Saturday, October 25, 2014

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

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

Smash Hits, October 25, 1984

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

October 25 - November 7, 1984

Smash Hits, October 25, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11 - 24, 1984

Smash Hits, October 11, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

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