Smash Hits – May 1980

5-1-13                         Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 9) May 1 – May 14, 1980

Smash Hits, May 19805/1/71 The Rolling Stones 45 “Brown Sugar” charts at No. 2 in England.  J. Edgar Hoover croaks, 1972.  Happy birthday, Judy Collins! (Born 1939).

Siouxsie Sioux on the cover.  The Specials in the colour centerfold.  Lyrics for The Beat “Mirror In The Bathroom”.  “The Face” (Issue #1) goes on sale May 1, 1980.  #1 on Toyah Wilcox’s Top 10?  Zaeger & Evans “In The Year 2525”!  The Bodysnatchers in colour!  Pete Townshend:  “There’s no face like an old face”.


The Revillos – “Scuba Scuba” (Dindisc Records)

Human League – “Holiday ‘80” (EP) (Virgin Records)

Monochrome Set – “The Strange Boutique” (Dindisc Records)

Gang of Four – “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time” (EMI Records)

Guns For Hire – “I’m Gonna Rough My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Up Tonight” (Korova Records)


John Cooper Clarke – “Snap Crackle and Bop” (Epic Records)

The Members – “1980: The Choice is Yours” (Virgin Records)

Bram Tchaikovsky – “The Russians Are Coming” (Radar Records)

New Musik – “From A To B” (GTO Records)

The Cure – “17 Seconds” (Fiction Records)


Monday May 12, 1980 – 10cc – Glasgow Apollo

Wednesday May 14, 1980 – Mike Oldfield – Stafford Bingley Hall

I really got going with The Revillos, once I got to see their superlative music videos.  I was on the Human League 45 like a rat up a drainpipe.  I distinctly remember trying several Monochrome Set records, and…not being terribly impressed.  30+ years later?  They’re one of my all-time favourite British bands!  The 45 of “Outside The Trains Don’t Run On Time” is vastly superior to the version of the song found on the 2nd Gang of Four album.  Guns For Hire became Department S!  Need I say more?

I bought the JCC LP quickly enough to get the free book.  Just like The Revillos, I turned on to The Members once I got to see their humourous music videos (notably “Offshore Banking Business”).  Bram T. is ex-Motors.  Who or what is New Musik?  Why did I try the LP?  Or did I try a 45 first?  (Likely).  And all over the Cure LP.  Probably the absolute height of my Cure fandom.

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2 Responses to Smash Hits – May 1980

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    A rich bounty with several of these releases in the Record Cell – but all of them loved! I still need to hear Guns For Hire as I loved Dept. S something fierce. Having the MauMau CD of the unreleased album in the 90s was a real bounty after years of only the “Going Left Right” 7″ for eons. The Bram Tchaikovsky was the only of these to have probably gotten airplay in The States at the time.

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Guns For Hire is an amazing single. I should put it on CD-R for you, Monk.

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