been reunited with his moment in the spotlight - check out the comments on our Facebook page!

I think this is the most exciting thing to have happened as a result of this archive....we're going out in style!

March 14 - 27, 1985

Smash Hits, March 14, 1985

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Cover: Paul King
Centrespread: Steve Norman
Back cover: David Lee Roth
Interviews: Paul Young; Stephen Duffy; Marilyn; The Jesus And Mary Chain; Paul King; Go West; Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Jon Moss
Lyrics: Do What You Do - Jermaine Jackson; Shakespeare's Sister - Smiths; Kiss Me - Stephen TinTin Duffy; That Ole Devil Called Love - Alison Moyet; Easy Lover - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins; Between The Wars - Billy Bragg; Absolute Reality - The Alarm; Mr Telephone Man - New Edition; That Was Yesterday - Foreigner; Won't You Hold My Hand - King; The Last Kiss - David Cassidy; Gun Law - Kane Gang; We Close Our Eyes - Go West; Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears; Fallen Angels Riding - David Essex; Let Her Go - Strawberry Switchblade
Personal File: Jermaine Jackson 
Bitz: The Limit change name to Oattes & Van Shaik, "Love Attaxx"; Alison Moyet, Feathers; Julian Cope; "Don't Watch That, Watch This Vol 2"; The Cars, "Heartbeat City", "Why Can't I Have You", Elliot Easton, "Change, No Change"; Street Sounds, "The Artists", Earth Wind & Fire, Rose Royce, Jean Carn; Howard Jones; Pat Metheny, "The Falcon and the Snowman", John Schlesinger; Eddy Grant, The Equals, "Baby Come Back"; Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, "Bustin' Loose"; Starvation, "Tam Tam Pour L'Ethiope", Manu Dibango, Martin Meissonnier, King Sunny Ade; China Crisis, "Black Man Rising", "Flaunt The Imperfection"; Stray Cats, "Stray Tracks"; "The Sounds Of Motown", Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Temptations; Alone Again Or, "Dreams Come True"; Jonzun Crew, "Down To Earth"; Meat Loaf, "Piece Of The Action"; ZZ Top, "Legs"; Joe Fagin, "That's Living Alright", "Auf Wiedersehen Pet"; Rockwell, "He's A Cobra", "Captured"; Sisters Of Mercy, "No Time To Cry"; "Shaft", Eddy Conrad, Richard Roundtree, Isaac Hayes, Van Twist; Simon Le Bon
Single reviews (Marshall O'Leary): Wide Boy - Nik Kershaw; That Ole Devil Called Love - Alison Moyet; When All's Well - Everything But The Girl; Every Time You Go Away - Paul Young; Is This Really The First Time? - JoBoxers; Let Her Go - Strawberry Switchblade; Gun Law - Kane Gang; Shakespeare's Sister - Smiths; Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen; Some Like It Hot - Power Station; Won't You Hold My Hand - King; Between The Wars - Billy Bragg; Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar; Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Tears For Fears; Say You're Wrong - Julian Lennon; Black Man Ray - China Crisis; Music And You - Sal Solo; Somebody - Bryan Adams; I'm Not Fooled - UB40; It Hurts - Lotus Eaters; Mysterious Mr Jones - Slade; Imagination - Belouis Some; That Loving Feeling - Amii Stewart; One Foot Back In Your Door - Roman Holliday; You - Chakk
Album reviews (Chris Heath / Paul Mathur / Vici MacDonald / David Hepworth): First And Last And Everything - Sisters Of Mercy; Try Love - Amii Stewart; Stoneage - Hoodoo Gurus; Dream Into Action - Howard Jones; She's The Boss - Mick Jagger

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Ricki Lake Show - June 7, 2013

Ricki Lake Show, June 7, 2013

Click the photo to see Debbie 'n' me on the Ricki Lake show!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 28 - March 13, 1985

Smash Hits, February 28, 1985

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Cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Centrespread: Dead Or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Back cover: sticker collection
Interviews: Julian Lennon; Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Killing Joke; The Monochrome Set; Starvation; Alison Moyet; Roaring Boys; Spelt Like This
Lyrics: Material Girl - Madonna; Method Of Modern Love - Hall & Oates; Heart User - Cliff Richard; Do You Really (Want My Love) - Junior; Just Another Night - Mick Jagger; Change Your Mind - Sharpe and Numan; The Theme From Shaft - Eddie & the Soulband; You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive; Some Like It Hot - Power Station; Starvation - Starvation; Who Comes To Boogie? - Little Benny & the Masters; Money Changes Everything - Cyndi Lauper; The Boys Of Summer - Don Henley; Every Time You Go Away - Paul Young
Personal File: Rose McDowall
Bitz: Billy Bragg, Neil Kinnock, Jobs For Youth Tour; Billy Connolly, "Super Gran"; New Edition, "Mr Telephone Man", Ray Parker Jr.; Paul Young, "Every Time You Go Away", Hall & Oates; Thompson Twins; Spandau Ballet sue Chrysalis; "Feed The World" festival a hoax; Zerra 1; Prince, "Let's Go Crazy", "Take Me With You", "Erotic City (Make Love Not War / Erotic City Comes Alive"); The Fall, "Hip Priests And Camerads"; Test Dept, South Wales Striking Miners Choir, "Shoulder To Shoulder"; Madonna; Julian Lennon, "Say You're Wrong"; Cocteau Twins, "Aikea-Guinea", "Kookaburra", "Quisquose", "Rococo"; UB40, "The Pillow" / "I'm Not Fooled"; The Monochrome Set; Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)", "The Breakfast Club, Keith Forsey; Tina Turner, "I Can't Stand The Rain"; Shakatak, "Live"; Phil Collins, "No Jacket Required", Peter Gabriel, Helen Terry Sting; Amii Stewart, "Try Love"; Working Week; "Working Nights", "Inner City Blues"; Bryan Adams, "Run To You", "Reckless"; Barrington Levy, "Here I Come"; David Cassidy, Alan Tarney; Art Of Noise, "Moments In Love"; David Bowie, "Into The Night", John Landis, "Absolute Beginners", Julian Temple; Tears For Fears, "Songs From The Big Chair"; King; Propaganda, "P-Machinery", Paul Morley; Nik Kershaw, "Wide Boy"; Star Hits Readers Poll results; Smash Hits Australia Readers Poll results
Single reviews (Andy Kershaw): Never Understand - Jesus And Mary Chain; Legs - ZZ Top; Radioactive - The Firm; Let's Go Crazy - Prince; Sugar Walls - Sheena Easton; Say You're Wrong - Julian Lennon; Money Changes Everything - Cyndi Lauper; Jealousy EP - Boothill Foot-Tappers; Clothes Shop - Terry And Gerry; Contract Of The Heart - Spelt Like This; Every Second Of The Day - Roaring Boys; Starvation - Starvation
Album reviews (Vici MacDonald / Ian Cranna / Chris Heath / Josephine Hocking / Linda Duff / Simon Mills): Meat Is Murder - Smiths; Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears; Zerra I - Zerra I; They Said It Couldn't Be Done - Grandmaster Flash; The Firm - The Firm; No Jacket Required - Phil Collins; Building The Perfect Beast - Don Henley; VU - Velvet Underground; Night Time - Killing Joke; Nightshift - Commodores
Nights Out
Other: Beginner's Guide To Go-Go; British Record Industry Awards

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February 14 - 27, 1985

Smash Hits, February 14, 1985

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Cover: The Power Station
Centrespread: Wham!
Back cover: Bryan Adams
Interviews: Kirsty MacColl; The Power Station; Wham! in Japan; Big Sound Authority; Mick Jagger; The Colour Field, Terry Hall;
Lyrics: This House (Is Where Your Love Stands) - Big Sound Authority; This Is Not America - David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group; Love Like Blood - Killing Joke; Personality - Eugene Wilde; How Soon Is Now? - Smiths; Breaking Up My Heart - Shakin' Stevens; Close (To The Edit) - Art Of Noise; We Belong To The Night - Pat Benetar; Wide Boy - Nik Kershaw
Personal File: Phil Collins
Bitz: Elaine Paige; Meat Loaf, "Piece Of The Action"; XTC, "Wake Up", Skyscraper And The Snakes, Helium Kids; ZZ Top, "Legs"; Associates, "Breakfast"; Shakatak, "Live"; Jonzun Crew, "Lovin'", "Down To Earth"; Pale Fountains, "…From Across The Kitchen Table", "Jean's Not Happening"; Zak Starkey, Boz Burrell, Micky Moody; "Feed The World", Edinburgh, New Order, Orchestra Jazira, Mari Wilson, Waterboys, Sid Presley Experience, Rezillos, Shaky Table And The Loose Legs; "Lloyd Cole and the Commotions"; James Ingram, "Ya Mo Be There"; New Jersey Mass Choir, "I Want To Know What Love Is"; Roland Rat, "No. 1 Rat Fan"; Grandmaster Flash, "Sign Of The Times"; Big Country; Julian Cope, "Sunspots"; Tartan Army: Paul King, Andrew Ridgeley, Roddy Frame, Rolling Stones, Eurythmics, Boy George, Steve Strange, Spandau Ballet, Slade, Bay City Rollers, Rod Stewart, Ian Anderson; Streetsounds, "Love Ballads", Pat Benatar; Malley the cat; Orange Juice split, Edwyn Collins, "Ain't That Always The Way", Paul Quinn
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): Sunspots - Julian Cope; The Last Kiss - David Cassidy; Some Foreign Shore - Nirvana Devils; In Jeopardy - Roger Hodgson / No 1 Rat Fan - Roland Rat Superstar; How Soon Is Now? - Smiths; Heart User - Cliff Richard; I Built The World - Farmer's Boys; Wake Up - XTC; Let Me Down Easy - Stranglers; This Is Not America - David Bowie / Pat Metheny Group; Just Another Night - Mick Jagger; In Shreds - Chameleons; Invitation To Dance - Kim Carnes
Album reviews (Tom Hibbert / Simon Mills / Chris Heath): Centerfield - John Fogerty; Starchild - Teena Marie; The Bad And Lowdown World Of The Kane Gang - Kane Gang
Nights Out: New Order; Chaka Khan
Other: Love Is...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

RIP Steve Strange (1959 - 2015)

Smash Hits, January 22, 1981 Smash Hits, July 23, 1981

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 31 - February 13, 1985

Smash Hits, January 31, 1985

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Cover: Morrissey
Centrespread: Paul Young
Back cover: Annie Lennox
Interviews: King; Fink Brothers; Gary Kemp; Bruce Springsteen; Foreigner; Morrissey
Lyrics: New England - Kirsty MacColl; Thinking Of You - Colourfield; 1999 - Prince; 20/20 - George Benson; Solid - Ashford & Simpson; Run To You - Bryan Adams; Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen; I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson; Sussudio - Phil Collins; Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones; Lover Boy - Billy Ocean
Personal File: Leee John 
Bitz: Canute Edwards, "Amazing Mind"; Marc Almond; "Breakin' Two Is Electric Boogaloo"; "Van Halen: Jumpin' For The Dollar" - John Shearlaw, Iron Maiden: Running Free - Gary Bushell, Ross Halfin; The Church, "Remote Luxury"; Time U.K., Rick Buckler, "Playground Of Privilege"; Commodores, "Nightshift", "Thomas McLary"; Person To Person, "Reputation", David Palmer; Junior, "Do You Really Want My Love"; Floy Joy, "Operator Operator"; Torch Song, "Ode To Billy Joe", "Mothdoom Ecstasy"; The Limit, Bernard Oattes, Rob Van Schaik, "Say Yeah"; Merseyside City Council, "Jobs For The Boys", Cook Da Books, Afraid Of Mice, This Final Frame, The Faction, Ronnie Flood; Sheila E., "The Belle Of St Mark"; Kool & the Gang, "Misled"; Stephen "Tin Tin Duffy", "Too Fat To Breakdance"; Tina Turner; Amii Stewart, "Friends"; Gary Numan, Bill Sharpe, Shakatak, "Change Your Mind", David Bowie, Pat Metheny, "This Is Not America"; Boys Town Gang, "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday"; David Hunter, Crossroads, David Crickmore, Fiat Lux, "Solitary Lovers"; 93 Current 93, "Dogs Blood Rising", "Raio No Terrasu (Jesus Wept)"; Russ Abbott, "Atmosphere"; Band Aid, "Video Aid"; Zerra 1, "Mountains And Water", Todd Rundgren; Bruce Springsteen, Lynn Goldsmith; National Jazz Centre, Alison Moyet, Jools Holland, Yehudi Menhuin, Helen Shapiro, Humphrey Lyttleton, Nigel Kennedy; Jean-Michel Jarre, "Zoolook", Charlotte Rampling
Single reviews (Chris Heath): We Are Ninja (not geisha) - Frank Chickens; A Hold Of Me - Boomtown Rats; Papa's Got A Brand New PigBag - Paul Hardcastle; Ode To Billy Joe - Torch Song; Sussudio - Phil Collins; Misled - Kool & the Gang; California Girls - David Lee Roth; Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones; Personality - Eugene Wilde; Change Your Mind - Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan; Operator - Floy Joy; Saskatchewan - Red Box; All I Am - Bluebells; Mutants In Mega-City One - Fink Brothers; Love Like Blood - Killing Joke; Midnight Man - Flash And The Pan; Method Of Modern Love - Daryl Hall & John Oates
Album reviews (Simon Braithwaite / Chris Heath / Ian Cranna): 20/20 - George Benson; Perhaps - The Associates; Breakdance 2 Is Electric Boogaloo - Various Artists
Nights Out: Alison Moyet; London Concert For The Miners: Everything But The Girl, Roddy Frame; Edwyn Collins

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 17 - 30, 1985

Smash Hits, January 17, 1985

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Cover: Tears For Fears
Centrespread: Nik Kershaw
Back cover: Shakin' Stevens
Interviews: Madonna; Frankie Goes To Hollywood; The Cult; Janice Long; Tears For Fears
Lyrics: San Damiano (Heart And Soul) - Sal Solo; Police Officer - Smiley Culture; Love And Pride - King; Say Yeah - The Limit; Neutron Dance - Pointer Sisters; Just A Shadow - Big Country; Friends - Amii Stewart; Carmen - Malcolm McLaren; Seven Year Bitch - Slade; Thank You My Love - Imagination; This Is My Night - Chaka Khan; Misled - Kool & The Gang
Personal File: Sal Solo
Bitz: Chaka Khan; Monochrome Set, "Jacob's Ladder"' Jimmy Ruffin, "There Will Never Be Another You", Council Collective, "Soul Deep"; Killing Joke, "Love Like Blood", "Night Time"; Tracey Ullman, "Terry", Kirsty MacColl; Friends Again split; Jim Diamond, "Double Crossed"; Band Aid, Bob Geldof; Village People, "Sex Over The Phone", Felipe Rose, Alex Briley, Glenn Hughes, Jeff Olson, Ray Stephens, Mark Lee; Wham!; Van Halen, "Hot For Teacher"; "Body Rock", Julian Lennon, Laura Branigan, Roberta Flack, "Beverly Hills Cop", Eddie Murphy, Shalamar, Junior, Pointer Sisters; Simon Le Bon and Claire, Marilyn and Boy George, Paul Rutherford and Steve Strange, Sting and Trudi, Sting and Grace Jones, Nick Rhodes and Julie Ann, Elton John and Sir John Gielgud, Paula Yates and Bob Geldof, Dave Stewart and Alannah Currie, Britt Ekland and Slim Jim Phantom, Boy George, Prince Andrew; Gary Glitter, "Boys Will Be Boys", Sylvester, "Take Me To Heaven", "M 1015"; Band Aid magazine; Hall and Oates, "Method Of Modern Love"; Associates, "Breakfast"; Smiley Culture, "Police Officer"; Ian Birch; Boy George
Single reviews (Vivi MacDonald): Breakfast - Associates; Don't Drive Drunk - Stevie Wonder; Love And Pride - King; Julia - Eurythmics; Carmen - Malcolm McLaren; World Destruction - Timezone; This Is My Night - Chaka Khan; Neutron Dance - Pointer Sisters; Just A Shadow - Big Country; James Brown - Cabaret Voltaire; Thinking Of You - Colour Field; Terry - Tracey Ullman; Seven Year Bitch - Slade; Brained By Falling Masonry - Nurse With Wound
Album reviews (Tom Hibbert / Lisa Anthony): Party Party - Black Lace; Fans - Malcolm McLaren
Nights Out: The Wonder Of Wembley: Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Big Country, Kool & the Gang, Culture Club, Wham!, Thompson Twins

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January 3 - 16, 1985

Smash Hits, January 3, 1985

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Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: Madonna
Back cover: Morrissey
Interviews: Ian McCulloch; Alannah Currie; Wham!; Gary Glitter
Lyrics: Julia - Eurythmics; Shout - Tears For Fears; Step Off (Part 1) - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five; And That's No Lie - Heaven 17; Resurrection Joe - The Cult; Sharp-Dressed Man - ZZ Top; I Hear Talk - Bucks Fizz; Valotte - Julian Lennon; I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
Bitz: Europe A Go-Go: The Tube, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Hanoi Rocks, Golden Earring, UB40; Time Zone, "World Destruction", Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon; Smash Hits - Australia: Ian Birch, David Bostock, Duran Duran, Electric Pandas, Jimmy Barnes, Australian Crawl, Flaming Hands, Venetians, Brian Mannix, Uncanny X-Men; Madonna; The Kinks: "Kovers", "Kollectable", "Greatest Hits"; The Armoury Show, "We Can Be Brave Again"; Paul Gambaccini, "The Other Side Of The Tracks"; "The Special AKA On Film"; Blazing Saddles, "Free George Jackson"; Terry Hall, The Colour Field, "Thinking Of You", Katrina Phillips; Ruby Turner, Culture Club; The Stranglers; "Dune", Sting, Kyle MacLahlan; Nurse With Wound, "Brained By Falling Masonry", Stu P. Didiot, Heza Sheza; Billy Ocean, "Lover Boy"; Laurie Anderson, "United States Live"; Kirsty MacColl, "A New England"; Stephen Duffy, Freeman, Dr Calculus, "Programme 7", "Kiss Me"; Alvin Stardust; Tina Turner; Heaven 17, "And That's No Lie"; Shalamar; King, "Love And Pride"; Chaka Khan; "The Biz", Spectrum 48k, Chris Sievey; Dionne Warwick, "Without Your Love", "It's Love", Barry Manilow; Sheryl Lee Ralph, "In The Evening"
Nights Out: Cocteau Twins; Howard Jones; UB40
Other: Pop stars' answering machine messages; Smash Hits most embarrassing singles reviews

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Smash Hits Yearbook 1985

Smash Hits Yearbook 1985

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 20, 1984 - January 2, 1985

Smash Hits, December 20, 1984

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Cover: Julian Lennon, John Taylor
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: Wham!
Lyrics: Thank God It's Christmas - Queen; Soul Deep - Council Collective; Everything She Wants - Wham!; Nellie The Elephant - Toy Dolls; Another Rock And Roll Christmas - Gary Glitter
Bitz: Paul Young, "The Secret Of Association", Laurie Latham; Michael Jackson, The Jacksons; Council Collective: Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Dee C. Lee, Vaughn Toulouse, Junior Giscombe, Jimmy Ruffin; Martyn Ware; Thompson Twins, Band Aid; Matt Bianco, Breekout Krew; Slade, "Merry Xmas Everybody", Roy Wood and Wizzard, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day", Dan Fogelberg, "Some Auld Lang Syne", Perry Como, "Christmas Dream", Neil Diamond, "You Make It Feel Like Christmas", Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, "Christmas Without You", Tony Jackson, "Snowy White Christmas", Terry King, "Stay With Me For Christmas", Marie-Anne Emmanuel, "Merry Christmas And Happy New Year", Eden Perry, "Christmas Elvis Presley Style", Father Christmas, "It's Christmas", Jingle Belles, "Christmas Spectre (Medley)", Krankies, "Hand In Hand At Christmas", Giant Haystacks, "It's OK For Santa", Bonnie Langford, "Just One Kiss"; "Gremlins", "Ghostbusters", "Give My Regards To Broad Street"; Thompson Twins, "Into The Gap - Live"; "20 Reggae Classics Volume 2", Trojan Records; Hamish the Frog, Ian the Frog, Keith the Frog, "We All Stand Together"; "Slade: Feel The Noize" - Chris Charlesworth, "Def Leppard: An Illustrated Biography" - Chris Welch, "Joy Division + New Order: Pleasure and Wayward Distractions" - Brian Edge, "Break Dancing" - Lucy Blandford, "Judas Priest HM Photo Book", "Judas Priest Heavy Duty" - Steve Gett; "Saturday Superstore Replay Selection Volume 2": Depeche Mode, Paul Young, Ultravox, Special AKA, Shakin' Stevens, Matt Bianco Bluebells, Wham!, Musical Youth, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones
Other: Pop Quiz: Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet; Readers' Poll results

Saturday, December 6, 2014

December 6 - 19, 1984

Smash Hits, December 06, 1984

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Cover: Strawberry Switchblade
Centrespread: Annie Lennox
Back cover: David Bowie
Interviews: Culture Club; Slade; Nik Kershaw; Band Aid; Strawberry Switchblade; Bananarama; Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Lyrics: September Song - Ian McCulloch; Invisible - Alison Moyet; It Ain't Necessarily So - Bronski Beat; Tonight - David Bowie; Everything Must Change - Paul Young; We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney & the Chorus of Frogs; Fresh - Kool & the Gang; Riddle Me - UB40; Round And Round - Spandau Ballet; One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head; Do They Know It's Christmas?- Band Aid; Lay Your Hands On Me - Thompson Twins; Since Yesterday - Strawberry Switchblade; Private Dancer - Tina Turner; Who's That Girl - Flying Pickets; Love Light In Flight - Stevie Wonder; Where The Rose Is Sown - Big Country; Last Christmas - Wham!; The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Personal File: Steve Wright
Bitz: Michael Jackson; Other People: David Ball, Gini, Andy Astle, "Have A Nice Day"; "Now That's What I Call Music Four"; Dream Team, "Floy Joy", "Boy George"; Japan, "Exorcising Ghosts", "Life Without Buildings", "A Foreign Place"; "1984", Eurythmics, Dominic Muldowney, Michael Radford; Status Quo, "12 Gold Bars Volume 2", John Shearlaw, "Again And Again", "End Of The Road '84"; Nick Rhodes, "Interference"; Nik Kershaw, Thor, Half Pint Hog, Hogg, Sarah George; "Metropolis", Giorgio Moroder, Bonnie Tyler, Loverboy, Freddie Mercury, "Love Kills"; Flying Pickets, Eurythmics, "Who's That Girl?"; Kate Robbins, "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are", Kate Robbins, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre; "Sex & Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll", David Bowie, Sid Vicious, Hugh Cornwell; Gary Glitter, Kid Creole, Mick Jagger, Holly Johnson, Adam Ant, Simon Le Bon; New Model Army, Nigel Norton; Ultravox; The Great Rock 'N' Roll Sale, Spandau Ballet, Nik Kershaw, David Bowie; Aztec Camera, Sir Archie Price; Howard Jones, "The 12" Album"
Single reviews (Lesley White): The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Invisible - Alison Moyet; You Might Think - Cars; No Mercy - Stranglers; Where The Rose Is Sown - Big Country; Nowhere Fast - Meat Loaf; Shout - Tears For Fears; Riddle Me - UB40; Baby Love - Winston Reedy; Out Of My Reach - Echo Make; Last Christmas - Wham!; Round And Round - Spandau Ballet; The Anchor - Swans Way; Lay Your Hands On Me - Thompson Twins; So Near To Christmas - Alvin Stardust / Another Rock And Roll Christmas - Gary Glitter; Christmas Catalogue - Captain Sensible; Valotte - Julian Lennon; Trouble - Rod Stewart; The Touch - Kim Wilde; Love Light In Flight - Stevie Wonder; Tenderness Is A Weakness - Marc Almond

Monday, December 1, 2014

Woolworth Christmas Special 1984

Smash Hits Woolworth Christmas Special 1984

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Groove Is In The Heart

If you ever made or received a mixtape, you will love this wonderful short play.

November 22 - December 5, 1984

Smash Hits, November 22, 1984

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Cover: Depeche Mode
Centrespread: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Back cover: Nik Kershaw
Interviews: Siouxsie Sioux; Limahl; Prefab Sprout; Thompson Twins; King; Depeche Mode; Prince
Lyrics: Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode; Let It All Blow - The Dazz Band; Teardrops - Shakin' Stevens; I Would Die For You - Prince; Half A Minute - Matt Bianco; I Won't Run Away - Alvin Stardust; The Medal Song - Culture Club; Treat Her Like A Lady - Temptations; This Night - Billy Joel; I Should Have Known Better - Jim Diamond; Do The Conga - Black Lace; All Join Hands - Slade; Louise - Human League; We Are Family - Sister Sledge; Like A Virgin - Madonna
Personal File: Colin Routh
Bitz: Stephen Luscombe, Pandit Danesh, Asha Bhosle, West India Company, "Ave Maria"; Compact Organisation, Mari Wilson, Virna Lindt, "Attention Stockholm", Tot Taylor; Eddy Grant, "All The Hits", Shakin' Stevens, "Greatest Hits", Imagination, "Gold", Moody Blues, Gerard Kenny, Art Garfunkel, Phil Spector; Steve Wright, "The Gay Cavalieros"; Spandau Ballet; Wah!, "The Way We Wah!"; Chic, Sister Sledge, Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, "We Are Family", "Chic Cheer"; Street Sounds, "The Dance Decade", "Essential Electro - The Business", "Love Ballads"; The Redskins, Nick King, Chris Dean, Martin Hewes; Neil gnome; "A Secret Liverpool" (Davies Records), Holiday For Strings, The Kindergarten Paint Set, The Riotous Hues, Action Transfers, "If I Lose It"; The Tube; Motorhead, "Deaf Not Blind"; Hanoi Rocks; Farmers' Boys, Larry Ludwig; "The Kinks", John Savage; "Word Of Mouth"; Duran Duran, "Blue Silver", "The Lights Go Down", Russell Mulcahy; Captain Sensible, "One Christmas Catalogue", "Relax"; The Enemy Within, "Strike", Keith LeBlanc; Prime Time Viewing; "Bamboo", Japan fanzine; Julian Lennon, "Valotte"; Billy Ocean, "Caribbean Queen"; Echo and the Bunnymen, Mac McCullough, "September Song", "Molly Malone", Clive Langer, Steve Nieve
Single reviews (): Ave Maria - West India Company; Everything Must Change - Paul Young; Louise - Human League; When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout; Like A Virgin - Madonna; Mercy Dash - Shriekback; Fresh - Kool & The Gang / Body - Jacksons; Don't You Ever Leave Me - Hanoi Rocks; Do The Conga - Black Lace; If I Lose It - Action Transfers; Matt's Mood - Breekout Krew; Police Officer - Smiley Culture; Thank You My Love - Imagination; We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus / The Gay Cavalieros - Steve Wright; Beat Boy - Visage; Still On Fire - Aztec Camera; Tonight - David Bowie / Private Dancer - Tina Turner; Strike - The Enemy Within; Where The Boys Are - Jody;
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Vici MacDonald / Chris Heath / Dave Rimmer / Louise Chunn / Lola Borg / Steve Bush / Linda Duff / Claire Sheaff / Ian Cranna): You Caught Me Out - Tracey Ullman; Berserker - Gary Numan; Machine Age Voodoo - SPK; Like A Virgin - Madonna; Teases & Dares - Kim Wilde; The Orange Juice - Orange Juice; Arena - Duran Duran; Don't Suppose… - Limahl; Aural Sculpture - Stranglers; Neil's Heavy Concept Album - Neil; Heart First - Hazell Dean; The Riddle - Nik Kershaw; 1984 - Eurythmics
Other: Embarrassing parents

Saturday, November 8, 2014

November 8 - 21, 1984

Smash Hits, November 08, 1984

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Cover: Nick Heyward
Centrespread: Paul Young
Back cover: Kim Wilde
Interviews: Nick Heyward interviews Feargal Sharkey; Lenny Henry; Chaka Khan; Duran Duran; Billy Bragg; Dali's Car; Midge Ure
Lyrics: Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top; Never Turn Away - OMD; Aces High - Iron Maiden; Berserker - Gary Numan; The Riddle - Nik Kershaw; If This Is It - Huey Lewis & The News; You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive; Hypnotize - Scritti Politti; All Through The Night - Cyndi Lauper; You Might Think - The Cars; Respect Yourself - Kane Gang; I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters; The Chant Has Just Begun - Level 42; The Never-Ending Story - Limahl
Personal File: Gary Numan
Bitz: Adam Ant, Paul Rutherford, Mikey Craig; Sean Ono Lennon, Yoko Ono, "Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him"; Billy Idol, "Catch My Fall"; Bananarama, "And That's Not All (Hanging Round His Neck Was A Big Black Bell)"; SPK, "Machine Age Voodoo"; The Cure, Andy Anderson, Vince Ely; Danielle Dax, "Jesus Egg That Wept"; Alvin Stardust, "I Feel Like…Alvin Stardust"; Helen Terry, "Bash Street Kids", Escape fanzine; Eric Watson; Paul Hardcastle, "Eat Your Heart Out"; Wrathchild, "Alrite With The Boyz", Krokus, "Ballroom Blitz"; Tev Aviv, Geoff, Paul, Andy; ABC, Martin Fry, Mark White, Eden, David Yarritu, Alan Best; "Making Trax - The Great Instrumentals", "All Night Long", "The Crown", "Super Freak"; Status Quo, "Again And Again", John Shearlaw, Bob Young; "David Bowie's Serious Moonlight", Denis O'Regan, Chet Flippo; Julian Cope, "Fried"; Sam Peckinpah, Julian Lennon, "Too Late For Goodbyes", "Valotte"; Duran Duran, "The Wild Boys"; Eurythmics, "1984 (For The Live Of Big Brother)"; Meat Loaf, "Modern Girls", "Bad Attitude", Paul McCartney, Arthur Baker, "No More Lonely Nights"; Ray Parker Jr., "(I Still Can't Get Over) Loving You"; Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Wham!, Thompson Twins, Big Country, Howard Jones, Nik Kershaw, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grab Grab The Haddock; Alphaville, "Forever Young"; Nik Kershaw, "The Riddle", "Save The Whale"
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Rock The Box - Sylvester; The Medal Song - Culture Club; Somebody / Blasphemous Rumours - Depeche Mode; You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) - Dead Or Alive; Since Yesterday - Strawberry Switchblade; How To Be A Millionaire - ABC; Close (To The Edit) - The Art Of Noise; Send My Heart - The Adventures; The Riddle - Nik Kershaw; The Boys From The County Hell - Pogues; Cool It Now - New Edition / Lets Go To The Moon - Musical Youth; Stay - Blue Nile; Never Turn Away - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Sexcrime (nineteen eighty-four) - Eurythmics; Half A Minute - Matt Bianco; Watching You - Shakatak; Berserker - Gary Numan; Welcome (Mutiny) - David Essex; I, Bloodbrother Be - Shockheaded Peters; Black Leather - Miquel Brown
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Ian Cranna / Vici MacDonald / Tom Hibbert / Linda Duff): Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Bad Attitude - Meat Loaf; Make It Big - Wham!; Waking Up With The House On Fire - Culture Club; Treasure - Cocteau Twins; Give My Regards To Broad Street - Paul McCartney
Nights Out: Bad Taste

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Back in October 1984, Morrissey did a feature with British music magazine Smash Hits where he reviewed some popular singles at the time. It was unearthed today (30 years to the day after the issue’s publication date) by Brian McCloskey, a collector of the magazines who has been uploading his archives digitally on his blog Like Punk Never Happened. It’s all pretty great.

"The kind of stealthy eroticism which makes a life of religion madly attractive"

Smash Hits, October 25, 1984

The one we've all been waiting for: Morrissey reviews the new singles!

October 25 - November 7, 1984

Smash Hits, October 25, 1984

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Cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Centrespread: Duran Duran - The Wild Boys
Back cover: Jon Moss
Interviews: Green; The Young Ones; Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Torch Song; The Art Of Noise; Julian Lennon; Iron Maiden; The Stranglers
Lyrics: Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen; Modern Girl - Meat Loaf; Overground - Siouxsie and the Banshees; Listen To Your Father - Feargal Sharkey; Golden Days - Bucks Fizz; Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) - Billy Ocean; The Wild Boys - Duran Duran; Helpless - Tracey Ullman; Warning Sign - Nick Heyward; Too Late For Goodbyes - Julian Lennon; Penny Lover - Lionel Richie; Gotta Get You Home Tonight - Eugene Wild; Pulling Punches - David Sylvian; The Wanderer - Status Quo; Back In My Arms - Hazell Dean; I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
Personal File: Kim Wilde  
Bitz: "Street Sounds 11", SOS Band, Rose Royce, Mtume; Farmer's Boys, "Phew Wow"; Serious Drinking, "They May Be Drinkers Robin But They're Also Human Beings"; Karaoke; ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, "There ain't no polar bears in Texas but then a cactus ain't a fish"; "Valley Girl", The Clash, Psychedelic Furs, Culture Club, Men At Work, Bananarama, Plimsouls; "The Rap Attack", David Toop, "Pop Styles", Ted Polheimus, Lynn Procter, "Signed, Sealed And Delivered", Sue Steward, Sheryl Garratt; "Starzone", David Bowi fanzine, Earl Slick, Mick Ronson; Duran Duran, "Dancing On The Valentine"; David Sylvian, "Pulling Punches", "Instant Pictures", "David Sylvian - His Life And Art"; Sheffield Wednesday, "We Are The Owls", Thompson Twins; Lords Of The New Church, "Brian James, Stiv Bators, "The Method Of Our Madness"; David Essex, "This One's For You"; Andy Partridge, Agony Uncle, Janice Long, "All You Pretty Girls", "That's This World Over"; Bruce Springsteen's bum; Nick Heyward, "Warning Sign"; UB40, DEP International, Mikey Dread, Echo Bass, Winston Reedy; Culture Club, "Waking Up With The House On Fire"; Elvis Costello tours, T-Bone Burnette; Visage, "Beat Boy"; "Concert - The Cure Live", "Curiosity - The Cure Anomalies 1977-1984"; Swans Way, "The Fugitive Kind"; John "Jellybean" Benitez, "Wotupski?!"; Imagination, "Gold"; Morrissey, Smiths, "A Hatful Of Hollow"; Modern Romance, "Move On", "Burn It"; John Waite, The Babys, "Missing You"; Culture Club, Ruby Turner, Mo Birch; Duran Duran, "Arena", John Taylor; Blancmange, "Hello, Good Evening…", Mike Mansfield; Bananarama; Gary Numan, "Berserker", Ho Ho Kam, "King", Larry Loeber, "Shivers Up My Spine"
Single reviews (Morrissey): The Wild Boys - Duran Duran; Back In My Arms - Hazell Dean; Warning Sign - Nick Heyward; Keep On Keepin' On - The Redskins; Prisoner Of Love - Miami Sound Machine; Mercy Dash (Ready For This) - Shriekback; Move On - Modern Romance; The Wanderer - Status Quo; Penny Lover - Lionel Richie; This World Over - XTC; Golden Days - Bucks Fizz; Helpless - Tracey Ullman; Heartbeat - Psychedelic Furs; Pulling Punches - David Sylvian; Love's Great Adventure - Ultravox; The Chant Has Just Begun - Level 42; All Through The Night - Cyndi Lauper; Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions; When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout; Forgive Me Girl - Force M.D.'s; Hypnotize - Scritti Politti; Forever Young - Alphaville; The Thorn - Siouxsie & The Banshees
Album reviews (Claire Sheaff / Tom Hibbert / Mark Ellen / Dave Rimmer / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna): Steps In Time - King; Two Steps From The Move - Hanoi Rocks; Shout - Devo; Valotte - Julian Lennon; We Are Frank Chickens - Frank Chickens; The Age Of Consent - Bronski Beat; Dream Street - Janet Jackson; I've Got The Cure - Stephanie Mills; Backtrackin' - Jolly & Swain; Alf - Alison Moyet; Beat Boy - Visage
Nights Out: The Style Council; Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11 - 24, 1984

Smash Hits, October 11, 1984

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Cover: Paul Young
Centrespread: Bananarama - Hotline To Heaven
Interviews: Paul Young; Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five; UB40; Spandau Ballet; Ozzy Osbourne; OMD
Lyrics: This Is Mine - Heaven 17; Drive - The Cars; Love's Great Adventure - Ultravox; I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down - Paul Young; Together In Electric Dreams - Philip Oakey; Missing You - John Waite; Mr. Solitaire - Animal Nightlife; Skin Deep - The Stranglers; Hotline To Heaven - Bananarama; Prisoner Of Love - Miami Sound Machine; The Second Time Kim Wilde; Highly Strung - Spandau Ballet; All Cried Out - Alison Moyet; Who Wears These Shoes? - Elton John
Personal File: Jimi Somerville  
Bitz: Billy Bragg; Jermaine Jackson, Pia Zadora, "When The Rain Begins To Fall", "Voyage Of The Rock Alien"; Lloyd Cole & The Commotions, "Rattlesnakes"; Wham!, "Make It Big"; Marc Almond, The Willing Sinners, Lydia Lunch, "Vermin In Ermine"; Spandau Ballet; "The Street Wise Monkey", Mark Miwurdz; Aztec Camera, "Knife", Lynda Gray; The Creative Workforce, David Levine, Peter Ashworth; Gary Numan, "The Plan", "That's Too Bad"; "Ghostbusters"; Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, "Islands In The Stream", "What About Me", James Ingram, Kim Carnes; Meatloaf, "Modern Girl", Suzuki motorbike; Gina X, "dominatrix of delirium", "Harley Davidson", Brigitte Bardot; Giorgio Moroder; "We Will Rock You", Queen; The Questions, "Belief"; Gary Glitter, "Shout Shout Shout"; Paul Young, "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"; Duran Duran, "Dancing With The Valentine" "The Wild Boys", "The Book Of Words"; Orange Juice, "Lean Period"; The Cars, Ric Ocasek; Prince, "Purple Rain"; Ultravox, "Love's Great Adventure"; Grab Grab The Haddock, "I'm Used Now"; The Alarm
Single reviews (Mike Read): Hollow Horse - Icicle Works; Who Wears These Shoes? - Elton John; Until You Come Back To Me - Floy Joy; All Cried Out - Alison Moyet; Love's Great Adventure - Ultravox; Stuttering - Helen Terry; Let's Make This Last - Mari Wilson; Bananarama - Hotline To Heaven; I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down - Paul Young; Too Late For Goodbyes - Julian Lennon; Away From The Heat - Out Bar Squeek; Modern Girl - Meat Loaf; Highly Strung - Spandau Ballet; Shout! Shout! Shout! - Gary Glitter; Pulling Punches - David Sylvian; Sex Shooter - Apollonia 6; Can The Rhythm - Girl Talk; Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen; The Never Ending Story - Limahl
Album reviews (Josephine Hocking / Lisa Anthony / Chris Heath / Dave Rimmer / Phil Sutcliffe / Simon Braithwaite / Ian Cranna / Kimberley Leston / Neil Tenant / Tom Hibbert / Julie Burns / Steve Bush ): Swept Away - Diana Ross; True Colours - Level 42; Spring Hill Fair - The Go-Betweens; Steeltown - Big Country; Music Magic - Rose Royce; Geoffrey Morgan… - UB40; Don't Stop - Jeffrey Osbourne; The Big Express - XTC; It'll End In Tears - This Mortal Coil; The Fugitive Kind - Swans Way; Flesh For Lulu - Flesh For Lulu; Rattlesnakes - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; I Feel For You - Chaka Khan; Vermin In Ermine - Marc Almond; Eyes Of Innocence - Miami Sound Machine; All The Rage - General Public
Nights Out: The Bluebells;
Other: David Bowie: 50 Daft Things He's Done

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 27 - October 10, 1984

Smash Hits, September 27, 1984

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Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: Prince - Purple Rain
Back cover: Depeche Mode
Interviews: Holly Johnson; Wham!; Bronski Beat; Culture Club; Level 42; Big Country
Lyrics: Freedom - Wham!; Love Kills - Freddie Mercury; Shout To The Top - Paul Weller; East Of Eden - Big Country; No More Lonely Nights - Paul McCartney; The Medicine Song - Stephanie Mills; We Don't Work For Free - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five; Blue Jean - David Bowie; Purple Rain - Prince; Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol; Rikki Don't Lose That Number - Tom Robinson; If It Happens Again - UB40; The War Song - Culture Club
Personal File: Alison Moyet 
Bitz: Adam Ant wedding photo, August 1974; Marillion; Space Monkey, "Come With Me"; Dali's Car; Tina Turner, "Tough Enough"; Steve Grant, "Run For Cover"; UB40, "Labour Of Love", Robin and Ali Campbell, Brian Travers; Jamming fanzine; Afrika Bambaataa, "Frantic Situation"; Ray Parker Jr; Jin Miallin; Jeremy Healey, "When Malyndy Sings"; Imagination; The Police; Gary Moore, "We Want Moore"; "Beat The Street - The Very Best Of Sharon Redd", "In The Name Of Love", "Can You Handle It?"; Apollonia 6; Sister Sledge; The Noise Of Art, Mainframe, "Into Trouble With The Noise Of Art", Ying Yang Yumm records; The Fall, "The Wonderful And Frightening World Of…", John Leckie; Imagination; Shakatak; Twisted Sister, "Stay Hungry", Alvin Stardust, "I Won't Run Away"; Street Sounds, "Electro 5"; Buddy Holly Week, Paul McCartney, Albert Victor Campin Walter; Barry Manilow; "The Sony Tape Rock Review"; Nick Rhodes baby photo; Marc Bolan, "Marc On Video"; Adam Ant, "Apollo 9" 
Single reviews (Vici MacDonald): The War Song - Culture Club; I'm So Beautiful - Divine; To The Top - Style Council; The Moment Of Truth - Survivor; Two To The Power - Janet Jackson & Cliff Richard; Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol; Shine Shine - Barry Gibb; Never Stop (A Message) - M.E.F.F.; The Second Time - Kim Wilde; East Of Eden - Big Country; Listen To Your Father - Feargal Sharkey; Purple Rain - Prince; When Malyndy Sings - Bonaventura; Hammer To Fall - Queen; Last Salute - Getting The Fear; Native Land - Everything But The Girl; Higher Ground - Tik & Tok; Love Kills - Freddie Mercury
Album reviews (Phil Sutcliffe / Tom Hibbert / Dave Rimmer / Simon Braithwaite / Peter Martin / Ian Birch / Mark Ellen): Hope And Glory - Tom Robinson; Cypress - Let's Active; How Men Are - Heaven 17; Trapped And Unwrapped - Friends Again; Some Great Reward - Depeche Mode; Tonight - David Bowie; Brewing Up With Billy Bragg - Billy Bragg
Nights Out: David Bowie - Jazzin' For Blue Jean; Marc Almond & The Willing Sinners
Other: The Alternative Top Forty Show - David Jensen; Way Back When...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 13 - 26, 1984

Smash Hits, September 13, 1984

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Cover: Adam Ant
Centrespread: David Bowie
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Nik Kershaw; Animal Nightlife; Bucks Fizz; The Armoury Show; Lloyd Cole; Adam Ant
Lyrics: Why? - Bronski Beat; Hammer To Fall - Queen; Weekends - The Mighty Wah!; Cath - Bluebells; Human Racing - Nik Kershaw; Castles In Spain - Armoury Show; Heaven's On Fire - Kiss; Madame Butterfly - Malcolm McLaren; Hot Water - Level 42; Lost In Music - Sister Sledge; All I Need Is Everything - Aztec Camera; Apollo 9 - Adam Ant; A Letter To You - Shakin' Stevens; Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner
Personal File: Gary Kemp 
Bitz: Lenny Henry; Rock 'N' Pop playing cards; Clint Eastwood and General Saint, Phil Thornalley, "Last Plane (One Way Ticket)"; Comsat Angels, "Day One", "Independence Day"; Hope And Anchor; MTV Music Video Awards, Cyndi Lauper; Tears For Fears, "Mother's Talk"; Barry Gibb in a jacuzzi; Alphaville: Marian Gold, Frank Mertens, Bernhard Lloyd; UB40, "If It Happens Again", "Nkomo A Go-Go"; Howard Jones, Big Country, "East Of Eden"; Barry Manilow; Steve Gregory - sax solo on "Careless Whisper"; Top Of The Pops, British Rail, Howard Jones; Miami Sound Machine, "Eyes Of Innocence"; "Hip Hop: A Street History", Afrika Bambaataa; Duran Duran, John Barry, "A View To A Kill"; "The Sony Tape Rock Review", Bill Wyman, Ala Freeman, Lesley-Ann Jones, Robin Eggar, Phil Swern; Motorhead, "No Remorse"; Martin Kemp, Peggy Greibel, "I'll Fly For You", David Bowie, Gee Ling, "China Girl", Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, "From Here To Eternity"; Now That's What I Call Music Video III; Tangerine Dream, "Warsaw In The Sun"; Rick James, "Reflections"; Everything But The Girl, "Native Land", Johnny Marr; "Soca Train": "Sugar Bum Bum", Kitchener, "Boots", Gabby, "Hot Hot Hot", Arrow; "This Is Soca! 84": "Lorraine", Explainer"; "Ge Me More", Chevi; Spanda Ballet; Shelagh O'Hara
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Where Does That Boy Hang Out - David Lasley; Cath - Bluebells; Why - Bronski Beat; Poptown - Tot Taylor; A Letter To You - Shakin' Stevens; There Goes My Baby - Donna Summer / Black Butterfly - Deniece Williams; Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner; Weekends - The Mighty Wah!; Tenderness - General Public; When The Wind Calls - Swans Way; If It Happens Again I'm Leaving - UB40; This Boy Loves The Sun - David Austin; Don't Blame It On Love - Shakatak; Lost In Music - Sister Sledge; Freedom - Wham!; Blue Jean - David Bowie; Unity - Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown
Album reviews (Vici MacDonald / Ian Cranna / Dave Rimmer / Neil Tennant / Lisa Anthony): Knife - Aztec Camera; Waltz In The Wilderness - Dekka Danse; Bullish - Herb Alpert; Nomadic Activities - Orchestre Jazira; Sound-System - Herbie Hancock; The Jaws Of Life - Hunters And Collectors; Sideway Look - Sideway Look; Into The Hot - Floy Joy
Nights Out: Queen and General Public
Other: Pirate radio; Monsters Of Rock: Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, AC/DC

Saturday, August 30, 2014

August 30 - September 12, 1984

Smash Hits, August 30, 1984

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Cover: Annie Lennox
Back cover: Free stickers offer
Interviews: Eurythmics; Roddy Frame; Shakatak; Rod Stewart; Malcolm McLaren
Lyrics: Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.; Tesla Girls O.M.D.; She Bop - Cyndi Lauper; Big In Japan - Alphaville; Sunset Now - Heaven 17; Master And Servant - Depeche Mode; Talking In Your Sleep - Bucks Fizz; You're Never Too Young - The Cool Notes; Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Quiet Riot; I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder; Torture - The Jacksons;
Personal File: Johnny Marr
Bitz: Miami Sound Machine, Gloria Estefan; Morrissey lost his hearing aid; Agadoo, Black Lace; "Metropolis", Giorgio Moroder, Bonnie Tyler, Adam Ant, Jon Anderson, Freddy Mercury; The Smiths; Stranglers, "Skin Deep", "Aural Sculpture"; Thompson Twins; "The Saturday Starship", Modern Romance, "Pop Quiz", Mike Read; "Are You Ready", Break Machine; Jo Callis ceases to be full-time member of Human League; Aztec Camera; Chelsea FC, "Back On The Ball", Bob McAndrew, John Bumstead, Suggs, Colin Pates, Pat Nevin; Iron Maiden in Poland; Ultravox; Swans Way, "When The Wild Calls"; Kiss, "Heaven's On Fire"; A Flock Of Seagulls, Mike Score; Michael T., "Michael (I'm Michael)"; Howard Jones; Afrika Bambaataa, James Brown, "Trust", John Lydon, Test Department, Kraftwerk, "Tour De France"; Nick Rhodes marries Julie Anne Friedman; Radio 1 reshuffle: John Peel, Peter Powell, Tony Blackburn, Bruno Brookes, Janice Long, Tommy Vance
Single reviews (Robert Hodgens): William, It Was Really Nothing - Smiths; All I Need Is Everything - Aztec Camera; Madame Butterfly - Malcolm McLaren; She's Fresh - Rocksteady Crew; Holiday - Chiefs Of Relief; Love Glove - Visage; Torture - The Jacksons; Master And Servant - Depeche Mode; Forest Fire - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Summer Dream - Philip Sallon and the Mud Men; Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Quiet Riot; I'll Fly For You - Spandau Ballet; Human Racing - Nik Kershaw; Sunset Now - Heaven 17; Ghostbusters - Ray Parker; Back On The Ball - Chelsea FC
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Brian Harrigan / Vici MacDonald / Peter Martin / Tom Hibbert): Jam On Revenge - Newcleus; Powerslave - Iron Maiden; The Pearl - Harold Budd & Brian Eno; The Story Of A Young Heart - A Flock Of Seagulls; Phil Fearon & Galaxy - Phil Fearon & Galaxy; Starlight Express - The Original Cast; Just The Way You Like It - S.O.S. Band; 1000 Bel Air Place - Julio Iglesias
Nights Out: Comfort And Joy; Electric Dreams; This Is Spinal Tap; Purple Rain

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 16 - 29, 1984

Smash Hits, August 16, 1984

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Cover: Howard Jones
Centrespread: The Smiths - William It Was Really Nothing
Back cover: The Bluebells
Interviews: Hazell Dean; Depeche Mode; M+M; Heaven 17; Tears For Fears; Howard Jones;
Lyrics: Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears; I Need You - Pointer Sisters; I'll Fly For You - Spandau Ballet; Dr Beat - Miami Sound Machine; We Rock - Dio; Black Stations / White Stations - M+M; Just The Way You Like It - S.O.S. Band; Smooth Operator - Sade; William It Was Really Nothing - Smiths; Girl You're So Together - Michael Jackson; Are You Ready - Break Machine; Passengers - Elton John; Forest Fire - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Personal File: Ozzy Osbourne
Bitz: Street Sounds clothes; Helen Terry, Joe Sample, Crusaders; Style Council, "Far East & Far Out"; King Kurt; Steve Strange, Steve and Gary Barnacle, Andy Barnett, "Love Glove"; Howard Jones; Philip Sallon, Bromley Contingent, The Mud Men, "Summer Dream", Status Quo; Sheila Chandra, "Quiet!"; Divine on Top Of The Pops; Motown compilations: "Motown Girl Groups", "Motown Male Groups", "Motown Dance", "Motown Love Songs", "Motown Solo Stars", "This Is Motown"; Zarjazz, Madness, Feargal Sharkey; Aztec Camera, "All I Need Is Everything"; British Rail, "Top Of The Pops"; "The Complete Synthesizer Handbook"; "Roll Over Beethoven", Nigel Planer, Graf Spee, Liza Goddard; The Kane Gang, Prefab Sprout, Hostages, "Going Up In The World"; Paula Yates, Fifi-Trixiebelle, Jools Holland, "The Tube"; "On The Road", Peter Powell, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Thompson Twins, Tom Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Brian Nash, Mark O'Toole, Holly Johnson, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway; Kiss; Echo & The Bunnymen, Let's Active (Mitch, Faye, Sara), "Cypress"; Big Country; Southern Death Cult, The Cult, "Sea And Sky", Getting The Fear"; Belle Stars split; Jermaine Jackson; The Senate, Rusty Egan, Kirk Brandon, "The Original Sin"
Single reviews (Lesley White): 25 Years - The Catch; Mr Solitaire - Animal Nightlife; You Are My Melody - Change; The Girl From Ipanema - Astrud Gilberto; Girl You're So Together - Michael Jackson; 17 - Rick James; She-Bop - Cyndi Lauper; The Only Flame In Town - Elvis Costello and the Attractions; Go West - The Cult; Castles In Spain - The Armoury Show; The Original Sin - The Senate; Taxman - Rockwell; Fire Me Up - Roman Holliday; Somebody - Junior / Sing And Shout - Second Image; Mothers Talk - Tears For Fears; Footsteps At My Door - Helen And The Horns
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Laura Latham / Vici MacDonald / Ian Cranna / Tim de Lisle): Down On The Street - Shakatak; Whose Side Are You On - Matt Bianco; Beating The Retreat - Test Department; Sisters - The Bluebells; Essar - Smokey Robinson
Nights Out: Bronski Beat
Other: Roger Taylor's wedding; "Rebellious Jukebox": Meat Loaf, Jools Holland, Mari Wilson, Godley & Creme, General Public, Dave Wakeling, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, UB40, Feargal Sharkey

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August 2 - 15, 1984

Smash Hits, August 02, 1984

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Cover: Simon Le Bon
Centrespread: Spandau Ballet
Back cover: Prince & The Revolution
Interviews: Thompson Twins; Simon Le Bon; Divine; Culture Club; Shannon; Status Quo; George Michael
Lyrics: Two Minutes To Midnight - Iron Maiden; Like To Get To Know You Well - Howard Jones; Agadoo - Black Lace; Nervous Shakedown - AC/DC; On The Wings Of Love - Jeffrey Osborne; Ink In The Well - David Sylvian; Tossing And Turning - Windjammer; 99 1/2; Caroll Lynn Townes; Self Control - Laura Branigan; Closest Thing To Heaven - Kane Gang ; Love Songs Are Back Again - Band Of Gold; Ease On Down The Road - Diana Ross / Michael Jackson; Whatever I Do (Wherever I Go) - Hazell Dean; Hand On My Heart - Shriekback
Start: personal file - Stephen Luscombe 
Bitz: "Fanclubs" book; Tracey Ullman, Ade Edmondson, "Sunglasses"; Windjammer, "Tossing And Turning"; Colt And Colby, "Save Your Love", Renee & Renato; Zeke Manyika, Dr Love; Tears For Fears, "Mother's Talk"; "Summertime"; Everything But The Girl; Dali's Car: Mick Karn, Pete Murphy; Herbie Hancock, "Hardrock", "Sound System", Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn, Material; "You Must Remember This…", Mark White; Person To Person, David Palmer, "High Time", The System; Captain Sensible; Hula Hoops: Chico Johnson, Betty Sprake from Merseyside; Duran Duran: "The Book Of Words", "Dancing On The Valentine", "The Wild Boys", Nile Rodgers, "Interference"; Street Sounds, "Crucial Electro Two", Afrika Bambaataa, Jonzun Crew, Shannon; Paul Weller, fanzines; Phil Pickett, Culture Club, "Destiny", ITV Olympics coverage, Jon Moss, Helen Terry, Therese Bazaar, Sailor; King Kurt, "Banana Banana"; Prince; Record Shack, Earlene Bentley, "Caught In The Act", Sylvester, "Menenergy"; The Armoury Show, "Castles In Spain"; Boy George; Queen, "It's A Hard Life"; Change, "You Are My Melody"; Howard Jones, "Like To Get To Know You Well"; Spandau Ballet, "I'll Fly For You"; Hammersmith Riverside Studios, Factory Records, Section 25, Quando Quango, Durutti Column, Jazz Defectors, New Order; Paul Young
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): Monkeys On Juice - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry; Banana Banana - King Kurt; Now Is Here - Clannad; Destiny - Phil Pickett; Like To Get To Know You Well - Howard Jones; Whose Side Are You On? - Matt Bianco; Breakaway - Spider; Some Guys Have All The Luck - Rod Stewart; Pale Blue Eyes - Paul Quinn and Edywn Collins; In The Country - The Farmers' Boys; It's A Man's Man's Man's World - Residents; It's A Hard Life - Queen; It Can Happen - Yes; There Are More Snakes Than Ladders - Captain Sensible; Anywhere With You - Rubber Rodeo; All The Way Up - Belle and the Devotions; There In Your Eyes - Chas And Dave; Hardrock - Herbie Hancock; The Kiss - Joolz; Boogie Then Cry - Mystery Girls; Your Wife Is Cheatin' On Us - Richard 'Dimples' Fields; Hong Kong Swing - Cruella De Ville; Smooth Operator - Sade; Blue Canary - Frank Chickens;
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Josephine Hocking / Julie Burns / Dave Rimmer / Fred Dellar / Vici MacDonald / Linda Duff): Electric Dreams - Various Artists; A Word To The Wise Guy - The Mighty Wah!; Tocsin - Xmal Deutschland; Jam Science - Shriekback; Faith - H20; George And James - Residents; Long Gone Dead - Rank And File; Ice Cream Castle - The Time; Intolerance - Tik & Tok; Condition Critical - Quite Riot; Conflicting Emotions - Split Enz
Other: Look At The State Of This Lot!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19 - August 1, 1984

Smash Hits, July 19, 1984

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Cover: Boy George in Japan
Centrespread: Green
Back cover: David Sylvian
Interviews: Pete Wylie; The High-Rise Hillbillies; Prince; The Messengers; Gary Davies; John Lydon; Culture Club; Billy Idol;
Lyrics: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair - Weather Girls; Lament - Ultravox; Some Guys Have All The Luck - Rod Stewart; Sweet Somebody - Shannon; You Think You're A Man - Divine; It's A Hard Life - Queen; Down On The Streets - Shakatak; Careless Whisper - George Michael; Everybody's Laughing - Phil Fearon & Galaxy; I'll Wait - Van Halen; Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol; Sunglasses - Tracey Ullman
Start: big words on even bigger t-shirts, Katherine Hammett; personal file - Anne Nightingale  
Bitz: The Kane Gang: Martin Brammer, Paul Woods, Dave Brewis; Troy Tate, "Thomas"; Howard Jones, "Like To Get To Know You Well", Eurythmics; Jaki Graham, "Heaven Knows", Derek Bramble; Bruce Foxton, "S.O.S (My Imagination)"; Nile Rogers, Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Chic, John Taylor, Andy Taylor; "CCCan't You See", Vicious Pink; Hula Hoops, Chico Johnson, "Do The Hula Hoop"; Proteus Books: Boy George And Culture Club, Barry Manilow, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix; Some Bizarre compilation: The The, Test Department; Captain Sensible, "There Are More Snakes Than Ladders"; "Street Sounds No. 1s": Forrest, Herbie Hancock, Phil Fearon's Galaxy, Freeez; Deep Purple reform, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore; Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Bronski Beat, "Tell Me Why"; The Blue Nile, "Tinseltown In The Rain"; The Pretenders, Martin Chambers and Tracy have baby daughter, Francesca Catherine; Andrew Ridgeley's nose job; Neil; Japan, "Bamboo" fanzine, Howard Sawyer; "Electric Dreams", Culture Club, "Love Is Love", "The Dream", Hello Goodbye", "Waking Up With The House On Fire", Phil Pickett, "Chase Runner", Heaven 17, Giorgio Moroder, "Together With Electric Dreams", Philip Oakey, "Now You're Mine", Helen Terry; Matt Bianco, "Whose Side Are You On…."; Paul Quinn leaves Bourgie Bourgie, Edwyn Collins, "Pale Blue Eyes"; Care split; John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Steppin' Out"; "Reggae Sunsplash '82"; The Smiths, "William (It Was Really Nothing)"; Culture Club fan club; Robert Hodgens: my 5 favorite cafes
Single reviews (Muriel Gray): Shriekback - Hand On My Heart; Careless Whisper - George Michael; Music Time - Styx; I Want To Be A Tree - Tim Pope; S.O.S. My Imagination - Bruce Foxton; I'm Stepping Out - John Lennon; ? (Question Mark) - Nena; Heart Of A Woman - Nona Hendryx; Video - Jeff Lynne; CCCan't You See… - Vicious Pink; A New Day - Killing Joke; Sunglasses - Tracey Ullman; I'll Wait - Van Halen; Nervous Shakedown - AC/DC; What Kind Of Girl? - APB; My Male Curiosity - Kid Creole and the Coconuts; I Love Men - Eartha Kitt; Rhythm Of The Street - Patti Austin; Tinsel Town In The Rain - Blue Nile; Love On Board - Friends Again; Black Beauty - Jools Holland
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Dave Rimmer / Lisa Anthony / Ro Newton / Linda Duff / Ian Cranna / Peter Martin): Victory - Jacksons; Diamond Life - Sade; Break Out - Pointer Sisters; Bees Knees And Chickens Elbows - Blue Rondo; All Fired Up - Fastway; Hallowed Ground - Violent Femmes; Anthem - Black Uhuru; Aura - King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
Nights Out: Gary Glitter; Stevie Wonder

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 5 - 18, 1984

Smash Hits, July 05, 1984

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Cover: Neil [The Young Ones]
Centrespread: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Neil; Sisters Of Mercy; Nick Heyward in a sauna; Everything But The Girl; Michael Jackson; Nik Kershaw;
Lyrics: State Of Shock - The Jacksons; Hole In My Shoe - Neil; Leave A Tender Moment Alone - Billy Joel; So Close - Flying Pickets; Sister Of Mercy - Thompson Twins; Dance Me Up - Gary Glitter; White Lines (Don't Do It) - Grandmaster & Melle Mel; Breakin'…There's No Stopping Us - Ollie & Jerry; The Day Before You Came - Blancmange; Mine - Everything But The Girl; Come Back - Mighty Wah!; All Of You - Julio Iglesis & Diana Ross; When Does Cry - Prince; What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Start: OMD, "Talking Loud And Clear", Echo & The Bunnymen, "Seven Seas", Ian McCulloch in drag; Tim Pope, "I Want To Be A Tree"; David Sylvian, exhibition of polaroids, Hamilton Gallery; personal file - Cyndi Lauper 
Bitz: Afrika Bambaataa, James Brown, "Unity"; Box Of Frogs: Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith, John Fiddler, "Back Where I Started"; Human League, "Life On Your Own"; Thompson Twins, "Sister Of Mercy"; Status Quo's "last ever live concert anywhere in the world", Milton Keynes Bowl, Marillion, Gary Glitter, Nazareth, Jason and the Scorchers; Jools Holland, "Black Beauty"; The Corvettes, "Girls, Cars, Girls, Sun, Girls, Surf, Girls, Fun"; Anti-Nowhere League invited to Wiesbaden, twinned with Tunbridge Wells; Gary Numan, Numa Records, Matt Nicholson, Paul Gardiner; Nick Rhodes, Kajagoogoo, Sting, A Bigger Splash, Midge Ure, Messengers; Associates, "First Impressions", Martyn Ware; Jacksons, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson; Jonzun Crew, "Time Is Running Out"; Re-Flex, "Couldn't Stand A Day"; Tracey Ullman; OMD; Howard Jones: my five worst experiences on stage; Spear Of Destiny, Kirk Brandon, "Revolution", Theatre Of Hate, "Americanas"; Rod Stewart; Torch Song, "Wish Thing"; The Sid Presley Experience; David Jensen quits Radio 1; David Bowie, Derek Bramble; Girlschool: Chris Bonacci replaces Kelly Johnson; Echo and the Bunnymen; Iron Maiden, "Powerslave" 
Single reviews (Linda Duff): You Think You're A Man - Divine; I Love You Suzanne - Lou Reed; State Of Shock - Jacksons; The Day Before You Came - Blancmange; Hole In My Shoe - Neil; Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross; Young Hearts - Silent Running; Under Construction - 1000 Mexicans; Mine - Everything But The Girl; Sweet Somebody - Shannon; Fight Away The Lover - G.I. Orange; One Million Kisses - Rufus and Chaka Khan; Out On Your Own - Lotus Eaters; I Don't Believe A Word - A Bigger Splash; The More You Live The More You Love - A Flock Of Seagulls; Target Practice - Belouis Some; Wait - Wang Chung; Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime - Barbara Mason; 80's Romance - Belle Stars; The Man From Russia - Blow Monkeys
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Tom Hibbert / David Hepworth / Neil Tennant / Lisa Anthony / Vici MacDonald / Linda Duff / Linda Hocking): Parade - Spandau Ballet; Breaking Hearts - Elton John; Goodbye Cruel World - Elvis Costello; Purple Rain - Prince And The Revolution; Difford & Tillbrook - Difford & Tillbrook; Heart Don't Lie - Latoya Jackson; Change Of Heart - Change; Throw Out The Warped Wheel - Fiction Factory; Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen; Paint And Paint - Haircut One Hundred; Strange Frontier - Roger Taylor; Shiver - Virna Lindt; Get It Out Of Your Head - The Art Company; Send Me Your Love - Kashif
Nights Out: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Flying Pickets
Other: What The Papers Said: Boy George, Simon Le Bon, David Sylvian, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 21 - July 4, 1984

Smash Hits, June 21, 1984

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Cover: Bronski Beat
Centrespread: Dead Or Alive
Back cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Interviews: Bronski Beat; Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Human League; Morrissey; Midge Ure; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Alison Moyet
Lyrics: Seven Seas - Echo & The Bunnymen; Baby I'm Scared Of You - Womack & Womack; Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat; Change Of Heart - Heart; Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers; So Tired - Ozzy Osbourne; Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters; Stuck On You - Lionel Richie; Talking Loud And Clear - OMD; Life On Your Own - Human League; I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nik Kershaw; I Wanna Be Loved - Elvis Costello; Love Resurrection - Alison Moyet; Susanna - The Art Company
Start: Boy George, Madame Tussaud's; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Paul Rutherford; I Dance Jazz; Working Week, "Venceremos (We Will Win)"; personal file - Chrissie Hynde 
Bitz: Robert Smith quits the Banshees; John Carruthers joins Banshees; The Jacksons; OMD; Madness, "Keep Moving" - US version; Shakatak, "Down On The Street"; Pointer Sisters; "Escape"; Streetsounds, "U.K. Electro": Rapologists, Zer-O, Broken Glass, Syncbeat, Forevereaction - Greg Wilson, Martin Jackson; "Crew Cuts"; Eurythmics, "Touch Dance" - "The First Cut", "Paint A Rumour", "Cool Blue", "Regrets" - John "Jellybean" Benitez, Francois K; Spitting Image, "Da Do Run Ron"; Steve Norman's five favorite soap operas; Art Company, Nol Havens, "Susanna"; The Chiefs Of Relief, Matthew Ashman; Afrika Bambaataa, Soul Sonic Force; Elvis Costello, "Goodbye Cruel World", "I Wanna Be Loved", Green; Nick Heyward; Belle Stars, "80s Romance"; Tom Robinson, "Back In The Old Country"; The Armoury Show; Zeke Manyika, "Heaven Help Us (Try)"; Prince, "Purple Rain"; Midsummer Night's Tube: Culture Club, Police, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alison Moyet, Howard Jones, Bryan Ferry, Hall & Oates, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Sade, Paul Young; Daryl Hall, Diana Ross, "Swept Away", Arthur Baker
Single reviews (John Taylor): Life On Your Own - Human League; When Doves Cry - Prince; Dissidents - Thomas Dolby; Love Resurrection - Alison Moyet; Dance Me Up - Gary Glitter; Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Stuck On You - Lionel Richie; You In The Night - Fashion; Seven Seas - Echo & The Bunnymen; Man On Fire - Roger Taylor; Talking Loud And Clear - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Do It All For You - Saxon; Love's Crashing Waves - Difford & Tilbrook; Baby I'm Scared Of You - Womack & Womack; I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nik Kershaw; Those First Impressions - Associates; Just Good Friends - Hazel O'Connor; Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters; Too Up Two Down - Haircut One Hundred; Young At Heart - Bluebells; Closest Thing To Heaven - The Kane Gang; What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / Mark Ellen / Linda Duff / Dave Rimmer / Vici MacDonald): Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; Going For Broke - Eddy Grant; Camouflage - Rod Stewart; In The Studio - The Special AKA; Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister; Now - Patrice Rushen; This Is What You Want This Is What You Get - PiL; Medicine Show - Dream Syndicate
Nights Out: Prince's Trust Rock Gala: Mike Read, Tracey Ullman, Imagination, Sade, Phil Collins, Paul Young; Billy Joel
Other: "Will the real John Taylor please stand up!"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I never thought it would happen....

Smash Hits June 14 - 27, 1979

One Thursday afternoon in June of 1979, shortly after my tenth birthday, my Mum and I went to Coleraine with some aunts and cousins. In Gardiner's bookshop - I think it was next to Crazy Prices - I found a magazine which had lyrics to a bunch of songs, including Up The Junction, by Squeeze. Music was on its way to replacing football as my passion in life and from the start I had been intrigued by the words of songs, so this was an invaluable resource....and would prove to be so for the next six years....

In June 2009, on a visit to Derry from California, I boxed up my collection of Smash Hits and mailed it to myself in Santa Monica.

In June 2014, thirty-five years after first reading Smash Hits, I finished the (rather time-consuming) task of scanning every issue in my collection, uploading those scans to Flickr and preparing the blog posts that have allowed me to share my collection in this online archive.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7 - 20, 1984

Smash Hits, June 7, 1984

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Cover: Spandau Ballet
Centrespread: Ultravox
Back cover: Marc Almond
Interviews: Spandau Ballet; The Associates; Limahl; Nik Kershaw; Boomtown Rats
Lyrics: Absolute - Scritti Politti; Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; What I want - Dead Or Alive; Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge; Only When You Leave - Spandau Ballet; Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Those First Impressions - Associates; Infatuation - Rod Stewart; High Energy - Evelyn Thomas; Thin Line Between Love And Hate - Pretenders; Sad Songs (Say So Much) - Elton John; Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen; I Feel Like Buddy Holly - Alvin Stardust
Start: Michelle Palmer, Mike Read, Boy George, Kim Wilde, Timmy Mallett, Princess Margaret; Alvin Stardust, Shane Fenton, "I Feel Like Buddy Holly", Gary Glitter, "Dance Me Up"; personal file - Pete Burns 
Bitz: Bronski Beat: Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek, Jimi Somerville; David Jensen, "Great Rock 'N' Roll Trivia Quiz"; David Bowie picture discs: "Hunky Dory", "Diamond Dogs", "Pin Ups", "Aladdin Sane", "Ziggy Stardust"; David Sylvian; Feargal Sharkey, "Listen To Your Father", "The Undertones EP"; Thomas Dolby, "Dissident"; "Break Dance"; Tony Fletcher, Apocalypse, "People", Jamming!, "A New Optimism"; Simon Bates, Stephen Luscombe, Helen Terry; Gary Crowley: the five most impressive people I've met; Style Council; Twisted Sister, "Stay Hungry"; David Bowie, "Into The Night", John Landis; Pete Wylie, Wah!, "A Word To The Wise Guy"; Ultravox; Deniece Williams; Mark Johnson, "Design For Living", Joy Division, New Order, "several passages of utter drivel contributed by some former rock writer called Paul Morley"; Mick Jagger, Michael Jacksons, The Jacksons, "State Of Shock"; Haircut One Hundred not breaking up nor reforming with Nick Heyward; "White Lines (Don't Do It)", Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol; Only When You Leave - Spandau Ballet; Building On A Strong Foundation - The Questions; Get Your Feet Out Of My Shoes - Boothill Foot-tappers; Venceremos - Working Week; Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; Change Of Heart - Change; The Boy Who Came Back - Marc Almond; Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Walk Through The Fire - Peter Gabriel; The Upstroke - Agents Aren't Aeroplanes; Like A Cannonball - Menudo; Absolute - Scritti Politti
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / Lisa Anthony / Kimberley Leston / Dave Rimmer / Ian Cranna): Hyaena - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Everything But The Girl - Everything But The Girl; Lost Boys - Flying Pickets; Brilliant Trees - David Sylvian; Der Osten Ist Rot - Holger Czukay
Nights Out: New Brighton Rock: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Weather Girls, Nik Kershaw, Helen Terry, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Eddy Grant, Flying Pickets, Spandau Ballet, Madness, Gloria Gaynor, Nick Lowe
Other: High Energy: Boys Town Gang, Hazell Dean, Eartha Kitt, Divine, Weather Girls, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Evelyn Thomas, Bobby 'O' Orlando, Donna Summer, Slyvester

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24 - June 6, 1984

Smash Hits, May 24, 1984

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Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: Depeche Mode
Back cover: Tom Bailey
Interviews: Wham!; Roy Hay; Madonna; New Order; Billy Joel; Siouxsie and the Banshees
Lyrics: I'll Be Around - Terri Wells; Pearl In The Shell - Howard Jones; Borderline - Madonna; Love All Day - Nick Heyward; Let's Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams; One Better Day - Madness; Break Dance Party - Break Machine; Stay With Me Tonight - Jeffrey Osborne; Too Much Trouble - Limahl; Each And Everyone - Everything But The Girl; Searchin' - Hazel Dean; Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown; Assassing - Marillion; Dazzle - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Heaven Knows (I'm Miserable Now) - Smiths; Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling
Start: Morrissey, Ken Livingstone, Mari Wilson, Billy Bragg, Misty In Roots, Flying Pickets, "Jobs For A Change"; Die Totenhosen, Five Fab Freddy; Gary Numan, Royal Navy Air base, Yeovilton, Red Baron; personal file - Morrissey 
Bitz: Smeggy (King Kurt): the five worst haircuts ever; Depeche Mode; Limahl, "Don't Suppose"; Womack & Womack; Thompson Twins; James Cuts, "Sexify You", Kate Haysi, Alan Rankine; Bluebells; Pretenders, "Thin Line Between Love And Hate", Chrissie Hynde, Jim Kerr; Nick Cave, "From Here To Eternity", Einsturzende Neubaten; Howard Jones, "Pearl In The Shell", "Law Of The Jungle"; Zingari, "One More Chance"; Rod Stewart "Infatuation", "Camouflage"; K-Tel, "Hungry For Hits"; Fashion, Mulligan,soldering iron, tour delay, "Twilight Of The Idols"; King Kurt; Labour Party, " A Better Song For Europe", Eric Heffer, Geoff Travis; Peter Schilling, "Major Tom (Coming Home)", Armin Sabol; Billy Bragg; Modern Romance, "Tokyo Live!", GBH, UK Subs; Sade; Bruce Springsteen, "Dancing In The Dark"
Single reviews (Ian Cranna): Hip-Hop-Bommi-Bom - Die Totenhosen (The Incredible T*H* Scratchers Starring Freddy Love); Dazzle - Siouxsie & the Banshees; (Heaven Knows) I'm Miserable Now - Smiths; Illuminations - Swans Way; Pearl In The Shell - Howard Jones; Hey Presto - Black; Borderline - Madonna; Romancing The Stone - Eddy Grant; Yippe Yi Yay! - D. C. Lee; All Or Nothing - Fiction Factory; The Ghost In You - Psychedelic Furs; Love All Day - Nick Heyward; Turn To Gold - David Austin; (I Love You) When You Sleep - Tracie; Ten Thousand Voices, A Message From The People - Zerra I; One Better Day - Madness; Spiritwalker - The Cult; Too Much Trouble - Limahl; Infatuation - Rod Stewart; Dance With Me - Carol Kenyon; Take Him Back (Taxi) - Anne Lesear; Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Peter Martin / Tom Hibbert / Ian Birch / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna): Mirror Moves - Psychedelic Furs; Ready For Battle - Rock Steady Crew; In 3-D - Weird Al Yankovic; Pajama Party Time - Indeep; Talk Show - Go Go's; No Sense Of Sin - Lotus Eaters; Legend - Clannad; Reckoning - R.E.M.
Nights Out: Crystal Day: Echo & The Bunnymen

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10 - 23, 1984

Smash Hits, May 10, 1984

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Cover: Sade
Centrespread: Madness
Back cover: Shakin' Stevens
Interviews: Sade; The Bluebells; David Sylvian; Boy George, Marilyn, Pete Burns, Tasty Tim; Blancmange; John Taylor; Matt Bianco; Bob Marley
Lyrics: Rough Justice - Bananarama; The Lebanon - The Human League; Panama - Van Halen; You're The Best Thing - Style Council; When Am I Going To Make A Living - Sade; Going Down Town Tonight - Status Quo; Footloose - Kenny Loggins; Red Guitar - David Sylvian; Love Wars - Womack & Womack; Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic; State Of Love - Imagination; Automatic - Pointer Sisters; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!; Mack The Knife - King Kurt; Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - Ultravox; When You're Young And In Love - Flying Pickets
Start: Boy George at Heathrow; Duran Duran; Belouis Some, "Target Practice", "Some People"; Jermaine Jackson, The Jacksons; personal file - Red Stripe  
Bitz: Cocteau Twins: Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser, Simon Raymonde; "So Many Men So Little Time", Miquel Brown, "Where Is My Man", Eartha Kitt; Bourgie Bourgie, "Careless"; Bamboo: Japan fanzine, David Sylvian, Masami Tschuya, Ippu-Do, Twisted Sister; Bronski Beat, "Small Town Boy", Mike Thorne; Musical Youth, "She's Trouble", Eddy Grant; Matt Bianco; Melody Makers: Cedella, Sharon, Ziggy, Steve Marley, "I Met Her On A Rainy Day", "Children Playing"; Nik Kershaw, Andrew Ridgeley, Bucks Fizz, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Page; Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Ray Of Sunshine"; Ficton Factory, OMD; "Streetsounds 9": Gap Band, Real To Reel, Jones Girls; King Kurt, "Dirty Dick Tour"; Johnny Marr, "2 From Quando", Quando Quango; Siouxsie & the Banshees; Nick Rhodes: my five faovurite artists and designers
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Red Guitar - David Sylvian; When Am I Going To Make A Living - Sade; You're The Best Thing - Style Council; State Of Love - Imagination; State Of Love - Imagination; What People Do For Money - Divine Sounds / The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight - Dominatrix; Ain't That Peculiar - Mari Wilson; She's Trouble - Musical Youth; Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - Ultravox; Bad Life - PiL; Assassing - Marillion; Going Down Town Tonight - Status Quo; I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good - The System; What Presence?! - Orange Juice; Sweetest Sweetest - Jermaine Jackson; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!; Professor Night - Was (Not Was)
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Ian Birch): Hysteria - Human League; Mange Tout - Blancmange; A Walk Across The Rooftops - Blue Nile; Touch Sensitive - Bruce Foxton; The Art Of Defence - Nona Hendryx; Dynamite - Jermaine Jackson
Nights Out: The Alternative Country & Western Festival: Bluberry Hellbellies, Pogue Mahone, Gleesome Threesome, Men They Couldn't Hang, Last Bid For The Recess, Cut Loose, Skiff Skats, Boothill Foot Tappers

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26 - May 9, 1984

Smash Hits, April 26, 1984

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Cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: Nik Kershaw
Interviews: Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Pete Burns; Psychedelic Furs; Alexei Sayle; Helen Terry; Nick Heyward
Lyrics: Thieves Like Us - New Order; Just A Dream - Nena; Against All Odds - Phil Collins; Hand In Glove - Sandie Shaw; Just Be Good To Me - S.O.S. Band; That's The Way I Like It - Dead Or Alive; I'm Falling - Bluebells; Locomotion - OMD; Heaven - Psychedelic Furs; Peace In Our Time - The Imposter; Love Lies Lost - Helen Terry; Give Me Tonight - Shannon; One Love / People Get Ready - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Silver - Echo & The Bunnymen; Turn Your Back On Me - Kajagoogoo
Start: Dave Gahan; Mike Read, "Tell Me I'm Wrong"; Tiny Tim, "Sugar Sugar"; Everything But The Girl", Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, "Each And Every One"; personal file - Green 
Bitz: Duran Duran; Captain Sensible, "The Russians Are Coming"; Sandie Shaw; "UB40 - A Musical Profile"; "Michael Jackson - Body And Soul", Geoff Brown; Andy McCluskey: My Five Obsessions; Stuart Croxford Neale marries Katherine Anne Scott, Hockcliffe Baptist Church, Leighton Buzzard; Chaka Khan; Echo & The Bunnymen, "Crystal Day", May 12; "Hi-Energy 2", Street Sounds; David J, The Jazz Butcher, "V For Vendetta"; Elvis Costello, "Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers", The Imposter, "Peace In Our Time", Scully; "Up Rock", Rock Steady Crew, "Beat Street"; "Let The Children Play": Madness, Peter Gabriel, Flying Pickets, Mari Wilson, Tom Robinson, Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall; Human League, "The Lebanon"; The Questions; David Bowie, "The Serious Moonlight Tour", "Love You Till Tuesday", Ready Steady Go!, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye
Single reviews (Dave Gahan): Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops - Cocteau Twins; Silver - Echo & The Bunnymen; Thieves Like Us - New Order; The Lebanon - Human League; One Man's Meat - Fad Gadget; Beat Of Two - Palais Schaumburg; Hand In Glove - Sandie Shaw; Love & Pride - King; Turn Your Back On Me - Kajagoogoo; Stay - Blue Nile; Influenza (Relapse) - Gene Loves Jezebel; One Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers; The Photo Song - Holger Czukay; It's All Over - Matt Fretton; Just A Dream - Nena; Standing In The Shadow - Whitesnake; You Don't Love Me - Marilyn; Sneaking Out The Back Door - Matt Bianco; Mack The Knife - King Kurt; Just My Imagination - Modern Romance; Don't Let Go - Wang Chung; It Makes Me Wonder - Bruce Foxton; When You're Young And In Love - Flying Pickets; Love Lies Lost - Helen Terry; Dreaming - Fashion; Love Me Tender - Roland Rat; I Feel Like Buddy Holly - Alvin Stardust
Album reviews (Johnny Black / Kimberley Leston / Dave Rimmer / Lola Borg / Mark Ellen / Ian Cranna): Junk Culture - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Toni Basil - Toni Basil; Ocean Rain - Echo & The Bunnymen; Sophisticated Boom Boom - Dead Or Alive; One Eyed Jacks - Spear Of Destiny; The Top - The Cure; Fraggle Rock - The Fraggles; Pop - Tones On Tail
Nights Out: Bad Karma In The UK; Grandmaster & The Furious Five
Other: Eurovision Song Contest; groups' names; "Footloose" review

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12 - 25, 1984

Smash Hits, April 12, 1984

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Cover: Thompson Twins
Centrespread: Siouxsie Sioux
Back cover: Sade
Interviews: Duran Duran; Special AKA, Rhoda Dakar; Rockwell; Ali Campbell; Bananarama; Thompson Twins
Lyrics: Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield; (When You Say You Love Somebody) In The Heart - Kool & The Gang; The Longest Time - Billy Joel; Nelson Mandela - Special AKA; (Obscene) Phone Caller - Rockwell; The Reflex - Duran Duran; Don't Tell Me - Blancmange; Dancing Girls - Nik Kershaw; I Want To Break Free - Queen; Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan; Glad It's All Over - Captain Sensible
Start: Razzmatazz, Captain Sensible, Nick Heyward, Tina Turner, Marilyn; Rick Parfitt, Michael Young; Nick Beggs, Mulligan, Ravel's "Bolero"; Queen, I Want To Break Free, Roger Taylor (Suzie Burchill), Brian May (Hilda Ogden), John Deacon (Ena Sharples), Freddie Mercury (Bet Lynch);
personal file - Peter Powell
Bitz: Captain Sensible, "Glad It's All Over", Dolly Mixture, "Remember This", Weetabix; Wham!; "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", Innervision Records, Barbados; "Electro 3": Divine Sounds, Dave DMX; "Now That's What I Call Music 2"; Ultravox; Malcolm X, "No Sell Out", Grandmaster Melle Mel, "Jesse"; Martin Gore: My Five Favourite Video Games; Iain McKell; Adele Bertei, "Build Me A Bridge", Thomas Dolby, Culture Club; Dead Or Alive; Culture Club, "A Kiss Across The Ocean"; Big Country; Rick Springfield; Van Halen; Elvis Costello; The Lotus Eaters; Rock Goddess: "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll): Jody Turner, Julie Turner, Dee O'Malley; Human League; Status Quo 
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): The Caterpillar - The Cure; Honey At The Core - Friends Again; Don't Tell Me - Blancmange; Liberator - Spear Of Destiny; Only He Has The Power To Move Me - Stephanie Lawrence; City For Lovers - Way Of The West; Runaway - Modists; The Reflex - Duran Duran; Remember This - Dolly Mixture; Locomotion - Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark; Shock Treatment - Pallas; Such A Shame - Talk Talk; The Longest Time - Billy Joel; I Want To Break Free - Queen; No Sell Out - Malcolm X; Eighties - Killing Joke; Romeo And Juliet Love Theme - Juan Martin; Set Me Apart - Lotus Eaters; Some Heads Are Gonna Roll - Judas Priest; Who's Fooling Who - Jakko; Take Me Home - Zac Zola & Electric Banana
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Josephine Hocking / Kimberley Leston / Claire Sheaff / Peter Martin / Dave Rimmer): Far From The Hurting Kind - Tracie; Islands - Kajagoogoo; Hold On - Sense; Body And Soul - Joe Jackson; The Flame - Annabel Lamb; Night Full Of Tension - Robert Gorl; Parting Should Be Painless - Roger Daltrey; Bananarama - Bananarama
Nights Out: Starlight Express; Howard Jones; Nik Kershaw

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 29 - April 11, 1984

Smash Hits, March 29, 1984

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Cover: Nik Kershaw
Centrespread: Wham!
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Madness: Suggs, Carl Smyth; Propaganda; Scritti Politti; Howard Jones; Phil Fearon; Nik Kershaw
Lyrics: Up On The Catwalk - Simple Minds; Lucky Star - Madonna; Renegades Of Funk - Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; You Take Me Up - Thompson Twins; Dr Mabuse - Propaganda; Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper; I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby; Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) - Scritti Politti; What Do I Do? - Phil Fearon & Galaxy; The Caterpillar - The Cure; Breaking Point - Bourgie Bourgie; Baby You're Dynamite
Start: Tim Pope, "I Want To Be A Tree", Paul Young, Style Council, Siouxsie, Budgie, Talk Talk, The Cure, Marc Almond; Ali Campbell, UB40, "Cherry Oh Baby"; personal file: David Lee Roth  
Bitz: Pauline Black and Sunday Best: Lynval Golding, Neville Staples, Jes Edwards, Phil Graham, Wayne Lothian, "Pirates On The Airwaves"; Simple Minds; Whitesnake; Shalamar, Howard Hewett, "Deadline USA", "Street Fleet", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Footloose", Peabo Bryson, "DC Cab"; Alexei Sayle; Shannon, "Let The Music Play"; Sade: Five Records I Always Look For On Jukeboxes; Marillion, Shakin' Stevens, The Quick; Ear Say: Nicky Horne, Gary Crowley, Leslie-Ann Jones; Mick Karn, Pete Murphy, Sheila Rock, Paul Rider; Bruce Foxton, "It Makes Me Wonder", "Touch Sensitive"; The Cure; Michael Jackson; And Also The Trees; Helen Terry, "Love Lies Lust"; Castle Donnington, Monsters Of Rock, AC/DC, WOMAD; Madonna, "Lucky Star"; The Weather Girls, Izora Armstead, Martha Walsh  
Single reviews (Ian Birch): I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby; Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - Phil Collins; Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper; Do You Wanna Dance - Toni Basil; Dubbin' It All - Steve Levine; Baby You're Dynamite - Cliff Richard; (Don't Let Your Love) Start A War - Pale Fountains; Dancing Girls - Nik Kershaw; You Take Me Up - Thompson Twins; Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield; 2000 Light Years From Home - The Danse Society; Keys To Your Heart - Urban Cowboys; Strive - Gloria Gaynor; Heaven - Psychedelic Furs; Leave It (Remix) - Yes
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Neil Tennant / Ian Cranna): Lament - Ultravox; Let The Music Play - Shannon; The Icicle Works - The Icicle Works
Nights Out: Style Council; The Clash; Batcave, Day-Glo Ball (Heaven)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15 - 28, 1984

Smash Hits, March 15, 1984

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Cover: Paul Young
Centrespread: Thompson Twins
Back cover: Carmel
Interviews: Paul Young; Sade; Van Halen; Fiat Lux; Holly Johnson; Kajagoogoo; Bourgie Bourgie; Bananarama; Depeche Mode
Lyrics: Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama; A Love Worth Waiting For - Shakin' Stevens; Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) - Icicle Works; P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson; To Be Or Not To Be (Hitler Rap) Part I - Mel Brooks; Swimming Horses - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Your Love Is King - Sade; Yah Mo B There - James Ingram; More More More - Carmel; People Are People - Depeche Mode; It's Raining Men - Weather Girls; Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba) - Julia And Company; Fraggle Rock - The Fraggles; 'Ullo John Got A New Motor - Alexei Sayle; Hello - Lionel Richie; Ghost Of Love - Fiction Factory
Start: personal file - Nena; Peter Powell, Simon Bates and Tony Blackburn dress up as Boy George, Gary Glitter and Tracey Ullman; Pyramid Lids, Tommy Boy Records;  
Bitz: Nelson Mandela, The Special AKA; Gary Byrd, Sweet Inspirations, "The Crown"; Gloria Gaynor, "Strive"; Jeffrey Daniel, Starlight Express, "Give My Regards To Broad Street", Paul McCartney; Madness, Lee Thompson marries Deborah Fordham; Gang Of Four split up; The World's Famous Supreme Team, Justice, Divine, Malcolm McLaren; Billy Bragg, Style Council, Questions; Nena, "Just A Dream"; Grammy Awards: Boy George, Culture Club, Michael Jackson, The Police, Duran Duran, Brooke Shields, Annie Lennox; Con McConville, It's Immaterial, "White Man's Hat"; The Fall, "Perverted By Language Bis"; Howard Jones; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax", 930,000 copies sold; The Cure, Phil Thornally; "Michael Jackson's Thriller"; Steve Levine, "Believin' It All", Boy George, David Grant, Rita Marley; Noddy Holder: Slade's Five Most Disastrous Gigs
Single reviews (Peter Martin): Dr Mabuse - Propaganda; People Are People - Depeche Mode; PYT (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson; Up On The Catwalk - Simple Minds; Hello - Lionel Richie; Lucky Star - Madonna; The Whodini Electro EP - Whodini; AC/DC - Jeffrey Daniel; A Love Worth Waiting For - Shakin' Stevens; The Greatness And Perfection Of Love - Julian Cope; Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) / In The Cauldron Of Love - Icicle Works; Souls On Fire - Tracie; What You've Been Through Is Love (Scream Like A Swift) - Che; Confusion - Zee; Why Don't We Spend The Night - Joe Fagan; Nelson Mandela - The Special AKA; That's The Way (I Like It) - Dead Or Alive; The Deceiver - The Alarm; Swimming Horses - Siouxsie And The Banshees
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Neil Tennant / Ian Birch / Kimberley Leston / Johnny Black / Lisa Anthony / Linda Duff / Ian Cranna / Lola Borg): Cafe Bleu - Style Council; This Last Night In Sodom - Soft Cell; Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell; Nena - Nena; Swoon - Prefab Sprout; I Am Gloria Gaynor; The Drum Is Everything - Carmel; Points Of The Curve - Wang Chung; Fugazi - Marillion; Politics Of Dancing - Re-Flex; I Don't Speak The Language - Matthew Wilder
Nights Out: Thomas Dolby; Genesis; Dead Or Alive

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1 - 14, 1984

Smash Hits, March 01, 1984

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Cover: Jon Moss
Centrespread: Nena
Back cover: Free Sticker Album offer
Interviews: Michael Jackson; Matt Bianco; General Public; Wang Chung; Nena; Jon Moss; Style Council
Lyrics: It's A Miracle - Culture Club; Cherry Oh Baby - UB40; Jump -Van Halen; Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed - Matt Bianco; An Innocent Man - Billy Joel; Down In The Subway - Soft Cell; Joanna - Kool & The Gang; She Was Hot - Rolling Stones; Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung; Street Dance - Break Machine; Hanna Hanna - China Crisis; Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell; My Guy - Tracey Ullman
Start: personal file - Roger Taylor; George Michael, David Cassidy; Jean Jacques Burnel, David Greenfield, The Stranglers, "Rain, Dole & Tea"; British Rock And Pop Awards: Boy George, David Jensen, Cheryl Baker, Sarah Kennedy, Helen Terry, Alf, Malcolm Lee, George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, Marjorie Proops
Bitz: Michael Jackson; Nick Heyward; Fraggles; Thomas Dolby: My Five Favourite Video Props; Crass, "You're Already Dead"; Zee: Dee Harris, Rick Wright; X, "More Fun In The World"; Jack Hammer, "Down In The Subway", Earl S. Burroughs, "Great Balls Of Fire"; Stephen Singleton quits ABC; Status Quo not breaking up; O.M.D., "Junk Culture"; Cyndi Lauper, Blue Angel, "I'm Gonna Be Strong"; Jermain Stewart, "The Word Is Out"; Bourgie Bourgie; Culture Club, "A Kiss Across The Ocean"; Howard Jones; Kajagoogoo; Icicle Works, "Birds Fly" / "Cauldron Of Love"; Duran Duran, John Taylor, "New Moon On Monday", Nile Rodgers;
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Wood Beez - Scritti Politti; Tuesday Sunshine - The Questions; Six Sed Red - Shake It Right; Lucky Lucky Lucky - Pookah Makes 3; Cherry Oh Baby - UB40; I Want It To Be Real - John Rocca; Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama; Rebel Yell - Billy Idol; My Guy - Tracey Ullman; Breakin' Down - Julia And Company; Ghost Of Love - Fiction Factory; Whatever Possessed You - Care; Hanna Hanna - China Crisis; The Smiling Hour - Kalima; The Record Keeps Spinning - Indeep; General Public - General Public; More, More, More - Carmel; High Rise - Mike Read; It's A Miracle - Culture Club; We Are Ninja - Frank Chickens
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Neil Tennants / Johnny Black / Dave Rimmer / Ian Birch / Ian Cranna / Josephine Hocking ): The Smiths - The Smiths; Human's Lib - Howard Jones; Pacific Street - Pale Fountains; The Works - Queen; Keep Moving - Madness; Human Racing - Nik Kershaw; It's My Life - Talk Talk; Uh-Huh - John Cougar Mellencamp
Nights Out: What's Happening To Concerts? Madness, Wang Chung, Zu Zu Sharks, Yip Yip Coyote, The Questions, Blue Rondo, Nik Kershaw, Fiction Factory, Howard Jones, Style Council, Kool & the Gang, Swans Way, Gary Crowley

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16 - 29, 1984

Smash Hits, February 16, 1984

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Cover: Madonna
Centrespread: Kajagoogoo - The Lion's Mouth
Back cover: Midge Ure
Interviews: Re-Flex; Madonna; Rick Springfield; Swans Way; Tracey Ullman; Jansen / Barbieri; Queen; The Smiths
Lyrics: Hide And Seek - Howard Jones; The Politics Of Dancing - Re-Flex; Spice Of Life - Manhattan Transfer; My Ever Changing Moods - Style Council; Let The Music Play - Shannon; Cry And Be Free - Marilyn; One Small Day - Ultravox; Soul Train - Swans Way; Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw; Help! - Tina Turner; Punch And Judy - Marillion; The Lion's Mouth - Kajagoogoo; The Joker - Steve Miller Band; Human Touch - Rick Springfield; A Night In New York - Elbow Bones and the Racketeers; 99 Red Balloons - Nena
Start: personal file - Nik Kershaw; Boy George, Miko, Terry Wogan, Selina Scott, Robert Mitchum; Thor, "Comic Fantasy"; Matt Bianco, "Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed"; Ian Page, Bop, "Too Young To Know"; The Questions, Paul Barry, Maureen Barry, "Tuesday Sunshine"
Bitz: Tom Bailey: The Five Worst Things About Teaching; Mike Read, Nick Beggs, David Grant, Paul Gambaccini; Jimmy Nail, Tracey Ullman, Allan McKeown; Break Machine, Jacques Morali, "Street Dance"; Elbow Bones; Mike Smith leaves Radio 1, John Peel stays, Gary Davies, Adrian John; Cyndi Lauper; Jack Hammer, "Down In The Subway", Soft Cell, "This Last Night In Sodom"; Matthew Wilder, "I Don't Speak The Language"; Cocteau Twins; David Gilmour, "About Face"; Susann Sulley passed her driving test; Style Council, The Questions, Billy Bragg; Thompson Twins; Six Sed Red, "Shake It Right", Cindy Ecstasy, Rick Holliday; B-Movie, "A Letter From Afar"; Roger Daltrey, "Walking In My Sleep", "Somebody Told Me"; K-Tel, "The Tube" Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Style Council, Eurythmics, Wham!, Paul Young, Aztec Camera, Jeff Beck; "Toyah! Toyah! Toyah"; "Two Of A Kind", John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, "Take A Chance"
Single reviews (Limahl): The Lion's Mouth - Kajagoogoo; Tonight - Boomtown Rats; Hide And Seek - Howard Jones; No Matter What Happens - Barbra Streisand; Bridge - Orange Juice; Organize - David Grant; An Innocent Man - Billy Joel; Middle Of The Road - Limahl; Eye Talk - Fashion; Cross My Heart And Hope To Die - Martin Shaw; Darling Don't Leave Me Out - David Gorl; She Was Hot - Rolling Stones; Punch And Judy - Marillion; Fraggle Rock - Fraggle Rock; Burning The Heat - Girlschool; Hey DJ - The World's Famous Supreme Team; Selina Wow Wow - Dee C. Lee; Rush Rush - Debbie Harry; Illegal Alien - Genesis; Your Love Is King - Sade
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Lindsay Shapero / Claire Sheaff / Josephine Hocking / Lola Borg / Mark Ellen / Neil Tennant): Into The Gap - Thompson Twins; Declaration - The Alarm; The Flat Earth - Thomas Dolby; White Flames - Snowy White / Victims Of The Future - Gary Moore; Slide It In - Whitesnake; She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper; In The Beginning - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Bodies And Souls - Manhattan Transfer
Nights Out: China Crisis; The Alarm