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.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : RECORD MIRROR – 19.12.1987

A week short of his 30th birthday, and with ‘Fairytale Of New York’ riding high in the charts, Shane Magowan is the cover star of Record Mirror, as Christmas 1987 approaches.

In news, Sinitta is getting ready to release an album, Sheffield is “emerging as the unlikely centre of British Dance Music” and Tiffany is about to launch herself in the UK.

Ever wondered how Tiffany relaxes? “I like to talk on the phone, watch cartoons and go to the mall and eat pizza with my friends” she says.

Queen have released a documentary video, and Heart have announced Birmingham and London gigs for March 1988.

Also announcing gigs were INXS, in Glasgow, Bradford, Cardiff and Leicester – extra dates added due to demand.

There isn’t much in the way of articles, but there is a double page spread with The Alarm, and a photographic history of the Bee Gees.

Stock, Aitken and Waterman are interviewed, speaking about suing M/A/R/R/S, working with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford.

What was SAW’s ambition for 1988?

“For just one week, I want every record in the Top Ten to be produced by us” according to Matt Aitken.

Cover star Shane Magowan gets a double page interview. The interview is with Stuart Baillie, now of Radio Ulster and Oh Yeah Centre.

Back page poster is Pet Shop Boys, quite apt given the cover star, as it was Pet Shop Boys v The Pogues in the battle for Christmas Number 1 in 1987.