Monday 22 July 2019

Top 7 quotes and covers from 900 issues of Irish music mag Hot Press

Hot Press Vol 9 No 10 June 7 1985 Cover Story Bruce Springsteen (Slane 85)
Hot Press Vol 9 No 10 June 7 1985 Cover Story Bruce Springsteen (Slane 85)
Hot Press Vol 8 No 24 December 14 1984 - Cover Story Charlie Haughey
Hot Press Madonna cover
Hot Press Tommy Tiernan cover
Hot Press Vol 3 No 11 October 29 1979 Cover Story U2
Hot Press Vol 1 No 01 June 9 1977 Cover Story Rory Gallagher: Macroom Festival
900th cover featuring Niamh Farrell from HamsandwicH
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish music magazine Hot Press has just released its landmark 900th issue and to celebrate it's taking a look back over almost 38 years of controversial covers and, particularly in hindsight, some pretty remarkable interview quotes.

Home-grown names from Rory Gallagher to U2 and international stars from Springsteen to Madonna have graced the cover, as well as the occasional Irish politician from Haughey in the 80s to Bertie in more recent times.

Queen Madge's provocative semi-nude shot was banned in selected newsagents across the country whilst Tommy Tiernan's crown of thorns caused a degree of consternation amongst the Catholic hierarchy. 

Charlie Haughey, meanwhile, struck an equally controversial figure when he graced the cover, in a beige anorak, in 1984 - post-phone tapping, post Arms Trial (which were both banned topics during the interview).

Hot Press Madonna cover
Hot Press Madonna cover
Hot Press Vol 9 No 10 June 7 1985 Cover Story Bruce Springsteen (Slane 85)
Hot Press Vol 8 No 24 December 14 1984 - Cover Story Charlie Haughey
Hot Press Vol 3 No 11 October 29 1979 Cover Story U2
Hot Press Vol 1 No 01 June 9 1977 Cover Story Rory Gallagher: Macroom Festival
900th cover featuring Niamh Farrell from HamsandwicH
Hot Press Tommy Tiernan cover

The 900th issue, which is on sale now, features HamsandwicH singer Niamh Farrell in the classic 'American Beauty' pose, and includes a retrospective of previous editions and nine of the biggest interviews - the Notorious Nine - the magazine ever carried with Haughey, Bertie Ahern, Mary Robinson, Gerry Adams, John Gilligan, Michael Cleary, Gay Byrne, Courtney Love and Tommy Tiernan.

During the Haughey interview, in response to a query about what angered him about Irish society, he replied, “I could instance a load of fuckers whose throats I’d cut and push over the nearest cliffs, but there’s no percentage in that!”

Hot Press Vol 8 No 24 December 14 1984 - Cover Story Charlie Haughey
Hot Press Vol 8 No 24 December 14 1984 - Cover Story Charlie Haughey

Hole singer and wife of the late Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love, worked for the magazine in the 80s doing photos sessions and snapped The Pretenders, U2 and The Teardrop Explodes at McGonagles. More recently, in 2010 she had hinted at an apparent fling with Kate Moss.  Asked about it by Hot Press, she said, "It was Kate Moss. She doesn’t care.” 

Love then added, “It’s a great story for the grandchildren so . . . yeah. Kate wasn’t doing a lot of drugs. It was just a thing that happened in Milan in the ‘90s. It happened and it was fun and whatever. And she talks about it and so I hope she doesn’t get mad that I outed her about it... I feel like such a kiss and tell... Kate’s great, though! Kate’s a good friend of mine.”

Hot Press Tommy Tiernan cover
Hot Press Tommy Tiernan cover

Towards the end of the interview with Gerry Adams in late 1987 - seven years before the Peace Process - he was asked if there could ever be a military solution and he said, “There’s no military solution, none whatsoever. Military solutions by either of the two main protagonists only mean more tragedies. There can only be a political solution.”

And when Bertie Ahern was asked about his views on drink-driving, he said, “I could certainly drink a fair few pints of Bass and be capable of driving. Whether I’d pass the breathalyser or not is another thing but it would be very hard to get me drunk on it.”

900th cover featuring Niamh Farrell from HamsandwicH
900th cover featuring Niamh Farrell from HamsandwicH

Of the 900 issues, editor Niall Stokes, who has presided over a word count of almost 90m since the magazine's launch, said, "Looking back through our 899 issues to date, in preparation for our 900th edition, has brought back some amazing memories."

He added, "We’ve produced a magazine every 14 days, more or less, since 1977 and have been through some incredible highs, with our readers. Each issue reflects a moment in time.

"There have been difficult moments along the way, like the loss of Bill Graham – who seas such a star during the formative years of Hot Press – in 1996. But the continuum, I think, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Ireland over nearly four decades.

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