The ever-lovely Phil of Worrapolava is the sherpa of 80's British pop and now he has lead me to the Everest of blogs... LIKE PUNK NEVER HAPPENED, which is devoted to the methodical scanning of each issue of the late/great Smash Hits magazine. It's going to take awhile to complete the archive*, so this blog will - I hope - entertain for a long time. These magazine scans are like the 80's Britpop equivalent of the Wikileaks diplomatic cables.
A few choice bits from various singles reviews...
From December 1980 review of U2's I Will Follow:
U2 - another super-confident flashy Irish showband - rarely make the pulse race on record. This track's fierce, fast and unremarkable.
From an October 1980 review of Kate Bush's Army Dreamers:
Twee isn't the word for this slice of balalaika-driven whimsy; one for the mums to say "It's nice to hear a decent tune for a change" about.From an April 1980 review of Blondie's Call Me:
This incisive item plays down the usual metallic keyboard rotation in favor of a swingeing (sic?) chord change... the resulting drama manages to suggest empires crashing to dust without getting a single peroxide hair out of place.Also check out my favorite albums of the 1980's and So Hip It Hurts, which often devotes space to 80's artists.
*yes, there is an obvious copyright issue I am ignoring for the sake of excitement.