Don’s Top 10 For August 4, 1982
Back…back…back into time with my Time Machine, to Wednesday, August 4, 1982. Here are the country's top singles that day.
“Don’t You Want Me” by Human League
(#7 last week) Group leader Phillip Oakey reported hated this song, relegating it to the last song on side 2, & did not want it released as a single. I bet he's glad he wax overruled! For the record, the song is NOT autobiographical. Group member Susan Ann Sulley is often irritated that she constantly has to refute the mistaken belief that the song is a reference to her and Joanne Catherall joining the band. At only 17 years old when the song was recorded, she was legally too young by U.K. law to have been a cocktail waitress & was, in fact, still in high school.
“Only The Lonely” by The Motels
(#9 last week) A haunting, mysterious song (with the same title as ANOTHER haunting, mysterious song by Roy Orbison). The Motels first formed back in 1971, but Martha Davis didn't join this L.A.-based band until '75.
“Keep The Fire Burnin'” by REO Speedwagon
(#10 last week) The band went through several lead singers before the one you know, Kevin Cronin, joined in 1972, but even he left in '73, rejoining in '76.
“Even The Nights Are Better” by Air Supply
(#8 last week) Although the rest of the band's line-up remained stable, REO Speedwagon switched lead vocalists three times for their first three albums. The one you know, Kevin Cronin, joined in 192, left in '73 & returned in '76.
“Rosanna” by Toto
(#2 last week) The Grammy-winning Record Of The Year. It's common belief that the song is about actress Rosanna Arquette, but songwriter & group member David Paich has said that the song is about several girls he had known. As a joke, the band members initially played along with the common assumption that the song was about Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time and coincidentally had the same name.
“Hard To Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago
(#6 last week) big comeback for Chicago, their first hit since “No Tell Lover” three & a half years earlier. Co-written by lead singer Peter Cetera with David Foster. That's Foster playing the piano, but other than Bill Champlin, the rest of the musician were, strangely enough, members of Toto.
“Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac
(#4 last week) Talk about frustrating: this song peaked at #4…for SEVEN straight weeks. But I don't think F-Mac were TOO upset–the album it came from went to #1.
“Abracadabra” by The Steve Miller Band
(#5 last week) Never knew this: The song is said to have been inspired by Diana Ross with whom Miller had met while performing together on “Hullabaloo” in the 1960s.
“Hurts So Good” by John Cougar
(#3 last week) Although this peaked at #2, it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, longer than any other song in the 1980s.
“Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Written specifically for “Rocky III” at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who at first wanted to use Queen's existing “Another One Bites The Dust”, but was denied permission. In the movie version, you hear tiger growls, but not on the record.