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 Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Silver discs (January 1982)
A monthly look back at the top singles of 25 years ago

My ten favourite records from January 1982 (at the time)
Kraftwerk - The Model / Computer Love: German electronic meistergroup accidentally record stonking commercial smash which becomes half of their first number one record. Computer Love later forms the basis of Coldplay's Talk. [video]
The Stranglers - Golden Brown: Punk meets harpsichords, and tricks the listening public into buying a sweet gorgeous single about heroin. [video]
Human League - Being Boiled: Record company exploits band's recent success by re-releasing raw brooding song about silkworms. [live 1978]
Dollar - Mirror Mirror: Trevor Horn provides the spark which makes Therese and David's cheese sparkle. [video]
Mobiles - Drowning in Berlin: Weird one-off hit by awkward Eastbourne futurists, and easily my very very favourite record of the month. [ToTP]
Brown Sauce - I Want To Be A Winner: Noel, Keith and Maggie follow the Tiswas crew into the charts with this unnecessarily catchy Swap Shop ditty penned by BA Robertson. Criminally rhymed Kevin Keegan with Ronald Reagan. [video] [lyrics]
Olivia Newton John - Landslide: I know you're supposed to prefer her other stuff, but I love this dead ordinary song for its interjecting synth strings. ['live' performance]
Mari Wilson and the Wilsations - Beat The Beat: Glamourpuss Mari revives the sensational 60s with her improbably high beehive and this adorably catchy happy clappy song (which criminally stalls at #59 in the charts).
Emma Sharp and the Features - I'm A Millionnaire: Wholly forgotten Brighton outfit, and their chirpy Groganesque singer, extol the virtues of merry unemploymentdom.
Nick Nicely - Hilly Fields 1892: Perfect psychedelic masterpiece inspired by an afternoon spent in a small park in Brockley, South London. Composer Nick revisited Hilly Fields for an acoustic set last summer. (18th of July, marked it with a circle of red)

10 other hits from 25 years ago: Land of Make Believe (Bucks Fizz), It Must Be Love (Madness), Get Down On It (Kool and the Gang), I'll Find My Way Home (Jon & Vangelis), Waiting For A Girl Like You (Foreigner), Yellow Pearl (Phil Lynott), Oh Julie (Shakin Stevens), Arthur's Theme (Christopher Cross), Here Is The News (ELO), European Son (Japan) ...which hit's your favourite? ...which one would you pick?

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