Episode 12: Smash Hits – 29 May – 11 June 1980 with Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison, former editor of Select, Q and Mixmag and co-host of Bigmouth podcast (among many other things) joins us on the carousel to look at the Smash Hits of 29 May – 11 June 1980.

In a wide-ranging conversation, artists discussed include Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Specials, Hot Chocolate and many more. Andrew also tells us about his own involvement in Smash Hits and reflects on a career in music mags and some of the lessons learned.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 11: Summer Special 2020

Welcome to The Giddy Carousel of Pop’s swingorilliant summer special!

Simon and Gavin snip out their favourite bits from the ten issues of Smash Hits they’ve covered so far on the podcast, and stick them into their audio scrapbook.

Artists discussed include Simon Le Bon and Arcadia, The Human League, Bros, Elton John and Rod Stewart, The Communards, Kool & The Gang, Climie Fisher and Sinitta.

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Episode 10b: Smash Hits – 17-30 July 1985 (part 2) with Tim Robinson

Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride!

We continue our look back at the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. Having dealt with all the Live Aid content in our last episode, we turn our attention to the rest of the mag which includes features on Phil Oakey, Bucks Fizz, Belouis Some and The Redskins, along with the usual lyrics, Bitz, Singles Reviews and RSVP.

If you didn’t hear our Live Aid special in the last part of this podcast, please check it out

You can read along with us thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 10a: Smash Hits – 17-30 July 1985 (part 1) – Live Aid special

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To mark the 35th anniversary of Live Aid, we go back to the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. We look at Ver Hits coverage of the historic concerts in London and Philadelphia and hear from people who were there or watched from home. We also speak to three former Smash Hits editors – David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and Barry McIlheney – about their memories of the day along with BBC TV director David G Croft.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 9: Smash Hits – 9-22 October 1985 with Julie Hamill

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In this episode we go back to the Smash Hits of 9-22 October 1985 with broadcaster, writer and pop geek Julie Hamill. Pete Burns and Morrissey grace the cover and other artists discussed include Simon Le Bon, The Cure, Five Star, Lloyd Cole, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol and many more.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 8b: Smash Hits – 25 March – 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 2)

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In part two of our chat with former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) we continue out look at the issue of 25 March – 7 April 1987. If you missed part one, go and listen to it now!

In just three years, Barry went from being a library assistant living with his mum in Belfast to editor of Britain’s brightest pop mag, via spells at Hot Press and Melody Maker. It was under his editorship that Smash Hits achieved its highest-ever circulation figures, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. From going to dinner with Michael Jackson to asking the members of U2 to draw a duck, Barry takes us behind the scenes of what life was like at Ver Hits.

Artists discussed include The Mission, Mel & Kim, The Blow Monkeys, Bruce Willis, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, U2 and Genesis.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 8a: Smash Hits – 25 March – 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 1)

Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride!

In the first of two parts, Simon and Gavin chat to former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) and the 25 March – 7 April 1987 issue in particular.

In just three years, Barry went from being a library assistant living with his mum in Belfast to editor of Britain’s brightest pop mag, via spells at Hot Press and Melody Maker. It was under his editorship that Smash Hits achieved its highest-ever circulation figures, but it wasn’t all plain sailing. From upsetting rock royalty to putting the wrong pop star on the cover, Barry takes us behind the scenes of what life was like at Ver Hits.

Artists discussed include The Mission, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Terence Trent D’Arby and Curiosity Killed The Cat. Tom Hibbert takes a trip to Downing Street to meet Margaret Thatcher and Gavin dons his detective’s cap and tracks down an RSVP pop kid.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Episode 7: Smash Hits – 4-17 November 1987 with Catherine Sked

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In this episode we go back to the Smash Hits of 4-17 November 1987 with pop kid Catherine Sked. U2 grace the cover and other artists featured include T’Pau, Marillion, Communards, Blue Mercedes, Pet Shop Boys (again!), Heartbeat, Sting and Wet Wet Wet, not to mention Billy Idol’s ‘perv breeks’ and Rick Astley’s ruddy big pig.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

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Find scans of the issue here http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2017/11/november-4-17-1987.html
and here http://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/233—4th—17th-november-1987.

And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5yfCPCio9FsRIjsFsO5WYZ
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuHFmVMlAtnmx2rXgmZBaz16

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Episode 6: Smash Hits – 23 March – 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 2)

Simon and Gavin welcome you back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

In the second part of our chat with freelance pop culture writer, contributor to The Guardian and former Smash Hits deputy editor Hannah Verdier, we continue our look through the Ver Hits of 23 March – 5 April 1988 (the Easter hols!), plus she tells us about her time working at the mag in the late 90s/early 00s including a rather awkward encounter with Jon Bon Jovi and pop larks with Ash and Boyzone.

Artists discussed include Pet Shop Boys, UB40, Bros, Climie Fisher, Sinitta, Taja Sevelle, Erasure, Deacon Blue, Patrick Swayze, The Fall, Morrissey and Rick Astley’s ruddy big pig among many others.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

Listen to the podcast by clicking the player or one of the links below.

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LINKS TO THE ISSUE
Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/u68jmmj
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/sn8dqn5

PLAYLIST LINKS
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/slyu6zm
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/skrrphe

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Episode 6: Smash Hits – 23 March – 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 1)

Simon and Gavin welcome you once again to The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

In the first of two parts, we have a good look through the Smash Hits of 23 March – 5 April 1988 (the Easter hols!) with the help of our special guest, freelance pop culture writer, contributor to The Guardian and former Smash Hits deputy editor in the late 90s/early 00s, Hannah Verdier.

Hannah tells us about her time at the mag, as well as taking us back to the Smash Hits-obsessed teenage music geek who dreamed of nothing but getting a job at Ver Hits.

Artists discussed include Pet Shop Boys, Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Voice Of The Beehive, Des O’Connor, Michael Jackson, Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Patsy Kensit, Taylor Dayne, Michael Hutchence and Heart.

You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

Listen to the podcast by clicking the player or one of the links below.

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LINKS TO THE ISSUE
Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/u68jmmj
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/sn8dqn5

PLAYLIST LINKS
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/slyu6zm
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/skrrphe

Episode 2 will be with you on March 11th.

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