Sunday, November 6, 2016

Smash Hits Album Ratings - 1979 [part 1 of 2]

Smash Hits was a British teen music magazine that was (mostly) issued fortnightly. On a scale of 1-10, here's how the magazine's reviewers rate albums released in the first half of 1979. Hope you find something new that you missed back in '79.

Feb 8 issue
Village People Crusin' 7
Barbara Dickson Sweet Oasis 6
Public Image First Edition 5
Elvis Costello Armed Forces 8
Nazareth No Mean City 3
The Police Outlandos D'Amour 7
Siouxsie & The Banshees The Scream 7
Kiki Dee Stay With Me 2

Feb 22 issue
Pointer Sisters Energy 6
Alicia Bridges Alicia Bridges 5
The Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown 3
Various Artists 20 of Another Kind 5
Generation X Valley of the Dolls 5
Horslips The Man Who Built America 8
Herbie Hancock Feets Don't Fail Me Now 5

Mar 8 issue
Marvin Gaye Here My Dear 6
Ian Matthews Stealin' Home 8
The Skids Scared to Dance 9
Joe Jackson Look Sharp 7
Odyssey Hollywood Party Tonight 5
Phoebe Snow Against the Grain 6
UFO Strangers in the Night 3

Mar 22 issue
Roger Chapman Chappo 4
The Real Thing The Force 6
Gene Chandler Get Down 4
Gloria Gaynor Love Tracks 4
Chris Redding Guitar Graffiti 6
George Harrison George Harrison 6
The Stranglers Live 4
Squeeze Cool for Cats 9

Apr 5 issue
La Dusseldorf Viva 7
Lynsey De Paul Tigers and Fireflies 5
Valerie Carter Wild Child 7
Jerry Butler Nothing Says I Love You Like I Love You 6
Godley and Creme Music from Consequences 4
Tom Robinson Band TRB Two 8
The Rumour Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs and Krauts 8

Apr 19 issue
Gonzalez Haven't Stopped Dancin' 3
Gloria Jones Windstorm 3
Isley Brothers Timeless 5
Inner Circle Everything is Great 6
George Benson Livin' Inside Your Love 4
Frankie Miller Falling in Love 6
The Members At The Chelsea Nightclub 7
Graham Parker & The Rumour Squeezing Out Sparks 8
Supertramp Breakfast in America 8

May 3 issue
Cher Take Me Home 4
Sister Sledge We Are Family 7
Magazine Second Hand Daylight 6
Jonathan Richman Back in Your Life 6
Blue Fool's Party 3
The Babys Head First 5
Roxy Music Manifesto 8
Brian Eno Music for Airports 5

May 17 issue
Village People Go West 5
Fatback Band Brite Lites/Big City 5
Sleepy La Beef Beefy Rockabilly 5
Freddie 'Fingers' Lee Freddie 'Fingers' Lee 5
The Fall Live at the Witch Trials 7
Doll by Doll Remember 7
Thin Lizzy Black Rose 6
The Tubes Remote Control 8
Simple Minds Life in a Day 8

May 31 issue
Crown Heights Affair Dance Lady Dance 4
Amii Stewart Amii Stewart 5
ABBA Voulez Vous 6
The Rezillos Mission Accomplished but the Beat Goes On 8
The Undertones The Undertones 7
Mac Curtis Rockin' Mother 6
Golden Earring Grab It for a Second 7
David Bowie Lodger 6
Ian Dury Do It Yourself 9

June 14 issue
Patrick Juvet Lady Night 4
Eruption Leave a Light 5
T Rex Solid Gold 5
Patti Smith Group Wave 5
Status Quo Just for the Record 6
Violinski No Cause for Alarm 5
Rick Wakeman Rhapsodies 4
Judy Tzuke Welcome to the Cruise 8
Electric Light Orchestra Discovery 8
Tubeway Army Replicas 8

June 28 issue
Linda Clifford Let Me Be Your Woman 7
Heatwave Hot Property 7
Telex Looking for San Tropez 6
Devo Duty Now for the Future 6
Wings Back to the Egg 6
Gerry Rafferty Night Owl 7
Joe Egan Out of Nowhere 7
The Cure Three Imaginary Boys 8
The Ramones It's Alive 8

h/t to Brian McCloskey over at Like Punk Never Happened

1 comment :

  1. My first question was "who assigned the ratings?" which necessitated clicking through and reading each issue.

    Liked a lot of the album and single ads from the scans.

    Ninety minutes later, all questions answered, I returned to this page and mentally halved all the ratings to get 5 star scale equivalent, which is more manageable to me after decades of starred and letter-graded ratings.

    It's hard being me.