Thursday, November 21, 2019

List of Billboard #1 Rock Tracks of 1982

Beginning with the March 21, 1981 issue, Billboard published a weekly list of the 50 top rock tracks (not necessarily released as singles).  Billboard put the chart together as a self-described "compilation of Rock Radio Airplay as indicated by the nation's leading Album oriented and Rock Tracks stations."  Here's the 19 tracks that hit the top spot in 1982:

Week Ending Track Artist
January 8 "Harden My Heart" Quarterflash
January 15"Centerfold" The J. Geils Band
January 22
January 29
February 5"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Joan Jett &
The Blackhearts
February 12
February 19
February 26
March 5
March 12"Pretty Woman" Van Halen
March 19
March 26"Don't Let Him Know" Prism
April 2"867-5309/Jenny" Tommy Tutone
April 9
April 16
April 23"Heat of the Moment" Asia
April 30
May 7
May 14
May 21
May 28"No One Like You" Scorpions
June 4"Stone Cold" Rainbow
June 11"Heat of the Moment" Asia
June 18"Hurts So Good" John Cougar
June 25"Caught Up in You" .38 Special
July 2"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6"Think I'm in Love" Eddie Money
August 13
August 20
August 27"Everybody Wants You" Billy Squier
September 3
September 10
September 17
September 24
October 1
October 8"New World Man" Rush
October 15"Dirty Laundry" Don Henley
October 22
October 29"New World Man" Rush
November 5"Dirty Laundry" Don Henley
November 12"Shock the Monkey" Peter Gabriel
November 19
November 26"Down Under" Men at Work
December 3
December 10"You Got Lucky" Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers
December 17
December 24"Down Under" Men at Work

Monday, November 18, 2019

MFD Not-So-Random Five #18

In which I select five songs from 1976-1985 based on an arbitrary theme. (Not to be confused with this blog's Random Five feature, a different exercise in arbitrariness). Today's theme: covers of The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" mostly from bands I've never heard of before.

  1. Stupid Set (1980)
    Devo-wannabes from Italy, but I gotta hand it to them - you've gotta be brave and confident to name your band Stupid Set. It's an interesting take on this song that could only have happened ca. 1980, but once is enough for me.

  2. Adam Ant (1982)
    I've heard this one many times since 1982 and, most likely, more than I've heard The Doors' original. It's a fairly rote cover except for the wonderful additions of backing vocals and horns.

  3. Hubble Bubble (1979)
    Hubble Bubble is a Belgian punk band in which Plastic Bertrand started his career. The first half is given a oddly kinda Latin flavor, then it abruptly switches gears to loud rockabilly screaming at the end. The group can't seem to keep a steady tempo and it's driving me crazy. I've listened to it four times and still don't quite know what to make of it.

  4. The Delmonas (1984)
    Re-titled "Hello, We Love You" which is a subtle change but makes a huge difference in meaning. The Doors meet The Kinks. I'm not interested in the flat, thin vocals, but this garage punk arrangement is fantastic.

  5. Missing Persons (1980)
    From the band's debut, self-titled EP. They took the thing and made it an unmistakable Missing Persons song. Fun arrangement, disjunct guitar solo, and great production.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rock Short Takes, May 1983

Click on the image below to open a pdf file of the "Rock Short Takes" album reviews from Musician magazine's May, 1983 issue. Artists include Dire Straits, Greg Kihn, and Smokey Robinson.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Two Hit Wonders 1976-85 [11 of 16]

*to qualify as a MFD two hit wonder, the artist or group can have placed only two singles in the Billboard Top 40 and those two singles must have entered the Top 40 during the years 1976-85.  Many of these artists are occasionally mistaken for a one hit wonder or have hit other charts in Billboard, but each hit the Top 40 only twice. In no particular order, here's four of the 64 that I found:

Eclectic new wave rock group from London: John "Joe Strummer" Mellor (vocals), Mick Jones (guitar), Paul Simonon (bass) and Nicky "Topper" Headon (drums). Political activists, who wrote songs protesting racism and oppression. Jones (not to be confused with Mick Jones of Foreigner) left band in 1984 to form Big Audio Dynamite. Strummer appeared in the 1987 movie Straight to Hell

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Train in Vain (Stand by Me) 4/26/80 23
Rock the Casbah 11/13/82 8

Born on 11/8/54 in Chicago. Female singer/songwriter. Won the 1979 Best New Artist Grammy Award.

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Chuck E.'s in Love 5/12/79 4
Young Blood 9/1/79 40

Born on 3/26/50 in Philadelphia. R&B singer. Lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes from 1970-76. Acted in the 1982 movie Soup for One. Auto accident on 3/18/82 left him partially paralyzed.

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
Close the Door 8/12/78 25
Two Hearts (with Stephanie Mills) 7/4/81 40

Born Michael Stanley Gee on 3/25/48 in Cleveland. Rock singer/guitarist. His band: Kevin Raleigh (vocals, keyboards), Bob Pelander(keyboards), Gary Markshay (guitar), Rick Bell (sax), Mike Gismondi (bass) and Tom Dobeck (drums). Dan Powers replaced Markshay in 1982.

Title Top 40 Debut Chart Peak
He Can't Love You 1/10/81 33
My Town 11/12/83 39

Data and artist descriptions taken from The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th edition (2000).

Thursday, November 7, 2019

List of Billboard #1 Rock Albums of 1982

In 1982, Billboard published a weekly Rock Albums list with 50 albums ranked.  A total of 263 albums charted in 1982; here's a chart of the #1 rock albums of that year:

Week Ending Album Artist
January 9 Tattoo You The Rolling Stone
January 16
January 23Freeze-Frame The J. Geils Band
January 30
February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10Standing Hampton Sammy Hagar
April 17
April 24Asia Asia
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22
May 29
June 5
June 12
June 19American Fool John Cougar
June 26Asia Asia
July 3
July 10
July 17
July 24Pictures at Eleven Robert Plant
July 31
August 7
August 14
August 21Mirage Fleetwood Mac
August 28Pictures at Eleven Robert Plant
September 4Emotions in Motion Billy Squier
September 11
September 18
September 25
October 2It's Hard The Who
October 9
October 16Signals Rush
October 23
October 30
November 6I Can't Stand Still Don Henley
November 13It's Hard The Who
November 20Get Nervous Pat Benatar
November 27Long After Dark Tom Petty &
The Heartbreakers
December 4
December 11
December 18
December 25