Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Best Of 1982 - part 3

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We've reached the pick of the crop, the top of the pops, the... well, you get the idea. It's my top 10 songs from 1982.

Everyone remembers "Mickey", but did you know it was originally called "Kitty"?

At number 10, it's "Talk Talk" by Talk Talk, which actually started life as "Talk Talk Talk Talk" by The Reactions, the previous group fronted by singer Mark Hollis. Talk Talk had a string of quality singles in the '80s, but flew under the radar compared to contemporaries like Tears For Fears and Ultravox. The No Doubt cover of their 1984 single, "It's My Life", in 2003 helped raise their profile somewhat.




With the first of their two entries, at number 9 it's "Don't Go" by Yazoo, the group formed by Vince Clarke with Alison Moyet after he left Depeche Mode. Due to the name already being use in the States, Yazoo were called Yaz there (not to be confused with Yazz of "The Only Way Is Up" fame). "Don't Go" was Yazoo's second release and got to number 6 in Australia, one spot higher than their debut single, which we'll get to in a little while.




With their first Australian hit, at number 8 it's "Shy Boy" by Bananarama, who had previously collaborated with Fun Boy Three on two British hits, which I always thought sounded a bit of a shambles. "Shy Boy" was a step in a poppier direction, so, needless to say, I was hooked. Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin have kept the group alive and recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with yet another best of compilation - but one which features their 2000s singles like "Love Comes" and "Look On The Floor (Hypnotic Tango)".




A bona fide one-hit wonder is at number 7: "Mickey" by Toni Basil. Opinions on who qualifies as a one-hit wonder differ (my rule of thumb is normally a top 10 hit followed by no other top 50 appearances), but "Mickey", which got to number 1 for two weeks in Australia, satisfies even the most stringent of definitions, since Toni did not follow it up with any other top 100 appearances. "Mickey" was originally called "Kitty" and recorded by Racey in 1979 before singer/choreographer Toni got her hands on it and changed the song's title, apparently naming it after The Monkees' Micky Dolenz.




At number 6: "Our House" by Madness, who I've spoken about in my recaps for 1980 and 1981. "Our House" was their last major hit in Australia and my favourite single by them overall.




Making the first of two appearances in my top 10, at number 5 is "The Look Of Love" by ABC. This was the third of four singles from the group's all-conquering debut album, The Lexicon Of Love, which was produced by former The Buggles member Trevor Horn - and it came complete with the playful clip you can watch below.




At number 4: "Only You" by Yazoo, the duo's debut single, which later received an a cappella remake by The Flying Pickets, who scored a UK Christmas number one in 1983 with their version. I'm not a fan of the cover, but the Yazoo original is one of the most beautiful pop ballads of all time.




Back again at number 3, it's "Poison Arrow" by ABC, which was the band's biggest hit in Australia, reaching number 4.




Like "Mickey", here's another song title consisting of someone's name at number 2"Gloria" by Laura Branigan. The track shares another similarity with "Mickey" in that it was also first recorded in 1979 by a different artist. The original "Gloria" was an Italian-language record by Umberto Tozzi, but the song was given a major makeover and became Laura's breakthrough hit from her debut album, Branigan, ultimately spending seven weeks at number 1 in Australia in early 1983.




And at number 1, it's our old friends: "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran, which a) was the second single released from Rio, b) became the band's biggest hit up until that point in Australia and c) is my favourite song they've ever recorded. "Hungry Like The Wolf" was also the joint recipient (along with "Girls On Film") of the very first Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video, an award won in 2012 by, like everything else, Adele's "Rolling In The Deep".



My top 200 for 1982 in full:

1          HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF Duran Duran
2          GLORIA Laura Branigan
3          POISON ARROW ABC
4          ONLY YOU Yazoo
5          THE LOOK OF LOVE ABC
6          OUR HOUSE Madness
7          MICKEY Toni Basil
8          SHY BOY Bananarama
9          DON'T GO Yazoo
10        TALK TALK Talk Talk
11        VIEW FROM A BRIDGE Kim Wilde
12        COME ON EILEEN Dexy's Midnight Runners
13        EYE OF THE TIGER Survivor
14        STARMAKER Kids from Fame
15        I'M SO EXCITED Pointer Sisters
16        HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY Chicago
17        FREEZE FRAME J.Geils Band
18        LET'S GO TO BED The Cure
19        ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash
20        SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
21        RIO Duran Duran
22        YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE Phil Collins
23        A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
24        I RAN Flock Of Seagulls
25        STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
26        YOUNG GUNS (GO FOR IT!) Wham!
27        MIRROR MAN The Human League
28        TOWN CALLED MALICE The Jam
29        AFRICA Toto
30        WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND Loverboy
31        WE GOT THE BEAT The Go-Gos
32        DON'T CHANGE INXS
33        MANEATER Hall & Oates
34        PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE Simple Minds
35        WORDS Missing Persons
36        YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU Melissa Manchester
37        MAKE A MOVE ON ME Olivia Newton-John
38        UP WHERE WE BELONG Joe Cocker / Jennifer Warnes
39        PRIVATE EYES Hall & Oates
40        ROSANNA Toto
41        NO TIME Mondo Rock
42        SOLID ROCK Goanna
43        WHAT ABOUT ME Moving Pictures
44        I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD Shalamar
45        FORGET ME NOTS Patrice Rushen
46        I WON’T LET YOU DOWN PhD
47        THE ONE THING INXS
48        TODAY Talk Talk
49        CRY BOY CRY Blue Zoo
50        CONTROVERSY Prince
51        JUST AN ILLUSION Imagination
52        LOVE PLUS ONE Haircut 100
53        MAD WORLD Tears For Fears
54        867-5309/JENNY Tommy Tutone
55        HARDEN MY HEART Quarterflash
56        SITUATION Yazoo
57        IF YOU WANT MY LOVE Cheap Trick
58        SEXUAL HEALING Marvin Gaye
59        MAMA USED TO SAY Junior
60        BODY AND SOUL Jo Kennedy
61        SENSES WORKING OVERTIME XTC
62        BEAT SURRENDER The Jam
63        ALL OF MY HEART ABC
64        LOVE MY WAY Psychedelic Furs
65        TEMPTATION New Order
66        FANTASTIC DAY Haircut 100
67        CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Boystown Gang
68        FRIENDS Shalamar
69        TAKE THE L The Motels
70        ALLENTOWN Billy Joel
71        EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER Air Supply
72        THE RHYTHM OF THE JUNGLE The Quick
73        SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT Split Enz
74        IT’S RAINING AGAIN Supertramp
75        LIFELINE Spandau Ballet
76        GOODY TWO SHOES Adam Ant
77        TEMPORARY HEARTACHE Swanee
78        CASTAWAY Mi-Sex
79        BREAK IT UP Foreigner
80        LET’S GO DANCING (OOH LA, LA, LA) Kool & The Gang
81        HEAT OF THE MOMENT Asia
82        ABRACADABRA Steve Miller Band
83        LOVE IS IN CONTROL (FINGER ON THE TRIGGER) Donna Summer
84        I SPECIALIZE IN LOVE Sharon Brown
85        THE ONLY WAY OUT Cliff Richard
86        DESTINATION UNKNOWN Missing Persons
87        YOU NEED A FRIEND Sunnyboys
88        DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
89        HEARTBREAKER Dionne Warwick
90        TIME (CLOCK OF THE HEART) Culture Club
91        HEARTACHE AVENUE The Maisonettes
92        LET IT WHIP Dazz Band
93        BIG FUN Kool & The Gang
94        LIFE IN TOKYO Japan
95        HURTS SO GOOD John Cougar
96        I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
97        GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
98        HEART ATTACK Olivia Newton-John
99        MY CAMERA NEVER LIES Bucks Fizz
100      HYMN Ultravox
101      LAST NIGHT A DJ SAVED MY LIFE Indeep
102      YOU DROPPED A BOMB ON ME The Gap Band
103      YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D-Train
104      EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (JUST LIKE THE WHITE WINGED DOVE) Stevie Nicks
105      I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
106      EVERYBODY Madonna
107      HEY LITTLE GIRL Icehouse
108      SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (IN SUMMERTIME) Simple Minds
109      WITHOUT YOU Eurogliders
110      I MELT WITH YOU Modern English
111      ALMOST WITH YOU The Church
112      NEVER GIVE UP ON A GOOD THING George Benson
113      DO I DO Stevie Wonder
114      BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Pretenders
115      MORE THAN THIS Roxy Music
116      MAKE BELIEVE Toto
117      I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) Hall & Oates
118      I LOVE ROCK’N’ROLL Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
119      DIRTY CREATURE Split Enz
120      IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT Bucks Fizz
121      HI DE HI, HI DE HO Kool & The Gang
122      DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS Rick Springfield
123      DID IT IN A MINUTE Hall & Oates
124      THE OTHER WOMAN Ray Parker Jnr
125      ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osborne
126      THAT GIRL Stevie Wonder
127      GLITTERING PRIZE Simple Minds
128      LOVE ME TOMORROW Chicago
129      ONE PERFECT DAY The Little Heroes
130      CARDIAC ARREST Madness
131      LIVING ON THE CEILING Blancmange
132      ONLY THE LONELY The Motels
133      I WANT CANDY Bow Wow Wow
134      SEE YOU Depeche Mode
135      JACKIE WILSON SAID (I’M IN HEAVEN WHEN YOU SMILE) Dexy’s Midnight Runners
136      WINNERS Moving Pictures
137      GREAT SOUTHERN LAND Icehouse
138      THE MEANING OF LOVE Depeche Mode
139      HERE IS THE NEWS ELO
140      LANDSLIDE Olivia Newton-John
141      LEAVE IN SILENCE Depeche Mode
142      HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE Leo Sayer
143      HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
144      NEVER GIVE YOU UP Sharon Redd
145      YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
146      UNDER ATTACK ABBA
147      REAL MEN Joe Jackson
148      CHILD COME AWAY Kim Wilde
149      WHY Carly Simon
150      HEAD OVER HEELS ABBA
151      EARLY IN THE MORNING The Gap Band
152      RADIO The Members
153      WISHING (IF I HAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU) A Flock Of Seagulls
154      LOVE’S COMIN’ AT YA Melba Moore
155      HI-FIDELITY Kids from Fame
156      WORK THAT BODY Diana Ross
157      I WAS TIRED OF BEING ALONE Patrice Rushen
158      LOVE COME DOWN Evelyn “Champagne” King
159      CROSS MY HEART Lee Ritenour
160      BACK TO LOVE Evelyn “Champagne” King
161      INSIDE OUT Odyssey
162      DO IT TO THE MUSIC Raw Silk
163      IS IT A DREAM Classix Nouveau
164      SOMEBODY’S BABY Jackson Browne
165      ONE HUNDRED WAYS Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram
166      AVALON Roxy Music
167      I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ME Charlene
168      HOUSE OF FUN Madness
169      TAXI MARY Jo Jo Zep
170      SAVE A PRAYER Duran Duran
171      DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME Culture Club
172      VACATION The Go-Go’s
173      FRIENDS IN LOVE Dionne Warwick & Johnny Mathis
174      MUSIC AND LIGHTS Imagination
175      TOO LATE Junior
176      DR HECKYLL & MR JIVE Men At Work
177      ISLAND OF LOST SOULS Blondie
178      TRULY Lionel Richie
179      I REALLY DON’T NEED NO LIGHT Jeffrey Osborne
180      THERE IT IS Shalamar
181      INSTINCTION Spandau Ballet
182      TAKE MY HEART (YOU CAN HAVE IT IF YOU WANT) Kool & The Gang
183      CIRCLES Atlantic Starr
184      REALLY SAYING SOMETHING Bananarama
185      HEART (STOP BEATING IN TIME) Leo Sayer
186      EYE IN THE SKY The Alan Parsons Project
187      I EAT CANNIBALS Toto Coele
188      SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Robert Palmer
189      EBONY AND IVORY Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
190      HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
191      BLUE EYES Elton John
192      BLISTER IN THE SUN Violent Femmes
193      BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
194      DRACULA’S TANGO (SUCKER FOR YOUR LOVE) Toto Coele
195      JACK & DIANE John Cougar
196      SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO The Clash
197      THE CLAPPING SONG Belle Stars
198      I KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE The Waitresses
199      THE GIRL IS MINE Michael Jackson / Paul McCartney
200      CHEERS THEN Bananarama


Farewell, 1982 - it's been fun visiting. Catch you on Thursday (August 9) for my regular ARIA recap and then we'll pop in and see how 1983's been keeping.


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2 comments:

  1. Wow, 1982 was the year of Dollar and not even a mention in the top 200??!!! Pah!

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    1. The "year of Dollar" is a bit of an overstatement, right? I've never liked Dollar, actually. I've tried and tried, but nothing's connected. The best thing they ever did was make Oh L'amour a hit in the UK.

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