This was my first copy of Smash HITS, purchased on a Sunday as we made a trip to a Hospital in Sheffield to see my Granddad, who was ill and was, for whatever reason, up there in the North (he lived near Nuneaton, so why he was in Sheffield I will never know). I remember he liked to have half a glass of orange cordial (Quosh) poured in his glass before it was diluted with water. Maybe he was in because of that predilection.
We were there for what seemed an eternity (made worse by the fact it was grey and wet outside, and the room was gloomy), but this, my first copy of Smash HITS, made it more than memorable. This was the light that lit the fuse, my dormant interest in music awakened with the passion that Smash HITS exuded. I was already listening to Tony Blackburn present the top 40 on a Sunday night on Radio 1, had already purchased my first single (‘Baggy Trousers‘ by Madness – about 90p from WH Smiths in Tamworth),
but this magazine coalesced all my thoughts and feelings about music and made it exciting. It empowered me by allowing me to sing along (with the correct words) to songs I loved. Soon afterwards, I got a radio / tape cassette player for my birthday and would tape the top 40 and lay over the top of the talking bits my own audio commentary track. When the UK Subs were in the charts with ‘Party in Paris’, I commented that ‘all this punk is going to my head!’. I don’t think it did though. I never really embraced the dog-ends of punk, never understood The Exploited or Anti-Nowhere League. I was just talking so there was no ‘dead air’ on my rundown of the charts.
Dated 30 October – 12 November 1980
The Cover picture is of Dave Sylvian of Japan
The lyrics of the following songs appeared;
PASSING STRANGERS – ULTRAVOX
THE TIDE IS HIGH – BLONDIE
TOWERS OF LONDON – XTC
GENTLEMEN TAKE POLAROIDS – JAPAN
ONE MAN WOMAN – SHEENA EASTON
GIVE ME AN INCH – HAZEL O’CONNOR
IN MY STREET – THE CHORDS
ALL OUT OF LOVE – AIR SUPPLY
HEROES – THE STRANGLERS
WHOSE PROBLEM – THE MOTELS
FASHION – DAVID BOWIE
DANCING WITH MYSELF – GEN X
and features involving;
Japan, Hazel O’Connor and Adam & The Ants
plus – COLOUR POSTERS!!!
Status Quo (having the honour of the centre-spread), OMD and Hazel O’Connor
There were LP Reviews of;
TALKING HEADS – Remain In Light
THIN LIZZY – Chinatown
SHAKIN STEVENS – Marie Marie
OMD – Organisation
What was your first Smash HITS?
Some random Smash Hits inspired links;