Happy birthday Suggs (from Madness) (1961).

I do keep a Madness collection, I will detail it below.

I remember being in England in 1979, and hearing “Night Boat To Cairo” in an Oxford Street record store; I wrote it on the back of my hand, so I could remember what I heard! I duly saw Madness at the Whisky A-Go-Go shortly thereafter, with the Go-Go’s opening for them.

I also got their 2nd LP “Absolutely” on Stiff Japan (Via JVC Japan). A second great album! Then “Madness 7”, “Work, Rest & Play” EP etc. I do not believe they ever returned to Los Angeles, though they could’ve and maybe I didn’t notice.

Their feature film “Take It Or Leave It” is one of the better movies I ever got from England, as a PAL VHS tape. It’s basically the story of how they came together, acted out by the band themselves! The collection LP’s etc. – I lapped ‘em up, I think Joe Castle got laser discs of the 2 x clip collections from Japan. Both “Goodnight L.A.” & MTV showed Madness videos, but there were many more videos on those clip collections then I ever saw on “GLA” or MTV (or MuchMusic).

Lo and behold – MADNESS reformed! New albums!

ABSOLUTELY                                                                       VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 134     CD

1990? 14 TRKS stereo CD

ABSOLUTELY                                                                       STIFF JPN           VIP 6741           LP

1980 14 TRKS stereo LP inserts


AS NUTTY BOYS                                                                  STIFF JPN           VIP-5907           12″

1981 6 TRKS stereo 12″ large picture labels


BAGGY TROUSERS / BUSINESS, THE (PS)                  STIFF UK             BUY 84              7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


CARDIAC ARREST / IN THE CITY (PS)                           STIFF UK             BUY 140            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


DIVINE MADNESS                                                              VIRGIN UK          CDV 2692         CD

1992 22 TRKS stereo CD collection


DRIVING IN MY CAR (PS)                                                  STIFF UK             BUY 153            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


EMBARRASSMENT / CRYING SHAME (PS)                  STIFF UK             BUY 102            7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


GRAY DAY / MEMORIES (PS)                                            STIFF UK             BUY 112            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

GREY DAY (Jpn)                                                                   STIFF JPN           VIP-5912           12″

1981 6 TRKS stereo 12″ large picture labels


HOUSE OF FUN / DON’T LOOK BACK (PS)                   STIFF UK             BUY 146            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


KEEP MOVING                                                                     GEFFEN US       GEFD 4022       CD

1984 14 TRKS stereo CD


MADNESS                                                                             GEFFEN US       GEFD 4003       CD

1985? 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

MADNESS (Jpn)                                                                  STIFF JPN           VIL 6050            LP

1983 12 TRKS stereo LP collection, insert


MADNESS 7                                                                         VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 135     CD

1990? 13 TRKS stereo CD

MADNESS 7                                                                         STIFF UK             SEEZ 39            LP

1981 13 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve


MADSTOCK                                                                          GO! DISCS UK   828367.2           CD

1992 18 TRKS stereo CD Live


MICHAEL CAINE                                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 196         12″

1984 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve


MY GIRL                                                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 62           12″

1980 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

MY GIRL / STEPPING INTO LINE (PS)                             STIFF UK             BUY 62              7″

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


ONE STEP BEYOND… (12″)                                              STIFF UK             BUYIT 56           12″

1979 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

ONE STEP BEYOND… / MISTAKES (PS)                        STIFF UK             BUY 56              7″

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


ONE STEP BEYOND…                                                       VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 133     CD

1990? 14 TRKS stereo CD

ONE STEP BEYOND…                                                       STIFF UK             SEEZ 17            LP

1979 14 TRKS stereo LP


OUR HOUSE / WALKING WITH MR. WHEESE (PS)     STIFF UK             BUY 163            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


PRESENTS THE RISE AND FALL                                    STIFF UK             SEEZ 46            LP

1982 13 TRKS stereo LP, custom label


PRINCE, THE / MADNESS                                                 TWO TONE UK  CHS TT 3          7″

1979 2 TRKS with ‘Two Tone’ sleeve, debut release


RETURN OF THE LAS PALMAS 7, THE                          STIFF UK             BUYIT 108         12″

1981 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve & comic book

RETURN OF THE LAS PALMAS 7, THE (PS)                 STIFF UK             BUY 108            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


SHUT UP / TOWN WITH NO NAME, A (PS)                    STIFF UK             BUY 126            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


SUN AND THE RAIN, THE                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 192         12″

1983 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve


TOMORROW’S JUST ANOTHER DAY                             STIFF UK             BUYIT 169         12″

1983 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve


UN PASO ADELANTE… / MISTAKES (PS)                    STIFF ES             MO 1922           7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Spanish version


UTTER MADNESS                                                               ZARJAZZ UK      JZCD 2              CD

1986 14 TRKS stereo CD collection


WINGS OF A DOVE (PS)                                                    STIFF UK             BUY 181            7″

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


WORK, REST & PLAY                                                          STIFF ITALY        ZPGSF 33402  12″

1980 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

WORK, REST & PLAY (PS)                                                 STIFF UK             BUY 71              7″

1980 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

Smash Hits Vol. 2, No. 26 (December 25, 1980 – January 7, 198

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Joe Strummer on the cover, Siouxsie on the rear cover.  Odd looking B&W photo of The Clash, trying to look non-commercial.  Colour photo of The Police.  A John Lennon obit.  Nice color photo of The Jam.  B&W “Hammer Horror” Kate Bush photo.  Boomtown Rats centerfold.  E.L.O. “Wild West Hero” full page.  Big Beatles feature!  Lyrics for “Love Is The Drug” by Roxy Music, “Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie.  Two page Robert Palmer article.  The Undertones in colour (“Whizz Kids”).  B&W Dexy’s photo & lyrics (“I’m Just Looking”).

Jona Lewie, born 3/14/47, first record purchased: “Gambling Man” by Lonnie Donegan; Desert Island Disc: “The Fat Man” by Fats Domino.

Hugh Cornwell “All Time Top 10” 1. Devo ”Whip It” 2. Split Enz “I Got You” 3. Echo & The Bunnymen “Rescue” 4. Tea Set “Tri X Pan” 5. Eddie Cochran “Something Else” 6. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” 7. Chic “Le Freak” 8. Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” 9. The Hollies “Stay” 10. Love “My Little Red Book”.


  • UB40 – The Earth Dies Screaming (Graduate)
  • Orange Juice – Simply Thrilled Honey (Postcard)
  • Delta 5 – Try (Rough trade)
  • Josef K – It’s Kinda Funny (Postcard)
  • Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free (Rough Trade)

Disco Top 40:

  • Kool & The Gang – Celebration (De-Lite)
  • Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me (Mercury)
  • Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It (Motown)
  • Linx – Rise & Shine (Chrysalis)
  • Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove (Epic, an imported U.S. 12” disc!)


Elvis Costello, Rico, John Otway, Gary Glitter, Misty In Roots, Dire Straits, Boomtown Rats, Black Sabbath.

No LP new releases listed on 12/25, alas.  The indie chart has a UB40 LP, some Toyah, The Fall, Hazel O’Connor (“Sons and Lovers” on Albion Records), Bauhaus “In The Flat Field”, Dead Kennedys “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” etc.

Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 25 (December 11 – 24, 1980)

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Spandau Ballet on the cover, Adam & The Ants on the reverse.  The Police seem to be taking over.  Full page advertisement for The Beat “Too Nice To Talk To” 45.  Full page advertisement for The Specials “Do Nothing” 45.  Full page advertisement for “Sandanista” by The ClashElvis Costello releases a cassette-only collection, “10 Bloody Marys & 10 How’s Your Fathers”.  Full page advertisement for Queen “Flash Gordon” O.S.T. LP.  Dead Kennedys article.  The Bow Wow Wow girl in colour.  Full page advertisement for The Motels “Days Are OK” 45.  Stray Cats in colour.  The Cure in colour (flogging a ’79 single, “Boys Don’t Cry”).  A photo of Ranking Roger without a hat.


  • Adam & The Ants – Antmusic (CBS)
  • The Clash – The Call-Up (CBS)
  • XTC – Take This Town (RSO) from the film “Times Square”
  • Queen – Flash (EMI)
  • A Certain Ratio – Flight (Factory)

…AND A WHOLE LOAD OF Xmas singles (see below)


  • The Damned – The Black Album (Chiswick 2LP)
  • Visage – s/t (Polydor)
  • Rowan Atkinson – Live in Belfast (Arista)
  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Laughter (Stiff)


Yes, Rod Stewart, Jon Anderson, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Stray Cats, Adam & The Ants, Gary Glitter, XTC, The Skids, John Cooper Clarke, Flying Lizards, Rico, Simple Minds, Madness, Bow Wow Wow etc.

Xmas 45’s:  Kate Bush “December Will Be Magic Again” (EMI), Squeeze “Christmas Day” (A&M re-issue), Greg Lake “I Believe In Father Christmas” (Manticore re-issue), The Damned “There Ain’t No Sanity Claus” (Chiswick)…Boney M, The Dumbells, Rocky Sharpe & The Replays, The Orioles, The Cambridge Buskers, Ray Clemence, Katinka etc.


Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 24 (November 27 – December 10, 1980)

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Toyah Wilcox on the cover, Madness on the reverse.  Spandau Ballet “To Cut A Long Story Short” lyrics.  The Revillos are the special guests of Gary Glitter at his “Glitter Over Christmas” show at London’s Rainbow Theatre on December 20thHugh Cornwell writes a book about being jailed for drugs.  The Human League add girls to their group.  Kate Bush’s All Time Top 10 includes a Frank Zappa record! (“Overnite Sensation”).  Full page advertisement for Hazel O’Connor (“Sons and Lovers” on Albion).  Full page advertisement for Boomtown Rats “Banana Republic” 45.  UB40 in the centerfold.  Motorhead in colour.  A small B&W photo of The Monochrome Set (in the “Letters” section)!


  • Cabaret Voltaire – Seconds Too Late (Rough Trade)
  • Stranglers – Tomorrow Was The Hereafter (SIS)
  • Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry (Stiff)
  • Theatre Of Hate – Original Sin (SS)
  • Bow Wow Wow – Your Cassette Pet (EMI) cassette-only release


  • V.A. – From Brussels With Love (Crepuscule) incl. A Certain Ratio, John Foxx etc.
  • John Lennon / Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy (Geffen)
  • M (Robin Scott) – The Official Secrets Act (MCA)
  • Rod Stewart – Foolish Behaviour (Riva)
  • Blondie – Autoamerican (Chrysalis)


Motorhead, Yes, Hazel O’Connor, Adam & The Ants, Comsat Angels, Sad Café, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Japan, Split Enz, Rod Stewart, Gary Glitter, The Damned, The Skids, Hot Chocolate, Revillos, Human League, Ultravox (minus John Foxx), Queen, Magazine, XTC

I actually like “Foolish Behaviour” by Rod Stewart!  Took 30 years for me to dig the M (Robin Scott) album; Stranglers 45 was mail-order, I believe; Didn’t hear Jona Lewie for another 30 years; I remember being asked if we wanted cassettes by the exporter, because of the Bow Wow Wow title; by the fall of 1980 – the many voices in New Zealand were calling my name.  I would go there for the first time (of 7 trips) at the very end of 1980.  Maybe when I run out of Smash Hits, I should detail Rip It Up?  –  That time may be closer than suspected!

Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 22 (October 30 – November 12, 1980

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On 10/30/65 The Rolling Stones 45 “Get Off Of My Cloud” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 10/30/71 the LP “Imagine” by John Lennon charts at No. 1 in the US.  Grace Slick born, 1939.

David Sylvian of Japan on the cover, O.M.D. on the reverse.  Lyrics for XTC “Towers Of London”.  Full page advertisement for O.M.D. “Organization” (“Includes limited edition free EP!”).  Japan article – a little too late?  Nice Mick Karn B&W photo.  Full page advertisement for U2 “Boy” LP.  Full page advertisement for David Bowie ”Fashion” 45.  Virgin Records to release a cheap compilation LP, “Cash Cows” for 1.15 UK pounds; a different Virgin compilation, “Machines” retails for 3.99 UK pounds.  Debut Spandau Ballet 45.  Hazel O’Connor in colour ( + article).  Full page advertisement for Thin Lizzy “Chinatown” LP.  Status Quo centerfold.  Stranglers lyrics for “No More Heroes”.  Adam Ant: “Anti-Hero”.  Lyrics for David Bowie “Fashion”.


  • Vivian Stanshall – Terry Keeps His Clips On (Charisma)
  • The Books – Expertise (Logo)
  • The Colonel (Colin Moulding) – Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen (Virgin) solo XTC
  • Psychedelic Furs – Mr. Jones (CBS)
  • Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls (Illusive)
  • Medium Medium – So Hungry, So Angry (Cherry Red)


  • The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies (Dindisc)
  • Colin Newman – A-Z (Beggar’s Banquet)
  • O.M.D. – Organization (Dindisc)
  • Talking Heads – Remain In Light (Sire)
  • V.A. – Wanna Buy A Bridge? (Rough Trade) with Spizzenergi, Delta 5 etc.


As stated previously, I am tired of detailing the gigs – to little or no effect.  This issue: Tangerine Dream, Motorhead, Buzzcocks, Simple Minds, B.A. Robertson, AC / DC, Comsat Angels, O.M.D., Sad Café, Robert Palmer, Adam & The Ants etc.

The 45 by The Books was the only thing I ever saw by them, and I remember this song, “Expertise” as being particularly good!  Yes to Vivian Stanshall!  Yes to Colin Moulding!  Probably my favorite Psychedelic Furs 45 (it’s a different version to what turned up later on an LP!); Decent Pauline Murray 45; great Medium Medium 45;  Ooh, do I try the 2nd Monochrome Set LP?  Colin Newman from Wire…liked the first OMD album better; Did not care about Talking Heads at all; I remember this Rough Trade sampler LP, but I don’t remember it having Spizzenergi on it…I really liked their 45 “Soldier Soldier”!

Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 21 (October 16 – 29, 1980)

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The Police on the cover, Kate Bush in a chair on the reverse.  Full page advertisement for the Joe Jackson Band’s “Beat Crazy” (A&M); “Dance Craze” is the title of a film currently being completed which features all of the leading lights of the ska movement”; Tiger Lily get their 1975 45 “Monkey Jive” re-issued (band features Dennis Leigh = Mr. John Foxx of Ultravox); Colour photos of Madness with The Mo-Dettes; Elvis Costello “I Don’t Want To Go To Chelsea” lyrics.  Full page advertisement for The Buggles “Elstree” Island UK 45!  Lyrics for John Foxx “Miles Away”!  Bert Kaempfert born, 1923.


  • Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids (Virgin) their debut Virgin Records product!
  • The Passions – The Swimmer (Polydor)
  • Y.M.O. – Nice Age (A&M)
  • Monty Python – I Like Chinese (Charisma) which is actually an EP
  • Monochrome Set – Apocalypso (Dindisc)
  • XTC – Towers of London (Virgin double 7”)
  • A Certain Ratio – Do The Du (Rough Trade US 12” imported disc)


  • Rockpile – Seconds Of Pleasure (F-Beat) Nick Lowe & Friends
  • Martha & The Muffins – Trance and Dance (Dindisc) initial copies with a free EP
  • Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro (Mercury)


Tourists, Skids, Pretenders, Gang of Four, Bodysnatchers, Simple Minds, Y.M.O., Siouxsie & The Banshees, AC / DC, Teardrop Explodes, Revillos, Motorhead, Joe Jackson Band, Barbara Dickson, Sheena Easton etc.

I’d been a Japan fan for some time when “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” walked down the pike.  Always did like The Passions.  A really good Y.M.O. 45!  Monty Python are still on Charisma Records!  Nearing the end of the line for Monochrome Set Dindisc 45’s.  Double 45 in a plastic bag for XTC.  Yes, I did, in fact, buy an American A Certain Ratio 12” right about this time!  All over the 2nd Martha & The Muffins album – why isn’t this on CD properly?  Couldn’t give a toss about Rockpile or Teardrop Explodes, but I will accord them due respect for their “Treason” 45.

Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 19 (September 18 – October 1, 1980)

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On 9/18/64 the Roy Orbison 45 “Pretty Woman” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 9/18/71, the LP “Who’s Next” by The Who charted in England at No. 1.  Jimi Hendrix dies, 1970.

The Skids on the cover, The Piranhas on the reverse.  Full page advertisement for David Bowie “Scary Monsters”.  Full page advertisement for Grace Jones “Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” on Island Records (both 7” & 12”!).  Charley Anderson leaves The SelecterLene Lovich’s fanzine is called “Monkey Talk”.  XTC filming for “Urgh” in the South of France.  10th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix.  Decca Records re-issues all of their 45’s by The Rolling StonesY.M.O. tour England.  Big XTC article (& colour photo!).  Revillos “Rev Up” tour and album release.  “Win a video computer game!”.  The Barracudas in the centerfold.  Motown Records article, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary.  ½ page advertisement for XTC “Black Sea”.


  • Gang of Four – Damaged Goods (Fast Product / EMI) re-issue
  • The Associates – The Affectionate Punch (Fiction)
  • The Sound – Heyday (Korova)
  • Martha & The Muffins – Suburban Dream (Dindisc)
  • Mike Oldfield – Arrival (Virgin)


  • Gary Numan – Telekon (Beggar’s Banquet)
  • The Revillos – Rev Up! (Dindisc)
  • XTC – Black Sea (Virgin) in green paper bag (Rated “9 out of 10”)
  • Kate Bush – Never For Ever (EMI)


Rick Wakeman, Dr. Feelgood, The Specials, Gary Numan, Split Enz, The Brothers Johnson, Modern Romance, The Revillos, Toots & The Maytals, Elvis Costello, Dead Kennedys

Fast Product lease some 45’s to EMI, with Gang of Four and Human League.  I still think The Sound “Heyday” is one of the better 45’s of 1980.  Always a big Martha & The Muffins fan.  Gary Numan really lost me with this album.  I snapped to attention about 25 years too late for The Revillos, but was rescued by a thoughtful soul who hoarded all of their 45’s!  One of the better XTC LP’s.  “This is my stop” for the Kate Bush LP; I don’t remember much about it in 2013, “Delius”?

Smash Hits, Vol. 2, No. 18 (September 4 – 17, 1980)

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On 9/4/64 The Zombies 45 “She’s Not There” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 9/4/71 the Curved Air 45 “Back Street Luv” charts at No. 4 in England.  Martin Chambers of The Pretenders born, 1951.

Ian Dury on the cover, The B52’s on the reverse.  Full page advertisement for The B-52’s album “Wild Planet” (“Limited edition in special B-52’s plastic carrier”) on Island Records.  Wilko Johnson joins The BlockheadsDavid Bowie to play “The Elephant Man” on stage.  Both members of OMD pick Joy Division for their #1 “All Time Top 10”.  Jools Holland leave Squeeze.  Big Grace Jones article & photo.  Full page advertisement for Gary Numan “Telekon” LP.  Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the centerfold.  Nice colour photo of The Rezillos + lyrics of “Good Sculptures”.


  • Orange Juice – Lovesick (Postcard)
  • Josef K – Radio Drill Time” (Postcard)
  • Justin Hayward – Nearer To You (Decca)
  • Revillos – Hungry For Love (Dindisc)
  • XTC – Generals & Majors (Virgin double 45)
  • The The – Controversial Subject (4AD)


  • Yes – Drama (Atlantic) (“As dramas go, this one’s a tragedy”, 4 out of 10 rating)
  • The B52’s – Wild Planet (Island)
  • The Associates – The Affectionate Punch (Fiction)
  • Jethro Tull – A (Chrysalis)
  • Mikey Dread – World War III (Dread At The Controls)


Kiss, Gary Numan, Stevie Wonder, Gerry Rafferty, Secret Affair, Hall & Oates, Dr. Feelgood, Rick Wakeman, Siouxsie & The Banshees (opening act: Simple Minds), The Specials etc.

Didn’t hear the Postcard records singles at the time, but that has been rectified.  Great XTC double 45.  Liked the Yes album, then and now.  OK with the 2nd B52’s album.  Not my favorite Jethro Tull album, however – but I bought the CD of it to get the enclosed DVD (that was formerly a laser disc etc).  Never seen that 45 from The TheHis debut?

Smash Hits (Vol. 2 No. 16) August 7 – 20, 1980

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On 8/7/65 the Jonathan King 45 “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon” charts at No. 4 in England.  On 8/7/71 the Family 45 “In My Own Time” charts at No. 4 in England.

Bob Marley on the cover.  John Foxx on the back cover.  Full page ad for “Ashes To Ashes” by David Bowie (and the lyrics reproduced).  Lyrics printed for Grace Jones “Private Life” (a Pretenders song) and Roxy Music’s “Oh Yeah”.  New Musik announce their 2nd album, to be called “After The Fire” – but I bet this is the album that eventually was released as “Anywhere” (plus big New Musik article).  The Selecter leave Two Tone Records.  Full page ad for Hazel O’Connor “Breaking Glass” O.S.T. (A&M Records).  Bad Manners in the centerfold.  “The Quality Of Mersey” article says “Liverpool is going to be the next big thing (again)” with a snazzy photo of Pete Burns (from Nightmares In Wax).  Lyrics for Magazine’s wonderful “Sweetheart Contract”.


  • Comateens “Late Night City” (Criminal Records)
  • David Bowie “Ashes To Ashes” (RCA Records)
  • Athletico Spizz 80 “Hot Deserts” (A&M Records)
  • The B-52’s “Give Me Back My Man” (Island Records)


  • Cabaret Voltaire “The Voice of America” (Rough Trade Records)
  • Split Enz “True Colours” (A&M Records)
  • John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett “Way & Bar” (Polydor Records)
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees “Kaleidoscope” (Polydor Records)

Gigs by Ultravox, Pink Floyd, Athletico Spizz 80, Barbara Dickson, Madness, Mo-Dettes, Bill Nelson, The Selecter, Rainbow, Judas Priest, Saxon, Hot Chocolate, Elvis Costello, Lene Lovich, The Stranglers, The Ramones…

First time I’ve seen a mention of Comateens.  Didn’t care about Bowie in 1980, but am OK with him now.  I was strongly following Athletico Spizz 80, but “Hot Deserts” seemed to be a mis-step, as I cannot now recall the tune in 2013.  The B-52’s were also off of my radar by now.  I cannot remember if I was still ‘trying’ Cabaret Voltaire records or not – not 100% certain that “Voice of America” ever made it through my doors or not.

Longtime readers of this blog will know that I had a special affinity for Split Enz, in 1980 – along with the rest of the music being produced in New Zealand.

Smash Hits (Vol. 2 No. 15) July 24 – August 6th, 1980

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On 7/24/60 the Rolf Harris 45 “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport” is No. 9 in England.

Not 100% sure who is actually on this cover.  Splodgenessabounds and The Mo-Dettes?  And The Korgis?  Or just Splodgenessabounds?  (Note:  I do not believe I ever actually even heard a Splodgenessabounds record.)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners have a full page advertisement with a boatload of text in it.  Was it paid for by EMI?  Or is the inside front cover a piece by a Smash Hits writer?  Oh, Dexy’s has decided to not do anymore interviews.  Nice B&W photo of Kate Bush holding a bass guitar (“Babooshka”).  A ½ page ad for a band called Tour De Force – all girls!  Big Mo-Dettes feature (& colour pic).  Malcolm McLaren announces Bow Bow Wow’s “C-30 C-60 C-90 Go!”.   Mari Wilson:  “The sound of Young Wembley”!  Malcolm Owen of The Ruts cashes in his heroin chips.  David Bowie “Scary Monsters” LP is announced (Sept. 12 release date).  Peter Gabriel in the centerfold.  “Toyah Competition”!  Photo & lyrics for “Sanctuary” by New MusikThe Lambrettas in colour!


  • Magazine “Sweetheart Contract’ (Virgin Records)
  • Grace Jones “Private Life” (Island Records) also as a 12” single
  • Jona Lewie “Big Shot – Momentarily” (Stuiff Records) 6” and 7”
  • Pauline Murray & The Invisible Girls “Dream Sequence” (Illusive Records)
  • Telex “We Are Getting Old” (Sire Records)


  • The Silicon Teens “Music For Parties” (Mute Records)
  • Athletico Spizz 80 “Do A Runner” (A&M Records)
  • Clive Langer & The Boxes “Splash” (F-Beat Records)
  • Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Searching For The Young Soul Rebels” Late Night Feelings (EMI) Records

Great Magazine 45 (on the album, actually); nice to see the 12” single market hotting up with a dandy Grace Jones 12” with a picture sleeve.  How confusing for there to be both a 6” and 7” version of a good Jona Lewie 45.  Pauline Murray had been the vocalist of punk band Penetration, the Invisible Girls had worked with John Cooper Clarke, so this one was a no-brainer.  I love Telex to pieces in 2013, didn’t quite know what to make of ‘em in 1980.

Mute Records continues on their Depeche Mode pathway with Silicon Teens.  I had the Rough Trade Spizz singles, so their major label debut album was eagerly anticipated; great album “Do A Runner”.  Didn’t get the Clive Langer LP then, but I have it now (ex-Deaf School).  My GF of many years has a soft spot for Dexy’s of yore – this album in particular.

Now preparing the clown suits for the forthcoming 45 release of “Ashes To Ashes” by David Bowie.