14 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 - 17-30 July 1985 - Live Aid special (part 1)

    Smash Hits - 17-30 July 1985 - Live Aid special (part 1)

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

    To mark the 35th anniversary of Live Aid, we go back to the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. We look at Ver Hits coverage of the historic concerts and hear from people who were there or watched from home. We also speak to three former Smash Hits editors - David Hepworth, Mark Ellen and Barry McIlheney - about their memories of the day along with BBC TV director David G Croft.

    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, David Hepworth, Mark Ellen, Barry McIlheney, David G Croft

    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 58 min
    Smash Hits - 9-22 October 1985 with Julie Hamill

    Smash Hits - 9-22 October 1985 with Julie Hamill

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

    In this episode we go back to the Smash Hits of 9-22 October 1985 with broadcaster, writer and pop geek Julie Hamill. Pete Burns and Morrissey grace the cover and other artists discussed include Simon Le Bon, The Cure, Five Star, Lloyd Cole, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol and many more.

    Read along with us! Thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered.
    http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2015/10/october-9-22-1985.html
    http://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/179---9th-october---22nd-october-1985

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3n7ke8l2YFuT2ct8ifQkrv?si=sNAJkEl3R5qtokVR5VBXQA
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuFonJ39-F_JObVzx5jvosve

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Julie Hamill

    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 23 min
    Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 2)

    Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 2)

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

    In part two of our chat with former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) we continue out look at the issue of 25 March - 7 April 1987. If you missed part one, go and listen to it now!

    In just three years, Barry went from being a library assistant living with his mum in Belfast to editor of Britain's brightest pop mag, via spells at Hot Press and Melody Maker. It was under his editorship that Smash Hits achieved its highest-ever circulation figures, but it wasn't all plain sailing. From going to dinner with Michael Jackson to asking the members of U2 to draw a duck, Barry takes us behind the scenes of what life was like at Ver Hits.

    Artists discussed include The Mission, Mel & Kim, The Blow Monkeys, Bruce Willis, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, U2 and Genesis.

    Read along with us! Find scans of the issue here http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-25-april-7-1987.html and here http://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/217---25th-march---7th-april-1987

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dtx6oKHsXkoX7QgWk34rg?si=TntHiPUCTJajZ8NzJIg9PA
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuFlkbulM8Y8ytV-lxhZB_GL

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Barry McIlheney

    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 10 min
    Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 1)

    Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 1)

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

    In the first of two parts, Simon and Gavin chat to former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) and the 25 March - 7 April 1987 issue in particular.

    In just three years, Barry went from being a library assistant living with his mum in Belfast to editor of Britain's brightest pop mag, via spells at Hot Press and Melody Maker. It was under his editorship that Smash Hits achieved its highest-ever circulation figures, but it wasn't all plain sailing. From upsetting rock royalty to putting the wrong pop star on the cover, Barry takes us behind the scenes of what life was like at Ver Hits.

    Artists discussed include The Mission, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Terence Trent D'Arby and Curiosity Killed The Cat. Tom Hibbert takes a trip to Downing Street to meet Margaret Thatcher and Gavin dons his detective's cap and tracks down an RSVP pop kid.

    Read along with us! Find scans of the issue here http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-25-april-7-1987.html and here http://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/217---25th-march---7th-april-1987

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6dtx6oKHsXkoX7QgWk34rg?si=TntHiPUCTJajZ8NzJIg9PA
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuFlkbulM8Y8ytV-lxhZB_GL

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Barry McIlheney

    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 15 min
    Smash Hits - 4-17 November 1987 with Catherine Sked

    Smash Hits - 4-17 November 1987 with Catherine Sked

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

    In this episode we go back to the Smash Hits of 4-17 November 1987 with pop kid Catherine Sked. U2 grace the cover and other artists featured include T'Pau, Marillion, Communards, Blue Mercedes, Pet Shop Boys (again!), Heartbeat, Sting and Wet Wet Wet, not to mention Billy Idol's 'perv breeks' and Rick Astley's ruddy big pig.

    Find scans of the issue here http://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2017/11/november-4-17-1987.html and here http://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/233---4th---17th-november-1987.

    And check out the playlists of pretty much all the songs featured in this issue of Ver Hits:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5yfCPCio9FsRIjsFsO5WYZ
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuHFmVMlAtnmx2rXgmZBaz16

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

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Smash Hits - 23 March - 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 2)

    Smash Hits - 23 March - 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 2)

    Simon and Gavin welcome you back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop!

    In the second part of our chat with former Smash Hits deputy editor Hannah Verdier, we continue our look through the Smash Hits of 23 March - 5 April 1988 (the Easter hols!), plus she tells us about her time working at the mag in the late 90s/early 00s including a rather awkward encounter with Jon Bon Jovi and pop larks with Ash and Boyzone.

    Artists discussed include Pet Shop Boys, UB40, Bros, Climie Fisher, Sinitta, Taja Sevelle, Erasure, Deacon Blue, Patrick Swayze, The Fall, Morrissey and Rick Astley among many more.

    You can read the issue for yourself thanks to Like Punk Never Happened and Smash Hits Remembered and also check out the music from its pages on our Spotify and YouTube playlists. It’s the next best thing to taping it off the radio!

    LINKS TO THE ISSUE
    Like Punk Never Happened: https://tinyurl.com/u68jmmj
    Smash Hits Remembered: https://tinyurl.com/sn8dqn5

    PLAYLIST LINKS
    Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/slyu6zm
    YouTube: https://tinyurl.com/skrrphe

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

    • 50 min

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14 Ratings

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Nostalgia Overload

I loved Smash Hits as a kid, and this podcast is a wonderful dollop of nostalgia. My copies of Smash Hits might be gone after my mum threw them out, but this podcast helps me remember how much I loved them!

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