Friday, May 15, 2020

May 15 - 28, 1980

Smash Hits, May 15, 1980

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Cover: Kate Bush
Centrespread: The Undertones
Back cover: Toyah
Interviews: Kate Bush; Phil Lynott
Lyrics: In The City / All Around The World / Modern World - The Jam; Breathing - Kate Bush, This World Of Water - New Musik; Over You - Roxy Music; The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off - Cockney Rejects; Police And Thieves - Junior Murvin; Hold On To My Love - Jimmy Ruffin; Take Good Care Of My Love - Smokie; No Doubt About It - Hot Chocolate; Call Me - Blondie; Rock 'N' Roll - Human League; She's Out Of My Life - Michael Jackson; Fool For Your Loving - Whitesnake; Leaving Here - Motorhead
Bitz: Gary Numan, Robert Palmer; Rodney Franklin; Devo; The Beat; Buster Bloodvessel; Graham Parker; David Bowie; The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle; Rainbow; The B-52s; The Lambrettas; Geno Washington; Kosmo Vinyl, Dread At The Controls; Americathon, Elvis Costello; Phil Lynott's all time top ten; The High Numbers; Elton John; Junior Murvin
Single reviews (Mrs. Esme Sprigg of Hounslow): Boys Cry - The Distractions; That's What John Said - The Motors; Girl You Want - Devo; Hey Mae - Shakin' Stevens; Total War - Comsat Angels; Midnight Dynamos - Matchbox; Messages - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) - Squeeze; Stupefaction - Graham Parker; Over You - Roxy Music
Album reviews (Bev Hillier / Red Starr / David Hepworth / Ian Cranna): Let's Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson; Go All The Way - The Isley Brothers; Travelogue - The Human League; Strange Boutique - The Monochrome Set; Le Chat Bleu - Mink DeVille; Snakes And Lovers - Interview; The Correct Use Of Soap - Magazine; Baby's Got A Gun - The Only Ones; Sports Car - Judie Tzuke; Solo In Soho - Phil Lynott
Independent Singles (Red Starr): TV21; The Decorators; The Versatile Newts; John Duart & the Bedrooms Of Europe; Metrophase; Embryo; Lord Rockingham's Revenge; The Shrouds; Bob Saffron & The Postal Bargains; I Am A Computer - Goo-Q (Rising Star); The Accidents; The Thunderboys; The Freeze; Put My Finger On You - The Amber Squad (S+T); Positive Signals; The Strand; Phones B. Sportsman; The Cult Figures; Two Hearts In Pain / Exploitation - Janet Armstrong (Silent Records)
Other: Music programmes on television

Friday, May 1, 2020

May 1 - 14, 1980

Smash Hits, May 1, 1980

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Cover: Siouxsie Sioux
Centrespread: The Specials
Back cover: The Chords
Interviews: Siouxsie and the Banshees; The Bodysnatchers; Pete Townshend
Lyrics: My Oh My - Sad Cafe; Wheels Of Steel - Saxon; Staring At The Rude Boys - The Ruts; Something's Missing - The Chords; Mirror In The Bathroom - The Beat; Coming Up - Paul McCartney; Dear Miss Lonely Hearts - Phil Lynott; Don't Make Waves - The Nolans; I Shoulda Loved Ya - Narada Michael Walden; I'm The Face - The High Numbers; All For Leyna - Billy Joel; Life On Mars - David Bowie; Rock 'N' Roll Radio - The Ramones; Live And Loneliness - The Motors; A Forest - The Cure
Bitz: Gary Numan; The Photos; Suggs; Fern Kinney; AC/DC, Brian Johnson; The Vapors; Sonja Kristina; Marvin Gaye; Rocky Burnette; Bob Marley and the Wailers; The Cockney Rejects; Joe Strummer, the 101ers; The Undertones; The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle, Malcolm McLaren, Julian Temple; Toyah's all time top ten; The Kinks; Joy Division; Video Killed The Radio Star; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, Paul Humphreys, Andy McCluskey; The Human League; Dave Marsh
Single reviews (a small creature in shorts): The Lonely Spy - Lori and the Chameleons; Scuba Scuba - The Revillos; Holiday '80 - The Human League; The Strange Boutique - The Monochrome Set; Split Up The Money - Vic Godard and Subway Sect; Betrayal - Jah Wobble; Splash (A Tear Comes Rolling Down) - Clive Langer and the Boxes; I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds Rockpile; The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off - Cockney Rejects; Saigon - Martha and the Muffins; Outside The Trains Don't Run On Time - Gang Of Four; Mirror In The Bathroom - The Beat; Rescue - Echo and the Bunnymen
Album reviews (Bev Hillier / Red Starr / David Hepworth / Ian Cranna): You Got What It Takes - Bobby Thurston; You Know How To Love Me - Phyllis Hyman; Snap, Crackle And Bop - John Cooper Clarke; 1980 - The Choice Is Yours - The Members; Bad Manners - Bad Manners; The Russians Are Coming - Bram Tchaikovsky; Middle Man - Boz Scaggs; Empty Glass - Pete Townshend; From A To B - New Musik; Seventeen Seconds - The Cure
Independent Albums (Red Starr): Remorse Code - Desperate Bicycles
Independent Singles (Steve Bush): Wind-Up Girl - Spitfire (Gun Records); Waiting For You / It's True - The Meanies (Vendetta Records); Don't Let Go / Bank Holiday Weekend - Seventeen (Vendetta Records); The Music Goes On And On / Ginny - Jerry The Ferret (Dead Horse Records); Femmes Sous Cellophane - Edith Nylon (Discos Incorporated);Books Books Books / Not A Love Song - The Impossible Dreamers (A Merciful Release)

Friday, April 17, 2020

April 17 - 30, 1980

Smash Hits, April 17, 1980

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Cover: Madness
Centrespread: The Vapors
Back cover: Siouxsie
Interviews: The Monkees; Madness; BA Robertson
Lyrics: What Will I Do Without You? – Lene Lovich; Clean Clean – The Buggles; Daydream Believer – The Monkees; Modern Girl – Sheena Easton; Silver Dream Racer – David Essex; I’ve Never Been In Love – Suzi Quatro; Check Out The Groove – Bobby Thurston; Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook; Him – Rupert Holmes; White Punks On Dope – The Tubes; High Fidelity – Elvis Costello; Food For Thought – UB40; Geno – Dexy’s Midnight Runners; Don’t Push It Don’t Force it – Leon Haywood; Living After Midnight – Judas Priest
Bitz: Pink Floyd; Bobby Thurston; Tiswas; Gary Glitter; The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle; Jacob Miller; Eddie Cochran; Sham 69; John Cooper Clarke; Sheena Easton; UB40; Glen Matlock’s all-time top ten; The Monkees; Joe Jackson; Styx; Santana; The Blues Band; The Spectres
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Call Me – Blondie; High Society – Norma Jean; Coming Up – Paul McCartney; Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio – Ramones; Don’t Touch Me There – Tygers Of Pan Tang; Eurovision – Telex; Police And Thieves – Junior Murvin; The Crawl – Fabulous Thunderbirds; A Forest – The Cure; Israelites – Desmond Dekker; Supremes Medley – Diana Ross and the Supremes; The Bucket Of Water Song – The four Bucketeers
Album reviews (Bev Hillier / Red Starr / David Hepworth / Ian Cranna): Totally Connected – T-Connection; Every Generation – Ronnie Laws; We Gotta Get Outta This Place – Angelic Upstarts; The Son Of Rock And Roll – Rocky Burnette; Big Boy – Mark Andrew and the Gents; The Barbara Dickson Album – Barbara Dickson; Duke – Genesis; Snakes And Ladders – Gerry Rafferty; Hypnotised – The Undertones
Independent Albums: Live Quartz - Quartz
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Rickey’s Hand – Fad Gadget; Anticipation – Delta 5; Warm Girls – Girls At Our Best; Boots For Dancing; Falling And Laughing - Orange Juice

Friday, April 3, 2020

April 3 - 16, 1980

Smash Hits, April 3, 1980

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Cover: John Lydon
Centrespread: Stiff Little Fingers
Back cover: The Beat
Interviews: Gary Numan; Stewart Copeland; Public Image Limited
Lyrics: Let’s Do Rocksteady – Bodysnatchers; Missing Words – Selector; Night Boat To Cairo – Madness; No One Driving – John Foxx; Talk Of The Town – Pretenders; My Perfect Cousin – Undertones; Stomp – Brothers Johnson; My World – Secret Affair; King – UB40; Ready Steady Go – Generation X; January February – Barbara Dickson; Dance Yourself Dizzy – Liquid Gold; That’s The Way The Money Goes – M; Spirit Of Radio – Rush; Turn It On Again – Genesis
Bitz: Madness; Fleetwood Mac; 10CC; Generation X; Boomtown Rats; Pete Briquette; Kiss; Barbara Dickson; Mike Oldfield; Brothers Johnson; Rush; Dave Wakeling’s all-time top ten; The Police; Phil Lynott; Darts; Graham Parker; Pete Frame
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Dear Miss Lonelyhearts – Phil Lynott; We Gotta Get Out Of This Place – Angelic Upstarts; I Thank You – ZZ Top; Clean Clean – The Buggles; I Feel Love – Donna Summer; Wait Till Your Boat Goes Down – XTC; Living After Midnight – Judas Priest; Trial Of Hissing Sid – Captain Beaky And His Band; Rough Boys – Pete Townshend; Work, Rest & Play EP – Madness; Talk Of The Town – The Pretenders; My Perfect Cousin – The Undertones
Album reviews (Red Starr / David Hepworth / Bev Hillier / Ian Cranna): The Whispers – The Whispers; Burnin’ Alive – Tony Rallo & the Midnite Band; Beat That! – Purple Hearts; Original Mirrors – Original Mirrors; MAA – Mental As Anything; Big Smash – Wreckless Eric; Initial Success – BA Robertson; Glass Houses – Billy Joel; Tenement Steps – The Motors; American Gigolo Original Soundtrack
Independent Albums: East – Various Artists (Dead Good Records)
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Chance Meeting – Josef K; Where There’s A Will There’s A Way – The Pop Group; In The Beginning There Was Rhythm - Slits

Friday, March 20, 2020

March 20 - April 2, 1980

Smash Hits, March 20, 1980

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Cover: XTC
Centrespread: Gary Numan
Back cover: The Skids
Interviews: Andy Summers, The Vapors, John Foxx
Lyrics: Another Nail In My Heart – Squeeze; Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins; Going Underground – The Jam; Atomic – Blondie; Rosie – Joan Armatrading; Hello I Am Your Heart – Bette Bright; Kool In The Kaftan – B. A. Robertson; You Know How To Love Me – Phyllis Hyman; Poison Ivy – The Lambrettas; Happy House – Siouxsie and the Banshees; Warhead – UK Subs; The Man With The Child In His Eyes – Kate Bush; Tonight I’m Alright – Narada Michael Walden; Working My Way Back To You – Detroit Spinners; Ten Feet Tall – XTC; The Olympian – The Skids
Bitz: Martha and the Muffins; The Lambrettas; Elvis Presley; Thin Lizzy; John Foxx’s all-time top ten; Siouxsie & the Banshees; Sham 69; Shakin’ Stevens; Bette Bright; Deaf School; The Tourists; Holly and the Italians; Narada Michael Walden; Toyah Willcox; Judas Priest
Single reviews (Kelly Pike): Going Underground – The Jam; My World (I Spy) – Secret Affair; Turn It On Again – Genesis; Do Rock Steady – Bodysnatchers; Shiraleo – Starjets; Understanding – Judie Tzuke; Same Goes For You – Leif Garrett; Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Again) – Magazine; Bad News – Sugarhill Gang; Trickle Trickle – Manhattan Transfer; It’s Too Late – The Searchers; Geno – Dexy’s Midnight Runners; What Will I Do Without You? – Lene Lovich; Kickin The Kans – Headboys; My Oh My – Sad Café; Refugee – Tom Petty; A Song For Europe – The Mice; You Really Got Me – The Kinks; Spirit Of Radio - Rush
Album reviews (Red Starr / David Hepworth): Sugarhill Gang – Sugarhill Gang; Crazy Rhythm – The Feelies; Deguello – ZZ Top; Solid Gold – James Brown; Greatest Hits Vol One – Cockney Rejects; Songs The Lord Taught Us – The Cramps; Psychedelic Furs – Psychedelic Furs; Nobody’s Heroes – Stiff Little Fingers
Independent Albums: Colossal Youth – Young Marble Giants
Independent Singles: Wardance – Killing Joke; Kebabtraume – DAF; Treason – Teardrop Explodes; Let’s Build A Car – Swell Maps
Other stuff: Smash Hits Readers Poll Results

Friday, March 6, 2020

March 6 - 19, 1980

Smash Hits, March 6, 1980

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Cover: The Jam
Centrespread: The Tourists
Back cover: Dave Edmunds
Interviews: The Jam; Blondie; The Flying Lizards
Bitz: Dr. Hook; Fleetwood Mac; Another Pretty Face; The Scars; Bon Scott; Fern Kinney; The Police, Gary Numan, Angelic Upstarts; Meatloaf; Thin Lizzy; Scott Gorham; Sammy Hagar; Mike Oldfield; Madness; Eric Stewart; Chris Pope's All Time Top Ten; The Cramps; The Fall; Spizz Energi; Captain & Tenille; Tony Rallo
Lyrics: Animation - The Skids; Space Oddity / Alabama Song - David Bowie; Cuba - Gibson Brothers; All Night Long - Rainbow; I've Done Everything For You - Sammy Hagar; Hot Dog - Shakin' Stevens; Holdin' On - Tony Rallo & the Midnight Band; Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tenille; Together We Are Beautiful - Fern Kinney; On The Radio - Donna Summer; At The Edge - Stiff Little Fingers; Where's Captain Kirk? - Spizz Energi; Running Free - Iron Maiden; Hello America - Def Leppard
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Baby Talks Dirty - The Knack; Baby Tonight - Rocky Burnett; 2000 Man - Kiss; Real Fun - Ten Pole Tudor; Bionic Man - Fabulous Poodles; That's The Way The Money Goes - M; Love And Loneliness - The Motors; Gypsy Blood - Doll By Doll; Kool In The Kaftan - B.A. Robertson; Rosie - Joan Armatrading; Hello I Am Your Heart - Bette Bright; 9 o'clock - Snips
Album reviews (Red Starr): Love Somebody Today - Sister Sledge; Get Happy - Elvis Costello; Unbehagen - Nina Hagen; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Protect The Innocent - Rachel Sweet; Metro Beach - Martha & the Muffins; Take Away - Mr. Partridge; Argy Bargy - Squeeze
Other stuff: Walt Jabsco art competition

Friday, February 21, 2020

February 21 - March 5, 1980

Smash Hits, February 21, 1980

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Cover: The Buggles
Centrespread: Madness
Back cover: Suzi Quatro
Interviews: The Buggles; The Revillos; Sting
Bitz: Blondie; BA Robertson; Wreckless Eric; UK Subs; Pauline Murray; Thin Lizzy; The Beat; Flying Lizards; Stuart Adamson; The Skids; Guns For Hire; Pauline Black’s all time top ten; Elton John; Toyah; Stupid Babies; Jefferson Starship
Lyrics: Maybe Tomorrow – The Chords; Singing The Blues – Dave Edmunds; So Good To Be Back Home Again – The Tourists; Carrie – Cliff Richard; Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel; Jane – Jefferson Starship; Are You Ready – Billy Ocean; Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing – Brass Construction; TV – Flying Lizards; Red Frame White Light – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Rock With You – Michael Jackson; Mongoloid – Devo; Turning Japanese – The Vapors; And The Beat Goes On – The Whispers; Hands Off She’s Mine – The Beat
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Cuba – Gibson Brothers; Space Oddity / Alabama Song – David Bowie; My Boy Lollipop – Millie; Poison Ivy – Lambettas; I’m A Believer – Monkees; Games Without Frontiers – Peter Gabriel; Walking In Line – Mike Rutherford; A Song From Under The Floorboards – Magazine; Broken English – Marianne Faithfull; Pop Song – Wreckless Eric; Hands Off She’s Mine – The Beat; Another Nail In My Heart – Squeeze; Echo Beach – Martha and the Muffins
Album reviews (Red Starr): Catching The Sun – Spyro Gyra; Live At The YMCA 27.10.79 – Cabaret Voltaire; The Biggest Prize In Sport – 999; Take One - Shakin’ Stevens; Short Stories, Tall Tales – Horslips; Too Much Pressure – The Selector; Terminal Jive - Sparks

Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7 - 20, 1980

Smash Hits, February 7, 1980
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Cover: The Police
Centrespread: The Who (1965)
Back cover: Matchbox
Interviews: Sting, The Ramones, Joe Jackson
Bitz: Blondie; Sting; Walt Jabsco; Gerry Rafferty; Angelic Upstarts; Johnny Ramone’s all time top ten; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; The Vapors; The Selector; Elvis Costello; Thin Lizzy, The Ruts; Wreckless Eric; The Bodysnatchers; Dexy’s Midnight Runners; Nick Lowe; Status Quo; David Bowie;
Lyrics: Motor Bike Beat – Rezillos; The Plastic Age – The Buggles; Living By Numbers – New Musik; I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down – Elvis Costello; Buzz Buzz A Diddle It – Matchbox; I Hear You Now – Jon & Vangelis; Strange Little Girl – Sad Café; Too Hot – Kool & the Gang; Got To Love Somebody – Sister Sledge; Baby I Love You – The Ramones; Paradise Bird – Amii Stewart; Wonderland – The Commodores; New Rose – The Damned; Underpass – John Foxx; Dance Stance – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Single reviews (Julie Milton): Everybody’s Got Something To Hide – The Feelies; TV – The Flying Lizards; Sister Europe – Psychedelic Furs
Album reviews (Red Starr): Prince – Prince; Metamatic – John Foxx; The Flying Lizards – The Flying Lizards; Partners In Crime – Rupert Holmes; The Age Of Plastic – The Buggles

Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24 - February 6, 1980

Smash Hits, January 24, 1980
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Cover: Sparks
Centrespread: The Pretenders
Back cover: M (Robin Scott)
Interviews: The Sparks; KC & the Sunshine Band (Harry Casey); The Beat
Bitz: Paul Weller; Hugh Cornwell; Tom Petty; Elvis Costello; Stiff Little Fingers; Madness; Tom Robinson; The Regents; Squeeze, The Headboys; Public Image; Bill Hurley's all time top ten; UFO, Jerry Lee Lewis
Lyrics: Babe - Styx; Young Blood - UFO; It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson; Angels - Lene Lovich; Someone's Looking At You - Boomtown Rats; Sara - Fleetwood Mac; Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Hines; Better Love Next Time - Dr. Hook; I'm In The Mood For Dancing - Nolan Sisters; Spirits (Having Flown) - Bee Gees; We Got The Funk - Positive Force; Sweet Suburbia - Skids; Mama's Boy - Suzi Quatro; 7teen - The Regents
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Tell That Girl To Shut Up - Holly & the Italians; Underpass - John Foxx; Changeling - Simple Minds; Buzz Buzz A Diddle It - Matchbox; Mama's Boy - Suzi Quatro; The Plastic Age - The Buggles; Motor Cycle Beat - Revillos; When I'm With You - Sparks; The Nips Are Getting Bigger - Mental As Anything; Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A.; Three Minute Hero - The Selector
Album reviews (Red Starr): Real To Real Cacophony - Simple Minds; 5 - Brass Construction; Masterplan - Rufus & Chaka; The Raincoats - The Raincoats; Flex - Lene Lovich; End Of The Century - The Ramones; Sid Sings - Sid Vicious; The Pretenders - The Pretenders; New York, London, Paris, Munich - M

Friday, January 10, 2020

January 10 - 23, 1980

Smash Hits, January 10, 1979
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Cover: The Pretenders
Centrespread: Pink Floyd
Back cover: The Clash
Interviews: The Pretenders; Mike Oldfield; The Selector
Bitz: Elvis Costello; Squeeze; The Inmates; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; The Cure; Jo Callis's all-time top ten
Lyrics: Day Trip To Bangor - Fiddler's Dram; Tears Of A Clown - The Beat; Too Much Too Young - The Specials; Union City Blue - Blondie; Moonlight And Muzak - M; I Wanna Hold Your Hand - Dollar; I Have A Dream - Abba; With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta; Please Don't Go - KC & the Sunshine Band; I'm Born Again - Boney M; My Girl - Madness; The Walk - The Inmates; What Do I Get? - Buzzcocks; John, I'm Only Dancing - David Bowie
Single reviews: I Hear You Now - Jon & Vangelis; Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees; My Girl - Madness
Album reviews: no room....Red Starr