The year of Michael Foot’s disastrous General Election campaign. The year of an acapella UK number 1 Christmas single (Only You). It’s a great song anyway, Yazoo took it to number 2 in ’82, but the Flying Pickets managed to take it a step further. I can still remember hearing it for the first time; on Wogan, on the telly!
Down Under by Men At Work is one of those great 1980’s songs. I didn’t buy it at the time, but I did manage to pick it up later on Brazilian import, a 7inch single still, but on 33rpm not the UK singles chart standard of 45rpm. There were some other fantastic UK number 1 records in ’83 too. Phil Collins produced perhaps his best work with his cover of The Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love. Do you remember the video? I was convinced for ages that Phil was one of twins… OK, I’ll get me coat.