6-12-13 Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 12) June 12 – 25th, 1980
The singer of Roxy Music on the cover! OMD in the colour centerfold. Lyrics for “Christine” by Siouxsie & The Banshees. Roxy Music: “Stronger through the years”. Joe Jackson goes reggae with “The Harder They Come”. Eddie Tenpole of Tenpole Tudor’s #1 in his Top 10 is The Rolling Stones “Get Off Of My Cloud”. Squeeze: “It’s tough in the middle.” Full page advertisement for the new Queen single, “Play The Game”. Full page advertisement for Ultravox “Three Into One – the LP John Foxx objected to! Request Spot: Ultravox “The Man Who Dies Every Day” lyrics (and a snappy photo). U2: “Another Irish import”.
Pink Military – “Do Animals Believe In God?” (Erics Records)
Athletico Spizz 80 – “No Room” (Rough Trade Records)
The Stranglers – “Who Wants The World” (United Artists Records)
John Cooper Clarke – “The It Man” (Epic Records)
Basement 5 – “Silicone Chip” (Island Records)
Grace Jones – “Warm Leatherette” (Island Records)
Peter Gabriel – III (AKA “Peter Gabriel”) (Charisma Records)
Roxy Music – “Flesh and Blood” (EG / Polydor Records)
Funny, I remember the Pink Military 45 as being “Did You See Her?”. In only a short while, Athletico Spizz 80 would transmogrify into The Spizzles – this 45 was nothin’ special. The Stranglers were changing, too. Odd that JCC made singles; his type of delivery worked better on an LP.
Wasn’t Basement 5 a group that had somebody (non-musician) famous in it? Not quite reggae, but with ‘reggae elements’? I kept their LP + 10“ (and CD!).
Grace Jones became much more important when her next album, “Nightclubbing”, came along in another year or so. I never ‘got’ Peter Gabriel’s solo career until many years after the fact. I never particularly cared for “Games Without Frontiers”; I have it in 5.1 on a DVD. Sure would like to stumble across an SA-CD of PG3! One day, I should probably listen to this Roxy Music album. I’m pretty sure I have both an LP & CD of it – in the vault. I recently watched a Phil Manzanera documentary, and the Roxy Music stuff looked pretty good, all the way up to the re-formation tour of 2001.