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 ÂŁ1m 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.

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 17.7.1996

Just gone solo from Take That, Robbie Williams is the cover star of this week’d edition of Smash Hits, declaring that he is going to be the biggest star in the world.

Smash Hits takes it to the British public to see who is their favourite between Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, with Gary edging 6-4.

But you had the chance to make your voice heard, with a phone poll to vote for your favourite.

By now, there is an Oasis column, giving you all the news from Planet Gallagher.

Smash Hits was granted an audience with Glenn from Glenn and Chris, who had a hit with Diamond Lights. By 1996, he was the manager of the England football team, and gives Smash Hits his opinions on the best young English players there is.

One of the players mentioned was Jamie Redknapp, and his future wife Louise had a party to celebrate the release of her debut album, attended by David Baddiel and Ant from Ant and Dec.

In rivalries news, Crush (featuring Donna Air) have gone to war with Shampoo.

This is followed by a dodgy interview. Nothing wrong with the content, it was an interview with the band Dodgy.

Smash Hits treats us to a double page feature on ads we’d love to see, featuring tour favourite pop stars.

Toni Braxton is interviewed, revealing that she doesn’t drink because she got sick the last time she drank.

In part four of a five part series of interviews with Boyzone, this week, it is Stephen Gately.

In song lyrics posters, there was one for Born Slippy by Underworld. It wasn’t all shouting “Lager Lager Lager”

In bandwatch, Smash Hits keeps us up to date with your favourite bands such as Oasis, Pulp and Boyzone.

Oasis are currently resting ahead of Knebworth and Loch Lomond gigs

Boyzone’s website is reviewed, described as “Not the best to look at, and it could be faster”

There is a full page profile of Dogstar, Keanu Reeves band, described as looking like Let Loose.

In reviews, Shampoo are awarded Best Album.

Talking of Shampoo, they take questions from a biscuit tin, revealing that Crush’s new single is the worst song they heard on the radio that week.

Linford Christie is interviewed ahead of the Olympics, revealing that he isn’t related to Agatha Christie.

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.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 14 – MAR 20

We kick off this week is IKEA Brand Ambassador Jona Lewie. Often thought of as a One Hit Wonder, he is actually a Two Hit Wonder.

If you’re wondering where he is these days, well, you can always find him in the kitchen at parties.

Remember Hanson? One of them turns 31 this week. I can’t remember which one thought. On the topic of Hanson “Where’s The Love?” is probably their best song.

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 is 42 this week. I’m not really a massive fan (though ironically, I do like some stuff by Angels and Airwaves, The Transplants, and Boxcar Racer) but “I Miss You” is a brilliant song.

Also celebrating a birthday this week is William, or Will.I.Am, which bizarrely is the website code for Armenia. I wonder if there is an Armenian pop star called Will.I.Com?

Gregory’s Girl and Queen Of VH1 in the 90s, Clare Grogan is 52 this week. I bet it must be hell being invited to her birthday party and trying not to sing this.

Of course, it was St Paddy’s Day this week, and no doubt you’ll be expecting something along that theme. Well, believe it or not, there are two Irish pop birthdays that day. Caroline Corr …..

…… and Stephen Gately, who would have been 38 this week.

And also born on St Patrick’s Day (but he’s not Irish) was Justin Hawkins of The Darkness.

A death anniversary now, and it’s 17 years since Jermaine Stewart died.

Remember, you don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time reading this blog. If you do, I won’t be held responsible, especially if you’re on Public Transport.

Get your lighters at the ready for an epic Power Ballad ….

Terry Hall was 55 this week and has performed on the show with three different acts, The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Colourfield.

42 today is Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.

Alex Kapranos can currently be seen on BBC 2 telling Terry Wogan how he made it, but what he made is unclear. Talking of Terry Wogan ……..

38 today, is the man with the poshest name in Nu Metal, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

And finally, a Soul classic from Newcastle’s finest musical export. Yes, you heard that right.