Star Hits magazine covers (1984, 1985, 1988)

Star Hits was a fairly short-lived riff on the hugely popular British music magazine, Smash Hits… and I loved it. Here are seven different Star Hits covers — all that apparently remain from my own personal collection.

Holidays 1984: Wham!

Plus Scandal, Hall & Oates, Prince, Boy George & U2

Star Hits magazine: Winter 1984: Wham!

February 1984: Duran Duran

Plus Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Rolling Stones, Pat Benatar & Stray Cats

Star Hits magazine: February 1984: Duran Duran

May 1984: The Police

Plus Van Halen, Duran Duran, Culture Club, John Cougar Mellencamp, Thomas Dolby & Cyndi Lauper

Star Hits magazine: May 1984: The Police

September 1984: Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran

Plus Boy George, The Pretenders, Human League, Cars and Huey Lewis & The News

Star Hits magazine: September 1984: Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran

December 1984: Madonna

Plus David Bowie, Prince, U2, Wham, Duran Duran, Prince & Cyndi Lauper

Star Hits magazine: December 1984: Madonna

May 1985: John Taylor of Duran Duran

Plus Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Wham & Madonna

Star Hits magazine: May 1985: John Taylor of Duran Duran

March 1988: George Michael

Plus Robert Smith/The Cure, U2, Billy Idol, INXS, Hurrah!, Depeche Mode & Bananarama

Star Hits magazine: March 1988: George Michael

  1. Wow, thanks for sharing. I definitely had that ’84 issue with Madonna and David Bowie on the cover. Star Hits was a godsend for teens like me who just couldn’t figure out some of the lyrics to awesome songs (whose LP/cassette liner notes didn’t include lyrics to either).

    But I remember Star Hits mostly for the ton of letters I received when I posted in the Pen Pals section, looking for fellow mods/rudies in the world. I got easily over a hundred responses in the mail, yet almost 99% of them from people who had absolutely no interest in the mod/ska scene but were thrilled that I was from L.A….wish I kept them all, nevertheless. Thanks for sharing.

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