Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 6)

3-20-13      Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 6) March 20 – April 2, 1980

SH 800320_NEWTwo members of Asia have birthdays! Carl Palmer (1947) and John Wetton (1951). 3/20/65 the Unit 4 + 2 45 “Concrete & Clay” charts at No. 1 in England. On 3/20/71 the John Lennon 45 “Power To The People” charts at No. 7 in England.

Happy birthday, Lee “Scratch” Perry! (Born 1936).

XTC on the cover! Lyrics for “Another Nail In My Heart” by Squeeze. The #1 record on John Foxx’s Top 10? “Strawberry Field Forever” by The Beatles. “At Home with Fay Fife”: The sad break-up of Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Reader’s Poll Results! Gary Numan in colour! “Twentieth Century Foxx” article about John Foxx! XTC flexidisc! (not pictured).

45’s: D.A.F. – “Kebabtraume” (Mute Records) Teardrop Explodes – “Treason” (Zoo Records) Swell Maps – “Let’s Build A Car” (Rather Records) Magazine – “Thank You (Falletin Me Be Mice Elf Again)” (Virgin Records) Lene Lovich – “What Will I Do Without You?” (Stiff Records)

LP’s: Psychedelic Furs – “Psychedelic Furs” (CBS Records) The Cramps – “Songs The Lord Taught Us” (Illegal Records) The Feelies – “Crazy Rhythms” (Stiff Records)

Instead of Gigs, how about some “Reader’s Poll Results”?

Band of the year: The Police

Best Single of the Year: The Police – “Message In A Bottle” (A&M Records)

Best Album of the Year: The Police – “Regatta De Blanca” (A&M Records)

Best Male Singer: Sting (Elvis Costello is #10 on this list!)

Best Female Singer: Debbie Harry (of Blondie)

TV Programme of the Year: Top Of The Pops

Best DJ: John Peel

Most Fanciable Person: Sting

Brightest Hope For 1980: Madness

Twerp of the Year: Gary Numan

Worst Single of the Year: Lena Martell – “One Day At A Time”

Bore of the Year: Lena Martell (other nominees were Gary Numan, Margaret Thatcher, Bob Geldof, Cliff Richard etc.)

The 2nd of 3 consecutive Magazine singles has been released! Lene Lovich’s double pack does not trouble the local radio in Los Angeles (I didn’t hear this track for 30 years). I got the Psychedelic Furs LP right away, and shy’d away from both The Cramps and The Feelies – I guess I just wasn’t cool enough.

It was nice to see XTC getting ahead in the world.

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