29 episodes

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 - May 27 - June 9 1982 with Emma Clarke

    Smash Hits - May 27 - June 9 1982 with Emma Clarke

    Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop, a podcast about the 'so called' pop mag Smash Hits.

    In this episode we are joined by voiceover, writer, composer and podcaster Emma Clarke, as we spin back to May 1982 for the confessions of a pre-teen pop fan.

    Artists discussed include Associates, Toyah, Adam Ant, Echo & The Bunnymen and many more.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2012/05/may-27-june-9-1982.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/website-4/91-27th-may-9th-june-1982

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5b5OOBdIRvWHnLa74khqZl?si=d9c2c4a780364ef4

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuFK8ENWUX51FjFi94E3AYwa

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

    Check out Gavin and Simon on the Infrequency podcast Movements, Scenes And Genres: https://infrequency.co.uk/80s-pop-nuggets-with-the-giddy-carousel-of-pop-movements-scenes-and-genres/

    Find out more about our guest here: https://emmaclarke.com/

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Emma Clarke

    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 49 min
    Smash Hits - 11-24 January 1989 with Julian Henry

    Smash Hits - 11-24 January 1989 with Julian Henry

    Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop, a podcast about the 'so called' pop mag Smash Hits.

    In this episode we are joined by PR guru and musician Julian Henry joins us on the carousel as we spin back to January 1989.

    Julian gives us a little peep behind the pop curtain as we discuss Holly Johnson, Then Jericho, Brother Beyond, Milli Vanilli, Climie Fisher, Neneh Cherry and a whole lot more.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2019/01/january-11-24-1989.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/website-11/264-11th-january-24th-january-1989

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7zRNJt4ymF5tbMwc4UOX0F?si=ee7dced6c9ec49b7

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuEDXEyswX4VeFUONTNapqGo

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Julian Henry

    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 58 min
    Smash Hits - 7-20 September 1988 with Nadia Shireen

    Smash Hits - 7-20 September 1988 with Nadia Shireen

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

    In this episode we are joined by author/illustrator and former Smash Hits staffer Nadia Shireen on the carousel as we spin back to September 1988.

    Under discussion are Pet Shop Boys, Glenn Medeiros, the Smash Hits Readers' Poll, The Pasadenas, Bros and a whole lot more.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2018/09/september-7-20-1988.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/7th---20th-september-1988

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7EAVjRfrttS0P2xvMAosl9?si=9e79ccef31614b24

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuEVJIBrSQnX7yRPeqDbFvUU

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Nadia Shireen

    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 44 min
    Smash Hits - 8-21 December 1983 with Sarina Rowell

    Smash Hits - 8-21 December 1983 with Sarina Rowell

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

    In this episode we are joined by Australian writer and columnist Sarina Rowell [http://imaginedslights.com/] to talk about her Smash Hits memories as an 80s pop kid in a land down under, looking at the bumper December 1983 issue of Ver Hits.

    Discussed are Duran Duran, Nik Kershaw, Paul Young, Tina Turner, Status Quo, Robert Smith and a whole lot more.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2013/12/december-8-21-1983.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/website-5/copy-of-130-24th-november-7th-dec

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/10LLLWbY69jKUCYauNet42

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuHvFWRIeSELEC7UpXMvrXk6

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Sarina Rowell

    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 43 min
    BONUS EPISODE: Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants)

    BONUS EPISODE: Marco Pirroni (Adam & The Ants)

    Welcome to a special bonus episode of The Giddy Carousel of Pop. If you heard our last episode with Mark Ellen, you'll know that we spoke to Adam & The Ants' guitarist Marco Pirroni about his memories of Smash Hits. But we talked about so much more and thought that you might like to hear it. So here it is!

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Marco Pirroni

    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/

    • 30 min
    Smash Hits - 11-24 June 1981 with Mark Ellen

    Smash Hits - 11-24 June 1981 with Mark Ellen

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

    In this episode we are joined by music mag legend and former Smash Hits editor Mark Ellen, as the carousel spins back to June 1981. There's also a second guest on the carousel - Adam & The Ants guitarist Marc Pirroni, who shares his memories of the cover story, Smash Hits and a whole lot more (look out for a bonus episode coming soon).

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-11-24-1981.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/website-3/66-11th-june-24th-junbe-1981

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2zXgIf3RFvwj2IcT63APWO

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuEVRB3VCkoZSrg3alhftPx5

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Mark Ellen

    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 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Spikecricket ,

Smashing podcast

I’m really enjoying listening to you guys reliving the 80s, you make it fun and I love the nostalgia. It’s a pleasure to listen to so thanks for brightening up the journey to work. More 1984 though please, the best year of the lot. Keep up the good work and thank you.

cactusflowertower ,

Great podcast

Entertaining, detailed, geeky (in the best way)

SiWo28 ,

A trip down musical lane

Warm, nostalgic, trenchant and funny. An utter delight. Plus a bonus for the links to playlists and the original mag.

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