Today is quite possibly the greatest day of my life because someone has finally made my wish come true. I could scarcely believe my eyes when I beheld the Smash Hits Internet Archive. I actually cried with joy as I explored the archive. I am a very emotional person, and I am not ashamed to say I did shed a tear (okay, a lot of tears) as I downloaded some back issues. YES, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THEM!
A lovely lad named Brian is lovingly and carefully uploading his personal collection of Smash Hits magazines. He has a pristine collection that goes all the way up to 1985, which for me, was the peak of 1980’s excess.
The only catch is that he is uploading each issue on its 30th anniversary, which means it will be a few years before the entire collection is available. (I have my own personal back issues on hand but it’s nice to just have a PDF isn’t it?)
In the meantime, feast your eyes on this issue from March 1981, featuring Nick and Roger from Duran Duran on the cover, looking about as ridiculous as they possibly could. New Romantic fashions, dahling! Straight from the Rum Runner, into your living rooms!
If you would like to read the blog that started it all, check out Like Punk Never Happened, and keep up with the new issues as they are uploaded.
In case you’re wondering, “It’s like punk never happened” was an expression used quite often at Smash Hits to describe the feeling that old punks got when they looked at the new wave glamour of 1980’s pop tarts and missed them days of safety pins and spitting on the audience…