Saturday, August 13, 2016

August 13 - 26, 1986

Smash Hits, August 13, 1986

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

July 30 - August 12, 1986

Smash Hits, July 30, 1986 – p.01

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

July 16 - 29, 1986

Smash Hits, July 16, 1986

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

July 2 - 15, 1986

Smash Hits, July 02, 1986

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 18 - July 1, 1986

Smash Hits, June 18, 1986

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 4 - 17, 1986

Smash Hits, June 4, 1986

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21 - June 3, 1986

Smash Hits, May 21, 1986

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Voices Of Santa Monica: Brian McCloskey

Voices Of Santa Monica

In 2012 I was interviewed on Santa Monica City TV as part of a series of programmes made by local high school students, during the course of which I talked about growing up in Ireland, moving to the USA, wearing dresses and the origins of this Smash Hits archive; that part of the interview can be seen in this clip....just before we ran out of time....

Watch Part 1 of the interview here.

Watch Part 2 of the interview here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 7 - 20, 1986

Smash Hits, May 7, 1986

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

April 23 - May 6, 1986

Smash Hits, April 23, 1986

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

April 9 - 22, 1986

Smash Hits, April 9, 1986

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

March 26 - April 8, 1986

Smash Hits, March 26, 1986 – p.01

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

March 12 - 25, 1986

Smash Hits, March 12, 1986 – p.01

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Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26 - March 11, 1986

Smash Hits, February 26, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12 - 25, 1986

Smash Hits, February 12, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, January 29, 2016

January 29 - February 11, 1986

Smash Hits, January 29, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, January 15, 2016

January 15 - 28, 1986

Smash Hits, January 15, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, January 1, 2016

January 1 - 14, 1986

Smash Hits, January 1, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, December 18, 2015

December 18 - 31, 1985

Smash Hits, December 18, 1985 – p.01

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

siliconchipsuperstar

siliconchipsuperstar: now available!

siliconchipsuperstar, the debut album by Peter Fitzpatrick​'s Circuit 3, featuring a collaboration with me on the track Ghost Machine, is now available to buy!

Order the limited edition vinyl LP/2xCD set and / or digital download here.

You can watch a video for Ghost Machine here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4 - 17, 1985

Smash Hits, December 04, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, November 20, 2015

November 20 - December 3, 1985

Smash Hits, November 20, 1985 – p.01

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Friday, November 6, 2015

November 6 - 19, 1985

Smash Hits, November 06, 1985 – p.01

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes

Dear Mr. Kershaw Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes Dear Mr. Kershaw: A Pensioner Writes


Derek Philpott's book of hilarious letters to pop stars and their genuine replies is now available from Plane Groovy and Amazon!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween - Ghost Machine!


Ghost Machine: a song I co-wrote!

I wrote the lyric for Ghost Machine, a song on the upcoming album Siliconchipsuperstar by Circuit3; it has an early-eighties snythpop vibe, so I hope readers of Smash Hits will enjoy it.

You can listen to Ghost Machine and download it for free here.

And you can watch a video for the song here.

I should be *extremely* grateful if you can spare a few minutes to listen to this track - and share it with your friends.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Ghost Machine: a song I co-wrote

Ghost Machine: a song I co-wrote!

I wrote the lyric for Ghost Machine, a song on the upcoming album Siliconchipsuperstar by Circuit3; it has an early-eighties snythpop vibe, so I hope readers of Smash Hits will enjoy it.

You can listen to Ghost Machine and download it for free here.

And you can watch a video for the song here.

I should be *extremely* grateful if you can spare a few minutes to listen to this track - and share it with your friends.

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23 - November 5, 1985

Smash Hits, October 23, 1985

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Friday, October 9, 2015

October 9 - 22, 1985

Smash Hits, October 9, 1985

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Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 - October 8, 1985

Smash Hits, September 25, 1985

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Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11 - 24, 1985

Smash Hits, September 11, 1985

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Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28 - September 10, 1985

Smash Hits, August 28, 1985

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Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14 - 27, 1985

Smash Hits, August 14, 1985

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Friday, July 31, 2015

July 31 - August 13, 1985

Smash Hits, July 31, 1985

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Friday, July 17, 2015

July 17 - 30, 1985

Smash Hits, July 17, 1985

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

No More Heroes contest - prize draw!

No More Heroes prize draw!

Click the photo to see me drawing the winners of the No More Heroes contest!

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 3 - 16, 1985

Smash Hits, July 03, 1985

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Cover: Howard Jones
Centrespread: Dead Or Alive - In Too Deep
Back cover: Green
Interviews: Howard Jones; Duran Duran; Vince Clarke & Paul Quinn; Max Headroom; Jim Kerr; Simply Red
Lyrics: That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore - Smiths; Act Of War - Elton John & Millie Jackson; Come To Milton Keynes - Style Council; The Shadow Of Love - The Damned; The Broken Years - Hipsway; In Too Deep - Dead Or Alive; Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) - Redskins; N-n-nineteen Not Out - The Commentators; There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) - Eurythmics; You And Your Heart So Blue - Bucks Fizz
Personal File: Feargal Sharkey
Bitz: Talking Heads; Virgin Records wax figures: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Meat Loaf, Michael Jackson; Cocteau Twins; Colour Box, "The Moon Is Blue", "Colourbox"; Philip Oakey, Giorgio Moroder, "Goodbye Bad Times", Human League; "A View To A Kill", Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Grace Jones, Tanya Roberts, Duran Duran; A Flock Of Seagulls; John Foxx, "Stars On Fire"; King, "Alone Without You"; Tears For Fears; Alvin Stardust, "Sleepless Nights", Puff the Owl; Burmoe Brothers, Guy Chambers, "Skin", Marc Almond; Humpe Humpe, Anete and Inge Humpe, "3 Of Us", Martin Gore; Those Tender Virtues, "Waltz"; Doctor & the Medics, "Happy But Twisted"; Paul Hardcastle, "Rainforest"; Kid Creole and the Coconuts, "In Praise Of Older Women And Other Crimes"; Feargal Sharkey, Dave Stewart; Billy Idol, "White Wedding"; Dire Straits, Prince's Trust, Bruce Springsteen, Wembley Stadium; David Cassidy; "London version of Dynasty": Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Martin Kemp, Simon Napier-Bell, John McLaren, Allan Soh, Andrew Ridgeley; Boy George's 24th birthday party: Marilyn, Madonna, Andy Warhol, Rupert Everett, Cornelia Guest, Arif Mardin, Philip Sallon, Billy Idol; "Mega Pop Trivia Quiz Game Book"; Hipsway, Skin, Graham Skinner, Pim, Harry Travers, Johnny McElhone, The Very Essence Of Kites, Dixon And The Crocodiles, The Moroccan Corselets; "Internationalists", Andrea Olceses, Style Council; "Axel F.", Eddie Murphy, "Beverly Hills Cop", Harold Faltermeyer; Marillion; Duran Duran; "Jobs For The Boys", Merseyside County Council, Style Council, Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy; Madonna, John "Jellybean" Benitez, Prince, David Lee Roth, Sean Penn, Don Johnson, John F Kennedy Jr.
Single reviews (Tom Hibbert): Bonzo Goes To Bitburg - Ramones; Faron Young - Prefab Sprout; Made In Heaven - Freddie Mercury; You And Your Heart So Blue - Bucks Fizz; All Night Holiday - Russ Abbot; That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore - Smiths; Would You Dance With A Stranger - Mari Wilson; Change - Sparks; You're Only Human (Second Wind) - Billy Joel; Some People - Belouis Some; Square Rooms - Al Corley; Can't Get There From Here - R.E.M. / Shoot You Down - True West / You Are My Friend - Rain Parade / Shop It Around - Jason & The Scorchers; There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) - Eurythmics; Excitable - Amazulu; Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) - Pet Shop Boys; Secret - OMD
Album reviews (Simon Mills / Ian Cranna / Neil Tennant / Maureen Rice / Sally Gethin): History - Mai Tai; In Praise Of Older Women…And Other Crimes - Kid Creole; Live - Gregory Isaacs; The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys; A Secret Wish - Propaganda; Fly On The Wall - AC/DC; A Dub Experience - Sly And Robbie; Wild Child - Untouchables
Nights Out: Knebworth Fayre - Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Deep Purple; Glastonbury: CND Festival - Working Week, Untouchables, Midnight Oil, Style Council; Milton Keynes: The Longest Day - Faith Brothers, Spear Of Destiny, Billy Bragg, Ramones, REM, U2; Marc Almond
Other: Live Aid preview

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Show Must Go On!

Those of you who read the small print know that my Smash Hits collection ended with the issue published before Live Aid and this archive would come to an end on July 3, 2015.

Smash Hits, July 03, 1985

This, then, is the announcement everybody wanted, but nobody expected!

Longtime fans of the archive, Richard Hopwood and Shane Marais, have provided scans of the remainder of the issues from July and August, 1985 – and Shane has volunteered to provide scans from September 1985 onwards. These new scans will be added to the collection on Flickr and I shall continue to post a new issue here every fortnight; the only difference you’ll notice is that I shall not be listing the contents of each issue – I no longer have time to provide that sort of detail.

I know exactly what is involved in scanning one issue of Smash Hits, so I would never ask somebody to scan their entire collection. I am extremely grateful for what Richard and Shane have already done – and I am beyond grateful for what Shane has offered to do. The internet can be a strange place, full of unusual people, but it is also a tremendous resource; I am very proud of my little corner of the web and I think the fact that this archive will continue for the foreseeable future is a wonderful example of what the online community does best.

Please take a moment – either here or over on our Facebook page – to express your gratitude to both Richard and Shane....and to Steve Cawrey, another big fan of the archive who has filled in a few blank pages in my collection over the years.

I would like to thank everybody who has stumbled across this archive during the last six years and enjoyed the chance to relive the glory years of Smash Hits: I appreciate all the messages you have written, the comments you have posted on the blog and on Flickr, the links you have tweeted on Twitter and the discussions you have engaged in on Facebook. And thank you to everybody who sent Facebook friend requests; I am glad to know you all!

I have lavished a lot of time, effort and expense on the archive and, despite sometimes wishing I had never embarked upon this insane project, I had been dreading July 2015 / 1985, because I didn't want it to end. I am very excited that the end is not nigh and delighted that a new stage in our journey is beginning; I look forward to spending the next few years with you all!

Brian

Saturday, June 20, 2015

No More Heroes - CDs to be won!

No More Heroes

I have to confess that I didn’t have a particularly big record collection growing up. My parents couldn’t afford a lot of pocket money, so I didn’t have a lot of disposable income for singles – and certainly not for albums; it was easier to spare 25p or 30p for Smash Hits every fortnight than to buy records on a regular basis, which is why I have been able to spend the last six years sharing my collection on this archive.

Ever since I first dived into my Smash Hits collection and began reliving those times, the question I have asked repeatedly has been: "Did we realise how lucky we were?" We were spoiled. During my formative years, the charts were bursting with great music; there was so much variety and invention in the British top 40 of the late seventies and early eighties – an explosion of talent that has never been repeated to such a degree.

No More Heroes tackles the well-nigh impossible task of distilling the spirit of those heady days into three discs. Listening to its sixty tracks is a whirlwind spin through the golden age of punk, post-punk and new wave. Chart-toppers from The Jam, The Specials and Ian Dury rub shoulders with classics from Madness, Buzzcocks and Adam and the Ants; American acts like the Ramones, Modern Lovers and Talking Heads pogo with Generation X, XTC and X Ray Spex. Alongside the more familiar titles are things you might have forgotten: I am particularly excited by the inclusion of Back Of My Hand by the Jags – why wasn’t that a bigger hit?!!?

From calls to action by the likes of Sham 69 and Secret Affair to the endearing goofiness of the Toy Dolls and Tenpole Tudor, this is a reminder of that incredible outpouring of energy. Some of these acts cast long shadows; others crashed and burned spectacularly, but from the unmistakable opening of Teenage Kicks to Jona Lewie’s anthem for wallflowers, there’s hardly a dull moment here.

No More Heroes is an ideal way to fill some of the gaps in your collection – or a great introduction to the great sounds of a great moment in musical history. It doesn’t claim to be all-inclusive, but what it does include is good enough for me: Blondie, The Fall, Echo and the Bunnymen, Bow Wow Wow, Dr. Feelgood....Realising that some of these songs were recorded forty years ago should make me feel old, but listening to them puts a spring in my step. So go ahead, open up a copy of Smash Hits, crank up the stereo and enjoy!

No More Heroes is available from Amazon UK and iTunes....but keep reading to find out how you could win a copy for yourself in our very first competition!

No More Heroes

The makers of No More Heroes have given us three copies of the boxset to give away to fans of this Smash Hits archive. To have a chance of winning, go to our Facebook page and leave a comment listing your three favourite tracks from the compilation and three songs which you think should have been included. Everybody who posts a comment listing six titles will be entered into a draw - three names will be selected and those winners will get the CDs.

Disc: 1
1. Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
2. Going Underground - The Jam
3. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker – Ramones
4. If The Kids Are United - Sham 69
5. No More Heroes – Stranglers
6. Public Image – PIL
7. Do Anything You Wanna Do - Eddie And The Hot Rods
8. Ever Fallen In Love - The Buzzcocks
9. Turning Japanese - The Vapors
10. Neat Neat Neat - The Damned
11. Germ Free Adolescents - X Ray Spex
12. Automatic Lover - The Vibrators
13. Swords of A 1,000 Men - Tenpole Tudor
14. Go Wild In The Country - Bow Wow Wow
15. Into The Valley - The Skids
16. Top Of The Pops – Rezillos
17. 2 4 6 8 Motorway - Tom Robinson
18. Blank Generation - Richard Hell and The Voidoids
19. Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
20. Is Vic There? - Department S

Disc: 2
1. Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
2. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop
3. Pretty In Pink - Psychedelic Furs
4. The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen
5. Time For Action - Secret Affair
6. Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies
7. I Got You - Split Enz
8. Brass In Pocket - The Pretenders
9. Back Of My Hand - The Jags
10. Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
11. Sound of The Suburbs - The Members
12. Kings Of The Wild Frontier - Adam And The Ants
13. I Think We're Alone Now - The Rubinoos
14. Lucky Number - Lene Lovich
15. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
16. A New England - Kirsty MacColl
17. Ghost Town - The Specials
18. 7teen - The Regents
19. Drowning In Berlin - The Mobiles
20. One Step Beyond – Madness

Disc: 3
1. Road To Nowhere - Talking Heads
2. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury And The Blockheads
3. Roadrunner (Twice) - Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers
4. Rich Kids - Rich Kids
5. Babylons Burning - The Ruts
6. Jimmy Jimmy - The Undertones
7. Hersham Boys - Sham 69
8. Miss The Girl – Creatures
9. New Rose - The Damned
10. The Day The World Turned Day Glo - X Ray Spex
11. Drummer Man – Tonight
12. King Rocker - Generation X
13. Butcher Baby - The Plasmatics
14. Homicide – 999
15. Cherry Bomb - The Runnaways
16. Nellie The Elephant - The Toy Dolls
17. Get Rhythm - Dr Feelgood
18. Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric
19. It's The New Thing - The Fall
20. You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties - Jona Lewie

Friday, June 19, 2015

June 19 - July 2, 1985

Smash Hits, June 19, 1985

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Cover: Tears For Fears
Centrespread: Paul Young
Back cover: Jesus And Mary Chain
Interviews: Fine Young Cannibals; Tears For Fears; Sting; Style Council; Nick Heyward
Lyrics: Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals; Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury; Life In One Day - Howard Jones; Sex Machine - James Brown; El Vino Collapso - Black Lace; Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears; Suddenly - Billy Ocean; Laura - Nick Heyward; She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult; Tomb Of Memories - Paul Young; Remember I Love You - Jim Diamond
Personal File: Claudia Brucken  
Bitz: Gary Crowley, "Poparound"; John Rocca, Freeez, Pink Rhythm, "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love"; Sister Sledge; Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)"; Nils Lofgren, "Flip", Bruce Springsteen; Kraftwerk, "Autobahn"; Ramones, "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg"; Paul Hardcastle, "19", "Rainforest" / "Forest Fire"; Smiths, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore"; "Greenpeace", Tears For Fears, Nik Kershaw, Depeche Mode, Pretenders; Prince, "Paisley Park" / "She's Always In My Hair"; Godley & Creme, "History Mix Volume I", 10cc, Trevor Horn; John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Bernard Edwards, "Miami Vice", Chaka Khan; Jesse Johnson, "Can You Help Me?"; Joolz, "Home Sweet Home"; "You'll Never Walk Alone", Gerry And The Pacemakers, Gerry Marsden, Frankie Goes To Hollywood; Bob Geldof, Live Aid; Mai Tai, Jettie Wells, Caroline De Windt, Mildred Douglas; ABC, "Vanity Kills"; Billy Ocean; Level 42, "A Physical Presence"; Scritti Politti; Huey Lewis, Tears For Fears, "like punk never happened"; OMD, "Jobs For A Change", GLC, Aswad, Working Week; Smash Hits Fruit Bat, Fluffy, Sarah Mattacks; Paul McCartney, Simon Le Bon, George Michael
Single reviews (Chris Heath): The Broken Years - Hipsway; The Goonies 'R' Good Enough - Cyndi Lauper; You Don't Need A Reason - Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon; Soul Passing Through Soul - Toyah; Rain Forest - Paul Hardcastle; Heart Of Stone - Roaring Boys; One Day - Vince Clarke / Paul Quinn; Come To Milton Keynes - Style Council; What I Wouldn't Give - Pink Industry; Sally Maclennane - Pogues; Angel - Madonna; Money For Nothing - Dire Straits; (Burn It Down) Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) - Redskins; Rolling Dany - The Fall; He's On The Beach - Kirsty MacColl; All My Love (Ask Nothing) - Spear Of Destiny; In Too Deep - Dead Or Alive; Shadow Of Love - Damned
Album reviews (Simon Le Mills / Paul Mathur / Vici MacDonald / Linda Duff / Maureen Rice / Chris Heath / Ian Cranna / Lisa Anthony / Neil Tennant): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - A View To A Kill; Stronger Than Reason - Person To Person; Two Hearts - Men At Work; Empire Burlesque - Bob Dylan; Little Creatures - Talking Heads; Oil And Gold - Shriekback; The Dream Of The Blue Turtles - Sting; Boys And Girls - Bryan Ferry; Despite Straight Lines - Marilyn
Nights Out: The Cult
Other: Pop Stars' exam results

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Return of Zitty Ben!

Zitty Ben

Strange Tales From A Music Paper was the comic strip that ran in Smash Hits 1980 - 1981. The strip's creator, Mark Casto, believed that all his work was lost until he discovered this archive and was able to read his strips for the first time in thirty years.

Mark's new blog collects The Adventures Of Zitty Ben in one place - and he has taken up his pens and pencils to draw the first new Zitty Ben strips since the early eighties.

As if that weren't exciting enough, I am delighted to find that yours truly makes an appearance in this cartoon - as the angelic being who reawakens Zitty from his slumbers!

Friday, June 5, 2015

June 5 - 18, 1985

Smash Hits, June 05, 1985

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Cover: China Crisis
Centrespread: Duran Duran
Back cover: The Cult
Interviews: Scritti Politti; Depeche Mode; Marillion, Fish; China Crisis; Bryan Ferry
Lyrics: Loving The Alien - David Bowie; Out In The Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott; History - Mai Tai; If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting; Free Yourself - Untouchables; Vanity Kills - ABC; The Live EP - Gary Numan; Paisley Park - Prince and the Revolution; The Perfect Kiss - New Order; Let It Swing - Bobbysocks; Heaven - Bryan Adams; Obsession - Animotion; I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Personal File: Jimmy Nail
Bitz: Queen, "Live In Rio"; Bruce Springsteen, "I'm On Fire"; Run-D.M.C.; Animotion: Astrid Plane, Paul Antonelli, Frenchy O'Brien, Charles Ottavio Bill Wadhams, Don Kirkpatrick; Strawberry Switchblade, 250,000 Love Hearts; Nick Laird-Clowes, Dream Academy, "The Tube"; Mark Stewart And The Maffia, "Hypnotised" / "The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade"; King Kurt, "Billy" / "Back On The Dole"; Yngwie Malmsteen, "See The Light Tonight"; Steve Norman's leg operation; "The Book Of Beatle Lists", Bill Harry; Jean Michel Jarre, "Zoolookologie", Charlotte Rampling; "Legendary '60s bores The Doors"; Deep Purple; Nick Heyward, "Laura", Haircut 100; Paul Hardcastle, "19", Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Change, "Oh What A Feeling"; Simply Red, James Brown, "Money's Too Tight"; Paul Young, "Tomb Of Memories" / "Man In The Iron Mask"; Philip Lynott, Gary Moore, "Out In The Fields"; Thompson Twins, Tom Bailey, Nile Rodgers; Thomas Leer, "No. 1", "The Scale Of Ten"; "David Bowie: The Pitt Report", "Stevie Wonder: The Illustrated Discography", "Bob Marley: The Illustrated Discography"; Prince, "Paisley Park" / "She's Always In My Hair"; Izzy Royal,
"Coronation Street"; Nile Rodgers, "B-Movie Matinee", "Let's Go Out Tonight"; Howard Jones; Men At Work, "Two Hearts", "Everything I Need", Colin Hay; "The Breakfast Club"; Morgan McVey: Cameron McVey, Jamie Morgan; Al Corley, "Dynasty", "Square Rooms"; Billy Idol, "Vital Idol"; Steve Strange; Pink Industry, Jayne Casey, Ambrose Reynolds, "New Beginnings", Morrissey, "What I Wouldn't Give"; Tears For Fears, "Head Over Heels"; The Go-Gos split; Propaganda; "Massive", Smiley Culture, Barrington Levy, Aswad; 10,000 Maniacs, "Can't Ignore The Train"; Culture Club, Marilyn, Diana Ross, Boy George; Dead Or Alive, "In Too Deep", "Youthquake"; The Sensible Jerseys, "Right And Wrong"; Millie Jackson, Elton John, "Act Of War"
Single reviews (Maureen Rice): Money's Too Tight - Simply Red; Ways To Be Wicked - Lone Justice; If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting; Vanity Kills - ABC; Life In One Day - Howard Jones; Tomb Of Memories - Paul Young; Pray For That Sunshine - Marilyn; Head Over Heels - Tears For Fears; I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen; Goodbye Bad Times - Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder; Loving You - Feargal Sharkey; A Bad Town - Big Sound Authority; Hot For Teacher - Van Halen; Everything I Need - Men At Work; Where Our Love Begins - David Grant; Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick / Reasons To Be Cheerful / Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll / Wake up - Ian Dury And The Blockheads; Time After Time - Miles Davis; Johnny Come Home - Fine Young Cannibals; Can't Ignore The Train - 10,000 Maniacs
Album reviews (Simon Mills / Vici MacDonald / Paul Mathur / Linda Duff / William Shaw / Ian Cranna / Simon Braithwaite / Maureen Rice / Chris Heath / Tom Hibbert): When The Boys Meet The Girls - Sister Sledge; Cupid & Psyche 85 - Scritti Politti; The Rythmatist - Steward Copeland; No Rest For The Wicked - New Model Army; The Firstborn Is Dead - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; Crush - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; The Lost Weekend - Monochrome Set; Del Amitri - Del Amitri; Fables Of Reconstruction - REM; Never Never Lan… - Joolz; Misplaced Childhood - Marillion; Katrina And The Waves - Katrina And The Waves
Nights Out: ZTT, "The Value Of Entertainment": Andrew Poppy, Art Of Noise, Anne Pigalle, Propaganda; Nik Kershaw
Other: Pop Stars' Heights

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22 - June 4, 1985

Smash Hits, May 22, 1985

(click on the image to see the full issue)

Cover: Style Council
Centrespread: Go West
Back cover: The Untouchables
Interviews: Style Council; Stephen 'Tintin' Duffy; Katrina and the Waves; OMD; Loose Ends; Wham! in China
Lyrics: Crazy For You - Madonna; So In Love - OMD; A View To A Kill - Duran Duran; King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) - China Crisis; The Word Girl - Scritti Politti; Walking On Sunshine - Katrina And The Waves; All Fall Down - Five Star; Magic Touch - Loose Ends; Kayleigh - Marillion; Frankie - Sister Sledge; Here We Go - Everton
Personal File: Toyah  
Bitz: London Zoo animal adoption: Siouxsie and Budgie (Gregory the Peccary), Limahl (Fairy Bluebird), Mike Oldfield (Cheetah), Leo Sayer (30 Nile Rats), Paul Young (Fruit Bat); Bumbites, Andy Burchell, "Bottoms Up"; Sting, "The Dream Of The Blue Turtle"; "The Best Of Smash Hits"; Jesse Rae, "Over The Sea"; Chaka Khan, "This Is My Night"; Hybrid label: Flesh for Lulu, Lime Spiders, Beasts Of Bourbon, Spikes, Vandals, Guadancanal Diary; Power Station tabasco sauce; Roaring Boys, "House Of Stone", Vicious Pink, "CCCan't You See"; Zany Tuum Tumb "Value Of Entertainment", Art Of Noise, Propaganda, Anne Pigalle, Instinct, Andrew Poppy; Bronski Beat, "The First Chapter"; Lone Justice, "Ways To Be Wicked", Los Lobos, Jason And The Scorchers, Long Ryders, Rank And FIle; Five Star: Stedman, Delroy, Doris, Lorraine, Denise; China Crisis, "Showbiz Absurd"; Bryan Ferry, "Boys And Girls"; Green, Scritti Politti; British Telecom, AORTA (Africa and Overseas Relief Trust); David Bowie, Starzone fanzine; Mark Ellen resigns; Steve Bush new editor; Thereza Bazar, "The Big Kiss", Arif Mardin, "Gotcha"
Single reviews (Simon O'Brien): Crazy For You - Madonna; Angel - Everything But The Girl; Wallflower - Monochrome Set; Paisley Park - Prince; Prison - Tom Robinson; Modern Romance - Francis Rossi & Bernard Frost; Who Knows What Love Is - Strawberry Switchblade; Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste Of Honey; All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House) - Icicle Works; Frankie - Sister Sledge; Laura - Nick Heyward; Girls Love The Way He Spins - Grandmaster Flash; Sexy Girl - Glenn Frey; Ball Of Confusion - Love And Rockets; Sanctified Lady - Marvin Gaye; Too Much Time - Boothill Foot Tappers; You Trip Me Up - Jesus And Mary Chain; King In A Catholic Style - China Crisis; So In Love - O.M.D.; The Big Kiss - Theresa Bazar; Dynamite - Jermaine Jackson; Widow's Tears - Rebecca Storm; Nemesis - Shriekback; Loving The Alien - David Bowie; Lady Don't Mind - Talking Heads
Album reviews (Tom Hibbert / Maureen Rice / Neil Tennant / Paul Mathur / Simon Mills / Lisa Anthony / Ian Cranna / Chris Heath / Mark Ellen / Linda Duff): Romance - David Cassidy; We Are The World - USA For Africa; Low-life - New Order; Radio M.U.S.I.C. Man - Womack & Womack; Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge; Our Favourite Shop - Style Council; Reggae Greats - The DJs; Reggae Greats - Toots & The Maytals; Reggae Greats - Linton Kwesi Johnson; Mystery - Rah Band; Tao - Rick Springfield; Youthquake - Dead Or Alive; Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
Nights Out: Hammersmith Palais All Dayer: Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Bionic Rhona, Pato, Asher Senator, Five Star, Steve Walsh
Other: The Vietnam War

Friday, May 8, 2015

May 8 - 21, 1985

Smash Hits, May 08, 1985

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Cover: Wham!
Centrespread: Boy George
Back cover: Tears For Fears
Interviews: Propaganda; Spandau Ballet; Bronski Beat; Wham! in China
Lyrics: Duel - Propaganda; 19 - Paul Hardcastle; Shake The Disease - Depeche Mode; Call Me - Go West; Get It On (Bang A Gong) - Power Station; I Want Your Lovin' (Just A Little Bit) - Curtis Hairston; Don't Fall In Love - Toyah; I Was Born To Love You - Freddie Mercury; Icing On The Cake - Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy; Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge; Feel So Real - Steve Arrington; Stainsby Girls - Chris Rea; Slave To Love - Bryan Ferry; Walk Like A Man - Divine
Personal File: Divine 
Bitz: A Fish Called Derek, "Why The World Cried God On A Toadstool, Bernie And Margaret Fitzpatrick Where Are You?"; Wham! fanclub fiasco; New Model Army, "No Rest", Slade The Leveller, Stuart Morrow, Robb Heaton; Rah Band, "Clouds Across The Moon", Richard Hewson; "I Feel Love", Bronski Beat, Marc Almond; Boothill Foot Tappers, "Too Much Time"; Bryan Adams; James Brown, "Get On The Good Foot / Sex Machine / Say It Loud" megamix; Echo & The Bunnymen, "Porcupine"; Adam Ant, "Entertaining Mr Sloane", "Viva Le Rock"; Scritti Politti, "The Word Girl"; DeBarge, "Rhythm Of The Night", Janet Jackson, Berry Gordy, "The Last Dragon", Vanity; Led Zeppelin, "Hammer Of The Gods", Stephen Davis; Max Headroom; "The Hits", Dead Or Alive, Strawberry Switchblade, Stranglers, Wham!, Howard Jones, Paul Young, King, Associates, Nik Kershaw; Belouis Some, "Imagination", Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, Carlos Alomar; "Dwylo Dros Y Mor", Band Aid Cymru, Caryl Parry Jones, Geraint Jarman, Dionne Cronin; Adult Net, "Incense And Peppermints", Strawberry Alarm Clock; Roy Wood, "Under Fire", Bon Jovi, "7800 Fahrenheit"; "Bodydouble", Brian De Palma, Holly Johnson, Paul Rutherford
Single reviews (Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy): Get It On (Bang A Gong) - Power Station; Shake The Disease - Depeche Mode; Rage To Love - Kim Wilde; Kayleight - Marillion; How Much Longer - Reflex; Slave To Love - Bryan Ferry; Still Smiling - I Start Counting; A View To A Kill - Duran Duran; Love Mystery - Jah Wobble and Ollie Marland; Eu-Eu Freeze / You Talk To Much - Run D.M.C.; Sweet Nothing - Working Week; Call Me - Go West; Who Knows What Love Is - Strawberry Switchblade; Green Shirt - Elvis Costello; Pull Me Up - Seconds Of Pleasure
Album reviews (Vici MacDonald / Ian Cranna / Maureen Rice / Chris Heath / Tom Hibbert / Linda Duff): Mr Bad Guy - Freddie Mercury; Reggae Greats - Black Uhuru; Be Yourself Tonight - Eurythmics; Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout; Around The World In A Day - Prince And The Revolution; Hopes And Dreams - David Grant
Nights Out: Bryan Adams
Other: What Happens When You're In RSVP? J'Aimee Skippon, Perry Bray, Kevin Bignell, Gary Gissord, Wendy & Claudette

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Soul Boys Of The Western World



Last night we attended a screening of Soul Boys Of The Western World in Hollywood; it's a great documentary about Spandau Ballet in particular - and the eighties music scene in general. Fans of Smash Hits will enjoy the movie - and will recognise a lot of familiar faces.

At the post-screening Q&A, we learned that the Spandau Ballet boys are still *really* upset about their Pop Quiz loss to Duran Duran. Certain allegations of impropriety - which I shall not repeat here - were made....

When the screening was over, Gary Kemp invited us to the after party at the Chateau Marmont, where he took time to chat about Smash Hits; he’s a big fan of the archive – and he was surprised to learn that he's the first pop star that I've ever met!

All in all....not a bad night!

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24 - May 7, 1985

Smash Hits, April 24, 1985

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Cover: Nick Rhodes
Back cover: China Crisis
Interviews: The Damned; ABC; Kim Wilde; New Edition; Anne Pigalle; Nick Rhodes (readers' photography contest)
Lyrics: Black Man Ray - China Crisis; Cry - Godley & Creme; Would I Lie To You? - Eurythmics; Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds; Baby Come And Get It - Pointer Sisters; So Far Away - Dire Straits; Cherish - Kool & the Gang; Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon; Walking On The Chinese Wall - Philip Bailey; One More Night - Phil Collins; Be Near Me - ABC; Walls Come Tumbling Down - Style Council
Personal File: Nasher Nash
Bitz: Paul King; Style Council, Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Steve White, Helen Turner, Dee C. Lee, Camille Hinds; Howard Jones, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Thomas Dolby; Kevin Godley, Lol Creme; Untouchables: Glenn Symonds, Clyde Grimes, Jerry Miller, Caine Carruthers, Chuck Askerneese, Josh Harris; Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams", Johnny Walker, Steve Rapport; Brighton Busking Festival (May 25 - 27); Thompson Twins, Tom Bailey, Alannah Currie, Joe Leeway; Smiths, "Meat Is Murder", anti-meat songs, Howard Jones, Terry Hall, Thompson Twins, Paul Weller, Nik Kershaw, Michael Jackson, Limahl, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Captain Sensible, "Wot - No Meat?"; Madness, Zarjazz, Charm School, "Life's A Deceiver"; Neil Tennant quits Smash Hits, Pet Shop Boys; Pogues, "A Pair Of Brown Eyes"; Bob Geldof, "The Wall", Mel Smith, Phil Daniels, Ian Dury, "The Fantasist"; Agnetha, "I Won't Let You Go", Terry Wogan; Anne Hogan, "Kickabye", Budgie, Nick Cave, Raoul Reverse, Marc Almond; Tommy Boy Records, "Planet Rock", Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, "Space Cowboy", Jonzun Crew; Dukes Of Stratosphear, Sir John Johns, Lord Cornelius Plum, E.I.E.I. Owens, The Red Curtain, XTC
Single reviews (Roland Orzabal): The Mole From The Ministry - Dukes Of Stratophear; The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.; Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth; Cherish - Kool & the Gang; I Was Born To Love You - Freddie Mercury; Froggy Mix - James Brown; Walking On Sunshine - Katina and the Waves; Magic Touch - Loose Ends; Love Comes - Gary Glitter; Walls Come Tumbling Down - Style Council; Over The Sea - Jesse Rae; Romance - David Cassidy; The Word Girl - Scritti Politti; Sunset Grill - Don Henley; Shirt - Two People; Watch Me Catch Fire - Big Heat; Move Me - Woodentops; Love Is . . . - Vikki; Animal Instinct - Commodores; Ticket To Ride - Beatles
Album reviews (Ian Cranna / Linda Duff / Simon Mills / Lola Borg / Mark Ellen): Virgins And Philistines - Colour Field; Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi; Turn On Your Radio - Change; Go Go Crankin' - Various Artists; Third World / Sense Of Purpose - Third World; Reggae Greats - Wailers
Nights Out: Tears For Fears; The Smiths

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April 11 - 24, 1985

Smash Hits, April 11, 1985

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Cover: Nik Kershaw
Centrespread: Morrissey
Back cover: Depeche Mode
Interviews: Nik Kershaw; Billy Bragg; Phil Collins; USA For Africa; Thompson Twins; Dream Academy; Cocteau Twins
Lyrics: Lover Come Back To Me - Dead Or Alive; Could It Be I'm Falling In Love - David Grant & Jaki Graham; Clouds Across The Moon - Rah Band; Eye To Eye - Chaka Khan; Castles In The Air - Colour Field; I Feel Love - Bronski Beat & Marc Almond; Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar; Look Mama - Howard Jones; Life In A Northern Town - Dream Academy; Move Closer - Phyllis Nelson
Personal File: Bruno Brookes
Bitz: Alphaville, "Jet Set"; Jimmy Nail, "Love Don't Live Here Anymore", Roger Taylor; Dead Or Alive, "Youthquake"; Pseudo Echo, "Listening"; Phil Collins, "One More Night"; Michael Jackson, Alison Moyet, Paul Young, Wham!, Bruce Springsteen, Psychedelic Furs; Ashford & Simpson, "Babies", Amanda White; Stewart Copeland, "Kateja", Ray Lema, "The Rhythmatist"; Strawberry Switchblade, Kimberley Leston; James Brown; Fat Boys, Darren Robinson, Damon Wimbley, Mark Morales; Big Daddy; Bauhaus, Pete Murphy, Dali's Car, Love And Rockets, "Ball Of Confusion"; Annie Whitehead, "Alien Style"; Sheila E; "And Suddenly There Came A Bang", Art Of Noise, "Daft As A …", Anne Pigalle, "Why Does It Have To Be This Way?"; Toy Dolls, "She Goes To Finos"; Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)"; pop star toys
Single reviews (Peter Martin): Duel - Propaganda; Roll Over - Thompson Twins; Nineteen - Paul Hardcastle; Don't Fall In Love I Said - Toyah; Don't Worry Baby - Los Lobos; I Feel Love - Bronski Beat / Marc Almond; Wait - Jacksons; We Are The World - USA For Africa; One More Night - Phil Collins; Look Mama - Howard Jones; Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simples Minds; The Air That I Breathe - Julio Iglesias; Eye To Eye - Chaka Khan; Let's Make Africa Green Again - B.R.A.F.A.; So Far Away - Dire Straits; Beyond The Sea (La Mer) - George Benson; When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout
Album reviews (Simon Mills / Chris Heath / William Shaw / Tom Hibbert / Simon Braithwaite / Peter Martin / Ian Cranna): The Fat Boys - The Fat Boys; Dance Like Ammunition - 1000 Mexicans; Crossover - Winston Reedy; Rogues Gallery - Slade; Go West - Go West; Working Nights - Working Week; Love Not Money - Everything But The Girl; So Where Are You? - Loose Ends; Flaunt The Imperfection - China Crisis; Helen & The Horns - Helen & The Horns
Nights Out: The Pogues; Frankie Goes To Hollywood