MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 29.6.1988

Carol Decker of T’Pau shares the cover of Smash Hits this week with an animated bee. No, i’ve no idea either.

As you open the magazine, there is a feature on Johnny Hates Jazz.

Patsy Kensit tells Smash Hits about her love of food, especially Kosher Food, with the headline asking if she is the greediest pig in pop.

Beside that, there is a full page feature on the career of Fleetwood Mac, as they get set for a UK tour.

Cover star Decker is joined by Smash Hits on the set of T’Pau’s new video, and interviewed on set.

The Communards are this week’s Singles Reviewers, with Jimmy’s favourite being Bomb The Bass, while Richard goes for Prefab Sprout.

In Concert Reviews, Wet Wet Wet’s concert at Glasgow Scottish Exhibition Centre is reviewed, with most of the 10,000 crowd fainting, it was that good.

The magazine ends with a poster of Bros.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – DECEMBER 1988

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.