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.
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.
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.
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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.
Simon and Gavin welcome you aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!
In this first edition of the Smash Hits appreciation podcast, we have a good look at Ver Hits from 6-19 November 1985, with our good buddy Tim Robinson (of Manchester-based production/DJ outfit Nightdubbing) lending a helping hand in this rummage through the back issues of pop.
Among the regular fortnightly columns (Bitz, Get Smart, Singles & Albums Reviews, RSVP, Letters), artists discussed include: Simple Minds, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Kate Bush, Howard Jones, Grace Jones, Midge Ure, Marc Almond, Echo & The Bunnymen, Madness, UB40, Captain Sensible, Wham!, Pet Shop Boys, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Spandau Ballet, Paul Hardcastle, The Waterboys and loads more.