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Chris Heath

Chris Heath

Chris Heath is a British writer who was a regular contributor to the popular English music magazine Smash Hits in the '80s and early '90s. In the late '80s, he travelled with Pet Shop Boys on their first ever world tour and the result was the book entitled Literally, released in 1990. In 1993, he published Pet Shop Boys Versus America which was written as he accompanied them on a US tour. He wrote the liner notes to the 2001 reissues of the band's first six albums, and assisted in the compilation of additional songs for inclusion. Alongside Pet Shop Boys, he contributed to the commentary track on the 2003 PopArt DVD. He writes and edits the Pet Shop Boys' fan club magazine, also called Literally, and conducts an interview for each of their tour programmes. He has been a staff writer at Details, Rolling Stoneand most recently, American GQ,for which he has interviewed and written profiles of many celebrities. He is also the author of the best-selling biography of Robbie Williams, Feel (2004), and its follow-up, Reveal (2017).

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George Michael, Wham!: "Will George Michael Ever Appear On Stage Again"

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 3 January 1985

Of course he will. But that didn't stop people asking questions like that on the news the day he strained his back and Wham! had ...

New Order: Finsbury Park Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 February 1985

HOW DO New Order get away with It? If Wham!, Spandau or Frankie stood up onstage wearing their everyday clothes and looking fairly bored, played ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus And Mary Chain

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 14 March 1985

They're all either 19 or 20 years old. They smash equipment on stage. They wear obscene t-shirts. They play chaotic pop tunes and they want ...

Elvis Costello, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders, The Pogues: The Pogues, Elvis Costello, The Swamps, Lash Lariat & the Long Riders: The Clarendon, London

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 April 1985

They're of Irish descent! They play hectic punk-folk music! They leave no table unturned! ...

A-ha: A Day in the Life of A-ha

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 January 1986

Fireworks, gold discs, spots, a lot of snogging, an interview in a pub, a TV-am film crew and two very nosey people from Smash Hits... ...

Tears For Fears: "We're going to weird out like you wouldn't believe!"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 January 1986

1985 was quite a year for Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal. They had a number one single and album in America and massive hits just ...

The Rich Kids, Slik, Ultravox, Midge Ure, Visage: The Midge Ure Story

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 12 February 1986

He's had a hand in almost every type of pop group imaginable: he was number one in 1976 with "teenybop" group Slik, almost become singer ...

Pet Shop Boys: What Does It Take To Make These Men Happy?

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 26 February 1986

A NUMBER ONE RECORD? GETTING ON THE COVER OF SMASH HITS? LOTS OF LOVELY MONEY?  WELL, THEY'VE HAD ALL THAT AND THEY STILL LOOK LIKE ...

Howard Jones: Which Way Now?

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 12 March 1986

Howard Jones is Rich, Famous and Successful. He and his wife Jan have planned their family (the baby was conceived at 60 mph in the ...

Depeche Mode: One Of Those Days...

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 26 March 1986

...you know, when the alarm doesn't go off and you've got a cold and your radio's conked out and the gerbil's chewed the corner off ...

Five Star

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 5 April 1986

Nosey? Smash Hits? Well, yes, we are a bit. Like when we spoke to Five Star we couldn't resist asking them how much money they ...

Falco: "I am a little bit weird"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 2 July 1986

More like stark, staring bonkers, if you ask moi, says Chris Heath ...

UB40: Brothers in Arms

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 2 July 1986

Ali and Robin Campbell have a lot in common: 1) They've both got the same parents; 2) They both spent almost their entire "youth" stealing ...

Phil Fearon & Galaxy: Phil Fearon

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 13 August 1986

• He used to have lots of hits under the name Galaxy! • He was once asked to join the Sex Pistols! • He sleeps ...

Tina Turner

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 13 August 1986

• She was a huge star in the sixties, down the dumper in the seventies and now, at 47, she's a huge star again.• She ...

Go West: "There Are Lots Of Pieces Of Nature To Talk To"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 19 November 1986

Oh dear. Go West tell Chris Heath how they threw away their vests and learned to love the countryside. Or something like that... ...

Swing Out Sister

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 28 January 1987

They hit girls over the head with bits of wood. They make up words like 'woogahumpftma'. They change from Gnomes to Fairies. Their fathers pretend ...

Curiosity Killed The Cat: "We've Got Street Cred! Woooooh!"

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 February 1987

Curiosity Killed The Cat explain they're not posh, they just wear clothes to "keep warm" and they're certainly not just "four models there for the ...

Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant: Smash Hits Editor For A Day!?

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 25 February 1987

Oh no! What to do? The Editor had flounced off to some so-called "conference", with half an issue of Britain's Brightest Pop Magazine still to ...

The Beastie Boys

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 11 March 1987

Their names are MCA, MIKE D and AD-ROCK. They are the most obnoxious pop stars in the history of the world. They are causing complete ...

Michael Jackson: The Bubbles Story!

Profile by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 24 February 1988

Michael Jackson, eh listeners? He's a bit of a rum dude who never talks to anybody in his weeny, whisperish "voice". Except, that is, to ...

Wet Wet Wet: Could you cope with being in Wet Wet Wet!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 9 March 1988

Well, first of all you get "kidnapped" by a mad taxi driver, then you get attacked by people who want to punch you in the ...

Debbie Gibson: Brilliant!

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 9 March 1988

That's Chris Heath's "considered" opinion of Debbie Gibson's first ever British consort at the Astoria in "downtown" London... ...

Debbie Gibson: Wakey Wakey

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 June 1988

Come on Debbie, time to rise and "shine"! (snooooze...) Out from under the "duvet" with you, missus! (yawn!)... Debbie Gibson tells Chris Heath about her ...

Kylie Minogue: Toothpaste, Thunderbirds And A Chocolate Sandwich?!!!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 27 July 1988

...And pandas, the planet Pluto and about a million other spook-objects. What do they all have in "common"? They're just some of the things that ...

Jason Donovan, Kylie Minogue: Jason & Kylie: Awwww... Kissy-Kissy!!... JD ♥ KM... Coo-ee!!... Yes Dear...

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 30 November 1988

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue, eh? It's the kiss-up of the century, the romance of the millennium, is it not? "Er, no actually, we're really, ...

De La Soul: "Chicken sandwich! Hyaphehehe hyupaheehee who ha ha!"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 November 1989

Geddit? Neither do we actually, but then it seems we're not supposed to. That's De La Soul for you. Chris Heath wrestles with the grumpiest ...

Jive Bunny: How to create a Pop Phenomenon called Jive Bunny in 15 easy steps...

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 November 1989

Just follow this simple step-by-step guide and you too could be a chart-topping pop phenomenon with two number one hits and a potful of money! ...

New Kids On The Block: It's the New Kids on the Block!

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 16 November 1989

IT'S THE Monday morning after their "triumphant" performance of 'You Got It (The Right Stuff)' at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party and New Kids ...

Black Box: Daniele Davoli: This is the bloke who invented "Italian House"

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 29 November 1989

  THE WORLD of pop is a funny and unpredictable thing, isn't it? If someone had said last Christmas that the biggest pop craze in 1989 ...

Soul II Soul

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 29 November 1989

• They're not a group but "a way of life"! • They used to imagine they were on the Planet Ard! • They're building ...

Neneh Cherry: So you think you know everything about Neneh Cherry?

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 13 December 1989

(WELL YOU DON'T... as Chris Heath discovers) ...

Kylie Minogue: N.E.C., Birmingham

Live Review by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 2 May 1990

A SIZZLING X-RATED SHOW! (except it's nothing of the sort) ...

Gloria Estefan

Interview by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 9 January 1991

She was the toast of the pop world with her spicy Latin tunes! But then, last year, she narrowly escaped death in a coach accident ...

Madonna: Hasn't Madonna Snogged A Lot Of Blokes?

Report by Chris Heath, Smash Hits, 1 May 1991

She certainly has! Film stars. Pop stars. Producers. She's had more boyfriends than hot dinners! Here's CHRIS HEATH to tell us about the eight most ...

Prince in Pieces

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, The Face, December 1991

Apart from his music. Prince never gives much of himself away in public – or even in private. But over six strange days in Paisley ...

Morrissey: Your Arsenal

Review by Chris Heath, Select, September 1992

PLEASE BE UPSTANDING. Just when the memory of The Smiths is being rekindled by Best...1, an unsettlingly English Morrissey emerges triumphantly from his former band's ...

No Doubt: Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Special Feature by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 1 May 1997

No Doubt thought they were READY for anything. Then they got FAMOUS and suddenly their singer was no longer just A GIRL. ...

Spice Girls: Too Hot to Handle

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 10 July 1997

How five British pop tarts built their own world empire ...

The Prodigy: Keith Flint Is the Firestarter

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 21 August 1997

How a faceless ass-rumbling hard rock techno band found a voice (and a haircut) and set the world on fire. ...

Fiona Apple: The Caged Birds Sings

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 22 January 1998

  WHEN FIONA Apple pulls into a new town — some place where she has never been before but where tonight there is a theater with ...

The Rolling Stones: Babylon By Jet

Report and Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 5 March 1998

THE ROLLING STONES MOUNT THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN ROCK TOUR EVER ...

Marilyn Manson: The Love Song of Marilyn Manson

Special Feature by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 15 October 1998

In which our hero, trapped in the hills of Los Angeles, finds a girl, discovers his emotions and consumes copious amounts of drugs ...

Goo Goo Dolls: Winning Ugly: The story of the Goo Goo Dolls

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 11 November 1999

Thirteen years ago they were three scruffy punks from Buffalo bent on drinking themselves into oblivion. Then they turned down their amps and dizzied up ...

Creed's Stairway to Heaven

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 28 February 2002

The tumultuous past and glorious present of Scott Stapp and America's biggest rock band ...

Christina Aguilera: Has Anyone Seen Christina?

Interview by Chris Heath, Rolling Stone, 14 November 2002

Because all we can find is Xtina, with her explosive beats, body piercings and broken glass.  ...

Lenny Kravitz

Interview by Chris Heath, Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2009

No one nailed the rock idol act like Lenny Kravitz. Love god, guitar hero, wild thing, he lived the life — multiple women, homes and ...

Willie Nelson: Willie and the Weed Factory

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, GQ, 31 August 2015

Marijuana's state-by-state march toward full legalization would never have happened without Willie Nelson. He's 82 now, and he's spent nearly half his life as America's ...

The Smiths: How The Smiths Pioneered Normcore

Retrospective by Chris Heath, GQ, 20 September 2015

They were the original normcores – a band of outsiders who took pains to dress as though they’d found their clothes at a rummage sale. ...

Nick Cave: The Love and Terror of Nick Cave

Profile and Interview by Chris Heath, GQ, 27 April 2017

For four decades, Nick Cave has been at the edge of music, putting his spin on everything from punk rock to lovesick ballads – much ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: The Untold Stories of Paul McCartney

Interview by Chris Heath, GQ, 11 September 2018

He's as famous and accomplished as a man can be. He could just stay home, relax, and count his money. But Paul McCartney is as ...

Iggy Pop Still Wants to Be Somebody

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Heath, GQ, 21 October 2019

From the sound of the Stooges to his raw, norm-shattering displays of masculinity, Iggy Pop has been a cultural pioneer for a generation. Now he's ...

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