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.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : DEC 26 – DEC 31

The final episode of the series, which i’ve enjoyed writing and sharing with you.

You never know, the BBC might bring it back on a weekly basis. Let’s go out on a high with some classics, and some not so classic.

I’ll probably rehash this in 2024 for 60 Years Of Top Of The Pops. If not, i’ll see you in 2048 for 50 Years Of CD:UK.

And finally, Bobby Farrell died four years ago, on the same day, and in the same city as Rasputin.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 10.10.2014

1. Charli XCX – London Queen
2. McBusted – Air Guitar
3. Hozier – Take Me To Church
4. George Ezra – Blame It On Me
5. Future Islands – Seasons

Last Saturday night saw some inspired scheduling on BBC 2, with a whole night of programmes dedicated to Genesis. I haven’t got round to watching the documentary yet, but I have seen the Top Of The Pops 2 special.

In, um, celebration of this, here’s a Genesis Top Five

FIVE SONGS BY GENESIS

1. Land Of Confusion
2. Congo
3. Turn It On Again
4. That’s All
5. Invisible Touch

And as a bonus, how about a Genesis related Top Five?

FIVE GENESIS RELATED SONGS

1. Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
2. Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
3. Mike and the Mechanics – Word Of Mouth
4. Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
5. Phil Collins – Sussudio