Tag Archives: 1982

Haruomi Hosono – Sports Men (1982)


Harry Hosono has featured in this blog before. Whether it would be for his work with the Tin Pan Alley collective, or Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) or as a guiding light in Japan’s city pop scene, today won’t be the last time neither. The synthpop classic ‘Sports Men’ was originally released on 1982’s Philharmony, Hosono’s first solo album following YMO’s Ross to success. “Your mother, she might be a swimmer/Your father must have been a vaulter”. Indeed. Here’s to a sporty week.

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George Clinton – Atomic Dog (1982)


George Clinton had become famous for some of the most adventurous funk out there. In 1982, he was striking out from Parliament-Funkadelic ensembles, but still recording with the same players that could deliver the otherworldly. The LP Computer Games featured the woof woof of ‘Atomic Dog’, a song that provides the groove that would become the cornerstone of G-funk a decade later.

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Roxy Music – Avalon (1982)


If I want a mellow, sophisticated sound without entering the minefield of smooth jazz, Bryan Ferry’s my go-to artist. The title track off Roxy Music’s 1982 album Avalon is lush, synthesized and seductive – this was new romanticism par excellence and by one of the originators.

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Antena – Camino Del Sol (1982)


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More genre defying sounds… step forward the bossa nova inflected electropop of Isabelle Antena. She was a founding member of, you guessed it, the Belgian-French trio Antena. This was the sound of cool in 1982. In fact, this cocktail would not have sounded out of place in the ultra lounge and downtempo resurgence of the late 1990s. The song featured as the title track of their debut EP released on Les Disques Du Crépuscule.

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Squeeze – Annie Get Your Gun (1982)


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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ was last single that Squeeze released prior their break up in 1982. Despite its quality, It was never released on a studio album, but followed the single releases off their relatively unsuccessful fifth studio album Sweets from a Stranger. Success is a fickle thing, but Glenn Tilbrook’s song-writing ability is unquestionable.

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Orange Juice – Rip It Up (1982)


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The word “squelch” always has me thinking of the Roland TB-303. Before it became the mainstay of house music, 1982’s introduction of the TB-303 was originally designed as a computerised bass. Here Edwyn Collins and pals use it as it was originally intended on Orange Juice’s new wave classic title track off Rip It Up – all helped by some choppy Nile Rodgers-style guitar. But as good as it is, thankfully the Transistor Bass 303’s use would be bastardised to service many a dance floor.

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Haircut 100 – Lemon Firebrigade (1982)


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A glimmer of 1982 always gives me the opportunity of featuring a little more Haircut 100 – one of this blogger’s guilty pleasures. It was the year they released their debut and only real oeuvre Pelican West. The long player is probably best know for a classic trio of new wave singles ‘Love Plus One’, ‘Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)’ and ‘Fantastic Day’. But that does not go deep enough for me. ‘Lemon Firebrigade’ is a highlight arrangement of their form of jazzy blue-eyed new wave pop, but with a spoonful of calypso thrown in for good measure. The sound of a 1980s beach, a year before Club Tropicana.

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John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack & Diane (1982)


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John Cougar Mellencamp’s ‘Jack & Diane’… I just love his homage to Led Zeppelin’s ‘That’s The Way”. April 1! A guilty pleasure, nonetheless. It featured on Cougar’s 1982 album ‘American Fool’.

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Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock (1982)


Afrika Bambaataa

Better known as Afrika Bambaataa, Kevin Donovan was a rap pioneer from the early South Bronx rap scene. With producer Arthur Baker and John Robie’s Kraftwerk-inspired synthesized hook, his Soulsonic Force created ‘Planet Rock’ and it spawned a generation of dance rap. Have a great week.

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Universal Robot Band – Barely Breaking Even (1982)


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The Universal Robot Band were a disco troupe consisting of Gregory Carmichael, Patrick Adams, Gregory Tolbert, Woody Cunningham and the irrepressible Leroy Burgess. John Morales remixed ‘Barely Breaking Even’ – a late recording from the band. Adams on synths, Burgess on vocals and cowbell front an centre. What more could a dance floor ask for? I cannot help but think that those lads from X-Press 2 liked the intro.

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Icehouse – Hey Little Girl (1982)



An extra track this weekend. I knew I’d posted this 1980s classic a couple of years back, but somehow it’s been deleted. Well it’s back now.  Iva Davies and his Icehouse crew released ‘Hey Little Girl’ as a single off their 1982 long player Primitive Man.

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Raw Silk – Do It To The Music (1982)


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A year after Tom Tom Club made waves on the dance floor, Raw Silk created the garage-boogie track ‘Do It to the Music’.  “Music’s hypnotisin’\Everybody’s temperature’s risin’\So get down.” It would be sampled ad infinitum in the following decade or so. But Raw Silk had credentials before they penned this classic; the men behind the ladies, Ron Dean Miller and Bert Reid, had been members of the disco headliners Crown Heights Affair.

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Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf (1982)


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Simon Le Bon could deliver a strong vocal, but often out of tune (I recall ‘Is There Something I Should Know?’). But hey this was 1982 and electronic production was now pop art. And what that meant was that you could generally fuse a look with musical substance. ‘Hungry Like the Wolf’ helped turn Duran Duran into the kings of pop music. A dancey, tight, guitar groove and the all-important series of pop hooks – it was so catchy that it didn’t matter that you looked like the Princess of Wales. That doesn’t forgive the pouting Simon. Have a good weekend.

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Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Mirage Mix) (1982)

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While Orbital and Frank De Wulf were able to transform for success, here we have a track that has simply been brought back to life through the remix. Keeping the essence of 1982 classic, Italians Do It Better records released this Mirage mix on their After Dark compilation album in 2007.

1-2-3… “There’s not a problem that I can’t fix/’cause i can do it in the mix/And if your man gives you trouble/Just move out on a double/And you don’t let it trouble your brain/’cause away goes trouble down the drain/Said away goes trouble down the drain/Well, alright!”

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Kid Creole & the Coconuts – Stool Pigeon (1982)

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Kid Creole & the Coconuts

For that early Eighties funked-up dance style, look no further than ‘Stool Pigeon’. Tropical Gangsters was Kid Creole & the Coconuts’ third album and it featured songs with strong bass lines and troupes of female singers. The result was an escape from all the androgynous and introspective synthesised pop of the time. Perverse then that the following year, the new romantics’ forefather would release the bopping sound of Let’s Dance. Listening to the Coconuts now, you can hear the influence all that fun had on the pop of Matt Bianco, Swing Out Sister, Level 42 etc. Ha cha cha cha!

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