MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 14.2.1985

The new Duran Duran? asks Smash Hits of their cover stars The Power Station. You may recognise a few Duran Duran faces in the band.

As you open the magazine, there is a poster of Paul King, the lead singer of the band King.

Smash Hits has noticed a recent trend in recent weeks, of stars such as Andrew Ridgeley, Boy George, Steve Strange and Eurythmics all wearing tartan.

Pat Benatar is interviewed as she enters the final weeks of pregnancy.

In Reviews, new singles by Cliff Richard, The Smiths, The Stranglers, Mick Jagger and Kim Carnes are all reviewed.

Phil Collins is interviewed, where he reveals that John Taylor from Duran Duran is a fan of Genesis.

Cover stars The Power Station get a three page feature.

Wham! have recently toured Asia, and Smash Hits covers this with a two page photo feature.

Mick Jagger gets profiled as he gets set to release his debut solo album at the age of 44, lying in bed in a hotel room when Smash Hits came to visit.

Terry Hall gets interviewed as he launches his third band (after The Specials and Fun Boy Three) The Colourfield, with the headline OLD MISERY GUTS IS BACK.

Concert Reviews sees Smash Hits go to see New Order and Chaka Khan in action.

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 16.6.2017

1. The Killers – The Man
2. George Ezra – Don’t Matter Now
3. Adam West – Minding My Business
4. Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie – Red Sun
5. Nerina Pallot – Stay Lucky

It was announced that Paul Weller is coming to Belfast in February next year. It’s the day after my birthday too. Wish me luck in getting a ticket for this, even though he was a grumpy arse the last time he was in Belfast.

So, to celebrate, here’s a Paul Weller chart

FIVE SONGS BY PAUL WELLER

1. Paul Weller – Changingman
2. The Jam – Beat Surrender
3. Paul Weller – Sunflower
4. Paul Weller – Mermaids
5. The Jam – Start

Apparently, there’s a thing called Manchester Day. It’s this Sunday. That sounds like an excuse for a Manchester themed chart.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM MANCHESTER

1. Oasis – Don’t Go Away
2. Puressence – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
3. The Courteeners – Van Der Graaff
4. New Order – True Faith
5. The Smiths – Panic

THE SOUND OF 2015 : 51-75

51. Stereophonics – Song For The Summer
52. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia
53. Travis – Everything At Once
54. Brandon Flowers – Can’t Deny My Love
55. Echosmith – Cool Kids
56. Charli XCX ft Rita Ora – Doing It
57. Cathal Smyth – Do You Believe In Love?
58. Squeeze – Cradle To Grave
59. Stereophonics – Cest La Vie
60. Walk The Moon – Different Colours
61. David Bowie – Blackstar
62. New Order – Restless
63. Muse – Psycho
64. Kodaline – Ready
65. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Riverman
66. Carly Rae Jepsen – Run Away With Me
67. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Dying Of The Light
68. James Bay – Hold Back The River
69. The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face
70. Chvrches – Empty Threat
71. Sunset Sons – She Wants
72. The Vaccines – Handsome
73. Years and Years – King
74. Charli XCX – Famous
75. Natalie Imbruglia – Instant Crush

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.9.2015

1. The View – Under The Rug
2. Muse – Lies
3. Foals – Mountain At My Gates
4. The Libertines – Gunga Din
5. New Order – Plastic

After much confusion, Muse announced a gig at The Odyssey for April 6th. Thankfully, a bigger venue and much more notice than their Ulster Hall gig earlier this year.

Just to get you in the mood for this, here’s a Muse Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY MUSE

1. Panic Stations
2. Neurton Star Collision
3. Knights Of Cydonia
4. Starlight
5. Muscle Museum

As a bonus, Ash announced a Christmas gig at The Empire. If that is more your thing, here’s an Ash Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY ASH

1. Envy
2. Oh Yeah
3. A Life Less Ordinary
4. Goldfinger
5. True Love 1980

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 31.7.2015

1. Chemical Brothers – Go
2. Sunset Sons – She Wants
3. Hidden Cities ft Tim Halperin – Hungry Like The Wolf
4. New Order – Restless
5. Andreya Trian – Gold

Tomorrow, is International Yorkshire Day. So, to celebrate, here’s a musical chart from Yorkshire’s musical output.

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM YORKSHIRE

1. Pulp – A Little Soul
2. Kaiser Chiefs – Oh My God
3. Kiki Dee – Star
4. Def Leppard – When Love And Hate Collide
5. Human League – Tell Me When

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.6.2015

1. Beck – Dreams
2. Oh Wonder – Livewire
3. Of Monsters And Men – Empire
4. Duran Duran – Pressure Off
5. Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger

This week, it was announced that New Order will be releasing new material and touring later this year. I used to think that the day would never come (Sorry!)

Hopefully, there’ll be a Belfast gig, and it won’t be like their Titanic Slipways one in 2012 that got cancelled joining Razorlight in Moira in 2011 as great Northern Ireland cancelled gigs.

Anyway, here’s a New Order Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY NEW ORDER

1. True Faith
2. Blue Monday
3. Temptation
4. Regret
5. Crystal

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 19.6.2015

1. Frank Turner – The Next Storm
2. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
3. Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox
4. Muse – Mercy
5. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Hourglass

Today, tickets go on sale for Duran Duran’s tour in November/December. Unfortunately, there’s no Belfast gig. The tour begins in Manchester on Friday 27th November. If United were at home that weekend, i’d be making a weekend of it. Unfortunately, they’re away to Leicester City. Damm you Premier League Fixture Computer.

So it looks like i’m going to be crossing my fingers for a Belfast gig to be announced later.

If you’re reading this John, Simon, Roger and Nick – Spandau played Belfast this year. You don’t want Belfast folk to like Spandau more than you. Just saying.

To get you in the mood, here’s five Duran Duran classics for you

FIVE SONGS BY DURAN DURAN

1. Wildboys
2. Ordinary World
3. Hungry Like The Wolf
4. Reach Out For The Sunrise
5. Serious

Talking of Manchester, last weekend was Manchester Day, so here’s five great things about Manchester.

FIVE GREAT THINGS ABOUT MANCHESTER

1. Old Trafford
2. Empire Exchange
3. Northern Quarter
4. National Football Museum
5. Affleck’s

And some Manchester tuneage for you

FIVE SONGS BY ACTS FROM MANCHESTER

1. James – She’s A Star
2. Oasis – She Is Love
3. New Order – True Faith
4. The Buzzcocks – Ever Fall In Love
5. Doves – Black and White Town

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : OCT 24 – OCT 30

We begin this week, in 1981, with Vangelis, he of the epic sporting anthem theme. There’ll be another sporting anthem coming soon.

80s pop legend Glenn Hoddle celebrated a birthday this week. Just think what might have been if his football career hadn’t got in the way.

I don’t care what anyone says, this is an 80s pop classic. I can’t help but wonder how many people bought this thinking Glenn and Chris were Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze.

By that stage though, Glenn Hoddle was a TOTP veteran. Again, this is a brilliant song, and I don’t even support Spurs.

The name’s Bon. Simon, Le Bon.

Kelly Osbourne, fading to grey, hit the big 30 this week.

New Order. You won’t regret listening to this one. (boom boom)

We end, with East Kilbride’s finest musical export. Sorry, Roddy Frame.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 24- JAN 30

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up from Top Of The Pops history, which features a tribute to a country.

Neil Diamond turned 73 this week. One of his most famous songs might surprise you ……. or maybe not, as Red Red Wine, made famous by UB40 was a cover of a Neil Diamond song.

Sharing a birthday, is TV’s Jools Holland, who believe it or not, was once a popstar as well, playing keyboards in Squeeze.

On the theme of Neil Diamond covers, here’s another one, by a man who shares a birthday with him (1959) ……… Mr Victor Reeves, performing with EMF in 1995.

Of course, it would be rude to mention Vic Reeves, and not include his collaboration with The Wonder Stuff.

58 this week, Andy Cox was a two time (or three time, if you include Two Men and a Drum Machine) pop star in the 1980s, with The Beat and Fine Young Cannibals.

So, in the interest of fair play, here’s one of each.

Another famous Andrew in pop, is Mr Andrew Ridgeley off of Wham! This song, is just superb.

Seeing as birthdays of New Order members will be commemorated with side projects such as Electronic or Monaco, how about an actual New Order song for Gillian Gilbert.

They probably should have just mimed.

Meanwhile it’s Mark Owen’s birthday this week, so here he his performing Never Forget, in an episode seemingly presented by Howard Donald’s future other half Catherine Tate.

Frank Skinner celebrates a birthday this week. I imagine you’ve guessed what video is coming up next. Sadly, it’s the awful 1998 version rather than the excellent 1996 one.

Matthew Wilder also celebrates a birthday this week. Here he is being enthusiastically introduced by John Peel. He ended up helping No Doubt become massive in the late 90s.

And finally, this week sees Australia Day, so here’s a couple of tunes from Down Under for you.

And finally, the song that soundtracked Australia’s Royal Wedding. I still get emotional thinking about it. Scott and Charlene. What a lovely couple.