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

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

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

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

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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Episode 5: Smash Hits – February 1979 (issue 4)

Simon and Gavin welcome you aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

In this episode we go all the way back to February 1979 to dissect issue 4 of Smash Hits. The last of the mag’s initial monthly issues, it only takes a moment to realise that this actually hit the streets in the January of 1979, tying up the loose ends of 1978 with its mix of pop, punk and disco before moving to fortnightly publication the following month, clearly marking out its future musical territory along the way.

Academic, author and broadcaster Simon Philo joins us to peruse its pages, with artists discussed including: Elvis Costello, Leo Sayer, Generation X, Olivia Newton John, Boomtown Rats, Rachel Sweet, Earth Wind & Fire, The Jacksons, Elton John, Paul Evans, Manhattan Transfer, Bay City Rollers, Sid Vicious, Funkadelic, Racey, Sally Oldfield, The Beach Boys and many more. We even take a look at the horoscopes!

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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LINKS TO THE ISSUE
Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/w89cw6b
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/tbx9gmn

PLAYLIST LINKS
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/t6wlpo5
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/ue2ru7x

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Episode 4: Smash Hits – 4-17 March 1982 with David Hepworth (part 2)

In the second part of our chat with former Smash Hits editor David Hepworth, we continue looking at the Smash Hits of 4-17 March 1982 (picking up at page 20), going behind the scenes of the magazine, the people who worked on it, the pop stars who appeared in it, and the invaluable part played by its readers, including David’s proudest professional moment.

Artists discussed in part two include ABC, The Human League, Associates, Alice Cooper, Haircut 100, plus regular features including the singles and albums reviews, RSVP and letters.

Find part one here.

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 one of the links below.

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MAGAZINE SCANS
Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/yjvedge2
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/ydnmoa5c

PLAYLISTS
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/ygpwkmk6
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yzuakcro

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L-R: Gavin Hogg, David Hepworth, Simon Galloway

ABOUT DAVID HEPWORTH
David joined Smash Hits as a writer in early 1979, becoming its editor from 1981-1983 and subsequently managing editor, being involved with the magazine in some capacity for pretty much its whole lifespan. He went on to oversee the launch of many other titles during the 80s and 90s including Just Seventeen, Q, Mojo and Empire to name a few, and in 2003, The Word magazine. He was also a presenter on Whistle Test, the BBC TV music show, and part of the tv presentation team for the Live Aid concert in 1985, when Bob Geldof swore at him live on air in front of millions of viewers!

These days, he’s the author of a string of best-selling music books, the latest of which is The Rock & Roll A Level, and he also co-hosts the Word In Your Ear podcast alongside his former Smash Hits colleague Mark Ellen.

Find him here http://www.davidhepworth.com/ and on Twitter @DavidHepworth.

Episode 4: Smash Hits – 4-17 March 1982 with David Hepworth (part 1)

Former Smash Hits editor David Hepworth joins Simon and Gavin on The Giddy Carousel of Pop, looking at the Smash Hits of 4-17 March 1982, in part one of a wide-ranging conversation that takes us behind the scenes of the magazine, the people who worked on it, the pop stars who appeared in it, and the invaluable part played by its readers.

Artists discussed in part one include ABC, Gary Numan, Paul Weller, Orange Juice, Toni Basil and Vice Squad/Beki Bondage. Or, pages 1 to 19! Part two of the podcast will be out on January 14.

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 one of the links below.

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Or, if you listen to podcasts on an Amazon Alexa or Echo, just ask it to play ‘The Giddy Carousel of Pop podcast’, and it will! If you can’t find us, let us know and we’ll get it sorted.

MAGAZINE SCANS
Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/yjvedge2
Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/ydnmoa5c

PLAYLISTS
Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/ygpwkmk6
YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/yzuakcro

The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

L-R: Gavin Hogg, David Hepworth, Simon Galloway

David joined Smash Hits as a writer in early 1979, becoming its editor from 1981-1983 and subsequently managing editor, being involved with the magazine in some capacity for pretty much its whole lifespan. He went on to oversee the launch of many other titles during the 80s and 90s including Just Seventeen, Q, Mojo and Empire to name a few, and in 2003, The Word magazine. He was also a presenter on Whistle Test, the BBC TV music show, and part of the tv presentation team for the Live Aid concert in 1985, when Bob Geldof swore at him live on air in front of millions of viewers!

These days, he’s the author of a string of best-selling music books, the latest of which is The Rock & Roll A Level, and he also co-hosts the Word In Your Ear podcast alongside his former Smash Hits colleague Mark Ellen.

Find him here http://www.davidhepworth.com/ and on Twitter @DavidHepworth.

Episode 3: Smash Hits 6-19 December 1984 with Patricia Caliskan

Simon and Gavin welcome you aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

In this third episode of the Smash Hits appreciation podcast, we have a good look at Ver Hits from 6-19 December 1984, with our guest, author and journalist Patricia Caliskan lending a helping hand in this rummage through the highlights of a very festive edition from the biggest Christmas of the 1980s and in pop music history.

Among the regular fortnightly features (Bitz, Singles Reviews, lyrics and letters), artists discussed include: Band Aid, David Bowie, Strawberry Switchblade, Ian McCulloch, Paul Young, Kool & The Gang, Spandau Ballet, Wham!, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Bananarama, Duran Duran, Midge Ure 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!

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

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Or, if you listen to podcasts on an Amazon Alexa or Echo, just ask it to play ‘The Giddy Carousel of Pop podcast’, and it will! If you can’t find us, let us know and we’ll get it sorted.

LINKS TO THE ISSUE
http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2014/12/december-6-19-1984.html
https://sites.google.com/site/smashhitscovers3/6th—19th-december-1984

PLAYLIST LINKS
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6vLQNrfXLHXjJYNFexTkW4
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuHsVkqo-UXfpE3z56kGrb92

The Giddy Carousel is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

Episode 2: Smash Hits 17-30 May 1989

Simon and Gavin welcome you aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

In this second episode of the Smash Hits appreciation podcast, we have a good look at Ver Hits from 17-30 May 1989, with our guest Rachael Galletly lending a helping hand in this rummage through the back issues of pop.

Among the regular fortnightly features (Bitz, RVSP, Singles & Albums Reviews, lyrics and posters), artists discussed include: Roxette, Kylie Minogue, Queen, Fuzzbox, Sam Brown, Stefan Dennis, Bros, Debbie Gibson, Jason Donovan, Danny Wilson, London Boys, Soul II Soul, WASP, Eddy Grant, Paula Abdul, Reynolds Girls, Sonia, Big Fun, Tom Jones, Dirty Dancing, Hue & Cry, Poison and loads 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!

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

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