June 1990

The World in June 1990
In the UK the bans on British beef were lifted after the BSE crisis, while the planned high-speed link between London and the Channel Tunnel was shelved. John Major proposed an alternative to the EU’s proposed single currency, a currency which would circulate alongside existing currencies. In hindsight it would have saved the EU a lot of headaches as it would have left member states freer to fix economic woes. JK Rowling began writing the first Harry Potter book.

In US news Ohio had 88 tornadoes. Why the fuck would anyone want to live anywhere that has that kind of shit going on? Universal Studios opened in Florida.

Elsewhere in the world the World Cup began in Italy. England would go on to the semi finals, their greatest performance since winning the tournament in 1966, and a feat not repeated until 2018. West Germany would win, though before long they would just be Germany.

On TV Art Attack made its debut with Neil Buchanan doing outsized art projects. Not much else went on as most people were busy watching the World Cup.

The film charts had Pretty Woman at #1, and The Witches at #7. The rest isn’t of much interest.

The album chart was poor, with Soul II Soul at #1, Jason Donovan at #2 and a best of album by Talk Talk at #3. Pavarotti got #8 due to the World Cup where Nessun Dorma was the official tune.

The singles chart featured the greatest football song ever, World In Motion by New Order and some England players. The John Barnes rap would become the stuff of legend. At #3 we had Chad Jackson with Hear The Drummer Get Wicked (choooon!) while Elton was at #5 with Sacerifayce. Roxette with it Must Have Been Love and Betty Boo Doin The Doo, plus the Charlatans with The Only One I Know and Wilson Phillips Hold On make for a VERY strong top 10. Hell, even further down the chart you had Snap with Oops Up, Black Box with Everybody Everybody which only got to 16 ffs.

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ST Format Issue 12

Reviews This Month

Review: F-19 Stealth Fighter

ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62. I’ve gone with Automation 424, not one of their more exciting menus (fairly mediocre chip tune and some scrolly text) but it gets the job done. Into the game. A cool intro with the stealth fighter fading…More

Review: Sim City

Sim City ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62. I’ve gone with Medway Boys 72 which features a cool graphic, the usual text bouncing and scrolling and some chip music which for some reason makes me think of Lady Gaga. Sim City isn’t exactly…More

Review: The Toyottes

Toyottes ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62. I’ve gone with Automation 260, primarily because the Flame Of Finland releases tend to be a bit samey. This one isn’t anything special technically but it does give us a glimpse into the future with the…More

Review: Projectyle

Projectyle ST Format Review My Review For this review I’m running Steem with a 1MB STE, running TOS 1.62. I’ve gone with DBug menu disk 65, my first DBug release of this series. The intro menu isn’t visually that exciting, but it does have a fantastic chiptune version of the old Formula 1 theme. It’s…More

June 1989

The World in June 1989
In some ways June 1989 was the beginning of the end of Thatcher’s government as Labour won its first national election in 15 years (winning most of the votes in the European elections). In China the Tianemen Square protests reached their finale, with the military set against civilians in a fight the civilians could never win. Tank Man would prove himself a legend.

News is otherwise quiet though China’s news is seismic enough all on its own.

The film charts feature Road House at #1, Beaches at #3, Childs Play at #4, the rest of the chart is fairly mediocre.

The album chart is fairly weak, with Jason Donavan still at #1, Queen at #5 with one of their weaker albums, really it’s hard to find anything to recommend.

The singles chart has Jason Donovan at #1 (Neighbours really was a hit factory in combination with Stock, Aitken and Waterman). The standout tracks are Soul II Soul’s Back To Life and Guns And Roses Sweet Child Of Mine, and maybe Manchild by Neneh Cherry. Acid House continues its ascendency with D-Mob at #11 with It Is Time To Get Funky.

On TV John Craven presented his last ever Newsround, but otherwise not much happened.

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ST/Amiga Format Issue 13 (last ever issue)

This Month’s Reviews

Review: Weird Dreams

Weird Dreams ST Amiga Format Review My Review Weird Dreams begins with a fairly decent intro by 1989 standards, though sound is limited to chip warblings, and then we find ourselves in a room with pink things wandering around and a dangly pink dildo moving around that will kill you if it hits you (in…More

June 1988

The World in June 1988
In UK news 80000 people attended a concert at Wembley in honour of Nelson Mandela. English fans were arrested in West Germany due to hooliganism while the national team went out at the grou stage, finishing the group bottom. Gay rights activists invaded BBC news during the 6 O’Clock bulletin.

The US news wildfires spread through Yellowstone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released to US cinemas and well honestly there’s not much else of interest.

Elsewhere in the world West Germany hosted Euro 1988 while in Estonia there were 100,000 strong demonstrations – they were still a couple of years away from freedom.

On TV Channel 4 aired ‘A Very British Coup’ – a fictional account of the deep state working against a Labour (left wing for non-brits) government, leading eventually to a military coup.

The UK film charts saw Crocodile Dundee 2 at #1 which I personally enjoyed but I get it’s not universally loved, with Throw Mamma From A Train and Three Men And A Baby among the other highlights. Among films released in America this month, the big hitters are probably Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America.

The album chart seems to have a compilation album called Nite Flite at #1, while Hothouse Flowers are at #2 with People and Fleetwood Mac occupy #3. The dirty dancing sound track occupies 6, while More Dirty Dancing was at 10. I’m not joking. It seems hardcore music fans were not buying albums.

The singles chart is a little light on quality. At #1 there’s Doctorin The Tardis by Timelords (a crap novelty record) while the abysmal Bros occupied #2 with their biggest hit I Owe You Nothing. There is at least the wonderful Aztec Camera song Somewhere In My Heart at #8 making it’s way out of the chart, and Erasure’s Chains Of Love is at #11 making its way up the chart. Oh and there’s Belinda Carlisle’s wonderful Circle In The Sand at 13 heading out of the chart too.

We cover the following magazines released in June 1988

This issue was the first and didn’t have many game reviews but it’s the start of the journey.

Review: Leathernecks And Zarch/Virus

Both of these reviews are from ST/Amiga Format Issue 1 from July 1988 – as such this is a very early set of reviews and I hadn’t yet sorted the format out for all this stuff so the quality is perhaps a little below the rest of the site. However, the videos are new (May…More