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.




With her only big hit of the year, at number 8 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.




Back again at number 7 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 6: "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!




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


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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