1982 Charts

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I haven’t done any 80’s charts yet! How about 30 Years ago this week?

JULY 5th

  1. HAPPY TALK – Captain Sensible
  2. HEART (STOP BEATING IN TIME) – Leo Sayer
  3. TORCH – Soft Cell
  4. NOW THOSE DAYS ARE GONE – Bucks Fizz
  5. ABRACADABRA – Steve Miller Band
  6. BEATLES MOVIE MEDLEY – The Beatles
  7. NO REGRETS – Midge Ure
  8. SPACE AGE LOVE SONG – A Flock Of Seagulls
  9. THE LOOK OF LOVE – ABC
  10. FAME – IRENE CARA
  11. MUSIC AND LIGHTS – Imagination
  12. VIDEOTHEQUE – Dollar
  13. DO I DO – Stevie Wonder
  14. FAMILY MAN – Mike Oldfield
  15. AVALON – Roxy Music
  16. TAKE IT AWAY – Paul McCartney
  17. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Shalamar
  18. AFTER THE GOLDRUSH (1982 VERSION) – Prelude
  19. LAS PALABRAS DE AMOUR – Queen
  20. I’M A WONDERFUL THING (BABY) – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Some oldies cover versions, some New Romantic classics, a dash of 80’s soul. The Leo sayer song is a Bee Gees cover, The Mike Oldfield became a Hall & Oates cover, Prelude a Neil Young cover, etc etc. I stand by Bucks Fizz, much maligned, but beautifully crafted pop songs, and ABC’s The Lexicon Of Love is one of the greatest albums of all time, bar very few other contenders. Immaculate. Pop music was great fun in the early MTV video 80’s…

It’s been a while, so here’s another “30 Years Ago” chart – from Sept 28th 1982..

1. (-) PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth
2. (1) EYE OF THE TIGER – Survivor
3. (2) PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS – Dire Straits
4. (12) THERE IT IS – Shalamar
5. (3) ALL OF MY HEART – ABC
6. (10) LEAVE IN SILENCE – Depeche Mode
7. (17) THE BITTEREST PILL (I EVER SWALLOWED) – Jam
8. (7) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING – Jennifer Holliday
9. (5) WALKING ON SUNSHINE – Rockers’ Revenge
10. (11) JUST WHAT I’VE ALWAYS WANTED – Mari Wilson

11. (6) WHY – Carly Simon
12. (30) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN – Animals
13. (9) COME ON EILEEN – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
14. (14) TUG OF WAR – Paul McCartney
15. (22) ZOOM – Fat Larry’s Band
16. (4) NOBODY’S FOOL – Haircut 100
17. (26) GLITTERING PRIZE – Simple Minds
18. (23) LOVE COME DOWN – Evelyn King
19. (15) RUFF MIX – Wonder Dog
20. (8) HI-FIDELITY – Kids From Fame

21. (13) THE MESSAGE – Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
22. (-) DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT – Culture Club
23. (34) FRIEND OR FOE – Adam Ant
24. (24) REAP THE WILD WIND – Ultravox
25. (20) IT STARTED WITH A KISS – Hot Chocolate
26. (18) JOHN WAYNE IS BIG LEGGY – Haysi fantayzee
27. (19) SO HERE I AM – UB40
28. (16) SADDLE UP – David Christie
29. (-) CHANCES – Hot Chocolate
30. (36) HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY – Chicago

31. (21) I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON – Frida
32. (73) GIVE ME SOME KIND OF MAGIC – Dollar
33. (35) WHO’S CRYING NOW – Journey
34. (31) TODAY – Talk Talk
35. (-) RED LIGHT – Linda Clifford
36. (25) INVITATIONS – Shakatak
37. (39) SAVE A PRAYER – Duran Duran
38. (38) SUMMERTIME – Fun Boy 3
39. (-) TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME – Roxy Music
40. (-) DO YOU WANNA FUNK – Sylvester

What a great chart, full of classic singles, the top of my chart wasnt too far from the BBC chart, just mine was minus the cheesier numbers and plus the ones that should have been big hits: the awesome Jennifer Holliday original, the brilliant Phil-Collins track from Frida, and the mystifying chart failure of a good Macca track.

There’s also that rarity: straight in at 1 for a debut record: Musical Youth. That Rocky perennial that just wont go away. Dire Straits best record. ABC at the end of an awesome run of singles from one of the greatest albums. Depeche Mode staring to get into their stride. Jam about to end with one of their best. Rockers Revenge great Eddy Grant cover. Carly Simon’s fabulous Chic-track. One of the greatest early rap hits The Message. A debut for soon-to-be-famous Boy george. Ultravox’ best record, some thanks to Beatles-producer George Martin. Hot Chocolate coming near the end of a great 13-year chart run of fabulous and varied hits. Journey in my Top 40 25 years before they finally made it.

Hope that’s fun!

 

NOV 30th 1982:

  1. (2) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME – Abba
  2. (5) MIRROR MAN – Human League
  3. (1) LIVING ON THE CEILING – Blancmange
  4. (6) (SEXUAL) HEALING – Marvin gaye
  5. (3) MANEATER – Hall & Oates
  6. (9) WISHING (IF I HAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU) – A Flock Of Seagulls
  7. (4) STATE OF INDEPENDENCE – Donna Summer
  8. (10) YOUNG GUNS (GO FOR IT) – Wham!
  9. (7) MAD WORLD – Tears For Fears
  10. (8) HEARTBREAKER – Dionne Warwick
  11. (16) BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES – Modern Romance
  12. (14) CRY BOY CRY – Blue Zoo
  13. (–) TIME (CLOCK OF THE HEART) – Culture Club
  14. (11) DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME – Culture Club
  15. (17) THEME FOR HARRY’S GAME – Clannad
  16. (27) SAVE YOUR LOVE – Renee & renate
  17. (12) THE GIRL IS MINE – Paul McCartney/ Michael Jackson
  18. (13) I DON’T WANNA DANCE – Eddy Grant
  19. (40) TALK TALK – Talk Talk
  20. (25) IT’S RAINING AGAIN – Supertramp
  21. (18) LOVE ME DO – The Beatles
  22. (19) MUSCLES – Diana Ross
  23. (–) OUR HOUSE – Madness
  24. (–) PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – David Bowie/Bing Crosby
  25. (–) THE YOUTH OF TODAY – Musical Youth
  26. (15) YOU CAN DO MAGIC – America
  27. (22) BACK ON TH3E CHAIN GANG – Pretenders
  28. (23) REAP THE WILD WIND – Ultravox
  29. (31) WHO CAN IT BE NOW – Men At Work
  30. (20) JACK AND DIANE – John Cougar
  31. (21) ANNIE I’M NOT YOUR DADDY – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  32. (–) DEAR ADDIE – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  33. (26) PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth
  34. (35) RIO – Duran Duran
  35. (–) CHEERS THEN – Bananarama
  36. (32) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN – Animals
  37. (–) HYMN – Ultravox
  38. (24) DO IT TO THE MUSIC – Raw Silk
  39. (–) LOUISE – Phil Everley
  40. (–) LOVE – John Lennon

So…30 years ago I was having a clear-out of the charts, lots of new entries – while there are some classics in the Top 10 I can see why the clear-out was going on with the likes of Renee & Renata & The Girl Is Mine in there lower down – ouch! Phil Everley was having a final chartfling attempt (of the Everley Brothers), Wham! debuted, still active acts like Human League, Madness, Duran and Bananarama were on a roll, and bad haircuts were much in evidence, most classically of all via A Flock Of Seagulls, the likes of which were never to be seen again!

But just look at the top 10, one of Abba’s greatest, most subtle records at 1 (even if it failed to chart anywhere much in the real world, it was so obviously a great record), not to mention Marvin gaye’s final classic, Blancmange brilliant hit, Hall & Oates in full swing, awesome Tears For Fears, and the late Donna with a fab version of Jon & Vangelis song.

 

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