Don’s Top 10 From July 12, 1982
Weekend “Time Machine” trip time again! It’s Monday, July 12, 1982, & these are the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac
(#20 last week) First hit for Mac since 1980’s “Think About Me” although Stevie Nicks had a big hit in the interim.Talk about frustrating: this song peaked at #4…for SEVEN straight weeks (nationally). But I don’t think F-Mac were TOO upset–the album it came from was #1 for 5 weeks.
“Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder
(#14 last week) Another killer cut from the Wonderman, giving him two in the top 10 at the same time. Can’t find an original video for it, though.
“Heat Of The Moment” by Asia
(#6 last week) Biggest album of the year! The lyrics to this smash contain the line, “And now you find yourself in ’82”. While this is often interpreted to refer to the year 1982, co-writer (& group member) John Wetton has said that it refers to a location. However, in live versions, Wetton has often substituted the current year for “82” in the second verse and rhymed it with another word.
“Hurts So Good” by John Cougar
(#22 last week) Oh, did Mr. Mellencamp HATE the “Cougar” name forced on him by the suits. Although this peaked at #2, it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, longer than any other song in the 1980s (national chart).
“Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson
(#4 last week) Co-written by Mark James in 1972, who also wrote “Suspicious Minds”, this standard has been recorded by over 300 artists, most notably Elvis Presley (the first versions were by Gwen McCrae & Brenda Lee). But Willie Nelson arguably made it his own. The song won three Grammys as a result.
“Let It Whip” by The Dazz Band
(#7 last week) Here is the Grammy winner for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group, but this group could never follow it up. A true one-hit wonder.
“Rosanna” by Toto
(#3 last week) Speaking of Grammy, here is the winner for Record Of The Year! The song was written by David Paich, who has said that the song is based on numerous girls he had known. As a joke, the band members initially played along with the common assumption that the song was based on actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro at the time and coincidentally had the same name.
“Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor
(#2 last week) 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.
“Ebony & Ivory” by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
(#1 last week; was #1 for 9 weeks) HUGE hit, pilloried at the time for being somehow “too earnest” or corny, but the masses loved it. However, it doesn’t get a lot of airplay now. Even though Paul & Stevie recorded this together, the music video, although it looks like they’re together, was recorded at different times (they most recently performed this live at the White House in 2010–the original video, by the way, seems to disappeared from the internet). This song was the first by any Beatle to make the R&B chart, surprisingly.
“Don’t You Want Me” by Human League
(#5 last week; 1st week at #1) Infectious smash, which was one of the first example of “Synthpop”. The lyrics were originally inspired after lead singer Phil Oakey read a story in a teen-girl’s magazine. Originally conceived and recorded in the studio as a male solo, Oakey was inspired by the film “A Star Is Born” and decided to turn the song into a conflicting duet with one of the band’s two teenage female vocalists.