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.

Friday, April 29, 2022

April 29 - May 12, 1982

Smash Hits, April 29, 1982

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Cover: Nick Heyward
Centrespread: Adam Ant
Back cover: Pigbag
Interviews: Soft Cell (readers' Q&A); Blancmange; Nick Heyward; Jim Kerr, Simple Minds
Lyrics: Save It For Later - The Beat; Night Birds - Shakatak; Freeze-Frame - J. Geils Band; Meaning Of Love - Depeche Mode; God's Kitchen - Blancmange; Ebony And Ivory - Paul McCartney; Shirley - Shakin' Stevens; Itchycoo Park - Small Faces; See Jungle! (Jungle Boy!) - Bowwowwow; I Specialize In Love - Sharon Brown; Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Promised You A Miracle - Simple Minds; Got No Brains - Bad Manners; This Time (We'll Get It Right) - England World Cup Squad; Mama (Used To Say) - Junior
The Pictures: Sheila Chandra appendicitis; Steve Strange, The Palace; Carmel
Bitz: Junior Giscombe; The Ants, Goody Two Shoes/Red Scab, Bogdan Wiczling; Flag Of Convenience: Steve Diggle, DP, John Maher, Dave Farrow; Monsters Of Rock: Status Quo, UFO, Blackfoot; China Crisis, The Culture Club, King Trigger, The Higsons, Vic Godard; Echo & The Bunnymen; Saxa; Soft Cell; Rod Stewart; Roger Taylor; Smash Hits binder offer; Roxy Music; Weekend: Alison Statton; XTC, Andy Partridge; Gang Of Four: Dave Allen, The Waitresses, Sara Lee; Japan: tour, "Bamboo Music", David Sylvian, Riuchi Sakamoto, Richard Barbieri, Lustans Lekejer, Mick Karn, Robert Palmer; Hazel O'Connor, Jangles; all time top ten - Trevor Horn; personal file - Sheila Chandra
Single reviews (Martin Fry): Faithless - Scritti Politti; We Feel Good (The Future's Looking Fine) - Endgames; Baby It's You - Mari Wilson; Know Your Rights - The Clash; Nobody - Toni Basil; Walk On By - D Train; No Doves Fly Here - The Mob; Stand Strong E.P. - Vice Squad; Got No Brains - Bad Manners; Body Language - Queen; You Make Me Feel Like I'm Wearing New Clothes - The Sinatras; Act Like You Know - Fat Larry's Band; Look Now - The Fall; Shirley - Shakin' Stevens; Talk Back - Stiff Little Fingers; Edge Of 17 - Stevie Nicks; Big Science - Laurie Anderson; Welcome John Paul - St. Winifred's School Choir; Suspicious Minds - Candi Staton; Fantasy Island - Tight Fit; What Goes Around And Around - Brandi Wells; The Meaning Of Love - Depeche Mode; Storm - Carmel; I'm A Wonderful Thing - Hazel O'Connor; On TV - Buggles
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Rosalyn Chissick / David Bostock / Ian Birch): Jump Up! - Elton John; I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts; 1982 - Status Quo; Seven Tears - Goombay Dance Band; Big Science - Laurie Anderson; Ji - Junior Giscombe
Nights Out: Classix Nouveaux

Friday, April 15, 2022

April 15 - 28, 1982

Smash Hits, April 15, 1982

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Cover: Bananarama
Centrespread: David Slyvian
Back cover: Classix Nouveaux
Interviews: Meat Loaf; Bardo; Squeeze
Lyrics: More Than This - Roxy Music; Instinction - Spandau Ballet; Amour Amour - Mobiles; View From A Bridge - Kim Wilde; Ever So Lonely - Monsoon; Have You Ever Been In Love - Leo Sayer; I Can Make You Feel Good - Shalamar; Gary Gilmore's Eyes - Adverts; Iron Fist - Motorhead; Don't Call It Love - Girlschool; Black Coffee In Bed - Squeeze; Really Saying Something - Bananarama; Streetplayer - Fashion; I Ran - A Flock Of Seagulls
Bitz: Gary Tibbs and Terry Lee Miall quit Adam and the Ants; Andy Partridge food poisoning; Blondie;  Status Quo, Prince's Trust; Queen, Teardrop Explodes; A Flock Of Seagulls, Mike Score, Frank Maudsley, Ali Score, Paul Reynolds; Revillos looking for new backing singers, Eugene Reynolds, Drax; "Toyah" - Mike West; Horace Gentleman quits The Specials, Exegesis; Gary Numan house-hunting in Los Angeles; Joe Jackson, Graham Maby, Larry Tolfree; Haircut One Hundred, Oxford Street HMV, Chris Langham; The Vinyl Frontier: Bad Manners, Split Enz, Swell Maps, Comsat Angels, The Clash, Kid Creole; all time top ten - Mulligan; personal file - Mike Nolan
The Pictures: Madness, George Cole, Arthur Daley, Bedders, Lee Woody, Complete Madness; Angie Bowie, Steve Jensen, Mick Karn, Satis Verborum; Vicious Pink Phenomenon, Josie, Robert Reeval, "My Private Tokyo"
Single reviews (Ian Birch): View From A Bridge - Kim Wilde; Instinction - Spandau Ballet; Uncle Sam / Portrait Of Heart - Rhythm Of Life; Cat People (Putting Out Fire) - David Bowie; Glad To Know You - Chas Jankel; Strange Woman - Alton Edwards; I'm A Believer - Twinkle; Talk Talk - Talk Talk; Sweetheart - David Essex; Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Radio Silence (Venice In Peril) - Thomas Dolby; Ebony & Ivory - Paul McCartney; King Of The Flies - Fad Gadget; This Is The House - Eurythmics; I Love Rock 'N' Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts; Weekend - Alvin Stardust; I'm Your Toy - Elvis Costello and the Attractions; One Step Further - Bardo; Promised You A Miracle - Simple Minds; Remember - Shambeko! Say Wah!; Freeze Frame - J. Geils Band; Black Coffee In Bed - Squeeze; Make A Move On Me - Olivia Newton-John; Bo Mbanda - Pablo; Radio - Members
Album reviews (Karen Schlosberg / Mark Ellen / Fred Dellar / Pete Silverton / Dave Rimmer / Johnny Black / David Hepworth): La Verite - Classix Nouveaux; Portrait - The Nolans; Life On The Wire - Morrisey Mullen; III - Killing Joke; A Flock Of Seagulls; Rap Tracks / Genius Of Love - Various Artists; Event Horizon - The Necessaries; Bill Wyman; The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads - Talking Heads; Groovy Decay - Robyn Hitchcock
Nights Out: Motorhead
Other: A Day On The Town With Bananarama

Friday, April 1, 2022

April 1 - 14, 1982

Smash Hits, April 1, 1982

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Cover: Simon Le Bon
Centrespread: Depeche Mode
Back cover: Genesis
Interviews: Simon Le Bon; Bauhaus; Fashion; XTC
Lyrics: Fantastic Day - Haircut One Hundred; Temporary Beauty - Graham Parker; The Beat Is Mine - Vicky 'D'; Is It A Dream - Classix Nouveaux; The "Sweetest Girl" - Scritti Politti; Ain't No Pleasing You - Chas And Dave; Tell Me Tomorrow - Smokey Robinson; Give Me Back My Heart - Dollar; My Camera Never Lies - Bucks Fizz; Ball And Chain - XTC; Dear John - Status Quo; House On Fire - Boomtown Rats; Man On The Corner - Genesis
The Pictures: Mari Wilson, Candide, Amanda; Vincent Clarke, Genevieve Alison Moyet, Yazoo; Mick Jones Joe Strummer, Clash in Japan
Bitz: David Bowie; Elvis Costello; Simple Minds; Dave Gahan, Alf Gover; Queen, Old Trafford, portable loos, the Pope; Sal Solo; Roxy Music; Pluto Shervington; Pigbag; Girlschool, Enid Williams, Gil Weston, Kevin Rowland; The Beat; Shambeko! Say Wah!; Toyah; Trevor Horn; Monsoon, Steve Coe, Sheila Chandra, Dari Mankoo; James Brown; Spandau Ballet; all time top ten - Chris Sullivan (Blue Rondo A La Turk); personal file - Steve Grant (Tight Fit)
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Anyone Who Had A Heart - B.E.F. Presents Sandie Shaw; More Than This - Roxy Music; Really Saying Something - Bananarama with the Fun Boy Three; I Hate People - Anti-Nowhere League; You Got The Power - War / Every Way But Loose - Oneness Of Juju; Ode To Perfume - Holger Czukay; Give Me Back My Heart - Dollar; Do What You Wanna Do - The Cage featuring Nona Hendryx; My Camera Never Lies - Bucks Fizz; Amour Amour - Mobiles; It's Been Hours Now - Dead Or Alive; Resist Dance - OGI; Iron Fist - Motorhead / Wildlife - Girlschool; Ti Na Na - Huang Chung; No Life No Future - The Expelled; God's Kitchen - Blancmange
Album reviews (Pete Silverton / Neil Tennant / Ian Birch / Karen Schlosberg / Tim De Lisle / Fred Dellar / Beverly Hillier): Iron Fist - Motorhead; 100% Cotton - The Jets; Music Of Quality And Distinction - B.E.F.; DE7 - Dave Edmunds; Straight Between The Eyes - Rainbow; V Deep - Boomtown Rats; Third Degree - Nine Below Zero; Adventures In Modern Recording - Buggles; The Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden; The Best - Quincy Jones; Nothing Can Stop Us - Robert Wyatt
Nights Out: Pigbag; The Jam Other: Why Do Albums Have Such Silly Names?; Earth Wind & Fire live

Friday, March 18, 2022

March 18 - 31, 1982

Smash Hits, March 18, 1982

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Cover: Altered Images
Centrespread: John Taylor / Kim Wilde
Back cover: Orange Juice
Interviews: Associates; Midge Ure; Iron Maiden; Altered Images
Lyrics: The Damned Don't Cry - Visage; Party Fears Two - Associates; Deutscher Girls - Adam and the Ants; Harden My Heart - Quarterflash; Stars On Stevie - Starsound; Read 'Em And Weep - Meat Loaf; Hollywood - Thin Lizzy; Your Honour - Pluto; Layla - Derek and the Dominos; Just An Illusion - Imagination; Classic - Adrian Gurvitz; Ghosts - Japan; Waterloo Sunset - Kinks; See Those Eyes - Altered Images
The Pictures: Toyah, Hazel O'Connor, Kim Wilde; Susanne Suley, Mike Nolan; Phil Oakey; Steve Strange; Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Toni Basil
Bitz: Tight Fit, James Tod, Ken Gold, Julie Harris, Denise Gyngell, Steve Grant, Tim Friese-Green; Blondie; The Secret Policeman's Ball; Hugh Cornwell, "Charlie's Last Stand"; "Punk And Disorderly", Vice Squad, Disrupters, Blitz, The Insane, Chaos UK, Peter And The Test Tube Babies; Peter Murphy, Maxell ads; Squeeze; David Sylvian, Steve Jansen, Riuichi Sakamoto; Trevor Horn, Dollar, ABC; BowWowWow; Spandau Ballet, "Diamond', The Freshies split; Go-Go's; Elton John, "Jump Up", Chris Thomas, Dee Murray, Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson; Altered Images; all time top ten - Terry Hall; personal file - Siobhan Fahey
Single reviews (Tim De Lisle): Factory - Bim; See Those Eyes - Altered Images; The Damned Don't Cry - Visage; I Can't Even Touch You - Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel; A New Fashion - Bill Wyman; Memory - Barbra Streisand; Disco Rough - Mathematiques Modernes; Work That Sucker To Death - Xavier / Hydraulic Pump - P-Funk All Stars; Ghosts - Japan; Natural Mystic - Bob Marley and the Wailers; Temporary Beauty - Graham Parker; Night Of The Long Knives - Kudos Points; Friends - Adam and the Ants; Life During Wartime Live - Talking Heads; Never Be The Same - Christopher Cross; The Celtic Soul Brothers - Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express; Wanna Be With You - Earth Wind & Fire; Tell Me Tomorrow - Smokey Robinson / Castles In The Air - Don McLean; Ball And Chain - XTC; Fred Vom Jupiter - Die Doraus & Die Marinas
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / David Hepworth / Red Starr / Ian Birch / Mark Ellen / Beverly Hillier / Fred Dellar): The Gift - The Jam; Quarterflash - Quarterflash; The Blue Mask - Lou Reed; Maybe It's Live - Robert Palmer; The Anvil - Visage; Set - Thompson Twins; Business As Usual - Secret Affair; 7 Songs - 23 Skidoo; Pedigree Charm - Lora Logic; The Early Tapes July/August 1980 - Level 42; Time And The River - The Bongos; Another Grey Area - Graham Parker; Not To - Colin Newman
Nights Out: Bauhaus; Buzzz
Other: Shots From The Cots: baby photographs of Suggs, Nick Heyward, Steve Strange, Toyah, Kim Wilde, Geoff Deane, Biff Byford, David Gahan

Friday, March 4, 2022

March 4 - 17, 1982

Smash Hits, March 4, 1982

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Cover: Martin Fry (ABC)
Centrespread: Soft Cell
Back cover: free Toyah / Human League poster
Interviews: Paul Weller (My Favourite Things); ABC; Human League; Kirk Brandon, Theatre Of Hate
Lyrics: Music For Chameleons - Gary Numan; Love Makes The World Go Round - The Jets; Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden; Mickey - Toni Basil; You're The One For Me - D. Train; Let's Start To Dance Again - Hamilton Bohannon; Precious - The Jam; Don't Stop - The Mood; School's Out - Alice Cooper; Showroom Dummies - Kraftwerk; Some Guys Have All The Luck - Robert Palmer; Don't Love Me Too Hard - The Nolans; The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tight Fit; Fool If You Think It's Over - Elkie Brooks
The Pictures: Buzzz; Alice Cooper; Alan Wilder, Depeche Mode
Bitz: Gary Numan; Sunbeam GRII Double Sandwich Maker, Stranglers, Golden Brown; Paul McCartney, The Cimarons, Reggaebility; Twenty With A Bullet; Echo and the Bunnymen, "Shine So Hard", "Le Via Luonge"; Vice Squad, Beki Bondage; Altered Images, "See Those Eyes", "Pinky Blue"'; Pete Shelley; Skids split up, Richard Jobson, Russell Webb, Stuart Adamson; The Jam, "The Gift"; Madness; Status Quo, Pete Kircher; Richard "Dimples" Field; Whitesnake, Mick Moody; Soft Cell; J. Geils Band; The Jets, Bob Cotton; all time top ten - Jake Burns; personal file - Joanne (Human League)
Single reviews (): Party Fears Two - Associates; Work - Spizz Energi 2; Crime Of Life - Funkapolitan; Kick In The Eye - Bauhaus; Music For Chameleons - Gary Numan; Hollywood - Thin Lizzy; The View From Her Room - Weekend; Tonight I'm Gonna Love You All Over - Four Tops; Crimson - Rudi / Sweet Talk - Rimshots; Snack Attack - Godley & Creme; Seven And Seven Is - Alice Cooper; Sex Unter Wasser - D.A.F.; House On Fire - Boomtown Rats; Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It) - Kool and the Gang; 'Ullo John! Gotta New Motor? - Alexei Sayle; Because You're Young - Private Lives; Let The Four Winds Blow - Tenpole Tudor; Barbara - Randy Edelman; Nightbirds - Shakatak; Inside Mind - Barracudas; Is It A Dream? - Classix Nouveau; In Dreams - Marty Wilde
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Red Starr / Pete Silverton / Ian Birch / Johnny Black / David Hepworth / Johnny Black / Dave Rimmer): To The Shores Of Lake Placid - Various Artists (Echo & The Bunnymen, The Turquoise Swimming Pools, Big In Japan, Those Naughty Lumps, The Teardrop Explodes, Kevin Stapleton, Whopper); Diamond - Spandau Ballet; Across The Airwaves - Marc Bolan and T. Rex; Fun Boy Three - Fun Boy Three; Solid State Survivor - Yellow Magic Orchestra; Pelican West - Haircut One Hundred; Heart On A Wall - Jimmy Destri; Roman Gods - Fleshtones; Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive - Pigbag; Repercussion - The dB's; Heart Skips Beat - Jona Lewie
Nights Out: Tenpole Tudor
Other: The Human League: An Illustrated Record - drawn by Harry North

Friday, February 18, 2022

February 18 - March 3, 1982

Smash Hits, February 18, 1982

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Cover: Heaven 17
Centrespread: Haircut One Hundred
Back cover: XTC
Interviews: Heaven 17; Mari Wilson; Fad Gadget
Lyrics: Go Wild In The Country - Bowwowwow; Height Of The Fighting - Heaven 17; Restless - Gillan; Centrefold - J. Geils Band; Beat The Beat - Mari Wilson & the Imaginations; Cardiac Arrest - Madness; I Won't Close My Eyes - UB40; Poison Arrow - ABC; That Girl - Stevie Wonder; Let's Get It Up - AC/DC; Ballroom Blitz - Sweet; Mirror Mirror - Diana Ross; I've Had Enough - Earth Wind & Fire; Golden Brown - Stranglers
The Pictures: Cliff Richard; Neville Staples; Linder, Ludus
Bitz: Vinyl Frontier: Kick In The Eye - Bauhaus, Sex Unter Wasser - DAF, Seven And Seven Is - Alice Cooper, Let The Four Winds Blow - Tenpole Tudor, Warmed Over Kisses - Dave Edmunds, Business As Usual - Secret Affair; Human League, Don't You Want Me sells one million; Madness, In The City, Honda; Spandau Ballet tour postponed; Freddie Laker, The Police, Miles Copeland; Hall and Oates; Angelic Upstarts, Glyn Warren goes deaf, Tony Feedback; Bill Wyman, New Fashion; The Ilustrated Book Of Rock Records, The Book Of Rock Lists; Graham Parker, Another Grey Area; Shakatak: George Anderson, Keith Winter, Roger Odell, Bill Sharpe, Nigel Wright; David Bowie, Baal, The Hunger, Spizz; all time top ten - Toni Basil; personal file - Kirk Brandon
Single reviews (Red Starr): Forty Five - Pink Industry; Airwaves - Thomas Dolby; Beautiful Friend - Undertones; Bongo Brain - Revillos; I Think I'll Get My Hair Cut - Jona Lewie; Showroom Dummies - Kraftwerk; Unusual Treatment - Pamela Stephenson; Head Over Heels - Abba; Pineapple Chunk - Jools Holland & his Millionaires; Getting Up - Pigbag; Mirror Man - Talk Talk; I Know What Boys Like - Waitresses; Stars On Stevie Medley - Star Sound; That Girl - Stevie Wonder; Cardiac Arrest - Madness; Run To The Hills - Iron Maiden; Klacto Vee Sedstein - Blue Rondo A La Turk; Height Of The Fighting - Heaven 17; Turn On The Night - Black Sabbath; Lifeline - Troy Tate; I Travel - Simple Minds
Album reviews (Tim de Lisle / Beverly Hillier / Pete Silverton / Red Starr / Neil Tennant / Johnny Black / David Hepworth / David Bostock): Westworld - Theatre Of Hate; Diana's Duets - Diana Ross; Mechanix - UFO; Behind The Magnolia Curtain - Panther Burns; You Can't Hide Your Love Forever - Orange Juice; Nick The Knife - Nick Lowe; Les Visiteurs Du Soir - Mathematiques Modernes / Tout Va Saute - Elli And Jacno; Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Mesopotamia - The B-52's; Freeze-Frame - J. Geils Band; Radio Fantasy - Ippo Du / Neuromantic - Yukihiro Takahashi / The Girl Can't Help It - Susan; Your Secret's Safe With Us - Various Artists
Nights Out: UB40; Dead Or Alive
Other: Radio One (Derek Chinnery, Trevor Dann, Bonny Rae, John Peel, Peter Powell, Sue Foster)

Friday, February 4, 2022

February 4 - 17, 1982

Smash Hits, February 04

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Cover: David Sylvian
Centrespread: The Jam
Back cover: Annabella
Interviews: David Sylvian; The Stargazers; Kraftwerk
Lyrics: Listen - Stiff Little Fingers; See You - Depeche Mode; European Son - Japan; Groove Baby Groove - Stargazers; I Wanna Spend Some Time With You - Alton Edwards; I Can't Go For That - Daryl Hall & John Oates; Queen Of The Rapping Scene - Modern Romance; Felicity - Orange Juice; Town Called Malice - The Jam; Do You Believe In The West World - Theatre Of Hate; No Love - Joan Armatrading; Ticket To The Moon - ELO; Never Give Up - George Benson; Don't Tell Me - Central Line
The Pictures: Sandie Shaw, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh, Heaven 17; Midge Ure
Bitz: Psychedelic Furs: Duncan Kilburn, Roger Morris; Delta 5: Julz, Jackie Callis, Graham High; Fire Engines split up, Davey Henderson; Undertones; Status Quo; The Leek; Gary Numan; Kevin Mooney, Wide Boy Awake; Anti-Nowhere League; PiL; Pigbag; Bananarama, Fun Boy Three; The Jam; Soft Cell; Marc Bolan, "Across The Airwaves"; Stuart Adamson, Big Country; Nick Heyward, Kelsey Park School; Phil Oakey; Theatre Of Hate; all time top ten - Anna Maria (The Mobiles); personal file - Annabella Lwin
Single reviews (Charlie Gillet): Mirror Mirror - Diana Ross; I Won't Close My Eyes - UB40; Poison Arrow - ABC; Banana Split - True Life Confessions; Hepnobeat - Dynamic Hepnotics; Drip Dry Eyes - Yukishiro Takahashi; Harden My Heart - Quarterflash; It Ain't What You Do… - Fun Boy Three with Bananarama; Africa Mine - Passions; One Oh Mine - Chas Jankel; African And White - China Crisis; You Never Told Me (Love Hurts) - Dorothy and Jennifer; Music For Boys - Music For Boys; Every Home Should Have One - Patti Austin; Don't Depend On Me / Time Machine - Direct Drive; I Don't Depend On You - Hot Gossip; Let's Start To Dance Again - Hamilton Bohannon; Saturday Night Special - Fad Gadget; Centre Fold - J. Geils Band; Out Of Reach - Vice Squad; Johnny Are You Queer - Josie Cotton; Let's Get It Up - AC/DC; I Got You Babe - Holly and Joey; Just One Cornetto - Pookiesnackenburger; The Big Country - Big Den Hegarty and the Random Band
Album reviews (Pete Silverton / David Hepworth / Neil Tennant / Mike Stand / Beverly Hillier / Ian Birch): Renegade - Thin Lizzy; English Settlement - XTC; On The Way To The Peak Of Normal - Holger Czukay; The Look - The Look; Give The People What They Want - Kinks; The Sisters - Sister Sledge; The Original Modern Lovers - Modern Lovers
Nights Out: Modern Romance; New Order
Other: Spandau Ballet on The Oxford Road Show

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Mini Inish -

I proposed to Noodle on top of the Grianán of Aileach in County Donegal.

To celebrate our tenth anniversary today, I gave her a miniature replica of Grianán, crafted by a Derry artisan: she loves it!

For high-quality, unique Irish gifts, contact Ciaran at Mini Inish.

Friday, January 21, 2022

January 21 - February 3, 1982

Smash Hits, January 21, 1982

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Cover: Depeche Mode
Centrespread: Fun Boy Three & Bananarama
Back cover: ABC
Interviews: Depeche Mode; Go-Go's; Fun Boy Three & Bananarama
Lyrics: Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell; Maid Of Orleans - Orchestral Maneouvres; Love Plus One - Haircut One Hundred; We Got The Beat - Go-Go's; Julie - Shakin' Stevens; Senses Working Overtime - XTC; Drowning In Berlin - Mobiles; The Model - Kraftwerk; Computer Love - Kraftwek; Yellow Pearl - Philip Lynott; Landslide - Olivia Newton-John; Best That You Can Do - Christopher Cross; She Loved Like Diamond - Spandau Ballet; Easier Said Than Done - Shakatak
The Pictures: Pauline Black, Trojans; Doug Trendle
Bitz: Marty Wilde; BowWowWow; Japan; Lynval Golding attacked; Stevie Wonder; UB40; ABC; XTC; Central Line; Alton Edwards; Toni Basil; John Coghlan quits Status Quo; Joey Ramone, Holly of the Italians, "I Got You Babe"; all time top ten - Thereza Bazar; personal file - Ian Craig Marsh
Single reviews (Mark Ellen): See You - Depeche Mode; Town Called Malice - The Jam; European Son - Japan; Say Hello Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell; Queen Of The Rapping Scene - Modern Romance; Go Wild In The Country - BowWowWow; She Loved Like Diamond - Spandau Ballet; Dancin' Doctors - Freshies; On Route - OK Jive; The Razor's Edge - Defunkt; Calls The Tune - Hazel O'Connor; Oh Julie - Shakin' Stevens; Ball Of Confusion - Zeitgeist; Landslide - Olivia Newton-John
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Fred Dellar / David Bostock): Sextet - A Certain Ratio; Fourth Drawer Down - Associates; A Splash Of Colour - Various Artists
Nights Out: Haircut One Hundred; Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Other: Video: Adam Ant, Mike Mansfield, Dave Robinson, Madness, Steve Barron, Spandau Ballet, Russell Mulcahy; The Specials, Lee Thompson, Boney M, Derek Burbridge, Barney Bubbles

Friday, January 7, 2022

January 7 - 20, 1982

Smash Hits, January 7, 1982

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Cover: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Centrespread: Squeeze
Back cover: Dollar
Interviews: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Adam Ant; Pigbag; Siouxsie and the Banshees
Lyrics: Sons And Lovers - Hazel O'Connor; Geisha Boys And Temple Girls - Heaven 17; Dreaming Of Me - Depeche Mode; Friends Of Mine - Duran Duran; See Emily Play - Pink Floyd; Monkeys - Echo And The Bunnymen; King Creole - Elvis Presley; Memorabilia - Soft Cell; Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees - Leyton Buzzards; Killer Queen - Queen; Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus; Don't Cry Wolf - The Damned; Psycho Killer - Talking Heads; Being Boiled - Human League; The Leader Of The Pack - The Shangri-las
Bitz: Slits split up; psychedelia: Miles Over Matter, Mood Six, "A Splash Of Colour" - The Marble Staircase, The Times, The High Tide, The Doctor, The Earwigs; "To The Shores Of Lake Placid" - The Original Cast (Zoo Records): Echo and the Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes, Whopper, The Turquoise Swimming Pools, Those Naughty Lumps, Lori And The Chameleons, Dalek I Love You; personal file - Sally James; Bauhaus, the Sinister Ducks, Curt Vile, gig on a double decker bus in Northampton; Bette Bright and Suggs get married; all time top ten - Gary Tibbs; The Rock Yearbook 1982; "Jangles": Hazel O'Connor, Jesse Birdsall, Our Daughter's Wedding, Tank, Talisman, Haircut One Hundred, Fun Boy Three, Phantoms, Slow Twitch Fibres
Single reviews (Ian Birch): Love Plus One - Haircut One Hundred; Senses Working Overtime - XTC; Restless - Gillan; The Boiler - Rhoda with the Special AKA; Maid Of Orleans - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Waterline - A Certain Ratio; Felicity / In A Nutshell - Orange Juice; Some Guys Have All The Luck - Robert Palmer; We Love - Joan Armatrading
Album reviews (David Hepworth / Mark Ellen / Peter Silverton / Johnny Black / Ian Cranna / Beverly Hillier / Red Starr) Take It Off - Chic; The Visitors - Abba; Two Bad DJ - Clint Eastwood and General Saint; For Future Reference - Dramatis; Ghosts Of Christmas Past - Various Artists (Aztec Camera, The Names, Paul Haig, Swinging Buildings, Soft Verdict, Durutti Column, Cabaret Voltaire, Tuxedo Moon); The Best Of Odyssey - Odyssey; Breaking Point - Central Line; Das Kabinett - Bill Nelson

Friday, December 24, 2021

December 24, 1981 - January 6, 1982

Smash Hits, December 24, 1981

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Cover: Altered Images, Clare Grogan

Centrespread: Altered Images
Lyrics: One Of Us - Abba; Don't Walk Away - Four Tops; Hokey Cokey - The Snowmen; Waiting For A Girl Like You - Foreigner; Get Down On It - Kool and the Gang; Young Turks - Rod Stewart; You Could Have Been With Me - Sheena Easton; Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade; Wild Is The Wind - David Bowie; Here Is The News - ELO; I'll Find My Way Home - Jon and Vangelis; Footsteps - Showaddywaddy; Ant Rap - Adam and the Ants
The Pictures: Life In The European Theatre: Paul Weller, Bedders, Doug Trendle, Woody, Bruce Foxton, Rick Buckler, Peter Gabriel, Chrissy Boy; Haircut 100; Annabella
Bitz: Vince Clark quits Depeche Mode; Sting, Artemis '81; Meat Loaf; Michael Jackson; Adam and the Ants, Ants In Japan; Bucks Fizz; Dire Straits; Dramatis, Cedric Sharpley, Denis Haines, Russell Bell, Chris Payne; David Bowie; all time top ten: Peter Powell; personal file: Simon Le Bon
Nights Out: Cliff Richard; Human League; Club Zoo
Other: Readers Poll results 1981; The David Bowie Story (part two)

Friday, December 10, 2021

December 10 -24, 1981

Smash Hits, December 10, 1981

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Cover: The Human League
Centrespread: Japan
Back cover: Simon Le Bon
Interviews: Human League; Godley & Creme
Lyrics: I Could Be Happy - Altered Images; Don't You Want Me - Human League; Spirits In The Material World - Police; Sweet Dreams - Elvis Costello; It Must Be Love - Madness; Rock 'n' Roll - Status Quo; Buena Sera - Bad Manners; Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Never In A Million Years - Boomtown Rats; The Land Of Make Believe - Bucks Fizz; Ride The Love Train - Light Of The World; Turn Your Love Around - George Benson; Wedding Bells - Godley & Creme; Love Needs No Disguise - Gary Numan And Dramatis; Dead Ringer - Meatloaf
The Pictures: the Queen, Adam Ant, Alvin Stardust, Lulu, Henry Cooper, John Inman; Motorhead; Julian Cope, Richard Jobson
Bitz: Vinyl Frontier: Yes, Diana Ross, Dave Edmunds, Abba; Queen, Blondie, Siouxsie video compilations; the Birthday Party; Cliff Richard and his mum; the Beatles; Methods of Dance; Dare picture disc; Brian Setzer; Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins, David McClymont, Malcolm Ross; Zeka Mehmet; all time top ten - Nick Heyward; personal file - Martin Fry
Single reviews (Ian Birch): I Could Be Happy - Altered Images; Ant Rap - Adam And The Ants; Sweet Dreams - Elvis Costello and the Attractions; North London Boy - Incognito; Young Turks - Rod Stewart; Eddie's Out: Jazz The Glass - Cabaret Voltaire; Merry Xmas Everybody - Slade; Things I Do For You - Jacksons; Radio Clash - Clash; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Mysteroids; Shout - Lulu & the Luvvers; What's Funk? - Perry Haines; Love Needs No Disguise - Gary Numan and Dramatis; Friday 13th EP - Damned; Six Guns - Anti-Pasta; Spirits In The Material World - Police; It Must Be Love - Madness
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Ian Cranna / Beverly Hillier / Red Starr / Ian Birch / Neil Tennant / Mike Stand / David Bostock): For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) - AC/DC; Adventures In Clubland - Modern Romance; LC - Durutti Column; Boonoonoonoos - Boney M; Ten Out Of 10 - 10cc; Chasanova - Chas Jankel; Monument - Beggar & Co; A Christmas Record - Various Artists; Jools Holland And His Millionaires - Jools Holland And His Millionaires; Catherine Wheel - David Byrne; Let The Four Winds Blow - Tenpole Tudor; The Red And The Black - Jerry Harrison; Total Exposure - Poison Girls
Nights Out: OMD; Linx
Other: The David Bowie Story (part one)

Friday, November 26, 2021

November 23 - December 9, 1981

Smash Hits, November 26, 1981

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Cover: Haircut One Hundred
Centrespread: Soft Cell
Back cover: Olivia Newton-John
Interviews: Tenpole Tudor; Haircut One Hundred; Modern Romance; Eddie & Sunshine
Lyrics: Under Pressure - Queen & David Bowie; The Voice - Ultravox; I Go To Sleep - Pretenders; Flashback - Imagination; Steppin' Out - Kool & The Gang; Good Morning Universe - Toyah; Mirror Mirror - Dollar; Yes Tonight Josephine - The Jets; My Own Way - Duran Duran; Never Again - Classic Nouveaux; Let's Groove - Earth Wind And Fire; Can't Help Myself - Linx; Me And Mr. Sanchez - Blue Rondo A La Turk; Alternative Title (Randy Scouse Git) - Monkees; Daddy's Home - Cliff Richard
The Pictures: Club Left, Bernie Rhodes, Vic Goddard; Eugene Reynolds; Heavy Metal; St. Cuthbert's Grammar School, Gordon Sumner, Sting
Bitz: Toyah, the Queen Mother; Gary Glitter; Human League 100; Mel Smith; Blue Rondo A La Turk; Richard Jobson, Dog Beneath The Skin; Teardrop Explodes, Ron Francois; Adam Ant; Squeeze, Don Snow; Kool & the Gang; all time top ten: Joanne & Susanne of the Human League; personal file: Dave Ball
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Can't Help Myself - Linx; Flashback - Imagination; Another Teardrop - Eddie Maelov And Sunshine Patterson; Don't You Want Me - Human League; The Land Of Make Believe - Bucks Fizz; Happy Xmas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko; I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day - Wizzard; Four More From Toyah - Toyah; My Own Way - Duran Duran; Stranger In The House - George Jones And Elvis Costello; It Goes WAAP - Higsons; Don't Spy On Me - Tot Taylor; Spanish Cabaret - Havana Let's Go; Cumberland Gap / Wabash Cannonball / Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O - Shakin' Pyramids and Lonnie Donegan; Been Teen - Dolly Mixture; What A Waste - Ian Dury; We Kill The World - Boney M; Fast Boyfriends - Girls At Our Best; Never In A Million Years - Boomtown Rats; You Still Believe In Me - Kirsty MacColl; Hit It - The Beat; You Could Have Been With Me - Sheena Easton
Album reviews (Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / Johnny Black / Ian Birch / Pete Silverton / Beverly Hillier / Neil Tennant / Red Starr): Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret - Soft Cell; Jukebox Dury - Ian Dury And The Blockheads; Wilder - Teardrop Explodes; Tonight - Four Tops; Best Of Rainbow - Rainbow; Joy - Skids; Changestwobowie - David Bowie; La Folie - Stranglers; Something Special - Kool & The Gang; Movement - New Order; Gold Und Lieb - Deutsch Amerikanische Freudshaft; Live - Jacksons
Nights Out: Altered Images

Friday, November 12, 2021

November 12 - 25, 1981

Smash Hits, November 12, 1981

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Cover: Kim Wilde
Centrespread: The Beat
Back cover: Altered Images
Interviews: Kim Wilde; ABC; Scritti Politti; Gillan; Soft Cell
Lyrics: Throwing My Baby Out With The Bathwater - Tenpole Tudor; Cambodia - Kim Wilde; Paint Me Down - Spandau Ballet; Liars A To E - Dexy's Midnight Runners; Tears Are Not Enough - ABC; Favourite Shirt (Boy Meets Girl) - Haircut 100; Colours Fly Away - Teardrop Explodes; Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson; Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross; When She Was My Girl - Four Tops; Love Me Tonight - Trevor Walters; Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey - Modern Romance; Bedsitter - Soft Cell; Keep It Dark - Genesis; Tom Sawyer - Rush
The Pictures: Phil Oakey; Clare Grogan; Paul Weller, Vaughn Toulouse, CND rally; Fad Gadget
Bitz: vinyl frontier: Professionals, I Didn't See It Coming; AC/DC, For Those About To Rock; Pink Floyd, A Collection Of Great Dance Songs; Pete Shelley, Homosapien; Buzzcocks, Singles Going Steady; Blondie; Richard Jobson, The Ballad Of Etiquette; Dexys Midnight Runners, Projected Passion Revue, Old Vic Theatre; Beatles, Leave My Kitten Alone; Haircut One Hundred, Nick Heyward; The Gas, Emotional Warfare; Adam And The Ants, Royal Variety Show; The Monkees; Jools Holland; Altered Images; the Four Tops; all time top 10: Barbara Gaskin; personal file: Geoff Deane
Single reviews (Johnny Black): Liars A To E - Dexy's Midnight Runners; Suffer The Children - Tears For Fears; Let's Groove - Earth Wind & Fire; Another Latin Love Song - Belle Stars; Throwing My Baby Out With The Bathwater - Tenpole Tudor; We Got The Beat - Go-Gos; Colours Fly Away - Teardrop Explodes; I Go To Sleep - Pretenders; I Want - Department S; Dancing Like A Gun - John Foxx; Imitate The Worm - It's Immaterial; Me And Mr Sanchez - Blue Rondo A La Turk; Young And Hip - Virna Lindt; Visions Of China - Japan; Sweat In Ballet - Simple Minds; Paint Me Down - Spandau Ballet; Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey - Modern Romance; Iona - Skids; Don't Turn Me Away - 10cc; This Is Your Lunch - Slow Twitch Fibres; Extended Player - Godot
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Pete Silverton / Beverly Hillier / Mike Stand / Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / Mark Ellen ): Prince Charming - Adam And The Ants; Living Eyes - Bee Gees; Tin Drum - Japan; Controversy - Prince; Speak And Spell - Depeche Mode; Exit...Stage Left - Rush; Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Diana Ross; A Thin Red Line - TV21; Raise! - Earth, Wind & Fire; Incontinent - Fad Gadget; From The Lion's Mouth - The Sound; Gonna Ball - Stray Cats
Nights Out: Bowwowwow

Friday, October 29, 2021

October 29 - November 11, 1981

Smash Hits, October 29, 1981

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Cover: Fun Boy Three
Centrespread: Human League
Back cover: Orchestral Manouevres
Interviews: Fun Boy Three; Girls At Our Best!; Julian Cope; Japan
Lyrics: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Police; The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) - Fun Boy Three; Labelled With Love - Squeeze; You Don't Believe Me - Stray Cats; Tunnel Of Love - Dire Straits; Twilight - ELO; Hold Me - B.A. Robertson & Maggie Bell; And Then She Kissed Me - Gary Glitter; Dead Cities - Exploited; Nightmare - Gillan; Tonight I'm Yours - Rod Stewart; Physical - Olivia Newton-John; Paperback Writer - Beatles; Charlotte Sometimes - Cure
The Pictures: Grace Jones; Kevin Rowland, Killjoys; Ranking Roger, Joe Strummer; Gary Price, Toyah Willcox
Bitz: Vinyl Frontier: Kim Wilde, Cambodia; Spandau Ballet, Paint Me Down; Teardrop Explodes, Colours Fly Away; Japan, Tin Drum; Duran Duran; Skids, Joy, Iona; Elvis Costello, Almost Blue, South Bank Show; Hazel O'Connor, Cover Plus, Uncovered Plus!; Blondie Fan Club; Chas Smash, Lee Thompson; Paul Weller, December Child, The Jam; Police Rubik's Cube; Bev Hillier, Toyah makeover; Police tour; Tom Tom Club; Martin Fry; all time top twelve: Elvis Costello; personal file: Clare Grogan
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Tears Are Not Enough - ABC; Sunny Day - Pigbag; The "Sweetest Girl" - Scritti Politti; Don't Stop The Music - Bits And Pieces; The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum) - Fun Boy Three; Barbed Wire Hale - Annie Anxiety; Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Police; Penthouse And Pavement - Heaven 17; Soul Warfare - Hot Gossip; Anti-Freeez - Freeez; Bedsitters - Soft Cell; Princess Of The Night - Saxon; I Don't Know What It Is - Pete Shelley; Different Strokes - Angelic Upstarts; You Don't Believe Me - Stray Cats; Chihuahua - Bowwowwow; The Voice - Ultravox; Our Love Will Last For Ever - The Hassans; Fools - Bumble And The Beez; Histoire A Suivre - Honeymoon Killers; Young And Hip - Virna Lindt
Album reviews (Ian Cranna / David Hepworth / Fred Dellar / Mark Ellen / Red Starr / Mike Stand / Beverly Hillier): Architecture And Morality - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Go Ahead - Linx; Double Trouble - Gillan; Almost Blue - Elvis Costello And The Attractions; This Is The Ice Age - Martha And The Muffins; No Cause For Concern - Vice Squad; Mask - Bauhaus; Everlasting Love - Rex Smith; And Then He Kissed Me - Rachel Sweet; Body Talk - Imagination; Still - Joy Division; In Heaven - The Meteors; Gosh It's... - Bad Manners

Friday, October 1, 2021

October 1 - 14, 1981

Smash Hits, October 1, 1981

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Cover: Phil Oakey
Centrespread: Ultravox
Interviews: Human League; Linx; The Creatures; Heebeegeebees; Police
Lyrics: Thunder In The Mountain - Toyah; Open Your Heart - Human League; It's My Party - Dave Stewart; Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode; Mule (Chant No. 2) - Spandau Ballet; It Will Be Alright - Odyssey; Walking In The Sunshine - Bad Manners; Mad Eyed Screamer - The Creatures; Genius Of Love - Tom Tom Club; Quite Ahead Of My Time - David Bowwow; Get Off Of My Cloud - Rolling Stones; Invisible Sun - Police; You Sure Look Good To Me - Phyllis Hyman; Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
The Pictures: BowWowWow; Gary Numan; The Groovy Cellar; The Move; Barso; Bananarama
Bitz: Stray Cats, Orange Juice, Adam, Wah!, Gillan, The Jam, Bauhaus; Tom Tom Club; Billy Idol; Ian Cranna, The Crucial Three; Alexei Sayle, The Comic Strip; The Higsons: Simon Charterton, Stewart McGeachin, Terry Edwards, Colin Wilson, Switch Higson; Julian Cope, Teardrop Explodes; Ugh! A Music War; Pointed Portraits, Chalkie Davies; Madness, Take It Or Leave It; Something Else; all time top ten: Suggs; personal file: Doug Trendle
Single reviews (Ian Birch): Invisible Sun - Police; Good Year For The Roses - Elvis Costello; Open Your Heart - Human League; Thunder In The Mountains - Toyah; Labelled With Love - Squeeze; Walking In The Sunshine - Bad Manners; Everything's Gone Green / Procession - New Order; Being Cool - Devo; The Genius Of Love - Tom Tom Club; Mony Mony - Billy Idol; See That Girl - Kirsty MacColl; The Crusher - The Cramps; A - Associates; Living In My Limousine - Bill Nelson; Tunnel Of Love - Dire Straits; She's Fallen In Love With The Monster Men - Revillos
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Robin Katz / Deanne Pearson / Dave Rimmer / Pete Silverton / Ian Birch / David Hepworth / Tim De Lisle / Steve Bush / Ian Cranna): Ghost In The Machine - The Police; Wired For Sound - Cliff Richard; Rhythm Breaks The Ice - Bette Bright; Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club; Denim & Leather - Saxon; Homosapien - Pete Shelley; Abacab - Genesis; Ismism - Godley & Creme; You Could Have Been With Me - Sheena Easton; 7 - Madness; Thirty Thousand Feet Over China - The Passions; The Garden - John Foxx
Nights Out: Depeche Mode
Other: Barry

Friday, September 17, 2021

September 17 - 30, 1981

Smash Hits, September 17, 1981

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Cover: Gary Numan
Centrespread: Depeche Mode
Back cover: Modern Romance
Interviews: Gary Numan; Heaven 17, Simple Minds, Meatloaf, Pointer Sisters Lyrics: So This Is Romance - Linx; Shut Up - Madness; Feeding Time - The Look; Play To Win - Heaven 17; Wired For Sound - Cliff Richard; Pretend - Alvin Stardust; Just Another Broken Heart - Sheena Easton; Urgent - Foreigner; Under Your Thumb - Godley & Creme; I'm Lucky - Joan Armatrading; Shooting Gallery - Shakin' Stevens; I'm Gonna Love Her - Meat Loaf; Time Waits For No One - The Jacksons; Hands Up (Gimme Your Heart) - Ottawan; In And Out Of Love - Imagination
Bitz: Bob Marley; Madness; Alvin Stardust; all-time top ten: Peter Murphy; medley records, Boy George; Ari Up and her mum; Adam & the Ants; Orchestral Manoeuvres; personal file: Marc Almond
Single reviews (Tim De Lisle): Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode; Lenny Bruce - Bob Dylan; Woody & Dutch On The Slow Train To Peking - Rickie Lee Jones; Repeat Repeat - Peter Baumann; Shut Up - Madness; Prince Charming - Adam And The Ants; Funny Face - Sparks; Some Girls Have All The Luck - Bette Bright And The Illuminations; Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie; Love All The Hurt Away - Aretha Franklin & George Benson; You Scare Me To Death - Marc Bolan; It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To) - Dave Stewart with Barbara Gaskin; Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder; Who Killed Bambi - Tenpole Tudor with the Sex Pistols; Holiday Inn Spain (Don't Fall Off The Mountain) - Raybeats
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Pete Silverton / Johnny Black / Fred Dellar / Beverly Hillier / Ian Cranna / Mark Ellen / Mike Stand): Penthouse And Pavement - Heaven 17; Lord Upminster - Ian Dury; Dance - Gary Numan; Shaky - Shakin' Stevens; Rage In Eden - Ultravox; Standing Tall - Crusaders; Happy Birthday - Altered Images; Sleep No More - Comsat Angels; Dead Ringer - Meat Loaf
Independent Albums: 77 - Early Years - 79 - The Fall (Step Forward); Hommages - Gavin Bryars (Les Disques du Crepuscule)
Independent Singles: O Superman / Walk The Dog - Laurie Anderson; Woah Yeah! - Jo Callis (Shake Project: Pop Aural); Subliminal / Random Particles - Drinking Electricity (Survival); Hit The Moon / One True Way - Ellery Bop (Base Ideas); A Full Rotation / The Body Cries - Repetition (Les Disques du Crepuscule); Rockabilly Guy / Chicken Shack - Polecats (Nervous); Constipation Shake / Devil's Guitar - Legendary Lonnie (Nervous); Heart Attack / Spellbound - The Deltas (Nervous); City Lights / Rockabilly Stroll - Rockin' Johnnie Austin (Nervous); All The Time / Born To Be A Raver / Two Time Loser / Rockabilly Queen - Rockin' Johnnie Austin / The Feds (Nervous)

Friday, August 20, 2021

August 20 - September 2, 1981

Smash Hits, August 20, 1981

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Cover: Annabella Lwin
Centrespread: Tenpole Tudor
Back cover: Julian Cope
Interviews: Pretenders; Funkapolitan; Spandau Ballet; Theatre Of Hate; Bowwowwow
Lyrics: The Thin Wall - Ultravox; Day After Day - Pretenders; Passionate Friend - Teardrop Explodes; Love Action - Human League; Lawnchairs - Our Daughter's Wedding; Walking Into Sunshine - Central Line; Everybody Salsa - Modern Romance; International Jet Set - Specials; Rock Lobster - B-52's; Draw Of The Cards - Kim Carnes; Prince Of Darkness - BowWowWow; Hold On Tight - ELO; Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks; Inside Outside - Classix Nouveaux
Bitz: Human League, Jo Callis; Stranglers tour; all time top ten: John Peel; Tenpole Tudor, June Mo-Dette and their parents; Funkapolitan tour; Skids, Richard Jobson, Russell Webb, Scottish roots; Teardrop Explodes; Shakin' Stevens; personal file: Gary Glitter; "Stars On 45", "Back To The Sixties", Gidea Park; "Hooked On Classics", Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Single reviews (Charlie Gillet): Release The Bats - Birthday Party; State Of Independence - Jon and Vangelis; Wired For Sound - Cliff Richard; Feeding Time - The Look; Turn That Noise Down - Chas and Dave; Rainy Night In Georgia - Randy Crawford; Betcha Wouldn't Hurt Me - Quincy Jones; Crazy 'Bout And Automobile / The Very Thing That Makes You Rich - Ry Cooder; Try - Bore-town Bop; (They'd) Both Be Here Today - Lucky Saddles; Mother's Hour - Ludus
Album reviews (Johnny Black / Dave Rimmer / Pete Silverton / Mark Ellen / Deanne Pearson): Time - ELO; Beauty And The Beast - Go-Go's; Jungle Law - Philip Rambow; Brain Damage - Dennis Bovell; Pirates - Rickie Lee Jones; Wheels In Motion - Any Trouble; Short Back N' Sides - Ian Hunter; Here Comes The Night - David Johansen

Friday, August 6, 2021

August 6 - 19, 1981

Smash Hits, August 6, 1981

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Cover: Debbie Harry
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: Dexy's Midnight Runners
Interviews: Debbie Harry; Saxon; Soft Cell; Undertones; Randy Crawford
Lyrics: Wunderbar - Tenpole Tudor; Backfired - Debbie Harry; Green Door - Shakin' Stevens; Water On Glass - Kim Wilde; Bring On The Night - Police; (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star - Bill Wyman; Chemistry - Nolans; Tainted Love - Soft Cell; I'm In Love - Evelyn King; I Love You, Yes I Love You - Eddy Grant; Arabian Knights - Siouxsie & The Banshees; On The Beat - B.B.& Q. Band; She's A Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton; Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder; We're Almost There - Michael Jackson
Bitz: Linx tour; personal file: Pamela Stephenson; Chrissie Hynde, Pretenders; Hazel O'Connor; "Start Swimming" (Stiff): Bush Tetras, Fleshtones, Bongos, Raybeats, dBs; Rolling Stones, Tattoo You; Polecats; Echo And The Bunnymen fils: "Shine So Hard", "The Italian Job"; "Jambo", Dave Ward, Paul Weller; "Fire Escape To The Sky - The God-like Genius Of Scott Walker", Julian Cope; "Rock On The Tyne", Gateshead Stadium; Andy Partridge and his mum; Siouxsie and the Banshees; Marc Bolan, "You Scare Me To Death"; "L'Historio Bandido", Phil Sutcliffe, Hugh Fielder; OK Jive (Chopper, Ruby Jive, Lee Partis, Datsun Cherry, Bavon Wayne Wayne); all time top ten: Kim Wilde; Elvis Costello, Billy Sherrill; Havana Let's Go!, "Torpedoes"; Hot Gossip, Richard Burgess, John Walters; TV21; Ultravox tour
Single reviews (David Hepworth): As The Time Goes By - Funkapolitan; Arabian Knights - Siouxsie And The Banshees; I Am - Kid Creole And The Coconuts; Backfired - Debbie Harry; Love Action - Human League; I've Seen That Face Before - Grace Jones; Inside Out - Classix Nouveaux; Everybody Salsa / Salsa Rhapsody - Modern Romance; Bowwowwow - Prince Of Darkness; To You - O.K. Jive; Slick Trick - Belle Stars; Wunderbar - Tenpole Tudor; Water On Glass - Kim Wilde; Shaggy Raggy - Jona Lewie
Album reviews (Ian Cranna / Robin Katz / Beverly Hillier / Dave Rimmer / Johnny Diamond / Johnny Black / Pete Silverton): Icehouse - Icehouse; Precious Time - Pat Benatar; I'm In Love - Evelyn King; See The Whirl - Delta 5; Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks; 4 - Foreigner; Desperate Character; Pretenders II - Pretenders
Independent Albums (Red Starr): Document And Eye Witness - Wire (Rough Trade); Odyshape - Raincoats (Rough Trade); The Egg Store Ilk - Richard Earl (Pilot); The Only Fun In Town - Josef K (Postcard); Action Battlefield - New Age Steppers (Statik); Pindrop - The Passage (Object Music)

Friday, July 23, 2021

July 23 - August 5, 1981

Smash Hits, July 23, 1981

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Cover: Steve Strange
Centrespread: Kim Wilde
Back cover: Peter Murphy
Interviews: Steve Strange; Kate Bush; Third World; Bad Manners; Rusty Egan
Lyrics: Tempted - Squeeze; Show Me - Dexy's Midnight Runners; One In Ten - UB40; Stars On 45 (2) - Starsound; Julie Ocean - Undertones; Lay Your Love On Me - Abba; Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive; Young Americans - David Bowie; Motorhead - Motorhead; Walk Right Now - Jacksons; Girls On Film - Duran Duran; A Promise - Echo & The Bunnymen; Never Surrender - Saxon; C'Mon Let's Go - Girlschool; We're All Grown Up - Hazel O'Connor
Bitz: Gary Numan, Paul Gardiner; Siouxsie And The Banshees; Tenpole Tudor, "Tenpole 45"; Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles; Debbie Harry; Police; Eddie Kidd, "Riding High", all time (disco) top ten: Phil Oakey; Mark Bedford and his mum; Joe Jackson; Clare Grogan, "Gregory's Girl"; Toyah; personal file: Kelly Johnson
Single reviews (Johnny Black): Julie Ocean - Undertones; Girl's Imagination - Del-Byzanteens; Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters; Tempted - Squeeze; Happy Birthday - Stevie Wonder; A Promise - Echo And The Bunnymen; Show Me - Dexy's Midnight Runners; My Baby Does Her Hairdo Long - Kimberley Rew; Girls On Film - Duran Duran; Throw Some Water In - Sprout Head Uprising; You Are Forever - Smokey Robinson; Stormtrooper In Drag - Paul Gardiner; Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners - Monochrome Set
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Beverly Hillier / Mark Ellen / Pete Silverton / David Hepworth ): The Friends Of Mr. Cairo - Jon & Vangelis; Hot - The Equators; I Got The Melody - Odyssey; 2,000,000 Voices - Angelic Upstarts; Winners - The Brothers Johnson; Was (Not Was) - Was (Not Was); Pleasant Dreams - Ramones; Kim Wilde - Kim Wilde
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Lips That Would Kiss / Madeleine - Durutti Column (Factory Benelux); Je Veux Ton Amour / Oyo Achel Ada - Section 25 (Factory Benelux); Live On A Hot August Night: The Presence / Concorde Square - Crispy Ambulance (Factory Benelux); 23 Skidoo / Subliminal - Eric Random (Crepuscule) Dow Chemical Company / Skin Deep - Eric Random (New Hormones); Neu Swell - A Flux Of Pink Indians (Crass Records)
Independent Albums (Red Starr): Solo Album - Various Artists (Various Artists); Bagpipe Music - Art Objects (Heartbeat Records); Boyd Rice - Boyd Rice (Mute); Odyshape - Raincoats (Rough Trade); Document And Eye Witness - Wire (Rough Trade); Kangaroo? - Red Crayola (Rough Trade)
Other: Smash Hits Book Of Pop Lists, Part 3

Friday, July 9, 2021

July 9 - 22, 1981

Smash Hits, July 9, 1981

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Cover: Depeche Mode
Centrespread: Mo-Dettes
Back cover: Buster Bloodvessel
Interviews: Depeche Mode; Modern Eon; Imagination; Tom Tom Club; Killing Joke
Lyrics: Chant No. 1 - Spandau Ballet; New Life - Depeche Mode; Take It On The Run - REO Speedwagon; Better Things - The Kinks; Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs; Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club; Sat In Your Lap - Kate Bush; Can't Happen Here - Rainbow; Visage - Visage; Razzamatazz - Quincy Jones; Memory - Elaine Page; For Your Eyes Only - Sheena Easton; Statue Of Liberty - XTC; You Might Need Somebody - Randy Crawford; No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Bitz: Rainbow; Specials; all time top ten: Barbara Gogan; "Rock At The Bowl", Milton Keynes; The Distractions: Arthur Kadmon, Mike Finney; The Passions: David Agar; Accent: John Webb; Eurythmics: Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox; Spandau Ballet, Beggar and Co; Hazel O'Connor; Stray Cats; Pretenders; personal file: Mike Read; Artemis 81: Sting, Hywell Bennett; Bad Manners; Mo-Dettes, Chris Neil; Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats; Shakin' Stevens; Pigbag; Urgh! A Music War, Derek Burbidge; The Book With No Name
Single reviews (Red Starr): Skin Deep - Passions; Chant No. 1 - Spandau Ballet; Visage - Visage; 20,000 Dreamers - Original Mirrors; Animals Have More Fun - Jimmy Pursey; When You Were Mine - Bette Bright; The Trouble With Love - Any Trouble; Thomas - Troy Tate; I Can't Get 'Bouncing Babies' By The Teardrop Explodes - Freshies; Q. Quarters - Associates; Sat In Your Lap - Kate Bush; One Step Ahead - Split Enz; Tonight - Mo-Dettes; To Hell With Poverty - Gang Of Four; Novel Romance - Nash The Slash; We Can Get Together - Ice House; The Passion Of Lovers - Bauhaus
Album reviews (Red Starr / Robin Katz / Johnny Black / Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / Deanne Pearson): Alphabravocharliedeltaechofoxtrotgolf - Models; Black & White - Pointer Sisters;Joe Jackson's Jumpin' Jive - Joe Jackson; Nah = Poo - The Art Of Bluff - Wah!; Perfect Timing - Kiki Dee; Polecats Are Go - Polecats; Life Is A Grand… - Henry Badowski
Independent Bitz (Mark Milligan): The Associates
Other: Smash Hits Book Of Pop Lists, Part 2

Friday, June 25, 2021

June 25 - July 8, 1981

Smash Hits, June 25, 1981
(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Kirsty MacColl
Centrespread: Shakin' Stevens
Back cover: Siouxsie
Interviews: Kirsty MacColl; Crass; Adam & Marco & The Ants
Lyrics: Me No Pop I - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop, etc. - Kirsty MacColl; Wikka Wrap - The Evasions; No Laughing In Heaven - Gillan; The Race Is On - Dave Edmunds & The Stray Cats; Going Left Right - Department S; Take It To The Top - Kool & The Gang; Multiplication - Showadyywaddy; Aquarama - The Scars; Piece Of The Action - Bucks Fizz; If Leaving Me Is Easy - Phil Collins; Liar - Graham Bonnet; The River - Bruce Springsteen; Dancing On The Floor - Third World; Doors Of My Heart - The Beat
Bitz: Chris Sievey, "I Can't Get Bouncing Babies By The Teardrop Explodes"; Doctor Feelgood, Johnny Guitar; David Bowie, "Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo"; Kim Carnes; Wah!, John Maher, "Nah Poo - The Art Of Bluff"; Bruce Springsteen, "Nicholas Nickleby", "The Elton Tapes", Andy Peebles; personal file: John Taylor; Iggy Pop; Undertones; Virni Lindt, Thomas Johannson; all time top ten: Johnnie Fingers
Single reviews (Tim De Lisle): Going Left Right - Department S; Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club; Not A Second Time - Robert Palmer; Hiawatha - Belle Stars; Doors Of Your Heart - The Beat; Martin's Gone - Sector 27; If You Want To Be Happy - Joe Dolce; Gotta Stop Messin' About - Prince; Shadowed - Fingerprintz; The Race Is On - Dave Edmunds with the Stray Cats; Poison Takes A Hold - Play Dead; Dancing The Night Away - Motors; Just For Tonight - Holly And The Italians; Better Things - The Kinks
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Ian Birch / Beverly Hillier / Geoffrey Deane / Red Starr / Ian Cranna ): What's This For - Killing Joke; Rock The World - Third World; The Last Words Of The Great Explorer - TV Smith's Explorers; Duran Duran - Duran Duran; Magic, Murder And The Weather - Magazine; Juju - Siouxsie & The Banshees; A Product Of... - The Thompson Twins; Wanted Dread & Alive - Peter Tosh; Season Of Glass - Yoko Ono; Fiction Tales - Modern Eon; You Know It's Me - Barbara Dickson
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Forget The Down On Us / Checkmate Syndrome - Wah! (Eternal); Number Eleven / Namegame - Dead Or Alive (Inevitable); Giant Raft In The Philippines / No Place For A Prompter - It's Immaterial (Inevitable); You / Domestic Departure / Kerb Crawler - Au Pairs (021); Political / General - Musical Youth (021); Boys Game / Different Story - Tarzan 5 (021)
Independent Albums (Red Starr): Live At The Lyceum - Cabaret Voltaire (Rough Tapes); Whatever Happens Next - Swell Maps(Rough Trade); Penis Envy - Crass (Crass Records)
Other: Crystal Palace Garden Party: Madness, Tenpole Tudor, Ultravox; Smash Hits Book Of Pop Lists, Part 1

Friday, June 18, 2021

Like Punctuation Never Happened - Grammar Free In The UK!

Like Punctuation Never Happened!

Some people used lockdown to perfect their banana bread recipes. Others stayed indoors and learned a new language. Instruments were picked up for the first time in years and sheds that had only existed in dreams became reality.

The good people of Team Philpott did what they do best. They wrote letters. The comic geniuses behind Dear Mr. Kershaw and Dear Mr. Pop Star took up their pens and fired off more of their inquisitive missives to the great and the good of the British punk scene.

AAnd, bless their pogoing, safety-pin-through-the-nose hearts, the likes of Max Splodge, Vice Squad, Gang Of Four, Sham 69 and many many more responded, patiently solving all the problems that Derek and co. have encountered whilst misunderstanding the lyrics of punk classics. All their correspondence has been collected and published in Grammar Free In The UK, with proceeds going to punk-related charities.

This collision between pensioners and punks [some of whom qualify for bus passes themselves these days] makes for a joyful, hilarious collaboration, offering plenty of laughs in these most serious of times.

Get your copy of Grammar Free In The UK here!

Friday, June 11, 2021

June 11 - 24, 1981

Smash Hits, June 11, 1981
(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Adam Ant
Centrespread: Linx
Back cover: The Human League
Interviews: Adam And The Ants; Whitesnake; Squeeze
Lyrics: Ghost Town - Specials; Would I Lie To You - Whitesnake; You'll Never Be So Wrong - Hot Chocolate; All Stood Still - Ultravox; Spellbound - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Throw Away The Key - Linx; Body Talk - Imagination; Nobody Wins - Elton John; All Those Years Ago - George Harrison; Going Back To My Roots - Odyssey; One Day In Your Life - Michael Jackson; More Than In Love - Kate Robbins; Will You - Hazel O'Connor; Let's Jump The Broomstick - Coast To Coast
Bitz: Magazine / Skids / Selector split; Diana Ross; Ian Dury, Chaz Jankel; Scars; Bruce Springsteen, Dave Edmunds; Madness; Elvis Costello; Barnsley Bill, The Evasions, Tom Tom Club; cardboard Elvis; all time top ten: Glenn Tilbrook; August Darnell; Joe Jackson; "Gary Numan By Computer"; B-52's; Split Enz; Martha Ladly, The Scenery Club; personal file: Marco Pirroni; Thin Lizzy, Milton Keynes Bowl
Single reviews (Fred Dellar): I Understand - Angelic Upstarts; Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache - Bram Tchkaikovsky; There's a Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis - Kirsty MacColl; Join The Professionals - The Professionals; Ghost Town - The Specials; Piece Of The Action - Bucks Fizz; Musical Man - The People; I Never Know Where My Heart Is - Judie Tzuke; Lovers And Other Strangers - Flying Lizards; Dallas - Joe Ely; Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs; Spellbound - Siouxsie And The Banshees; Don't Stop By - Tygers Of Pan Tang
Album reviews (Robin Katz / Mark Ellen / Johnny Black / Beverly Hillier / Red Starr / David Hepworth): The Fox - Elton John; Heaven Up Here - Echo And The Bunnymen; Doll By Doll - Doll By Doll; Magnetic Fields - Jean-Michel Jarre; Present Arms - UB40; The Impossible - Ken Lockie; Phil Seymour - Phil Seymour; Red - Black Uhuru; Can't Get Enough - Eddy Grant
Independent Albums (Ian Birch): Playing With A Different Sex - The Au Pairs (Human); Kangaroo? - The Red Crayola with Art & Language (Rough Trade); New Opium / How The West Was Won - Local Heroes / Kevin Armstrong (Oval); For All And None - The Passage (A Disc By Day And Night)

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s Volume 2

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s Volume 2
Gary Crowley's Lost 80s Volume 2

From the pages of Smash Hits to your stereo!

Everybody's favourite DJ, Gary Crowley, has been back down the music mines, digging up another trove of rare and unfamiliar treasures for his latest collection of lost gems from the best decade of all and picking some lesser-known songs from better-known names and tracks you might have forgotten about or missed completely the first time around.

The sixty-five songs are arranged across four discs, each with its own theme. Disc 1 - A Beat Confection - kicks off in lively style with The Style Council's Mick's Up and keeps moving with Madness, Elvis Costello, Fine Young Cannibals, The Monochrome Set - when the chorus of Jacob's Ladder kicks in, I am instantly fifteen again and studying for my O levels! - and The Undertones at their most transcendent in Save Me.

Disc 2 - A Rock And A Dance Place - will get your toes tapping even more with The Waitresses, Nick Heyward, Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy and the sublimely timeless Free Yourself, by The Untouchables.

The dance party continues on Disc 3 - Ear And Foot Refreshment - where Kid Creole, Linx and the B-52's jostle for your attention with Blancmange, Sade and Dennis Bovell's remix of Animal Nightlife's Native Boy.

Disc 4 - The Vinyl Curtain - rounds things off in spectacular style with The Human League's Hard Times and extended mixes from Thompson Twins and Big Audio Dynamite, as well as Medium Medium's wonderfully angular Hungry, So Angry and the Special Dance Mix of General Public's Tenderness - two of the highlights of the whole set.

Other highlights include unlikely covers - Bananarama's version of No Feelings and Staples Singers tackling Life During Wartime - and The Valentine Brothers with the original version of Money's Too Tight To Mention and the whole package includes a book containing Gary's track-by-track notes and eighties-era reminiscing from Mick Talbot, Dr Robert, Glenn Gregory and others. I've said it before and I'll say it again: we were spoiled then and Gary is still spoiling us now with yet another essential collection - the soundtrack of your summer and beyond.

Gary Crowley's Lost 80s is available from Amazon UK and Amazon - and you can find even more news and information about the set on Facebook.