Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The Best Of 1983 - part 4

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Still with me? Good. Let's get stuck straight into my top 10 favourite songs from 1983.

Howard Jones: sneaking in at the end of 1983 with one of the year's best


Here he is again at number 10: "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel, which as we all know featured his future wife (and future ex-wife) Christie Brinkley in the clip as the girl in question. What I didn't know was that inspiration for the song came from another supermodel, Australia's own Elle Macpherson, who he was seeing at the time. Now, Billy might be a great singer/songwriter, but he's no Brad Pitt, so forgive me if I'm a little surprised to discover he romanced two of the most attractive women of the early '80s. Good for him.




Also making a return visit at number 9 is "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John, the lead single from Too Low For Zero with that distinct clip featuring body painted dancers prancing around Cannes.




Back again at number 8 it's "Cruel Summer" by Bananarama, which peaked at number 8 in the UK in 1983, at number 9 in the US in 1984 (thanks to being used in The Karate Kid) and at, er, number 32 in Australia in 1985.




Another repeat appearance (I did warn you!) is at number 7: "Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do)" by Wham!, which had failed to make an impact on its first release in 1982, but was a smash in the wake of the success of "Young Guns (Go For It)". The song's basically about having fun and going on the dole instead of working, with the "DHSS" chant referring to Britain's Department of Health and Social Security. What great role models!




With her only big hit of the year, at number 6 it's "Twist Of Fate" by Olivia Newton-John, from the largely forgettable film, Two Of A Kind. I say "largely" because what was noteworthy about the movie was that it saw Livvy reunite with her Grease co-star, John Travolta. Unfortunately, Two Of A Kind was no Grease, and this single is the only good thing to come out of the whole project.




Making her first of what will be many appearances on my year-end charts - at number 5 is "Burning Up" by Madonna. This was Madonna's second single, after 1982's "Everbody", and was only successful in Australia. Granted, it didn't really take off here until after "Holiday" was a hit, but it did eventually reach number 13 after a slow start towards the end of 1983. Years later, "Burning Up" was one of many pop songs cited as having Satanic influences in a video our Religious Studies class was forced to watch - because, you know, Madonna was burning up with the fires of hell.




At number 4: "Gold" by Spandau Ballet, which, as I write, is enjoying a bit of a sales resurgence thanks to its use in the Olympics coverage over in the UK. Guess you can't keep a good song down for long.




Making his debut in 1983 was the artist at number 3: "What Is Love" by Howard Jones, who I'm actually seeing live in September. He'll be playing his first two albums - Human's Lib and Dream Into Action - in full. Later this year, I'm also seeing Martika and Rick Astley perform live - which makes a trio of artists I never imagined I'd see in concert. Thank goodness they all still need the cash!




Here she is, finally, at number 2 - it's "Flashdance...What A Feeling" by Irene Cara, and they really don't write them like this any more. In this case, one of the "they" was legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, who was the go-to guy for soundtrack hits at the time. This song would've been the biggest selling single in Australia for 1983 if it wasn't for a little comedy record by the name of "Australiana" - and it would've been my favourite song for the year if it wasn't for...




At number 1, proving there was life after Vince Clarke, it's "Everything Counts" by Depeche Mode, a track my sister owned on 7" single (a record which eventually made its way into my own collection when she left home). The first single from the Construction Time Again album and their eighth single overall, "Everything Counts" wasn't a hit in Australia, but returned the group to the UK top 10 for the first time since fourth single "See You". With new chief songwriter Martin Gore firmly in place, Depeche would go on to forge a successful worldwide career, particularly in the US, and to this day are one of my all-time favourite groups.




My top 200 for 1983 in full:

1        EVERYTHING COUNTS Depeche Mode
2        FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING Irene Cara
3        WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
4        GOLD Spandau Ballet
5        BURNING UP Madonna
6        TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John
7        WHAM RAP! (ENJOY WHAT YOU DO) Wham!
8        CRUEL SUMMER Bananarama
9        I’M STILL STANDING Elton John
10      UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
11      ORIGINAL SIN INXS
12      SEND ME AN ANGEL Real Life
13      IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW Duran Duran
14      TEMPTATION Heaven 17
15      KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
16      MANIAC Michael Sembello
17      NA NA HEY HEY (KISS HIM GOODBYE) Bananarama
18      ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Naked Eyes
19      1999 Prince
20      LISTENING Pseudo Echo
21      RAIN Dragon
22      HOLD ME NOW Thompson Twins
23      TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
24      ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) Lionel Richie
25      LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
26      MODERN LOVE David Bowie
27      BAD BOYS Wham!
28      COMMUNICATION Spandau Ballet
29      IN A BIG COUNTRY Big Country
30      TRUE Spandau Ballet
31      WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
32      IOU Freeez
33      THE SAFETY DANCE Men Without Hats
34      THRILLER Michael Jackson
35      BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
36      CHURCH OF THE POISON MIND Culture Club
37      I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John
38      CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
39      WHY ME Irene Cara
40      SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
41      KISS THE BRIDE Elton John
42      RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
43      CATCH ME I’M FALLING Real Life
44      MADE MY DAY Tim Finn
45      JUST BE GOOD TO ME S.O.S. Band
46      TOO SHY Kajagoogoo
47      BLUE MONDAY New Order
48      GIVE IT UP KC & The Sunshine Band
49      MAGIC Dragon
50      EVERYWHERE I GO QED
51      CUT THE TALKING The Dugites
52      SCIENCE FICTION Divinyls
53      TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Bonnie Tyler
54      WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHING Michael Jackson
55      DROP THE PILOT Joan Armatrading
56      LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
57      THE WALK The Cure
58      CRYSTAL Elton John
59      COME BACK AND STAY Paul Young
60      UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
61      SHINY SHINY Haysi Fantayzee
62      LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
63      SOLITAIRE Laura Branigan
64      BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
65      SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY Donna Summer
66      OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
67      NEW SONG Howard Jones
68      OBLIVIOUS Aztec Camera
69      WORDS FR David
70      SAY IT ISN’T SO Hall & Oates
71      FAR FROM OVER Frank Stallone
72      PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
73      SPEAK LIKE A CHILD Style Council
74      WITH CLOSED EYES The Expression
75      STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool & The Gang
76      LADY LOVE ME (ONE MORE TIME) George Benson
77      MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield
78      NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO Sergio Mendes
79      CONFUSION (HITS US EVERYTIME) The Truth
80      THE WALLS CAME DOWN The Call
81      DANCING WITH MYSELF Billy Idol
82      TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
83      (I LOVE IT WHEN YOU) CALL ME NAMES Joan Armatrading
84      NEVER SAY DIE (GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE) Cliff Richard
85      STAND BACK Stevie Nicks
86      TO LOOK AT YOU INXS
87      THE LOVE CATS The Cure
88      FRACTION TOO MUCH FRICTION Tim Finn
89      YOU ARE Lionel Richie
90      CHANGE IN MOOD Kids In The Kitchen
91      A SOLID BOND IN YOUR HEART Style Council
92      EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE The Police
93      MY GIRL Hoodoo Gurus
94      (KEEP FEELING) FASCINATION Human League
95      STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osborne
96      SEX (I’M A…) Berlin
97      RUN FOR YOUR LIFE Bucks Fizz
98      IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
99      HEY YOU ROCKSTEADY CREW Rocksteady Crew
100    WEEKEND Class Action
101    SHE’S A BEAUTY The Tubes
102    JUST GOT LUCKY JoBoxers
103    DOLCE VITA Ryan Paris
104    HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
105    NO ONE CAN LOVE YOU MORE THAN ME Melissa Manchester
106    CHINESE I’S (HERE COME THE MINUTE MEN) Venetians
107    DER KOMMISSAR After The Fire
108    SOLDIER OF FORTUNE John Paul Young
109    LOVE IS A STRANGER Eurythmics
110    CHANGE Tears For Fears
111    HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson
112    SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics
113    PRESSURE SWAY Machinations
114    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC ABBA
115    THE DREAM (HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAM) Irene Cara
116    SIGN OF THE TIMES The Belle Stars
117    LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
118    THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
119    BEAT IT Michael Jackson
120    WHO’S THAT GIRL Eurythmics
121    VICTIMS Culture Club
122    TONIGHT I CELEBRATE MY LOVE FOR YOU Peabo Bryson / Roberta Flack
123    TELEFONE (LONG DISTANCE LOVE AFFAIR) Sheena Easton
124    DEAD GIVEAWAY Shalamar
125    COMPUTER ONE Dear Enemy
126    PROMISES PROMISES Naked Eyes
127    COME SAID THE BOY Mondo Rock
128    BLACK AND WHITE INXS
129    GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Jr
130    MONTEGO BAY Allniters
131    DER KOMMISAR Falco
132    STREET CAFÉ Icehouse
133    DISAPPEARING ACT Shalamar
134    WATERFRONT Simple Minds
135    LET’S DANCE David Bowie
136    CONFUSION New Order
137    TOJO (NEVER MADE IT TO DARWIN) Hoodoo Gurus
138    PHOTOGRAPH Def Leppard
139    RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE Eurythmics
140    BREAKING US IN TWO Joe Jackson
141    TROUBLE IN PARADISE Al Jarreau
142    IN YOUR EYES George Benson
143    WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME Gary Portnoy
144    PLAY THE GAME Wendy & The Rockets
145    OVERKILL Men At Work
146    WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT Naked Eyes
147    ONE ON ONE Hall & Oates
148    LONG HOT SUMMER Style Council
149    CHINA GIRL David Bowie
150    BODY WORK Hot Streak
151    I’LL TUMBLE 4 YA Culture Club
152    THAT’S ALL Genesis
153    MY FOOLISH FRIEND Talk Talk
154    DON’T YOU GET SO MAD Jeffrey Osborne
155    TAKE ME TO HEART Quarterflash
156    DON’T TALK TO ME ABOUT LOVE Altered Images
157    SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER The Motels
158    I WON’T HOLD YOU BACK Toto
159    LOVE TOWN Booker Newberry III
160    DO IT ANYWAY YOU WANNA Cashmere
161    NO ACTION Eurogliders
162    LOVE ON YOUR SIDE Thompson Twins
163    DON’T PAY THE FERRYMAN Chris De Burgh
164    THE SUN GOES DOWN (LIVING IT UP) Level 42
165    OUR LIPS ARE SEALED Fun Boy Three
166    COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
167    JEOPARDY Greg Kihn Band
168    BOP GIRL Pat Wilson
169    CANDY GIRL New Edition
170    EVERY DAY I WRITE THE BOOK Elvis Costello & The Attractions
171    TOMORROW’S JUST ANOTHER DAY Madness
172    ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER The Fixx
173    DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
174    I HEAR MOTION The Models
175    MEXICAN RADIO Wall Of Voodoo
176    THE CUTTER Echo & The Bunnymen
177    ALL NIGHT LONG Mary Jane Girls
178    WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster & Melle Mel
179    GET THE BALANCE RIGHT Depeche Mode
180    THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
181    NOBODY’S DIARY Yazoo
182    JOANNA Kool & The Gang
183    MAXINE Sharon O’Neill
184    2000 MILES Pretenders
185    ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Dionne Warwick
186    GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
187    BETWEEN THE SHEETS The Isley Brothers
188    OVER AND OVER Shalamar
189    BABY COME TO ME Patti Austin / James Ingram
190    OOH TO BE AH Kajagoogoo
191    RIP IT UP Orange Juice
192    BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Talking Heads
193    THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
194    ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers
195    PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ Taco
196    WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
197    WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) Paul Young
198    WINGS OF A DOVE Madness
199    BOXERBEAT JoBoxers
200    ROCKIT Herbie Hancock


As usual, this Thursday (August 16), I'll look back at the songs that were hitting the ARIA chart 25 years ago. See you then!


MY YEAR-END CHARTS
1979 II 1980 II 1981 II 1982 II 1983 II 1984 II 1985 II 1986 II 1987 II 1988 II 1989
1990 II 1991 II 1992 II 1993 II 1994 II 1995 II 1996 II 1997 II 1998 II 1999
2000 II 2001 II 2002 II 2003 II 2004 II 2005 II 2006 II 2007 II 2008 II 2009
2010 II 2011 II 2012 II 2013 II 2014 II 2015 II 2016

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