What better way to signpost your devotion to the latest short-lived elaborately-coiffured pop sensation than by forking out three times the cost of an issue of Smash Hits on a huge fold-out poster with some extremely basic biographical details on the reverse? Well that’s what pop fans did in their thousands in the eighties, with each successive gaggle of generally girl-orientated popsters inspiring an ozone layer-depleting amount of said items. The journalistic content, it has to be said, was never of a particularly high standard, but then again neither were the posters themselves, invariably involving some unexciting photo session cast-off that the publishers presumably had to pay less money for. Sometimes you’d get a bizarre short story or comic strip, usually involving John Taylor being kidnapped and held for ransom before an important gig or some ‘Bros In The Haunted Castle’-type comedy shenanigans, and there was always the inevitable ‘Battle Of The Bands’, wherein the posterrific subject would be scored against their nearest rivals and invariably win by a single point. Six months later, both would be replaced by entirely new names as if nothing had happened, and the Postermag juggernaut rolled on and on until [INSERT SOME NONSENSE ABOUT FACELESS DANCE ACTS DESTROYING THE PRECIOUS POP FIRMAMENT HERE]Read More
Creamguide's Pick of the Day
A full house for your PoV bingo card last week with this series’ first suggestion of launching a BBC sport channel, yet again failing to explain why they wouldn’t then launch a BBC soap channel, comedy channel and everything else, and then just have a blank screen on BBC1 for most of the day. Now we’ve covered the bases, not sure where this run has left to go.
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- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Gerry Dorrian says: "I don’t object to what the BBC wants to do, I merely object to being forced to pay through the nose to fund it with next to no say on its..."
- In 'Knowing Me, Knowing You… With Alan Partridge', Applemask says: "It’s happening. Deal with it."
- In 'The Collins Cream-ish Dictionary', Paul Bovey says: "Apparently, the “Hah, huh…hoouurgh” in ‘Mama’ was ‘influenced’ by Melle Mel’s cackle in the..."
- In 'Ripcord', Lina B. Umpierre says: "I’m so glad TGG’s bringing the two seasons of “Ripcord” on DVD sets for sale that I’ll jump for joy! Geronimo!"
- In 'Organist Entertains, The', Applemask says: "I didn’t know Nigel Ogden was Metalunan. His show’s still piss-irritating though."