Episode 17: Smash Hits – 28 May -10 June 1981 with Paul Hanley

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

In this episode writer, podcaster and former drummer with The Fall (1980-85) Paul Hanley joins us to peruse a ‘double A side’ issue of Smash Hits from 1981… and a whole lot more. Along the way we encounter Adam & The Ants, Stray Cats, Kim Wilde, Prince, Kraftwerk, Sparks, Stars On 45, Landscape, The Jam and Spandau Ballet among others, plus the usual Bitz, Letters and reviews. Paul also talks about his time with The Fall, who also happen to appear in the pages of this very issue of Ver Hits.

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Gavin (centre) with Paul Hanley (left) and Steve Hanley (right)

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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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!

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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

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