Monday, May 26, 2014

Covers band: Smash Hits 1978-2000

For STN's 3,000th post, a return to something we set running right at the start of the year. Taking as natural belief the idea that the NME covers Wiki page is the greatest on the internet we compiled as full as could be list of Melody Maker covers (on which there are still some gaps, and it's much under-read anyway)

This time, and only partially because we've been reading Mark Ellen's book, we chose an even faster route to checking the temperature of the day's pop culture - Smash Hits, listing all its cover stars from inauguration to 2000, when spinoff albums begin dominating eBay searches and the lack of early Noughties nostalgia leaves too many gaps, and anyway if you're that bothered about that era's mainstream pop you've probably still got those magazines anyway. Again, the filling in of all the gaps is welcomed, especially that 1986 outlier, or you could just admire the way that what we considered commercial sense at various times altered.


01/11/78    Blondie
01/12/78    The Jam
01/01/79    Boomtown Rats
01/02/79    Elvis Costello
08/02/79    Rod Stewart
22/02/79    Debbie Harry
08/03/79    Phil Lynott
22/03/79    Lene Lovich
05/04/79    Jimmy Pursey
19/04/79    Poly Styrene
03/05/79    Billy Idol
17/05/79    David Bowie
31/05/79    Debbie Harry
14/06/79    Donna Summer
28/06/79    Gary Numan
12/07/79    Siouxsie Sioux
26/07/79    Buzzcocks
09/08/79    Ian Dury
23/08/79    The Police
06/09/79    The Specials
20/09/79    Secret Affair
04/10/79    Squeeze
18/10/79    Bob Geldof
01/11/79    The Skids
15/11/79    Gary Numan
29/11/79    Madness
13/12/79    The Clash
27/12/79    Blondie
10/01/80    The Pretenders
24/01/80    Sparks
07/02/80    The Police
21/02/80    The Buggles
06/03/80    The Jam
20/03/80    XTC
03/04/80    John Lydon
17/04/80    Madness
01/05/80    Siouxsie Sioux
15/05/80    Kate Bush
29/05/80    Terry Hall
12/06/80    Bryan Ferry
26/06/80    The Undertones
10/07/80    The Professionals
24/07/80    Splodgenessabounds
07/08/80    Bob Marley
21/08/80    The Beat
04/09/80    Ian Dury
18/09/80    The Skids
02/10/80    Gary Numan
16/10/80    The Police
30/10/80    David Sylvian
13/11/80    Debbie Harry
27/11/80    Toyah
11/12/80    Spandau Ballet
25/12/80    Joe Strummer
08/01/81    Terry Hall
22/01/81    Steve Strange
05/02/81    Suggs
19/02/81    Midge Ure
05/03/81    Duran Duran
19/03/81    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
02/04/81    Sal Solo
16/04/81    Hazel O'Connor
30/04/81    Julian Cope
14/05/81    Department S
28/05/81    Stray Cats
11/06/81    Adam Ant
25/06/81    Kirsty Maccoll
09/07/81    Depeche Mode
23/07/81    Steve Strange
06/08/81    Debbie Harry
20/08/81    Annabella Lwin
03/09/81    Toyah
17/09/81    Gary Numan
01/10/81    Phil Oakey
15/10/81    Duran Duran
29/10/81    Fun Boy Three
12/11/81    Kim Wilde
26/11/81    Haircut One Hundred
10/12/81    The Human League
24/12/81    Clare Grogan
07/01/82    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
21/01/82    Depeche Mode
04/02/82    David Sylvian
18/02/82    Heaven 17
04/03/82    ABC
18/03/82    Altered Images
01/04/82    Simon Le Bon
15/04/82    Bananarama
29/04/82    Nick Heyward
13/05/82    Yazoo
27/05/82    Toyah
10/06/82    Jennie Belle Star
24/06/82    Terry Hall
08/07/82    Soft Cell
22/07/82    Lee Thompson of Madness
05/08/82    The Associates
19/08/82    John Taylor
02/09/82    ABC
16/09/82    Mari Wilson
30/09/82    Martin and Gary Kemp
14/10/82    Culture Club
28/10/82    Peter Murphy of Bauhaus
11/11/82    Edwyn Collins
25/11/82    Japan
09/12/82    Kevin Rowland
23/12/82    Tears For Fears
06/01/83    Malcolm McLaren
20/01/83    Pete Wylie
03/02/83    Kajagoogoo
17/02/83    Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
03/03/83    Eurythmics
17/03/83    Paul Weller and Tracie
31/03/83    Clare Grogan
14/04/83    Thompson Twins
28/04/83    The Human League
12/05/83    JoBoxers
26/05/83    Stuart Adamson of Big Country
09/06/83    Leee John
23/06/83    Matt Fretton
07/07/83    Paul Young
21/07/83    Tracie
04/08/83    Duran Duran
18/08/83    Wham!
01/09/83    Heaven 17
15/09/83    Roman Holliday
29/09/83    Culture Club
13/10/83    Jimmy The Hoover
27/10/83    Roddy Frame
10/11/83    ABC
24/11/83    Jim Kerr
08/12/83    Duran Duran
22/12/83    Howard Jones
05/01/84    Eurythmics
19/01/84    Ian McCulloch
02/02/84    Marilyn
16/02/84    Madonna
01/03/84    Jon Moss
15/03/84    Paul Young
29/03/84    Nik Kershaw
12/04/84    Thompson Twins
26/04/84    Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10/05/84    Sade
24/05/84    Wham!
07/06/84    Spandau Ballet
21/06/84    Bronski Beat
05/07/84    Neil (Nigel Planer)
19/07/84    Boy George
02/08/84    Simon Le Bon
16/08/84    Howard Jones
30/08/84    Annie Lennox
13/09/84    Adam Ant
27/09/84    Wham!
11/10/84    Paul Young
25/10/84    Frankie Goes To Hollywood
08/11/84    Nick Heyward
22/11/84    Depeche Mode
06/12/84    Strawberry Switchblade
20/12/84    John Taylor and Julian Lennon
03/01/85    Wham!
17/01/85    Tears For Fears
31/01/85    Morrissey
14/02/85    The Power Station
28/02/85    Frankie Goes To Hollywood
14/03/85    Paul King
28/03/85    Dead Or Alive
11/04/85    Nik Kershaw
24/04/85    Nick Rhodes
08/05/85    Wham!
22/05/85    Style Council
05/06/85    China Crisis
19/06/85    Tears For Fears
03/07/85    Howard Jones
17/07/85    Live Aid
31/07/85    Boy George
14/08/85    Billy Idol
28/08/85    Duran Duran
11/09/85    Andrew Ridgeley
25/09/85    Nik Kershaw and Paul Young
09/10/85    Morrissey and Pete Burns
23/10/85    Simon Le Bon/Ian Astbury (double sided)
06/11/85    Jim Kerr
20/11/85    Wham!
04/12/85    A-Ha
18/12/85    Bob Geldof and John Taylor
01/01/86    'That Was 1985'
15/01/86    Bono and Maire Brennan of Clannad
29/01/86    The Alarm
12/02/86    John Lydon
26/02/86    Pet Shop Boys
12/03/86    Sigue Sigue Sputnik
26/03/86    Patsy Kensit
09/04/86    The Bangles
23/04/86    Five Star
07/05/86    Robert Smith
21/05/86    Madonna
04/06/86    Simply Red
18/06/86    Wham!
02/07/86    Ali and Robin Campbell
16/07/86    Jesus & Mary Chain
30/07/86    Hollywood Beyond
13/08/86    The Human League
27/08/86    Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10/09/86   
24/09/86    Pet Shop Boys/'MONEY'
08/10/86    Billy Idol (plus 'The Smash Hits Book Of Personal Files')
22/10/86    Howard Jones and Ade Edmondson
05/11/86    Bob Geldof
19/11/86    Nick Kamen
03/12/86    Duran Duran
17/12/86    A-Ha
31/12/86    The Housemartins
14/01/87    Nick Berry
28/01/87    Swing Out Sister
11/02/87    Ben Volpeliere-Pierrot
25/02/87    Neil Tennant
11/03/87    Beastie Boys
25/03/87    Wayne Hussey of the Mission
08/04/87    Jon Bon Jovi
22/04/87    Robert Smith
06/05/87    Depeche Mode
20/05/87    Pepsi & Shirlie
03/06/87    George Michael
17/06/87    Curiosity Killed The Cat
01/07/87    A-Ha
15/07/87    Mel & Kim
29/07/87    Madonna
12/08/87    Pet Shop Boys
26/08/87    Five Star
09/09/87    Mark Shaw of Then Jericho
23/09/87    Wet Wet Wet
07/10/87    Bananarama
21/10/87    Rick Astley
04/11/87    U2
18/11/87    Philip Schofield
02/12/87    Wet Wet Wet
16/12/87    Rick Astley and Philip Schofield
30/12/87    Madonna
13/01/88    A-Ha
27/01/88    Tiffany
10/02/88    Bros
24/02/88    Johnny Hates Jazz
09/03/88    Wet Wet Wet
23/03/88    Pet Shop Boys
06/04/88    A-Ha
20/04/88    Philip Schofield
04/05/88    Tiffany
18/05/88    Climie Fisher
01/06/88    Bros
15/06/88    Rick Astley and Derek B
29/06/88    Carol Decker of T'Pau
13/07/88    Bros
27/07/88    Kylie Minogue
10/08/88    Brother Beyond
24/08/88    Morten Harket
07/09/88    Pet Shop Boys
21/09/88    Rick Astley
05/10/88    Brother Beyond
19/10/88    Kylie Minogue
02/11/88    Yazz
16/11/88    Wet Wet Wet
30/11/88    Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
14/12/88    Bros
28/12/88    'What A "Wicked" Year?!'
11/01/89    Neneh Cherry
25/01/89    Yazz
08/02/89    Jason Donovan
22/02/89    Holly Johnson
08/03/89    The Reynolds Girls and Mark Moore of S-Express
22/03/89    Brother Beyond
05/04/89    Madonna
19/04/89    Wendy James
03/05/89    Kylie Minogue
17/05/89    Bros
31/05/89    Jason Donovan
14/06/89    Sinitta
28/06/89    Madonna
12/07/89    Pet Shop Boys
26/07/89    Bros
09/08/89    Neneh Cherry
23/08/89    Fuzzbox
06/09/89    Jason Donovan
20/09/89    Wet Wet Wet
04/10/89    Michael Hutchence
18/10/89    Siobhan Fahey
01/11/89    Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
15/11/89    Wendy James
29/11/89    New Kids On The Block
13/12/89    Jason Donovan
27/12/89    '1989 Whatever Next...?!'
10/01/90    Martika
24/01/90    New Kids On The Block
07/02/90    And Why Not?
21/02/90    Matt Goss
07/03/90    Halo James
21/03/90    Black Box
04/04/90    Candy Flip
18/04/90    Jesus Jones
02/05/90    Jazzie B
16/05/90    Beats International
30/05/90    Adamski
13/06/90    Betty Boo
27/06/90    The Stone Roses
11/07/90    Craig McLachlan
25/07/90    Candy Flip
08/08/90    Bananarama
22/08/90    Betty Boo
05/09/90    Deee-Lite
19/09/90    Pet Shop Boys
03/10/90    Michael Jackson
17/10/90    Elton John and Adamski
31/10/90    Paul Gascoigne
14/11/90    New Kids On The Block
28/11/90    Vanilla Ice
12/12/90    Jason Donovan
26/12/90    Madonna
09/01/91    EMF
23/01/91    Seal
06/02/91       
20/02/91    Donnie Wahlberg
06/03/91    MC Hammer
20/03/91    Chesney Hawkes
03/04/91    Vanilla Ice
17/04/91    The Farm
01/05/91    Dannii Minogue
15/05/91    Chesney Hawkes
29/05/91       
12/06/91    Gayle & Gillian Blakeney
26/06/91    Donnie Wahlberg
10/07/91    Jason Donovan
24/07/91       
07/08/91    Dannii Minogue
21/08/91    Kylie Minogue
04/09/91    Marky Mark
18/09/91    Chesney Hawkes
02/10/91    Color Me Badd
16/10/91    Bryan Adams
30/10/91    Marky Mark
13/11/91    Philip Schofield
27/11/91    Take That
11/12/91    Dannii Minogue
25/12/91    'Most Triumphant! The Top 20 Stars Of 1991'
08/01/92    Jason Donovan and Philip Schofield
22/01/92    Kylie Minogue
05/02/92    Michael Jackson
19/02/92    Martika
04/03/92    Christian Slater
18/03/92    Luke Perry and Shannon Doherty
01/04/92    Right Said Fred
15/04/92    Cicero
29/04/92    Keanu Reeves
13/05/92    Luke Perry
27/05/92    Madonna
10/06/92    Kris Kross
24/06/92    Take That
08/07/92    Jason Donovan
22/07/92    Dannii Minogue
05/08/92    Christian Slater
19/08/92    Betty Boo
02/09/92    East 17
16/09/92    Kristian Schmid
30/09/92    Take That
14/10/92    Mr C from the Shamen
28/10/92    Tony Mortimer
11/11/92    Marky Mark
25/11/92    Take That
09/12/92    Kylie Minogue, Mark Owen, Jordan Knight
23/12/92    Take That, Wayne's World, Mr C of the Shamen, Madonna
06/01/93    Robbie Williams
20/01/93    East 17
03/02/93    David Charvet from Baywatch
17/02/93    Keanu Reeves
03/03/93    Richard Fairbrass
17/03/93    Mark Owen
31/03/93    East 17
14/04/93    Christian Slater
28/04/93    Let Loose
12/05/93    Chris Evans
26/05/93    Dieter Brummer from Home And Away
09/06/93    Pet Shop Boys
23/06/93    East 17
07/07/93    Take That
21/07/93    Joey Lawrence
04/08/93    Debbie Gibson and Craig McLachlan
18/08/93    Bad Boys Inc
01/09/93    Toby Anstis
15/09/93    Will Smith
29/09/93    Bad Boys Inc
13/10/93    Gary Barlow
27/10/93    Christian Slater
10/11/93    Zig & Zag and Andi Peters
24/11/93    Brian Harvey and Wolf from Gladiators
08/12/93    Take That
22/12/93    Mark Owen
05/01/94    Eternal
19/01/94    Robbie Williams
02/02/94    Dean Cain
16/02/94    Chris Evans
02/03/94    EYC
16/03/94    Brian Harvey
30/03/94    Robbie Williams and Mark Owen
13/04/94    Stephen Dorff
27/04/94    Mark Owen
11/05/94    East 17
25/05/94    Bad Boys Inc
08/06/94    Melissa George
22/06/94   
06/07/94   
20/07/94    Sean Maguire
03/08/94    EYC
17/08/94       
31/08/94    Mark Owen
14/09/94    Tony Mortimer
28/09/94    Keanu Reeves
12/10/94   
26/10/94   
09/11/94    Sean Maguire
23/11/94    Andi Peters
07/12/94   
21/12/94    '94 review of the year'
04/01/95    Take That   
18/01/95    Tom Cruise
01/02/95    Stephen Gately
15/02/95    Jon Bon Jovi
01/03/95    PJ & Duncan
15/03/95    East 17
29/03/95    Winona Ryder
12/04/95    Jim Carrey
26/04/95    Chris Evans
10/05/95    Anna Friel
24/05/95    Michael Jackson
07/06/95    Jon Bon Jovi
21/06/95    Deuce and Brian Harvey
05/07/95    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer
19/07/95    Chris O'Donnell
02/08/95    Robbie Williams
16/08/95    Blur
30/08/95    Oasis
13/09/95    Eternal
27/09/95    Jarvis Cocker
11/10/95    Louise
25/10/95    Blur
08/11/95    Robson & Jerome
22/11/95    Take That
06/12/95       
20/12/95    'Review of the year'
03/01/96       
17/01/96    Zoe Ball
31/01/96    East 17
14/02/96    Babylon Zoo
28/02/96       
13/03/96    Boyzone
27/03/96    The Bluetones
10/04/96    3T
24/04/96    Oasis
08/05/96    Blur
22/05/96    Ash
05/06/96    Darren Day
19/06/96    Mariah Carey
03/07/96    Gary Barlow
17/07/96    Robbie Williams
31/07/96    Eternal
14/08/96    Ant & Dec
28/08/96    3T
11/09/96    Peter Andre
25/09/96       
09/10/96    Spice Girls
23/10/96    Boyzone
06/11/96    Mark Owen
20/11/96    Louise
04/12/96    Spice Girls
18/12/96   
01/01/97    Backstreet Boys
15/01/97    Ronan Keating
29/01/97       
12/02/97       
26/02/97       
12/03/97       
26/03/97    Boyzone
09/04/97    Kavana
23/04/97    Spice Girls
07/05/97    Damage
21/05/97    Peter Andre
04/06/97    Hanson
18/06/97    911
02/07/97    Boyzone
16/07/97    Backstreet Boys
30/07/97    Peter Andre
13/08/97    Spice Girls
27/08/97       
10/09/97    Hanson
24/09/97    911
08/10/97    Spice Girls
22/10/97    Peter Andre
05/11/97    All Saints
19/11/97   
03/12/97    Backstreet Boys
17/12/97   
01/01/98    Hanson   
14/01/98       
28/01/98    Aqua
11/02/98    Kavana
25/02/98    Spice Girls
11/03/98    Nick Carter
25/03/98    911
08/04/98    All Saints
22/04/98       
06/05/98    Cleopatra
20/05/98    Backstreet Boys
03/06/98    Five
17/06/98       
01/07/98    Spice Girls
15/07/98       
29/07/98    Kavana
12/08/98       
26/08/98       
09/09/98    B*Witched
23/09/98    Billie Piper
07/10/98    Steps
21/10/98   
04/11/98    Boyzone
18/11/98    Steps
02/12/98       
16/12/98   
30/12/98    Spice Girls
13/01/99    Five
27/01/99    Ronan Keating
10/02/99    Steps
24/02/99    Robbie Williams
10/03/99       
24/03/99    Billie Piper, Edele from B*Witched, Cleo from Cleopatra, Claire from Steps
07/04/99    Westlife
21/04/99    Backstreet Boys
05/05/99    Geri Halliwell
19/05/99    H from Steps
02/06/99       
16/06/99    Adam Rickitt
30/06/99    Steps
14/07/99    Five
28/07/99    Ronan Keating
11/08/99    Westlife
25/08/99    A1
08/09/99    Steps
22/09/99       
06/10/99    Christina Aguilera
20/10/99    Westlife
03/11/99    Geri Halliwell, Brian McFadden, Lee from Steps, Dane Bowers and Scott from Five
17/11/99    Ronan Keating and Emma Bunton
01/12/99    S Club 7
15/12/99    Backstreet Boys
29/12/99   
12/01/00    Shane Filan
26/01/00    H from Steps
09/02/00    Faye Tozer with Ant & Dec
23/02/00    Britney Spears
08/03/00    Ben Adams of A1
22/03/00    Westlife
05/04/00    S Club 7
19/04/00    Britney Spears
03/05/00    Westlife
17/05/00    S Club 7 girls
31/05/00    Girl Thing
14/06/00       
28/06/00    Ronan Keating
12/07/00
26/07/00    Samantha Mumba
09/08/00
23/08/00    S Club 7 boys
06/09/00    N-Sync
20/09/00    Kian Egan
04/10/00    Ritchie Neville
18/10/00
01/11/00    Westlife
15/11/00
29/11/00
13/12/00    Westlife
27/12/00

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