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Spandau Ballet: Shout To The Top

Interview by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, 31 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 ...

Communards, The, Bronski Beat: Jimmy Somerville: The Age of Dissent

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 25 May 1985

In his first major interview since quitting pop stardom with Bronski Beat, Jimmy Somerville talks candidly to Paolo Hewitt about the political dilemmas success brings, ...

Style Council, The: The Style Council: Our Favourite Shop (Polydor)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 25 May 1985

Shopping spree ...

Billy Bragg, Ian Dury, Echo & The Bunnymen, Green On Red, Men They Couldn’t Hang, The, Poison Girls, Style Council, The: Echo & The Bunnymen, Ian Dury et al: Glastonbury CND Festival, Pilton, Somerset

Live Review by Jack Barron, Sounds, 29 June 1985

"JESUS WEPT," from St Mark's Gospel is, I'm assured, the shortest verse in The Bible. That his Divinity did so over this event when 40,000 people decamped ...

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

Live Review by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 3 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 ...

Scritti Politti: The Politics of Green Land

Interview by Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 6 July 1985

Adam Sweeting meets Scritti Politti's radical singer-songwriter ...

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

Report by Various Writers, Smash Hits, 17 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, ...

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

Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 17 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 ...

Style Council, The: The Style Council: Internationalists (Geffen)

Review by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, September 1985

LEADING THE Jam, Paul Weller was usually eloquent about the ineloquence of youth. Now he's an adult, and he's learned all about monetarism (it's bad) ...

Jesus & Mary Chain, The: The Jesus And Mary Chain: Unchained Melody

Interview by Don Watson, NME, 14 September 1985

Fourth single and an LP coming up? Surely THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN aren't becoming veterans? DON WATSON chronicles the rise of the best bit ...

The Buzzcocks, The Clash, The Damned, Generation X, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Slits: Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986

TO PUT EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE, AS TO WHERE THE ORIGINALS FROM '76 HAVE GONE; BE IT A WAYSIDE DITCH OR A MAJOR RECORD COMPANY WATER ...

Tears For Fears: "We're going to weird out like you wouldn't believe!"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 January 1986

1985 was quite a year for Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. They had a number one single and album in America and massive hits just ...

New Order: Shaming The Nation

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986

With last year's album Low-life, NEW ORDER finally laid the ghost of Joy Division and emerged as one of this nation's saving graces with a ...

Billy Bragg: Bill of Rights

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 18 January 1986

Can RED WEDGE kick new life into old Labour? Will our lovable lefty pop heroes transform Kinnock's party into a stylish outfit prepared for government? ...

Punk: I Fought The Biz And The Biz Won (How We Got Here From There)

Overview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 1 February 1986

PUNK: IT MADE OUR DAY...It's been ten bleak winters since...well, we look back in hunger at the years youth reclaimed rock and for a while ...

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

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Smash Hits, 12 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. ...

Propaganda: The Pop Machinery Cranks On

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 22 February 1986

In the frozen musical wastes of '86, Claudia Brucken-Morley thinks of PROPAGANDA as "being a life long thing". CHRIS ROBERTS is thinking more along the ...

Roger Daltrey: Who Am I?

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Creem, March 1986

TWO YEARS AFTER the final agonizing bust-up of the Who Roger Daltrey can no longer stand premature rock burial. Daltrey never wanted the group to ...

Ewan MacColl, Paul Weller, Tom Robinson Band: A Concert For Heroes: Paul Weller, Tom Robinson, Ewan McColl at the Royal Albert Hall

Live Review by Len Brown, NME, 15 March 1986

A WORKING-CLASS hero is something to be; it gets more difficult by the day. Under a Government that puts Profit and Progress before People (don't ...

David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Working Week: Absolute Beginners

Special Feature by Adam Sweeting, Brian Case, Melody Maker, 22 March 1986

AT LONG last, it's almost here. Poor old JULIEN TEMPLE has been working on his movie of Colin MacInnes' novel Absolute Beginners apparently since the ...


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