Whispers at the No.1 party
“No.1 is 1. You are invited to the first birthday party of Britain’s best selling pop weekly at Busby’s, Tottenham Court Road, on Tuesday, May 1,7.30 till late.”
That’s what the invite said —
Who was there? Easier to say who wasn’t —
Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet actually flew home from Germany especially to help No.1 celebrate, while The Shillelagh Sisters hammered back from a gig in Birmingham only to arrive at the club’s door just as it was closing around 2.30!
Meanwhile The Thompson Twins, on tour in the States, kindly sent a specially inscribed silver disc (for ‘Into The Gap’) in their place!
But the full cast list in attendance that starry night —
Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Nick Heyward, Wham, The Belle Stars, New Order, Jim Kerr of Simple Minds, Tom Robinson, Captain Sensible, Blancmange, Helen Terry, Animal Nightlife, JoBoxers, Haircut 100, Imagination, Sade, Bourgie Bourgie, Orange Juice, Jerry Dammers of The Special AKA, Depeche Mode, Shirlie Holliman and Dee C. Lee, Spider, Thor, Jocelyn Brown, Freur, Blue Rondo, Mari Wilson, Marillion, The Truth, Modern Romance, Matt Bianco, Edwin Starr, Helen And The Horns, Phil Fearon, Yvonne French, Steve Strange, Pat Nevin of Chelsea FC… and that was only the ones we spotted in the ladies’ room.
No wonder No.1’s pneumonia-struck Paul Simper climbed out of his hospital bed to boogie on down!
Nick Heyward was looking cute in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt, and shocked us all by actually laughing and chatting with Haircut Les Nemes.
The Wham boys turned up covered in mossy bites after shooting the video for George’s ‘Careless Whisper’ (not about us, surely?) in Miami. Turning up at all was quite a feat —
Miranda Belle Star spent the evening canoodling with Frankie’s teen idol Mark O’Toole, while Paul Rutherford generated the heat on the dance floor.
Siouxsie arrived late, nattering away to Animal Nightlife’s Andy Polaris.