The Giddy Carousel of Pop

The Giddy Carousel of Pop


Latest Episodes

Smash Hits - 28 May -10 June 1981 with Paul Hanley
May 29, 2021

Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! Hang on tight for a top pop ride. In this episode writer, podcaster and former drummer with The Fall (1980-85) Paul Hanley joins us to peruse a 'double A side' issue of Smash Hits from 1981 and a whole lot...

Smash Hits - 10-23 August 1988 with Jude Rogers
April 08, 2021

Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! Hang on tight for a top pop ride. In this episode, writer Jude Rogers (The Guardian, The Quietus, Mojo and more) takes us back to her days as a day 10 year-old pop kid in August 1988 and the very first...

Smash Hits - 17 February - 2 March 1983 with Richard Drew
March 03, 2021

Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! Hang on tight for a top pop ride. In the this bumper episode, TV and film production designer and (most importantly) pop kid Richard Drew joins us on the carousel as it spins back to the Smash Hits of late...

The Quizorilliant Christmas Quiz
December 23, 2020

Grab some paper and a pen and prepare yourselves for The Giddy Carousel of Pop's Quizorilliant Christmas Quiz! 10 rounds. 50 questions. And all taken from the pages of Smash Hits (so if any of the answers are wrong, blame them!). There are no prizes,...

Smash Hits - 1-14 April 1992 with Laura Kelly
October 27, 2020

In our first foray into the 1990s, journalist and podcaster Laura Kelly from The Big Issue joins us on the carousel and takes us back to the Smash Hits of 1-14 April 1992. And it's a very different Smash Hits from what we've covered so far on the...

Smash Hits - 29 May - 11 June 1980 with Andrew Harrison
September 07, 2020

Andrew Harrison, former editor of Select, Q and Mixmag and co-host of Bigmouth podcast (among many other things) joins us on the carousel to look at the Smash Hits of 29 May - 11 June 1980. In a wide-ranging conversation, artists discussed include...

Summer Special
August 06, 2020

Welcome to The Giddy Carousel of Pop's swingorilliant summer special! Simon and Gavin snip out their favourite bits from the ten issues of Smash Hits they've covered so far on the podcast, and stick them in their audio scrapbook to share with you....

Smash Hits - 17-30 July 1985 (part 2) with Tim Robinson
July 16, 2020

Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride! We continue our look back at the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. Having dealt with all the Live Aid content in...

Smash Hits - 17-30 July 1985 - Live Aid special (part 1)
July 09, 2020

Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride! To mark the 35th anniversary of Live Aid, we go back to the Smash Hits of 17-30 July 1985 with the help of Tim Robinson from DJ/production duo Nightdubbing. We look at Ver Hits...

Smash Hits - 9-22 October 1985 with Julie Hamill
June 04, 2020

Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride! In this episode we go back to the Smash Hits of 9-22 October 1985 with broadcaster, writer and pop geek Julie Hamill. Pete Burns and Morrissey grace the cover and other artists...