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Chris Heath

Chris Heath

Chris Heath is a British writer who was a regular contributor to the popular English music magazine Smash Hits in the '80s and early '90s. In the late '80s, he travelled with Pet Shop Boys on their first ever world tour and the result was the book entitled Literally, released in 1990. In 1993, he published Pet Shop Boys Versus America which was written as he accompanied them on a US tour. He wrote the liner notes to the 2001 reissues of the band's first six albums, and assisted in the compilation of additional songs for inclusion. Alongside Pet Shop Boys, he contributed to the commentary track on the 2003 PopArt DVD. He writes and edits the Pet Shop Boys' fan club magazine, also called Literally, and conducts an interview for each of their tour programmes. He has been a staff writer at Details, Rolling Stoneand most recently, American GQ,for which he has interviewed and written profiles of many celebrities. He is also the author of the best-selling biography of Robbie Williams, Feel (2004), and its follow-up, Reveal (2017).

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A-ha: A Day in the Life of A-ha

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 January 1986

Fireworks, gold discs, spots, a lot of snogging, an interview in a pub, a TV-am film crew and two very nosey people from Smash Hits... ...

The Beastie Boys

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 March 1987

Their names are MCA, MIKE D and AD-ROCK. They are the most obnoxious pop stars in the history of the world. They are causing complete ...

Elvis Costello, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders, The Pogues: The Pogues, Elvis Costello, The Swamps, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders: The Clarendon, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 April 1985

They're of Irish descent! They play hectic punk-folk music! They leave no table unturned! ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: "We've Got Street Cred! Woooooh!"

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 February 1987

Curiosity Killed The Cat explain they're not posh, they just wear clothes to "keep warm" and they're certainly not just "four models there for the ...

De La Soul: "Chicken sandwich! Hyaphehehe hyupaheehee who ha ha!"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 November 1989

Geddit? Neither do we actually, but then it seems we're not supposed to. That's De La Soul for you. Chris Heath wrestles with the grumpiest ...

Debbie Gibson: Brilliant!

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 9 March 1988

That's Chris Heath's "considered" opinion of Debbie Gibson's first ever British consort at the Astoria in "downtown" London... ...

Debbie Gibson: Wakey Wakey

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 June 1988

Come on Debbie, time to rise and "shine"! (snooooze...) Out from under the "duvet" with you, missus! (yawn!)... Debbie Gibson tells Chris Heath about her ...

Michael Jackson: The Bubbles Story!

Profile by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 24 February 1988

Michael Jackson, eh listeners? He's a bit of a rum dude who never talks to anybody in his weeny, whisperish "voice". Except, that is, to ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 March 1985

They're all either 19 or 20 years old. They smash equipment on stage. They wear obscene t-shirts. They play chaotic pop tunes and they want ...

Marilyn Manson: The Love Song of Marilyn Manson

Special Feature by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 15 October 1998

In which our hero, trapped in the hills of Los Angeles, finds a girl, discovers his emotions and consumes copious amounts of drugs ...

George Michael, Wham!: "Will George Michael Ever Appear On Stage Again"

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 3 January 1985

Of course he will. But that didn't stop people asking questions like that on the news the day he strained his back and Wham! had ...

Kylie Minogue: N.E.C., Birmingham

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 2 May 1990

A SIZZLING X-RATED SHOW! (except it's nothing of the sort) ...

New Kids On The Block: It's the New Kids on the Block!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 16 November 1989

IT'S THE Monday morning after their "triumphant" performance of 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party and New Kids ...

New Order: Finsbury Park Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 February 1985

HOW DO New Order get away with It? If Wham!, Spandau or Frankie stood up onstage wearing their everyday clothes and looking fairly bored, played ...

Pet Shop Boys: What Does It Take To Make These Men Happy?

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 26 February 1986


Spice Girls: Too Hot to Handle

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 10 July 1997

How five British pop tarts built their own world empire ...

Wet Wet Wet: Could you cope with being in Wet Wet Wet!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 9 March 1988

Well, first of all you get "kidnapped" by a mad taxi driver, then you get attacked by people who want to punch you in the ...

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