This confirms my dim memory: the English teen pop rag Smash Hits, of which I was a semiregular reader, was actually pretty good. It also advances my tentative theory that British people really are smarter.

Update: Here's another nice Guardian piece with more colorful moments from teen-pop history. After Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy announced his intention to form a folk-rock band (which would, of course, turn out to be the Lilac Time), the Smash Hits interviewer apparently responded with: "But isn't that incredibly boring?"