50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 31 – FEB 6

With February now here, what does our look back at Top Of The Pops have for us.

We start, with Mike Read, in a pair of short shorts introducing KC and the Sunshine Band, wearing a multicolour coat. The 1980s, eh?

Fast forward a few years, we have Public Image Limited performing the superb Rise. Despite the jingly jangly radio friendly nature of the song, it actually has a dark subject matter …………. police brutality in South Africa.

We continue our 1980s theme with Lloyd Cole, who is actually no relation to Jimmy Car, believe it or not.

Moving away from the 1980s, to a pop star born in the 1980s, January 31st 1981 to be precise, Mr Justin Timberlake.

Another birthday this week, is Big Boi from Outkast.

A death anniversary, of sorts, as 19 years ago this week, Richey Edwards from Manic Street Preachers disappeared, and has never been seen since.

Incidentally, Richey Edwards disappeared on Shakira’s 18th birthday.

Alice Cooper turned 66 this week. Sadly for any kids watching, school isn’t out for summer ……. you still have another five months to go.

Also born this week in pop history was Tim Booth of James, the lead singer of one of my favourite bands. If you don’t like them, you should probably look away now, there’s a few videos coming up.

Also celebrating a birthday this week, is Natalie Imbruglia. She’s done some good songs you know.

Meanwhile, a death anniversary this week for Alex Harvey.

Patrick MacNee turned 92 this week. Yes, he of The Avengers. It’s basically an excuse to post a link to Don’t Look Back In Anger, which he appeared in the video for.

And finally, it’s Rick Astley’s birthday this week. It’s safe to watch this video. You won’t get Rickrolled.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : KERRANG – 31.10.1985

It’s Halloween 1985, and Kerrang has Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith on the cover. I’m not making a joke about that.

Meanwhile, this issue comes from with a 32 by 23 poster of Ronnie James Dio.

In news, Dee Snider and Alice Cooper happily pose for a photo after bumping into each other at the studio when recording their respective albums.

In gig news, AC/DC will begin 1986 on a short UK tour, beginning at …… Whitley Bay Ice Rink.

Aerosmith, planning a big comeback, get a five page spread. They would later have chart success in 1986 with their collaboration with Run DMC, a rerecording of ‘Walk This Way’

In ads, there is a full page advert for John Parr’s album ‘Hotter Than Fire, Tougher Than Rock’ featuring the hit ‘St Elmo’s Fire’

It’s a very ad heavy issue, with Kerrang taking the opportunity to promote their own branded clothing such as t-shirts, vests and baseball caps. Trendy.