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 :
(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”
(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.