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)