It’s a double sided issue of Smash Hits this week, with Arcadia on the cover on one side, and The Cult on the other.

Simon and Nick from Arcadia are interviewed. You may remember them more as Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran.

Simon reveals he can fix a puncture on a bicycle, while Nick dyed his hair black to avoid attention.

Iron Maiden are interviewed, where they reveal they cry at lassie films, and quite like Wham!

Keith Chegwin is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals that he borrow’s Sarah Green’s make-up.

As you turn the magazine around, there is an interview with Echo and the Bunnymen, back after a year off, and all four members tell Smash Hits what they were up to.

Cover stars The Cult get a double page interview.

Paul King, lead singer of King and future VH1 presenter reviews the singles, giving his vote for Best Single to The Fall.

In album reviews, Blancmange get 8 out 10, while Simple Minds only managed 7 out of 10.


A large crowd, montage the shape of the continent of South America of Iron Maiden in Brazil, as Kerrang reports from the Rock In Rio event.

Meanwhile, Kerrang does a report as they visit the set of The Tube. The accompanying photo is of Cronos from the band Venom, with a new friend he met ……… Cliff Richard.

In adwatch, there is an advert for a tour by Bryan Adams, where he will be touring the UK as a support act for Tina Turner, taking in Brighton, Bournemouth, Wembley, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham.

In news, Glenn Frey recently made his acting debut in Miami Vice.

Eight pages are dedicated to Rock In Rio, mainly focusing on Iron Maiden, but also including Queen and AC/Dc.

In posters, the back cover is a poster of a singer called Ann Boleyn. What she is up to now is unkown, but it’s doubtful she suffered either of her namesakes fates of being executed, and then having her name given to West Ham’s ground.

Not sure what was the worst fate.


Stoke On Trent’s finest export, Slash, is the cover star of Kerrang, as 1988 draws to a close.

In news, there’s anger at the apathy of rock fans in Birmingham, as a series of concerts over Christmas called ‘Mosterfest’, featuring The Quireboys and Acid Reign, scheduled for Edward’s Rock Complex had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

Angry Anderson gets a double page spread, talking about his hit ‘Suddenly’, which was then riding high in the charts. The reason why it was riding high in the charts was due to in being the soundtrack to the wedding of the 80s.

Kerrang writers, showing they have a sense of humour, use the headline ‘He Should Be So Lucky’ for the piece.

Slash gets a fourpage interview, including a centre spread poster.

West Ham United’s matchday programme gets featured, reproducing a picture from it where Steve James hands a Gold Disc to Hammers defender Tony Gale.

The gig listing section has Status Quo doung a tour of England and Wales, while the only gigs for Belfast were on December 17th were Instigators at College of Art, and a triple bill of Onslaught, Crumbsuckers and Slammer at Queens Hall.