MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 2.11.1988

The only way is up for Yazz, as she is this week’s Smash Hits cover star, having been victorious in the Reader’s Poll.

As you open the magazine, there is a feature on Wet Wet Wet, who won Best LP.

Joey Tempest of Europe gives his life advice, revealing that he is obsessed with women.

Beside that, there is a feature on Milli Vanilli. Wether they mimed when being interviewed is not known.

There is a double paged feature on acts who used to be popular but aren’t any more. The featured hasbeens include Bucks Fizz, Human League, Nik Kershaw, Five Star and Hue and Cry.

Another Poll Winner gets a double page profile, Salt N Pepa.

Tanita Tikaram is the subject of a Q and A, revealing that her specialist subject on Mastermind would be Virginia Woolf.

Yazz won Most Exciting New Pop Star, revealing that her real name is Yasmin Evans, but has never been to Wales despite having a Welsh surname.

There is a double page feature on a new trend called Acid House, profiling stars of the scene such as Jungle Brothers, Baby Ford and Carl Fysh.

Bros get a triple page feature (well yes, because there are three of them) after winning a lot of awards, some for their looks and some for their music.

Brother Beyond review the singles, and there is a split in the camp – Nathan and David vote for Habit as Best Single, while Carl and Steve go for Scritti Politti.

Deacon Blue get a lyrics poster accompanied with an interview, where they state they would like to be Dundee’s answer to Bruce Springsteen.

The magazine ends with a poster of U2.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SHOOT – 7.12.1985

Pat Jennings is the cover star of this week’s edition of Shoot, celebrating a clean sheet at Wembley in a 0-0 draw between England and Northern Ireland that was enough to send Northern Ireland to the 1986 World Cup.

England were the only unbeaten team in European qualification, and Bryan Robson uses his column to compliment the players who helped England get there, such as Gary Stevens, Paul Bracewell and suggests that Peter Barnes could be a long shot for the squad.

Shoot gives a double page photo spread to Pat Jennings and his saves that secured Northern Ireland the draw at Wembley they needed to qualify.

Terry Butcher will be a key man for England in Mexico, and gets a double page spread as he returns from injury, aiming to keep Ipswich in the top flight.

Alan Ball is the subject of a new series where Shoot collates quotes about a famous footballing figure, where former team-mat Gordon West reveals that defeat makes him cry.

Shoot’s editorial appeals to UEFA to allow English clubs back into Europe, after a season in exile as a result of the Heysel Disaster.

As well as Bryan Robson, Peter Reid jumps on the Paul Bracewell bandwagon, praising him in his column.

Linfield get a feature as they aim to win their 5th successive title in what is their centenary season, despite the absence of Martin McGaughey through injury.

Jimmy Greaves Letters Page has a letter suggesting that England’s 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland was fixed, but Greaves disputes this by praising Northern Ireland, who narrowly lost to England in Belfast and beat Romania home and away.

In news, Aston Villa are in danger of losing their shirt sponsorship deal with Mita Copiers as a result of the TV blackout due to a dispute with broadcasters, while the FAI and Sligo Rovers denied a claim by Leicester City player Steve Lynex that he was run out of town by a gunman when on trial at Sligo.

Mark Hughes offered tickets to a 12 year old Sheffield Wednesday fan to their visit to Old Trafford later in the season, after he was hit by a ball that Hughes hit into a crowd when the sides met at Hillsbrough.

Les Sealey had his car stolen, but what he wants back the most is his shin pads, which he has worn throughout his career and views them as lucky.

Aberdeen get a team profile, where talk of a Clean Sweep of Scottish trophies has been banned, according to Willie Miller.

Staying in Scotland, they believe they’ve unearthed a new Danny McGrain, but it’s a Rangers player, Hugh Burns.

In foreign news, Brazil’s older players such as Socrates, Zico and Falcao are worried that Mario Zagallo will axe them for the World Cup if he is appointed manager. Derry City’s crowds of 7,000 are the biggest in the League Of Ireland, while San Marino are applying for membership to FIFA and UEFA, and hope to enter the qualifiers for the 1990 World Cup.

David Williams of Norwich City gets a feature, having taken the unusual step of quitting as Bristol Rovers manager (He was a 30 year old player/manager) to become a player at Norwich City.

Mark Falco gets a feature, after having to fight off competition to gain a place in Tottenham Hotspur’s starting team.

Franz Carr of Nottingham Forest has made such an impression, that Bobby Robson has marked him as one of England’s stars of the 1990 World Cup. No pressure on him, as Shoot bills him “The new George Best”

Charlie Nicholas uses his column to cheerlead for Steve Williams, his Arsenal team-mate to be in the England squad.

Shoot does a feature on Charlton Athletic, aiming for promotion to the top flight, despite having to play their home matches at Selhurst Park.

In adverts, Bucks Fizz are advertising calculators.

Frank McAvennie is the subject of this week’s “Focus On ….” where he reveals his favourite bands are U2 and Queen.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : NO 1 – 13.9.1986

Owen Paul, remember him? No? Had a hit in 1986, his brother was in Simple Minds. No? This cover seemed a good idea at the time I guess.

On the inside cover is a picture of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS,who they predict for big things, having supported Queen on tour at the personal request of Roger Taylor.

They were so popular in their native Australia according to No 1, that Michael Hutchence beat Mel Gibson in a poll for Most Popular Male.

Cover star Owen Paul gets a double page spread about his career, while Cutting Crew get a full page profile as a band to watch, clarifying “We’re not a black Hip-Hop group” in case you were confused because they had “Crew” in their name.

The Lover Speaks get a full page feature, ahead of the release of their new single, “No More I Love Yous”, which took nine years to be a hit, and when it was, it was a cover by Annie Lennox.

In adverts, Dead Or Alive had a full page advert for their new single “Brand New Lover”

No, I don’t remember it either.

Lyrics in this edition included “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, and “Rock & Roll Mercenaries” by Meatloaf with John Parr.

OMD get a double page spread, currently riding high in the US charts after supporting The Power Station and Thompson Twins on tour, and having “Of You Leave” featured in the film Pretty In Pink.

In Reviews, “True Colours” by Cyndi Lauper gets 3 stars out of 5, while “Superman”, the follow-up to “It’s Orrible Being In Love When You’re Eight And A Half” by 80s One-Hit Wonder Claire gets 1 star.

Rod Stewart’s latest single also gets 1 star, purely on the basis that he supports Rangers*

(* yes, i’m as confused as your are)

More lyric sheets, this time for “One Great Thing” by Big Country, and “Forever Live And Die” by OMD.

In TV news, Doctor Who is back, and it’s a debut for the latest Doctor, Colin Baker. This gets a full page with stats about the show, and an address for the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.

Talking of new, Bucks Fizz have a new member, Shelley Preston, and her new arrival gets a double page spread.

There is an advert for the following week’s edition, which has a massive A-Ha World Tour 1986/1987 poster.

On the back cover, there was a poster of Paul Young. Nice.

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.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 7 – MAR 13

We begin this week’s round-up celebrating the birth of Paul Cattermole of S Club 7. I love S Club 7 and I don’t care who knows it.

Also celebrating a birthday this week, is a singer called Cheryl, a national treasure who had a TV career as well. Not her soon to be back on X-Factor. I am, of course, referring to Cheryl Baker.

Sharing a birthday with her is Gary Numan.

And “Freak Like Me”, from the week when Gary Numan was a member of the Sugababes.

It’s easy to mock Keane (the band, not Roy Keane though) but this is a brilliant song.

And now, a band that is as easy as 123, and are not to be confused with AC/DC …… ABC (Warning : Video introduced by Jimmy Savile)

Remember “What I Am” by Emma Bunton? Well, it’s a cover, and the original by Edie Brickell is far better.

Emeli Sande gets everywhere, and she’s even made it onto this blog. Easy to mock her, but this song is bloody brilliant.

46 this week, was 90s one hit wonder Lisa Loeb. This is a brilliant song. (Also, feel free to look up “I Do”, which should have been her second hit, if there was any justice)

Last week, we had The Proclaimers, this week, our twins (It won’t be a weekly thing) are Joel and Benji Madden from Good Charlotte.

45 this week was Graham Coxon of Blur, one of the best singles bands of the 90s, if not ever. So, we’ll include their two Number Ones, “Country House” which beat “Roll With It” by Oasis to Number One.

The definitive answer ……… both Oasis and Blur are brilliant. Oasis are better than Blur, but “Country House” is better than “Roll With It”

….. and “Beetlebum”, their second Number One, which is actually far better than the single which followed it, “Song 2”.

Also big in 1997 was Eternal, currently on ITV 2’s ‘The Big Reunion’. Not a massive Eternal fan, but this is superb.

28 this week was Danny Jones from McFly/McBusted, performing “One For The Radio”, ironically, on the TV.

If he was alive today, Scatman John would have been 72.

Born this week (in England, but shhhh about that) in 1960 was Adam Clayton of U2. Here they are before they became too big for Top Of The Pops. Anyway, you wouldn’t have been able to fit a 30 foot lemon into Television Centre.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2013

1. Frank Turner – The Way I Tend To Be
2. Editors – A Ton Of Love
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaf
4. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
5. Andy Williams – The Impossible Dream

So, this is the week ………….. EUROVISION!!!!!!!!

Having seen Cardiff City, Swansea City, Newport County and Wrexham lift trophies this season, BBC are hoping Bonnie Tyler will continue this run of Welsh success. She probably won’t.

What saddens me most about Bonnie Tyler is that she never married former Swansea City player Jason Scotland.

So, to get you in the mood ……. AS IF YOU NEED TO BE GOT IN THE MOOD ……. here’ a Eurovision Top Five.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2. Kartina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. Sophie and Magaly – Papa Pingouin
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

With Eurovision being held in Sweden, it would be rude not to have a chart of Sweden’s musical exports. I get the feeling i’m going to be on the end of a backlash.

FIVE SONGS BY SWEDISH ACTS

1. Roxette – Joyride
2. Ace Of Base – The Sign
3. The Cardigans – Lovefool
4. Robyn – Who’s That Girl?
5. Emilia – Big Big World

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : NO 1 – 22.12.1984

It’s Christmas 1984, there’s no need to be afraid.

A quick look at Wikipedia tells us that No 1 was a Smash Hits type magazine which ran from 1983-1992.

There is a split cover, with John Taylor looking back on the year with Tony Hadley, and Paul Weller being interviewed by Boy Goerge. In further surrealness, Madness go skiing with the Thompson Twins, while Kim While goes partying with Nick Heyward. It is unknown if Kim Wilde and Nick Heyward’s party involved drunkenly singing on the tube.

John Taylor and Tony Hadley look back at the year, of big Number Ones (but not for their respective bands)

Highlights include :

John Taylor

(On the book, 1984) “It may be a lot closer to what is happening in Chile and Poland”

(On the Miner’s Strike) “The actual cause appears to be establish Arthur Scargill as the leader of the country”

(On Ronald Reagan) “It’s a bit better than that miserable git Mondale”

Tony Hadley

(On football) “I quite like football, but I never have the time to keep up with what’s happening”

(On Ronald Reagan) “I dislike Ronald Reagan. He thinks he’s John Wayne”

Meanwhile, Nick Heyward and Kim Wilde do a picture story of them getting ready to go on a date.

Various pop stars are given a platform for their highs and lows of 1984. Simon Le Bon’s low point was ‘Wild Boys’ not getting to Number One. I’m with him on this one, it’s Duran Duran’s best song, and should have been a Number One.

Tom Bailey, Jay Aston and Curt Smith have political issues as their low point, with Curt Smith having a similar viewpoint on Arthur Scargill as John Taylor.

Sarah from Bananarama rejoices in having a US Top Ten hit, while bemoaning stepping on dogshit in a carpark in Germany.

Paul Weller lists Ronald Reagan’s re-election as US President as his low point of 1984.

Roddy Frame is in support of the Miner’s Strike, describing it as his high point of 1984.

Tracey Ullman lists Lionel Ritchie’s video for ‘Hello’ as her 1984 low point. Time has shown it to be a classic pop video …….. in a ‘so bad it’s good’ kind of way.

Gary Glitter bemoans the lack of jobs for young people. Not going to comment on that.

No 1 readers were out voting for their favourite song of 1984, voting for ‘Careless Whisper’ by George Michael as the best song of the year. Wasn’t even the best George Michael song (Freedom by Wham since you ask, his best ever song he has recorded)

Ali and Robin Campbell get a double page spread talking about Christmas in the Campbell household. Ali Campbell’s first Christmas present that he can remember was a pair of George Best football boots.

There is an advert for music VHS including U2 Live At Red Rocks, and Now That’s What I Call Music 4.

Bucks Fizz are reviewing the recent singles, with Mike Nolan describing Band Aid as “It reminds me of that song by Greg Emerson, I mean, Greg Lake” and saying “If Queen can’t do a good Chritsmas song, I don’t think anyone can” before adding “I prefer ‘Mull Of Kintye'” in reference to Paul McCartney’s Frog Chorus.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 9.3.2012

1. Emeli Sande – Next To Me
2. Jeff Wayne – Jubilation
3. Cast – Time Bomb
4. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
5. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know

Last week saw the BBC announce who will be the UK’s Eurovision entry. So, in honour of this, I shall present to you a Top Five Eurovision chart.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
2. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
3. Jedward – Lipstick
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

As yesterday was International Women’s Day, I thought it was only right that this blog should commemorate it. Enjoy

FIVE SONGS WITH WOMEN’S NAMES IN THE TITLE

1. Steve Winwood – Valerie
2. Dion – Runaround Sue
3. Jon Bon Jovi – Janey Don’t You Take Your Love To Town
4. Glasvegas – Geraldine
5. Blondie – Maria

FIVE GIRL GROUP SONGS

1. Ronettes – Be My Baby
2. Bananarama – Cruel Summer
3. Girls Aloud – The Promise
4. Sugababes Soul Sound
5. The Bangles – Manic Monday

FIVE SONGS WITH GIRL OR WOMAN IN THE TITLE

1. Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
2. Tori Amos – Cornflake Girl
3. Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
4. Frankmusic – Confusion Girl
5. Cliff Richard – Devil Woman

Not a five, but a four coming up now.

I am absolutely loving the 1977 Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four. There is an absolutely fantastic series of parodies of the opening credits on Youtube, courtesy of the user TVGCity

You need to watch the show to

“get” the joke. I was literally crying with laughter at acts such as Isle Of Man World Cup Squad, St Winifred’s School Caretaker, Balls and Co, and Tony Tempah.