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Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

We are a Smash Hits appreciation podcast dedicated to the swingorilliant British pop magazine which ran from 1978 to 2006. In each episode, we take an old issue of Ver Hits (usually from the 1980s but may slip a year or two either side of that) and discuss what’s on its pages, looking at who’s riding high on the carousel and who’s heading down the dumper.

We always have a guest to help us along the way, so we’ll be talking to the readers, the writers, and who knows, maybe even the odd pop star who appeared in its pages.

A proud part of the We Made This podcast network.

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Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

We are a Smash Hits appreciation podcast dedicated to the swingorilliant British pop magazine which ran from 1978 to 2006. In each episode, we take an old issue of Ver Hits (usually from the 1980s but may slip a year or two either side of that) and discuss what’s on its pages, looking at who’s riding high on the carousel and who’s heading down the dumper.

We always have a guest to help us along the way, so we’ll be talking to the readers, the writers, and who knows, maybe even the odd pop star who appeared in its pages.

A proud part of the We Made This podcast network.

    Smash Hits - 17 February - 2 March 1983 with Richard Drew

    Smash Hits - 17 February - 2 March 1983 with Richard Drew

    Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! Hang on tight for a top pop ride.

    In the this bumper episode, TV and film production designer and (most importantly) pop kid Richard Drew joins us on the carousel as it spins back to the Smash Hits of late February 1983. OMD are on the front cover and inside we find Musical Youth, Spandau Ballet, Thompson Twins, The Belle Stars, David Bowie, Marillion, Toto, Level 42, China Crisis, The Gap Band, Haysi Fantayzee, JoBoxers, Bonnie Tyler, Orange Juice, Eurythmics, The Beatles, Icehouse and Wham! alongside all the regular features (Bitz, Get Smart, Letters, RSVP). There's a lot to discuss!

    Read along with us!
    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2013/02/february-17-march-2-1983.html
    Smash Hits Remembered: https://sites.google.com/site/smashhitsmagazineremembered11/17th-february---2nd-march-1983

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/24Q8zZrQdk6wBcQrA2aJwG?si=dac94c874f9e4533
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuEqBFgIkM4ZT3al0OYHEFtK

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Richard Drew

    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/
    Buy us a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/giddypoppod

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Quizorilliant Christmas Quiz

    The Quizorilliant Christmas Quiz

    Grab some paper and a pen and prepare yourselves for The Giddy Carousel of Pop's Quizorilliant Christmas Quiz!

    10 rounds. 50 questions. And all taken from the pages of Smash Hits (so if any of the answers are wrong, blame them!). There are no prizes, it's just a bit of fun. But do let us know how you get on.

    Are you ready?

    Don't forget, you're in control, so use pause and rewind if you must, but no cheating.

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg

    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 49 min
    Smash Hits - 1-14 April 1992 with Laura Kelly

    Smash Hits - 1-14 April 1992 with Laura Kelly

    In our first foray into the 1990s, journalist and podcaster Laura Kelly from The Big Issue joins us on the carousel and takes us back to the Smash Hits of 1-14 April 1992.

    And it's a very different Smash Hits from what we've covered so far on the podcast, with TV and film stars getting as much attention as pop stars. We're also introduced to a raft of new features including 'No! Not The Biscuit Tin!' and Sylvia Patterson steals the show with her glorious feature on the Manic Street Preachers. Laura tells us about the life-changing impact that piece had on her as a 10-year old music fan growing up in Belfast.

    *Disclaimer: Any positive opinions about Right Said Fred were made before they brought shame on Ver Hits family. Just so you know.

    Read along with us! Thanks to Smash Hits Remembered: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57779449@N02/sets/72157712621301448/with/49367880712/

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1IFNmBzy3EuOV1WGeKAbpj
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuFgLI525fUYo25RyyKRp8gz

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Laura Kelly

    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Smash Hits - 29 May - 11 June 1980 with Andrew Harrison

    Smash Hits - 29 May - 11 June 1980 with Andrew Harrison

    Andrew Harrison, former editor of Select, Q and Mixmag and co-host of Bigmouth podcast (among many other things) joins us on the carousel to look at the Smash Hits of 29 May - 11 June 1980.

    In a wide-ranging conversation, artists discussed include Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, The Specials, Hot Chocolate and many more. Andrew also tells us about his own involvement in Smash Hits and reflects on a career in music mags and some of the lessons learned.

    Read along with us! Thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered. http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2020/05/may-29-june-11-1980.html or https://sites.google.com/site/smashhitsmagazineremembered23/29th-may---11th-june-1980.


    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6PdXyhQTaxzhw81324p8Db?si=qKbmTxw2SuGN_83RfUNRnw
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuHApEVZfp8_A5OKW274-LDv

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Andrew Harrison

    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Summer Special

    Summer Special

    Welcome to The Giddy Carousel of Pop's swingorilliant summer special!

    Simon and Gavin snip out their favourite bits from the ten issues of Smash Hits they've covered so far on the podcast, and stick them in their audio scrapbook to share with you. It'll brighten up your summer!

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg

    GUESTS: Julie Hamill, David Hepworth, Rachael Galletly, Simon Philo, Catherine Sked, Barry McIlheney, Patricia Caliskan, Tim Robinson, Hannah Verdier.


    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Smash Hits - 17-30 July 1985 (part 2) with Tim Robinson

    Smash Hits - 17-30 July 1985 (part 2) with Tim Robinson

    Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride!

    We continue our look back at the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. Having dealt with all the Live Aid content in our last episode, we turn our attention to the rest of the mag which includes features on Phil Oakey, Bucks Fizz, Belouis Some and The Redskins, along with the usual lyrics, Bitz, Singles Reviews and RSVP.

    If you didn't hear our Live Aid special in the last part of this podcast, please check it out!

    Read along with us! Thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered.
    http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-17-30-1985.html
    https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/173---17th-july---30th-july-1985

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits including plenty of Live Aid highlights.
    SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0wwYsj1U4eGAzgjz8dbG7P?si=K4MOt9AIR2Owh5vjOuwU1g
    YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuEqm6Oh9d1CxyeKHg4xeFkG

    The Giddy Carousel of Pop is part of the We Made This network of podcasts.

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Tim Robinson

    CONTACT DETAILS:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GiddyPopPod
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GiddyPopPod
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giddypoppod/
    Website: https://giddypoppod.home.blog/

    WE MADE THIS
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/wemadethispod
    Website: https://wemadethispod.com/

    • 54 min

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