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"?

With the first of their two entries, at number 10 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.




And at number 9, it's a band I mentioned back in part one: "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 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.




Another song title consisting of someone's name is at number 6. "Gloria" by Laura Branigan - and 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.




At number 5: "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 4 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 3: "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 2, it's "Poison Arrow" by ABC, which was the band's biggest hit in Australia, reaching number 4.




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


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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