Don’s Top 10 From March 30, 1982
Back…back…back into time in “The Time Machine” with the national singles chart from Tuesday, March 30, 1982 (the local chart was incomplete at this time, because the station was leaving out the harder-edged stuff). The top 10:
"Key Largo" by Bertie Higgins
(#11 last week) Well, Gibb & McCoo were wrong about Mr. Higgins--he never had another big top 40 hit. Maybe it was his name, which people were constantly mistaking as Bernie. But we remember this one, fondly. Lyric mistake: "Sailing away to Key Largo"? In the film Bogart & Bacall do not sail to Key Largo; Bogart arrives on a bus, and Bacall is already living there.
"Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia
(#10 last week) Let's be honest here, gang: this record was BAD. Every time I heard the opening notes when I played this as a current song in Wilkes-Barre, it was like chalk on a blackboard. The record is SO bad, it's good. Almost. The followups? The immortal "Do The Donkey Kong" & "E.T. (I Love You)". I can only imagine.
"Don't Talk To Strangers" by Rick Springfield
(#14 last week) After "Open Arms" got stuck at #2, this would, too, spending four weeks in the runner-up spot, just missing becoming Springfield's (elusive) 2nd #1 hit. "Don't Talk To Strangers" was about his paranoia that his girlfriend was being unfaithful when he was away.
"Freeze-Frame" by The J. Geils Band
(#10 last week) Peter Wolf & co. had their first top 40 hit back in 1973, the insanely catchy "Give It To Me" (should have been bigger). Superstardom was a long time coming for the boys who formed in Boston, but were mainly from New York. title track, 2nd single from their 1st & only million-selling album.
"Chariots Of Fire - Titles" by Vangelis
(#8 last week) Headed for the top. There have been a lot of #1 movie themes, & a lot of #1 instrumentals, but this is the only #1 record by an artist from Greece that I can think of. Vangelis' real name? Evangelos Papathanassiou.
"Make A Move On Me" by Olivia Newton-John
(#6 last week) A hit that has totally disappeared from airplay, & it isn't that bad! The followup to Olivia's biggest hit, "Physical", this has its pop charms. Talk about a complete image change for the formerly sweet & innocent lovely Livvy, now a smokin' hot songstress. Many ladies have followed her playbook since.
"That Girl" by Stevie Wonder
(#4 last week) This did very well at top 40 radio, peaking here at #4, but it did even better on the R&B chart, spending 9 weeks at #1. "That Girl" was a new song on a hits compilation, "Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium".
"We Got The Beat" by The Go-Go's
(#3 last week) Poor Go-Go's, having to follow Rex Smith's lame-O intro on "Solid Gold". For me, personally, these ladies gave me hope that catchy guitar pop-rock was on its way back to the charts. Loved 'em!
"Open Arms" by Journey
(#2 last week) "Don't Stop Believin" is by far their most enduring hit, but this was Journey's biggest originally. It's been stuck in the #2 position for 5 weeks, first behind "Centerfold", then "I Love Rock 'N Roll". Bad luck to be behind two giant hits.
"I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Sometimes, the simplest songs are the biggest, & wow, was this HUGE. The anthem of a generation! 7 weeks at #1. Originally written by & sung by British group The Arrows in 1977, it was meant as an answer record to the Stones "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)". Joan Jett first heard it while with her first band, the Runaways, but couldn't convince the other girls to record it. Glad she remembered it years later.