Friday, May 26, 2023

May 26 - June 8, 1983

Smash Hits, May 26, 1983

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Cover: Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Centrespread: Paul Weller
Back cover: The Creatures
Interviews: New Edition; Blancmange; Kajagoogoo; Elvis Costello; Big Country;
Lyrics: Bring Me Closer - Altered Images; Music - D Train; Looking At Midnight - Imagination; Every Breath You Take - Police; Feel The Need In Me - Forrest; Hang On Now - Kajagoogoo; I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John; I Got Mine - Motorhead; Money-Go-Round (Part 1) - Style Council; Me And Mrs Jones - Billy Paul; What Kinda Boy You're Looking For (Girl) - Hot Chocolate; Buffalo Soldier - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Shipbuilding - Robert Wyatt; In A Big Country - Big Country; Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson
Start: personal file - Bonnie Tyler; David Bowie; Dexys Midnight Runners; Pop Quiz: Mike Read, Dave Gilmour, Mari Wilson, Mick Ralphs, Martyn Ware, John Taylor, Andy Fairweather-Low
Bitz: Aztec Camera: Roddy Frame, Campbell Owens, Dave Ruffey, Craig Gannon; Tears For Fears; WOMAD at ICA: Rip Rig And Panic, 23 Skidoo, Orchestre Jazira; Hot Chocolate: Errol Brown, Tony Connor, Patrick Olive, Harvey Hinsley, Larry Ferguson; The Armoury Show: Richard Jobson, John McGeoch; Countdown [Australian TV programme]; Glastonbury CND Festival: Fun Boy Three, Jimmy Cliff, Sunny Ade; Olivia Newton-John, Weber State University Hall, Ogden, Utah; Vaughan Toulouse, Main-T-Man, "Fickle Public Speaking"; Nick Rhodes book of polaroids, "Interference"; Chris Sievey, "Camouflage", computer game, "Flying Trains"; Peter Gabriel awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music; The Batcave, "Young Limbs" compilation: The Specimen, Sexbeat, Meat Of Youth, Brilliant, The Venomettes; Castle Donnington: Meat Loaf, Whitesnake; Soft Cell touring Spain; Tony Hadley writes a book of poetry; "Beat It" and "Kiss The Girl" videos censored; Neil Arthur designed BBC Breakfast Time logos; Brooks: Limahl, Mike Nolan; David Steel uses Kajagoogoo's tour bus; David McClymont and Malcolm Ross record single at Eddy Grant's studio; Zeke Manyika; Heaven 17 "Vote Labour"; Abba, Agnetha: "Wrap Your Arms Around Me", Benny and Bjorn writing musical with Tim Rice; all time top ten - Michael J. Mullins; Imagination; "The Music Box" on cable TV; Yazoo split, "You And Me Both"; David Sylvian's face scratched in car accident; Anti-Nowhere League in Yugoslavia, Peter Mlaka translates lyrics into Serbo-Croat
Single reviews (Gary Kemp): Dead Giveaway - Shalamar; Money-Go-Round - Paul Weller; Take That Situation - Nick Heyward; Be A Winner - Sugarhill Gang / Rockin' It - Fearless Four / New York New York - Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five; In A Big Country - Big Country; Hang On Now - Kajagoogo; Looking At Midnight - Imagination; Wanna Be Startin' Something - Michael Jackson; Walkin' The Line - Brass Construction; I Got Mine - Motorhead / The Kids Are Back - Twisted Sister; The Wheel - Spear Of Destiny; Lady Love Me (One More Time) - George Benson; Magician - Dee Sharp; Every Breath You Take - The Police; Why Can't It Wait 'Til Morning - Phil Collins; Wherever I Lay My Hat - Paul Young; The Hayrick Song - Tenpole Tudor; China Girl - David Bowie; Bring Me Closer - Altered Images; Canton (Live) - Japan
Album reviews (Jo-Anne Smith / Deborah Steels / Tim de Lisle / Neil Tennant / Mark Ellen / David Hepworth / Mark Steels): Feast - Creatures; Duck Rock - Malcolm McLaren; Piece Of Mind - Iron Maiden; Lost In Space - Jonzun Crew; Whammy! - B-52's; Live - The Steve Miller Band; The Former 12 Year Old Genius - Coati Mundi; Another Perfect Day - Motorhead; Danseparc - Martha And The Muffins; Confrontation - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Nights Out: Jazz/Funk All-Day Spectacular: Prince Charles & The City Beat Band; Sex Gang Children, Brilliant; Iron Maiden

Friday, May 12, 2023

May 12 - 25, 1983

Smash Hits, May 12, 1983

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Cover: JoBoxers
Centrespread: Heaven 17
Back cover: Tony Hadley
Interviews: Culture Club - readers' Q & A; JoBoxers; Heaven 17; The Alarm; Wham!
Lyrics: Blind Vision - Blancmange; Power And The Glory - Saxon; Tragedy And Mystery - China Crisis; Bad Boys - Wham!; Street Cafe - Icehouse; Don't Stop That Crazy Rhythm - Modern Romance; Stop And Go - David Grant; Dancing Tight - Galaxy; Anarchy In the UK - Sex Pistols; Nobody's Diary - Yazoo; Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers; Can't Get Used To Losing You - The Beat; Faster Than The Speed Of Night - Bonnie Tyler; Our Lips Are Sealed - Fun Boy Three
Start: personal file - Terry Hall; Miranda Joyce & Suggs in 1978; Camden Palace birthday party: Steve Strange, Jennie Matthias, Stella Barker; Eddie Tudor; David Grant
Bitz: Meat Loaf; Kool & The Gang, "Greatest Hits"; pirate cassette albums; Glastonbury CND Festival: JoBoxers, Marillion, UB40; Peter Shelley, "XL One", Sinclair ZX81 / Spectrum computer code; Boy George, Dee Snider, Apollinaires, NALGO, Midge Ure and Billy Curry quit Visage, Mulligan refuses to join Visage, Blancmange, "Dancing Around Our Handbags", Martin Fry, Human League, Martin Rushent, Tony Benn LP, Musical Youth record backing vocals for Donna Summer, "2-Tone Chartbusters", Kevin Rowland to marry Helen O'Hara; Sony Radio Awards: Jane Way, Lisa Wilkinson, Andrew Morris, Jane Davey; all time top ten - Todd Carty; Shockabilly, "Earth Vs. Shockabilly"; Spandau Ballet; David Bowie, Icehouse, Murrayfield; J. Walter Negro, Nicky Tesco, "The Cost Of Living"; Stevo signs Cabaret Voltaire; Prince Charles And The City Beat, "Stone Killers"; Kajagoogoo, "Hang On Tight"; Phil Fearon is Galaxy; Devo, Penetration, Magazine, Skids, Sparks; Bruce Foxton, Jake Burns
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): In The Bottle - C.O.D.; Bad Boys - Wham!; Walk Out To Winter - Aztec Camera; Just Got Lucky - JoBoxers; Don't Go - Sylvester; Weekend - Class Action; Nobody's Diary - Yazoo; Candy Man - Mary Jane Girls; Living In Sin - Rupert Hine; If She Doesn't Smile - Fantastic Something; Milk From The Coconut - Toto Coelo; Breaking My Heart - Roni Griffith / Passion - The Flirts; Did You Have To Love Me Like You Did? - The Coconuts / Como Esta Usted? - Coati Mundi; I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues - Elton John; We're Celebrating - Language; Great Fire - XTC; Dreamer Devane - Hazan; What Kinda Boy You're Lookin' For (Girl) - Hot Chocolate; Forgive And Forget - Blue Zoo; Burning Boy - Cava Cava; Palm Of My Hand - Pale Fountains; When Boys Talk - Indeep
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / Fred Dellar / Dave Rimmer / Jo-Anne Smith / Deborah Steels / Mark Steels / David Hepworth): Power, Corruption And Lies - New Order; Cargo - Men At Work; The Luxury Gap - Heaven 17; Music - D Train; Reach The Beach - The Fixx; We Are One - Maze; You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll - Twisted Sister; Midnight At The Lost And Found - Meat Loaf
Nights Out: Respond Posse Tour: The Questions, Tracie; Belle Stars; Animal Nightlife; OMD
Other: Stage fright

Sunday, April 30, 2023

The Scarlet Hour - Oceans!

Oceans: a song I co-wrote!

I wrote the lyric to Oceans, a song on Warnings, the new album by The Scarlet Hour: I hope you like it!

Friday, April 28, 2023

April 28 - May 11, 1983

Smash Hits, April 28, 1983

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Cover: Human League
Centrespread: Bauhaus
Back cover: Tracey Ullman
Interviews: Human League; Roman Holliday; Kissing The Pink; The Birthday Party; The Creatures
Lyrics: Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears; Overkill - Men At Work; Sweet Memory - Belle Stars; (Keep Feeling) Fascination - Human League; Beat It - Michael Jackson; War Party - Eddy Grant; I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister; Friday Night (Live) - Kids From Fame; Price You Pay - Questions; Family Man - Hall & Oates; Pull Up To The Bumper - Grace Jones; Candy Girl - New Edition; Twist (Round 'N' Round) - Chill Fac-torr; Flight Of Icarus - Iron Maiden; Miss The Girl - Creatures; Heartbreaker - Musical Youth
Start: personal file -  Annie Lennox; Joe Strummer runs London Marathon; Jonathan Melton, The Specimen, Batcave; Gary Numan flies a plane
Bitz: all time top ten - Dig Wayne; Indeep, "When Boys Talk", "Passion", The Flirts, Bobby "O"; David Bowie; Bauhaus; "Come On Eileen"; Meat Loaf, "Midnight At The Lost At Found"; Bob Marley, "Confrontation", Big Youth, U-Roy, "Crucial Cuts"; After The Fire, "Der Kommissar"; Youth CND concert: Madness, Style Council, Damned, Hazel O'Connor, Clint Eastwood and General Saint; May Day Show For Peace And Jobs; Glastonbury: The Beat, Curtis Mayfield, Aswad; F.R. David; Labelled With Love: Chris Difford, Glen Tilbrook, The Long Honeymoon, "The Amazoon"; Duran Duran, Nick Rhoses; Geoff Deane, Utopia, "Navy Lark", Geoff Deane And The Valley Girls; Perfect Beat: Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force, Planet Patrol, Jonzun Crew; Michael Jackson bathes in Perrier Water, Paul McCartney, Jacksons, Freddie Mercury; Ian Gillan joins Black Sabbath; JoBoxers, Suzanne Sulley, Human League, Clare Grogan, Russell Grant, Ian McCulloch marries Lorraine Fox, Sweet Dreams's stools insured for $250,000, Jerry Dammers moves into Dave Rimmer's old flat; Dee, Wham!, Style Council; The Police, "Every Breath You Take", "Synchronicity"
Single reviews (Deborah Steels): Our Lips Are Sealed - Fun Boy Three; Faster Than The Speed Of Night - Bonnie Tyler; If You Really Want To - Meat Loaf; Family Man - Hall & Oates; Young Americans Talking - David Van Day; Resistance - Clock DVA; Stop And Go - David Grant; Love's Gonna Get You - UK Players; 24 Hours From Tulsa - Claire Hammill; Heaven Sent - Paul Haig; Como Esta - Coati Mundi; Street Beat - Toni Basil; Future Generation - B-52's; Communication Breakdown - Junior; Terry - Cindy And The Saffrons; Ragin' Eyes - Nick Lowe; Street Cafe - Icehouse; Easy Come, Easy Go - Piranhas; That'll Do Nicely - Bad Manners; War Party - Eddie Grant; Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Fat Larry's Band; Let Yourself Go - Helen Shapiro; The Stand - The Alarm; Pale Shelter - Tears For Fears
Album reviews (Jo-Anne Smith / Dave Rimmer / Peter Martin / Peter Stockton / Johnny Black / Fred Dellar / Tim de Lisle): White Feathers - Kajagoogoo; Prelude's Greatest Hits Volumes One And Two - Various Artists; The Kitchen Tape - The Raincoats / Too Much Junkie Business - The New Johnny Thunders / Wild Things - Bush Tetras; Trick Of The Light - Modern Romance; Grapes Of Wrath - Spear Of Destiny; Mistress - Gabi Delgado; Brave Tales - Richard Bone; Fastway - Fastway; Listen - A Flock Of Seagulls
Nights Out: Spandau Ballet; Joan Armatrading; Twisted Sister; Tears For Fears
Other: Top Of The Pops

Friday, April 14, 2023

April 14 - 27, 1983

Smash Hits, April 14, 1983

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Cover: Thompson Twins
Centrespread: Big Country
Back cover: JoBoxers
Interviews: Thompson Twins; Robert Palmer; Twisted Sister; Jonathan King; The Belle Stars;
Lyrics: Telegraph - OMD; Rosanna - Toto; Muck It Out - Farmer's Boys; True - Spanda Ballet; You Are In My System - Robert Palmer; Snot Rap - Kenny Everett; I'm Never Giving Up - Sweet Dreams; Yesterday - The Beatles; Nightmares - A Flock Of Seagulls; Words - F.R. David; Let's Dance - David Bowie; Temptation - Heaven 17; We Are Detective - Thompson Twins; True Love Ways - Cliff Richard; I'm In Parties [sic] - Bauhaus
Start: personal file - Limahl; The Questions; Chubby Checker, Chill Fac-Torr, "The Twist"; Grace Jones, Dig Wayne, Simon Le Bon, Nash The Slash; Kevin Rowland shops at Harrods; Nick Heyward, Glen Tilbrook 
Bitz: David Van Day, "Young Americans Talking"; Duran Duran, Princess Diana; The Maisonettes: Carla Mendonca and Elisa Richards replace Elaine Williams and Denise Ward quit; Cherry Red Records, "Pillows & Prayers"; Statik Records, "The Best Of Your Secret's Safe With Us"; Kajagoogoo, "White Feathers", Colin Thurston, Nick Rhodes; Paul Weller, Riot Stories; The System, Mic Murphy, David Frank, "S.W.E.A.T."; all time top ten - Stuart Adamson; Sweet Dreams, Bobby McVey; Phil Collins produces Adam Ant, Verdine White and Larry Dunn produce Level 42; Roxy Music, "The High Road", "Like A Hurricane"; Ian Lindsey quits Southern Death Cult, forms The Death Cult with Billy Duffy; Psychic TV, "homophonic recording"; David Bellamy, "Brontosaurus Will You Wait For Me"
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Money's Too Tight - Valentine Brothers; Beat It - Michael Jackson; Overkill - Men At Work; She's In Parties - Bauhaus; Temptation - Heaven 17; The Land Of The Good Groove - Nile Rodgers; I'll Slap Your Face - Jonathan King; That'll Do Nicely - Bad Manners; Miss The Girl - Creatures; Candy Girl - New Edition / Space Cowboy - Jonzun Crew; There Ain't No Age For Rock 'N' Roll - Veterans; Out Of Sight Out Of Mind - Level 42; Cash (Cash Money) - Prince Charles and the City Beat Band; Telegraph - OMD; Sweet Memory - Belle Stars; Price You Pay - The Questions; Another Half Hour Till Sunrise - Tall Boys; Now Martin's Gone - Tom Robinson; I'm Freaky - O'Bryan; Nightmares / Talking - A Flock Of Seagulls; Tubeway Army 1978 - Gary Numan; Little Red Corvette - Prince
Album reviews (Steve Bush / Ian Birch / David Hepworth / Mark Steels / Peter Martin / Deborah Steels / Jo-Anne Smith / Neil Tennant): Let's Dance - David Bowie; Pride - Robert Palmer; The One And Only - Billy Fury; Faster Than The Speed Of Night - Bonnie Tyler; Attitude - Rip Rig & Panic; Rainbow Rhythm - Weapon Of Peace; High Land, Hard Rain - Aztec Camera; Words - F.R. David; Heartbeats - Yarborough & Peoples
Nights Out: Kevin Turvey & The Young Ones; Culture Club; Orange Juice, Marine Girls
Other: The Music Centre - the Bronx

Friday, March 31, 2023

March 31 - April 13, 1983

Smash Hits, March 31, 1983

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Cover: Clare Grogan
Centrespread: Mari Wilson
Back cover: David Bowie
Interviews: Altered Images; Nick Heyward; Tracey Ullman; David Joseph; New Order; The Kids From Fame
Lyrics: My Foolish Friend - Talk Talk; The House That Jack Built - Tracie; Church Of The Poison Mind - Culture Club; Joy - The Band AKA; Stand By - Roman Holliday; The Celtic Soul Brothers - Dexys Midnight Runners; Breakaway - Tracey Ullman; You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me) - David Joseph; Me, I Disconnect From You - Gary Numan; Blue Monday - New Order; When It's Time To Rock; Young, Free And Single - Sunfire; Ooh To Be Ah - Kajagoogoo; Fields Of Fire (400 Miles) - Big Country; You Disappear From View - The Teardrop Explodes
Start: personal file - Edwyn Collins; David Hepworth, Steve Bush; Beki Bondage, "Stop The Seal Cull"; New Edition, "Candy Girl; Thompson Twins, "We Are Detective"; Pete Burns, Dead Or Alive; "Misty Circles" 
Bitz: Teardrop Explodes; Belle Stars; David Joseph, Sunfire, The Band AKA; all time top ten - Pete Wylie; Dollar split, David Van Day, "Young Americans Talking", Thereza Bazar, Tommy J., "Same Time Same Channel"; Culture Club; David Bowie announces Serious Moonlight tour; President Carter's daughter Amy's favourite bands: The Clash, The Jam; "Duran Duran", Russell Mulcahey, Soft Cell, "Non-Stop Exotic Video Show", Cyndy Ecstasy, Mari Wilson; Razzmatazz: Lisa Stansfield replaces Susanne Dando; Shalamar: "Friends" LP sells 300,000 copies; David Sylvian, Riuchi Sakamoto, "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence"; Mezzoforte: Eythor Gunnarsson, Gunnlaugar Briem, Frissi Karlsson, Kristinn Svavarsson, Johann Asmundsson; John Wilson, The Heartbeats, "Magic Man", Adam Ant surgery, Peter Murphy pneumonia; "Nipped In The Bud": Young Marble Giants, The Gist, Weekend
Single reviews (Kimberley Leston): Church Of The Poison Mind - Culture Club; The Celtic Soul Brothers - Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners; Johnny B. Goode - Peter Tosh; Ooh To Be Ah - Kajagoogoo; The House THat Jack Built - Tracie; Suck A Little Honey - Hey! Elastica; The Amazoon - The Long Honeymoon; Long Live The National - The Firm; Some Things Don't Matter - Ben Watt; Muck It Out - The Farmer's Boys; You Are In My System - Robert Palmer; Joy (Part 1) - Marvin Gaye; Je T'Aime - Vicious Pink Phenomena; I Am (I'm Me) - Twisted Sister; Navy Lark - Geoff Deane and the Valley Girls; Doot-Doot - ; Sing-Songs EP - The Church; Waiting - Leesha Paradise; Tied Up With Lou Cool - The Tudors; My Jamaican Guy - Grace Jones; It's Gonna Work Itself Out - Rose Tattoo; Oui-Oui - Pulsallama; Snot Rap - Kenny Everett; Rosanna - Toto
Album reviews (Joanne Smith / Ian Birch / Dave Rimmer / Neil Tennant / Jim Shelley / Peter Stockton / Josephine Hocking / Fred Dellar / Mark Steels / Deborah Steels / Ian Birch): Adventures In The Land Of The Good Groove - Nile Rodgers; 10c A Dime - The Flirts; Care - Shriekback; Lazy Ways - Marine Girls; Jungle Jezebel - Divine; Everything Went Black - Black Flag; November Group - November Group; The Sin Of Pride - The Undertones; Touch The Sky - Smokey Robinson; Surface Thrills - Temptations; Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart - Van Morrison; The Final Cut - Pink Floyd; Legendary Hearts - Lou Reed; Before Hollywood - The Go-Betweens; Hunters And Collectors - Hunters And Collectors; In The Mix - Various Artists
Nights Out: Fun Boy Three; Soft Cell; Pale Fountains

Friday, March 17, 2023

March 17 - 30, 1983

Smash Hits, March 17, 1983

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Cover: Tracie & Paul Weller
Centrespread: Siobhan Fahey; Martin Fry
Back cover: Orange Juice
Interviews: Duran Duran - readers' questions; Big Country; Bonnie Tyler; Hall & Oates; Paul Weller & Tracie; Animal Nightlife
Lyrics: Do You Wanna Hold Me - Bow Wow Wow; The Last Film - Kissing The Pink; High Life - Modern Romance; Whistle Down The Wind - Nick Heyward; Breaking Us In Two - Joe Jackson; Drop The Pilot - Joan Armatrading; Visions In Blue - Ultravox; Hope - Wah!; Speak Like A Child - Style Council; Bomber - Motorhead; Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away - Phil Collins; Orchard Road - Leo Sayer; Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran; Don't Talk To Me About Love - Altered Images
Start: personal file - Jeremiah Healey; win Fish's jacket; Les Paul, "How High The Moon", "My Favourite Year"; Roni Griffith, Bobby 'O', "The Best Part Of Breaking Up"; Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Michael Jackson, Michael Grant; Rock Goddess: Julie Turner, Jody Turner, Tracey Lamb
Bitz: Forrest; Joan Armatrading; The Tudors: Bob Kingston, Dick Crippen, Gary Long, "Tied Up With Lou Cool"; Robert Gorl, "Mit Dir", Gabi Delgado, "History Of A Kiss"; Elvis Costello, Madness, "Tomorrow's Just Another Day"; Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Mandy Aftel, "Death Of A Rolling Stone"; Kissing The Pink, John Hall; Talk Talk, "My Foolish Friend", "A Chameleon Hour", Simon Brenner, Phil Ramacon; Prince, "1999"; Trafford Tanzi, Toyah Willcox, Debbie Harry; Smash Hits on BBC breakfast television; Fastway: Jerry Shirley, Fast Eddie Clarke, David King, "Easy Livin'"; Icehouse, "Primitive Man", "Love In Motion"; all time top ten - Clare Grogan
Single reviews (David Hepworth): She Has A Way - Bobby 'O'; Speak Like A Child - Style Council; Clunk Click - Laurel & Hardy; Breaking Us In Two - Joe Jackson; Breakaway - Tracey Ullman; Tainted Love - Dave Phillips & The Hot Rod Gang; Whistle Down The Wind; Is There Something I Should Know? - Duran Duran; Easy Livin' - Fastway; Hope (I Wish You'd Believe Me) - Wah!; Tied Up - Olivia Newton-John; Siamese Cat Song - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin; Visions In Blue - Ultravox; Raid - Lakeside; Run Me Down - Higsons; Weak Heart - Ruts DC; Don't Let Him Steal Your Heart Away - Phil Collins; Cry Me A River - Mari Wilson; Don't Talk To Me About Love - Altered Images; My Foolish Friend - Talk Talk; Got To Have You Back - Undertones; Rap Your Love - Set The Tone; Blue Monday - New Order
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Kimberley Leston / Peter Silverton / Beverley Hillier / Dave Rimmer / Neil Tennant / Peter Martin / Peter Stockton / Peter Dodd / Mark Steels): The Hurting - Tears For Fears; Rock Goddess - Rock Goddess; Earth - Misty In Roots; Deep Sea Skiving - Bananarama; Love Train - Various Artists (Harold Melvin, Billy Paul, The Jones Girls, Teddy Pendergrass, O'Jays, Gamble and Huff, McFadden and Whitehead); Gang War - Prince Charles and the City Beat Band; Burning Bridges - Naked Eyes; The Key - Joan Armatrading; Love's On Our Side - Jerry Knight; Wreckin' Crew - The Meteors; Overman Underground - Kowalski; Destiny Street - Richard Hell and the Voidoids; Kaivaska - Orchestra Super Mazembe; Pyromania - Def Leppard; Thunder And Lightning - Thin Lizzy; Script For A Jester's Tear - Marillion
Nights Out: Spear Of Destiny; Madness

Friday, February 17, 2023

February 17 - March 2, 1982

Smash Hits, February 17, 1983

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Cover: OMD
Centrespread: Spandau Ballet
Back cover: free badge offer
Interviews: Orchestral Manoeuvres; Thompson Twins; China Crisis
Lyrics: Never Gonna Give You Up - Musical Youth; Genetic Engineering - Orchestral Manoeuvres; Love On Your Side - Thompson Twins; The Harder They Come - Rockers Revenge; The Chinese Way - Level 42; Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar; Soweto - Malcolm McLaren; Tomorrow's (Just Another Day) - Madness; Africa - Toto; Tunnel Of Love - Fun Boy Three; Nature Boy - Central Line; I've Got Mine - UB40; Hey Little Girl - Icehouse
Start: personal file - Linton Beckles; Spandau Ballet, Steve Norman, John Conteh; Toyah, Sharon Dean, Mini Pops; British Rock and Pop Awards: Bev Hillier, Boy George, Belle Stars, Bananarama, Kim Wilde, Geoff Deane, Dave Lee Travis, Mark Fox, Chris Quentin; JoBoxers: Dave Collard, Dig Wayne, Robert Marche, Sean McLusky, Chris Bostock
Bitz: Belle Stars in Japan; James T. Pursey, "Revenge Is Not The Password"; David Bowie signs with EMI, "Yellowbeard"; OMD tour; "No Problem", The Powell Family, Janet Kay, Aswad, John Collins; Eurythmics tour, Clem Burke, Mickey Gallagher, Eddi Reader; Pete Shelley, Martin Rushent, "Telephone Operator"; all time top ten - Fish; Laurie Anderson, United States, ICA; The Creatures, Siouxsie, Budgie, Hawaii, "Feast"; Pink Floyd, "The Final Cut: A Requiem For The Post War Dream"; "Street Sounds": Gwen McCrae, Whodini, Montana Sextet, Nairobi, First Light, Rocket, Sunfire, Mellee Mel & Duke Bootee; Human League video single, "Mirror Man", "Love Action", "Don't You Want Me"; Duran Duran; Kraftwerk, "Techno Pop"; The Style Council, Paul Weller, Mick Talbot; UK acts in US charts: Clash, Phil Collins, Adam Ant, Musican Youth, Culture Club, Duran Duran, Flock Of Seagulls, Joe Jackson, Dexys, ABC, Thompson Twins; Toto
Single reviews (): Boxer Beat - Joboxers; Genetic Engineering - Orchestral Manoeuvres; Perfect - The The; Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler; Waves - Blancmange; Joli Fille d'Alger - Lala; Dizzy Dreamers - Honey Bane; Once Bitten - Annabel Lamb; Downhearted - Australian Crawl; Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This - Eurythmics / Cashflow - Leisure Process / The Safety Dance - Men Without Hats; I Want Out - Matchbox (featuring Kirsty MacColl); Suffering In The Land - Gene October; Passion Killer - One The Juggler; Mexican Radio - Wall Of Voodoo; Anna Letmein Letmeout - Trio; Rip It Up - Orange Juice; Hit The 'O' Deck - Pigbag; Never Too Much - Luther Vandross; Tomorrow's Just Another Day - Madness; Flesh And Blood - Allez Allez
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Mark Ellen / Jim Shelley / Peter James / Peter Stockton / Josephine Hocking / Bev Hillier / Peter Silverton / David Bostock / Ian Birch): Once Bitten - Annabel Lamb; Showpeople - Mari Wilson; Lend An Ear - Pigbag; Dancing In Heaven - Walter Steding; Guilty - The Vibrators; Enflame - The Passage; Be With Me - Billy Griffin; Bedroom Album - Jah Wobble; Janet Jackson - Janet Jackson; Beatitude - Ric Ocasek; Sons Of Beaches - Australian Crawl; Battle Hymns For Children Singing - Haysi Fantayzee; Live - UB40; All In A Night's Work - KC & The Sunshine Band; Mathilde Santing - Mathilde Santing; White Heat - Dusty Springfield
Nights Out: The Stranglers; A Certain Ratio
Other: portable gadget reviews: Bananarama, Lee Dury, Mick Mullins, Annie Lennox, Wham!, Gary Tibbs

Friday, February 3, 2023

February 3 - 16, 1983

Smash Hits, February 3, 1983

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Cover: Kajagoogoo
Centrespread: Tears For Fears - Change
Back cover: The Stranglers
Interviews: Kajagoogoo; Aztec Camera; Southern Death Cult; Sharon Redd; Echo & The Bunnymen
Lyrics: Sign Of The Times - Belle Stars; Too Shy - Kajagoogoo; 1999 - Prince; Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - Indeep; Oblivious - Aztec Camera; Communication - Spandau Ballet; Get The Balance Right - Depeche Mode; Christian - China Crisis; Change - Tears For Fears; Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes; Gasoline Alley - Elkie Brooks; I'm Not In Love - 10 C.C.; Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee
Start: personal file - Miranda Joyce; Eurythmics in a field with some cows; Captain Sensible, Animus, Artists For Animals, "Blood On The Ice"; Chevalier Brothers, Skiddilybop; Pigbag: Angela Jaeger, Simon Underwood, Kosi, Chris Lea, Ollie Moore, James Johnston, Oscar Verden, Brian Neville, "Hit The 'O' Deck", "Lend An Ear"; Orange Juice, "Rip It Up"; Def Leppard: Phil Collen, Jo Elliot, Rick Allen, Steve Clark, Rick Savage
Bitz: "Last Linx"; Patti Smith, "Because The Night"; Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, baby boy Robert; David Hepworth's daughter, Clare; Cindy And The Saffrons, Joanne Whalley, Anne Dudley; Soft Cell; Laura Brannigan, "Gloria", Umberto Tozzi, Jonathan King, Octopussy, Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope; Mick Karn, Ballet Rambert, Richard Barbieri; New Order, "Power, Corruption And Lies"; Heaven 17; Haircut One Hundred split up; Bruce Foxton signs with Polydor; Rick Buckler; Culture Club; Iron Maiden, Nicko McBrain; Thin Lizzy split, John Sykes; Indeep: Mike Cleveland, Rose Marie Ramsey, Reggi Maglorie; all time top ten - Alf
Single reviews (Fred Dellar): The Harder They Come - Rockers Revenge / Love Is All - Jimmy Cliff; Shame On The Moon - Bob Seger; You Are - Lionel Richie; New Frontier - Donald Fagen; The Tunnel Of Love - Fun Boy Three; Love Makes You Crazy - Mike Batt / Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar; Love's A Lonely Place To Be - Virginia Astley; I Knew You When - Linda Ronstadt; For Whom The Bell Tolls - Fad Gadget; Johnny Remember Me - The Meteors; Gi's A Job - Yosser's Gang; Hang On To Your Heart - Bardo; Billie Jean - Michael Jackson / Come Give Your Love To Me - Janet Jackson; Get The Balance Right - Depeche Mode; My Kind Of Lady - Supertramp; Stop In The Name Of Love - Barbara Dickson; Loved One's An Angel - Blue Zoo; Lagartija Nick - Bauhaus; Communication - Spandau Ballet; Cath - The Bluebells
Album reviews (Bev Hillier / David Hepworth / Neil Tennant / Kimberley Leston / Ian Birch): Tough - Kurtis Blow; Channel One / Well Charge - Various Artists (Tamlins, Mighty Diamonds); Stonekillers - Prince Charles and the City Beat Band; Attack! - The Revillos!; Powerhouse - Earth Wind & Fire; Waiting - Fun Boy Three; The Belle Stars - The Belle Stars
Nights Out: The Mud Club; Yakety-Yak!
Other: Australian bands: Cold Chisel, Little Heroes, Icehouse

Friday, January 20, 2023

January 20 - February 2, 1983

Smash Hits, January 20, 1983

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Cover: Pete Wylie
Centrespread: Boy George
Back cover: Belle Stars
Interviews: Wah!; Michael Jackson; Men At Work
Lyrics: Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant; The Story Of The Blues - Wah!; One On One - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Twisting By The Pool - Dire Straits; Billie Jean - Michael Jackson; So Close - Diana Ross; Steppin' Out - Joe Jackson; Oh Diane - Fleetwood Mac; Gloria - Laura Branigan; Down Under - Men At Work; Mind Up Tonight - Melba Moore; The Cutter - Echo & The Bunnymen
Start: personal file - Mike Nolan; Paul Weller, Tracey Thorn; Tracey Ullman; The Sleeping Lions, "Wonderful You Are"; Gene Anthony Ray, Debbie Allen; Roy Hay marries Alison; Merrick, Gary Tibbs
Bitz: all time top ten - Andy O; Echo And The Bunnymen; Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook, "Labelled With Love"; compact discs; David Bowie world tour; Gallup replaces British Market Research Bureau; Adam Ant, ABC in USA; Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark, Genetic Engineering, Dazzle Ships; Billy Griffin "Hold Me Tighter In The Rain"; Duran Duran; Ian Dury, "Hard Lines", Aidan Cant, "Swing And Go!", Paul Weller; Mick Karn, "Sensitive"; Bauhaus, "Lagartija Nick"; Clive Burr quits Iron Maiden; Warren Can, Hans Zimmer, "Spies"; vinyl frontier: Spandau Ballet, Fun Boy Three, Mari Wilson, Wham, Spear Of Destiny, Leisure Process, Bananarama, Altered Images, The Police
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): 1999 - Prince; Dance Sucker - Set The Tone; Brother Bright - Cava Cava; Too Shy - Kajagoogoo; Let's Stay Together - Bobby M featuring Jean Carn; Change - Tears For Fears; Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Stargazers; Please Please Me - Beatles; Shiny Shiny - Haysi Fantayzee; Girl I Like The Way That You Move - Stone; Nature Boy - Central Line; If This World Were Mine - Cheryl Lynn (with Luther Vandross); Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant; The Front Line - Steve Wonder; Let's Forget - White And Torch; So Close - Diana Ross; Censored - Paris; The Cutter - Echo And The Bunnymen; Vintage English Rock & Roll - That Hideous Strength; Sign Of The Times - The Belle Stars; Message 2 (Survival) - Melle Mel And Duke Bootee; Christian - China Crisis; I Like My Own Company - Go 2; Dangerous Moonlight - Die Unbekannten; Last Night A D.J. Saved My Life - Indeep; Revelations (Of Heartbreak) - The Blades
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / David Bostock / Mark Ellen / David Hepworth / Peter Stockton / Dave Rimmer ): The Art Of Falling Apart - Soft Cell; Power Cuts - All Their Hottest Hits - Heatwave; Feline - The Stranglers; The Distance - Bob Seger; Leather, Bristles, No Survivors And Sick Boys… - GBH; Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics; Luther Vandross - Luther Vandross; Live Evil - Black Sabbath; Exposed - Schneider With The Kick; Suburban Voodoo - Paul Carrack; Porcupine - Echo And The Bunnymen; Rare - David Bowie
Nights Out: Joe Jackson; Medium Wave Band / US / Hot Quisine
Other: 50 Facts About The Beatles

Friday, January 6, 2023

January 6 - 19, 1983

Smash Hits, January 6, 1983

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Cover: Malcolm McLaren
Centrespread: The Jam - The Dreams of Children
Back cover: Shakin' Stevens
Interviews: Malcolm McLaren; Modern Romance
Lyrics: Wham Rap (Enjoy What You Do) - Wham!; Ieya - Toyah; I Think I Need Help - The Farmer' Boys; White Boy - Culture Club; Have You Heard The News - Talk Talk; The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie; Dreams Of Children - The Jam; Beat My Guest - Adam Ant; Out Of Reach - Vice Squad; Last Chance On The Stairway - Duran Duran; Visions Of China - Japan; Toys - Spandau Ballet
Start: personal file - Pete Wylie; Ozzie Osbourne; Boy George; Johnny Cougar; Toyah; Siobhan Fahey, Andrew Ridgely
Bitz: Incantation; "Get Fighting Fit With The 2 Paras"; "Gastank", Rick Wakeman, Tony Ashton; Jeffrey Daniel, Jim'll Fix It; Siouxsie And The Banshees, John McGeoch, Robert Smith; all time top ten - Lol Mason; Jerry Dammers, The Specials; Sting, Dune; "Street Sounds", Grandmaster Flash, Raw Silk; Madness tour; Wham!; Joe Jackson
Single reviews (Mark Ellen): Goodbye Joe - Tracey Thorn; European Female - Stranglers; No Time For Talk - The Box; The Chinese Way - Level 42; Hand To Hold On To / Hurts So Good - John Cougar; Drive My Car - Nasty Facts / Bike - Danny And The Nogoodniks; My Love Is Waiting - Marvin Gaye; My Life - Bumble & the Beez; I Have The Touch - Peter Gabriel; Twist & Shout - The Blockheads; Down Under - Men At Work; Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five; Stepping Stone - Virus; This Is Not Love - The Killjoys; Baby's Got A Gun - The Only Ones; I'm Not Unusual - Bonk!; Moya/Flatman - Southern Death Cult
Nights Out: Elton John; Simple Minds; Blancmange
Other: remixes; 1982 pop quiz; pop stars' school reports; The Tube

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Smash Hits Yearbook 1983

Smash Hits Yearbook 1983

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I would like to thank everybody who has visited the archive and / or liked the Facebook page during 1982 / 2022 - especially the people who have written comments and sent emails....sorry if I haven't replied to all the messages yet; I promise I'm working on it! Thanks most of all for the Facebook friend requests; even if we never meet in person, I am lucky to be cyber-friends with some great people. Happy Christmas to all of you - and have a great 2023!!

Friday, December 23, 2022

December 23, 1982 - January 5, 1983

Smash Hits, December 23, 1982

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Cover: Tears For Fears
Centrespread: Wham
Back cover: Bucks Fizz
Interviews: Tears For Fears; Madness; Culture Club
Lyrics: You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins; Party Party - Elvis Costello; Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie and Bing Crosby; Heartache Avenue - Maisonettes; Melt! - Siouxsie & the Banshees; I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter - Barry Manilow; In And Out - Willie Hutch; I Confess - The Beat; Friends - Shalamar; I Feel Love - Donna Summer; Under Attack - Abba; Wish I Could Write A Love Song - Chas And Dave
Start: personal file - Grandmaster Flash; Anti-Nowhere League, "For You", Rusty Egan, Animal, Winston, Magoo, P.J.; The Jam; "Take The City With You" cassette; Special A.K.A. - Egidio Newton, John Shipley, John Bradbury, Stan Campbell, Jerry Dammers, Rhoda Dakar, Gary McManus, John Taylor; One The Juggler: Rocco, Lushi, Steve Nichols, Colin Mindon
Bitz: all time top ten - Mike Score; Dollar; Leee John in Doctor Who; Sam Hodgkin quits King Trigger; "Ghosts Of Christmas Past (Remake)": Les Disques Du Crepuscule - Pale Fountains, Cabaret Voltaire, Aztec Camera, Paul Haig, French Impressionists; Tracie Young, Paul Weller; Tony Hadley, Toyah, Kim Wilde, Helen O'Hara, Alf, Boy George, Captain Sensible; David Byrne to produce Fun Boy Three; Thomas Dolby, "She Blinded Me With Science", "Magic Wand", Jalil, Ecstasy, "Rapped Upright" (Sugar Hill Records), Sugar Hill Gang, Candi Staton, Funky Four, Wayne And Charlie, Grandmaster Flash, Melly Mell and Duke Bootee; Stranglers, "European Female"
Nights Out: The Jam - last gig in London; Marc And The Mambas
Other: 1982 Readers Poll results

Friday, December 9, 2022

December 9 - 22, 1982

Smash Hits, December 09, 1982

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some kindly soul (not me) has uploaded both sides of the Christmas flexidisc: Side One / Side Two

Cover: Kevin Rowland
Centrespread: Soft Cell
Back cover: Human League
Interviews: Yazoo; Shalamar; Abba; Whitesnake; Dexy's Midnight Runners
Lyrics: Dear Addy - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Changes - Imagination; Where The Heart Is - Soft Cell; Buffalo Gals - Malcolm McLaren & The World's Famous Supreme Team; Let's Go To Bed - The Cure; The More I See (The Less I Believe) - Fun Boy Three; Love - John Lennon; Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Shakin' Stevens; Save Your Love - Renee And Renato; Thank You - Pale Fountains; Louise - Phil Everly; Little Town - Cliff Richard; I'm Alright - Steve Wright and the Afternoon Boys
Start: personal file - George Michael; E.T.; The Beat, Ranking Roger; A Flock Of Seagulls, Mike Score; Jim and Mark Kerr; Mick Karn, Orly; Simon and Jonathan LeBon
Bitz: all time top ten - Siobhan Fahey; Bow Wow Wow, "Go Wild In The Country", "Scandalous", Pamela Stephenson, Sir John Gielgud; Echo And The Bunnymen, "The Happy Loss"; Malcolm McLaren; Marc Bolan, "Billy Super Duper", "The Children Of Rarn Suite", "Mellow Love", "Christmas Bop"; Teardrop Explodes split, The Dumbfounding Two; Pale Fountains, Michael Head, Chris McCaffrey, Andy Diagram; "Pillows And Prayers", Cherry Red, Monochrome Set, Marine Girls, Attila The Stockbroker, Everything But The Girl, The Passage; Survival Records, Tik And Tok, Richard Bone; Spandau Ballet, Gary Kemp, "The Late Late Breakfast Show" "D.J."; David Sylvian, Japan, Eric Satie; "Party Party" soundtrack, "Tutti Frutti" - Sting, "No Feelings" - Bananarama, Bad Manners, Modern Romance, Midge Ure, Madness, Altered Images, Elvis Costello; Carmel; Ian Gillan must stop singing for nine months
Single reviews (Tim De Lisle): Dear Addy EP - Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Let's Get This Straight From The Start / Old - Kevin Rowland and Dexy's Midnight Runners; My Man - Yoko Ono; A Picture Of You - Alvin Stardust; Holding Me Tight - Pinkees; Where The Heart Is - Soft Cell; Party Party - Elvis Costello and the Attractions with the Royal Guard Horns; In The Name Of Love - Sharon Redd; More Than A Dream - The Farmer's Boys; Hi-De-Hi, Hi-De-Ho - Kool & the Gang; Last Respects - Alan Clayson and the Argonauts; I Feel Love - Donna Summer; To Love A Child - Frank Sinatra; Under Attack - Abba; Your Turn To Run (I Will Be Your Only One) - Malaria!; Sound Patterns - Fox In Socks; The More I See (The Less I Believe) - Fun Boy Three; Feels Like Winter Again - Fiat Lux; War Crimes - The Special A.K.A.; All The Love In The World - Dionne Warwick; Changes - Imagination
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / Bev Hillier / Peter Silverton / Kimberley Leston / Dave Rimmer / Fred Dellar / Mark Ellen / Ian Birch): Dig The New Breed - The Jam; Thriller - Michael Jackson; African Girl - Winston Groovy; Talk Of The Devil - Ozzy Osbourne; Force The Hand Of Chance - Psychic TV; Invitations - Shakatak; Get Nervous - Pat Benatar; Coda - Led Zeppelin; Lovers' Rock - Gregory Isaacs; Main Attraction - Suzi Quatro; Promises - Allez Allez; Wild Things Run Fast - Joni Mitchell
Nights Out: Thomas Dolby; Marillion; Talk Talk

Friday, November 25, 2022

November 25 - December 8, 1982

Smash Hits, November 25, 1982

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Cover: Japan
Centrespread: Duran Duran + road crew
Back cover: Talk Talk
Interviews: Japan; A Flock Of Seagulls; Duran Duran; Blancmange
Lyrics: Time (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club; Pleasure Boys - Visage; (Beware) Boyfriend - Mari Wilson; Our House - Madness; Beat Surrender - Jam; Youth Of Today - Musical Youth; Love Is A Stranger - Eurythmics; Here I Go Again - Whitesnake; Back To Love - Evelyn King; State Of Independence - Donna Summer; The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney; Follow The Leaders - Killing Joke; Cheers Then - Bananarama
Start: personal file - Steve Strange; Bryan Ferry's baby Benjamin; Tears For Fears, Graduate; David Bowie, Bing Crosby, "Peace On Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy"; Abba; Disconnection, "Bali Ha'i"; Japan; Marc Almond, Nicola Claridge; Steve Wright, Mike Watson, "I'm alright - you alright?"  
Bitz: Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson; Rick James; Musical Youth tour cancelled; Spear Of Destiny: Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers; David Van Day, "Do You Believe In Fairies?"; Siouxsie And The Banshees, "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant"; Soft Cell, "The Art Of Falling Apart", "Where The Heart Is"; The Maisonettes: Nick Parry, Denise Ward, Mark Tibbenham, Lol Mason, Elaine Williams; Haircut One Hundred album delayed, tour rescheduled; John Lennon, "Collection"; Status Quo, "From The Makers Of…"; The Undertones, "Sin Of Pride"; "The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Black Music"; Phil Everly, "Louise"
all time top ten - Junior Waite
Single reviews (Deborah Steels): Beat Surrender - The Jam; Little Town - Cliff Richard; Bali Ha'i - Disconnection; Time - Culture Club; Pleasure Boys - Visage; Buffalo Gals - Malcolm McLaren & The World Famous Supreme Team; Jukebox (Don't Put Another Dime) - The Flirts; Kiss Of No Return - Trevor Herion; Cash In Hand - The Firm; Forever - Little Steven and the Disciples Of Soul; Cheers Then - Bananarama; You Can't Hurry Love - Phil Collins; Theme From E.T. (The Extra Terrestrial); Desperate But Not Serious - Adam Ant; So In Love With You - Winston Groovy; Take It On The Chin - Kim Carnes; If You Can't Stand The Heat - Bucks Fizz; Girl Of 1000 Lists - Go-Go's; Envy The Love - The Apollinaires; If You Leave Can I Come Too? - Mental As Anything; This First Dance - The Recognitions; Mannequin - The Kids From Fame; Show Me The Way - R-A-C-E; Cast A Long Shadow - The Monochrome Set
Album reviews (Jim Shelley / Peter Silverton / Ian Cranna / Neil Tennant / Kimberley Leston / Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / David Hepworth / Deborah Steels / Peter Stockton): Immigrants - Sandii And The Sunsetz; Oh No! It's Devo - Devo; No Man's Land - Lene Lovich; La Variete - Weekend; Moving Windows - Our Daughter's Wedding; Forging Ahead - Bad Manners; Famous Last Words - Supertramp; Long After Dark - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; Killer On The Rampage - Eddy Grant; Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms, Some People Think It's Fun To Entertain - China Crisis; Warrior Rock - Toyah; "Titles" - Mick Karn; The Maverick Years - Wah; Steamin' Hot - The Reddings; Frooty Rooties - Eric Stewart; Men Without Women - Little Steven & the Disciples Of Soul
Nights Out: Squeeze; ABC; Depeche Mode

Friday, November 11, 2022

November 11 - 24, 1982

Smash Hits, November 11, 1982

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Cover: Edwyn Collins
Centrespread: Musical Youth
Back cover: Eddy Grant
Interviews: Orange Juice; John Cougar; Human League: Joanne and Susann; Erazerhead; Blue Zoo; The Jam
Lyrics: Rio - Duran Duran; The Other Side Of Love - Yazoo; Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange; Jack And Diane - John Cougar; The Apple Stretching - Grace Jones; All Right Now - Free; Caroline - Status Quo; Do It To The Music - Raw Silk; Move It - Cliff Richard; The Day Before You Came - Abba; It's Raining Again - Supertramp; Mirror Man - Human League; Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) - A Flock Of Seagulls; Let Me Go! - Heaven 17; Hymn - Ultravox
Start: personal file - John Peel; Thomas Dolby, Magnus Pyke; Madness; Elton John; Robert "Kool" Bell, Bev Hillier, Steve Singleton; Tony Hadley; Animal Nightlife
Bitz: Sharon Redd; The Peech Boys: Michael de Benedictus, R. Bernard Fowler, Robert Casper, Larry Levan; Dionne Warwick; Men At Work: Colin Hay, John Rees, Jerry Speiser, Ron Strykert, Greg Ham; Raw Silk: Valerie Petiford, Tenita Jordan, Jessica Cleaves; Musical Youth tour; XTC: "Waxworks", "Beeswax"; Squeeze: "Singles 45 And Under"; Free: "Completely Free"; Abba: "The Singles"; The Associates, "A Matter Of Gender"; Yazoo; Sandii And The Sunsets; "Duran Duran: Their Story", Kasper de Graaf; Ultravox tour; Haircut One Hundred, Mark Fox; The Bluebells court case; Orange Juice tour; Free: Paul Kossof, Paul Rogers, Simon Kirke, Andy Fraser; all time top ten - Stephen Luscombe and Neil Arthur;
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): I'm So Hot For You - Bobby "O"; Mirror Man - Human League; Baby Turns Blue - Virgin Prunes; There Goes A Tenner - Kate Bush; Baby I'm A Fool For You - Sylvia And The Sapphires; Heartache Avenue - The Maisonettes; Love Is Just The Great Pretender - Animal Nightlife; Once In A Lifetime - Riuchi Sakamoto & Robin Scott; Ding Dong - Klaus Nomi; Dancing With Ideas - A Popular History Of Signs; I've Been A Bad Bad Boy - Marcel; Youth Of Today - Musical Youth; Back To Love - Evelyn King; (Beware) Boyfriend - Mari Wilson; Our House - Madness; Light - Music For Pleasure; Thank You - Pale Fountains; The Other Side Of Love - Yazoo; Love - John Lennon; It's You Only You - Lene Lovich; Autumn Leaves - One Plus One; Truly - Lionel Richie; Losing True - The Roches; Imagination - Anusia; Drumbeat For Baby - Weekend; Keep The Fire Burning - Gwen McCrae; Someone Somewhere (In Summertime) - Simple Minds
Album reviews (Pete Silverton / Dave Rimmer / Ian Birch / Neil Tennant / David Hepworth / Dave Rimmer / Johnny Black / Kimberley Leston / Mark Ellen / Peter Stockton): Absolutely - Rod Stewart; Lupa - Palais Schaumberg; Living My Life - Grace Jones; Redd Hott - Sharon Redd; H20 - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Hello I Must Be Going - Phil Collins; Gifts And Telegrams - Patrik Fitzgerald; The Other Side Of The Rainbow - Melba Moore; Left Hundred Dream - Riuchi Sakamoto; Sanctuary - The Passions; Journey Without Maps Vol. 7 - Various Artists [Toe-Knee-Black-Burn - Binky Baker, Two Minds Crack, The Fix, 23 Jewels, The Outsiders]; The Nightfly - Donald Fagen; The Rise And Fall - Madness; Rice Music - Masami Tsuchiya; I Scare Myself - Barry Reynolds; Youth Of Today - Musical Youth; A Kiss In The Dreamhouse - Siouxsie And The Banshees; Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick
Nights Out: Killing Joke; Fat Larry's Band; Kim Wilde

Friday, October 28, 2022

October 28 - November 10, 1982

Smash Hits, October 28, 1982

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Cover: Peter Murphy
Centrespread: Adam Ant
Back cover: Tears For Fears
Interviews: Bauhaus; Wham!; AC/DC; Scarlet Party; Haysi Fantayzee
Lyrics: Life In Tokyo - Japan; Cry Boy Cry - Blue Zoo; Annie Get Your Gun - Squeeze; Young Guns (Go For It) - Wham!; Never Give You Up - Sharon Redd; Love Me Do - Beatles; Zambezi - Piranhas; I Can't Help Myself - Orange Juice; Fun City - Marc and the Mambas; Muscles - Diana Ross; I Don't Wanna Dance - Eddy Grant; 101 Dam-nations - Scarlet Party; Love's Comin' At Ya - Melba Moore; Holy Joe - Haysi Fantayzee
Start: personal file - Tony Hadley;  Sting sells kisses for Oxfam; Fashion: Mulligan, Troy Tate, Al Darby, Dik Davis, Martin Recci; Midge Ure and Mick Karn; Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson; Ian Gillan, The Cucumbers; David Grant marries Gillian Henry;
Bitz: all time top ten - Curt Smith; "Shipbuilding", Robert Wyatt, Elvis Costello, Steve nieve, Clive Langer, Bedders; Eddy Grant; Adam Ant; Captain Sensible; Marc Almond; The Jam; The Piranhas, "Boring" Bob Grover; Classix Nouveaux; BowWowWow, Mike Chapman; Haircut One Hundred; Mood Six; Tintin; Duran Duran "nightclub scuffle"
Single reviews (David Hepworth): The Only Way - Lisa Stansfield; State Violence / State Control - Discharge; No More Blue Horizons (Fool Fool Fool) - China Crisis; Wishing (I Had A Photograph Of You) - A Flock Of Seagulls; Dracula's Tango (Sucker For Your Love) - Toto Coelo; The Best Years Of Our Loves - Modern Romance; Let Me Go - Heaven 17; Forevermore - Bluebells; Annie Get Your Gun - Squeeze; Baby Doll - Girls Can't Help It; Marching On - The Alarm; State Of Independence - Donna Summer; (Sexual) Healing - Marvin Gaye; Ice Cream Factory - Billy MacKenzie; The Love Parade - Undertones; Living On The Ceiling - Blancmange; To Turn The Stone - Frida; Straight Ahead - Nick Straker Band; Tomorrow Never Knows - Monsoon
Album reviews (Beverly Hillier / Peter Stockton / Jim Shelley / Deborah Steels / Mark Steels / Pete Silverton / Neil Tennant / Dave Rimmer / David Hepworth / Mark Ellen / Kimberley Leston ): The Dollar Album - Dollar; Station M.X.J.Y. - Maximum Joy; The Sky's Gone Out - Bauhaus; Quartet - Ultravox; Seduction - The Danse Society; Keep It Live - Dazz Band; Think Positive - Crown Heights Affair; Rip It Up - Orange Juice; The Message - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; All Fall Down - The Sound; Corridors Of Power - Gary Moore; Silk Electric - Diana Ross; Bad Man Posse - Junior Murvin; Playtime - Tot Taylor and his Orchestra; Live At The Blue Chonjo Sky Day & Night - OK Jive; Chewing The Fat - Blue Rondo A La Turk
Nights Out: Psychedelic Furs; Mari Wilson

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Gary Crowley's Indie 90s Playback: Classics, Curveballs and Bangers!

Gary Crowley's Indie 90s Playback

Everybody’s favourite DJ has done it again! Over the past few years, Gary Crowley has curated a handful of excellent compilations, unearthing lost gems and revisiting forgotten classics from the late seventies to the mid-eighties - and his winning streak continues as he moves into the nineties with a wonderfully eclectic and terrifically energetic three-CD collection of blasts from the more recent past. [Fact check: If you graduated from university in the early nineties, that is *definitely* the recent past.]

Disc 1 - Classics - blasts off with The Wonder Stuff's rollicking A Wish Away and barely pauses for breath as it serves up killer tracks from the likes of Electronic, Primal Scream, Saint Etienne, The Sundays and Gene. The perfect power pop of Fountains Of Wayne's Radiation Vibe proves why the late Adam Schlesinger was the perfect choice to write the theme song for That Thing You Do! and if you're not familiar with Beth Orton's Trailer Park or Luscious Jackson's Fever In Fever Out, the inclusion of She Cries Your Name and Naked Eye should have you scurrying off to investigate further: you won't be disappointed!

Disc 2 - Curveballs - is an even more wide-ranging assortment of sounds and styles from Dodgy, Ocean Colour Scene, Miranda Sex Garden and more. Bennet's bizarre hymn to the glories of frozen food - Mum's Gone To Iceland - is outdone in delirium only by We're Not Supposed To by Supergrass. Best of all, however, nestled between Molly Half Head and Ned's Atomic Dustbin, is Travelling Light by Tindersticks and Carla Torgerson, a beautiful strings-strewn ballad of longing and regret which I mostly ignored in 1995; half a lifetime later and now in my fifties, I can appreciate the power of the emotional punch the song packs. Growing old is a funny thing: the songs stay the same, but we change.

Disc 3 - Bangers - does exactly what it says on the tin: fifteen floor-fillers guaranteed to get you moving and grooving. Fatboy Slim [Everybody Needs A 303] and Tricky [Black Steel] are the most well-known choices, but there are great selections from Lo Fidelity Allstars, 18 Wheeler, Definition Of Sound and Renegade Soundwave, whose Probably A Robbery might be the only top-forty hit with "skulduggery" in the lyric - and is all the better for it! In addition to World Of Twist and Fluke, there are reworkings of tracks from Manic Street Preachers and Paul Weller - and the Modfather himself is one of the interviewees in the accompanying book. Alan McGee, Sarah Cracknell and others also share their memories from the nineties, alongside Gary's own track-by-track guide to his selections.

My own musical nostalgia tends to focus on the era of the early years of Smash Hits and I confess I was a bit wary when I first heard about this set - but I needn't have worried. Gary has the best job in the world and he does it so well: Indie 90s Playback is another essential set of songs, hand-picked by a DJ whose passion for music remains undimmed and is evidenced every time he assembles one of these box sets. It's a perfect Christmas present for yourself and the music lovers in your life - I am already looking forward to Volume 2!

Gary Crowley's Indie 90s Playback is available from Amazon UK.

Disc 1: Classics
1 The Wonder Stuff - A Wish Away
2 The Sundays - Here's Where The Story Ends
3 Paris Angels - Perfume (Loved Up)
4 Electronic - Feel Every Beat (7" Remix)
5 Jesus Jones - International Bright Young Thing (Phil Harding 12" Mix)
6 Sultans of Ping F.C. - Where's Me Jumper?
7 The Stairs - Weed Bus
8 Pulp - My Legendary Girlfriend
9 Soul Family Sensation - I Don't Even Know If I Should Call You Baby (Marshall Jefferson Mix)
10 Saint Etienne - You're In A Bad Way
11 Gigolo Aunts - Where I Find My Heaven
12 Drop Nineteens - Winona
13 Gene - For The Dead
14 Primal Scream - Jailbird
15 Beth Orton - She Cries Your Name
16 Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye (Remix)
17 Silver Sun - Golden Skin
18 Fountains of Wayne - Radiation Vibe
19 The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Instant Repater '99

Disc 2: Curveballs
1 Thousand Yard Stare - Wonderment
2 The Montgomery Clifts - Lovesville USA
3 Katydids - Lights Out (Read My Lips)
4 The High - Up And Down
5 Ocean Colour Scene - Sway (Album Version)
6 The Impossibles - The Drum (12" Mix)
7 Poppy Factory - Stars
8 Adorable - Sunshine Smile
9 Catwalk - Little Miss Abyss
10 Miranda Sex Garden - Sunshine (Abrasion Mix)
11 Dodgy - Lovebirds
12 Credit To The Nation - Call It What You Want (Radio Edit)
13 Molly Half Head - Breaking The Ice
14 Tindersticks featuring Carla Torgerson - Travelling Light
15 Ned's Atomic Dustbin - All I Ask Of Myself Is That I Hold Together
16 The Weekenders - Inelegantly Wasted in Papa's Penthouse Pad in Belgravia
17 Supergrass - We're Not Supposed To
18 Bennet - Mum's Gone To Iceland

Disc 3: Bangers
1 Definition of Sound - Wear Your Love Like Heaven
2 The Railway Children - Music Stop (Steve Proctor Mix)
3 Renegade Soundwave - Probably A Robbery
4 Big Audio Dynamite II - Rush (Single Version) 5 Cola Boy - 7 Ways to Love (Straight to the Head Cola Boy 12" Mix)
6 World of Twist - She's A Rainbow (Right Foot Yellow Mix)
7 One Dove - White Love (Radio Mix)
8 Manic Street Preachers - La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh) (The Chemical Brothers Remix)
9 Fluke - Groovy Feeling (Make Mine A 99)
10 Paul Weller - Kosmos - Lynch Mob Bonus Beats (Lynchmob Beats Mix)
11 Tricky - Black Steel (Radio Edit)
12 18 Wheeler - The Hours and the Times (William Orbit Porcupine Mix)
13 Fatboy Slim - Everybody Needs A 303 (Original 12" Mix)
14 Mono - Slimcea Girl (Fat Boy Vocal)
15 Lo Fidelity Allstars - Battleflag (Radio Edit)

Friday, October 14, 2022

October 14 - 27, 1982

Smash Hits, October 14, 1982

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Cover: Culture Club
Centrespread: Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Back cover: Toyah
Interviews: Culture Club; White & Torch; Dolly Mixture; Adam Ant; Musical Youth
Lyrics: Slowdive - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Child Come Away - Kim Wilde; Hard to Say I'm Sorry - Chicago; Ziggy Stardust - Bauhaus; Should I Stay Or Should I Go - The Clash; Sensitive - Mick Karn; Annie I'm Not Your Daddy - Kid Creole & the Coconuts; Danger Games - Pinkees; Starmaker - Kids From Fame; Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac; Back On The Chain Gang - Pretenders; From Head To Toe - Elvis Costello & the Attractions; Be Loud Be Proud (Be Heard) - Toyah; Mad World - Tears For Fears
Start: personal file - Midge Ure; Peter Gabriel, Genesis at Milton Keynes Bowl; Boy George, Steve Strange, Melba Moore; Bauhaus: Peter Murphy, Kevin Haskins, David Jay, Daniel Ash, "The Sky's Gone Out", "Press The Eject And Give Me The Tape", Glen Campling, Tones On Tail, "There's Only One"; Lee Kavanagh, Paul Weller, "The Bitterest Pill"; Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude 
Bitz: all time top ten - Peter Gabriel; Linx split up; The Guitar Handbook, Andy Summers; Olivia Newton-John; "The Kids From Fame Again"; Monsoon, "Tomorrow Never Knows"; Dee Sharp quits Buzzz; Troy Tate joins Fashion; Nigel Preston and John Lennard quit Theatre Of Hate; Tears For Fears: Roland Orzabal, Curt Smith; The Animals, "House Of The Rising Sun", John Steel, Chas Chandler, Eric Burdon, Hilton Valentine, Alan Price; Jackie Wilson; "The Beatles - Album File And Complete Discography"; "The International Discography Of New Wave", Blondie Tepid Halibut, The Extraterrestrial Coathangers; Fat Larry's Band, Larry James; Squeeze split: Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford, Gilson Lavis, Don Snow, John Bentley
Single reviews (Fred Dellar): Child Come Away - Kim Wilde; Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) - Toyah; Zambezi - Piranhas; I Wanna Do It Wit You - Barry Manilow; Mockingbird - Belle Stars; The Last Love Song - Nigel Sawyer; Shoo-rah Shoo-rah - Pauline Black; I'll Be Satisfied - Shakin' Stevens; Peek A Boo - Devo; Eat Your Heart Out - Hey! Elastica; Thru These Walls - Phil Collins; La Mer - Punching Holes; Old Town - Philip Lynott; The Day Before You Came - Abba; (Thank You Very Much) Waw Dieure Dieuf - Wazi And The Mambetis; Ziggy Stardust - Bauhaus; The Apple Stretching - Grace Jones; Dozen Girls - The Damned; Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen; State Of The Nation - Vice Squad
Album reviews (Jim Shelley / David Hepworth / Fred Dellar / Peter Stockton / Neil Tennant / Beverly Hillier / Kimberley Leston): Fur Immer - Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft; Love Over Gold - Dire Straits; Strawberries - The Damned; Captured - Natasha; Disc Charge - Boystown Gang; Oi! That's Your Lot / The Only Alternative - Various Artists; Kissing To Be Clever - Culture Club; Carmel - Carmel; UB44 - UB40; Untitled - Marc And The Mambas; Friend Or Foe - Adam Ant; Give Me Your Heart Tonight - Shakin' Stevens
Nights Out: Dexy's Midnight Runners; Billy Idol
Other: Where Are They Now?; Dance Music

Friday, September 30, 2022

September 30 - October 13, 1982

Smash Hits, September 30, 1982

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Cover: Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Spandau Ballet
Centrespread: Dexy's Midnight Runners
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Paul Weller (readers' Q&A); Kool & The Gang; Cava Cava; Genesis; Spandau Ballet
Lyrics: Tug Of War - Paul McCartney; Jackie Wilson Said - Kevin Rowland & Dexy's Midnight Runners; Lifeline - Spandau Ballet; Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club; Where's Romeo - Cava Cava; Take A Chance On Me - Roxy Music; Where Do We Go From Here - Cliff Richard; Reap The Wild Wind - Ultravox; I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye; Zoom - Fat Larry's Band; Do You Wanna Funk - Sylvester; Shock The Monkey - Peter Gabriel; Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth; Halfway Up Halfway Down - Dennis Brown; Hot In The City - Billy Idol; Jeanette - The Beat; Chances - Hot Chocolate
Start: personal file: Natasha; Nick Heyward, Jennie Bellestar; Stevo, Matt Johnson, The The; Annabella Lwin; Altered Images, Stephen Lironi 
Bitz: Thin Lizzy, John Sykes; Modern Romance, David Jaymes, Geoff Deane, Michael J. Mullins, Tony Visconti; Pauline Black, "Shoo-ra, Shoo-ra", Adam Kidron; Grandmaster Flash; Hazel O'Connor, Tim McInnery, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest"; Mark Fox quits Haircut One Hundred, Dee Harriss quits Fashion, Al Derby joins Fashion, Trudi Baptiste quits King Trigger, Deutsche Amerikanische Freundschaft split up; Martha Ladley quits The Associates; The Beatles, "The Complete Silver Beatles"; Diamond Head: Duncan Scott, Sean Harris, Colin Kimberley, Brian Tatler; Bruce Foxton; Madness; all time top ten - Alan Wilder
Single reviews (Johnny Black): Uncertain Smile - The The; Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Boystown Gang; Fasten Your Seatbelts - Freshies; Tug Of War - Paul McCartney; Ribbon In The Sky - Stevie Wonder; Mad World - Tears For Fears; Take A Chance With Me - Roxy Music; Fools Rush In - Bow Wow Wow; Straight To Hell - Clash; Reap The Wild Wind - Ultravox; Teddy - Apocalypse; Starmaker - Kids From Fame; Lifeline - Spandau Ballet; Back On The Chain Gang - Pretenders; Young Guns - Wham; I Can't Help Myself - Orange Juice; Heart To Heart - Pointer Sisters; Auto Music - Our Daughter's Wedding; Impi - Impi; Annie I'm Not Your Daddy - Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Born To Win - Goombay Dance Band
Album reviews (Peter Silverton / Neil Tennant / David Hepworth / David Bostock / Kimberley Leston / Fred Dellar / Richard White / Ian Cranna / ): A Broken Frame - Depeche Mode; Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel; New Gold Dream ('81-'82-'83-'84) - Simple Minds; As One - Kool & The Gang; Now Then - Stiff Little Fingers; Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen; Magic - Gillan; Pursuit Of Accidents - Level 42; Room To Live - The Fall; Technostalgia - The Techno Twins; Under The Flag - Fad Gadget; Special Beat Service - The Beat; Happy Families - Blancmange
Nights Out: UB40; Imagination
Other: Smash Hits 100th issue; deejays when they were young

Friday, September 16, 2022

September 16 - 29, 1982

Smash Hits, September 16, 1982

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Cover: Mari Wilson
Centrespread: UB40
Back cover: Depeche Mode
Interviews: Fame; Simple Minds; Dire Straits; Mari Wilson; Iron Maiden; Boystown Gang
Lyrics: The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) - The Jam; Invitations - Shakatak; Give Me Some Kinda Magic - Dollar; In The Heat Of The Night - Imagination; Private Investigations; Why - Carly Simon; Love Come Down - Evelyn King; Just What I Always Wanted - Mari Wilson; Garageland - The Clash; And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Holliday; Saddle Up - David Christie; The Boom Boom Room - Natasha; There It Is - Shalamar; Magic Touch - Odyssey; Living In The City - Gillan
The Pictures: Captain Sensible, Dolly Mixture; Tight Fit: Denise Gyngell, Julie Harris, Carol Stevens, Vicki Pemberton; Musical Youth
Bitz: Dexy's Midnight Runners tour; Dance Mode 82: Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Funkapolitan, King Trigger; Jennifer Holliday, Dreamgirls; Afrika Bambaataa And The Soulsonic Force, "Planet Rock"; Stevie Wonder, "Ribbon In The Sky"; Ultravox, "Quartet", "Reap The Wild Wind", George Martin, Geoff Emerick; Adam, Marco, "Friend Or Foe", Gary Tibbs, Chris Merrick Hughes, "Dynamite"; David Christie, Jack Robinson; Paul Weller, Apocalypse, Tony Fletcher, "Teddy"; Rush, "Signals", London Planetarium; Brimstone & Treacle soundtrack LP; Elton John, Hammersmith Odeon; Lemmy, Wendy O. Williams, "Stand By Your Man"; Kim Wilde tour; Orange Juice: "I Can't Help Myself" / "Barbecue" / "Tongues Begin To Wag"; all time top ten - David Essex; personal file - Thomas Dolby
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth; State Of Independence - Joy; Friend Or Foe - Adam Ant; Stand By Your Man - Wendy And Lemmy; A Selection Of Songs From - The French Impressionists; Famous Faces - Light Of The World; The X-Boy - Cynthia Scott; The Bitterest Pill - The Jam; L'Amour Toujours - Telex; Be My Baby - Gary Glitter; Secret Story - Minny Pops; Jeanette - The Beat; Funky Old Rolls - Diana Ross; Dance Floor - Zapp; Partners In Fiction - The Mobiles; Big Girls Don't Cry - Cimarons; From Head To Toe - Elvis Costello; Hanging On The Telephone - Jack Lee; Hard To Get - Rick James; Zoo - Peter Straker / Do You Wanna Funk - Patrick Cowley featuring Sylvester; Whatever Is He Like - Farmers Boys
Album reviews (David Bostock / Peter Silverton / Mark Ellen / David Hepworth / Kimberley Leston / Peter Stockton / Beverley Hillier / Jim Shelley ): Forever Now - Psychedelic Furs; One More Mountain - Four Tops; The Real Deal - Isley Brothers; Women And Captain First - Captain Sensible; The Dreaming - Kate Bush; The Dukes - Bugatti & Musker; Danceclass - Danceclass; Signals - Rush; It's Hard - The Who; Madness Money And Music - Sheena Easton; Holly & The Italians - Holly Beth Vincent; Drumming The Beating Heart - Eyeless In Gaza; Palais Schaumburg - Palais Schaumburg
Nights Out: Roxy Music on the Riviera

Friday, September 2, 2022

September 2 - 15, 1982

Smash Hits, September 2, 1982

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Cover: ABC
Centrespread: Fashion
Back cover: Cliff Richard
Interviews: ABC; Rip Rig & Panic; Toto Coelo; Gary Numan
Lyrics: Leave In Silence - Depeche Mode; All Of My Heart - ABC; Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Modern Romance; Give Me Your Heart Tonight - Shakin' Stevens; Storm The Reality Asylum - Rip Rig & Panic; Under The Boardwalk - Tom Tom Club; Walkin' On Sunshine - Rockers Revenge; So Here I Am - UB40; Wot! - Captain Sensible; Jilted John - Jilted John; The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five; I Know There's Something Going On - Frida; Strange Little Girl - The Stranglers; Windpower - Thomas Dolby
The Pictures: The Bluebells; Big Country; Nick Cave, The Birthday Party; White And Torch (Roy White, Steve Torch) 
Bitz: Grandmaster Flash; Phil Oakey; Riverside, Oxford Road Show, Swap Shop, Razzmatazz, The Big Daddy Show, Carnival (Junior, Clint Eastwood and General Saint, Bow Wow Wow, Echo and the Bunnymen), The Tube (Jools Holland, "the uniquely tiresome Paula Yates"), Whatever You Want, Gastank ("boring old Rick Wakeman", John Entwistle, Strawbs), Whistle Test; Blondie cancel European tour; King Trigger (Trudi Baptiste, Stuart Kennedy, Martin Clapson, Sam Hodgkin, Ian Cleverley); UB40; Maximum Joy; Echo and the Bunnymen cancel tour; Paul Weller / Respond Records looking for female singer; The Passions: "Sanctuary", Tom Robinson, Hammer And Tongs; Lene Lovich, Les Chappell, "Mata Hari"; The Beatles; Modern Romance: David Jaymes, Geoff Deane, John Du Prez, Eddie Calvert; Mark Ellen gets married; all time top ten - David Jaymes; personal file - Helen O'Hara
Single reviews (David Hepworth): All Of My Heart - ABC; The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five; I Scare Myself - Barry Reynolds; Glittering Prize - Simple Minds; And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going - Jennifer Holiday; Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah) - Joan Jett; Dream Maker - Castaways; Summer In The City - Tik & Tok; Living For The City - Gillan; Pillar To Post - Aztec Camera; Lorraine - Explainer; Broken Mona Lisa - Sally Oldfield; Private Investigations - Dire Straits; Just What I Always Wanted - Mari Wilson; Touching My Heart Again - Perfect Zebras; Planet Rock - Soul Sonic Force; So Here I Am - UB40; Bits Of Kids - Stiff Little Fingers; Let Me Tickle Your Fancy - Jermaine Jackson; There It Is - Shalamar; Magic Touch - Odyssey; Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Ian Cranna / Peter Silverton / Neil Tennant / David Hepworth / Mark Steels / Beverley Hillier / Dave Rimmer ): In The Heat Of The Night - Imagination; Upstairs At Eric's - Yazoo; The Cage - Tygers Of Pan Tang; I, Assassin - Gary Numan; Songs To Remember - Scritti Politti; Tight Fit - Tight Fit; Greatest Hits - Shalamar; Emotion - Malaria; A Distant Shore - Tracey Thorn; So Excited - Pointer Sisters; Liliput - Liliput; Sense And Sensuality - Au Pairs; Now You See Me…Now You Don't - Cliff Richard; Something's Going On - Frida
Nights Out: The Undertones

Friday, August 19, 2022

August 19 - September 1, 1982

Smash Hits, August 19, 1982

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Cover: John Taylor
Centrespread: Simple Minds
Back cover: Donna Summer
Interviews: The Stranglers; Sting; Duran Duran
Lyrics: John Wayne Is Big Leggy - Haysi Fantayzee; Save A Prayer - Duran Duran; The Clapping Song - Belle Stars; Nobody's Fool - Haircut One Hundred; What - Soft Cell; Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Boys Town Gang; Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor; Spread A Little Happiness - Sting; Hurry Home - Wavelength; I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coelo; Bamboo Music - Sylvian & Sakamoto; When The Tigers Broke Free - Pink Floyd; White Boys And Heroes - Gary Numan
The Pictures: Kevin Rowland, Marie Fahey, "Come On Eileen"; Fun Boy Three, "Summertime", Victor Lownes, Nicky Holland; Toto Coelo, Sheen, Lacey, Lindsey
Bitz: 10cc: Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman; Jam tour; Joan Jett, "Bad Reputation"; Gillan, "Living In The City"'; Survivor; Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Kiss In The Dreamhouse"; Futurama Festival: New Order, Durutti Column, Thomas Dolby, The Three Courgettes, A Flock Of Seagulls, Dalek I, Dead Or Alive, Southern Death Cult, The Room, The Farmer's Boys; Orange Juice, Holden Caulfield Universal; Bananarama, Peter Fonda, Honda motorcycles, Captain Sensible and Dolly Mixture, Choc Dip!; Kate Bush; Simple Minds, "Glittering Prize", "New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84); Paul Weller; Captain Sensible; Depeche Mode, "Leave In Silence", Daniel Miller; Gary Numan moves to Los Angeles, learns to shoot; Boys Town Gang; all time top ten - Les Nemes; personal file - Jennie Bellestar
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Walking On Sunshine - Rockers Revenge Featuring Donnie Calvin; Nobody's Fool - Haircut One Hundred; Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Modern Romance; Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled - Pola Henreid; Breaking Us In Two - Joe Jackson; Shake It Up, Shake It Up - The Managers; Running Aways - The Raincoats; Beatnik Beach - The Go-Go's; Passion - The Flirts; What! - Soft Cell; Rising From The Dread - UK Decay; The Heavens Are Crying - Blue Rondo A La Turk; Love Shadow - Fashion; Save A Prayer - Duran Duran; Hot In The City - Billy Idol; Daylight - Matumbi; Siberian Sid - 24 Hours; August Grass - Big View; 20th Century Boy/Dreamy Lady/The Groover/New York City - T-Rex; I Know There's Something Going On - Frida; Touch - The Quick; Empty Bed - Boy Meets Girl; Backchat - Queen; Gloria - Laura Brannigan; Memory Of Your Name - Private Lives; Flaming Desire - Bill Nelson
Album reviews (Peter Silverton / Fred Dellar / Dave Rimmer / Ian Birch / Kimberly Lesion / ): Vacation - Go-Go's; Trio - Trio; What Me Worry? - Yukihiro Takahashi; Tantalizingly Hot - Stephanie Mills; Still Out Of Order - Infa-Riot / City Baby Attacked By Rats - GBH; Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor; All Night Long - The BB&Q Band / Every Way But Loose - Plunky And The Oneness Of Juju
Nights Out: J Walter Negro

Friday, August 5, 2022

August 5 - 18, 1982

Smash Hits, August 05, 1982

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Cover: The Associates
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: Belle Stars
Interviews: Associates; Talk Talk; The Clash; Annabella Lwin
Lyrics: Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger) - Donna Summer; Summertime - Fun Boy Three; When The Hangover Strikes - Squeeze; Today - Talk Talk; Asylums In Jerusalem - Scritti Politti; Secret Heart - Tight Fit; Murphy's Law - Cheri; 18 Carat Love Affair - Associates; A Man Out Of Time - Elvis Costello; Arthur Daley ('E's Alright) - The Firm; Julia's Song - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; My Girl Lollipop - Bad Manners; Feel Me - Blancmange
The Pictures: Terry Hall, Jeanette, WOMAD; Sylvia And The Sapphires; Motorhead: Lemmy, Phil Taylor, Brian Robertson; Take It Away: Eric Stewart, Linda McCartney, Steve Gadd, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, George Martin
Bitz: Sting, "Spread A Little Happiness", Brimstone And Treacle; Bucks Fizz, Australia, Mike Nolan, Susanne Suley; Bananarama; Fame, Irene Cara; Madness; Kim Wilde; Suggs and Bette Bright have a daughter; Wham!, George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley; "Rock Secrets"; Paul Weller seeks female singer; "Chalk Dust - The Umpire Strikes Back", The Brat, Roger Kitter, Mo Foster, Mike Walling; "Postman Pat", Ken Barrie; Roxy Music tour; Philip Jap; Michael Schenker Group: "Assault Attack", Ted McKenna, Graham Bonnet; Dr. Feelgood: Buzz Barwell and Pat McMullin replace Sparko and The Big Figure; all time top ten - Kate (Haysi Fantayzee); personal file - Martha Ladly
Single reviews (Tim De Lisle): Man Out Of Time - Elvis Costello And The Attractions; Wot - Captain Sensible; Spread A Little Happiness - Sting; Two Hearts Together - Orange Juice; Still In Love - Rose Royce; Louis Quatorze - Bow Wow Wow; 18 Carat Love Affair - Associates; My Girl Lollipop - Bad Manners; Children Of The Revolution / I Love To Boogie / Solid Gold Easy Action / London Boys - T Rex; Give Me More Time - Nicole / It Ain't Easy Comin' Down - Charlene; Why - Carly Simon; Refugee - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers; Under The Boardwalk - Tom Tom Club; African And White - China Crisis; The Dreaming - Kate Bush; Asylums In Jerusalem - Scritti Politti; Summertime - Fun Boy Three; Secret Heart - Tight Fit; Bamboo Music / Bamboo Houses - Sylvian / Sakamoto; From Small Things Big Things Come - Dave Edmunds
Album reviews (Peter Silverton / Dave Rimmer / Kimberley Leston / Neil Tenant / Fred Dellar / David Hepworth): I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow; Soul Force - The Dance; African Queen - Allez Allez; The Indi-Pop Compilasian - Various Artists: Monsoon, Dee Kathrecha, Jhalib, Mohammed Raza, John Keliehor, Disharhi, Thika; Shout! Shout! - Rocky Sharpe And The Replays; Love Has Found Its Way - Dennis Brown; Sooner Or Later - Larry Graham, Donna Summer - Donna Summer
Nights Out: Steve Miller
Other: You Were Working As A Waitress In A Cocktail Bar: famous meetings

Friday, July 22, 2022

July 22 - August 4, 1982

Smash Hits, July 22, 1982

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Cover: Lee Thompson, Madness
Centrespread: ABC
Back cover: Paul Weller, Paul McCartney
Interviews: Madness; Haysi Fantayzee; The Damned; China Crisis; Kevin Rowland
Lyrics: Fame - Irene Cara; Driving In My Car - Madness; Don't Go - Yazoo; It Started With A Kiss - Hot Chocolate; Too Late - Junior; Heat Of The Moment - Asia; Machinery - Sheena Easton; Stool Pigeon - Kid Creole; African And White - China Crisis; The Things That Dreams Are Made Of - Human League; Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners; Lovely Money - Damned; The Only Way Out - Cliff Richard
The Pictures: Aerobics: Dik, Mulligan, Sally-Ann (Bardo)
Bitz: Trio; Stranglers, "Strange Little Girl"; Japan; Beki Bondage; Toyah; Vinyl Frontier: Dalek I Love You, Alan Gill, Gordon Hon, Kenny Peers, "Holiday In Disneyland" / "Masks And Licences" / "Heaven Was Bought For Me"; Judas Priest, "Screaming For Vengeance"; Alvin Stardust, "I Want You Back In My Life Again" / "I Just Wanna Make Love To You"; Charlene, "I've Never Been To Me"; Farmer's Boys, "Whatever Is He Like?"; Steve Miller; Holiday 82: Tenpole Tudor, Geoff Deane, Kevin Rowland, Francis Rossi, Martin Gore, Alan Wilder, Cliff Richard, Steve Strange, Thereza, Kate Bush, BowWowWow, David Van Day, Dave Gahan, Andy Fletcher, Mick Karn, Gary Numan, Phil Lynott, Buster Bloodvessel; all time top ten - David Grant; personal file - Alf
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Past Meets Present - Weekend; When The Hangover Strikes - Squeeze; Fantasy - Brandi Wells / Golden Moments - Fat Larry's Band; Stool Pigeon - Kid Creole and the Coconuts; Strange Little Girl - Stranglers; Driving In My Car - Madness; Woman - Anti-Nowhere League; Mysteries Of The East - Jhalib; It's A Brand New Day - Splashdown / Scarlet On A Thursday - Bamboo Blue / Another Bottle Of Wine - Houston We Have A Problem / I Eat Cannibals - Toto Coello; Holiday In Disneyland - Dalek I Love You; Missbehavin' - UK Players; Machinery - Sheena Easton; Discordo 45 - Diagram Brothers; Endlessly - John Foxx; Love My Way - Psychedelic Furs; Let's Stay Together - Roy Ayers; Just Because - War; Justice - Paul Haig; Cynical Girl - Marshall Crenshaw; Together - Philip Lynott; The Clapping Song - Belle Stars; Hit The Road Jack - Buzzz; Girl's Got To Know - Aswad
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Fred Dellar / Dave Rimmer / Neil Tennant / David Hepworth): Too-Rye-Ay - Kevin Rowland and Dexy's Midnight Runners; Pictures At Eleven - Robert Plant; Royal Jam - Crusaders; The Party's Over - Talk Talk; Turn Out The Lights - Bernie Torme; Under The Big Black Sun - X; The Lords Of The New Church - The Lords Of The New Church; Mirage - Fleetwood Mac; Junkyard - The Birthday Party
Nights Out: Gary Crowley, Tuesday Club, Camden Palace: Culture Club, Boy George, Bananarama, Bobby Bluebell, Higsons, Jennie Belle Star, Joe Strummer, Jerry Dammers, Chrissy Boy, Switch Higson
Other: Smash Hits Quiz Book, part 3

Friday, July 8, 2022

July 8 - 21, 1982

Smash Hits, July 08, 1982

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Cover: Soft Cell
Centrespread: The Associates
Back cover: Yazoo
Interviews: Soft Cell; The Bluebells; Beki Bondage; Imagination
Lyrics: Tiny Children - Teardrop Explodes; Plaything - Linx; I Second That Emotion - Japan; Shy Boy - Bananarama; Take It Away - Paul McCartney; Rock The Casbah - The Clash; Streetwalkin' - Shakatak; Margate - Chas & Dave; Marine Boy - Haircut One Hundred; Angel In Blue - J. Geils Band; No Getting Over You - Paris; War Child - Blondie
The Pictures: Elvis Costello, David Bailey; Fashion, "Fabrique", David Bailey; Haysi Fantayzee, Jeremiah, Kate
Bitz: Haircut One Hundred, "Coming Home"; Human League, "Love And Dancing"; James Honeyman-Scott dies; Jamming! fanzine, Scritti Politti, TV21, "Paul Weller On Pop", Paul McCartney; Ultravox Information Service; "Nine To Five", Adam Ant, Toyah, The Man Eaters; Shalamar, Geoffrey Daniel, body popping; Everything But The Girl, Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, "Night And Day"; John Foxx, "Endlessly"; Magazine, "After The Fact"; "Fanfare", Skids; Psychedelic Furs, "Love My Way" / "Aeroplane"; Weekend, "Past Meets Present"; Echo & The Bunnymen; Madness, "Driving In My Car'; The Apollinaires, "The Feeling's Gone", Jerry Dammers, Rhoda Dakar; all time top ten - Captain Sensible; personal file - Kevin Rowland
Single reviews (Ian Birch): Don't Go - Yazoo; Pato And Roger (Ago Talk) - Pato And Roger; Danubee - M; Your Imagination - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Call Me Up (If I'm Home) - Gang Of Four; War Child - Blondie; John Wayne Is Big Leggy - Haysi Fantayzee; The Big Bean - Pigbag; By The Way (I'm Still In Love With You) - Modern Romance; Haven't We Met Somewhere Before? - Telex; I Was Tired Of Being Alone - Patrice Rushen; The Feeling's Gone - Apollinaires; Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express; Will You Or Won't You? - Dooleys; Lovely Money - Damned; Look Who's Lonely Now - Randy Crawford; Ungawa Part 2 - Pulsallama; Da Da Da - Trio; We All Work Out - Beggar & Co; Soul Deep - Gary U.S. Bonds; Take It Away - Paul McCartney
Album reviews (David Hepworth / Beverly Hillier / Ian Cranna / David Bostock / Fred Dellar / Tim De Lisle / Ian Birch / Neil Tennant): Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello; Happy Together - Odyssey; Palais Schaumberg - Palais Schaumberg / Volle Kraft Voraus - Die Krupps; Billy Idol - Billy Idol; All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Pete Townshend; Night And Day - Joe Jackson; Change Of Heart - Positive Noise; Gap Band IV - Gap Band; The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart) - Bill Nelson; Fabrique - Fashion; Check Us Out - Light Of The World; Abracadadra - Steve Miller Band
Nights Out: Culture Club
Other: Smash Hits Quiz Book, part 2

Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24 - July 7, 1982

Smash Hits, June 24, 1982

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Cover: Terry Hall
Centrespread: Bow Wow Wow
Back cover: Joan Jett
Interviews: Fun Boy Three; Diana Ross; New Order; Dollar
Lyrics: Just Who Is The 5 o'Clock Hero? - The Jam; You Little Fool - Elvis Costello; Avalon - Roxy Music; Now Those Days Are Gone - Bucks Fizz; Night Train - Visage; We Take Mystery (To Bed) - Gary Numan; Music And Lights - Imagination; One Hello - Randy Crawford; A Night To Remember - Shalamar; Going To A Go Go - Rolling Stones; Spirit - Bauhaus; Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band; Space Age Love Song - A Flock Of Seagulls; Happy Talk - Captain Sensible; Movie Medley - The Beatles; Your Dream - Adrian Gurvitz
Bitz: Captain Sensible; "Trans-Global Unity Express", Jam; Duran Duran; Ron Francois and Troy Tate leave Teardrop Explodes, Julian Cope, Dave Balfe, Gary Dwyer, Tiny Children; Gary Numan; Police at Gateshead Stadium, Stewart Copeland, So What?, Anti-Nowhere League, Chelsea, Chron-Gen, The Defects; Modern Romance, "By The Way (I'm Still In Love With You)"; Heavy Metal Goes To The Dogs Festival at Hackney Speedway: Spider, Angel Witch, T 34, The Lightning Raiders, Sleak, Saxon, Motorhead; Siouxsie's vocal cords, John McGeogh; Masterbag: "Another Orangutango" - Pigbag; Bruce Springsteen live album, "Protection" - Donna Summer; Pigbag - "The Big Bean", Brian Nevill, Oscar Verdon; "I Want Candy"/"King King" - BowWowWow; all time top ten - Peter Murphy; personal file - Beki Bondage
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Wham Rap! - Wham!; You Little Fool - Elvis Costello And The Attractions; Talking Out Of Line - Bardo; You're My Kind Of Climate - Rip Rig And Panic; Language Problems - Electric Guitars; Tiny Children - The Teardrop Explodes; Lightning Flash - Brotherhood Of Man; As From New - Mirage; Shy Boy - Bananarama; Now Those Days Are Gone - Bucks Fizz; Let X=X - Laurie Anderson; Just A Memory - The Shakin' Pyramids; Life In The Gladhouse - Modern English; Real Men - Joe Jackson; Little Suzi's On Top - Ph.D.; Night And Day - Everything But The Girl; Music And Lights - Imagination; The Boy From Ipanema - Antena; Paper Heart - Robert King; Plaything - Linx; Tuxedo Lights - The Magnificent Everything; Me And My Girl (Night-clubbing) - David Essex
Album reviews (Ian Birch / David Hepworth / Peter Silverton / Bev Hillier / Fred Dellar / Ian Cranna  ): The Lexicon Of Love - ABC; Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw; Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing - Soft Cell; Send Me A Lullabye - The Go Betweens; Throwin' Down - Rick James; Three Sides Live - Genesis; Gwen Guthrie - Gwen Guthrie; Chill Out - Black Uhuru; Degenerates - The Passage; Love And Dancing - The League Unlimited Orchestra; I Am Cold - Rig Rig & Panic; Windsong - Randy Crawford; We Are…The League - Anti-Nowhere League
Nights Out: Gang Of Four
Other: Smash Hits Quiz Book, part 1

Friday, June 10, 2022

June 10 - 23, 1982

Smash Hits, June 10, 1982

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Cover: Jennie Belle Star
Centrespread: Blondie
Back cover: Junior Giscombe
Interviews: Belle Stars; Kid Creole; Monsoon; Scritti Politti
Lyrics: No Regrets - Midge Ure; Iko Iko - Belle Stars; Temptation - New Order; Paris Is One Day Away - The Mood; I Want Candy - Bowwowwow; I'm A Wonderful Thing - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Shakti - Monsoon; Born In The '50s - The Police; Do I Do - Stevie Wonder; The Hop - Theatre Of Hate; New Europeans - Ultravox; I've Never Been To Me - Charlene; Work That Body - Diana Ross; Videotheque - Dollar; Because You're Young - Classix Nouveaux
The Pictures: Nick Heyward, Graham Jones, Haircut One Hundred balloon race; Spandau Ballet at Coronation Street, Gary Kemp, John Keeble, Bet Lynch, Steve Norman, Bert Tilsley, Martin Kemp; Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, The Stillettoes
Bitz: Blondie, AC/DC, Depeche Mode tour; "Complete Madness" videocassette; Topper Headon quits the Clash; Vic Godard and the Subway Sect; Gary Numan, "Micro Music"; "Cat People" soundtrack, David Bowie, "Countryman" soundtrack, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Aswad, Steel Pulse, "Ooh! Aah!" - Fabulous Five; Whitesnake: Ian Paice, Neil Murray, Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody, David Coverdale; Midge Ure; Vinyl Frontier: Plaything - Linx; Night And Day - Joe Jackson; Now Those Days Are Gone/Takin' Me Higher - Bucks Fizz; Just Who Is The 5 o'Clock Hero/The Great Depression/War - The Jam; You Little Fool/Big Sister/Stamping Ground - Elvis Costello And The Attractions; Living A Lie/In Spain - The dB's; Tiny Children/Rachel Built A Steamboat/Sleeping Gas - Teardrop Explodes; Hey Marie/Scat The Riff - Stargazers; all time top ten - Junior; personal file - Joan Jett
Single reviews (Fred Dellar): Do I Do - Stevie Wonder; Shakti - Monsoon; The Beatles Movie Medley - The Beatles; I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow; Going To A Go-Go - Rolling Stones; Dancing In The Street - Van Halen; Old Fashioned Love - Smokey Robinson; Back To School Again - Four Tops; 867-5309/Jenny - Tommy Tutone; Hey Marie - Stargazers; Show Me Where You're Coming From - Carrie Lucas; Space Age Love Song - A Flock Of Seagulls; Pinball Cha Cha - Yello; Life In The Gladhouse - Modern English; She Don't Fool Me - Status Quo; Fashion - Charge; Run, Run, Run - Funkapolitan; Your Dream - Adrian Gurvitz; Spirit - Bauhaus; Videotheque - Dollar; Runaway - Thompson Twins; Hey, Now I'm In Love - Vic Godard
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / Beverly Hillier / Pete Silverton / Tim De Lisle): The Changeling - Toyah; Straight From The Heart - Patrice Rushen; 2 x 45 - Cabaret Voltaire; Zip Style Method - John Cooper Clarke; Celts And Cobras - Shakin' Pyramids; Heartache - Hambi And The Dance; Still Life (American Concert 1981) - Rolling Stones
Nights Out: Teardrop Explodes, Joan Jett, Queen at Elland Road
Other: Smash Hits journalism contest winners: Julia Llewellyn Smith, Susannah Walker

Friday, May 27, 2022

May 27 - June 9, 1982

Smash Hits, May 27, 1982

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Cover: Toyah
Centrespread: Madness
Back cover: Duran Duran
Interviews: Toyah; The Higsons; Echo & The Bunnymen; Adam Ant
Lyrics: Club Country - Associates; Brave New World - Toyah; Baby It's True - Mari Wilson; Love Is All, Is All Right - UB40; Pinky Blue - Altered Images; Paperlate - Genesis; Cantonese Boy - Japan; The Back Of Love - Echo & The Bunnymen; 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street - The Jam; House Of Fun - Madness; A Little Peace - Nicole; Faithless - Scritti Politti; Rhythm Of The Jungle - The Quick; Island Of Lost Souls - Blondie; Fireworks - Siouxsie And The Banshees
The Pictures: The Capital Goaldiggers: Suggs; Gillan; Terry Hall; Dave Wakeling
Bitz: Patrice Rushen; Honey Bane; Mood Six; Public Image Ltd; "The Power Age" - Ross Halfin/Pete Makowski, "Pop Quiz" - Jill Sinclair/Frances Whitaker, "The Beatles" - TV Times/Look-In; Haircut One Hundred; The Human League: "You're My Baby", "Don't You Know That I Want You", "I Can't Get To Sleep At Night"; Helen Barrett, Joanne Payne; Classix Nouveaux, Jimi Sumen; Stevie Wonder; Doll By Doll; XTC, Limelight; World Of Music, Arts And Dance Festival: Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Beat, The Burundi Drummers, Pigbag, Rip Rig & Panic; Siouxsie And The Banshees, Elephant Fayre; Vinyl Frontier: "Fabrique" - Fashion, "Celts And Cobras" - Shakin' Pyramids, "Lovely Money" / "I Think I'm Wonderful" - Damned, "2 x 45" - Cabaret Voltaire, "Jama Rico" - Rico, "Space Age Love Song" - A Flock Of Seagulls, "Zip Style Method" - John Cooper Clarke; all time top ten - Billy McKenzie; personal file - Mari Wilson
Single reviews (David Hepworth): The Back Of Love - Echo & The Bunnymen; Magic Fly - Space; Temptation - New Order; Pinky Blue - Altered Images; Brave New World - Toyah; House Of Fun - Madness; Crashing Down - The Nolans; Pagan Lovesong - Virgin Prunes; Fireworks - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Love Is All Is All Right - UB40; Early In The Morning - The Gap Band; I Man Bitter - Pluto; Crimson And Clover - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten - Jane Aire; 3 x 3 (Paperlate / You Might Recall) - Genesis; Because You're Young - Classix Nouveaux; Days On The Mountain / Postcard From Waterloo - Tom Verlaine
Album reviews (David Hepworth / Bev Hillier / Dave Rimmer / Ian Cranna / Neil Tennant / Johnny Black / Time de Lisle / Ian Birch ): Select - Kim Wilde; Screaming Blue Murder - Girlschool; The Hunter - Blondie; The Key Of Dreams - Section 25; Sweets From A Stranger - Squeeze; The Greatest Hit - Blue Orchids; Dura Dance - Various Artists (Kurtis Blow, Hamilton Bohannon, Gap Band, Central Lone, Light Of The World, Junior Giscombe, Four Tops, Kool & The Gang); Songs For Sale - Vic Godard & The Subway Sect; Tropical Gangsters - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Sex, Sweat And Blood (The New Danceability) - Various Artists (Fashion, 23 Skidoo, "So Hungry, So Angry - Medium Medium, "Wonderful Offer" - Laura Logic); Avalon - Roxy Music; Shuttered Room - The Fixx
Nights Out: Status Quo

Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13 - 26, 1982

Smash Hits, May 13, 1982

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Cover: Yazoo
Centrespread: Gary Numan
Back cover: Spandau Ballet
Interviews: Yazoo; Bryan Ferry; Bucks Fizz
Lyrics: The Telephone Always Rings - Fun Boy Three; Only You - Yazoo; Fantasy Island - Tight Fit; Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out!) - Rocky Sharpe & the Replays; The Look Of Love - ABC; Adolescent Sex - Japan; Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen; Nobody - Toni Basil; The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden; Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran; Talk Talk - Talk Talk; Torch - Soft Cell; I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Girl Crazy - Hot Chocolate; I Won't Let You Down - PhD
The Pictures: Lemmy, Meatloaf; Fun Boy Three, The Swinging Laurels: Lynval Golding, Gary Birtles, John Laurel, Mark O'Hara, Dean Sargent, Neville Staples, Terry Hall; Tony Hadley
Bitz: Rocky Sharpe, Eric Rondo, Johnny Stud, Helen Highwater; Killing Joke; Mo-Dettes, Sue Slack, Melissa Ritter; Madness, House Of Fun; Thompson Twins: John Roog, Matthew Seligman, Chris Bell, Pete Dodd, Joe Leeway, Allanah Currie, Tom Bailey; Joe Strummer goes missing; Adam Ant goes solo; Belle Stars: Clare Hurst; PhD: Tony Hymas, Jim Diamond; Gary Numan; Mari Wilson And The Wilsations; PRT Records, Sugarhill, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five; Hot Shower: Budgie, Hawkwind, Slade, Grand Prix, Heaven; Saxon, The Eagle Has Landed; Simple Minds, Mike Ogletree; Queen tour; Joan Jett; Nine Below Zero split, Dennis Greaves; Rational Records, Irrationale, The Delmontes (So It's Not To Be/Don't Cry Your Tears), Josef K, The Associates, Bene Blanche Et Les Affairs Du Coeur, The Distance, Article 58; Jim Morrison, Mark E. Smith; all time top ten - Leee John; personal file - Simon Underwood
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Scream Down At Me - China Crisis; Look Of Love - ABC; Torch - Soft Cell; Goody Two Shoes - Adam And The Ants; The Telephone Always Rings - Fun Boy Three; Ball Of Confusion - BEF Presents Tina Turner; Before I Let Go - Maze; White Boy - Culture Club / Grace - The Band A.K.A.; Club Country - Associates; Island Of Lost Souls -- Blondie; I Love A Man In Uniform - Gang Of Four; Attack…Alternative - The Exploited / The Winner - Infra-Riot / Reason For Existence - Subhumans / Pure Punk For Row People - The Gonads / Smash The Discos - The Business / Survival - The Defects; Sons Of Sons - Clock DVA; Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran; Are You Hearing (What I Hear) - Level 42 / No Way Out - UK Players; No Thugs In Our House - XTC; The Hop - Theatre Of Hate; Save Us - Philip Japp; Cantonese Boy - Japan; A Little Peace - Nicole
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Bev Hillier / Ian Cranna / Pete Silverton / Neil Tennant / Mark Ellen): Rio - Duran Duran; Night Birds - Shakatak; Pornography - The Cure; Funkapolitan - Funkapolitan; Bucks Fizz - Bucks Fizz; Combat Rock - The Clash; Pinky Blue - Altered Images; The Golden Age Of Wireless - Thomas Dolby; Tokyo Mobile Music I - Various Artists (Akiko Yano, Earthling); Tug Of War - Paul McCartney; Hot Space - Queen; Sulk - The Associates
Nights Out: The Cure

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Future Radio - the new single from Circuit3

Future Radio: a song I co-wrote!

"Every Circuit3 album features a track co-written with Brian McCloskey, better known to many as the curator of the Smash Hits archive Like Punk Never Happened. From California, he sent me lyrics...." - Peter Fitzpatrick, Circuit3

I wrote the lyric for Future Radio, the lead single from Technology For The Youth, the upcoming album by Circuit3 on AnalogueTrash; it has an early-eighties snythpop vibe, so I hope readers of Smash Hits will enjoy it - and share it!

You can listen to Future Radio and buy it here. The single includes a remix by Ricardo Autobahn.