Episode 16: Smash Hits – 10-23 August 1988 with Jude Rogers

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

In this episode, writer Jude Rogers (The Guardian, The Quietus, Mojo and more) takes us back to her days as a day 10 year-old pop kid in August 1988 and the very first Smash Hits she ever bought. Along the way we discuss Kylie Minogue, Pat Benatar, Tanita Tikaram, Yazz, Bomb The Bass, Bros, Nik Kershaw, Billy Idol, R.E.M., Brother Beyond, band t-shirts, Prince, Michael Jackson and loads more! Plus the usual RSVP and singles reviews. We also hear from one of the pop stars who appears in this issue of Ver Hits!

Read along with us thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered.

And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits on Spotify and YouTube.

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Find out more about the many things Jude does via her website: http://www.juderogers.com

Jude’s interview with Sylvia Patterson And Miranda Sawyer (The Quietus, 2016): https://thequietus.com/articles/20560-sylvia-patterson-miranda-sawyer-jude-rogers-interview

Jude’s piece on her REM fandom (The Guardian, 2021): https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/24/rem-how-the-arty-pop-gods-taught-a-shy-south-wales-girl-to-be-herself

Our episode with Barry McIlheney where he talks about his encounter with Michael Jackson: https://link.chtbl.com/yt2JHMWr

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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!

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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 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!

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