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!

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Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/u68jmmj
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/sn8dqn5

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

Episode 2 will be with you on March 11th.

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