We are really going back in time here… 1982. My pre-teen days, gulp. But I still like to think that I knew a good song (or a bad song) when I heard one. Do you remember Bucks Fizz? Winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Dublin, in 1981, they stood astride the UK singles chart for a couple of years afterwards. This year, they had two number 1 UK singles.
Alongside the kitsch of Bucks Fizz, we had the European electro-pop of Kraftwerk with The Model. We also had the 80s original angry young men, The Jam, scoring two number 1 records. There was also Captain Sensible’s piece of irreverent nonsense with Happy Talk from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific. Does the Captain say the C-word? In my youthful innocence (is that the word?) I certainly thought that he did, but surely Mike Read would have spotted it if he had?
ArtistTitleMade Number 1Bucks FizzThe Land of Make BelieveJanuary 16 1982Shakin’ StevensOh JulieJanuary 30 1982KraftwerkThe Model/Computer LoveFebruary 6 1982The JamTown Called Malice/PreciousFebruary 13 1982Tight FitThe Lion Sleeps TonightMarch 6 1982Goombay Dance BandSeven TearsMarch 27 1982Bucks FizzMy Camera Never LiesApril 17 1982Paul McCartney & Stevie WonderEbony and IvoryApril 24 1982NicoleA Little PeaceMay 15 1982MadnessHouse of FunMay 29 1982Adam AntGoody Two ShoesJune 12 1982CharleneI’ve Never Been to MeJune 26 1982Captain SensibleHappy TalkJuly 3 1982Irene CaraFameJuly 17 1982Dexys Midnight RunnersCome on EileenAugust 7 1982SurvivorEye of the TigerSeptember 4 1982Musical YouthPass the DutchieOctober 2 1982Culture ClubDo You Really Want to Hurt MeOctober 23 1982Eddy GrantI Don’t Wanna DanceNovember 13 1982The JamBeat SurrenderDecember 4 1982Renée and RenatoSave Your LoveDecember 18 1982