MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 4.11.1987

As 1987 comes to an end, U2 are now the biggest band in the world. So big, they get to be on the cover of Smash Hits.

In news, Curiousity Killed The Cat are definitely not splitting up.

Back in the charts with Got My Mind Set On You, George Harrison’s career so far gets featured, just in case you didn’t know who he was.

There is also speculation this week about the futures of Level 42 and The Smiths.

In competitions, you could win a signed Erasure single.

From splits to reunions, there are rumours that Culture Club might be getting back together.

Smash Hits goes on tour with Colin Vearncombe, better known as Black, as he tours Europe.

Carol Decker of T’Pau gets a double page interview where she disagrees that she looks like the Duchess Of York and prefers Barbie over Sindy.

There were lyric posters for Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, T’Pau and Marillion.

U2 get a four page feature which is accompanied by a review of a biography of them written by Eamon Dunphy, as well as a competition to win U2’s entire back catalogue.

Talking of U2, Jimmy Somerville reveals he has a poster of Larry Mullan in his kitchen despite not being a fan of U2.

Pet Shop Boys answer questions from readers where Neil Tennant confirms that he actually has to wear glasses and it’s not part of an image.

In ads, you could buy a pink cassette player from Rumbelows for £34.99.

Featured earlier in the magazine, The Communards are Single Of The Fortnight.

Wet Wet Wet get a concert review, with fans being interviewed outside the venue, with 15 year old Sharon saying that Marti Pellow has a nice bottom.

Talking of concerts, you could win a VHS of Spandau Ballet in concert

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MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 29.6.1988

Carol Decker of T’Pau shares the cover of Smash Hits this week with an animated bee. No, i’ve no idea either.

As you open the magazine, there is a feature on Johnny Hates Jazz.

Patsy Kensit tells Smash Hits about her love of food, especially Kosher Food, with the headline asking if she is the greediest pig in pop.

Beside that, there is a full page feature on the career of Fleetwood Mac, as they get set for a UK tour.

Cover star Decker is joined by Smash Hits on the set of T’Pau’s new video, and interviewed on set.

The Communards are this week’s Singles Reviewers, with Jimmy’s favourite being Bomb The Bass, while Richard goes for Prefab Sprout.

In Concert Reviews, Wet Wet Wet’s concert at Glasgow Scottish Exhibition Centre is reviewed, with most of the 10,000 crowd fainting, it was that good.

The magazine ends with a poster of Bros.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : SMASH HITS – 9.10.1985

The odd couple of Morrissey and Pete Burns are the cover stars of this issue of Smash Hits. That’s not my opinon of them, that’s what the headline says.

As you open the magazine, there is a poster of Simon Le Bon wearing shorts and a rugby top.

In news, Jimmy Somerville has a new band, called The Communards.

Cover stars Morrissey and Burns get four pages where they talk about their friendship.

Robert Smith of The Cure gets a three page interview.

Radio 1 DJ Andy Kershaw gets profiled, where he reveals he buys his underpants from M and S.

Single Reviews sees The Long Ryders get awarded Best Single.

50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : MAR 21 – MAR 27

Hello and welcome to this week’s look back at 50 years of Top Of The Pops (Or, to be pedantic, 42 years and 8 years worth of Christmas specials)

This week’s first birthday of note is Guy Chadwick, lead singer of House Of Love. Unfortunately, we don’t have a clip of them performing ‘Shine On’, but we do have East 17 performing ‘House Of Love’, a song not about the early 90s band of the same name.

East 17 of course, were named after their local postcode. If they came from East Belfast, they would have been called BT4, BT5 or BT6, depending on whereabouts in East Belfast they came from.

Also celebrating this week is Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. This, is an epic tune. BAAYYYYYBAAYYYY!!!!!

and … Jonas Berggren from Ace Of Base. I once got lost en route to an Ace Of Base concert trying to find the venue ………. then, I, saw the sign.

And from Sweden, we head to Canada, for a bit of Sum 41.

And from Canada, to Liverpool, for Pete Wylie’s birthday.

And now, to chill the mood a bit, with a bit of Beverley Knight.

Our globetrotting adventures now take us to the suavest man in Glasgow. If you really need to be told, Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, who spent the whole of 1994 at Number One. How exactly, was a Sweet Little Mystery. I know you’ll love these next few clips. Why? I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.

Our birthday travels this week take us now to the Mockney King (from Colchester) …… Damon Albarn (And yes, I am aware he doesn’t sing on the first song)

And now ……. we go to Germany for one of the best songs of the 1980s. A woman who wouldn’t make a good Financial Advisor as she spent all her money on a bag of balloons. Since you ask, I counted, there were 78 balloons in the studio when this was filmed. BBC Cutbacks.

And from Germany, we go to German based West Indians …….. singing a song about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Ironically, Bobby Farrell of Boney M had the most Belfasty name in pop.

39 this week was Mel Blatt from All Saints. Here she is as a solo artist.

Milestone time now, and Diana Ross was born 70 years ago this week. So, as a tribute, here’s Steps covering ‘Chain Reaction’

Wee treat for you for Tony Banks of Genesis birthday (the one who isn’t Phil Collins or the guy from Mike and the Mechanics) …. a studio appearance from 1992

With all these births, unfortunately, we have a death anniversary. Ian Dury died 14 years ago today.

And finally, Elton John *whispers* turned 67 this week.

This, is his best song, performed nearly 20 years after it came out on a TOTP Special.

I used to think the chorus went “Coco Heart” when I was younger.

And, if you don’t know already, he didn’t play on this song, just mimed on TOTP.

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.