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Cliff Richard 
GaryNuman 
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I'm the ghost 

Of the white faced clown 

She’s gone 

Gone —I won't lookback 
She's gone 


Words and music G. Numan 
Reproduced by permission Numan Music I 
On Beggar's Banquet. 








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GARYNUMAN 2 NEW ORDER 30 

LIKE AN ANIMAL 

THE GLOVE 

ROCK OF AGES 

11 DEF LEPPARD 39 

CRUSHED BY THE WHEELS OF INDUSTRY 

HEAVEN 17 

MAMA 

11 GENESIS 42 

NEVER SAY DIE (GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE) 

CLIFF RICHARD 

CHANCE 

16 BIG COUNTRY 42 

FOR EVER AND A DAY 

CLASSIX NOUVEAUX 

COME BACK AND STAY 

16 PAUL YOUNG 43 

KARMA CHAMELEON 

CULTURE CLUB 

RIDERS ON THE STORM 

23 ANNABEL LAMB 43 

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MATT FRETTON 

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A long hot emotional 
day it was too. Dublin's 
Phoenix Park throws 
open its gates to U2, 
Simple Minds, 
Eurythmics, Big 
Country and about 
20,000 others. It's 
almost too much for 
Dave Rimmer 
(notebook, kleenex) 
and Paul Rider (camera, 
more kleenex). 

It's midday. The sky is clear, the 


On stage, Perfect Crime are 
already in full swing. You'll be 
hearing more of this lot. They're a 
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important to share that with 
people." 

It's becoming a day of 
extremes, occasionally 
unpleasant ones. A bloke who 
sneaks in over the back fence is 
beaten with sticks by security 


;s it just gets to 
was thinking '20,000 people, 
GodV But I feel all right now." 

At least she does until, two 
songs into their set, a bunch near 
the front begin chanting "English 
bastards!" and throwing 
firecrackers on stage. Annte stops 
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out called "This Is The Day". 

in all different shapes and sizes: 
an ordinary 7". a 7" double single 

with two other extra tracks. 


Cast your mind back to the June 
26 issue. Remember young 
Respond signings A Craze 
advertising in Bits for a 
drummer? Well, they've found 


one. He's 16-year-old Mark 
Chester from Birmingham and 
will be^playing with A Craze 

Also on the Respond Package 
Touri that's what it'll be called) 

are Trade And Her Soul 


Squad, Vaughn Toulouse 
And The Main-T-Posse am 
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Planet Patrol single out called 
"Cheap Thrills". Like New 
Order's new single 
"Confusion", Treoea's "IOU" 
and a host of other disco hits, it's 
been produced by Arthur Baker 
and John Robie. Meanwhile, John 
"Jellybean" Benitez, DJ at New 
York's Tunhouse (the Hip Hop 
club where Baker tests all his 
stuff out — he apparently tried no 

"Confusion" before he was 
happy with it) has been 
re-mixing everything in earshot. 

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(well, try). Write on a postcard to: Get Smart, Smash Hits, 52-55 Carnaby Street. London W1V 1PF. I 



I think Gary Wallis (him of the 
fantastic Truth) is quite nice so 
I'd love any information about 


mean tsighI men like him just 
aren't worth the trouble... 


• Born in London on June 10 '64, 
he would describe himself as 
being "athletic and of good 
nature". Specially asked for you, 
the qualities he looks for most in 
a girl include "having a good 
personality. And long legs". Still 
like him? 



Ian McCulloch of the Bunnymen 
got his ballet-type shoes from as 
I can't get them anywhere. Also 
will the film of their Royal Albert 
Hall concert ever be shown on 

Macka and Wrighty, Thatcham. 

0 He bought them some months 
back for £14.95 from a branch of 
the "theatre and ballet fashion 
specialists', Anello & Davide Ltd. 
There's one branch in London's 
Oxford Street. He takes a size 
nine but, for some reason, prefers 
to tell people it’s a size eight. 
Incidentally, the shoes are 
original Scotch dancing poms but 
with an extra sole added for 
"street wear". As regards the 
concert footage, WEA own the 
rights to it but haven't quite 
decided exactly what to do with it 
as yet. 


On holiday I met a bloke who 
reckoned his cousin was John 
Taylor of Duran Duran. His 
name's William Taylor, he's 26 
and lives in Salford. Bill (as he's 
known) told me his mother's 


night (July 31. BBC 1,7.25pm) 
called Lore Story and really liked 
the piece of music which was 
played most of the time. Could 

where I could locate it? 

Sarah Barron, Portsmouth. 

0 Sung (with feeling) by crooner 
Andy Williams, it's called 
"(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" 
and was a Number Four hit for 
him around March '71. No longer 
available as a single, you'll find it 
on his albums "Reflections" 
which also includes "Can't Get 
Used To Losing You" (recently 
covered by The Beat), "Andy 
Williams Wedding And 
Anniversary Album" and 
"Greatest Hits Volume Two". 


While listening to the David 
Jensen Show on Radio One a 
short time ago I heard an 
interview with a Howard Jones. 
He said his first single would be 
out in July so where is It? 


• Produced by Duran Duran 
craftsman Colin Thurston, it's just 
been released on both 7" and 12" 
and is titled "New Song". Recent 


he started out as a "one man 
synth act" but his new stage 
show features the talents of 
dance expressionist Jed Hoile 


various aspects of the songs with 
highly individual actions and 



rest of the story to prove his 
case. Well, was he pulling my leg 
or is it the truth? 

Anxious Fan, Blackburn. 

0 It appears you were easy prey 
for a fisherman's yarn. But I 
wouldn't shed any tears over it. I 


Could you find out what type of 
bass guitar Tony Butler of 
Big Country uses and, also, what 
does the word "Porrowman" 
mean, from the title of one of 

Nick Strickland, Beading. 


• Tony is sponsored by Aria 
Guitars so his Aria SB 1000 was a 
gift, but it normally sells at 
around £310-£340. Regarding the 

The Pan Book Of Stories and 
describes a person who practices 


I recently bought a signed photo 
of Paul Weller in Carnaby Street 
but have no way of knowing if it 
is genuine. Could you possibly 
print his signature? 

Mandi, Haywards Heath. 

0 For you, anything. Weller was 
"happy as a king" to oblige (sorry 
aboutthe spelling though) and 
hopes you did purchase the real 
thing, although he doesn't 
necessarily approve of that 



We urgently need to know where 
Roman Holliday get their sailor 
hats from, as we can't find them 
anywhere. 

Beki, Kettering and a Fan, 
Hebburn. 

• They pick them up from the 
Laurence Corner surplus store, 62 
Hampstead Road, London NW1. 
Available in white only, sizes are 
large or extra-large and asking 
price is £4.48. These "doughboy 

available mail order from the 


Artist, title, highest chart 
position and year of entry for a 
song which goes "I know my 
friend it's hard to die/When all 
the birds are singing in the 
sky/And when the bees are in the 


following two songs: "Billydon't 


that goes: "Is this the start of the 


W, 3) The length of time 
"Vienna" (by Ultravox) stayed in 
the charts. Pleasel 

Kate Dunkley, Southampton. 



Could you please confirm to my 
Mum, Terry (who's 34 in 
September) that the Fridge 
Freezer adverts are not sung by 
Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics. 
as she seems to think it might be 
true? Also, can you tell me the 
meaning of the words at the 


ck called "This Is The House", 
m their album. They sound 
a "Istas tacassa, late sale seno. 


Duran Fan, Buckden and John 
Taylor's Smile, Gwent. 

• Annie has confirmed ("Npl") 
that it's not her voice heard' 
promoting the Freezer adverts. 
And, although I didn't do Spanish 
at school. I've reason to believe 
that what she sings is merely the 
Spanish translation of the verse 
previous, which goes "This is the 
house This is the hill/This is the 
story/lt's a little thing". 


Carol Moore (August 4) can have 
a copy of The Young & Moody 
Band's single from me — Mick 
Cotte. 285 Hucknall Lane. Bulwell 
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BIG COUNTRY: Chance 
(Mercury) Stuart Adamson 
owes more than a little to New 
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but this time he borrows voice, 
harmonies and tune. But where 
Springsteen would muck it all up 
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spots on the Paul Daniels Magic 


CULTURE CLUB: Karma 
Chameleon (Virgin) Three 
minor problems as regards this 
one. 1) The tempo is much 
speedier than our Boy is used to: ; 
being almost as bad a dancer as ; 
Jay of Bucks Fizz, how's he going j 
to cope when he does it on telly? j 
2) The mouth organ player (on the ; 

soundtracks) seems to be getting ! 
in the way rather a lot. And 3) 

The use of "karma" in title; the 
last popular singer to use this 1 
word was The Beatles' George 


vork. Def Leppard have two 
,:ount 'em!) guitarists but do they 
"trade tasty licks"? Do they 


jwku uhniaaawl" ("rock and 



BARRY MAN1LOW: You're 
Lookin' Hot Tonight (Arista) 

In theory, the man with the 
largest collection of unspeakable 
trousers in the US of A has 
nothing going for him. It is a 
medically established FACT that 
he can't sing for toffee and, in 

described his face as "oddly 
designed" and his personality as 

hoot about the crackpot theories? 

the usual load of disposable tripe 
— so what?? Who cares?? Not our 


SHAKATAK: If You Could 


low (Polydor) More 
mistakeable blend of 


convenience-jazz, comfy vocals, 
tonkling piano, patient funk and 
words tailor-made to suit any 


And Stay (CBS) On "Wherever 
I Lay My Hat", this gleaming new 
addition to the ranks of British 
white 'soul' performers followed 
all the rules — he wobbled his 

long to sing a syllable as any 
normal person. Here, he's a little 
less mannered — but this may be 
because the loopy backing vocal 
and the incessant predictable 
x)uppl ploouppf of a fretless 
ss are distracting him. A hit! 

DEF LEPPARD: Rock Of 
Ages (Vertigo); RAINBOW: 
Street Of Dreams (Polydor) 

prolonged displays of sprc"* : — 


HEAVEN 17: Crushed By 
The Wheels Of Industry 
(Virgin) Highly entertaining 
pop funk with sardonic 
'woo-woos' and a cynical jab at 
society in general. Witty dance 
music with gormless backing 
chants and a piano that is 
everything that Shakatak's isn't. 
GARY NUMAN: Warriors 
(Beggars Banquet) Poor old 
Gaz. Remember when he thought 

from outer space? Remember 
when he thought he was 
auditioning for Bugsy Malone? 
Remember when he thought he 
was Mike Oldfield? Well now he 


Max-orientated street 'w< 


JOHN FOl 

(Metal BoatWirgin) A 

slush as the singer transforms 
himself disgustingly into Bryan 
Ferry and a batty, hysterical 

rts to make gruesome 



A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS: 
(It's Not Me) Talking (Jive) 

Cliche-ridden electronic rocker 
with no tune or dynamics. Just a 
message to the effect that "we all 
come from outer space and we 
are all mad". The only thing Mike 
Score has on his mind (apart from 
the kestrel nesting on his head) is 
a fleet of pesky little space ships 
coming from "another time, 
another place, another galaxy, 
another planet". Duff. 

JULIO IGLESIAS: Rum And 
Coca-Cola (CBS) I find it hard 
to believe that the dapper 

un-suave sort of concoction. I 



ELECTRIC LIGHT 
ORCHESTRA: Secret 
Messages (Jet) Last time out, 
Jeff Lynne was reduced to 
stealing the fourth-hand ideas of 
Showaddywaddy of all people! 
Here, he is found nicking the 
intro to Pink Floyd's "Astronomy 
Domine" (from '69) along with a v. 
ancient Shadows guitar solo. The 
rest he filches, as. per usual, from 
The Beatles. By some strange 
quirk of fate, it all seems to fit 
together, resulting in the least 
terrible ELO record in living 


CLIFF RICHARD: Never Say 
Die (Give A Little Bit More) 
(EMI) It's Cliff with his 
squillionth single release and a 
knighthood just around the 


grey around Sir Clifford's 
*3mples? No one jolly well does 
otl Does one detect a not terribly 
ood record with nothing but 


THE SHADOWS: Diamonds 
(Polydor) On which the Shads 
defile the memory of their 
original bass player. Jet Harris. 
In 1963, Jet, with drummer Tony 
Meehan, played "Diamonds" 
with boundless sincerity and 
bravado. Twenty years on, his 
ex-cohorts give it a shoddy and 
obvious electronic treatment. Jet 
was Britain's first 
"instrumental-punk" (check 
leather and sneers in the Cliff 
Richard film The Young Ones) 
and worthy of the utmost respect. 
A disgrace. 


NEW ORDER: Confusion 
(Factory) Elusive grim intense 

hit. NoUhat they sound "happy" 
or anything as 

un-Factory-credible as that. But 
the synthetic bip-bop rhythm is 
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on page 44 only to find Sting 
weeping away by the end of it. 
Then read Dave Rimmer's 
Dublin/U2 effort. Cripes! Grown 
men in floods of tears all over the 
shop. Emotional stuff. 

Quite honestly didn't 
understand this at first, but soon 
a job came my way which set 
even the normally stiff Baz upper 
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motorway to report on the 
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my tale of wc 
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..ell-guarded:_ 

1) I listen to Neil Sedaka LPs, 2) 
I ate the last Toffypop in the 
house; 3) I sit in my room v 

Buddy Holly glasses and i_ 

faces in the mirror; 4) my Dad is a 
Garry Glitter fan and wears 
silver platform boots; 5) I got 59% 
for my maths exam; and 6) even 
though I am incredibly famous, 
my hard hearted manager won't 

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lyrics such as "you’re about as 
easy as a nuclear war". And as 
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irom Miss Selfridge a 
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make money by leaving The Jam 
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like The Rolling Stones have 


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(Start, August 4). As anyone with 
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"to bind, to tie up tightly". I 
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people are really great fun. 


trendies who are down and out 
polyester wearers into The Jam. 
Style Council. Who and other 
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trendies think they're really 
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sado-masochism but I don't 
know that. 

A Rubber Person. Hampstead. 


er here at the m 
L'Ecriture Noire as he's 
known — and he says you'i 
absolutely right. He has a 


trendy guy, I thought I'd better 
add some vital bits you missed: - 
1) El Trendo must be called 
Nigel. Andy. Martin or some 
other ultra-trendy name; 2) hair 
—ist be penned; 3) must wear a 


e.g. "what's yer poison?" 

"alright darlin'", "triffic, nifty, 
dodgy, etc"; 7) their tape/radio 
thingy is often carried by means 
of a handsome embroidery-style 
strap; 8) burgundy leather 


__J Saying the following 

a) "okay", b) "er yah!", c) 

"man", or d) all three; 2) shopping 
at the following places in London 
— Covent Garden. Laurence 
Coiner. Flip, or any shop in the 
Kings Road; 3) talking about 
someone famous as if you know 
them soooo well you call them by 
their first names; 4) shortening 


Listen, you lot. I don't reckon all 
these trendy people should get 
with it. You're forgetting 
iti-trendies. the people who 
lie in wait for the revolutii 


(good, eh?) of an 
as follows: — 1) they like The Bet# 
Gees. John Travolta. Gary Glitter 
and Mud; 2) they have very loud 
flowery or polkadot shirts with 
thick kipper ties (or perhaps 


medallion); 3) they wear shoes 
with cuban heels which they got 
in Oxford Street in 73; 4) they 
have Timex watches or. if they 
are rich, they have those massive 
great things with divers' 
calibrations and lots of shiny 
little buttons — you know, so big 
they just about break your wrist 
when you put them on; 5) they 
have bushy 'zapata' moustaches 
because they think the foreign 
look is still 'in'; 6) they eat muesli 
for breakfast and have 
barbeques all the time; 7) they 

The Loose Screw Of An 
Anglepoise Lamp. Wiltshire. 

P.S. Going back to trendies, why 
do they always say they got 


paralytic" last night in: 
drunk or plastered? 


open air CND gigs, aj 

bronze pen. 

Synth. London N7. 



Okay, le. _,_ 

what's trendy and what's noi 
trendy to be untrendy and 
untrendy to be trendy. 

Take 3tring /ests for exam 




Dear The Late Sid Vicious' 
Greatest Admirer' (August 4), 
Since when have you been 
able to buy official Style Council 
merchandise including key rings 
and playing cards? Jam 
merchandise, maybe, but not 
Style Council. 


More trendy news! There i 


m Firet^’l 


TSL of Bethnal Green said "hail 
must blind one eye" but this is 
only half of the story. 


slowly back. I know t 


Take Prefab Sprout (Yes, 
please take them — Ed). They're 
a pretentiously named relatively 


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and quite a few people get to like 
them so they're just about still 
trendy. Then one day they get 
famous and everyone likes them. 
Thus the trendy few who liked 
them at the start will become 
untrendy. 

Perhaps, one day. it'll be 
considered trendy to like D 4444 
D 4444 'cos nobody else does. 
Comprenez? 

Rachel Belsham. Witham. Essex. 

Q: What's the difference between 
D—D 4444 and a row of milk 
bottles? 

A: You can get a tune out of a 
row of milk bottles. 

Mark Ellen's (Lost) Good Looks, 


some kids couldn't afford to buy 
albums and so Spandau were 
providing them with the 
opportunity to buy singles 


All very well, until you realise 
that by the time you've bought 
four singles at £1.30 each, you've 
spent £5.20 and you may as well 
have bought the album. 

If Mr Hadley has to make 
excuses for his lack of original 
material, why not make them 
feasible? 

Paul Weller's Brylcreem. 


If record companies can afford to 
produce double-pack singles at 
the normal price, then why oh 
why can't they cut the price of a 
single by half? 

Andy McClusky's Little Red Tie 
With White Diamonds On It, 
Hamilton. 


That's it. I've had enough! I'm 
sick of all the complaints and 
criticism from the 'older 
generation’ (as it were) on the 
music that's around at the 


Lock the door, somebody. 

I was puzzled to hear a cryptic 
remark made by Tony Hadley on 
the radio yesterday. When asked 
why Spandau Ballet had 
released four singles from their 
album instead of coming up with 
something new. Tony's 


Turn that racket down! God. 
cats could do better! Are you sure 


put up with. At least you'd think 
they'd appreciate that us 'kids' 
are at least at home — happily 


listening away to our records, 
minding our own business — 
rather than out on the streets 
doing the things we're supposed 
to do like chucking bricks 
through windows. 

I just wish they'd understand; 

everything and keeps us happy 
when we're down. Isn't there any 

I might be taking this a little on 
the serious side but I'm sure that 
I won't be thinking like that in 20 
years time. Oh. well. I'd better 


older generation's just walked in 
through the front door. 

A Big Bowie Fan, 

Middlesbrough. 


If it's any consolation, 
whenever I — the Black 
Type — creep over <o the 
office record player, wind it 
up and stick on a Marc 
Almond record, it's greeted 
with cries of "haven't we 
just had those speakers 
mended?" and "is there 
somebody in this room 
strangling a 

waterbuffalo? ", etc. Very 
funny. They really know 


So "oldies" to Alison of Kent 
(August 4) refers to any record 
made before 1981 or thereabouts. 
We therefore dismiss "old fogies" 


like Bowie, ea . 

Ultravox. and as for The Beatles, 
the Stones. The Who. The Clash. 
Sex Pistols. Roxy Music, Bob 


Marley and Elvis, I mean who's 
heard of them? 

Maybe they were in your great 

Maybe any music before '81 
should be played after you've 

G. A. Fulham, Upminster. 


I'm sure most of us would agree 
that the charts are going through 
a poor phase at the moment. The 
same old faces like ELO. Rod 
Stewart. Elton John churning out 


music being released by new 
artists but few people get a 
chance to actually hear it. Even if 
you do hear a record you like, it's 
often very difficult to actually 
purchase it as most shops only 
stock the Top 40 in the first place. 
I've tried every shop in my town 
to buy 'It's A Fine Day" by Jane 
on Cherry Red; none of them 
have even heard of it and only 
one was willing to "try and order 


Catch 22 so let's stop 
complaining about all the 
rubbish in the charts at the 
moment and try and do 
something about it. 

David Lea, Tupsley, Hereford. 


I dunno about other Radio 1 
listeners but I am absolutely FED 
UP TO THE TEETH with DJs 
telling me what a "great video" 
some band has made. They 
churn out endless rubbishy chart 
records all day and expect us to 



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WILL POWERS 

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t could be used to bring down 
that only ends up looking cheap 

I don't like beng told by Andy 
Peebles "what a great video 
Elton John has" when I think it's 
bloody awful, or "what a 
fantastic record Depeche Mode 
have made, especially after 
seeing the video last night" by 
Mike Read, or Simon Grates 
telling me how I "must see The 
Kinks video to 'Come Dancing' 

all — Lenny Henry telling me 
how he thought "Wrapped Around 
Your Finger" was "incredibly 
dull but people might like the 

showed a video on TOTP, it 
meant you were going to see 
something really special — like 
Adam And The Ants' "Stand And 
Deliver" or Visage's "Fade To 
Grey". Nowadays bands seem to 

video and half the time I wish 
they wouldn't bother. 

Angela Lewis. Purley, Surrey. 


Record Token". But you 


Blancmange says: "Assuming 
we're all around on July 22 
2032", obviously implying he'll 
be 64 then. 

I did a little calculating and, 
if that's the date when he'll be 
64, then he's only 15 now. It 
puzzles me ... he looks older. 
KajaGooGoo Fan, Dundee. 

It's easy to be deceived by 
looks. Look what 
happened to Peter Martin. 

I'm a devoted fan of HM and 
think a lot of Whitesnake, 
Motorhead and Thin Lizzy. The 
guy who did the Singles 
(August 4) obviously doesn't 
like HM and looks a typical gay 
who likes the type of music 
where drummers play so-called 
"drums" and the guy who plays 
the keyboards only needs one 


Poor old Peter. Little did 
he know what fate lay in 
store for him. To think we 
took him in. gave him food 
and a place to type, let him 
play his Bunnymen 
records, stuck his photo on 
the Singles page, and all 




I've fallen passionately in 
with Peter Martin. I can't h 
— his reviews were so 
compelling. His vivacious 
assertive style left me 


hate about summer and the 
records groups put out? Why 
don't you go and knit something 
for the winter you're so looking 
forward to and leave the record 


Wham!, Level 42. H 2 0 and the 
rest. 

^Wham!: "the boys have 

you've been shut up in an 

so long you've fail* 


Yet, to love this m< 


Are you mad? Everyone knows 
KajaGooGoo could never sound 
classy. This should bring a load 

KajaGooGoo but I think we can 
handle three people. 

And Level 42: "fairly 
pleasant". Are you deaf as well 
as mad? This is utter brilliance. 
Unlike your reviews, I might 
add. They were complete 
*£&(§)%+=! 

Phil and Jim, Two Bad Boys 
From Slough. 



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