Marianne Faithfull on a centrespread poster in Bravo of 5 June 1980.
A few months earlier Faithfull had enjoyed a comeback hit with “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”, and her follow-up, “Broken English”, had just been released. Faithfull, her voiced ravaged by “lifestyle choices”, was regarded as some kind of grandmother. She was 33 years old.
A 32-page mini-magazine in the Bravo of 5 June 1980, introducing the West-German squad to the Euro 1980 in Italy — the team that would win the competition with a 2-1 victory over Belgium in the final. The idea is to fold the pages in such a way as to create a pocket-size magazine. The player pictured on the instructions page is Hamburg’s Manfred Kaltz.
Langnese ice cream again. Here they again buy into the Zeitgeist of the fashionable youth by offering the “Disco” ice-cream, stuck between a wafer that is supposed to look like a record. In Bravo of 5 June 1980.
The reader’s charts in Bravo of 5 June 1980. Not a great list; I had six of these records (both AC/DC, Styx, Marianne Faithfull, Pink Floyd, Sugarhill Gang). Buyt in June, my favourite records were Dexys Midnight Runners’ “Geno”, the Ramones’ “Baby I Love You”, the Pretenders “Brass In Pocket”, and, a little older, Tim Curry’s “I Do The Rifck”.
Here’s my 1980 in songs.
Judas Priest on a back-page poster in Bravo 5 June 1980. It shows rhythm guitarist Glenn Tipton with singer Rob Halford inset. Judas Priest had just been on a Germany tour to promote the British Steel album.
Rock Hudson on a single-page poster in Bravo 5 June 1980. In 1980 in a magazine geared at teenagers. Bravo must have known what they were doing.
Alex from The Teens features on the cover of Bravo of 5 June 1980. This week 38 years ago Germany’s youth read about:
• Fleetwood Mac in pics, with autograph card
• All about TV series Taxi, which starts on German TV on 25 June
• The members of The Teens on handling female fans (well, they had only female fans)
• How to get a holiday job
• Dutch singer Maggie McNeal’s farm animals
• How comedian Mike Krüger came up with his novelty hit “Der Nippel”
• 10cc’s Eric Stewart was at death’s door for weeks
• Rock Hudson’s life and films
• How Austrian singer Wolfgang Ambros is in private
• Kristy McNichol in a new TV film
Status Quo on a superposter in Bravo of 6 March 1980. Did Alan Lancaster have a little accident in his trousers?
Disney’s Jungle Book on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 6 March 1980. It must have been having a revuval on the German cinema circuit.i
South African band Clout on a back-page poster in Bravo of 6 March 1980. Most of them were now living in London, but drummer Ingi Herbst (front right) lived in Mönchengladbach, Germany.