In this edition of The Magazine Archive, we look at Q in December 1988, a world where REM are on the cover, and Freddie Mercury dabbles in the world of opera.
This month, the music world is being set alight by a controversial and fiesty peroxide blonde. Not Lady GaGa, but Wendy James of Transvision Vamp, who gets a double page profile.
In news, Pete Waterman goes to war with Radio One at an industry conference by describing the station’s management as “40 year old tossers”
Pete Waterman, remember, was born in 1947.
In the letters section, Terence Trent D’arby writes to complain about a favourable review, that he is not worthy of comparison to Robert Cray.
Meanwhile, Dominic Sturges from Sheffield wrote in to complain that the back cover of the Pet Shop Boys album ‘Introspective’ gives a running time of 50 minutes and 3 seconds, which he says he has counted each song and this is wrong.
Freddie Mercury gets five pages dedicated to his opera collaboration with Monserrat Caballe as they perform a concert to mark the countdown to Barcelona hosting the 1992 Olympics.
Sadly, Mercury didn’t live to see Barcelona to host the games.
Five pages are given to a look at the world of Paparazzi and how it has changed coming to the end of the 1980s.
The article finishes with a breakdown of rankings of celebrities and their photo value by status.
In December 1988, Bros was A-List while Paul McCartney was C-List. Yes, you read that right.
Even more staggering, is that Michael Jackson and U2 were B-List ……. behind Bros.
Roger Moore shares a spot as a D-List celeb alongside Andrew Ridgeley, Simon Le Bon, Johnny Hates Jazz and Ian Botham.
E-Listers in December 1988 included Anita Dobson and Sinitta, now appearing in reality TV.
Sadly, fellow E-Lister Ben Volpliere-Pierrot from Curiousity Killed the Cat is still awaiting for his phonecall to appear on a reality TV show.