MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 25.11.1992

Mark and Gary from Take That are the cover stars of Smash Hits, as the magazine joins them on tour.

Right Said Fred are interviewed, with Rob (the one with the hair) revealing that he smokes a lot and fancies Betty Boo.

Cover stars Take That get four pages of coverage on tour.

There is a Home Alone sequel out this week, and Smash Hits looks at the similarities between the two films.

Voting is underway in the Smash Hits Readers Poll, and celebs are asked how they voted, with Dominik Diamond voting a lot for Manic Street Preachers and voted his Gamesmaster colleague Patrick Moore for Best Haircut.

In Singles Reviews, Single Of The Week gets given to a re-release of Pretty Vacant by Sex Pistols.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 17.7.1996

Just gone solo from Take That, Robbie Williams is the cover star of this week’d edition of Smash Hits, declaring that he is going to be the biggest star in the world.

Smash Hits takes it to the British public to see who is their favourite between Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, with Gary edging 6-4.

But you had the chance to make your voice heard, with a phone poll to vote for your favourite.

By now, there is an Oasis column, giving you all the news from Planet Gallagher.

Smash Hits was granted an audience with Glenn from Glenn and Chris, who had a hit with Diamond Lights. By 1996, he was the manager of the England football team, and gives Smash Hits his opinions on the best young English players there is.

One of the players mentioned was Jamie Redknapp, and his future wife Louise had a party to celebrate the release of her debut album, attended by David Baddiel and Ant from Ant and Dec.

In rivalries news, Crush (featuring Donna Air) have gone to war with Shampoo.

This is followed by a dodgy interview. Nothing wrong with the content, it was an interview with the band Dodgy.

Smash Hits treats us to a double page feature on ads we’d love to see, featuring tour favourite pop stars.

Toni Braxton is interviewed, revealing that she doesn’t drink because she got sick the last time she drank.

In part four of a five part series of interviews with Boyzone, this week, it is Stephen Gately.

In song lyrics posters, there was one for Born Slippy by Underworld. It wasn’t all shouting “Lager Lager Lager”

In bandwatch, Smash Hits keeps us up to date with your favourite bands such as Oasis, Pulp and Boyzone.

Oasis are currently resting ahead of Knebworth and Loch Lomond gigs

Boyzone’s website is reviewed, described as “Not the best to look at, and it could be faster”

There is a full page profile of Dogstar, Keanu Reeves band, described as looking like Let Loose.

In reviews, Shampoo are awarded Best Album.

Talking of Shampoo, they take questions from a biscuit tin, revealing that Crush’s new single is the worst song they heard on the radio that week.

Linford Christie is interviewed ahead of the Olympics, revealing that he isn’t related to Agatha Christie.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 20.12.2013

1. Nina Nesbitt – Selfies
2. Gary Barlow ft Elton John – Face To Face
3. Pixie Lott – Heart Cry
4. Pharrell Williams – Happy
5. Chvrches – Gun

So, this is the last Friday Five before Christmas. I hope you’ve enjoyed what i’ve been listening to every week. Here’s to more in 2014 and beyond.

So, to get you in the mood for Christmas, here’s a Christmas Top Five. Merry Christmas and all that.

1. Robert Goulet – Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
2. Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
3. The Waitresses – Christmas Wrapping
4. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
5. John Lennon – Merry Christmas (War Is Over)

THE SOUND OF 2013 : 26-50

26. Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
27. Classified ft Olly Murs – Inner Ninja
28. Primal Scream – It’s Alright, It’s OK
29. Miles Kane – Give Up
30. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young
31. Nick Mulvey- Nitrous
32. The Uncluded – Delicate Cycle
33. Frank Turner – Recovery
34. Nina Nesbitt – Way In The World
35. Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops
36. Stereophonics – Indian Summer
37. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go
38. Tom Odell – Hold Me
39. Katy Perry -Roar
40. Mutya Keisha Siobhan – Flatline
41. Arlissa – Into The Light
42. Vampire Weekend – Step
43. Simple Minds – Broken Glass Park
44. Bastille – Things We Lost In The Fire
45. Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
46. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye
47. Gabrielle Aplin – Please Don’t Say You Love Me
48. Taylor Swift – I Knew You Were Trouble
49. Haim – Don’t Save Me
50. The Vaccines – Melody Calling

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 22.11.2013

1. The Wombats – Your Body Is A Weapon
2. Stereophonics – We Share The Same Sun
3. The Timelords – Doctorin The Tardis
4. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go
5. Luminites – Do Something

Meanwhile, in X-Factor land, the vague themes continue, with “The Great British Songbook”, available in all good libraries.

Disappointingly, they all stuck to the rules. I was hoping someone would something by Michael Bolton or Belinda Carlisle, and shrug while saying “Well, they have the same name as places in Britain, does that count?”

FIVE SONGS BY BRITISH ACTS

1. John Parr – St Elmo’s Fire
2. Beady Eye – The Roller
3. Sugababes – Denial
4. Richard Ashcroft – Money To Burn
5. Kim Wilde – Kids In America

Meanwhile, this week has also seen the formation of McBusted, a Supergroup of McFly and Busted. Sadly, the world is still waiting for Dire Straits and Chris Rea to form a Supergroup.

FIVE SONGS BY McBUSTED

1. Busted – You Said No
2. McFly – One For The Radio
3. Busted – Thunderbirds Theme
4. McFly – Shine A Light (ft Tiao Cruz)
5. McFly – Five Colours In Her Hair

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 15.11.2013

1. Stereophonics – Handbags and Gladrags (Acoustic)
2. Gary Barlow – Let Me Go
3. Boy George – King Of Everything
4. Classified ft Olly Murs – Inner Ninja
5. Nick Mulvey – Nitrious

Bit of a difference this week, there’s no X-Factor chart, mainly due to the fact that last week’s “Big Band Week” was nothing more than an advertorial for Robbie Williams latest awful album.

Plus, Big Band is an awful genre of music.

Meanwhile, Hugh Cornwell is doing a Belfast gig in January as part of the Out To Lunch Festival, Sounds like a good excuse for a Stranglers Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY THE STRANGLERS

1. Duchess
2. Golden Brown
3. Peaches
4. Big In America
5. No More Heroes

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – JUNE 1997

Paul McCartney, promoting his new album ‘Flaming Pie’ is the cover star of this edition of Q, from the summer of 1997.

Former Primer Minister Ted Heath also features, being the subject of the monthly “Who the hell does ……..” column.

In news, there is an interview with the country’s biggest band, Swing Out Sister. Not this country, but Japan about how unappreciated they are in their home country and their love of Japan.

Louise Wener, lead singer of Sleeper, gets a double page spread as she sits online, answering questions from fans via a chatroom on the Q website.

How primitive, seeing as celebrities do this everyday now via Twitter.

Tipped for greatness was Fountains Of Wayne ……… only the seven years before they had their only big hit “Stacey’s Mom”

A whopping twelve pages gets dedicated to an interview with Paul McCartney, including a buyers guide to his back catalogue, both as a Beatle and a solo artist.

In chart news, Chemical Brothers top the album chart, beating off competition from Spice Girls and Wet Wet Wet. Bee Gees have two albums in the top twenty.

In other news, Channel 5 is launched and Q dedicates two pages to this by looking back at the launches of the four other terrestrial channels.

Gary Barlow, then trying to make his name as a solo artist, is featured in a short interview at the end where he reveals that Adam and the Ants was his first concert, that he was the hardest boy in his year at school, and that he doesn’t like Reggae.

Gary Barlow also stated that “I like a girl who can dance and really knows how to move her body”

Something to bear in mind if you are entering X-Factor 2012.