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Smash Hits

Smash Hits was a pop music magazine published in the UK, and aimed at teenagers and young adults. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued bi-weekly for most of that time.

Kate Bush: Things Your Mother Never Told You

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, October 1979

NOW HOW can I put this without being rude? When I first heard 'Wuthering Heights' Kate Bush's voice reminded me of, well...come on, out with ...

Gary Numan: Playing To The Aliens

Interview by Jon Savage, Smash Hits, November 1979

John Savage finds out what success means to Gary Numan. ...

The Selecter: 'Two Tone, Black And White, That's The Whole Thing'

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, January 1980

Mike Stand (a sort of grubby grey) checks out The Selecter ...

Mike Oldfield: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Mike Oldfield Finds Out That Success Has Its Problems

Interview by Fred Dellar, Smash Hits, January 1980

MIKE OLDFIELD strokes the tabby cat that sits on his lap. Though in the comfort of his own home, he's uneasy, unsure. It's a bad ...

Buggles

Interview by Fred Dellar, Smash Hits, February 1980

GEOFF DOWNES is the one with 20/20 vision. Trevor Horn is the one with the go-go goggles. Together they're the Buggles, purveyors of clean-machine pop, ...

The Jam: Riding Waves And Setting Standards

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, March 1980

WHEN I met Paul Weller I saw red. His shirt, his trousers, his pullover, his shoes – and I daresay his St. Michael Y-fronts – ...

Madness: The Importance of Being Nutty

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, April 1980

Mike Stand diagnoses Madness ... ...

UB40: Food 4 Thought

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, June 1980

Mike Stand takes his 2HB and a C90 up the M6 to meet UB40 ...

The Korgis: Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime

Interview by Fred Dellar, Smash Hits, July 1980

WE'VE BEEN out and about on a photo session. It’s involved a wander round to the local skateboard park, now a decrepit slab of bumpy ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Better Off Dread

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, August 1980

IF THE first time you heard Bob Marley and the Wailers was when ‘Could You Be Loved’ came skanking out of the radio, you probably ...

Grace Jones: This Year's Model

Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, September 1980

Mary Harron meets The Height Of Fashion ...

XTC: Optimism Is Next Week’s Thing

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, September 1980

TERRY CHAMBERS said, "I want to talk to you". I said, "Fine". Fine. Then the drummer walked away and I didn't see him again until ...

Toyah Wilcox: Toyah

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, November 1980

TOYAH WILCOX is 22. Before this winter she had featured in four movies, Quadrophenia, Derek Jarman’s Jubilee and The Tempest, plus The Corn Is Green ...

Dead Kennedys: A Talent To Annoy

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, December 1980

"I JUST couldn't believe it. I just kinda stood there with a blank stare on my face, thinking oh God — it really happened!" ...

Eddy Grant: Dread At The Controls

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, January 1981

Deanne Pearson visits Ice Records and talks to The Boss (Eddy Grant), The Leading Artist (Eddy Grant), The Band (Eddy Grant), The Chief Engineer (Eddy ...

Tom Waits: Waits And Double Measures

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1981

PUT YOURSELF in my place. Scant hours earlier I'd been regaled with the tale of how, in an interview the previous day, Tom had turned ...

Classix Nouveaux: Art Nouveaux

Profile and Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, April 1981

Mike Stand presents a crash course in the Classix ...

Hazel O'Connor: What Katy Did Next

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

"I get letters saying, 'Did you change your name to Hazel O'Connor for stage work? Is your name really Kate?' They won't even let you ...

Girlschool

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, April 1981

Pete Silverton takes a short course in Metalwork. ...

The Fall: Free Fall

Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, April 1981

DEANNE PEARSON DISCUSSES THE FUTURE WITH MARK SMITH, LEADER OF MANCHESTER'S MOST MILITANT COMBO. ...

Honey Bane

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, May 1981

SHE CHOSE the name... "Because there is a very sweet side to me – Honey – and there's a really horrible side to me – ...

Kim Wilde: Wilde Life

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, May 1981

WHEN MARTY Wilde shot to fame in 1959 (look it up in a history book), the only questions anybody ever asked pop singers were about ...

Kirsty MacColl: A Chip Off The Old Block

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, June 1981

"DON'T ASK A lot of questions about me Dad!" pleads Kirsty MacColl, flicking back the glorious swathe of hair dotted with tell-tale Red Indian braids. ...

Electro-Disco: Night Moves

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, July 1981

Mike Stand gets the lowdown on electro-disco from Rusty Egan. ...

The Undertones: the Famous Five go to Finland

Profile by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, August 1981

IN JULY in Helsinki, Finland, the only darkness you can find is inside buildings with no windows. Buildings like the "Travastia Klubi" where the Undertones ...

Funkapolitan: Your Flavour Of The Month

Profile and Interview by Deanne Pearson, Smash Hits, August 1981

Deanne Pearson learns to Dance, Scream & Scoobydoo ...

Spandau Ballet: Journey to Glory: Spandau Ballet

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, August 1981

OH THE languid suave of it! Oh the sunshine, the street café, the iced cocktails! Oh the elegant beaus and the graceful belles! Oh to ...

The Pretenders: Pretenders

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, August 1981

"I must be the most boring person in the world..." sighs Chrissie Hynde. "What on earth is she on abut?" wonders Pete Silverton. ...

Ian Dury: Body Language

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, September 1981

"HAVEN'T YOU heard? I'm a Fifth Columnist for the Year Of Disabled People. They've bribed me massively." ...

Meat Loaf: Loaf Story, Or How To Sell Eight Million Albums When Nobody’s Looking

Profile and Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, September 1981

MEAT LOAF'S Bat Out Of Hell album was unquestionably one of the rock phenomena of the last decade. And, of course, success is wonderful... but ...

The Pointer Sisters: Look! Slow hands…

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Smash Hits, September 1981

WITH THE sultry ‘Slow Hand’ firmly placed at No. 2 in the US and showing every sign of going Top Ten over here, The Pointer ...

The Human League: The Big League

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, October 1981

1977 ― progressive, poverty-stricken, "hip". 1981 ― accepted, bankable... (and still "hip"!). Ian Birch charts the past and plots the present with The Human League. ...

Duran Duran: In New York New York With Duran Duran

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, October 1981

So good they named 'em twice. Postcard from Mike Stand. ...

Laurie Anderson: Ian Birch Investigates Wonderwoman

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, October 1981

EVERY SO often a single snaps out of nowhere and startles everyone. You've probably never heard of the singer before (and few of them survive ...

Madness: 7-Up

Interview by Peter Silverton, Smash Hits, October 1981

FRIDAY afternoon. The Smash Hits works outing pay a visit to the movies. They munch popcorn, they suck their sweet orange drinks and watch a ...

Soft Cell: Bedsitting with Soft Cell

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, November 1981

‘BEDSITTER’? I’M not knocking it, but the table in Marc Almond’s Leeds bed-sitting room probably said more on the subject than the complete lyric of ...

Scritti Politti

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, November 1981

From the underground...To the charts? We want hits, say the former cult heroes. Quite right, says Ian Birch. ...

Altered Images: Corn Exchange, Cambridge

Live Review by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, November 1981

THE ELEMENTS were conspiring against Altered Images from the moment they took the stage of Cambridge's cavernous Corn Exchange. The sound went immediately out of ...

Modern Romance: So This Is Romance?

Profile and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, November 1981

Modern Romance start up a conga. Ian Birch mooseys on down to take a look. ...

Tenpole Tudor: Let's Get Serious

Interview by Mike Stand, Smash Hits, November 1981

MIKE STAND DISCOVERS THE OTHER SIDE OF EDDIE TENPOLE ...

The Human League: Human Nature

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1981

"YOU'D BETTER watch out," Philip Oakey warns in a voice to make even the hardiest soul tremble at the knees. "We've decided we like that ...

Robert Palmer: Rhythm 'N Clues

Profile and Interview by Mary Harron, Smash Hits, December 1981

One across (Mary Harron) asks the questions. Six down (Robert Palmer) gives the answers ...

Pigbag: Warehouse, Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Smash Hits, April 1982

PIGBAG ARE 'HOT' at the moment and so are the audience — very hot. The Warehouse Club (originally a real warehouse and cosily underground like ...

Yazoo: Only Yazoo

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1982

TAKE TWO happy people... ...

Scritti Politti: It's The Scritti Political Broadcast

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, June 1982

Quiet please! The next feature will be on all three channels. Johnny Black gets a taste of modern soul music. ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four: Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Smash Hits, June 1982

THE GANG OF Four are one of the few groups who are almost always better on stage than on record. After a sticky patch last ...

Culture Club, Musical Youth: Heaven, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, July 1982

THERE'S A nightclub in London called Heaven which is normally ruthlessly well run, organised for fun and good value. Tonight it's catering for a "rock" ...

Talk Talk

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, August 1982

BIT OF AN abrasive character, this Mark Hollis from Talk Talk. Halfway through our chat, I innocently mention that they're often compared to Duran Duran, ...

Duran Duran: On A Wing And A Prayer

Report and Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, August 1982

Duran Duran stop over in California and find they have to get out and push. Words: Ian Birch. ...

J. Walter Negro & The Loose Jointz: The Venue, London

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, August 1982

JUDGING BY the queue for tickets, "guests" outnumber the paying customers here tonight by something like three to one. It's often like this at The ...

The Undertones: Kilburn National Ballroom, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, September 1982

PLAYING ONLY their second live date of '82. The Undertones were greeted by an ecstatic audience. ...

Simple Minds: Jim Kerr's Glittering Dream

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1982

JIM KERR and I have just started talking over a cup of tea in London's Hyde Park, when a girl comes rushing up. ...

The Boys Town Gang: Possibly The Most Boring Group In The World

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1982

The Boys Town Gang talk about Art, Expression and Being Very Creative. Dave Rimmer catches up on some kip. ...

Wham!

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, October 1982

Two 19-year-olds from Bushey, Herts, who play all-British rap and funk? I meet all sorts in this job, claims Neil Tennant. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Straight Talking

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

"Dexys is my work, my life", claims Kevin Rowland. Much more than that he's not saying. Dave Rimmer waits with bated breath. ...

Yazoo: Worlds Apart

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

Alf and Vince probably "wouldn't be friends if we weren't working together". They often don't meet up 'til just before going on stage. Dave Rimmer ...

Culture Club: The Boy In New York City

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1982

Culture Club take on America and George discovers 46 flavours of shaving foam. Words: Dave Rimmer. ...

Tears For Fears

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, December 1982

Lest you harbour any doubts as to why Tears For Fears have taken over five months to record their first album, the answer is simple. ...

On The Tube

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, January 1983

"I ACTUALLY ENJOY Top Of The Pops very much but it lacks the excitement of a live programme. You can't cheat the kids. You've got ...

Malcolm McLaren: The New Adventures of Malcolm McLaren

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1983

A MAN IN HIS thirties with a shrill voice and a big, daft hat is telling me how pop music can regain its lost purpose. ...

Jonathan King Tops The Pops

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1983

AS HE FREELY admits, Jonathan King was born "in the late '40s, before most of your readers' parents". ...

Pete Wylie, Wah!: The Story of the Wylie

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1983

THE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON run-through for Top Of The Pops is a chaotic affair. In front of one of the three stages in the studio, a ...

Echo & The Bunnymen

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1983

IT WAS A trifle chilly, apparently, when the Bunnymen did the woodland photo session for their first album, Crocodiles. It was even colder on the ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Mud Club, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1983

ALL THE OLD dances are coming back, you know. ...

China Crisis: The Chinese Way

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1983

FIRST WE WENT on the Ferry across the Mersey. Then we walked through Liverpool for some tea. Gary Daly and Eddie Lundon of China Crisis ...

The Gap Band, Yarbrough & Peoples: The Gap Band/Yarbrough and Peoples: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1983

Intrepid fans shuffle past a regiment of niggly security men and into the Hammersmith Odeon. On stage a whole troupe of compères bounce on and ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1983

Most electronic duos seem to have hits instantly. Not so Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. Dave Rimmer finds out why it's taken them so long. ...

Big Country

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1983

JUST BACK from a photo session at the Museum Of Mankind, Big Country burst through the swing doors into Phonogram's cramped press office and mayhem ...

Spear Of Destiny: Liverpool

Live Review by Penny Kiley, Smash Hits, March 1983

SPEAR OF DESTINY are not just Theatre Of Hate by a new name. In fact, pretentious names, a guitarist and a bass player are all ...

Haircut 100, Nick Heyward: Back To Square One: Nick Heyward

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, March 1983

"IS IT REALLY worth talking about?" Ask Nick Heyward what he's been up to in the six months since the release of ‘Nobody's Fool’, the ...

New Order

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1983

I'VE ALWAYS had this picture of New Order — four sombre, sensitive types permanently locked in a darkened studio arguing about the merits of their ...

Hip Hop: A Guide

Guide by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, April 1983

IN 1979 A record called 'Rapper's Delight' by the Sugarhill Gang introduced us to rapping. Similar stuff soon followed — Kurtis Blow, Grandmaster Flash and ...

Afrika Bambaataa, Grand Wizard Theodore, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Larry Levan, The Sugarhill Gang: Hip Hop: The Music Centre

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, April 1983

Ever wondered where Wham! and Malcolm McLaren got their ideas from? Or how rapping and scratching actually started? The answers lie in the Bronx — a borough ...

The Creatures: Bamboo Music

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, April 1983

Deep in the jungle, something stirs. Strange drums beating, the cries of wild animals, a ghostly chanting sound...This, says lan Birch, can only mean one ...

The Alarm: For Whom The Bell Tolls: The Alarm

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1983

"WE WANT TO spread the vibe of friendship." No sniggering at the back, please. Mike peters of The Alarm really means that. And what’s more ...

Heaven 17: Another Chapter In "The Rocky Road To The Top"

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, May 1983

"I KNEW The Human League were about to break. We'll take a lot longer but we'll do it in the end." ...

Blancmange

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, May 1983

IT'S THE UNEARTHLY hour of 8.0 in the morning in some place called Astwick. Your reporter and the two members of Blancmange (both a trifle ...

Kajagoogoo: The Sound Of The Crowd: The Kajagoogoo Tour

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1983

Shrieks, squeals, gasps, wails...It gets even louder when the band actually come on stage. The Kajagoogoo tour is not an experience easily forgotten. Neil Tennant ...

Eurythmics

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, June 1983

I ARRIVE, two hours late, outside a church in North London. I push open the huge wooden door and find myself being smiled at by ...

Bananarama: Q&A

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, June 1983

Just how different are they? Neil Tennant puts the girls through that terrifying ordeal — being asked the same questions separately. And here's the answers. ...

Shakin' Stevens: The Secret Life Of Shaky

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, July 1983

He never gives interviews and keeps well out of the public eye. In fact, the 'real' Shakin' Stevens is a bit of a mystery. Ian ...

Duran Duran: That Was The Week That Was

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, August 1983

The week when Duran Duran got mobbed, met the Royals and hit the headlines every time they moved. Neil Tennant was never far behind them. ...

Wham!: The Sundance Kids

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, August 1983

A year ago Wham! made records and simply had fun. Now they've got managers, gossip columns and solo careers to worry about. Ian Birch hears ...

Heaven 17

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, September 1983

Why was Glenn Gregory smashing windows? What's this about platform boots with five-inch heels? Who or what are The Underpants? Johnny Black gets to the ...

The Police: May The Force Be With You

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, September 1983

When The Police played New York's Shea Stadium it looked like something from outer space. 67,000 people were in the audience. One of them was ...

Big Country, Eurythmics, Simple Minds, Steel Pulse, U2: U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country, Steel Pulse: A Day At The Racecourse

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, September 1983

A long, hot, emotional day it was too. Dublin's Phoenix Park throws open its gates to U2, Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Big Country and about 20,000 ...

The Cure

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, October 1983

Q: WHAT DO The Cure, The Banshees, The Royal Ballet and Crawley all have in common? ...

Duran Duran: Life In The Land Down Under

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, November 1983

Duran Duran have just got back from three months in Australia. Before they left, Dave Rimmer flew out to join them. ...

The Thompson Twins: If You're At Number 20, All You Can See Is The 19 Groups Ahead Of You. And You Hate Every One Of Them!

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, November 1983

Success, say the Thompson Twins, brings out the worst in you. And yet they still want more of it. Johnny Black brings you another chapter ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Culture Club and George

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, December 1983

A TYPICAL SUNDAY afternoon in New York's Central Park. Horse drawn carriages sweep by full of tourists. Armies of joggers with headphones stream down every ...

Thomas Dolby: The Appliance of Science

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1984

AT THE TENDER age of 25, Thomas Dolby has already established himself as an ingenious and inventive songwriter, performer, producer, synthesizer wizard and video director. ...

The Smiths: Hits And Myths

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, February 1984

From "severe starvation" to chart success without ever once ironing a shirt. Yes friends, says Dave Rimmer, it can be done! ...

Culture Club: Cutlure Club: The Jon Moss Story

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, March 1984

Pig William, Phone Bone Boulevard, Pastrami Barmy, Eskimo Norbert, The Clash, London, The Damned, The Edge, Jane Aire & The Belvederes, The Nips, Adam And ...

Michael Jackson: The Biggest Selling Solo Artist Of All Time

Report by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, March 1984

Quiet out there. Michael Jackson's record company is throwing a party and Ian Birch has got an invite. A few famous folk, dancers in top ...

The Style Council: Two's Company

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, March 1984

But three's just that little bit cosier. Neil Tennant has a tête-à-tête-à-tête with The Style Council. ...

Bananarama: We All Broke Down And Cried

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, March 1984

The last eight months have been a "nightmare" for Bananarama. Ian Birch finds out what went wrong. ...

Depeche Mode: Are These Men Really Miserable?

Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1984

Believe it or not, they aren't. Depeche Mode still haven't quite made the Big League but they don't seem to mind much. They're huge in ...

Nik Kershaw: I Never Wanted To Be A Muscleman

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Smash Hits, March 1984

Nik Kershaw wears black underpants, plays chess and suspects some people think he's a wimp. It's amazing what pop stars tell Johnny Black. ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The War Game

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, April 1984

They've become the most notorious British group since the Sex Pistols. Now they're dressing up in army uniforms to promote their new single – "a ...

New Order: We've Got This Far And We Can't Even Play!

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, May 1984

So says New Order's Bernard Sumner. Dave Rimmer isn't saying anything. ...

George Michael, Wham!: Wham!: The Beach Boys

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1984

A sun-soaked story of sea, sand, shorts, shuttlecocks and snogging. Yes, Wham! are back. Your travel guide in Miami: Neil Tennant. ...

Evelyn Thomas, Gloria Gaynor, The Weather Girls: High Energy

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

It's a new type of dance beat. Hazell Dean's 'Searchin'' is High Energy; so are The Weather Girls, Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn Thomas. The charts ...

Bronski Beat: Runaway Boys: Bronski Beat

Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, June 1984

Bronski Beat are young, talented and they've only played a handful of concerts. And suddenly everyone's asking them questions. Questions about their "stance" as a ...

Billy Idol: Alive & Kicking!

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, July 1984

Billy Idol was the typical punk back in the late '70s — tough, rude, a bit mental. In 1984 he's exactly the same (only more ...

Culture Club In The Land Of The Rising Sun

Report by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, July 1984

Culture Club in Japan are very big news INDEED. They're the most popular British pop group. They fill massive stadiums. There are Girl Georges everywhere. ...

Spinal Tap: This Is Spinal Tap (15)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, August 1984

Remember The Bad News Tour? How The Comic Strip tore into the ludicrous excesses of heavy metal groups? ...

Prince: Purple Rain (15)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, August 1984

PRINCE loves to pout. To press together his moist, full lips while throwing a sulky, sensuous stare with his big eyes. Even more, he loves ...

Adam & The Ants: Adam Ant: "When everybody likes you, you're in real trouble… And I got in real trouble"

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, September 1984

Adam Ant is back. Three years after 'Prince Charming', he's ready to face up to his mistakes. And he's still fighting with a new single, ...

Nik Kershaw: Fame! Riches! Fast Cars! Lots Of Free Meals And Fizzy Drinks!

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Smash Hits, September 1984

ABOUT A YEAR ago it was Nik and Sheri Kershaw's wedding day. Registry office, parents and friends, reception at their small house in Essex, cut ...

Wham!: "We're No Con!"

Interview by Ian Birch, Smash Hits, September 1984

... but they used to be. Wham! now think that their whole ''Bad Boys" look is "pathetic" and they "can't believe how many people bought ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: The Wild Boys

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, October 1984

Pedro, Nasher and Mark are not quiet types. "Getting absolutely bladdered and smashing the place up" is a little more their line. That and slagging ...

Depeche Mode: Strange But True

Report and Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, November 1984

WHEN DEPECHE MODE were in Berlin a few months ago, they got a bit drunk while doing an interview and let a photographer take some ...

Prince: Detroit My Name Is Prince And I've Come To Play With You

Report by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, November 1984

Smoke bombs explode, fabulously exciting multi-coloured confetti rains from the rafters, The Revolution are playing 'Let's Go Crazy' and Prince is twirling round and round. ...

Madness: Upwards And Onwards

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 1985

MADNESS ARE PLANNING A TV SERIES. THEY'RE STARTING A RECORD LABEL. THEY EVEN WEAR HAND-MADE SOCKS THESE DAYS. IT'S CALLED "BROADENING ONE'S OUTLOOK". WELL, THAT'S ...

Gary Glitter

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, January 1985

"The Portly Pilot Of Pop", they called him. "The Clown Prince Of Glam", they called him. "A Frightmare In Lurex", "Marlene Dietrich Gone Wrong", "A ...

Janice Long: The Janice Long Story

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1985

How do you get a job as a Radio 1 DJ? Simple – you go to a "really posh" school, then become an insurance clerk, ...

The Smiths: Morrissey: 'Meat is Murder!'

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, January 1985

"MEAT IS MURDER!" That's the message from Morrissey. A message he's "madly serious" about. He's so serious, in fact, that The Smiths are just about ...

Spandau Ballet: Shout To The Top

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, January 1985

When they started out, at the dawn of the '80s, Spandau Ballet were determined "to do something different". They said they'd never end up like ...

Mick Jagger: If You Don't Know Who This Bloke Is, Ask Your Parents…

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1985

They'll tell you. "He's MICK JAGGER," they'll say, trembling visibly. "Singer with the Rolling Stones. He's 41 and he's had 8 Number Ones, 22 Top ...

Alison Moyet: Fowl Play

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1985

Alison Moyet is a singer, mum-to-be, owner of a house in the country and a collector of dodgy videos. But there's something more to her ...

Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant At The British Record Industry Awards

Report by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1985

You saw Prince. You heard Frankie. You felt the warmth of Wham's sun tans. You watched the TV show but now read THE FULL STORY! ...

Marilyn: Does Anyone Still Want Him?

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, March 1985

"I COULD DROP DOWN DEAD TOMORROW AND I COULD COUNT THE PEOPLE WHO WOULD CARE ON ONE HAND." MARILYN IS TRYING TO MAKE "A COMEBACK". ...

Kim Wilde: "I'm Game For A Laugh!"

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, April 1985

And this, Kim Wilde explains, "can be a bit lethal". When it comes to choosing a new image, she'll try anything. Some look great; with others "I think ...

Propaganda: A Song From Europe

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, May 1985

The German pop group Propaganda released their last single, 'Dr Mabuse', over a year ago. Then they had to wait while their record company devoted time to Frankie Goes To Hollywood. And ...

Asher Senator, The Cool Notes, Five Star, Pato Banton, Smiley Culture: The Cool Notes, Smiley Culture, Asher Senator, Pato Banton, Five Star: Hammersmith Palais, London

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, May 1985

"All Dayers" have been going for years. They're marathon sessions of dancing to reggae and soul records with live appearances from the singers who made ...

Midnight Oil, The Style Council, The Untouchables, Working Week: Working Week/The Untouchables/Midnight Oil/The Style Council: Glastonbury CND Festival, Somerset

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, July 1985

MUD: IT'S what you get if 40,000 people tramp around a small farm for 48 hours in almost constant rain. A lot of mud. By ...

The Redskins: * William Shaw Sympathises With... The Redskins

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, July 1985

* They think Live Aid is sickening* They reckon the Queen must feel a complete wally"* They want to bring down "post-war consumer capitalism"* They're ...

Live Aid, Saturday 13th July 1985: The Greatest Show On Earth

Report by Various Writers, Smash Hits, July 1985

LAST DECEMBER when Bob Geldof and Midge Ure assembled a choir of extremely famous pop stars to record a song in aid of starving Ethiopians, ...

The Human League: Six Go Completely Bonkers

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, July 1985

Three years ago, The Human League were the biggest pop group in the whole world. Their classic single 'Don't You Want Me' had been number ...

Marc Almond: Do You Hate This Man?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, September 1985

Do you hate this man? If so you're not alone. Marc Almond admits he's "one of the most disliked of all pop stars". But he ...

Nik Kershaw, Paul Young: Paul Young & Nik Kershaw: "We Haven't Actually Kissed Yet..."

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, September 1985

They'd never met before. But then they set off to "conquer" America — Nick's the support act on Paul's US tour — and now they're ...

Five Star: Five Go To Disneyland

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1985

Pooh Bear wanders by with a pot of honey on his head! Shoals of artificial fish splash merrily in a nearby lake! Donald Duck sings ...

Cliff Richard: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'roll (With A Little Help From Elvis Presley And Shakespeare)

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, December 1985

"I SUPPOSE many of the young rock fans who are always looking for something new and exciting find me terribly boring. But if you think about ...

Sade: International Centre, Harrogate

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, December 1985

SADE ADU may have a most entrancing set of vocal chords and a face to match, but somehow this evening never really got off the ...

Pet Shop Boys: The Pet Shop Boys: An ex-Smash Hits Writer and the Grandson of a Nitwit

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, December 1985

Doesn't sound like the ideal line-up for a successful pop duo, does it? But now that 'West End Girls' is whizzing up the charts that's ...

Billy Bragg, Junior Giscombe, Spandau Ballet, The Style Council: Red Wedge

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, February 1986

"It's no good just complaining in your beer about things — you've got to come out and say it..." So says Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp. ...

The B.P.I. Awards

Report by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, February 1986

While you were watching the awards ceremony on TV the other week, a select few music biz "nobs" were there in person at a big ...

Queen

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, March 1986

Were they wrong to play in Sun City? Did the cash in on Live Aid with their single 'One Vision'? At last their gracious majesties ...

Talk Talk: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, June 1986

WHAT A SCRUFF Mark Hollis is! Talk Talk's singer and songwriter is wearing a tatty old pair of jeans, his shirt isn't tucked in and ...

Bucks Fizz: To Hell And Back

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, July 1986

BUCKS FIZZ have survived a coach crash, the Jay Aston "scandal" and Shelley's chaotic audition. And they're still having top ten hits and rattling on ...

Janet Jackson: This Girl Sleeps With Snakes

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, August 1986

And feeds her llama on bubble sum and lets her giraffe eat all her mum's trees and sends her monkey to school. Oh yes, and ...

Falco: The Sound of Music

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

"THE SOUND OF Musik". Fair brings it all back, doesn't it? Julie Andrews swanning over the Alps singing her little heart out. 'Climb Every Mountain'. ...

Howard Jones Has Had A Baby

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

A little boy, to be exact. He's called Osheen (!) and, at 12 weeks old, has already flown in a plane 11 times and been backstage to ...

Little Richard: This Man Invented Rock'n'roll

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1986

Little Richard was wearing make-up and singing pervy songs and shocking audiences before Prince or Sid Vicious or Martin Degville were even born. "I'm a living legend!" ...

Cameo: "I Am A Warrior"

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, November 1986

Oh. That's funny, we could have sworn you were the bloke with the"codpiece" from Cameo, Larry Blackmon (for it is he) announces his plans for world domination. ...

A-ha: WOOOOAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!

Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, December 1986

A-ha play their first ever concert in Britain! The whole country goes 'wooooaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!" ...

Pepsi & Shirlie: Pepsi and Shirlie: 'Us Groovy Chicks Want To Get On Down'

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, January 1987

Quite. That's what Wham!'s former backing singers Pepsi and Shirlie told George and Andrew anyway. Now they're out there on their own but there seems ...

The Margaret Thatcher Interview!!?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, March 1987

Come with us, why don't you, inside the hallowed portals of Number 10 Downing Street where the so-called "Iron Lady" awaits your "pleasure"... ...

Kylie Minogue

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, April 1988

She's already been number one for about 12 years with 'I Should Be So Lucky', she's about to bring out her new single 'Got To ...

Voice Of The Beehive: There's No Place Like Home

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, September 1988

There certainly isn't, listeners, especially when you're Tracey and Melissa from Voice Of The Beehive and "home" is none other than "L.A." (man). William Shaw ...

Dame Edna Everage: 'I'm A Sort Of Fairy Godmother'

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Smash Hits, December 1988

Absolutely! For you are the "legendary" "housewife-superstar" Dame Edna Everage, mentor of the rich and famous, guru of "style" and big pal of Sir Clifford ...

Milli Vanilli: Personal File: Milli Vanilli

Interview by uncredited writer, Smash Hits, January 1989

FULL NAME: Robert Pilatus. BORN: 8/6/65 in New York. ...

Michael Jackson: The Day I Went To Michael Jackson's House…

Report by William Shaw, Smash Hits, October 1990

Imagine… you go to Michael Jackson's house, he introduces you to all his animals, you have a cosy chat, a spot of luncheon, go for ...

Betty Boo Conquers America!!

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, November 1990

Well, that's what she's trying to do anyway. She's just spent three exhausting weeks in TV studios, radio stations and hotel rooms all over the ...

EMF: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

Live Review by David Quantick, Smash Hits, November 1990

THE FOREST OF DEAN in rural Gloucestershire is not the sort of place you would call "the home of very noisy rock 'n' roll"; this ...

Depeche Mode: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, December 1990

A "STOCKY" BLOKE in white jeans and perv-o-sparkle glitter jacket! A fright-wigged blonde bloke in a chain-mail mini skirt! A bespectacled bloke who stands grimly ...

Belinda Carlisle, The Go-Go's: Belinda Carlisle!

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, January 1991

• She used to live in the untidiest house in Hollywood!• She plays music to her plants!• She's had about half an hour's holiday to ...

Cher: Love Hurts (Geffen)

Review by Caroline Sullivan, Smash Hits, July 1991

THIS ALBUM, earthlings, is one exhausting experience. ...

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