Friday, February 19, 2021

February 19 - March 4, 1981

Smash Hits, February 19, 1981
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Cover: Midge Ure
Centrespread: The Pretenders
Interviews: Ultravox; The Passions; Gen X
Lyrics: Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads; Give Peace A Chance – Plastic Ono Band; Reward – Teardrop Explodes; Hot Love – Kelly Marie; I’m In Love With A German Film Star – Passions; Jealous Guy – Roxy Music; Southern Freeez – Freeez; That’s Entertainment – The Jam; Shaddup You Face - Joe Dolce; Oldest Swinger In Town – Fred Wedlock; Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) – Cockney Rebel; We’ll Bring The House Down – Slade; Mutually Assured Destruction – Gillan; It’s My Turn – Diana Ross; Don’t Stop The Music – Yarborough and Peoples
Bitz: Human League; The Bureau; Charlie Gillet; Bowwowwow; all time top ten: Mark Bedford; Dave Wakeling; Dance Craze; John Lennon, Andy Peebles; Sheila Hylton; The Spizzies; Status Quo, The Photos; Teardrop Explodes; personal file: Julian Cope; The Selecter; Stray Cats; The Congos, Go-Feet; Steve Winwood; Minuskala, Maurice Bertolino; Gary Numan; Sting; The Look
Single reviews (David Hepworth): Four From Toyah – Toyah; Demolition Man – Grace Jones; Glad All Over – Suzy Quatro; Talking In The Canteen – Moondogs; So Hard – Aerial FX; Boys And Girls – Human League; Youth Coup – Holly and the Italians; Mutually Assured Destruction – Gillan; Don’t Go – Judas Priest; The Shuttered Palace – Ellen Foley; What Kind Of Fool – Barbra Streisand; Planet Earth – Duran Duran; Jealous Guy – Roxy Music
Album reviews (Robin Katz / David Hepworth / Steve Taylor / Fred Dellar / Bev Hillier): Diminished Responsibility – UK Subs; Drop Out With The Barracudas – Barracudas; Street Fever – Moon Martin; Jets – Jets; Children Of The Night – Nash The Slash; Surveillance – Walkie Talkies; Voices In The Rain – Joe Sample; Boys Only – The Boys; Celebrate The Bullet – Selecter; Don’t Point Your Finger – Nine Below Zero
Independent Albums (Red Starr): Lubricate Your Living Room – Fire Engines (Pop: Aural); A Factory Quartet – Durutti Column, Kevin Hewick, Blurt, The Royal Family & The Poor (Factory)
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Blown Away / Flight / And Then Again – A Certain Ratio; Nagasaki Nightmare / Big A Little A – Crass (Crass); I’m Falling / Flowers – Dead Or Alive (Inevitable); Euthenics / Waiting For The Cavalry – Modern Eon (Inevitable); Who’s Asking You? / Stand Alone – Roy White & Steve Torch (Open Eye / Rough Trade)
Other: Tales From A Music Paper

Friday, February 5, 2021

February 5 - 18, 1981

Smash Hits, February 5, 1981
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Cover: Suggs
Centrespread: Adam Ant
Back cover: Debbie Harry
Interviews: Madness; Phil Collins; The Stranglers
Lyrics: Vienna – Ultravox; Romeo And Juliet – Dire Straits; Rock This Town – Stray Cats; Take My Time – Sheena Easton; In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins; Zerox – Adam and the Ants; The Best Of Times – Styx; Gangsters Of The Groove – Heatwave; Message Of Love – Pretenders; Turn Me On Turn Me Off – Honey Bane; Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen; Twilight Café – Susan Fassbender; I.O.U. – Jane Kennaway; Lonely Heart – U.F.O.; I Surrender - Rainbow
Bitz: Specials, Clash, Madness; Status Quo; all time top ten: Phil Collins; Stray Cats, Polecats, Blue Cats; John Lennon, Pretenders; Siouxsie and the Banshees; Graham Parker; Bob Marley; Jane Kennaway; Simple Minds, Undertones, UB40; Sting, Demolition Man, Grace Jones; Bruce Springsteen; personal file: Ranking Roger
Single reviews (Mike Stand): Some Boys – Going Red?; I’m In Love With The Girl On The Virgin Manchester Megastore Checkout Desk – Freshies; Return Of The Los Palmas 7 – Madness; Kids On The Street – Angelic Upstarts; World’s Greatest Lover – Cheap Trick; Luxury – New Musik; Tango In Mono – Expressos; Shaddup Your Face – Joe Dolce’s Music Theatre; Perfect Game – Thompson Twins; Just A Little – Regents; Golden Touch – Rose Royce; You Take My Breath Away – Dollar; What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? – Dave Stewart / Colin Blunstone; The Farmer’s Daughter – Fleetwood Mac; I Can’t Pretend - Barracudas
Album reviews (Beverly Hillier / Steve Taylor / David Hepworth / Ronnie Gurr / Geoffrey Deane): Take My Time – Sheena Easton; Don’t Follow Me, I’m Lost Too – Pearl Harbour; Face Value – Phil Collins; Candles – Heatwave; The Meninblack – Stranglers; Waves – Mike Batt; Splodgenessabounds – Splodgenessabounds; Paradise Theatre – Styx; Stands For Decibels – The dB’s
Independent Singles (Steve Taylor): She’s In Love With Mystery – Thompson Twins
Other: Disc Jockeys – A Psychiatrist Reports; Strange Tails From A Music Paper

Friday, January 22, 2021

January 22 - February 4, 1981

Smash Hits, January 22, 1981
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Cover: Steve Strange
Centrespread: XTC
Back cover: Hazel O’Connor
Interviews: Visage; Bauhaus; The Look
Lyrics: Hitsville UK – The Clash; Woman, Starting Over, Imagine – John Lennon; A Little In Love – Cliff Richard; Rapture – Blondie; Scary Monsters – David Bowie; Burn Rubber On Me – Gap Band; I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It – Stevie Wonder; Thrown Away – Stranglers; The Freeze – Spandau Ballet; Dream Sequence – Pauline Murray; Sergeant Rock – XTC; Young Parisians – Adam and the Ants; The Elephants Graveyard – Boomtown Rats
Bitz: Squeeze; Lou Reed, Rock And Roll Diary 1967-80; I.D.; Dave Wakeling, Dave Steele, Photo Love, The Stranglers; Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dave Wiggins, Linda Duff; Joe Jackson, Dave Houghton, The Keys, Graham Maby, Graham Parker, The Rumour, Garland Jeffries; Chipmunk Punk; Bruce Springsteen; personal file: Richard Jobson: John Lennon, In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The Works, Lennon Remembers; Elvis Costello and the Attractions; Ian Gillan; The Mo-Dettes; Phil Collins; all time top ten: Colin Moulding
Single reviews (Ronnie Gurr): Woman – John Lennon; I Wanna Be Sedated – Ramones; Oh Marion – Paul Simon; I’m Only Human – Michael Des Barres; Many Rivers To Cross – Desmond Dekker; Turn Me On Turn Me Off – Honey Bane; The Freeze – Spandau Ballet; Dancing With Myself – Gen X; Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me) – XTC; Is Vic There? – Department S; This Time – John Cougar; Hitsville U.K. – The Clash; Vienna – Ultravox; Donegal – Tango Brigade; Rapture – Blondie; Dead Man’s Curve – Nash The Slash
Album reviews (Geoffrey Deane / David Hepworth / Mark Ellen / Steve Taylor / Bev Hillier): Mondo Bongo – Boomtown Rats; Trust – Elvis Costello; Flaming Schoolgirls – The Runaways; Arc Of A Diver – Steve Winwood; The Wild, The Willing And The Innocent – UFO; 1965-1980 – Basement 5; Kiss Me Deadly – Gen X; In Search Of The Rainbow Seekers – Mtume; Golden Touch – Rose Royce
Independent Singles (Deanne Pearson): On-U-Sound Sampler: Fade Away New Age Steppers [Ari Up, Bruce Smith], Learn A Language – London Underground; Twenty Tens, Revenge, The Children Are Crying, Greylight – Virgin Prunes (Baby, Rough Trade); The Flood / Disney Boys – Blue Orchids [Una Baines, Martin Bramah] (Rough Trade); Sell Out Before The Fall Out – Michael Byrd and the Commercials (Another Record Label), Nowhere Girl – B-Movie (Dead Good Records); The Mekons (Red Rhino Record)
Other: Strange Tails From A Music Paper; I Was A Teenage Pinkie-Sniffer

Friday, January 8, 2021

January 8 - 21, 1981

Smash Hits, January 8, 1981
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Cover: Terry Hall
Centrespread: David Bowie
Back cover: Gen X
Interviews: The Police; Eddy Grant; The Specials
Lyrics: Clubland – Elvis Costello & The Attractions; Lies – Status Quo; Blue Moon – Showaddywaddy; Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Matchbox; Fade To Grey – Visage; Rabbit – Chas & Dave; I Am The Beat – The Look; Runaround Sue – Racey; Heartbreak Hotel – The Jacksons; Who’s Gonna Rock You – The Nolans; Love Me To Sleep – Hot Chocolate; Do Nothing – The Specials; She’s So Modern – Boomtown Rats; My Girl – Rod Stewart; Love On The Rocks – Neil Diamond
Bitz: Bob Geldof; Stranglers tour; all-time top ten: Doug Trendle (Bad Manners); ELO, Bev Bevan; Gary Numan farewell tour; personal file: Andy Partridge; Captain Kremmen, Kenny Everett; Robin Simons, Ultravox, Magazine; Elvis Costello album, Tryst; Madness, Nutty Boys comic; Squeeze, Paul Carrack
Single reviews (Mark Ellen): Young Parisians – Adam and the Ants; Running Free – Buzzcocks; I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It – Stevie Wonder; Spaceship – Lincoln Thompson and the Rasses; Burn Rubber On Me – The Gap Band; Soul Waves – Telex; In The Air – Phil Collins; The Last Lone Ranger – Carpettes; Taxi Ride – Keith Emerson; Spider – Rick Wakeman; Submarine – Godley & Crème; Disco Apocalypse – Jackson Browne; Metal Mickey Magic – Metal Mickey; I Love A Shark – Marina Del Rey; Bicycle Seat – Max Splodge; Lonely Heart – UFO; Beat Crazy – Joe Jackson; Heart On My Sleeve – David Essex; Cold Love – Donna Summer
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Red Starr / Beverly Hillier / David Hepworth): Rock-It To Mars – Rocky Sharpe & The Replays; The Paris Collection – Dollar; Jermaine – Jermaine Jackson; Bright Lights – Showaddywaddy; Amigo – Black Slate; Flash Gordon – Queen; Sandinsta! – The Clash; LKJ In Dub – Linton Kwesi Johnson
Independent Singles (Red Starr): Der Rauber Und Der Prinz / Tanz Mit Mir – DAF (Mute); Double Heart – Robert Rental (Mute); I Need Two Heads / Stop Before You Say It – Go-Betweens (Postcard); Walk On Water / Take A Look – Cuban Heels (Cuba Libre); Get Up And Use Me / Everything’s Roses – Fire Engines (Codex Communications); Heaven Gets Closer Every Day / Only Heroes Live Forever – Another Pretty Face (Chicken Jazz); I’m In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk – The Freshies (Razz Records)