Sunday, December 27, 2009

December 27, 1979 - January 9, 1980

Smash Hits, December 27, 1979

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Cover: Blondie
Centrespread: Blondie
Back cover: Billy Idol
Interviews: Sex Pistols; Blondie; Kenny Everett;
Lyrics: Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush; Mary Of The Fourth Form - Boomtown Rats; SOS - Abba; So Lonely - Police; Mr Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra; My Generation - The Who; God Save The Queen - Sex Pistols; Presence Dear - Blondie; Mars Bars - Undertones; Take Me I'm Yours - Squeeze; Sweet Gene Vincent - Ian Dury & The Blockheads; Saturday Night Fever - Bee Gees; Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King; Bombers - Tubeway Army; Watching The Detectives - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Bitz: Simple Minds, "Le Morte En Direct", "Death Watch"; Siouxsie And The Banshees, Budgie; George Jones; Rod Temperton, Johnnie Wilder; Revillo; "Born To Run", Dave Marsh, "Keith Richards", Barbara Charone; Peter Gabriel; all-time top ten: Paul Weller; Phil Lynott, "Solo In Soho", Rainbow; Tourists; Blondie; "The Biggest Disco In The World", Charlie Daniels Band; Storm, Bebe Buell; Public Image Ltd., Martin Atkins; Ramones
Single reviews (David Hepworth):
Album reviews (Red Starr):
Other features (John Hodgson): Teeside: Blitzkrieg Bop, Nicky Beat & The Beatniks; The Cassettes; Carl Green & The Scene; Disguise; No Way; The Vultures; Basczax; The Amazing Space Frogs; The Props; Deja Vu; The Barbarians; The Drop; The Sines; Tic Tic; Shoot The Lights Out; Pork The Pies; Bombay Drug Squad; Discharge

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 13 - 26, 1979

Smash Hits, December 13, 1979
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Cover: The Clash
Centrespread: Secret Affair
Back cover: Dan-I
Interviews: Joe Strummer; The Clash; The Tourists; Paul McCartney; Wings
Bitz: XTC; Specials; The Brians; Gary Numan; Blondie; Sheila B. Devotion; Annie Lennox's all-time top ten; Sugar Hill Gang
Lyrics: Don't Bring Harry - Stranglers; She's Not There - UK Subs; London Calling - The Clash; Spacer - Sheila B. Devotion; My Simple Heart - Three Degrees; Crawling From The Wreckage - Dave Edmunds; Mellow Mellow Right On - Lowrell; Is It Love You're After? - Rose Royce; Living On An Island - Status Quo; Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd; Christmas Day - Squeeze; Glad To Be Gay - Tom Robinson Band; Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney; Off The Wall - Michael Jackson; It's My House - Donna Summer
Single reviews: Tears Of A Clown - The Beat; Survival - Bob Marley & the Wailers; London Calling - The Clash; Green Onions - Booker T and the MGs; Nervous System - Killing Joke; Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Monty Python; Dance Stance - Dexy's Midnight Runners; John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie; I Believe In Father Christmas - Greg Lake; Robot - Plastics
Album reviews: The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen - Mekons; Platinum - Mike Oldfield; Metal Box - Public Image; Real To Real Cacophony - Simple Minds; The Wall - Pink Floyd

Sunday, November 29, 2009

November 29 - December 12, 1979

Smash Hits, November 29, 1979

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Cover: Madness
Centrespread: Lene Lovich
Back cover: Elvis Costello
Interviews: Marianne Faithfull; Suzi Quatro; Madness
Lyrics: Last Train To London - Electric Light Orchestra; Walking On The Moon - The Police; Fall Out - The Police; Rockabilly Rebel - Matchbox; A Night A Daddy Gee's - Showaddywaddy; The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan - Marianne Faithfull; Let Your Heart Dance - Secret Affair; It's A Disco Night - Isley Brothers; My Feet Keep Dancing - Chic; I Only Wanna Be With You - The Tourists; Working For The Yankee Dollar - The Skids; David Watts - The Jam; Que Sera Mi Vida - The Gibson Brothers; Monkey Chop - Dan-I; Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders
Bitz: Blondie tour; Mike Oldfield, "Platinum", The Clash; Brinsley Schwarz, Bob Andrews, Ian Gomm; The Police, Henry Padovani; Gary Glitter; Matchbox; The Beat; Elvis Presley; Martin Bradley; Marvin Gaye; Boomtown Rats, Lene Lovich, Undertones; Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Holland; Herb Alpert; Sex Beatles, Jimmy Santana, Jordi, Hamish; The Police, Eberhard Schoener; Dan-I; all-time top ten: Ian Page; Sex Pistols, John Varnom; Fleetwood Mac, Hollywood Boulevard; The Mekons; Mean Street Dealers; Four Be Two, Jock McDonald, Bill Stewart, Billy Idol, Paul Cook, Tony James, Mike James, Jimmy Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Young, Gerry O'Donnell, Ricky Jobson, Phil Lynott
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Jumping Someone Else's Train - The Cure; Crawling From The Wreckage - Dave Edmunds; Baby Let's Play House - Rachel Sweet; Walking On The Moon - Police; It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson; Don't Bring Harry - Stranglers; Christmas Day - Squeeze; I'm Not A Fool - Cockney Rejects; She's Not There - UK Subs; Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney; An Englishman In New York - Godley And Creme; Manny Moe And Jack - Dickies; Such A Night - Racey; Hunted - Passions; Teenage Lightning - Doll By Doll; Don't Give It To Me Now - Merton Parkas; Planet Claire - B-52's; Moonlight And Muzak - M; Nightbus - Playboys; God Bless Whoever Made You - Jona Lewie
Album reviews (Red Starr): Music Man - Revanche; Royal Rappin's - Millie Jackson and Issac Hayes; Dawn Of The Dickies - Dickies; Jellied Eels To Record Deals - Buzzards; Matchbox - Matchbox; Suzi...And Other Four Letter Words - Suzi Quatro; And I Mean It - Genya Ravan; Sometimes You Win - Dr. Hook; Setting Sons - The Jam

Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 15 - 28, 1979

Smash Hits, November 15 - 28, 1979

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Cover: Gary Numan
Centrespread: Public Image Ltd., John Lydon
Back cover: The Selecter
Interviews: Gary Numan; Undertones; Chic
Lyrics: A Message To You Rudy / Nite Klub - Specials; Diamond Smiles - Boomtown Rats; Complex - Gary Numan; Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section; Tryouts For The Human Race - Sparks; Still - Commodore; Ladies' Knight - Kool & The Gang; Knocked It Off - B. A. Robertson; Hot Shot - Cliff Richard; Never 'Ad Nothin' - Angelic Upstarts; Denis - Blondie; Gonna Get Along Without You Now - Viola Wills; Tusk - Fleetwood Mac; When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
Bitz: Siouxsie; Undertones; Little GTO, New York Blondes; Paul McCartney "the most successful composer of all time"; Fleetwood Mac; Jimmy Pursey; Adverts split up; Gang Of Four; John Cooper-Clarke, Lenny Siberia; Police "Fall Out", Squeeze "Packet Of Three"; UK Subs, Paul Slack; Atlanta Rhythm Section, J.R. Cobb, Dean Daughtry; Lene Lovich, Les Chappell; Thin Lizzy, Dave Flett, Midge Ure; Mike Oldfield, Chairman Hua; The Cross, Phil Daniels, Peter Hugo-Daly, Barry Neill, John McWilliams; Lori And The Chameleons, Lori Lartey, Bill Drummond, David Balfe; Kevin Godley, Lol Creme; Skids, Alastair Moore; Steve Jones, Ten Pole Tudor, Sting, Duggie Campbell; Radio Actors, Sting, Steve Hillage, Nik Turner; Queen; all time top ten: The Undertones
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Diamond Smiles - Boomtown Rats; The Walk - Inmates; Made In Germany - Michael O'Brien; One Of The Lads - Four Be Two; Brass In Pocket - Pretenders; Young 'N' Russian; Time Goes By So Slow - Distractions; You Ready Now - Slaughter And The Dogs; Sonny's Lettah - Linton Kwesi Johnson; Tar - Visage; Cleveland Rocks - Ian Hunter; 6060-842 - B-52's; Betcha Can't Love Me Just Once - Raydio; Lucy Jordan - Marianne Faithfull
Album reviews (Red Starr): I Have A Right - Gloria Gaynor; Rise - Herb Alpert; Secret Life Of Plants - Stevie Wonder; One Step Beyond - Madness; Reality Effect - Tourists; The Headboys - Headboys; Present Tense - The Shoes; Broken English - Marianne Faithfull

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November 1 - 14, 1979

Smash Hits, November 1, 1979
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Cover: Skids
Centrespread: The Police
Back cover: Sparks
Interviews: The Skids; Status Quo; XTC
Bitz: Grace Jones; The Vapors; Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand; Charlie Daniels Band; Visage; Nicky Tesco's Top Ten
Lyrics: My Forbidden Lover - Chic; Memories - Public Image Limited; The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols; Nuclear Device - Stranglers; The Eton Rifles - The Jam; Sarah - Thin Lizzy; Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) - Abba; On My Radio - Selector; Down In The Park - Tubeway Army; The Devil Went Down To Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band; Typical Girls - Slits; So Much Trouble - Bob Marley
Single reviews: One Step Beyond - Madness; The Eton Rifles - The Jam; I'm A Cult Hero - Cult Hero; California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys; Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
Album reviews (Red Starr): The Fine Art Of Surfacing - Boomtown Rats; Whatever You Want - Status Quo; Tusk - Fleetwood Mac; The Specials - The Specials

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October 18 - 31, 1979

Smash Hits, October 18 - 31, 1979

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Cover: Bob Geldof
Centrespread: Debbie Harry
Back cover: Nick Lowe
Interviews: Boomtown Rats; The Damned; Boney M; Kate Bush
Lyrics: Every Day Hurts - Sad Cafe; Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp; Birdsong - Lene Lovich; You Say You Don't Love Me - Buzzcocks; You've Got My Number - Undertones; Smash It Up - Damned; Charade - Skids; Anarchy In The U.K. - Sex Pistols; Star - Earth Wind & Fire; Sing A Happy Song - O'Jays; El Lute - Boney M; OK Fred - Errol Dunkley; Point Of View - Matumbi; Now It's Gone - Chords; You're A Better Man Than I - Sham 69
Bitz: Public Image, Richard Dudanski, Karl Burns; Hugh Cornwell, Nosferatu; Four Be Two, Jimmy Lydon, Youth, Jock McDonald, Paul Young; Gary Numan; Souxsie and the Banshees; Skids; Andy Summers, Luke Skywalker; Joe Jackson, Boris Wellduff; Boomtown Rats; The Damned; Cliff Richard; The Flirts, Betty Burns, Jackie Burns, Natasha England; The Clash; Don Arden sues the BBC, Marvin Michaelson; Adverts, Paul Martinez; Cliff Richard, Kate Bush; all time top twelve: Ian Dury; Sting; Revillos, The Beat Goes On; Jimmy McCulloch dies
Single reviews (David Hepworth): No Mercy - Nils Lofgren; A Message To You Rudi / Nite Klub - Specials; Music 4 - Vice Versa; Work All Week - Mekons; Plastic Smile - Merton Parkas; You Say You Don't Love Me - Buzzcocks; Language School - Tours; Memories - Public Image Ltd.; You've Got My Number - Undertones; I'm The Man - Joe Jackson; You Don't Own Me - Joan Jett; Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp; It's Only Love - Little Bo Bitch; Nuclear Device (The Wizard Of Aus) - Stranglers; Empire State Human - Human League; 5:15 - The Who; Victim Of Love - Elton John; Electricity - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; The Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Swindle - Sex Pistols
Album reviews (Red Starr): It's A Bitch - Olympic Runners; Identify Yourself - O'Jays; I'm The Man - Joe Jackson; 154 - Wire; Entertainment - Gang Of Four; The Raven - Stranglers; A Different Kind Of Tension - Buzzcocks; Reproduction - Human League; Days In Europe - Skids

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October 4 - 17, 1979

Smash Hits, October 4, 1979
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Cover: Squeeze
Centrespread: The Sex Pistols
Back cover: Ian Dury
Interviews: Stiff Little Fingers; John Peel
Articles: James Brown
Bitz: Jane Aire; Stranglers; Specials; Siouxsie & the Banshees; John Du Cann; Making Plans For Nigel; Buggles; Quadrophenia; Selector
Lyrics: Video Killed The Radio Star - Buggles; Nights In White Satin - Dickies; Queen Of Hearts - Dave Edmunds; Them Heavy People - Kate Bush; Dreaming - Blondie; Straw Dogs - Stiff Little Fingers; Making Plans For Nigel - XTC; Shape Of Things To Come - Headboys; All Shook Up - Elvis Presley; Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson; Whatever You Want - Status Quo; Since You Been Gone - Rainbow
Single reviews (Chris Difford): I Love To Sing The Songs I Sing - Barry White; High Rise - Trainspotters
Album reviews (David Hepworth): Hersham Boys - Sham 69; Dart Attack - Darts; Coming Up For Air - Penetration; Off The Wall - Michael Jackson; Dream Police - Cheap Trick; Reggetta de Blanc - Police; Eat To The Beat - Blondie
Live reviews: Gary Numan
Other stuff: Quadrophenia

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September 20 - October 3, 1979

Smash Hits, September 20, 1979
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Cover: Secret Affair
Centrespread: The Jam
Back cover: Joe Jackson
Interviews: John Entwistle; Secret Affair; The Commodores
Bitz: Andy Partridge's top ten; Undertones album; Ramones movie; Chris Difford marries; Andy Partridge marries
Lyrics: Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe; Back Of My Hand - The Jags; The Prince - Madness; Message In A Bottle - The Police; Time For Action - Secret Affair; Butterfly Collector - The Jam; Don't Bring Me Down - The Electric Light Orchestra; The Loneliest Man In The World - The Tourists; Love's Gotta Hold On Me - Dollar
Single reviews (Andy Partridge): Rowche Rumble - The Fall; Nights In White Satin - Dickies; Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles; Getcha Rocks Off - Def Lep
Album reviews (Red Starr): The Pleasure Principle - Gary Numan; In Through The Out Door - Led Zeppelin; Join Hands - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Cut - The Slits

Sunday, September 6, 2009

September 6 - 19, 1979

Smash Hits, September 6 - 19, 1979
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Cover: The Specials
Centrespread: Squeeze
Back cover: Gibson Brothers
Interviews: The B-52s; The Jam; The Specials;
Articles: Eddie Cochran
Bitz: Chris Difford's top ten; Madness; Undertones/Clash gig threatened; Mekons; The Jags
Lyrics: Duchess - The Stranglers; Slap & Tickle - Squeeze; Boredom - Buzzcocks; Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty; If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me? - Bellamy Brothers; White Man In Hammersmith Palais - The Clash; Getting Closer - Wings; Baby's Request - Wings
Single reviews (Steve Bush): Cars - Gary Numan; Time For Action - Secret Affair; Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe; Madness - Madness
Album reviews (Red Starr): The Original Disco Man - James Brown; Shooting Stars - Dollar; Zoom - Rootboy Slim & the Sex Change Band; Fear Of Music - Talking Heads; Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division; Risque - Chic

Sunday, August 23, 2009

August 23 - September 5, 1979

Smash Hits, August 23 - September 5, 1979

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Cover: The Police
Centrespread: Gary Numan
Back cover: The Undertones
Interviews: Joe Jackson; The Police
Lyrics: Cars - Gary Numan; You Need Wheels - Merton Parkas; Money - Flying Lizards; When You're Young - The Jam; Angel Eyes - Roxy Music; Girls Girls Girls - Kandidate; Gone Gone Gone - Johnny Mathis; Strut Your Funky Stuff - Frantique; Teenage Warning - Angelic Upstarts; Solitary Confinement - Members; Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer; Going Through The Motions - Hot Chocolate; The Bitch - Olympic Runners; Conscious Man - Jolly Brothers; Lost In Music - Sister Sledge
Bitz: Specials; Chic, Sister Sledge; Undertones, Derry Festival; Lightning Records, Old Gold, Golden Oldies Club Of Great Britain; Buzzcocks, Different Kind Of Tension; Me And You, Norman and Sonia McLean; Eddie & the Hot Rods; Shake comic; Jimmy Pursey, Steve Jones, Paul Cook; Quadrophenia; Toyah Wilcox, Sheep Farming In Barnet; Futurama 79 - The World's First Science Fiction Music Festival; X Ray Spex split, Jak Airport, B. P. Hurding, Classix Nouveau, Poly Styrene; Skids, Tam Kellichan, Rusty Egan, Bill Nelson; Victor Rock 'n' Rollers, Joe Clay, Autry Inman, Jimmy Dell; Zoot Money Big Roll Band, Andy Summers; Gibson Brothers; Darts, Roy Wood; Secret Affair; all time top ten: Joe Jackson; Siouxsie and the Banshees; The Jam
Single reviews (Steve Bush): Spiral Scratch - Buzzcocks; Dim All The Lights - Donna Summer; Sheep Farming In Barnet - Toyah; Duchess - Stranglers; When You're Young - The Jam; Boy Oh Boy - Racey; The Sideboard Song - Chas and Dave; Let's Go Let's Go - Johnny Storm; Seaside Woman - Suzy and the Red Stripes; Use You - X S Energy; Geneve - Morgan-Fisher; Animal World - The Last Words; Memphis Tennessee - Silicon Teens; D.I.Y. - Cut-outs; Disco Dick - Disco Dick; Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) - Max Bygraves
Album reviews (Red Starr): Midnight Magic - Commodores; Invasion Of The Body Snatchers - Parlet; Starjets - Starjets; The Sound Of Sunbathing - Sinceros; Don't Give A Monkeys - Chas 'n' Dave; Run For Your Life - Tarney-Spencer Band; Exposed - Mike Oldfield; Highway To Hell - AC/DC; Cuba - Gibson Brothers; Drums And Wires - XTC
Other: Sheffield: Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Graph, Clock DVA, Vice Versa, They Must Be Russians, Def Leppard, The Negatives, The Parts, Artery, Xero, The Deaf Aids, Mindgames, Jump, De Tian, The Stunt Kites, The Defective Turtles, Disease, I'm So Hollow

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August 9 - 22, 1979

Smash Hits, August 9 - 22, 1979
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Cover: Ian Dury
Centrespread: The Boomtown Rats
Back cover: David Bowie
Interviews: Ian Dury; The Pretenders; Jimmy Pursey
Bitz: Rita Ray's top ten; Flying Lizards; Revillos; Merton Parkas
Lyrics: Gangsters - The Specials; Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jacskon; The Diary of Horace Wimp - E.L.O.; Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three) - Ian Dury & the Blockheads; We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard; Lady Writer - Dire Straits; Hersham Boys - Sham 69; Alternative Ulster - Stiff Little Fingers; Duke Of Earl - Darts; Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller - Showaddywaddy
Single reviews (Cliff White): Reasons To Be Cheerful, Pt 3 - Ian Dury and the Blockheads; Faster - George Harrison
Album reviews (Red Starr): The B-52s - The B52s; Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young; Get The Knack - The Knack; Nina Hagen Band - Nina Hagen Band; Some Product - Sex Pistols
Other stuff: Steve Wright's Disco Pick

Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 26 - August 8, 1979

Smash Hits, July 26, 1979

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Cover: Buzzcocks
Centrespread: Abba
Back cover: Sting
Interviews: Buzzcocks; Public Image Ltd.; Third World
Lyrics: Stay With Me Till Dawn - Judie Tzuke; Here Comes The Summer - Undertones; I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats; Harmony In My Head - Buzzcocks; D.J. - David Bowie; Silly Games - Janet Kay; Bring The Family Back - Billy Paul; Death Disco - Public Image Ltd.; Don't Kill It Carol - Manfred Mann's Earth Band; Since I Don't Have You - Art Garfunkel; I'm A Sucker For Your Love - Teena Marie; Get Another Love - Chantal Curtis; Sailing - Rod Stewart; Bang Bang - B. A. Robertson; Kid - Pretenders
Bitz: Gary Numan; Shake, Jo Callis, Troy Tate, Simon Templar, Angle Patterson; Tom Robinson Band split; Led Zeppelin at Knebworth; Mick Jagger; Pink Floyd; Gary Glitter; Mama Cass; The Knack, Doug Fieger, Prescott Niles, Bruce Gary; Gary Moore quits Thin Lizzy; Minne Riperton dies; Stranglers, Nils Lofgren, AC/DC, The Who; Blondie, Eat To The Beat; Meat Loaf; "Carry On Sex Pistols....Some Product"; Sparks, Grease; Judie Tzuke; Janet Kay; The Sham Pistols, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Jimmy Pursey, Dave Treganna; The Korgis, James Warren, Andy Davis, Stackridge
Single reviews (Red Starr): Someone Different - Glass Torpedoes; The Pictures On My Wall - Echo & The Bunnymen; Zip Nolan - Cult Figures; Sweet Laylin - Metal Boys; Eine Symphonie des Grauens - Monochrome Set; Let's Go - The Cars; I Don't Depend On You - The Men; Culture Shock - Shake; Beat The Clock - Sparks; Here Comes The Summer - Undertones; I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats; Chelsea Girl - Simple Minds; Lady Writer - Dire Straits; Make Believe Lovers - Anita Ward; Girls Girls Girls - Kandidate; Money - Flying Lizards; Black Slacks - Matchbox; Take Me To The River - Talking Heads
Album reviews (Cliff White): The Complete Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly; Ritchie Valens - Ritchie Valens; Greatest, Vol. 2 - Gene Vincent; I Am - Earth Wind & Fire; Winner Takes All - Isley Brothers; Happy Radio - Edwin Starr; Word Salad - Fischer Z

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12 - 28, 1979

Smash Hits, July 12 - 28, 1979
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Cover: Siouxsie
Centrespread: Ian Dury and the Blockheads
Interviews: Siouxsie & the Banshees; The Chords; The Ruts;
Articles: The Mod revival
Bitz: Richard Jobson's all-time top ten; Status Quo; The Who
Lyrics: Can't Stand Losing You - The Police; Chuck E's In Love - Rickie Lee Jones; Voulez-Vous - Abba; Angeleyes - Abba; Playground Twist - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Breakfast In America - Supertramp; Looking After No 1 - Boomtown Rats; Good Times - Chic; Married Men - Bonnie Tyler
Single reviews (Cliff White): Absolutely Sweet Marie - Flamin' Groovies; Bang Bang - B. A. Robertson; My Sharona - The Knack; It's Too Funky In Here - James Brown; Hersham Boys - Sham 69; Death Disco - Public Image Ltd.; Kid - The Pretenders
Album reviews (Red Starr): Labour Of Lust - Nick Lowe; Repeat When Necessary - Dave Edmunds; A Trip To Marineville - Swell Maps

Sunday, June 28, 2009

June 28 - July 11, 1979

Smash Hits June 28 - July 11, 1979
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Cover: Gary Numan
Centrespread: The Skids
Back cover: Phil Lynott
Interviews: Eddy Grant; Gary Numan; Chas 'n' Dave;
Bitz: Gerry Rafferty's all-time top ten; Anita Ward; Squeeze on Top of the Pops; Paul Weller's 21st birthday party
Lyrics: Sunday Girl - Blondie; C'Mon Everybody - The Sex Pistols; At Home He's A Tourist - Gang of Four; Babylon's Burning - The Ruts; Do Anything You Want To - Thin Lizzy; Old Siam, Sir - Wings; Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran; Lady Lynda - Beach Boys; Head Over Heels In Love - Kevin Keegan; The Lone Ranger - Quantum Jump; Go West - Village People
Single reviews (Cliff White): Bad Girls - Donna Summer; Can't Stand Losing You - The Police; Playground Twist - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Good Times - Chic
Album reviews (Red Starr): Duty Now For The Future - Devo; Back To The Egg - Wings; Three Imaginary Boys - The Cure; It's Alive - The Ramones

Sunday, June 14, 2009

June 14 - 27, 1979

Smash Hits June 14 - 27, 1979
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Cover: Donna Summer
Centrespread: Bryan Ferry
Back cover: Cheap Trick
Interviews: The Tubes; The Boomtown Rats; Donna Summer
Bitz: Gary Numan's all time top ten; Abba tour; Boney M tour; Blondie fan club info
Lyrics: Up The Junction - Squeeze; Are Friends Electric? - Tubeway Army; Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds; We Are Family - Sister Sledge; Ring My Bell - Anita Ward; Who Were You With In The Moonlight? - Dollar; What A Waste - Ian Dury & the Blockheads; Gertcha - Chas & Dave
Single reviews (Cliff White): Up The Junction - Squeeze; At Home He's A Tourist - Gang Of Four; Go West - Village People; They Don't Know - Kirsty MacColl; Head Over Heels In Love - Kevin Keegan; The Day My Baby Gave Me A Surprise - Devo
Album reviews (Red Starr): Waves - Patti Smith Group; Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra; Replicas - Tubeway Army

Sunday, May 31, 2009

May 31 - June 13, 1979

Smash Hits, May 31 - June 13, 1979

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Cover: Debbie Harry
Centrespread: David Bowie
Back cover: Lene Lovich
Interviews: The Undertones; Earth WInd & Fire
Lyrics: The Number One Song In Heaven - Sparks; Life Begins At The Hop - XTC; Shine A Little Love - Electric Light Orchestra; Capital Radio / I Fought The Law - Clash; Stop Breaking My Heart - Inner Circle; Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore; Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire; Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead; Everybody Get Dancin' - Bombers; Paradise Skies - Max Webster; Evening Star - Judas Priest; Sheena Is A Punk Rocker - Ramones; Mindless Boogie - Hot Chocolate; How Could This Go Wrong - Exile; Dance Away - Roxy Music
Bitz: Blondie, Debbie Harry, Chris Stein; Wind In The Willows; Mod Revival, Jam, Chords, Specials; Gary Numan, Dummy, Lee Cooper; Gary Moore, The Shadows; Johnnie Wilder, Heatwave; Sparks, Ron Mael, Russell Mael; Captain Sensible; Ian Dury and the Blockheads;
Single reviews (Cliff White): Ring My Bell - Anita Ward; Gertcha - Chas & Dave; Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds; Gotta Getaway - Stiff Little Fingers; I'm Hanging Around - Leyton Buzzards; Cracking Up - Nick Lowe; Once In A While - Five Sapphires; One More Time - Joe Jackson; Straight From The Heart - Tavares; Out In The Dark +3 - Lurkers; Masquerade +3 - Skids; Discovering Japan / Local Girls - Graham Parker & the Rumour; Life Begins At The Hop - XTC; Are 'Friends' Electric - Tubeway Army; Wake Up +3 - Essential Logic
Album reviews (Red Starr): Dance Lady Dance - Crown Heights Affair; Amii Stewart - Amii Stewart; Voulez Vous - Abba; Mission Accomplished But The Beat Goes On - Rezillos; The Undertones - The Undertones; Rockin' Mother - Mac Curtis; Grab It For A Second - Golden Earring; Lodger - David Bowie; Do It Yourself - Ian Dury

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17 - 31, 1979

Smash Hits, May 17 - 31, 1979

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Cover: David Bowie
Centrespread: Wings
Back cover: The Police
Interviews: Sex Pistols
Lyrics: Say When - Lene Lovich; Boys Keep Swinging - David Bowie; Roxanne - Police; Jimmy Jimmy - Undertones; Nice Legs Shame About The Face - Monks; Long Live Rock - The Who; Are You Ready For Love - Elton John; As Long As The Price Is Right - Dr. Feelgood; Saturday Night - T. Connection; Hot Stuff - Donna Summer; Prime Time - Tubes; The Runaway - Elkie Brooks; Only You - Child; Love Song - Damned
Bitz: The Police; Mike Oldfield; Angelic Upstarts, Mensi, Mond, Keith Warrington, Steve Forsten; Dickies, Stan Lee, Chuck Wagon, Billy Club, Bonita Butter, Leonard Phillips; Wizzard, Roy Wood; The Prats, Greg Maguire, Paul McLaughlin, Tom Robinson, Dave Maguire, Earcom, Blank Students, Graph, The Flowers; The Monks, Richard Hudson, John Ford, Terry Cassidy, Steve Barnacle; Steve Jones, Paul Cook; Buzzcocks; Stiff Little Fingers; Ian Dury; ELO
Single reviews (Cliff White): Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead; Living On The Frontline - Eddy Grant; Boogie Wonderland - Earth Wind & Fire with The Emotions; Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello; The Cost Of Living - Clash; Frederick - Patti Smith Group; Emotional Traffic - The Rumour; Girl's In Action - Invaders; Sunday Girl - Blondie; Don't Let Go - Jerry Lee Lewis; H.A.P.P.Y. Radio - Edwin Starr; Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Album reviews (Red Starr): Go West - Village People; Brite Lites / Big City - Fatback Band; Beefy Rockabilly - Sleepy LaBeef; Live At The Witch Trials - The Fall; Remember - Doll By Doll; Remote Control - The Tubes; Life In A Day - Simple Minds

Sunday, May 3, 2009

May 3 - 16, 1979

Smash Hits, May 3 - 16, 1979

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Cover: Billy Idol
Centrespread: Village People
Back cover: Squeeze
Interviews: Jean Jacques Burnel; Racey
Lyrics: Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart; Hooray Hooray It's A Holi-Holiday - Boney M; Does Your Mother Know - Abba; Pop Muzik - M; Blondes Have More Fun / The Best Days Of My Life - Rod Stewart; I'm An Upstart - Angelic Upstarts; Love Ballad - George Benson; The Adventures Of The Love Crusader - Sarah Brightman; One Way Ticket - Eruption; Swingin' - Light Of The World; Hallelujah - Milk And Honey; Feel The Need - Leif Garret; A Girl Like You - John Travolta; Remember When - Showaddywaddy
Bitz: Billy Idol; Amii Stewart; Roxy Music; Rock Against Racism; Blondie; Clash; Jimmy Pursey and his gran; David Bowie, Lou Reed fight; M, Robin Scott; The Damned, Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible, Alasdair Ward, Rat Scabies
Single reviews (Cliff White): Say When - Lene Lovich; Boys Keep Swinging - David Bowie; Long Live Rock - The Who; Jimmy Jimmy - Undertones; Out There In The Night - Only Ones; The Lost Sheep - Adrian Munsey; Banana Splits - Dickies; How Could This Go Wrong - Exile; Rubber Biscuit - The Chips; I Found Love - Barry White; Dancin' Fool - Frank Zappa; Does Your Mother Know? - Abba
Album reviews (Red Starr): Take Me Home - Cher; We Are Family - Sister Sledge; Second Hand Daylight - Magazine; Back In Your Life - Jonathan Richman; Fool's Party - Blue; Head First - The Babys; Manifesto - Roxy Music; Music For Airports - Brian Eno
Other: Gimmicks

Sunday, April 19, 2009

April 19 - May 2, 1979

Smash Hits, April 19 - May 2,1979

Cover: Poly Styrene
Centrespread: Siouxsie & the Banshees
Back cover: Sylvester
Interviews: Squeeze; Poly Styrene; Roxy Music
Lyrics: Imagination - Rocky Sharpe & The Replays; Silly Thing / Who Killed Bambi? - Sex Pistols; Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel; I Don't Wanna Lose You - Kandidate; Turn The Music Up - The Players Association; Wow - Kate Bush; The Logical Song - Supertramp; Don't Stop Me Now - Queen; Here Comes The Night - Beach Boys; Dance Away - Roxy Music; Goodnight Tonight - Wings; Some Girls - Racey; Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
Bitz: Boomtown Rats tour USA; Status Quo; Phil Lynott, Steve Jones, Paul Cook; Skids, Bill Nelson; Darts, Roy Wood; Members; Sister Sledge, Bernard Rogers, Nile Edwards; Gibson Brothers, Osmonds, Maurice Gibb; Beach Boys; Sham 69; Blondie; Undertones; Rezillos, John Callis, Angel Patterson, Simon Templar; The Who, Kenny Jones
Single reviews (Cliff White): I'm An Upstart - Angelic Upstarts; Lydia - Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers; Highly Inflammable - X-Ray Spex; Never Had A Love Like This Before - Tavares; Dance Away - Roxy Music; Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees; I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - Electric Prunes; The Adventures Of The Love Crusader - Sarah Brightman & the Starship Troopers; Nice Legs, Shame About The Face - Monks; Tell Everybody - Herbie Hancock; Come Go With Me - Del Vikings
Album reviews (Red Starr): Haven't Stopped Dancin' - Gonzalez; Windstorm - Gloria Jones; Timeless - Isley Brothers; Everything Is Green - Inner Circle; Livin' Inside Your Love - George Benson; Falling In Love - Frankie Miller; At The Chelsea Nightclub - Te Members; Squeezing Out Sparks - Graham Parker & The Rumour; Breakfast In America - Supertramp

Sunday, April 5, 2009

April 5 - 18, 1979

Smash Hits, April 5 - 18, 1979

Cover: Jimmy Pursey
Centrespread: Kate Bush
Back cover: The Members
Interviews: The Members; The Jacksons; Dire Straits
Lyrics: Cool For Cats - Squeeze; Valley Of The Dolls - Generation X; Questions And Answers - Sham 69; Offshore Banking Business - Members; The Staircase (Mystery) - Siouxsie And The Banshees; I (Who Have Nothing) - Sylvester; Fire - Pointer Sisters; Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) - G.Q.; Let's Fly Away - Voyage; I Go To Pieces - Rachel Sweet; Cuba - Gibson Brothers; The Runner - The Three Degrees; He's The Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge; Gimmix! Play Loud - John Cooper Clarke; Saturday Night (Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees) - Leyton Buzzards;
Bitz: Sex Pistols, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Joan Jett, "You Don't Own Me", Johnny Rotten, Glen Matlock; Jean Jacques Burnel; Elton John; Dennis Wilson, Christine McVie; Sex Pistols, "Something Else", silver disc; The Jam tour; Sylvester; Rezillos, Fay Fife, Eugene Reynolds; Sham 69; Paul McCartney, Wings, Laurence Juber, Steve Holly; Siouxsie & the Banshees; The Three Degrees, Prince Charles, Valerie Holiday, Princess Margaret; The Tubes; Gloria Gaynor; John Otway, "Frightened And Scared", missing vocals; Blondie; Sarah Brightman, Starship Troopers
Single reviews (Cliff White): I Go To Pieces - Rachel Sweet; I (Who Have Nothing) - Sylvester; Mystery Dance - Dyan Diamond; The Staircase (Mystery) - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Offshore Banking Business - Members; Silly Thing - Sex Pistols; Questions And Answers - Sham 69; Pop Muzik - M; Disco Junction - Side Effect; Cool For Cats - Squeeze; Valley Of The Dolls - Generation X; Shoot Shoot - UFO; Holy Ghost - Bar Kays; Sha La La Means I Love You - Barry White; Cholly (Funk Getting Ready To Roll) - Funkadelic; Goodnight Tonight - Wings; It Hurts To Be In Love - Paul Shuttleworth; Aint Got No Balls - Precious Little
Album reviews (Red Starr): Viva - La Dusseldorf; Tigers And Fireflies - Lynsey De Paul; Wild Child - Valerie Carter; Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You - Jerry Butler; Music From Consequences - Godley And Creme; TRB Two - Tom Robinson Band; Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs And Krauts - The Rumour

Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 22 - April 4, 1979

Smash Hits, March 22, 1979

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Cover: Lene Lovich
Centrespread: Chic
Back cover: Bee Gees
Interviews: Buzzcocks; Thin Lizzy; The Skids
Lyrics: Imperial Wizard - David Essex; Strange Town - The Jam; In The Navy - Village People; Heart Of Glass - Blondie; Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond; Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - Jacksons; Something Else - Sid Vicious; Keep On Dancin' - Gary's Gang; Boogie Town - Fat Larry's Band; What A Fool Believe - Doobie Brothers; Bristol Stomp - Late Show; Whenever I'm Away From You - John Travolta; Money In My Pocket - Dennis Brown; Bully For You - Tom Robinson; Everything Is Great - Inner Circle;
Bitz: rollerdisco; Dennis Brown; Rich Kids split, Glen Matlock, Midge Ure, Phil Lynott; Blondie, Sunday Girl, Private Stock Records; Peter Blake, Lip Smackin' Pepsi Cola, Boogie Breakout, Agony, Anna Raeburn; Kate Bush; Buzzcocks, Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias; Tom Robinson Band; Members, Offshore Banking Business, At The Chelsea Nightclub; Tom Robinson, Peter Gabriel, Elton John; Meat Loaf, Leslie Edmonds; Robert Plant, Maureen Plant, Logan Ramirez Plant
Single reviews (Cliff White): High On Your Love Suite / One Mo Hit (Of Your Love) - Rick James; In The Navy - Village People; Voodoo Voodoo - Den Hegarty; Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - Jacksons; Imagination - Rocky Sharpe & the Replays; Good To See You - Frankie Miller; Get Back - Billy Preston; What's A Nice Guy Like Me (Doing In A Place Like This) - Paul Evans; Girl Of My Dreams - Bram Tchaikovsky; Life Is A Dance - Chaka Khan; Disco Nights - G.Q.; Strange Town - The Jam
Album reviews (Red Starr): Chappo - Roger Chapman; The Force - The Real Thing; Get Down - Gene Chandler; Love Tracks - Gloria Gaynor; Guitar Graffiti - Chris Spedding; Dark Horse - George Harrison; Live (X Cert) - Stranglers; Cool For Cats - Squeeze

Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 8 - 21, 1979

Smash Hits, March 8-21, 1979
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Cover: Phil Lynott
Centrespread: The Jam
Back cover: David Essex
Interviews: Lene Lovich; Darts;
Bitz: Boney M; Boomtown Rats; Siouxsie & the Banshees; David Bowie; Undertones, Billy Doherty; Thin Lizzy; John Travolta; Status Quo; Johnny Mathis; Sweet, Brian Connolly;
Lyrics: Waiting For An Alibi - Thin Lizzy; Everybody's Happy Nowadays - Buzzcocks; Into The Valley - Skids; Painter Man - Boney M; Lucky Number - Lene Lovich; Can You Feel The Force; I'm In Love (And I Love The Feeling) - Rose Royce; I Want Your Love - Chic; English Civil War - The Clash; Weekend - Mick Jackson; Trash - Roxy Music; Heaven Knows - Donna Summer; Blue Morning Blue Day - Foreigner; Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits; Just What I Needed - The Cars
Single reviews (Cliff White): Sultans Of Swing - Dire Straits; Killing An Arab - The Cure; Everybody's Happy Nowadays - Buzzcocks; South Of The River - Blast Furnace And The; Something Else - Sid Vicious; English Civil War - The Clash; Protection - Graham Parker & the Rumour; Trash - Roxy Music
Album Reviews: Here My Dear - Marvin Gaye; Stealin' Home - Ian Matthews; Scared To Dance - The Skids; Look Sharp - Joe Jackson; Hollywood Party Tonight - Odyssey; Against The Grain - Phoebe Snow; Strangers In The Night - UFO

Sunday, February 22, 2009

February 22 - March 7, 1979

Smash Hits, February 22, 1979

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Cover: Debbie Harry
Centrespread: Abba
Back cover: Billy Idol
Interviews: Elvis Costello; Generation X;
Lyrics: Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders; Sound Of The Suburbs - Members; Tragedy - Bee Gees; Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello; Take On The World - Judas Priest; Hold The Line - Toto; You Bet Your Love - Herbie Hancock; Get Down - Gene Chandler; Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb; Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf; May The Sunshine - Nazareth; We've Got Tonite - Bob Seger; Contact - Edwin Starr; I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor; (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away - Andy Gibb;
Bitz: Stranglers; Buzzcocks; Mad Den Hegarty; Peter Frampton, Penny McCall; Earth Wind And Fire; Sham 69 hooligan element; The Members; Leif Garrett, Donny and Marie Osmond; John Travolta, "Whenever I'm Away From You"; Joey Travolta; Denise Crosby; Paul Evans
Single reviews (Cliff White): Lucky Number - Lene Lovich; Heaven Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer; Oliver's Army - Elvis Costello & the Attractions; Painter Man - Boney M; Can You Feel The Force? - Real Thing; Ain't Love A Bitch - Rod Stewart; Thank You For Funking Up My Life - Donald Byrd; Tragedy - Bee Gees; Soul Man - Blues Brothers; Everything Is Great - Inner Circle; Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf; Boozy Nights - Barron Knights; J-J--Julie (Yippee Yula) - Julie & Gordon; Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond
Album reviews (Red Starr): Energy - Pointer Sisters; Alicia Bridges - Alicia Bridges; Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees; 20 Of Another Kind - Various Artists; Valley Of The Dolls - Generation X; The Man Who Built America - Horslips; Feets Don't Fail Me Now - Herbie Hancock
Other: Gloria Gaynor; Edwin Starr

Sunday, February 8, 2009

February 8 - 21, 1979

Smash Hits, February 8-21, 1979

Cover: Rod Stewart
Centrespread: Darts
Back cover: Ian Dury
Interviews: Frankie Miller; Ian Dury; Dr. Feelgood
Lyrics: Get It - Darts; Woman In Love - Three Degrees; Get Over You - Undertones; Ain't Love A Bitch - Rod Stewart; Desire Me - The Doll; Chiquitita - Abba; Cool Meditation - Third World; Milk And Alcohol - Dr. Feelgood; Car 67 - Driver 67; This Is It - Dan Hartman; Je Suis Music - Cerrone;
Bitz: Boomtown Rats; Chic; The Doll, Marion Valentino, Pretenders; Elton John; Graham Parker; "Gift Of A Song", Bee Gees, Abba, Fleetwood Mac, UNICEF; Generation X
Single reviews (Cliff White): Heart Of Glass - Blondie; Heaven Knows - Donna Summer; Woman In Love - Three Degrees; Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders; Falling In Love - Rubinoos; She's The One - Ramones; Just Thirteen - Lurkers; Get Over You - Undertones; Sound Of The Suburbs - Members; Radioactive - Gene Simmons; Bristol Stomp - The Late Show; Last Bus Home - Boyfriends; Saturday Night (Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees) - Leyton Buzzards; Get Down - Gene Chandler; Every Night - Phoebe Snow; I Was Made For Dancin' - Leif Garrett; My Life - Billy Joel; Just The Way You Are - Barry White
Album reviews (Red Starr): Cruisin' - Village People; Sweet Oasis - Barbara Dickson; First Edition - Public Image; Armed Forces - Elvis Costello; No Mean City - Nazareth; Outlandos D'Amour - Police; The Scream - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Stay With Me - Kiki Dee

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 1979

Smash Hits, February 1979
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Cover: Elvis Costello
Centrespread: The Clash
Back cover: Elton John
Interviews: Rachel Sweet; Elton John; Funkadelic
Lyrics: Raining In My Heart - Leo Sayer; King Rocker - Generation X; A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John; When I'm Away From You - Frankie Miller; Take That To The Bank - Shalamar; American Squirm - Nick Lowe; Destiny - The Jacksons; September - Earth Wind & Fire; Please Come Home For Christmas - Eagles; I'll Put You Together Again - Hot Chocolate; Shooting Star - Dollar; Hello This Is Joanie - Paul Evans; Who What Where When Why - Manhattan Transfer; How You Gonna See Me Now - Alice Cooper; New York New York - Gerard Kenny; Lay Your Love On Me - Racey; Mirrors - Sally Oldfield; Kona Coast - Beach Boys
Gossip: Elvis Costello; John Cooper Clarke; Bernie Taupin, Alice Cooper; Antony 'Binky' Baker; The Clash, Sid Vicious; Ian Hunter, Generation X, Mick Ronson, Rich Kids, Tom Robinson, Todd Rundgren; Bay City Rollers, Duncan Faure; Olivia Newton-John, John Farrar, Bruce Welch, Hank Marvin; Rocky Sharp & the Replays

Thursday, January 1, 2009

January 1979

Smash Hits, January 1979
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Cover: Boomtown Rats
Centrespread: Boney M
Back cover: Hot Gossip
Interviews: Sylvester; The Clash; Rezillos
Gossip: Boomtown Rats; The Motors; Stiff Records; Roxy Music; Mike Oldfield; Elton John; Nick Lowe, Andy Williams; Phil Lynott, Silvana Suarez; Elvis Costello
Lyrics: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & the Blockheads; Too Much Heaven - Bee Gees; I Love America - Patrick Juvet; Promises - Buzzcocks; Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? - Rod Stewart; Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord - Boney M; YMC - Village People; Le Freak - Chic; Dance (Disco Heat) - Sylvester; Tommy Gun - Clash; Destination Venus - Rezillos; I Love The Nightlife - Alicia Bridges; Always And Forever - Heatwave; Just To Be Close To You - Commodores; B-A-B-Y - Rachel Sweet; Old Shep - Elvis Presley; Don't Cry Out Loud - Elkie Brooks; Ease On Down The Road - Michael Jackson & Diana Ross; I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper - Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip