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.
“Flesh + Blood” is a transitional RM album, but it contains some real gems. It’s very slick, but that works [like gangbusters] on material like “Same Old Scene;” a shimmering diamond of a song with an arrangement that is breathtaking, even after 33 years. The closest thing that came to it in terms of complexity and impact was imperial period Scritti Politti, but even the Arif Mardin cuts are not quite up to the standard set by “Same Old Scene.” Elsewhere, “Over You” is RM doing The Cars doing RM.