MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 23.10.1996

Ronan and Stephen from Boyzone are the cover stars of this edition of Smash Hits, during the Autumn of 1996.

In news, Howard Donald has recorded tracks for a solo album, while Jas Mann from Babylon Zoo has written a song for his new friend Paolo Maldini.

Jamie Redknapp has a column in Smash Hits, where he reveals that his social life is restricted to an Italian restaurant near Anfield.

Tipped for stardom this week, is Brian Kennedy.

Cover stars Boyzone get a three page diary, as they share their diary as they go on promotional duty.

Getting the lyrics poster treatment are Chemical Brothers, Lightning Seeds and Boyzone.

Robson and Jerome, riding high in the charts, get a three page feature.

Ant and Dec are reviewing singles, and give awards for Best Single to Catatonia and Octopus.

Gina G answers questions from a biscuit tin, revealing that she was 12 the first time she got drunk.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : Q – JANUARY 1997

January 1997 is the subject of the latest Magazine Archive, set during the peak years of Britpop, and featuring Oasis on the cover, focusing on the Q Awards, which had just been recently staged.

It was a period when Q was mourning one of their main writers, John Bauldie, who was a passenger in the helicopter crash which killed then Chelsea Chairman Matthew Harding, which is commemorated in the obituaries section.

A whopping fifteen pages are dedicated to the Q Awards, with the first page of the feature having a double paged photo of various guests on stage, engaging in small talk.

Eagle eyed readers will have noticed Dermot Morgan and Ruud Gullit in conversation. It is worth clarifying that Ruud Gullit wasn’t sat on a shed, possibly because it wasn’t Christmas.

1996 was the year that saw Q celebrate it’s 10th anniversary, and the awards ceremony saw various celebrities record video messages of congratulations.

Amongst them, was Tony Blair, then Leader Of The Opposition, recorded one saying “Ten years in power with no opposition – Sounds good to me”. It was almost prophetic.

Ian Brodie was riding on the crest of a wave in 1996 on the back of “Three Lions” and gets five pages looking at his career to date, with minimal mentions of Baddiel and Skinner.

That month, Lightning Seeds were 11 in the Album Chart, being kept out of the Top Ten by Robson and Jerome, Spice Girls, East 17, Simply Red, The Smurfs, Boyzone and Rod Stewart.

Sometimes, history is better off being rewritten.