Saturday, July 19, 2014

July 19 - August 1, 1984

Smash Hits, July 19, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Boy George in Japan
Centrespread: Green
Back cover: David Sylvian
Interviews: Pete Wylie; The High-Rise Hillbillies; Prince; The Messengers; Gary Davies; John Lydon; Culture Club; Billy Idol;
Lyrics: I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair - Weather Girls; Lament - Ultravox; Some Guys Have All The Luck - Rod Stewart; Sweet Somebody - Shannon; You Think You're A Man - Divine; It's A Hard Life - Queen; Down On The Streets - Shakatak; Careless Whisper - George Michael; Everybody's Laughing - Phil Fearon & Galaxy; I'll Wait - Van Halen; Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol; Sunglasses - Tracey Ullman
Start: big words on even bigger t-shirts, Katherine Hammett; personal file - Anne Nightingale  
Bitz: The Kane Gang: Martin Brammer, Paul Woods, Dave Brewis; Troy Tate, "Thomas"; Howard Jones, "Like To Get To Know You Well", Eurythmics; Jaki Graham, "Heaven Knows", Derek Bramble; Bruce Foxton, "S.O.S (My Imagination)"; Nile Rogers, Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Chic, John Taylor, Andy Taylor; "CCCan't You See", Vicious Pink; Hula Hoops, Chico Johnson, "Do The Hula Hoop"; Proteus Books: Boy George And Culture Club, Barry Manilow, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix; Some Bizarre compilation: The The, Test Department; Captain Sensible, "There Are More Snakes Than Ladders"; "Street Sounds No. 1s": Forrest, Herbie Hancock, Phil Fearon's Galaxy, Freeez; Deep Purple reform, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore; Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Bronski Beat, "Tell Me Why"; The Blue Nile, "Tinseltown In The Rain"; The Pretenders, Martin Chambers and Tracy have baby daughter, Francesca Catherine; Andrew Ridgeley's nose job; Neil; Japan, "Bamboo" fanzine, Howard Sawyer; "Electric Dreams", Culture Club, "Love Is Love", "The Dream", Hello Goodbye", "Waking Up With The House On Fire", Phil Pickett, "Chase Runner", Heaven 17, Giorgio Moroder, "Together With Electric Dreams", Philip Oakey, "Now You're Mine", Helen Terry; Matt Bianco, "Whose Side Are You On…."; Paul Quinn leaves Bourgie Bourgie, Edwyn Collins, "Pale Blue Eyes"; Care split; John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Steppin' Out"; "Reggae Sunsplash '82"; The Smiths, "William (It Was Really Nothing)"; Culture Club fan club; Robert Hodgens: my 5 favorite cafes
Single reviews (Muriel Gray): Shriekback - Hand On My Heart; Careless Whisper - George Michael; Music Time - Styx; I Want To Be A Tree - Tim Pope; S.O.S. My Imagination - Bruce Foxton; I'm Stepping Out - John Lennon; ? (Question Mark) - Nena; Heart Of A Woman - Nona Hendryx; Video - Jeff Lynne; CCCan't You See… - Vicious Pink; A New Day - Killing Joke; Sunglasses - Tracey Ullman; I'll Wait - Van Halen; Nervous Shakedown - AC/DC; What Kind Of Girl? - APB; My Male Curiosity - Kid Creole and the Coconuts; I Love Men - Eartha Kitt; Rhythm Of The Street - Patti Austin; Tinsel Town In The Rain - Blue Nile; Love On Board - Friends Again; Black Beauty - Jools Holland
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Dave Rimmer / Lisa Anthony / Ro Newton / Linda Duff / Ian Cranna / Peter Martin): Victory - Jacksons; Diamond Life - Sade; Break Out - Pointer Sisters; Bees Knees And Chickens Elbows - Blue Rondo; All Fired Up - Fastway; Hallowed Ground - Violent Femmes; Anthem - Black Uhuru; Aura - King Sunny Ade & His African Beats
Nights Out: Gary Glitter; Stevie Wonder

Saturday, July 5, 2014

July 5 - 18, 1984

Smash Hits, July 05, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Neil [The Young Ones]
Centrespread: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Neil; Sisters Of Mercy; Nick Heyward in a sauna; Everything But The Girl; Michael Jackson; Nik Kershaw;
Lyrics: State Of Shock - The Jacksons; Hole In My Shoe - Neil; Leave A Tender Moment Alone - Billy Joel; So Close - Flying Pickets; Sister Of Mercy - Thompson Twins; Dance Me Up - Gary Glitter; White Lines (Don't Do It) - Grandmaster & Melle Mel; Breakin'…There's No Stopping Us - Ollie & Jerry; The Day Before You Came - Blancmange; Mine - Everything But The Girl; Come Back - Mighty Wah!; All Of You - Julio Iglesis & Diana Ross; When Does Cry - Prince; What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Start: OMD, "Talking Loud And Clear", Echo & The Bunnymen, "Seven Seas", Ian McCulloch in drag; Tim Pope, "I Want To Be A Tree"; David Sylvian, exhibition of polaroids, Hamilton Gallery; personal file - Cyndi Lauper 
Bitz: Afrika Bambaataa, James Brown, "Unity"; Box Of Frogs: Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith, John Fiddler, "Back Where I Started"; Human League, "Life On Your Own"; Thompson Twins, "Sister Of Mercy"; Status Quo's "last ever live concert anywhere in the world", Milton Keynes Bowl, Marillion, Gary Glitter, Nazareth, Jason and the Scorchers; Jools Holland, "Black Beauty"; The Corvettes, "Girls, Cars, Girls, Sun, Girls, Surf, Girls, Fun"; Anti-Nowhere League invited to Wiesbaden, twinned with Tunbridge Wells; Gary Numan, Numa Records, Matt Nicholson, Paul Gardiner; Nick Rhodes, Kajagoogoo, Sting, A Bigger Splash, Midge Ure, Messengers; Associates, "First Impressions", Martyn Ware; Jacksons, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson; Jonzun Crew, "Time Is Running Out"; Re-Flex, "Couldn't Stand A Day"; Tracey Ullman; OMD; Howard Jones: my five worst experiences on stage; Spear Of Destiny, Kirk Brandon, "Revolution", Theatre Of Hate, "Americanas"; Rod Stewart; Torch Song, "Wish Thing"; The Sid Presley Experience; David Jensen quits Radio 1; David Bowie, Derek Bramble; Girlschool: Chris Bonacci replaces Kelly Johnson; Echo and the Bunnymen; Iron Maiden, "Powerslave" 
Single reviews (Linda Duff): You Think You're A Man - Divine; I Love You Suzanne - Lou Reed; State Of Shock - Jacksons; The Day Before You Came - Blancmange; Hole In My Shoe - Neil; Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross; Young Hearts - Silent Running; Under Construction - 1000 Mexicans; Mine - Everything But The Girl; Sweet Somebody - Shannon; Fight Away The Lover - G.I. Orange; One Million Kisses - Rufus and Chaka Khan; Out On Your Own - Lotus Eaters; I Don't Believe A Word - A Bigger Splash; The More You Live The More You Love - A Flock Of Seagulls; Target Practice - Belouis Some; Wait - Wang Chung; Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind Sometime - Barbara Mason; 80's Romance - Belle Stars; The Man From Russia - Blow Monkeys
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Tom Hibbert / David Hepworth / Neil Tennant / Lisa Anthony / Vici MacDonald / Linda Duff / Linda Hocking): Parade - Spandau Ballet; Breaking Hearts - Elton John; Goodbye Cruel World - Elvis Costello; Purple Rain - Prince And The Revolution; Difford & Tillbrook - Difford & Tillbrook; Heart Don't Lie - Latoya Jackson; Change Of Heart - Change; Throw Out The Warped Wheel - Fiction Factory; Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen; Paint And Paint - Haircut One Hundred; Strange Frontier - Roger Taylor; Shiver - Virna Lindt; Get It Out Of Your Head - The Art Company; Send Me Your Love - Kashif
Nights Out: Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Flying Pickets
Other: What The Papers Said: Boy George, Simon Le Bon, David Sylvian, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones

Thursday, July 3, 2014

You know I hate to ask....

As you should all know by now, my Smash Hits collection ends with the issue published on July 3, 1985 - so you'll be able to read that here one year from today.

Several people have asked what will happen to the archive after that date - where will everybody go for their fortnightly fix?

Well, Dude, we just don't know.

After I started work on this archive, I did buy some old issues, to plug in the gaps in my collection from 1978 and 1979, but I made a conscious decision not to extend my collection beyond the original end date: I wanted this to be a self-limiting obsession.

So the question is: does anybody else want to take up the mantle? I know that there are people out there with Smash Hits from the eighties and beyond: do any of you want to scan those old issues so that they can be shared with the world?

If somebody wants to create a follow-up blog / archive, I would be happy to link to it from here. Or if somebody wants to scan the magazines and share the files with me, I can upload them to my Flickr account and keep the archive in one central place.

I don't know if anything will come of this: scanning is a laborious task - a major commitment of time and energy - so I understand any hesitancy and reluctance. Maybe it's a task that multiple people can share, rather than putting the entire burden on just one person?

The point of this post is to start a discussion at least, to see if there's any interest in continuing this work. Feel free to use the comments - here on the blog or over on the Facebook page - to talk amongst yourselves.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June 21 - July 4, 1984

Smash Hits, June 21, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Bronski Beat
Centrespread: Dead Or Alive
Back cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Interviews: Bronski Beat; Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Human League; Morrissey; Midge Ure; Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Alison Moyet
Lyrics: Seven Seas - Echo & The Bunnymen; Baby I'm Scared Of You - Womack & Womack; Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat; Change Of Heart - Heart; Perfect Skin - Lloyd Cole and the Commotions; Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers; So Tired - Ozzy Osbourne; Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters; Stuck On You - Lionel Richie; Talking Loud And Clear - OMD; Life On Your Own - Human League; I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nik Kershaw; I Wanna Be Loved - Elvis Costello; Love Resurrection - Alison Moyet; Susanna - The Art Company
Start: Boy George, Madame Tussaud's; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Paul Rutherford; I Dance Jazz; Working Week, "Venceremos (We Will Win)"; personal file - Chrissie Hynde 
Bitz: Robert Smith quits the Banshees; John Carruthers joins Banshees; The Jacksons; OMD; Madness, "Keep Moving" - US version; Shakatak, "Down On The Street"; Pointer Sisters; "Escape"; Streetsounds, "U.K. Electro": Rapologists, Zer-O, Broken Glass, Syncbeat, Forevereaction - Greg Wilson, Martin Jackson; "Crew Cuts"; Eurythmics, "Touch Dance" - "The First Cut", "Paint A Rumour", "Cool Blue", "Regrets" - John "Jellybean" Benitez, Francois K; Spitting Image, "Da Do Run Ron"; Steve Norman's five favorite soap operas; Art Company, Nol Havens, "Susanna"; The Chiefs Of Relief, Matthew Ashman; Afrika Bambaataa, Soul Sonic Force; Elvis Costello, "Goodbye Cruel World", "I Wanna Be Loved", Green; Nick Heyward; Belle Stars, "80s Romance"; Tom Robinson, "Back In The Old Country"; The Armoury Show; Zeke Manyika, "Heaven Help Us (Try)"; Prince, "Purple Rain"; Midsummer Night's Tube: Culture Club, Police, Echo & The Bunnymen, Alison Moyet, Howard Jones, Bryan Ferry, Hall & Oates, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Sade, Paul Young; Daryl Hall, Diana Ross, "Swept Away", Arthur Baker
Single reviews (John Taylor): Life On Your Own - Human League; When Doves Cry - Prince; Dissidents - Thomas Dolby; Love Resurrection - Alison Moyet; Dance Me Up - Gary Glitter; Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Stuck On You - Lionel Richie; You In The Night - Fashion; Seven Seas - Echo & The Bunnymen; Man On Fire - Roger Taylor; Talking Loud And Clear - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Do It All For You - Saxon; Love's Crashing Waves - Difford & Tilbrook; Baby I'm Scared Of You - Womack & Womack; I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nik Kershaw; Those First Impressions - Associates; Just Good Friends - Hazel O'Connor; Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters; Too Up Two Down - Haircut One Hundred; Young At Heart - Bluebells; Closest Thing To Heaven - The Kane Gang; What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Ian Cranna / Fred Dellar / Mark Ellen / Linda Duff / Dave Rimmer / Vici MacDonald): Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; Going For Broke - Eddy Grant; Camouflage - Rod Stewart; In The Studio - The Special AKA; Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister; Now - Patrice Rushen; This Is What You Want This Is What You Get - PiL; Medicine Show - Dream Syndicate
Nights Out: Prince's Trust Rock Gala: Mike Read, Tracey Ullman, Imagination, Sade, Phil Collins, Paul Young; Billy Joel
Other: "Will the real John Taylor please stand up!"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

I never thought it would happen....

Smash Hits June 14 - 27, 1979

One Thursday afternoon in June of 1979, shortly after my tenth birthday, my Mum and I went to Coleraine with some aunts and cousins. In Gardiner's bookshop - I think it was next to Crazy Prices - I found a magazine which had lyrics to a bunch of songs, including Up The Junction, by Squeeze. Music was on its way to replacing football as my passion in life and from the start I had been intrigued by the words of songs, so this was an invaluable resource....and would prove to be so for the next six years....

In June 2009, on a visit to Derry from California, I boxed up my collection of Smash Hits and mailed it to myself in Santa Monica.

In June 2014, thirty-five years after first reading Smash Hits, I finished the (rather time-consuming) task of scanning every issue in my collection, uploading those scans to Flickr and preparing the blog posts that have allowed me to share my collection in this online archive.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

June 7 - 20, 1984

Smash Hits, June 7, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Spandau Ballet
Centrespread: Ultravox
Back cover: Marc Almond
Interviews: Spandau Ballet; The Associates; Limahl; Nik Kershaw; Boomtown Rats
Lyrics: Absolute - Scritti Politti; Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; What I want - Dead Or Alive; Thinking Of You - Sister Sledge; Only When You Leave - Spandau Ballet; Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Those First Impressions - Associates; Infatuation - Rod Stewart; High Energy - Evelyn Thomas; Thin Line Between Love And Hate - Pretenders; Sad Songs (Say So Much) - Elton John; Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen; I Feel Like Buddy Holly - Alvin Stardust
Start: Michelle Palmer, Mike Read, Boy George, Kim Wilde, Timmy Mallett, Princess Margaret; Alvin Stardust, Shane Fenton, "I Feel Like Buddy Holly", Gary Glitter, "Dance Me Up"; personal file - Pete Burns 
Bitz: Bronski Beat: Steve Bronski, Larry Steinbachek, Jimi Somerville; David Jensen, "Great Rock 'N' Roll Trivia Quiz"; David Bowie picture discs: "Hunky Dory", "Diamond Dogs", "Pin Ups", "Aladdin Sane", "Ziggy Stardust"; David Sylvian; Feargal Sharkey, "Listen To Your Father", "The Undertones EP"; Thomas Dolby, "Dissident"; "Break Dance"; Tony Fletcher, Apocalypse, "People", Jamming!, "A New Optimism"; Simon Bates, Stephen Luscombe, Helen Terry; Gary Crowley: the five most impressive people I've met; Style Council; Twisted Sister, "Stay Hungry"; David Bowie, "Into The Night", John Landis; Pete Wylie, Wah!, "A Word To The Wise Guy"; Ultravox; Deniece Williams; Mark Johnson, "Design For Living", Joy Division, New Order, "several passages of utter drivel contributed by some former rock writer called Paul Morley"; Mick Jagger, Michael Jacksons, The Jacksons, "State Of Shock"; Haircut One Hundred not breaking up nor reforming with Nick Heyward; "White Lines (Don't Do It)", Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Eyes Without A Face - Billy Idol; Only When You Leave - Spandau Ballet; Building On A Strong Foundation - The Questions; Get Your Feet Out Of My Shoes - Boothill Foot-tappers; Venceremos - Working Week; Farewell My Summer Love - Michael Jackson; Change Of Heart - Change; The Boy Who Came Back - Marc Almond; Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Walk Through The Fire - Peter Gabriel; The Upstroke - Agents Aren't Aeroplanes; Like A Cannonball - Menudo; Absolute - Scritti Politti
Album reviews (Neil Tennant / Lisa Anthony / Kimberley Leston / Dave Rimmer / Ian Cranna): Hyaena - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Everything But The Girl - Everything But The Girl; Lost Boys - Flying Pickets; Brilliant Trees - David Sylvian; Der Osten Ist Rot - Holger Czukay
Nights Out: New Brighton Rock: Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Weather Girls, Nik Kershaw, Helen Terry, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Eddy Grant, Flying Pickets, Spandau Ballet, Madness, Gloria Gaynor, Nick Lowe
Other: High Energy: Boys Town Gang, Hazell Dean, Eartha Kitt, Divine, Weather Girls, Gloria Gaynor, Village People, Evelyn Thomas, Bobby 'O' Orlando, Donna Summer, Slyvester

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May 24 - June 6, 1984

Smash Hits, May 24, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: Depeche Mode
Back cover: Tom Bailey
Interviews: Wham!; Roy Hay; Madonna; New Order; Billy Joel; Siouxsie and the Banshees
Lyrics: I'll Be Around - Terri Wells; Pearl In The Shell - Howard Jones; Borderline - Madonna; Love All Day - Nick Heyward; Let's Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams; One Better Day - Madness; Break Dance Party - Break Machine; Stay With Me Tonight - Jeffrey Osborne; Too Much Trouble - Limahl; Each And Everyone - Everything But The Girl; Searchin' - Hazel Dean; Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown; Assassing - Marillion; Dazzle - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Heaven Knows (I'm Miserable Now) - Smiths; Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling
Start: Morrissey, Ken Livingstone, Mari Wilson, Billy Bragg, Misty In Roots, Flying Pickets, "Jobs For A Change"; Die Totenhosen, Five Fab Freddy; Gary Numan, Royal Navy Air base, Yeovilton, Red Baron; personal file - Morrissey 
Bitz: Smeggy (King Kurt): the five worst haircuts ever; Depeche Mode; Limahl, "Don't Suppose"; Womack & Womack; Thompson Twins; James Cuts, "Sexify You", Kate Haysi, Alan Rankine; Bluebells; Pretenders, "Thin Line Between Love And Hate", Chrissie Hynde, Jim Kerr; Nick Cave, "From Here To Eternity", Einsturzende Neubaten; Howard Jones, "Pearl In The Shell", "Law Of The Jungle"; Zingari, "One More Chance"; Rod Stewart "Infatuation", "Camouflage"; K-Tel, "Hungry For Hits"; Fashion, Mulligan,soldering iron, tour delay, "Twilight Of The Idols"; King Kurt; Labour Party, " A Better Song For Europe", Eric Heffer, Geoff Travis; Peter Schilling, "Major Tom (Coming Home)", Armin Sabol; Billy Bragg; Modern Romance, "Tokyo Live!", GBH, UK Subs; Sade; Bruce Springsteen, "Dancing In The Dark"
Single reviews (Ian Cranna): Hip-Hop-Bommi-Bom - Die Totenhosen (The Incredible T*H* Scratchers Starring Freddy Love); Dazzle - Siouxsie & the Banshees; (Heaven Knows) I'm Miserable Now - Smiths; Illuminations - Swans Way; Pearl In The Shell - Howard Jones; Hey Presto - Black; Borderline - Madonna; Romancing The Stone - Eddy Grant; Yippe Yi Yay! - D. C. Lee; All Or Nothing - Fiction Factory; The Ghost In You - Psychedelic Furs; Love All Day - Nick Heyward; Turn To Gold - David Austin; (I Love You) When You Sleep - Tracie; Ten Thousand Voices, A Message From The People - Zerra I; One Better Day - Madness; Spiritwalker - The Cult; Too Much Trouble - Limahl; Infatuation - Rod Stewart; Dance With Me - Carol Kenyon; Take Him Back (Taxi) - Anne Lesear; Smalltown Boy - Bronski Beat
Album reviews (Fred Dellar / Peter Martin / Tom Hibbert / Ian Birch / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna): Mirror Moves - Psychedelic Furs; Ready For Battle - Rock Steady Crew; In 3-D - Weird Al Yankovic; Pajama Party Time - Indeep; Talk Show - Go Go's; No Sense Of Sin - Lotus Eaters; Legend - Clannad; Reckoning - R.E.M.
Nights Out: Crystal Day: Echo & The Bunnymen

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10 - 23, 1984

Smash Hits, May 10, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Sade
Centrespread: Madness
Back cover: Shakin' Stevens
Interviews: Sade; The Bluebells; David Sylvian; Boy George, Marilyn, Pete Burns, Tasty Tim; Blancmange; John Taylor; Matt Bianco; Bob Marley
Lyrics: Rough Justice - Bananarama; The Lebanon - The Human League; Panama - Van Halen; You're The Best Thing - Style Council; When Am I Going To Make A Living - Sade; Going Down Town Tonight - Status Quo; Footloose - Kenny Loggins; Red Guitar - David Sylvian; Love Wars - Womack & Womack; Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic; State Of Love - Imagination; Automatic - Pointer Sisters; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!; Mack The Knife - King Kurt; Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - Ultravox; When You're Young And In Love - Flying Pickets
Start: Boy George at Heathrow; Duran Duran; Belouis Some, "Target Practice", "Some People"; Jermaine Jackson, The Jacksons; personal file - Red Stripe  
Bitz: Cocteau Twins: Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser, Simon Raymonde; "So Many Men So Little Time", Miquel Brown, "Where Is My Man", Eartha Kitt; Bourgie Bourgie, "Careless"; Bamboo: Japan fanzine, David Sylvian, Masami Tschuya, Ippu-Do, Twisted Sister; Bronski Beat, "Small Town Boy", Mike Thorne; Musical Youth, "She's Trouble", Eddy Grant; Matt Bianco; Melody Makers: Cedella, Sharon, Ziggy, Steve Marley, "I Met Her On A Rainy Day", "Children Playing"; Nik Kershaw, Andrew Ridgeley, Bucks Fizz, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, Donny Osmond, Jimmy Page; Wham!, "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", "Ray Of Sunshine"; Ficton Factory, OMD; "Streetsounds 9": Gap Band, Real To Reel, Jones Girls; King Kurt, "Dirty Dick Tour"; Johnny Marr, "2 From Quando", Quando Quango; Siouxsie & the Banshees; Nick Rhodes: my five faovurite artists and designers
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Red Guitar - David Sylvian; When Am I Going To Make A Living - Sade; You're The Best Thing - Style Council; State Of Love - Imagination; State Of Love - Imagination; What People Do For Money - Divine Sounds / The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight - Dominatrix; Ain't That Peculiar - Mari Wilson; She's Trouble - Musical Youth; Dancing With Tears In My Eyes - Ultravox; Bad Life - PiL; Assassing - Marillion; Going Down Town Tonight - Status Quo; I Just Wanna Make You Feel Good - The System; What Presence?! - Orange Juice; Sweetest Sweetest - Jermaine Jackson; Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Wham!; Professor Night - Was (Not Was)
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Ian Birch): Hysteria - Human League; Mange Tout - Blancmange; A Walk Across The Rooftops - Blue Nile; Touch Sensitive - Bruce Foxton; The Art Of Defence - Nona Hendryx; Dynamite - Jermaine Jackson
Nights Out: The Alternative Country & Western Festival: Bluberry Hellbellies, Pogue Mahone, Gleesome Threesome, Men They Couldn't Hang, Last Bid For The Recess, Cut Loose, Skiff Skats, Boothill Foot Tappers

Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26 - May 9, 1984

Smash Hits, April 26, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: Nik Kershaw
Interviews: Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Pete Burns; Psychedelic Furs; Alexei Sayle; Helen Terry; Nick Heyward
Lyrics: Thieves Like Us - New Order; Just A Dream - Nena; Against All Odds - Phil Collins; Hand In Glove - Sandie Shaw; Just Be Good To Me - S.O.S. Band; That's The Way I Like It - Dead Or Alive; I'm Falling - Bluebells; Locomotion - OMD; Heaven - Psychedelic Furs; Peace In Our Time - The Imposter; Love Lies Lost - Helen Terry; Give Me Tonight - Shannon; One Love / People Get Ready - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Silver - Echo & The Bunnymen; Turn Your Back On Me - Kajagoogoo
Start: Dave Gahan; Mike Read, "Tell Me I'm Wrong"; Tiny Tim, "Sugar Sugar"; Everything But The Girl", Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt, "Each And Every One"; personal file - Green 
Bitz: Duran Duran; Captain Sensible, "The Russians Are Coming"; Sandie Shaw; "UB40 - A Musical Profile"; "Michael Jackson - Body And Soul", Geoff Brown; Andy McCluskey: My Five Obsessions; Stuart Croxford Neale marries Katherine Anne Scott, Hockcliffe Baptist Church, Leighton Buzzard; Chaka Khan; Echo & The Bunnymen, "Crystal Day", May 12; "Hi-Energy 2", Street Sounds; David J, The Jazz Butcher, "V For Vendetta"; Elvis Costello, "Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers", The Imposter, "Peace In Our Time", Scully; "Up Rock", Rock Steady Crew, "Beat Street"; "Let The Children Play": Madness, Peter Gabriel, Flying Pickets, Mari Wilson, Tom Robinson, Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall; Human League, "The Lebanon"; The Questions; David Bowie, "The Serious Moonlight Tour", "Love You Till Tuesday", Ready Steady Go!, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye
Single reviews (Dave Gahan): Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops - Cocteau Twins; Silver - Echo & The Bunnymen; Thieves Like Us - New Order; The Lebanon - Human League; One Man's Meat - Fad Gadget; Beat Of Two - Palais Schaumburg; Hand In Glove - Sandie Shaw; Love & Pride - King; Turn Your Back On Me - Kajagoogoo; Stay - Blue Nile; Influenza (Relapse) - Gene Loves Jezebel; One Love - Bob Marley & The Wailers; The Photo Song - Holger Czukay; It's All Over - Matt Fretton; Just A Dream - Nena; Standing In The Shadow - Whitesnake; You Don't Love Me - Marilyn; Sneaking Out The Back Door - Matt Bianco; Mack The Knife - King Kurt; Just My Imagination - Modern Romance; Don't Let Go - Wang Chung; It Makes Me Wonder - Bruce Foxton; When You're Young And In Love - Flying Pickets; Love Lies Lost - Helen Terry; Dreaming - Fashion; Love Me Tender - Roland Rat; I Feel Like Buddy Holly - Alvin Stardust
Album reviews (Johnny Black / Kimberley Leston / Dave Rimmer / Lola Borg / Mark Ellen / Ian Cranna): Junk Culture - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; Toni Basil - Toni Basil; Ocean Rain - Echo & The Bunnymen; Sophisticated Boom Boom - Dead Or Alive; One Eyed Jacks - Spear Of Destiny; The Top - The Cure; Fraggle Rock - The Fraggles; Pop - Tones On Tail
Nights Out: Bad Karma In The UK; Grandmaster & The Furious Five
Other: Eurovision Song Contest; groups' names; "Footloose" review

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12 - 25, 1984

Smash Hits, April 12, 1984

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Thompson Twins
Centrespread: Siouxsie Sioux
Back cover: Sade
Interviews: Duran Duran; Special AKA, Rhoda Dakar; Rockwell; Ali Campbell; Bananarama; Thompson Twins
Lyrics: Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield; (When You Say You Love Somebody) In The Heart - Kool & The Gang; The Longest Time - Billy Joel; Nelson Mandela - Special AKA; (Obscene) Phone Caller - Rockwell; The Reflex - Duran Duran; Don't Tell Me - Blancmange; Dancing Girls - Nik Kershaw; I Want To Break Free - Queen; Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan; Glad It's All Over - Captain Sensible
Start: Razzmatazz, Captain Sensible, Nick Heyward, Tina Turner, Marilyn; Rick Parfitt, Michael Young; Nick Beggs, Mulligan, Ravel's "Bolero"; Queen, I Want To Break Free, Roger Taylor (Suzie Burchill), Brian May (Hilda Ogden), John Deacon (Ena Sharples), Freddie Mercury (Bet Lynch);
personal file - Peter Powell
Bitz: Captain Sensible, "Glad It's All Over", Dolly Mixture, "Remember This", Weetabix; Wham!; "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go", Innervision Records, Barbados; "Electro 3": Divine Sounds, Dave DMX; "Now That's What I Call Music 2"; Ultravox; Malcolm X, "No Sell Out", Grandmaster Melle Mel, "Jesse"; Martin Gore: My Five Favourite Video Games; Iain McKell; Adele Bertei, "Build Me A Bridge", Thomas Dolby, Culture Club; Dead Or Alive; Culture Club, "A Kiss Across The Ocean"; Big Country; Rick Springfield; Van Halen; Elvis Costello; The Lotus Eaters; Rock Goddess: "I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll): Jody Turner, Julie Turner, Dee O'Malley; Human League; Status Quo 
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): The Caterpillar - The Cure; Honey At The Core - Friends Again; Don't Tell Me - Blancmange; Liberator - Spear Of Destiny; Only He Has The Power To Move Me - Stephanie Lawrence; City For Lovers - Way Of The West; Runaway - Modists; The Reflex - Duran Duran; Remember This - Dolly Mixture; Locomotion - Orchestral Manouevres In The Dark; Shock Treatment - Pallas; Such A Shame - Talk Talk; The Longest Time - Billy Joel; I Want To Break Free - Queen; No Sell Out - Malcolm X; Eighties - Killing Joke; Romeo And Juliet Love Theme - Juan Martin; Set Me Apart - Lotus Eaters; Some Heads Are Gonna Roll - Judas Priest; Who's Fooling Who - Jakko; Take Me Home - Zac Zola & Electric Banana
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Josephine Hocking / Kimberley Leston / Claire Sheaff / Peter Martin / Dave Rimmer): Far From The Hurting Kind - Tracie; Islands - Kajagoogoo; Hold On - Sense; Body And Soul - Joe Jackson; The Flame - Annabel Lamb; Night Full Of Tension - Robert Gorl; Parting Should Be Painless - Roger Daltrey; Bananarama - Bananarama
Nights Out: Starlight Express; Howard Jones; Nik Kershaw

Saturday, March 29, 2014

March 29 - April 11, 1984

Smash Hits, March 29, 1984

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Cover: Nik Kershaw
Centrespread: Wham!
Back cover: free poster offer
Interviews: Madness: Suggs, Carl Smyth; Propaganda; Scritti Politti; Howard Jones; Phil Fearon; Nik Kershaw
Lyrics: Up On The Catwalk - Simple Minds; Lucky Star - Madonna; Renegades Of Funk - Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; You Take Me Up - Thompson Twins; Dr Mabuse - Propaganda; Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper; I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby; Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) - Scritti Politti; What Do I Do? - Phil Fearon & Galaxy; The Caterpillar - The Cure; Breaking Point - Bourgie Bourgie; Baby You're Dynamite
Start: Tim Pope, "I Want To Be A Tree", Paul Young, Style Council, Siouxsie, Budgie, Talk Talk, The Cure, Marc Almond; Ali Campbell, UB40, "Cherry Oh Baby"; personal file: David Lee Roth  
Bitz: Pauline Black and Sunday Best: Lynval Golding, Neville Staples, Jes Edwards, Phil Graham, Wayne Lothian, "Pirates On The Airwaves"; Simple Minds; Whitesnake; Shalamar, Howard Hewett, "Deadline USA", "Street Fleet", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Footloose", Peabo Bryson, "DC Cab"; Alexei Sayle; Shannon, "Let The Music Play"; Sade: Five Records I Always Look For On Jukeboxes; Marillion, Shakin' Stevens, The Quick; Ear Say: Nicky Horne, Gary Crowley, Leslie-Ann Jones; Mick Karn, Pete Murphy, Sheila Rock, Paul Rider; Bruce Foxton, "It Makes Me Wonder", "Touch Sensitive"; The Cure; Michael Jackson; And Also The Trees; Helen Terry, "Love Lies Lust"; Castle Donnington, Monsters Of Rock, AC/DC, WOMAD; Madonna, "Lucky Star"; The Weather Girls, Izora Armstead, Martha Walsh  
Single reviews (Ian Birch): I Scare Myself - Thomas Dolby; Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) - Phil Collins; Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper; Do You Wanna Dance - Toni Basil; Dubbin' It All - Steve Levine; Baby You're Dynamite - Cliff Richard; (Don't Let Your Love) Start A War - Pale Fountains; Dancing Girls - Nik Kershaw; You Take Me Up - Thompson Twins; Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield; 2000 Light Years From Home - The Danse Society; Keys To Your Heart - Urban Cowboys; Strive - Gloria Gaynor; Heaven - Psychedelic Furs; Leave It (Remix) - Yes
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Neil Tennant / Ian Cranna): Lament - Ultravox; Let The Music Play - Shannon; The Icicle Works - The Icicle Works
Nights Out: Style Council; The Clash; Batcave, Day-Glo Ball (Heaven)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March 15 - 28, 1984

Smash Hits, March 15, 1984

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Cover: Paul Young
Centrespread: Thompson Twins
Back cover: Carmel
Interviews: Paul Young; Sade; Van Halen; Fiat Lux; Holly Johnson; Kajagoogoo; Bourgie Bourgie; Bananarama; Depeche Mode
Lyrics: Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama; A Love Worth Waiting For - Shakin' Stevens; Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) - Icicle Works; P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson; To Be Or Not To Be (Hitler Rap) Part I - Mel Brooks; Swimming Horses - Siouxsie & The Banshees; Your Love Is King - Sade; Yah Mo B There - James Ingram; More More More - Carmel; People Are People - Depeche Mode; It's Raining Men - Weather Girls; Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba) - Julia And Company; Fraggle Rock - The Fraggles; 'Ullo John Got A New Motor - Alexei Sayle; Hello - Lionel Richie; Ghost Of Love - Fiction Factory
Start: personal file - Nena; Peter Powell, Simon Bates and Tony Blackburn dress up as Boy George, Gary Glitter and Tracey Ullman; Pyramid Lids, Tommy Boy Records;  
Bitz: Nelson Mandela, The Special AKA; Gary Byrd, Sweet Inspirations, "The Crown"; Gloria Gaynor, "Strive"; Jeffrey Daniel, Starlight Express, "Give My Regards To Broad Street", Paul McCartney; Madness, Lee Thompson marries Deborah Fordham; Gang Of Four split up; The World's Famous Supreme Team, Justice, Divine, Malcolm McLaren; Billy Bragg, Style Council, Questions; Nena, "Just A Dream"; Grammy Awards: Boy George, Culture Club, Michael Jackson, The Police, Duran Duran, Brooke Shields, Annie Lennox; Con McConville, It's Immaterial, "White Man's Hat"; The Fall, "Perverted By Language Bis"; Howard Jones; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax", 930,000 copies sold; The Cure, Phil Thornally; "Michael Jackson's Thriller"; Steve Levine, "Believin' It All", Boy George, David Grant, Rita Marley; Noddy Holder: Slade's Five Most Disastrous Gigs
Single reviews (Peter Martin): Dr Mabuse - Propaganda; People Are People - Depeche Mode; PYT (Pretty Young Thing) - Michael Jackson; Up On The Catwalk - Simple Minds; Hello - Lionel Richie; Lucky Star - Madonna; The Whodini Electro EP - Whodini; AC/DC - Jeffrey Daniel; A Love Worth Waiting For - Shakin' Stevens; The Greatness And Perfection Of Love - Julian Cope; Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream) / In The Cauldron Of Love - Icicle Works; Souls On Fire - Tracie; What You've Been Through Is Love (Scream Like A Swift) - Che; Confusion - Zee; Why Don't We Spend The Night - Joe Fagan; Nelson Mandela - The Special AKA; That's The Way (I Like It) - Dead Or Alive; The Deceiver - The Alarm; Swimming Horses - Siouxsie And The Banshees
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Neil Tennant / Ian Birch / Kimberley Leston / Johnny Black / Lisa Anthony / Linda Duff / Ian Cranna / Lola Borg): Cafe Bleu - Style Council; This Last Night In Sodom - Soft Cell; Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell; Nena - Nena; Swoon - Prefab Sprout; I Am Gloria Gaynor; The Drum Is Everything - Carmel; Points Of The Curve - Wang Chung; Fugazi - Marillion; Politics Of Dancing - Re-Flex; I Don't Speak The Language - Matthew Wilder
Nights Out: Thomas Dolby; Genesis; Dead Or Alive

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 1 - 14, 1984

Smash Hits, March 01, 1984

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Cover: Jon Moss
Centrespread: Nena
Back cover: Free Sticker Album offer
Interviews: Michael Jackson; Matt Bianco; General Public; Wang Chung; Nena; Jon Moss; Style Council
Lyrics: It's A Miracle - Culture Club; Cherry Oh Baby - UB40; Jump -Van Halen; Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed - Matt Bianco; An Innocent Man - Billy Joel; Down In The Subway - Soft Cell; Joanna - Kool & The Gang; She Was Hot - Rolling Stones; Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung; Street Dance - Break Machine; Hanna Hanna - China Crisis; Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell; My Guy - Tracey Ullman
Start: personal file - Roger Taylor; George Michael, David Cassidy; Jean Jacques Burnel, David Greenfield, The Stranglers, "Rain, Dole & Tea"; British Rock And Pop Awards: Boy George, David Jensen, Cheryl Baker, Sarah Kennedy, Helen Terry, Alf, Malcolm Lee, George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley, Marjorie Proops
Bitz: Michael Jackson; Nick Heyward; Fraggles; Thomas Dolby: My Five Favourite Video Props; Crass, "You're Already Dead"; Zee: Dee Harris, Rick Wright; X, "More Fun In The World"; Jack Hammer, "Down In The Subway", Earl S. Burroughs, "Great Balls Of Fire"; Stephen Singleton quits ABC; Status Quo not breaking up; O.M.D., "Junk Culture"; Cyndi Lauper, Blue Angel, "I'm Gonna Be Strong"; Jermain Stewart, "The Word Is Out"; Bourgie Bourgie; Culture Club, "A Kiss Across The Ocean"; Howard Jones; Kajagoogoo; Icicle Works, "Birds Fly" / "Cauldron Of Love"; Duran Duran, John Taylor, "New Moon On Monday", Nile Rodgers;
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Wood Beez - Scritti Politti; Tuesday Sunshine - The Questions; Six Sed Red - Shake It Right; Lucky Lucky Lucky - Pookah Makes 3; Cherry Oh Baby - UB40; I Want It To Be Real - John Rocca; Robert De Niro's Waiting - Bananarama; Rebel Yell - Billy Idol; My Guy - Tracey Ullman; Breakin' Down - Julia And Company; Ghost Of Love - Fiction Factory; Whatever Possessed You - Care; Hanna Hanna - China Crisis; The Smiling Hour - Kalima; The Record Keeps Spinning - Indeep; General Public - General Public; More, More, More - Carmel; High Rise - Mike Read; It's A Miracle - Culture Club; We Are Ninja - Frank Chickens
Album reviews (Mark Ellen / Neil Tennants / Johnny Black / Dave Rimmer / Ian Birch / Ian Cranna / Josephine Hocking ): The Smiths - The Smiths; Human's Lib - Howard Jones; Pacific Street - Pale Fountains; The Works - Queen; Keep Moving - Madness; Human Racing - Nik Kershaw; It's My Life - Talk Talk; Uh-Huh - John Cougar Mellencamp
Nights Out: What's Happening To Concerts? Madness, Wang Chung, Zu Zu Sharks, Yip Yip Coyote, The Questions, Blue Rondo, Nik Kershaw, Fiction Factory, Howard Jones, Style Council, Kool & the Gang, Swans Way, Gary Crowley

Sunday, February 16, 2014

February 16 - 29, 1984

Smash Hits, February 16, 1984

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Cover: Madonna
Centrespread: Kajagoogoo - The Lion's Mouth
Back cover: Midge Ure
Interviews: Re-Flex; Madonna; Rick Springfield; Swans Way; Tracey Ullman; Jansen / Barbieri; Queen; The Smiths
Lyrics: Hide And Seek - Howard Jones; The Politics Of Dancing - Re-Flex; Spice Of Life - Manhattan Transfer; My Ever Changing Moods - Style Council; Let The Music Play - Shannon; Cry And Be Free - Marilyn; One Small Day - Ultravox; Soul Train - Swans Way; Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw; Help! - Tina Turner; Punch And Judy - Marillion; The Lion's Mouth - Kajagoogoo; The Joker - Steve Miller Band; Human Touch - Rick Springfield; A Night In New York - Elbow Bones and the Racketeers; 99 Red Balloons - Nena
Start: personal file - Nik Kershaw; Boy George, Miko, Terry Wogan, Selina Scott, Robert Mitchum; Thor, "Comic Fantasy"; Matt Bianco, "Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed"; Ian Page, Bop, "Too Young To Know"; The Questions, Paul Barry, Maureen Barry, "Tuesday Sunshine"
Bitz: Tom Bailey: The Five Worst Things About Teaching; Mike Read, Nick Beggs, David Grant, Paul Gambaccini; Jimmy Nail, Tracey Ullman, Allan McKeown; Break Machine, Jacques Morali, "Street Dance"; Elbow Bones; Mike Smith leaves Radio 1, John Peel stays, Gary Davies, Adrian John; Cyndi Lauper; Jack Hammer, "Down In The Subway", Soft Cell, "This Last Night In Sodom"; Matthew Wilder, "I Don't Speak The Language"; Cocteau Twins; David Gilmour, "About Face"; Susann Sulley passed her driving test; Style Council, The Questions, Billy Bragg; Thompson Twins; Six Sed Red, "Shake It Right", Cindy Ecstasy, Rick Holliday; B-Movie, "A Letter From Afar"; Roger Daltrey, "Walking In My Sleep", "Somebody Told Me"; K-Tel, "The Tube" Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Style Council, Eurythmics, Wham!, Paul Young, Aztec Camera, Jeff Beck; "Toyah! Toyah! Toyah"; "Two Of A Kind", John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, "Take A Chance"
Single reviews (Limahl): The Lion's Mouth - Kajagoogoo; Tonight - Boomtown Rats; Hide And Seek - Howard Jones; No Matter What Happens - Barbra Streisand; Bridge - Orange Juice; Organize - David Grant; An Innocent Man - Billy Joel; Middle Of The Road - Limahl; Eye Talk - Fashion; Cross My Heart And Hope To Die - Martin Shaw; Darling Don't Leave Me Out - David Gorl; She Was Hot - Rolling Stones; Punch And Judy - Marillion; Fraggle Rock - Fraggle Rock; Burning The Heat - Girlschool; Hey DJ - The World's Famous Supreme Team; Selina Wow Wow - Dee C. Lee; Rush Rush - Debbie Harry; Illegal Alien - Genesis; Your Love Is King - Sade
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Lindsay Shapero / Claire Sheaff / Josephine Hocking / Lola Borg / Mark Ellen / Neil Tennant): Into The Gap - Thompson Twins; Declaration - The Alarm; The Flat Earth - Thomas Dolby; White Flames - Snowy White / Victims Of The Future - Gary Moore; Slide It In - Whitesnake; She's So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper; In The Beginning - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Bodies And Souls - Manhattan Transfer
Nights Out: China Crisis; The Alarm

Friday, February 14, 2014

"a modest sort of transvestite"

LA Weekly interview: February 13, 2014

It has nothing to do with Smash Hits or music from the 1980s, but if you want to know a bit more about the person responsible for this archive, you can read this interview in the latest LA Weekly.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

February 2 - 15 ,1984

Smash Hits, February 02, 1984

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Cover: Marilyn and Miranda Jardine
Centrespread: Stuart Adamson
Back cover: China Crisis
Interviews: Cyndi Lauper; Shakin' Stevens, Bonnie Tyler; Thomas Dolby; The Icicle Works; Fiction Factory;
Lyrics: (Feels Like) Heaven - Fiction Factory; Michael Caine - Madness; Hyper-Active! - Thomas Dolby; Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper; Nobody Told Me - John Lennon; Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan; What Difference Does It Make? - The Smiths; No Stone Unturned - The Truth; Run Runaway - Slade; Radio Ga Ga - Queen; Break My Stride - Matthew Wilder; I Am What I Am - Gloria Gaynor; Holiday - Madonna
Start: personal file - David Coverdale; almost famous faces; The Bank Robbers, "Jenny", Scotland Yard, Mark Walmsley; Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Stewart, Linda McCartney, "So Bad" 
Bitz: Simple Minds; The Raincoats split up, "Moving"; Carole Kenyon, "Warrior Woman", Dee C. Lee, "Felina Wow Wow"; It's Immaterial, "A Gigantic Raft (In The Philippines)"; The Trainspotters, Mike Read, "High Rise"; Kajagoogoo, "Lion's Mouth"; George Kranz, Dismal Witting, "Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz)"; Style Council, "Cafe Bleu", "My Ever Changing Moods"; J.B.'s All-Stars, John Bradbury, "Backfield In Motion"; Billy Joel; The Clash: Paul Simenon, Pete Howard, Joe Strummer, Vince White, Nick Sheppard; BowWowWow, The Chiefs Of Relief; The Bluebells split up; Altered Images split up again; Orange Juice, "Bridge"; Gene October, Glen Matlock, "Don't Quit"; Daryl Hall and John Oates; Rolling Stones, "She Was Hot", Julien Temple; Spear Of Destiny, "Prisoner Of Love"; Debbie Harry, "Rush Rush", Giorgio Moroder, "Scarface"; Human League, Adrian Wright; Gloria Gaynor; Pale Fountains, "Unless"; Stewart Copeland, "Rumble Fish"; Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Relax", Michael Hurll: "BBC TV believes that the lyrics of this song are sexually explicit and not suitable for viewing in family viewing time"; Dave Stewart: my five video ideas that never got used
Single reviews (Neil Tennant): Another Man - Barbara Mason; Breaking Point - Bourgie Bourgie; What Difference Does It Make? - The Smiths; Talking In Your Sleep - Romantics; Cry And Be Free - Marilyn; Strangers In The Night - Baumann; Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw; Don't Touch Me - Hazel O'Connor; Love Sensation - Loleatta Holloway; Unless - Pale Fountains; Soul Train - Swan's Way; 99 Red Balloons - Nena; Touch - Earth Wind & Fire; No Stone Unturned - The Truth; Dream Of The West - Yip Yip Coyote; Michael Caine - Madness; Coup - 23 Skidoo; One Small Day - Ultravox
Album reviews (Johnny Black / Peter Martin / Lola Borg / Dave Rimmer / Lisa Anthony ): Sparkle In The Rain - Simple Minds; World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope; Moving - The Raincoats; Midnight Shift - Dislocation Dance; 1984 - Van Halen; Heaven Is Waiting - Danse Society; 4000 Weeks Holiday - Ian Dury and the Music Students; Milk And Honey - John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Other: A Fine Romance: Valentine's Day; Jim'll Fix It: Marilyn, Miranda Jardine

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January 19 - February 1, 1984

Smash Hits, January 19, 1984

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Cover: Ian McCulloch
Centrespread: Simple Minds - Speed Your Love To Me
Back cover: Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Interviews: Mike Read; John Taylor; Echo & The Bunnymen;
Lyrics: New Moon On Monday - Duran Duran; Doctor Doctor - Thompson Twins; The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen; That's Living Alright - Joe Fagin; Give Me More Time - Whitesnake; Wishful Thinking - China Crisis; Love Is A Wonderful Colour - Icicle Works; Speed Your Love To Me - Simple Minds; Sixteen - Musical Youth; Illegal Alien - Genesis; A Really Good Time - Roxy Music
Start: personal file - Holly Johnson; Barry Manilow baby photo; Sade; leather: Paul Rutherford, Holly Johnson, Freddie Mercury, Glenn Hughes (Village People), Soft Cell, Bucks Fizz, Rob Halford, Gary Numan, Steve Strange, Steve Norman 
Bitz: Ligotage, Beki Bondage, "Crime And Passion"; The Colour Field: Terry Hall, Toby Lyons, Karl Shale; Sheila Chandra, "Out On My Own"; Fashion, Mulligan, "Eye Talk", "Twilight Of The Dolls"; The Smiths, "What Difference Does It Make?"; Dead Or Alive, "I'd Do Anything"; Kate Bush; Paul Weller, Tracie, A Craze, Soul Squad; Simple Minds; ABC, "Beauty Stab"; Nik Kershaw, "Wouldn't It Be Good", "Human Racing"; Star Hits, Neil Tennant, Kimberley Leston; Reflex, "The Politics Of Dancing"; Mike Barson quits Madness; Andrew Ridgeley's five favorite cars 
Single reviews (Martyn Ware): Don't Sing - Prefab Sprout; Speed Your Love To Me - Simple Minds; Straight From The Heart - Fat Larry's Band; The Colour Field - The Colour Field; Collapsing New People - Fad Gadget; A Letter From Afar - B-Movie; Give Me More Time - Whitesnake; Stop, Look & Listen - Donna Summer; The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen; Hold On To Love - Gary Moore; Gone Daddy Gone - Violent Femmes; Future Shock - Herbie Hancock; I'd Do Anything - Dead Or Alive; Doctor Doctor - Thompson Twins; I Got The Message - Men Without Hats; Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper; Prisoner Of Love - Spear Of Destiny; Love Is Like A Battlefield - Pat Benatar; Hyper-Active! - Thomas Dolby; Hey You - Black Lace; Razor's Edge - Meat Loaf; Boys Light Up - Australian Crawl
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Peter Martin / Kimberley Leston): Busy Body - Luther Vandross; You Shouldn't - Nuf Bit Fish - George Clinton; Learning To Crawl - Pretenders; Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Nights Out: Tracy Nolan meets Duran Duran
Other: puppets; fan clubs

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 5 - 18, 1984

Smash Hits, January 5, 1984 - p.01

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Cover: Eurythmics
Centrespread: The Alarm - Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?
Back cover: Paul Weller reading 1984
Interviews: Soft Cell; Eurythmics; Billy Bragg; Spandau Ballet,
Lyrics: S.O.S. - ABC; Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics; King Of Pain - Police; Bird Of Paradise - Snowy White; April Showers - Al Jolson; Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? - The Alarm; Wonderland - Big Country; A Rockin' Good Way - Shakin' Stevens & Bonnie Tyler;
Start: personal file - James Taylor; Peter Powell, Lisa Anthony, Linda Duff, Samantha Archer, Oxford Road Show / ORS, Simple Minds, China Crisis, Pookah Makes Three; Thomas Dolby, "Hyperactive!"; The Big One: Apollo Theatre, Bill Bachley, Susannah York, Hazel O'Connor, Mari Wilson, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Paul Weller, Style Council, The Alarm, Mike Peters; "Sanp, Razzle & Pop": Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Merseybeat, Jill Furmanovsky, Steve Rapport 
Bitz: Herbie Hancock; Culture Club; Thompson Twins; Cocteau Twins; Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, Malcolm Foster, Robbie McIntosh, "2000 Miles", "Learning To Crawl"; The Icicle Works: Chris Layhe, Chris Sharrock, Iain McNabb; Australian Crawl; David Bowie; General Public: Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, Stoker, Mickey Billingham, Horace Panter, Mick Jones; Simple Minds, "Sparkle In The Rain", Queen, "Radio Ga Ga"; Howard Jones; Hype [board game]; Jon Moss's five new year's resolutions
Single reviews (Ian Birch): Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics; Tell Me When It's Over - Dream Syndicate; Wishful Thinking - China Crisis; Black Sheep - Vice Squad; (Feels Like) Heaven - Fiction Factory; Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke? - The Alarm; Wonderland - Big Country; Action - Evelyn Champagne King; Kruggerands - Andy Scott; S.O.S. - ABC; King Of Pain - The Police; Don't Box Me In - Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgway; Human Torch - Rick Springfield; A Rockin' Good Way - Shakin' Stevens & Bonnie Tyler; Love Is A Battlefield - Chris Norman; Independence Day - Comsat Angels; Sea Of Heartbreak - Leo Sayer; Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
Album reviews (Claire Sheaff / Dave Rimmer / Lola Borg / Linda Duff / Lisa Anthony): Japanese Whispers - The Cure; Love How You Feel - Sharon Redd; The Power And The Glory - Jimmy Cliff; The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome - Slade; What A Feeling - Irene Cara; Perverted By Language - The Fall; Believer - Chic
Nights Out: Robert Plant; Simple Minds; The Police
Other: Superfans: Duran Duran, Status Quo, Madness, David Bowie, Marillion, Elvis Presley, Culture Club

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Smash Hits Yearbook 1984

Smash Hits Yearbook 1984

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A big THANK YOU to everybody who visited the archive and / or liked the Facebook page during 1983 / 2013. Even bigger thanks to all of you who posted comments and wrote emails: I am *very* sorry if I have not replied to your message yet; I promise I'm working on it! And thanks for the Facebook friend requests; even if we never meet in person, I am lucky to be cyber-friends with some great people - if we aren't friends yet....what are you waiting for?!!?

Happy Christmas to all of you - and have a great 2014!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

December 22, 1983 - January 4, 1984

Smash Hits, December 22, 1983

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Cover: Howard Jones
Centrespread: Steve Strange, Cheryl Baker, Leslie Ash, Kate Garner, Stephen Luscombe, Edwyn Collins, Feargal Sharkey, Peter Coyle, Jeffrey Daniel, Jools Holland, Smeggy, Handsome John, Rory, Paul, Maggot
Back cover: Boy George and his mum
Interviews: Howard Jones
Lyrics: Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney; Duck For The Oyster – Malcolm McLaren; Sweet Surrender – Rod Stewart; Read ‘Em And Weep – Barry Manilow; Metal Health – Quiet Riot; Straight Ahead – Kool & The Gang; I Can Help – Elvis Presley; Where Is My Man – Eartha Kitt
Start: personal file – Marilyn; Samantha and Julian Archer; Radio 1 Christmas party: Mike Read, Simon Bates, Dave Lee Travis, Richard Skinner, Adrian John, Mike Smith, Adrian Juste, John Peel, Gary Davies, Jimmy Savile, Andy Peebles, Tony Blackburn, Peter Powell, Janice Long, Mike Read, Anne Nightingale, Mark Page, Steve Wright; Elton John, Meat Loaf; Morrissey, Sandie Shaw, "I Don't Owe You Anything"
Bitz: Dennis Waterman, George Cole, "What Are We Going To Get 'Er Indoors?"; Grime Of The Century (100 Punk Classics)", Anagram Records; "My Oh My", Slade, "The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome"; Vice Squad, Lia, "Black Sheep"; The Cure, "Japanese Whispers: The Cure Singles Nov '82 - Nov '83"; the five things I miss most about Lancashire - Neil Arthur; David Bowie, Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Scheme; Herbie Hancock, "Future Shock"; "Escape" story strip, Rian Hughes; Musical Youth, "16", Jody Watley; Neil Arthur, Blancmange; Eartha Kitt, "a kind of '50s David Bowie"; Flying Pickets: Rick Lloyd, David Brett, Brian Hibbard, Ken Gregson, Red Stripe, Gareth Williams; K-Tel "Doublesiders", "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll", Spectrum 48K
Nights Out: Duran Duran; Slade; Toyah; Culture Club
Other: 1983 Readers' Poll results

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 8 - 21, 1983

Smash Hits, December 8, 1983

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Cover: Duran Duran
Centrespread: Duran Duran / Eurythmics
Back cover: Marilyn
Interviews: Nik Kershaw; Paul Young; Tina Turner; Duran Duran; Status Quo; Robert Smith
Lyrics: The Way You Are – Tears For Fears; Tell Her About It – Billy Joel; Marguerita Time – Status Quo; I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down – Nik Kershaw; Running With The Night – Lionel Richie; Many Rivers To Cross – UB40; My Oh My – Slade; Rock The Midnight – David Grant; Bark At The Moon – Ozzy Osbourne; Terry – Kirsty MacColl; My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains – Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band; Strip – Adam Ant; You’re In My Heart – David Essex; Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton; Rat Rapping – Roland Rat Superstar; Cold As Christmas (In The Middle Of The Year) – Elton John; Only You – Flying Pickets;
Start: personal file – Mick Talbot; Adam Ant, “Strip”, Mary Stavin; Thumb Gallery exhibition: Richard Walker, Grace Jones, “Walkin’ In The Rain”, Fraser Taylor, David Bowie, “Modern Love”; F-1 Electric, Oscar Van Gelden, Alan Greenwood, Dominic 
Bitz: "Thanks For Christmas" - Three Wise Men / XTC; "Singalong-A-Santa-Again" - Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees; "Christmas Crackers" - Mike Morton Orchestra; "Christmas Time" - Free-Flying Bagoudis; "Jingle Bell Rock" - Mike Love; "Christmas Spectre" - Jingle Belles; "It's Christmas" - Paul French; "Little Jesus" - Seven Mills School Choir; "First Snow" - Robert Sleigh; "Christmas Wrapping" - Bill Stickers; "Christmas Wrapping" - Waitresses; "What Are We Going To Get 'Er Indoors" - Dennis Waterman & George Cole; "Cold As Christmas" - Elton John; "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade; Culture Club, "The Electric Dream"; Thompson Twins; "Birdie Song", Tweets; "All Wrapped Up", Undertones: Feargal Sharkey, Assembly, Damian O'Neill, Michael Bradley, David Drumgold, John O'Neill, Billy Doherty; Wham!, "Club Fantastic Megamix"; Mainframe, "Tenants Of The Lattice-Work"; "Street Sounds 7", "The Dance Decade"; my six favourite expressions - Steve Wright; Paul McCartney, "Pipes Of Peace"; Charlie Gillet, "Sound Of The City"; Jamming magazine: Madness, UB40, Paul Young, Wah!; Spandau Ballet, "Live Over Britain"; Blancmange, "That's Love, That It Is", dance mix; "Nightshoot", Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, Hazel O'Connor, Martin Rushent; Michael White, Colour Me Pop, "The Girl Who Shares My Shirt"; "BMX Boys", Danny & The Mongoose Boys"; Marilyn; The Alarm; Slade: Noddy Holder, Don Powell, Dave Hill, Jimmy Lea
Single reviews (Dave Rimmer): Strip – Adam Ant; Marguerita Time – Status Quo; Straight Ahead – Kool & The Gang; Many Rivers To Cross – UB40/Tyler – UB40; Smile – Will Powers; I’ll Let You Slide – Luther Vandross; Sweet Surrender – Rod Stewart; Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top; Oh My Papa – John DuPrez; In The Mood – Robert Plant; Nubian Nut – George Clinton; Standing On The Corner – The Four Corners; Why Me? – Irene Cara; Move Over Darling – Gina Lamour; The Way You Are – Tears For Fears; Animal Rhapsody – The Raincoats; Rules Of The Game – Bucks Fizz; Frankenstein 1984 – Edgar Winter; Show Me – Dislocation Dance; Too Late For Love – Def Leppard; Single Handed – Haywoode; Tell Her About It – Billy Joel
Album reviews (Mark Steels / Josephine Hocking / Ian Birch / Lola Borg / Peter Martin / Linda Duff): You Broke My Heart In 17 Places – Tracey Ullman; Ooh Wallah Wallah – King Kurt; Back To Back – Status Quo; Fire & Water – D. Greenfield & J. J. Burnel; Drawings Of O.T. – EinsturzendeNeubaten; Who’s Been Sleeping In My Brain – Alien Sex Fiend; The Power Of Love – Captain Sensible
Nights Out: Ozzy Osbourne; Cabaret Voltaire; Shakin’ Stevens; The Smiths
Other: Pop Stars and their Children

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Woolworth Special 1983

Smash Hits Woolworth Christmas Special 1983

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24 - December 7, 1983

Smash Hits, November 24, 1983

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Cover: Jim Kerr
Centrespread: Howard Jones (What Is Love?)
Back cover: Adam Ant
Interviews: Care; Simple Minds; Thompson Twins; Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Tears For Fears; KC & The Sunshine Band; Tom Robinson; Paul McCartney
Lyrics: Victims - Culture Club; This Charming Man - The Smiths; Move Over Darling - Tracey Ullman; Flaming Sword - Care; Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes; Never Never - The Assembly; Let's Stay Together - Tina Turner; Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division; The Same Old Song - KC & The Sunshine Band; What Is Love? - Howard Jones; On A Sunday - Nick Heyward; Thank You For The Music - Abba; Undercover Of The Night - Rolling Stones; The Rules Of The Game - Bucks Fizz; The Vow - Toyah; 2000 Miles - Pretenders; Church Of The Poison Mind - Culture Club
Start: personal file - Tracey Ullman; "vertical hold" hair: Colin (GBH), Kim Wilde, Smegs (King Kurt), Gavin Friday (Virgin Prunes), Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz), Mac (Echo & The Bunnymen), Mike Peters (Alarm), Rory (King Kurt), Limahl, Robert Smith, Tok (Tik & Tok), Nick Cave (The Immaculate Consumptive); Tina Turner, Glenn Gregory, Martyn Ware; Renee & Renato, "Jesus Loves Us All" 
Bitz: Soft Cell: David Ball, "In Strict Tempo", Virgin Prunes, Marc Almond, Immaculate Consumptive, Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin (Foetus On Your Breath), Nick Cave; Animal Liberation Front compilation LP: Limahl & Hazel O'Connor, Paul Weller, Beki Bondage; Duran Duran; Maddy Pryor, "Photo Assignment", Steeleye Span, "Deep In The Darkest Night", Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox; King Kurt assaulted in Liverpool: John Reddington, Paul Lavender, 'Liverpool people hate the Scots, you see'; Spear Of Destiny; Yes, Jon Anderson; Abbacadabra: BA Robertson, Elaine Page; "Ziggy Stardust Live", David Bowie; Marilyn; Kirsty MacColl; Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nocturne, Albert Hall; Whitesnake tour postponed, Micky Moody; Test Department, "Compulsion/Pulsations"; Culture Club: "Victims", "Colour By Numbers", "Romance Revisted"; five strangest presents from fans - Limahl 
Single reviews (Jools Holland): Love Of The Common People - Paul Young; Thank You For The Music - Abba; What Is Love? - Howard Jones; Love's Gonna Get You - Freeez; Terry - Kirsty MacColl; Four Little Diamonds - ELO; Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins; Only You - Flying Pickets; Deep On The Darkest Night - Maddy Prior; I Just Want To Dance - Robert Marlow; Lips Can't go - Alien Sex Fiend; I Want To Be With You - Jane And Barton; Push The Boat - The Higsons; Love Is A Wonderful Colour - Icicle Works; Rat Rapping - Roland Rat Superstar; Silver Lining - Gang Of 4; Good Friday - Silver Lining; Good Friday - Modern Romance; Rock The Midnight - David Grant; Michael Barrymore - Kenny The Kangaroo; That's Love That It Is - Blancmange; Let's Stay Together - Tina Turner; I Get A Feeling - Lisa Stansfield; My Oh My - Slade; Crazy Over You - Jools Holland
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Peter Martin / Dave Rimmer / Linda Duff / Fred Dellar / Josephine Hocking): Touch - Eurythmics; Seven And The Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran; 90125 - Yes; The Bop Won't Stop - Shakin' Stevens; Undercover - Rolling Stones; Beauty Stab - ABC; Scandalous - Imagination; Catch As Catch Can - Kim Wilde
Nights Out: Eurythmics; Cliff Richard; Public Image Limited

Sunday, November 10, 2013

November 10 - 23, 1983

Smash Hits, November 10, 1983

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Cover: ABC
Centrespread: Belle Stars (The Entertainer)
Back cover: Nick Heyward
Interviews: Blancmange; ABC; Julian Cope; Police fact file; The Smiths; Genesis; Eddy Grant; John Lydon
Lyrics: Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins; A Solid Bond In Your Heart – Style Council; Calling Your Name – Marilyn; Waterfront – Simple Minds; That’s Love That It Is – Blancmange; Listen To The Radio: Atmospherics – Tom Robinson; Sunshine Playroom – Julian Cope; Dancing In The Dark – Kim Wilde; Good Friday – Modern Romance; The Entertainer – Belle Stars; Love Of The Common People – Paul Young; Destination Zulu Land – King Kurt; That’s All – Genesis; Please Don’t Fall In Love – Cliff Richard; The Eternal – Joy Division; Till I Can’t Take No More – Cliff Richard; Kissing With Confidence – Will Powers
Start: personal file – Paul Young; Jeremy from Haysi Fantayzee; SPK; Steve Norman, Spandau Ballet
Bitz: Billy Joel; Gallup; The Pretenders, "2000 Miles"; Thompson Twins, Alex Sadkin; David Essex, Royal Albert Hall; Samantha Archer, Carol Singleton; Wham!; "Absolute Beginners", Colin MacInnes; "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me", Simon Napier-Bell; "Love's Gonna Get You", Freeez Arthur Baker; Style Council; Simple Minds; Michael Hemingway, RSVP, 700 replies; Toyah, "The Vow"; Eurythmics, "Touch"; David Bowie, Hammersmith Odeon; Dolby's Cube, Thomas Dolby, "Get Out Of My Mix" - "Europa And The Pirate Twins", "She Blinded Me With Science"; videosingles: David Bowie, New Edition, Style Council; Prince, 1999; compilations: Abba, Bucks Fizz, Hall & Oates, Diana Ross, Modern Romance, Cliff Richard, Sylvester, Motown, Visage; Frank Stallone, "Staying Alive", "Far From Over"; "The Bauhaus - The Singles"; Stray Cats; Geoffrey Deane, "What About Romance", Steve Levine; UB40, "Labour Of Love", "Cherry Oh Baby", Eric Donaldson, "Please Don't Make Me Cry", Winston Groovy, "Red Red Wine", Tony Tribe, "Many Rivers To Cross", Jimmy Cliff; My Heroes & Heroines - Leee John 
Single reviews (Mark Steels): Waterfront – Simple Minds; The Vow – Toyah; A Solid Bond In My Heart – Style Council; Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins; Sunshine Playroom – Julian Cope; Listen To The Radio: Atmospherics – Tom Robinson; Willow Weep For Me – Carmel; This Charming Man – The Smiths; That’s All – Genesis; Rebels Rule – Stray Cats; The Beauty Of Poison – Specimen; Union Sundown – Bob Dylan; Screaming Skull – Fleshtones; Never Never – The Assembly; What About Romance – Geoffrey Deane; Really Glad You Came – Ian Dury; Owner Of A Lonely Heart – Yes; Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Undercover Of The Night – Rolling Stones; White Lines (Don’t Do It) – Grandmaster & Melle Mel; The Lifeboat Party – Kid Creole & the Coconuts
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Fred Dellar / Peter Martin / Mark Ellen / Josephine Hocking / Peter Stockton / Claire Sheaff): Strip – Adam Ant; Dancing For Mental Health – Will Powers; Rhythm Of Youth – Men Without Hats; Dreams Less Sweet – Psychic TV; Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie; Pipes Of Peace – Paul McCartney; Play Dirty – Girlschool; Head Over Heels – Cocteau Twins; Soul Mining – The The
Nights Out: Musical Youth; King Kurt

Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27 - November 9, 1983

Smash Hits, October 27, 1983

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Cover: Roddy Frame
Centrespread: Limahl (Only For Love)
Back cover: Tracey Ullman
Interviews: Siouxsie Sioux; Aztec Camera; Marilyn; King Kurt; UB40; Madness
Lyrics: Right By My Side – Eurythmics; Superstar – Lydia Murdock; The Safety Dance – Men Without Hats; Mess Of The Blues – Status Quo; Uptown Girl – Billy Joel; Oblivious – Aztec Camera; Sister Surprise – Gary Numan; Cry Just A Little Bit – Shakin’ Stevens; Puss ‘N’ Boots – Adam Ant; I Made It Through The Rain – Barry Manilow; Only For Love – Limahl; Synchronicity II – The Police; Sun And The Rain – Madness; That Was Then But This Is Now – ABC; Working With Fire And Steel – China Crisis; New Dimension – Imagination
Start: personal file - Howard Jones; Simon Le Bon, "Union Of The Snake", Simon Milne; Madonna, "Lucky Star", John "Jellybean" Benitez, Freddie De Mann; Saturday Superstore, Boy George, Claire Brownjohn 
Bitz: Men Without Hats: Ivan, Colin, Stephen Doroschuk, "The Safety Dance", Tim Pope, Al McDowell; Royal Variety Show: Rock Steady Crew, Twiggy, Gene Kelly; Steve Levine to produce Beach Boys; David Bowie to play Abraham Lincoln?; ABC, "Beauty Stab"; Screen 3; Siouxsie live LP and video, Albert Hall; Wham! £12.50 pocket money; Wham tour sponsored by Fila; Musical Youth tour sponsored by Nike; David Sylvian, Mark King; Bananarama in Japan; Paul McCartney gives Stevie Wonder a £50,000 bed; Simon LeBon receives 65-foot letter from two Sheffield girls; Pete Townshend on the cover of Time: "I'd much rather be on the cover of Smash Hits"; Virgin "Rock Yearbook Volume IV", Omnibus "Rock's Family Trees", Pete Frame; The Big Store: Jimmy, Tich, Tina, "The Price Of A Secret"; Style Council, "A Solid Bond In Your Heart"; Duran Duran; "Pop Goes Guy Fawkes": Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Carmel, Roman Holliday, Gary Byrd; Lydia Murdock, "Superstar"; ABC; Revillos, "Bitten By A Love Bug"; Billy Idol, "Dancing With Myself", Tobe Hooper; Ultravox, "Monument"; Eddy Grant, "Going For Broke"; The Undertones compilation; Tom Robinson, "Listen To The Radio: Atmospherics", Peter Gabriel; five most embarrassing moments - Nick Heyward; Will Powers, Lynn Goldsmith, "Kissing With Confidence", Carly Simon; New Order, "Blue Monday" the biggest selling 12" of all time; The Group: Mrs Julie Fletcher, "Technology", Thomas Dolby, Mike Hedges; Paul Young
Single reviews (Peter Martin): That Was Then But This Is Now - ABC; Right By Your Side - Eurythmics; Calling Your Name - Marilyn; Only For Love - Limahl; Oblivious - Aztec Camera; New Dimension - Imagination; Mess Of The Blues - Status Quo; Sister Surprise - Gary Numan; Cry Just A Little Bit - Shakin' Stevens; Flaming Sword - Care; Love Will Tear Us Apart - Michael John / Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division; Puss 'n' Boots - Adam Ant; The Entertainer - The Belle Stars; Till I Can't Take Love No More - Eddy Grant; 007 - Musical Youth; Upfront - Diana Ross; She's Got Sex / Jealous Love - JoBoxers; White Man's Hut - It's Immaterial; Synchronicity II - The Police; Metal Dance - SPK; Micro Kid - Level 42; Sun And The Rain - Madness
Album reviews (Ian Birch / Lisa Anthony / Mark Steels / Peter Martin / Josephine Hocking / Linda Duff / Dave Rimmer): North Of A Miracle - Nick Heyward; Love Is The Law - Toyah; Different Style! - Musical Youth; Rhythm Of Live - Paul Haig; Gonna Get You - Freeez; Out Of This World - Shakatak; David Grant - David Grant; Wild Style - Various Artists; Working With Fire And Steel - China Crisis
Nights Out: Depeche Mode; Wham!
Other: Five Years Of Smash Hits

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October 13 - 26, 1983

Smash Hits, October 13, 1983

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Cover: Jimmy The Hoover
Centrespread: The Cure (The Lovecats)
Back cover: Paul Young
Interviews: Lotus Eaters; Jimmy The Hoover; Adam Ant; The Alarm; Paul Haig; Gary Numan; Cliff Richard
Lyrics: The Union Of The Snake – Duran Duran; Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson; (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew – The Rock Steady Crew; You Don’t Need Someone New – Lotus Eaters; Please Don’t Make Me Cry – UB40; Superman – Black Lace; The Boxer – Simon And Garfunkel; Midnight At The Lost And Found – Meat Loaf; Sixty Eight Guns – The Alarm; Kiss The Bride – Elton John; Kill Me Kwik – Jimmy The Hoover; In Your Eyes – George Benson; The Lovecats – The Cure; All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie; Over And Over – Shalamar
Start: personal file – David Grant; Bucks Fizz, "London Town" video shoot; Culture Club, Jon Moss hurts his finger; The Assembly: Vince Clark, E.C. Radcliffe, Feargal Sharkey; Bowie World Convention '83: "It's utter rubbish" 
Bitz: Elton John: "Kiss The Bride", "Song For Guy", "Ego"'; Time Zone: "Wildstyle", Rusty Egan, Afrika Bambaata, Grand Mixer D.S.T., Paul "Groucho" Smykle, Francois Kevorkian; Madness, "Sun And The Rain"; Duran Duran, "Seven And The Ragged Tiger"; Julian Cope, "Stop The World I Want To Get Back On"; David Bowie asks Suggs for autograph; King Kurt at Brixton Fridge - audience males must wear skirts; Gary Numan, Joe Hubbard, "slapping bass", Nick Beggs; Jeremiah Fantayzee; Lotus Eaters, "First Picture Of You" - most played record on Radio 1 ever; Julian Lennon signs to Charisma; General Public: Dave Wakeling, Rankin Roger - and Mick Jones?; The Cure, "The Lovecats" - 'It's the final instalment of a trio of fantasy singles born out of one of my cat jazz parties on Brighton Pier"; Tracey Ullman, "Three Of A Kind", "Say Goodbye To Broad Street", "The Grass Widow", Snoo Wilson, Royal Court Theatre; Imagination, "New Dimension", "Scandalous"; Marilyn; Carmel, "Willow Weep For Me"; ABC, "That Was Then But This Is Now"; Hot Chocolate; Space Monkey, "Can't Stop Running", Paul Goodchild; Kirsty MacColl, "They Don't Know", "Terry"; The Specimen, "The Beauty Of Poison"; "Monster Halloween Ball", Lyceum Ballroom: Lords Of The New Church, Beast, Flesh For Lulu, Crown Of Thorns; Gary Numan, "Sister Surprise"; Street Sounds, "Electro", Newcleus, "Jam On Revenge", G-Force, "Feel The Force"; Dee Harris, Rick Wright; Sex Gang Children, "Mauritia Maye"; The Alarm; The Truth; all time top ten - Peter Hook
Single reviews (Ian Birch): The Lovecats – The Cure; Please Don’t Make Me Cry – UB40; Gypsy Girl – Cruella De Ville; Kiss The Bride – Elton John; Till You Come Back To Me – Leo Sayer; Can’t Shake Loose – Agnetha Faltskog; So Tired – Haircut One Hundred; Party Games – Hey! Elastica; Me Or You? – Killing Joke; Over And Over – Shalamar; Out Of This World – Shakatak; You Don’t Need Someone New – Lotus Eaters; Be-Pop – Antena; Joe Orton’s Wedding – David J; Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson; Working With Fire And Steel – China Crisis; Voices – Passion Puppets; The Union Of The Snake – Duran Duran; I Need You Tonite / Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing – A Certain Ratio; Love The One You’re With – Steve Grant With Tight Fit
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Lisa Anthony / Ian Birch / Linda Duff / Claire Sheaff / Jo-Anne Smith): Colour By Numbers – Culture Club; Cookin’ On The Roof – Roman Holliday; Genesis – Genesis; Live In Tokyo – Public Image Limited; Forrest – Forrest; The Best Kept Secret – Sheena Easton; The Golden Section – John Foxx
Nights Out: Siouxsie & The Banshees; Paul Young; The Rock Steady Crew
Other: The Things People Said: Thirty Years Of Trendy Talk

And thanks to Steve Cawrey for scans of the first issue of Just Seventeen, given away with this issue of Smash Hits:

Just Seventeen, October 13, 1983

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

September 29 - October 12, 1983

Smash Hits, September 29, 1983

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Cover: Culture Club
Centrespread: Modern Romance
Interviews: Toyah; Howard Jones; Freeez; Culture Club; Dennis Greaves
Lyrics: There's Something Wrong In Paradise - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Love In Itself 2 - Depeche Mode; This Is Not A Love Song - PiL; Rebel Run - Toyah; Love Will Find A Way - David Grant; New Song - Howard Jones; Pop Goes My Love - Freeez; This Is The Way - Bruce Foxton; They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman; Thriller - Michael Jackson; Tahiti - David Essex; Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top) - Monyaka; London Town - Bucks Fizz; Hell Raiser - The Sweet; Tears On The Telephone - Hot Chocolate
Start: personal file - Rick Parfitt; Sting, "The Police", Lynn Goldsmith, Will Powers; David Bowie, Madame Tussaud's; John Travolta, Janice Long, "Stayin' Alive"; King Kurt, "Destination Zulu Land", Dave Edmunds; Tracie's Soul Squad: Kenn Regan, Kevin Miller, Steve Sidelnyk
Bitz: Steven Jansen, Ippu-Do, Masami Tsuchiya, Richard Barbieri, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ronnie Drayton, Jon Hassell, Holger Czukay, "Expressions"; Bow Wow Wow split; Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say", The Belle Stars, "The Entertainer", Jimmy The Hoover, "Kill Me Kwik", Shakin' Stevens, Shalamar, "Over And Over", Duran Duran, "Union Of The Snake"; "His Masters Voice", Wally Burke, Steve X. Hippy; Simple Minds; Kid Creole; PiL, John Lydon, "Live In Tokyo", "Order Of Death"; Malcolm McLaren, "Duck For The Oyster"; Marilyn signs to Phonogram, "Cry And Be Free"; Jamming fanzine: Elvis Costello, The Truth, The Bunnymen, Bruce Foxton, Carmel; Starzone, Bowie fanzine; Limahl, "Only For Love", Dee Harris; Kate Garner, "Love Me Like A Rocket"; Tom Brown, "Rockin' Radio", Maurice Starr, Michael Jonzun; Ultravox, "Monument; all time top ten - Martin Ware; Street Sounds, "Electro", Newcleus, G-Force, Weststreet Mob; Boy George; Helen Terry, Kashif, Nike Rodgers; Rik Mayall, Jools Holland; Gary Numan; Shalamar split?; Men At Work split?; Mick Jones not joining Spear Of Destiny; Steve Norman; Paul Humphries on a diet; Pete Wylie; Michael Jackson, Sting, Ralph Richardson; "Thriller" video, Vincent Price, Richard Franklin, Culture Club; Gladys Knight; Alice Cooper; Jimmy The Hoover, "Tantalise"; Dead Or Alive attack Nick Heyward with fire extinguishers; JoBoxers; Eddie & Sunshine, "There's Someone Following Me"; Rick Wakeman, "The Cost Of Living", "She" soundtrack, "Triumph Of Death"; Adam Ant, "Puss In Boots"; "The Tube", Leslie Ash; Ryan Paris, Fabio Roscioli, "Dolce Vita", "Once Upon A Time In America", Sergio Leone, Signore, Giombini; Passion Puppets, "Voices"; Amazulu; Great: Dave Mortimer, George Michael, "Golden Soul", Steve Brown; Vice Squad's new singer: Lia
Single reviews (Lenny Henry): Love In Itself 2 - Depeche Mode; This Is The Way - Bruce Foxton; Love On A Farmboy's Wages - XTC; Thriller - Michael Jackson; Rebel Run - Toyah; Keep It Confidential - Nona Hendryx; One Minute Every Hour - JB's Allstars; Stone Heart (Stone Woman) - I-Level; Autodrive - Herbie Hancock; Recognition - Europeans; Love Will Find A Way - David Grant; Nightline - Randy Crawford; They Don't Know - Tracey Ullman; Kill Me Kwick - Jimmy The Hoover; Wild Style Theme Rap - Grand Master Kaz & Chris Stein; London Town - Bucks Fizz; Pop Goes My Love - Freeez; Working With Fire And Steel - China Crisis; I Need You - F.R. David; This Affair / Sky Again - The Maisonettes; This Is Not A Love Song - PiL
Album reviews (Lisa Anthony / Peter Martin / Tim De Lisle / Fred Dellar / Peter Martin / Dave Rimmer): Like Gangbusters - JoBoxers; Bent Out Of Shape - Rainbow; Warriors - Gary Numan; Born To Love - Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack; Land - The Comsat Angels; Blow Your Own Horn - Herb Alpert; Born Again - Black Sabbath; Madonna - Madonna; Work For Love - Ministry
Nights Out: Futurama Festival, Leeds: Real Foo Foo, Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, John Cooper Clarke, Comsat Angels, Richard Jobson, John McGeoch, Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown
Other: What's Going On In Your Record Shop?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15 - 28, 1983

Smash Hits, September 15, 1983

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Cover: Roman Holliday
Centrespread: David Bowie
Back cover: Culture Club
Interviews: Roman Holliday; The Special AKA; Def Leppard; Kajagoogoo; Hanoi Rocks
Lyrics: Soul Inside - Soft Cell; Let Them All Talk - Elvis Costello; If You Could See Me Now - Shakatak; Motor Mania - Roman Holliday; Ol' Rag Blues - Status Quo; Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles; Racist Friend - The Special AKA; Tonight I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack; Dear Prudence - Siouxsie & the Banshees; Modern Love - David Bowie; Blue Hat For A Blue Day - Nick Heyward; Big Apple - Kajagoogoo; Secret Messages - ELO; Dolce Vita - Ryan Paris; Change Of Heart - Altered Images
Start: personal file - Stuart Adamson; Boy George, Marilyn, "When Cameras Go Crazy", Kasper de Graaf, Malcolm Garrett; Jeffrey Daniel, Zingari, "Everybody's Waiting", Joyce, Tish, Sue Wan, Gary Hutchings, David Morris; Capital Radio's Junior Best Disco in Town: Kelly Temple, Mike Brown, Gary Crowley, Andy Polaris (Animal Nightlife), Phil Fearon, Graham Jones, Chico, Nick Beggs, Wham!, Pepsi, Modern Romance
Bitz: Madness; The Clash: Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon sack Mick Jones; World David Bowie Convention; Duran Duran world tour; Fun Boy Three split, Terry Hall; Rock Around The Clock; Japan: Steve Jansen, Richard Barbieri form group; Marc Almond; Aztec Camera sign to Warners, Scritti Politti sign to Virgin; Rolling Stones sign with CBS; Limahl, Ed Bicknell, Dire Straits; John McEnroe, Vitus Gerulaitis; The Police: Falklands gig cancelled; Madness, "It Must Be Love"; Siouxsie evicted; Special AKA; George Michael, Jerry Wexler, Wham! sued by Wham; Bucks Fizz, "London Town"; Special AKA, Jerry Dammers, "Racist Friend" / "Bright Lights"; Cable Music: Mike Read, Nicky Horn, Tommy Vance, Pat Sharp, Curlyman; Echo & The Bunnymen play the Royal Shakespeare, "The Killing Moon", "Silver"; new TV music programmes: "Eight Days A Week", "Rock School", "Showbusiness", "Play At Home"; Haywoode, "A Time Like This"; The Jam, "Snap!"; "Ziggy Live"; Toyah, "Rebel Run", "Love Is The Law", "The Ebony Tower; Escape magazine; PiL, John Lydon; "This Is Not A Love Song"; all time top ten - Gerry Darby, Carmel McCourt, Jimmy Paris;
Single reviews (David Hepworth): The One Thing - INXS; Motor Mania - Roman Holliday; Promises Promises - Naked Eyes; Ol' Rag Blues - Status Quo; Superstar - Lydia Murdock; Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto; Let Them All Talk - Elvis Costello & the Attractions; On A Journey - The Peech Boys; Telefone - Sheena Easton; Someone Belonging To Someone - The Bee Gees; Maybe This Day - Kissing The Pink; Soul Inside - Soft Cell; Boogie Down - Al Jarreau; Tell Me Why - Barb; This Is The Day - The The; Runaway - Freur; Dear Prudence - Siouxsie and the Banshees; (You Said) You'd Gimme Some More - K.C. And The Sunshine Band
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Dave Rimmer / Neil Tennant / Claire Sheaff / Johnny Black / Ian Birch / Lisa Anthony): Blue Sunshine - The Glove; Doppelganger - Kid Creole & The Coconuts; Mike's Murder - Joe Jackson; Hard - Gang Of 4; Mummer - XTC; Labour Of Love - UB40; The Fireman's Curse - Hunters & Collectors; Jammin' - The Gap Band V
Nights Out: Kid Creole & the Coconuts
Other: Where Is Everyone?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Carnaby Echoes

Smash Hits magazine was run from 52-55 Carnaby Street in the 1980s....

[Video interview with Mark Ellen, chatting about the Smash Hits offices on Carnaby Street]

Sunday, September 8, 2013

R.I.P. Linda Duff

As you may know, Linda Duff, who wrote the Get Smart column, died last week. If Smash Hits was the internet before there was an internet, Linda was its most powerful search engine.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

(This page is from next week's magazine)


Smash Hits, September 15, 1983 - p.37

Sunday, September 1, 2013

September 1 - 14, 1983

Smash Hits, September 1, 1983

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Cover: Heaven 17
Centrespread: Madness
Back cover: The Lotus Eaters
Interviews: Cliff Richard; Robert Plant; Big Country; The Police at Shea Stadium
Lyrics: Warriors - Gary Numan; Like An Animal - The Glove; Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry - Heaven 17; Never Say Die (Give A Little Bit More) - Cliff Richard; For Ever And A Day - Classix Nouveaux; Karma Chameleon - Culture Club; The Great Dominions - Teardrop Explodes; Dance It Up - Matt Fretton; Dr Heckell & Mr Jive - Men At Work; Confusion - New Order; Rock Of Ages - Def Leppard; Mama - Genesis; Chance - Big Country; Come Back And Stay - Paul Young; Riders On The Storm - Annabel Lamb; (She's) Sexy and 17 - Stray Cats
Start: personal file - Shirley (Wham!); Gary Numan, Tina Clamp; Frank Bruno, JoBoxers; break dancing, Wildstyle!, Rock Steady Crew, Grandmaster Flash
Bitz: Marc Almond - "I no longer wish to sing"; TDK Battle Of The Bands; A Flock Of Seagulls, "(It's Not Me) Talking", Bill Nelson, Robert Palmer; "Duran Duran Scrapbook"; Monyaku, "Go Deh Yaka"; The The, "This Is The Day"; A Craze, Mark Chester, Respond Package Tour, Tracie And Her Soul Squad, Vaughn Toulouse And The Main-T Posse, The Questions; Siouxsie And The Banshees, Royal Albert Hall; Level 42; "War Games", "Computer War"; Planet Patrol, "Cheap Thrills", New Order, "Confusion", Freeez, "IOU", Arthur Baker, John Robie, John "Jellybean" Benitez, Irene Cara, "Flashdance", Europeans, "Flashdance", Hot Streak, "Body Talk"; The Kinks, "Come Dancing", Ray Davies, Chrissie Hynde; Air Studios, George Martin; Freur, "Riders In The Night" Booker Newbury III, "Teddy Bear"; "Come With Club" - Kool & The Gang, Central Line, Tania Maria; The Beatles, Jimmy Page, The Velvet Underground, AC/DC, "The Jam: A Beat Concerto", Paolo Hewitt, "Kid Creole: Indiscreet", Vivien Goldman, "Rockspeak", Tom Hibbert, "Essential Guide To Rock Records", Barry Lazell, Fred Dellar; Belle Stars, "The Entertainer", Anne Dudley; Gary Numan, Tik & Tok; Duran Duran, "Union Of The Snake", Alex Sadkin, Ian Little; The Saturday Show, Isla St. Clair, Tommy Boyd; Captain Sensible buys "How To Play Synthesizer"; Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher; David Jay, The Sinister Ducks; Steve Fairnie, The Technos, hypnotizing chickens; Twisted Sister; Wham!; The Style Council; The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards; Mark Ellen; all time top ten - Harry Casey
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): Chance - Big Country; Straight From The Heart - Bonnie Tyler; Runnin' - Junior; Karma Chameleon - Culture Club; You're Lookin' Hot Tonight - Barry Manilow; If You Could See Me Now - Shakatak; Come Back And Stay - Paul Young; Rock Of Ages - Def Leppard / Street Of Dreams - Rainbow; Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry - HEaven 17; Warriors - Gary Numan; Your Dress - John Foxx; (It's Not Me) Talking - A Flock Of Seagulls; Rum And Coca-Cola - Julio Iglesias; Dr Heckyll & Mr Jive - Men At Work; Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra; Never Say Die (Give A Little Bit More) - Cliff Richard; Diamonds - The Shadows; Confusion - New Order
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Jo-Anne Smith / Johnny Black / Ian Birch / Mark Steels / Neil Tennant): Construction Time Again - Depeche Mode; Standing In The Light - Level 42; Rant And Rave With The Stray Cats - Stray Cats; Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence - Ryuichi Sakamoto; Alpha - Asia; Duet Emmo - Or So It Seems; Flick Of The Switch - AC/DC; From Gardens Where We Feel Secure - Virginia Astley; Candy Girl - New Edition
Other: A Day At The Racecourse: Perfect Crime, Steel Pulse, Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds; pop star self portraits

Sunday, August 18, 2013

August 18 - 31, 1983

Smash Hits, August 18, 1983

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Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: The Style Council
Back cover: Sting
Interviews: Spandau Ballet: Readers' Q & A; Carmel; Ian MacCulloch; Limahl, Kajagoogoo; Strawberry Switchblade; Wham!
Lyrics: A Step In The Right Direction - The Truth; What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love With You) - Rod Stewart; Wings Of A Dove - Madness; Guilty Of Love - Whitesnake; Bad Day - Carmel; Come Dancing - The Kinks; The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) - Level 42; Red Red Wine - UB40; Put Our Heads Together - The O'Jays; Fantastic Voyage - David Bowie; Tour De France - Kraftwerk; Popcorn Love - New Edition; Johnny Friendly - JoBoxers; Prime Time - Haircut One Hundred; Wait Until Tonight - Galaxy; Watching You Watching Me - David Grant
Start: personal file - David Gahan; Mike Oldfield nude, Einsturzende Neubaten nude, Bruce Dickinson nude; David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, "Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence"; Phil Collins, "Illegal Alien"; Boy George, Helen Terry
Bitz: Herbie Hancock; Classix Nouveaux, "For Ever And A Day", Alex Sadkin; Weekend, "Live At Ronnie Scott's"; Freeeze, 12" acapella mix of "IOU"; The Glove, Banshees, "Dear Prudence"; Kid Creole tour; "The Beat's Greatest Hits" video LP; all-day pop festival at Corby Boating Lake; Double Dutch; Castle Donnington Monsters Of Rock, Whitesnake, Dio, Twisted Sister, ZZ Top, Diamond Head; Imagination tour; David Bowie, "Modern Love"; Silent Running, "When The 12th Of Never Comes"; Eurythmics; Style Council, Tracey Thorn, "Head Start To Happiness"; all time top ten - Mike Read; Bruce Foxton; Shakatak, Norma Lewis; "Rock Around The Clock": Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Roman Holliday, Mark Ellen, David Hepworth, Annie Nightingale, Steve Blacknell; Drums Over The Mersey, Joe Musker, Jon Moss, Gary Dwyer; Steve Strange impersonator; Matt Fretton, "Dance It Up"; George Michael's Ray-Bans, Andrew Ridgeley's Fila B tracksuit, Gary Numan "getting into leather", Orange Juice to split?, Bruce Foxton's dad, Koo Stark, Paula Yates, Tracie Young and Andy Kyriacou, Lee from Madness, Boy George and Marilyn in Cairo, Jon Moss in Corfu, Curt Smith; Bauhaus split, David Jay, "Joe Orton's Wedding", Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, "Tones On Tail", Peter Murphy
Single reviews (Johnny Black): Wings Of A Dove - Madness; Oh! That Love Decision - Coati Mundi; Red Red Wine - UB40; Party Time - Kurtis Blow; Save A Little Love For Me - Dennis Brown; Women Of The World - Ivor Cutler And Linda Hirst; Riders On The Storm - Annabel Lamb; Rhythm Of The Jungle - Girls Can't Help It; Popcorn Love - New Edition; Like An Animal - The Glove; Fallen Angel - Trevor Herion; Cosmopolitan - Joe Jackson; Sunkissed - Friends Again; Ticket To The Tropics - The Coconuts; Fake Friends - Joan Jett And The Blackhearts; Too Much Mister - Natalie Cole; Will You Stay Tonight - Comsat Angels
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Peter Martin / Steve Bush): Bring It On - James Brown; The Crackdown - Cabaret Voltaire; Close To The Bone - Tom Tom Club; Torment And Toreros - Marc And The Mambas
Nights Out: The Camden Palace

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August 4 - 17, 1983

Smash Hits, August 4, 1983

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Cover: Duran Duran
Centrespread: Spandau Ballet
Back cover: Bananarama
Interviews: Iron Maiden; TinTin; Kim Wilde; Motorhead; Duran Duran
Lyrics: Right Now - Creatures; Freak - Bruce Foxton; Club Tropicana - Wham!; Do It Again / Billie Jean - Club House; Love To Stay - Altered Images; War - Bob Marley & The Wailers; Love Blonde - Kim Wilde; Gold - Spandau Ballet; Shine - Motorhead; I'm Still Standing - Elton John; Long Hot Summer - Style Council; Big Log - Robert Plant; Disappearing Act - Shalamar; Just Outside Of Heaven - Shalamar; Give It Up - KC & The Sunshine Band
Start: personal file - Derek Dunbar; Clare and Cathy Grogan; Ligotage: Beki Bondage, Linc, Momo Sex, Steve Roberts; Robert Marlow 
Bitz: ABC, "Mantrap", Stephen Singleton; "The Young Person's Guide To Compact", Mari Wilson, Virna Lindt; Dave Stewart, Barbara Gaskin, "Busy Doing Nothing"; The Fixx; Tom Robinson; The Anti-Nowhere League, "So What", "Live In Yugoslavia"; Tight Fit, Julie Harris, Chopper Harris, "Escargot A La Bongo"; Denise, Michael and Paul Gyngell, He-She-Him, "Try A Little Tenderness"; Errol Kennedy, Grace Kennedy, "All I Want Is You"; The Style Council, "A Paris", Kraftwerk, "Tour De France"; Paul Young; Fun Boy Three split, The Beat split, General Public, Shalamar don't split, Chris Bell and Lascelles James leave Spear Of Destiny, Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers; Gary Byrd, "The Crown", Stevie Wonder; Midge Ure, The Police, Bunnymen, Bananarama, John Taylor's gold-plated Aston Martin D85; Paul Weller, Jeffrey Daniel and Kate Haysi, Miranda Belle Star and Dig JoBoxer, S-J Belle Star and James Guthrie, Brian McGhee; New Order, "Taras Shevchenko"; Club House, Stephano Scalero, Mauro Interlandi, Sylvio Pozzoli; Duran Duran making a movie, Nick Rhodes; all time top ten - Jon Moss
Single reviews (Peter Martin): Trees And Flowers - Strawberry Switchblade; Disappearing Act - Shalamar; The Style Council A Paris - Style Council; For You - Farmer's Boys; The Man With The 4 Way Hips - Tom Tom Club; Gold - Spandau Ballet; Bad Day - Carmel; Burning Down The House - Talking Heads; Rock It - Herbie Hancock; Club Tropicana - Wham!; Green Light - Mtume; Wait Until Tonight - Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon; Love Hurts - Q-Tips featuring Paul Young; Indian Summer - Belle Stars; Guilty Of Love - Whitesnake / Shine - Motorhead / The Sun Goes Down - Thin Lizzy; Light Years From Love - Martha; Johnny Friendly - JoBoxers; (She's Sexy) + 17 - Stray Cats; Just Outside Of Heaven - H20; The Face Of Dorian Gray - Robert Marlow; The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) - Level 42 / Lovely Day - Central Line
Album reviews (Peter Martin / Tim De Lisle / Dave Rimmer / Mark Steels / Josephine Hocking / David Hepworth / Jo-Anne Smith / Fred Dellar): Burning From The Inside - Bauhaus / Going West - The Members; Future Shock - Herbie Hancock; Apollo - Brian Eno; Field Day - Marshall Crenshaw; Glad To Be Here - Bernard Edwards; Jerky Versions Of The Dream - Howard Devoto; Punch The Clock - Elvis Costello & The Attractions; Jazzateers - Jazzateers; Stop! Please Stop! - Rocky Sharpe And The Replays
Nights Out: Mike Oldfield; Echo & The Bunnymen; Altered Images / Roman Holliday / White Savage
Other: When I'm Sixty-Four

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July 21 - August 3, 1983

Smash Hits, July 21, 1983

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Cover: Tracie
Centrespread: Depeche Mode
Back cover: Eurythmics
Interviews: Tracie; Shakin' Stevens; The Bloomsbury Set; The Cure; The Lotus Eaters
Lyrics: Don't Try To Stop It - Roman Holliday; It's A Mistake - Men At Work; Ackee 1-2-3 - The Beat; Give It Some Emotion - Tracie; Walking In The Rain - Modern Romance; It's Late - Shakin' Stevens; Tell Me Why - Musical Youth; Heaven - Talking Heads; Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello; The Walk - The Cure; Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police; Everything Counts - Depeche Mode; The First Picture Of You - The Lotus Eaters; All Night Long - Mary Jane Girls; Feel Like Making Love - George Benson
Start: personal file - Greg Ham; Spandau Ballet, Tears For Fears, Rob JoBoxer; Japan; Marilyn
Bitz: Mary Jane Girls (Jo Jo, Candi, Maxi, Cheri); La Famille, "All Night Long"; Animal Nightlife, "Native Boy", Dee, Karol Kenyon; Culture Club Tour; videosingles - Kajagoogoo, Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd; The Truth; Honor Blackman, "Everything I've Got"; Mick Karn opens art gallery; Paul Young's suit, Phil Collins produces Adam Ant single, Glenn Gregory, Andy Taylor opens restaurant, Lotus Eaters, "Never Stop" recorded six times, glasses thrown at Nick Heyward, Kirk Brandon leaves Spear Of Destiny, Alf, Vince Clark, Stewart Copeland, Shalamar to split?, Bauhaus to split?; all time top ten - Steve Lambert; James Brown; George Michael, Clare Grogan, Jon Moss, Steve Strange, Spandau Ballet, Phil Lynott, Bruce Foxton, Cliff Richard, Thompson Twins, Duran Duran, Stuart Adamson, Sarah and Keren, Tears For Fears, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Mike Oldfield, Haysi, Marc Almond, Blancmange, Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, David Ball, Ginny Hewes, Andy McClusky, Paul Weller, Mick Talbot; Haircut One Hundred, Mark Fox; Thompson Twins; Wham!
Single reviews (Deborah Steels): Love Blonde - Kim Wilde; Right Now - The Creatures; Big Log - Robert Plant; Freak - Bruce Foxton; It's Late - Shakin' Stevens; Smiley Stylee - Amazulu; Nightmare - Saxon; Radio (Turns Her On) - Tokyo Olympics; Everything Counts - Depeche Mode; The Star Sisters - Stars On 45; Stop The World - Captain Sensible; Watching Me Watching You - David Grant; Beer Barrel Banjos - Chas & Dave; AEIOU Sometimes Y - Ebn-Ozn; Love To Say - Altered Images; The Woman In You - Bee Gees; Money Lover (Bite The Dust) - Dolly Dots; Walking In The Rain - Modern Romance; Dressed To Kill - The Nolans; Prime Time - Haircut One Hundred; Wonderland - XTC; Give It Some Emotion - Tracie; Wrapped Around Your Finger - The Police; My Boyish Days - Care
Album reviews (Dave Rimmer / Fred Dellar / Peter Stockton / Tim De Lisle / Deborah Steels / Claire Sheaff / Jo-Anne Smith / Neil Tennant / Karen Mundell / Peter Martin / Josephine Hocking): The Look - Shalamar; Saturday Night - Oliver Cheatham; Fire Dances - Killing Joke; Get It Right - Aretha Franklin; The Crossing - Big Country; Rebel Songs - The Decorators; Private Collection - Jon And Vangelis; Ross - Diana Ross; You And Me Both - Yazoo; Bruiseology - The Waitresses; Secret Messages - Electric Light Orchestra; Pigbag - Pigbag; XL 1 - Pete Shelley; Rust Red September - Eyeless In Gaza; Chimera - Bill Nelson
Nights Out: Peter Gabriel / Thompson Twins / Undertones; Nick Heyward
Other: Gimmicks