The Beat recorded the song ‘Stand Down Margaret’, which caused quite a stir at the time – a spirited call on prime minister Maggie Thatcher to go. Below is vocalist Ranking Roger on the front cover of the long defunct Record Mirror. I interviewed him for the biography of Neville Staple – Original Rude Boy – published by Aurum Press. He was great fun to spend an afternoon with and some amazing stories from the late 70s and early 80s.
I’ve just decorated my bedroom as a shrine to the coolest 80s pop stars and here’s a budget idea to do the same to yours. Basically, I got some of the best Record Mirror front covers off e-bay and then had them framed. Around 1978 to 1981, the magazine had some very stylised front covers with artistic images of stars instead of photos. I don’t know what the reason was – cost, whatever. But framed – they look amazing – here they are!