Monday, November 7, 2016

Smash Hits Album Ratings - 1979 [part 2 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 latter half of 1979. Hope you find something new that you missed back in '79.

July 12 issue
Teena Marie Wild and Peaceful 6
Patti Boulaye You Stepped Into My Life 4
The Cars Candy-O 8
Nick Lowe Labour of Lust 7
Dave Edmunds Repeat When Necessary 7
Metro New Love 6
The Records Shades in Bed 6
Queen Live Killers
Swell Maps A Trip to Marineville

July 26 issue
(No numerical ratings given)
Buddy Holly The Complete Buddy Holly
Richie Valens Richie Valens
Gene Vincent Greatest, Vol. 2
Earth, Wind & Fire I Am
The Isley Brothers Winner Takes All
Edwin Starr Happy Radio
Fischer-Z Word Salad

Aug 9 issue
Atlantic Starr Straight to the Point 5
Deniece Williams When Love Comes Calling 5
The B-52's The B-52's 5
Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones 8
Neil Young Rust Never Sleeps 8
The Knack Get The Knack 5
The Korgis The Korgis
Nina Hagen Band Nina Hagen Band 8
Sex Pistols Some Product 9

Aug 23 issue
The Commodores Midnight Magic 5
Parlet Invasion of the Booty Snatchers 5
Starjets Starjets 6
Sinceros The Sound of Sunbathing 5
Chas 'n' Dave Don't Give a Monkeys 5
Tarney-Spencer Band Run for Your Life 5
Mike Oldfield Exposed 6
AC/DC Highway to Hell 3
Gibson Brothers Cuba
XTC Drums and Wires 9

Sept 6 issue
James Brown The Original Disco Man 8
Smokey Robinson Where There's Smoke 6
Yellow Magic Orchestra Yellow Magic Orchestra 3
Rootboy Slim & The Sex Change Band Zoom
Talking Heads Fear of Music
Joy Division Unknown Pleasures 8
Tubeway Army Tubeway Army 7
Chic Risqué

Sept 20 issue
Bootsy's Rubber Band This Boot is Made for Fonk'n 6
Rose Royce Rainbow Collection IV 8
Cliff Richard Rock 'n' Roll Juvenile 3
Gary Numan The Pleasure Principle 7
Alan Parsons Project Eve 8
Led Zeppelin In through the Out Door 7
Siouxsie & The Banshees John Hands 6
The Slits Cut 9

Oct 4 issue
(No numerical ratings given)
Boney M Oceans of Fantasy
Sham 69 Hersham Boys
The Ritchie Family The Ritchie Family
Darts Dart Attack
Punishment of Luxury Laughing Academy
Penetration Coming Up for Air
Michael Jackson Off the Wall
The Pointer Sisters Priority
John Hiatt Slug Line
Various Bands Mods Mayday
Jane Aire & The Belvederes Jane Aire & The Belvederes
Cheap Trick Dream Police
The Police Reggatta De Blanc
Blondie Eat to the Beat

Oct 18 issue
Olympic Runners It's a Bitch 6
The O'Jays Identify Yourself 6
Joe Jackson I'm the Man
Wire 154
Gang of Four Entertainment!
The Stranglers The Raven
Buzzcocks A Different Kind of Tension 7
Human League Reproduction 8
The Skids Days in Europa 8

Nov 1 issue
Three Degrees 3D 4
David Bendeth Adrenalin 2
Bob Marley & The Wailers Survival 5
Boomtown Rats The Fine Art of Surfacing 3
Steve Harley The Candidate 5
Status Quo Whatever You Want
Eagles The Long Run 4
Fleetwood Mac Tusk 9
The Specials The Specials 9

Nov 15 issue
Gloria Gaynor I Have a Right 4
Herb Alpert Rise 6
Stevie Wonder The Secret Life of Plants 6
Cabaret Voltaire Mix Up 5
Madness One Step Beyond 6
Tourists Reality Effect 6
The Headboys The Headboys 7
The Shoes Present Tense 8
Marianne Faithful Broken English 8

Nov 29 issue
Revanche Music Man 3
Millie Jackson & Isaac Hayes Royal Rappin's 5
The Dickies Dawn of The Dickies 4
The Buzzards Jellied Eels to Record Deals 5
Matchbox Matchbox
Suzi Quatro Suzi...And Other Four Letter Words
Genya Ravan And I Mean It 5
Dr. Hook Sometimes You Win 5
The Jam Setting Sons 9

Dec 13 issue
Fern Kinney Groove Me 6
Sly & The Family Stone Back on the Right Track 2
The Mekons The Quality of Mercy is Not Strnen 8
Ian Gomm Gomm With the Wind 6
Charlie Dore Where to Now 6
Mike Oldfield Platinum 7
Public Image The Metal Box 6
Simple Minds Real to Real Cacophony 8
Pink Floyd The Wall 8

Dec 27 issue
No album reviews in this issue

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

1 comment :

  1. My two favorite albums out of the whole bunch are:

    Eat To The Beat - Blondie
    Highway To Hell - AC/DC

    I'd rate them both solid 10's!