23 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 - 3-16 July 1985 with Lyn Lockwood

    Smash Hits - 3-16 July 1985 with Lyn Lockwood

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

    In this episode we are joined by pop kid and deputy chair of the Philip Larkin Society, Lyn Lockwood to look at the Smash Hits of 3-16 July 1985. Along the way we encounter Howard Jones, Humpe Humpe, Madonna, Duran Duran, The Style Council, Elton John, The Damned, Russ Abott, The Grumbleweeds, Max Headroom and Simply Red among others, plus the usual Bitz, RSVP and reviews.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-3-16-1985.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/172---3rd-july---16th-july-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/7lwoP1z9TCjP7BRJKlevbt?si=84a4206534a646bb

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuGStgTVfK1ivysp4fG-gsQL

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Lyn Lockwood

    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 35 min
    Smash Hits - 28 May -10 June 1981 with Paul Hanley

    Smash Hits - 28 May -10 June 1981 with Paul Hanley

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

    In this episode writer, podcaster and former drummer with The Fall (1980-85) Paul Hanley joins us to peruse a 'double A side' issue of Smash Hits from 1981 and a whole lot more. Along the way we encounter Adam & The Ants, Stray Cats, Kim Wilde, Prince, Kraftwerk, Sparks, Stars On 45, Landscape, The Jam and Spandau Ballet among others, plus the usual Bitz, Letters and reviews. Paul also talks about his time with The Fall, who also happen to appear in the pages of this very issue of Ver Hits.

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-28-june-10-1981.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/website-3/65-28th-may-10th-june-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/4y2tamlz788cS400axVwNj?si=a5af18cb72bf4434

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuECrfcwXtIhmD3N_mXfX2cC

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Paul Hanley

    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 - 10-23 August 1988 with Jude Rogers

    Smash Hits - 10-23 August 1988 with Jude Rogers

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

    In this episode, writer Jude Rogers (The Guardian, The Quietus, Mojo and more) takes us back to her days as a day 10 year-old pop kid in August 1988 and the very first Smash Hits she ever bought. Along the way we discuss Kylie Minogue, Pat Benatar, Tanita Tikaram, Yazz, Bomb The Bass, Bros, Nik Kershaw, Billy Idol, R.E.M., Brother Beyond, band t-shirts, Prince, Michael Jackson and loads more! Plus the usual RSVP and singles reviews. We also hear from one of the pop stars who appears in this issue of Ver Hits!

    Read along with us.

    Like Punk Never Happened: https://likepunkneverhappened.blogspot.com/2018/08/august-10-23-1988.html

    Smash Hits Remembered: https://michaelmouse1967.wixsite.com/smashhits-remembered/253---10th---23rd-august-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/4pQ3f0PGBTUBfQvXIQ2N9f?si=060354fb6a754ee5

    YouTube: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfs58mqeRNuH25A8xUMjMNEOveV2vc9Qu

    Find out more about the many things Jude does via her website: http://www.juderogers.com/

    Jude’s interview with Sylvia Patterson And Miranda Sawyer (The Quietus, 2016): https://thequietus.com/articles/20560-sylvia-patterson-miranda-sawyer-jude-rogers-interview

    Jude’s piece on her REM fandom (The Guardian, 2021): https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/feb/24/rem-how-the-arty-pop-gods-taught-a-shy-south-wales-girl-to-be-herself

    Our episode with Barry McIlheney where he talks about his encounter with Michael Jackson: https://link.chtbl.com/yt2JHMWr

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

    HOSTS: Simon Galloway and Gavin Hogg
    GUEST: Jude Rogers

    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 38 min
    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

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