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Neil Tennant

Neil Tennant worked for Marvel Comics in the 1970s and for Smash Hits in the early 1980s. He retired as a journalist in 1985 to concentrate on being one of the Pet Shop Boys.

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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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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" ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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". ...

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 ...

Malcolm McLaren: The Mud Club, London

Live Review by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1983

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

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". ...

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. ...

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. ...

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! ...

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 ...

Prince: Purple Rain (15)

Film/DVD 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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Yazoo: Only Yazoo

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, May 1982

TAKE TWO happy people... ...

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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, ...

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