MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 10.2.1988

In answer to their question, appearing on the cover of Smash Hits is probably a good sign that Bros are famous. They found being on the cover of Smash Hits to be weird, having read the magazine at school.

As you open the magazine, there is a poster of Morrissey.

In competitions, you could win an Eddie Cochran single and a Levi’s T-shirt, or you could try to win an AC/DC satchel. Larry Mullan Jnr is interviewed, where he reveals people ask him to hold their umbrella for them while they got Bono’s autograph.

The American and Australian versions of Smash Hits had their Readers Polls, with the results being published. Duran Duran were popular in America, while Australian acts were unsurprisingly popular in Australia.

There is a profile of American star Taylor Dayne, riding high in the charts with Tell It To My Heart.

Kylie Minogue gets a poster an and interview, where she reveals she doesn’t like her teeth.

Debbie Gibson gets a double page interview, where she offers readers a guide to America.

In tours, you could see Pink Floyd, Robert Plant or Erasure if you wished.

Beastie Boys get a double page interview, where they say they want to start a Heavy Metal TV channel.

The Bangles get interviewed where Susanna reveals that her favourite music is Terence Trent D’Arby, Peter Gabriel and Rolling Stones.

Patsy Kensit reviews new singles, giving her favourite to Sting, and admitting to liking early Echo and the Bunnymen, but not knowing who The Doors were.

In concerts, Tiffany gets reviewed as she tours UK shopping centres.

The magazine ends with a double page interview with cover stars Bros.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : VOX – SEPTEMBER 1994

Beastie Boys are the cover stars, as Vox looks back at 3 festivals during the summer of 1994.

In news, the BBC announced plans for a music festival called Music Live 95, to be held over the late May Bank Holiday in Birmingham.

Suede have decided not to split, following the departure of Bernard Butler.

Eric Clapton dressed up as Batman to raise money for charity, while Oasis are going on a UK tour this month following success festival appearances.

Video CDs receive a boost in sales following releases from Queen, Tina Turner, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and Tina Turner.

VH1 launches, and will be broadcasting repeats of The Old Grey Whistle Test, while MTV (parent company of VH1) are considering bringing back the show on MTV.

Vox predicted big things for a band from Dublin called Blink. As it turned out, their main contribution to music history would be to copyright the name Blink, and force and American band called Blink to become Blink 182.

There is coverage of the Edinburgh Festival, doing a joint interview with Donna McPhail, Stewart Lee and Dorian Crook, labelling them the three hottest talents at this year’s Fringe.

The 3 main festivals getting covered are Phoenix, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury with a combined 15 pages covering these 3 events.

Terry Hall, formerly of The Specials gets a double page spread as he launches his solo career, at the same time he quits smoking.

With the World Cup over, and the Premier League not yet started, Vox comes up with a novel idea, of Team Tabs for your favourite bands, and a league table to chart their progress, complete with cartoons of Paul Weller, Jay Kay, Michael Stipe and Sinead O’Connor in football kits.

Vox looks at the history of t-shirts in music, asking Louise Wener, Sonya from Echobelly, Malcolm McLaren and James Dean Bradfield to talk about their favourite t-shirts.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAY 2- MAY 8

It’s May, summer is almost here. Want a nice uplifting summer song? You’ve come to the wrong place. America has The Hoff, UK has The Hump.

On the birthday trail this week is Dave Ball from Soft Cell, and The Grid. Special treat for you. Here’s Soft Cell performing it on a 80s Hits special edition of the show

In the name of equality, here’s a full episode from 1994 featuring The Grid.

It’s Jay Aston from Bucks Fizz birthday as well this week. And, seeing as it’s almost Eurovision (Two days to go!!!), there’s only one song we can play for you. No skirt ripping in this one. Their clothes budget didn’t stretch that far.

Gregg Alexander of New Radicals also celebrates a birthday this week. A classic one hit wonder, it wasn’t because he spent time in jail for threatening Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, but because he gave it up to become a songwriter for others instead.

Sad anniversary time now, it’s two years this week since Adam Yauch died.

Back to this week’s birthdays, with Ian McCullough from Echo and the Bunnymen

Also celebrating a birthday is John Flansburgh, who might be a giant. You might recognise the song from a certain TV show.

Dave Rowntree from Blur celebrates a birthday this week. Here they are at different ends of their career, with their first big hit …….

….. and nine years later, promoting their Greatest Hits album

Darren Hayes celebrates his birthday this week. If you don’t know who he is, he’s the one in Savage Garden who isn’t Robbie Savage or Graeme Garden.

Pay attention maths fans, one-half of the two-fifths of the Welsh members of Steps celebrate a birthday ….. Ian Watkins, known as H, because he used to work for MI5 and that was his codename.

And finally, 31 today, Matt Willis off of Busted, and who also did one good solo single.