MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 4.11.1987

As 1987 comes to an end, U2 are now the biggest band in the world. So big, they get to be on the cover of Smash Hits.

In news, Curiousity Killed The Cat are definitely not splitting up.

Back in the charts with Got My Mind Set On You, George Harrison’s career so far gets featured, just in case you didn’t know who he was.

There is also speculation this week about the futures of Level 42 and The Smiths.

In competitions, you could win a signed Erasure single.

From splits to reunions, there are rumours that Culture Club might be getting back together.

Smash Hits goes on tour with Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black, as he tours Europe.

Carol Decker of T’Pau gets a double page interview where she disagrees that she looks like the Duchess Of York and prefers Barbie over Sindy.

There were lyric posters for Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, T’Pau and Marillion.

U2 get a four page feature which is accompanied by a review of a biography of them written by Eamon Dunphy, as well as a competition to win U2’s entire back catalogue.

Talking of U2, Jimmy Somerville reveals he has a poster of Larry Mullan in his kitchen despite not being a fan of U2.

Pet Shop Boys answer questions from readers where Neil Tennant confirms that he actually has to wear glasses and it’s not part of an image.

In ads, you could buy a pink cassette player from Rumbelows for £34.99.

Featured earlier in the magazine, The Communards are Single Of The Fortnight.

Wet Wet Wet get a concert review, with fans being interviewed outside the venue, with 15 year old Sharon saying that Marti Pellow has a nice bottom.

Talking of concerts, you could win a VHS of Spandau Ballet in concert

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50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 17 – OCT 23

Welcome to this week’s 50 Years Of Top Of The Pops, which doesn’t have any Calypso songs urging people to vote UKIP.

We do though, have the newly reformed S Club 7, as they made their final TOTP appearance.

And Alvin Starudst, who died today, feeling like Buddy Holly.

It’s a quiet week this week, not much in the way of pop birthdays or death anniversaries.

We move on to Wyclef Jean, such a Perfect Gentleman.

Karl Wallinger turned 57 this week. The name might not be instantly recognisable, but he did write this.

Double Fugees birthday this week, Pras also blowing out candles

Meanwhile, Tom Petty is a year away from being an OAP.

If you want to get Mark King from Level 42 a birthday present, some hand insurance sounds like a good idea. I’m guessing Pete Powell is a fan of Level 42.

This song, by Strawberry Switchblade, is a sadly forgotten classic.

Time for a bit of Bluetones

Dan Woodgate from Madness celebrated a birthday this week. He was also in Voice Of The Beehive between Madness split and early 90s reunion. Yep, that’s him with the ponytail.

PS : I’m going to see Madness in 8 weeks. Thought i’d share that with you all.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : RECORD MIRROR – 14.6.1986

It’s the summer of 1986, and Johnny Marr, lounging in a director’s chair while wearing sunglasses, is the cover star.

In news, Level 42 have announced three shows at Wembley Arena in December, while Wembley Arena also host a Reggae festival headlined by Aswad, moved from it’s original venue of Selhurst Park.

In other news, Maire Brennan was pictured at a Children In Need event with the winner of a Sade lookalike competition.

INXS get a double page feature, introduced as “There’s more to musical life down under than AC/DC, Men At Work and Rolf Harris”, as they are on the verge of worldwide superstardom, unusually for an Australian act, without having to relocate to the UK.

Midge Ure also gets a double page spread, having reformed Ultravox after having some solo success (A number one single in 1985) and declaring “I don’t want to be on stage singing ‘Vienna’ when i’m 45” – Midge Ure was 32 at the time of the interview.

In the interview, Ure praises the improved musical infrastructure in Scotland, meaning that Scottish bands no longer have to move to London to “Make it”

The live section reviews a concert by new act Erasure (though Vince Clarke was already a pop veteran) at The Town and Country Club in London, stating that they were destined for the top of the charts, even managing a few ABBA references in the review.

Six years later, Erasure had their only UK Number 1, a triple A-Side of ABBA covers.

In ads, you could buy a Nike Windrunner, with proceeds going to Sport Aid, as modeled by Frank Bruno and Cliff Richard.

The Communards get a double page spread, and Jimmy Sommerville recounts an anecdote from their lighting guy, who is also Def Leppard’s lighting guy, that they “Make Def Leppard look like nuns”

On the back page, you could get a poster of Doctor and the Medics.