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20: GEORGE MICHAEL ON LAST CHRISTMAS, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

There was some remarkable hair in the Last Christmas video in 1984, as George discusses here in '87. Merry Christmas, Shedders! xx

19. DIRECTOR MIKE HODGES, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Monday, 19 December 2016

One of the best most wonderful surprises to come from Slippry Feet was getting the chance to interview director Mike Hodges about Get Carter. He'd liked a song Jack we'd done with Oli Maxwell using the Roy Budd bassline and generously made all my fanboy dreams come true by popping round to my flat on Gray's Inn Road for a cuppa and 2 hours of Carter chat in June '96. Here he's talking about the…

18. JILL JONES, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Sunday, 18 December 2016

One of the finest from #Team Prince, Jill Jones first appeared on his 1999 album and tour but it wasn't till actual 1987 that she appeared with Mia Bocca and her debut album. This interview was on the roof of WEA while she took in some summer sun then popped into Richmond Cornejo for a spot of shopping. 

17. SADE, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Saturday, 17 December 2016

An interview in New York City, Nov '85, soon after Sade played Radio City Music Hall but long enough after that I could continue having a merry old time. So thank you very much for that. Here she's talking fan gifts. Well, sort of gifts...

16. JOHN TAYLOR, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Friday, 16 December 2016

Tim Dalton took over from Roger Moore as the 80s Bond, but in New York '87 John Taylor told me Cubby Broccoli had another surprise suggestion for the role - him. The chatter in the background is John's then girlf Renee Simonsen. 

15. STEVE NORMAN, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Thursday, 15 December 2016

When he wasn't busy rescuing me from 'resting' on the floor of some dodgy Portuguese nightclub, Steve Norman would sometimes entertain No.1 readers with tales of his legendary dad, 'TN' (Tony Norman) and his mate, Spud. 

14. MARTIN KEMP, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

One of the very best No.1 competitions was Journeys to the Stars where fans were flown round the world to hang out with their favourite pop groups. Spandau did two. One in Portugal and one in Oz. Martin Kemp kindly teed it all up for us with some memories of favourite exotic places the band had been to on their travels - including New Orleans, home of I'll Fly For You pop promo shoots and giant…

13. GEORGE MICHAEL, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

When I Want Your Sex came out in 1987 it seemed as good a time as any to discuss underpants with George for No.1 Magazine. So here's a briefs history...

12. THE BANGLES, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Monday, 12 December 2016

Back in 1988, The Bangles reviewed the singles for No.1 magazine. But when they asked me: "Is this what Acid House sounds like?" the artist in question was a bit of a surprise. 

11. BELINDA CARLISLE, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Not all US pop stars got the No.1/Smash Hits interview approach but anglophile Belinda Carlisle was always game. "So, Belinda, was your school like Grease?"

10. NICK RHODES, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Duran weren't really one of my bands to interview but when Miss Jacquie O'Sullivan was touring the world as a Nana in '89 I made a few audio cassette diaries for her of what was going on back home. This was a Duran rehearsal in Docklands where I thought Jacqs would enjoy hearing the Rhodes on Art. 

9. STING, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Friday, 9 December 2016

In Denver, before playing Red Rocks in '85, the former Police frontman rejoices at Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas bringing the new 80s pop adversaries together. It was more fun before that happened. 

8. CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Thursday, 8 December 2016

A trip to Capital Radio in '87 where Curiosity are being besieged by enthusiastic fans and helping out by reading the local weather report. Over to you, Ben V-P...

7. GARY KEMP, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

As a country lad, it took me a while in the early 80s to comprehend what was cool and what was not. Gary Kemp gave me a couple of steers when I interviewed him for New Sounds New Styles in '82 whilst ace photographer Virginia Turbett snapped away in his bedroom. 

6. PAUL RUTHERFORD, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

There was always a Beatles film on the telly on Boxing Day in the early 70s. Paul Rutherford, back on the campaign trail in 1986 with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, picks his favourite Beatle. 

5. BOB GELDOF, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Monday, 5 December 2016

There is not always a best time to meet your pop idols but as a Boomtown Rats fan, popping along to meet Bob Geldof when you've been told by Melody Maker's features Ed to give him "a good grilling" and The Rats' success was on the wane was not ideal...

4. WENDY & LISA, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman discuss Little Girl Wendy's favourite grub and Purple Rain era wardrobe extravagances. 

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3. EVE GRAHAM & DANNY BAKER, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My first pop star crush was Eve Graham from The New Seekers, in 1972. I never got to interview her, probably because I was only nine. But I did make her a toast rack, which 20 years later I phoned Danny Baker's Radio London show to tell him about. When traumatic things happen it's good to share. 

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2. PHIL OAKEY, from Pop Stars in My Pantry

Friday, 2 December 2016

Phil takes No.1 magazine for a drive around Sheffield and reflects on his pre-Human League life as a hospital porter. 

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1. BANANARAMA, from Pop Stars in My Pantry.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Sara(h) Dallin and Keren Woodward recite a long lost Nana’s ditty, namechecking legendary DJ Fat Tony in the process. Chuckles courtesy Jacquie O'Sullivan, 1989. 

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Remember, an 80s pop star is not just for Christmas.


And the book's brand new title is...

Monday, 7 November 2016

Hi Shedders,

Pardon, the radio silence but there have been deliberations afoot. After much soul searching I have decided to wave a fond farewell to my original book title, Just Got Lucky. It still remains one of the most jubilant songs of my 80s pop years, so thank you JoBoxers for those late nights and early morns (and late nights that became early morns) dancing around a two bedroom flat in W9…

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Hi Shedders,

It's a little late in the day but here's a couple of Spandau & Curiosity surprises I came across leafing through more of my Pop Shit.


Being Jacquie O - A little Lananeeneenoonoo interview

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Hi Shed folk,

Onto chapter 18 and a time of surprises. First in Feb '88 when Miss Jacqueline O'Sullivan comes up to me at Brown's and announces: "I'm joining Bananarama!" and then on Dec 28 '88 when I'm sitting round Jacqs' with Polly Strettell watching Christmas French & Saunders and suddenly Jacqs' old mate Kathy Burke appears Being Jacqs in Lananeeneenoonoo. 

So here's a bit of the chat…

30 Years ago today Whambley...and Bonus '80s George interview

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Who can forget that glorious Wham! farewell in front of 72,000 on Saturday June 28th at Wembley stadium? Clearly in my diary I was fairly excited about it...

It was the culimation of a perfect Wham! week. On the Monday they played the first of two sweaty, first come, first served nights at the Brixton Academy for Help A London Child. Tuesday, The Edge of Heaven – their four track EP with nods…

Major fails with Michael Hutchence & Madonna...and a spot of pneumonia

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Hi Shedders, 

Chapter 11 this week and all is not going quite so sunnily at No.1 magazine. There’s a brace of disastrous Michael Hutchence encounters, one in Paris, my most accident-prone city, the other following on from the infamous 1989 Mick Fleetwood/Sam Fox hosted BRITS, where an innocent invite by freshly employed Paul Bursche to Phonogram’s artist laden after-party went almost as spectacularly…

100% FUNDED!!!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Hi Shedders,

Blimey, we got there - and quicker than ever I could have hoped! Thank you all so much for your tweets and shares and likes and of course your massively generous pledges which drove Just Got Lucky past the finishing post.

So....what now? Obviously I'm writing the damn thing. There's an excerpt recounting my first Wham! encounters and the start of Spandaumania already up on Unbound…

end of week 5 blog - Patsy K, Sade & Bluebells memories - 62% funded

Monday, 4 April 2016

Another week of delving into boxes and a few finds amongst the audio cassettes. There's a Patsy Kensit interview from January '87 up in Spandau's Reformation offices with talk of knicker flashing, Paula Yates and Jessica Lange which never made it into print. And another with Sade's Stuart Matthewman a couple of week's before their first Ronnie Scott's in '82 about his and Paul Denman's bands in Hull…

End of wk 3: Photo booth Visage

Monday, 21 March 2016

This is photo booth me '81 in Cardiff. I'd started my NCTJ course at the South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education on Colchester Avenue and discovered that if you asked nicely one of the hairdressing students would give you a free hair styling. I'm not quite sure what I was going for here - somewhere between Ultravox and The Skids, I think. Myself, Gary Hurr and Jane Moore had just started…

End of week 2

Monday, 14 March 2016

The end of week two and blimey the old pledge-o-meter (I'm hearing the Countdown theme as it ticks round) tells me we've (you've) almost doubled the total to a stonking 43%. Thank you all so much.

So what else has been happening on the Just Got Lucky front? Mostly it's been me sifting through more archive photos to provide a bit of daily entertainment for everyone and to keep the Pledge Express…

#wk 1 blog: Madonna's rumpus, George Michael's poll & Spandau's Harry Dog

Sunday, 6 March 2016

So it's almost the end of my first week of crowd funding with Unbound and you lovely people - and what a week it's been. Thank you so much for both your incredible generosity and your encouragement both for me and by getting others involved. 

The Pop Shit/Tat Under the Stairs has been quite a thing with pledgers already snaffling Madonna's Rumpus, George Michael's No.1 Readers' Poll, Shuv Fahey…

Publication date: August 2017
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