Sunday, December 25, 2022

Smash Hits Yearbook 1983

Smash Hits Yearbook 1983

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

Friday, December 23, 2022

December 23, 1982 - January 5, 1983

Smash Hits, December 23, 1982

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

Friday, December 9, 2022

December 9 - 22, 1982

Smash Hits, December 09, 1982

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

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

Friday, November 25, 2022

November 25 - December 8, 1982

Smash Hits, November 25, 1982

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

Friday, November 11, 2022

November 11 - 24, 1982

Smash Hits, November 11, 1982

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

Friday, October 28, 2022

October 28 - November 10, 1982

Smash Hits, October 28, 1982

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

Thursday, October 27, 2022

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

Gary Crowley's Indie 90s Playback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 14, 2022

October 14 - 27, 1982

Smash Hits, October 14, 1982

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

Friday, September 30, 2022

September 30 - October 13, 1982

Smash Hits, September 30, 1982

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

Friday, September 16, 2022

September 16 - 29, 1982

Smash Hits, September 16, 1982

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

Friday, September 2, 2022

September 2 - 15, 1982

Smash Hits, September 2, 1982

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

Friday, August 19, 2022

August 19 - September 1, 1982

Smash Hits, August 19, 1982

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

Friday, August 5, 2022

August 5 - 18, 1982

Smash Hits, August 05, 1982

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

Friday, July 22, 2022

July 22 - August 4, 1982

Smash Hits, July 22, 1982

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

Friday, July 8, 2022

July 8 - 21, 1982

Smash Hits, July 08, 1982

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

Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24 - July 7, 1982

Smash Hits, June 24, 1982

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

Friday, June 10, 2022

June 10 - 23, 1982

Smash Hits, June 10, 1982

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

Friday, May 27, 2022

May 27 - June 9, 1982

Smash Hits, May 27, 1982

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

Friday, May 13, 2022

May 13 - 26, 1982

Smash Hits, May 13, 1982

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Future Radio - the new single from Circuit3

Future Radio: a song I co-wrote!

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

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

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

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