THE FRIDAY FIVE – 17.5.2019

1. Taylor Swift ft Brendon Urie – Me
2. The Divine Comedy – Queuejumper
3. Oasis – Stop Crying Your Heart Out
4. Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
5. Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s Eurovision this weekend. So, to get you in the mood, as if you need to be got into the mood, here’s a chart for you

FIVE SONGS FROM EUROVISION

1. Rasmussen – Higher Ground
2. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
4. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
5. Anna Rossinelli – In Love For A While

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 11.9.1996

A topless (did he ever wear a shirt in 1996?) Peter Andre is the cover star of this week’s Smash Hits, with a Superman logo painted on his chest, but with a P instead of an S.

In news, Ant and Dec have signed a £1m deal to present shows for Channel 4, while Smash Hits does a report on the highlights from the Reading Festival and V96.

Meanwhile, Boyzone have announced that their next single will be a cover of Words by Bee Gees.

Staying with Boyzone, two of Shane Lynch’s sisters have formed a pop band called Desire. Yes, that’s Keavy Lynch and Edele Lynch from B*Witched. The other member of Desire was Sinead O’Carroll, also of B*Witched. Lindsay from B*Witched wasn’t a member of Desire.

It is interested to note, that Keavy’s name was spelt Ceavy in this edition. It is unsure if she changed the spelling or if Smash Hits messed up.

Cover star Peter Andre gets a double page interview.

In competitions, you could win a visit to your school by Spice Girls.

In website reviews, Mariah Carey’s website gets reviewed, and is not considered to be user friendly.

Shane Lynch wasn’t the only pop star to have relatives vying for pop fame, as Michael Jackson’s nephews launched a band called 3T, who get a double page feature.

Also getting a double page feature is Oasis, after a chaotic American tour where Liam went AWOL.

Geri and Mel B from Spice Girls are Singles Reviewer, poo pooing Shampoo’s new single and giving the Best Single award to Busta Rhymes.

Also appearing in this week’s edition was Emma Bunton, giving Stephen Gately questions from a biscuit tin. He prefers Oasis over Blur.

The magazine ends with an interview with Louise Wener from Sleeper.

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN – LIVE AT CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE 3.5.2019 (CATHEDRAL QUARTER ARTS FESTIVAL)

If I was Philip Lowry, i’d be insisting that Echo and the Bunnymen perform at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, as they performed at the event for the first time since 2010, the last time he scored in an Irish Cup Final.

It wasn’t their first return to Belfast since then, stopping off in the city in 2015, but not since.

To the frustration of their Belfast fans, they made a visit to Dublin last year when touring their most recent album, The Stars, The Oceans and The Moon, an orchestral reworking of their greatest hits.

Fans in Belfast were treated to their greatest hits, but no orchestra, it was the crowd who provided the support, singing along to all of their favourites.

It was the weekend of Ian McCulloch’s 60th birthday, which took place two days after the concert, a section of the crowd signing Happy Birthday to him. I’m not sure if it was to celebrate his birthday. but he prepared for this gig with grub at Fish City.

It wasn’t the first time i’d seen a pop star on or around their birthday. In fact, it wasn’t even the first member of Echo and the Bunnymen, having seen them in Glasgow in 2013 the day after Will Sergeant’s birthday, when McCulloch got the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to him.

Outside of The Bunnymen, I saw The Kooks the day before Luke Pritchard’s 30th birthday in 2015.

Throughout the concert, McCulloch complained about having itchy feet, but that he wasn’t prepared to take his shoes off as it wasn’t a good look. Didn’t do Sandie Shaw any harm.

For some reason, some numpty in the crowd kept chanting “Pete De Frietas”. You know the sort, tedious bores who think they’re funny and that the band want to have “Banter” with them.

McCulloch corrected his pronunciation of “De Freetas” by pointing out it was “De Freytas”

Among the hits performed were Bedbugs and Ballyhoo, Rescue, Never Stop, Villiers Terrace, Nothing Lasts Forever, Seven Seas, The Killing Moon and The Cutter.

The version of Nothing Lasts Forever was a nice chilled out acoustic version of the song, one of a few songs which saw them deviate into snippets of covers of famous songs such as Jean Genie, Walk On The Wild Side, Don’t Let Me Down and Sex Machine

With so many big hits in the main set, it was interesting to see what they saved for the encore. They finished with Lips Like Sugar and Do It Clean.

Photo Album

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Mandela Hall 2015

Echo and the Bunnymen live at SECC 2013

Echo and the Bunnymen live at Custom House Square 2010

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 3.5.2019

1. Gang Of Youths – What Can I Do Id The Fire Goes Out?
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing
3. Vampire Weekend – This Life
4. Echo and the Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
5. Stereophonics – Chaos From The Top Down

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 25.11.1992

Mark and Gary from Take That are the cover stars of Smash Hits, as the magazine joins them on tour.

Right Said Fred are interviewed, with Rob (the one with the hair) revealing that he smokes a lot and fancies Betty Boo.

Cover stars Take That get four pages of coverage on tour.

There is a Home Alone sequel out this week, and Smash Hits looks at the similarities between the two films.

Voting is underway in the Smash Hits Readers Poll, and celebs are asked how they voted, with Dominik Diamond voting a lot for Manic Street Preachers and voted his Gamesmaster colleague Patrick Moore for Best Haircut.

In Singles Reviews, Single Of The Week gets given to a re-release of Pretty Vacant by Sex Pistols.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.4.2019

1. Youth of the Apocalypse – Fire In My Mind
2. Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hill
3. Weezer ft Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
4. Dea Matrona – Let’s Go Crazy
5. Marshmallow ft Chvrches – Here With Me

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 15.9.1993

The Fresh Prince is the cover star of this week’s edition of Smash Hits, but you may now know him as Will Smith.

Smash Hits visits the premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, which was attended by Nick Berry, Kenneth Brannagh, Ian Wright, Chris Evans and Dani Behr.

There is a full page feature on budding TV Presenter Justin Orange, who gets mobbed by female fans everywhere he goes, due to being mistaken for his twin brother Jason from Take That.

Talking of Boy Bands, Smash Hits goes on tour to America with East 17.

Will Smith gets a double page interview, while Eastenders star Sean Maguire gets asked some moral quandaries.

In posters, you could get a poster of the band James alongside one of Howard Donald.

In reviews, Single Of The Week went to Radiohead with Creep.