The Giddy Carousel of Pop

The Giddy Carousel of Pop


Latest Episodes

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...

Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 2)
May 11, 2020

Welcome back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride! In part two of our chat with former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) we continue out look at the issue of 25 March -...

Smash Hits - 25 March - 7 April 1987 with Barry McIlheney (part 1)
May 04, 2020

Welcome aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop. Hold tight for a top pop ride! In the first of two parts, Simon and Gavin chat to former Smash Hits editor Barry McIlheney about his time at Ver Hits (October 1986 to January 1989) and the 25 March - 7 April...

Smash Hits - 4-17 November 1987 with Catherine Sked
April 08, 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 4-17 November 1987 with pop kid Catherine Sked. U2 grace the cover and other artists featured include T'Pau, Marillion,...

Smash Hits - 23 March - 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 2)
March 11, 2020

Simon and Gavin welcome you back to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! In the second part of our chat with former Smash Hits deputy editor Hannah Verdier, we continue our look through the Smash Hits of 23 March - 5 April 1988 (the Easter hols!), plus she...

Smash Hits - 23 March - 5 April 1988 with Hannah Verdier (part 1)
March 03, 2020

Simon and Gavin welcome you once again to The Giddy Carousel of Pop! In the first of two parts, we have a good look through the Smash Hits of 23 March - 5 April 1988 (the Easter hols!) with the help of our special guest, freelance pop culture...

Smash Hits - February 1979 (issue 4) with Simon Philo
February 04, 2020

Simon and Gavin welcome you aboard The Giddy Carousel of Pop! In this episode we go all the way back to February 1979 to dissect issue 4 of Smash Hits. The last of the mag's initial monthly issues, it only takes a moment to realise that this...