Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Smash Hits! The Classic Covers: Stephen & Peter
Once upon a time I used to have every edition of the UK pop bible Smash Hits! but then, my family moved house and every issue, yes every issue, was burnt in a big bonfire! It was truly one of the most tragic moments of my life! In 2008, however, there is e-bay and issues dating back to the end of the 1970's can still be bought and kept away from bonfires. Smash Hits! was a perfect music magazine. Each fortnight, I used to buy my copy in my Uncle Tom's newsagent in Kilkenny. The covers were very often amazing and beginning this week I'm going to start a Strike Curious Poses, "Smash Hits! Classic Cover" section. The first classic Smash Hits! cover features Pete Burns and Morrissey. Dead or Alive were at the height of their fame at the time when the photograph above was taken in October 1995. Morrissey was still in The Smiths and that year The Smiths had released 4 singles, including their most recent single then; "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side". In January of 1985 The Smiths had released the song that would become one of their finest moments; "How Soon Is Now". In 1985 Pete Burns was at his most fabulous in his band, Dead or Alive. The Stock, Aitken and Waterman produced single, "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)" had gotten to number one in March and their album "Youthquake" had some perfect pop songs such as "Lover Come Back To Me", "My Heart Goes Bang" and the song featured on video below; "In Too Deep".