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My Favorite Movies from 1982

As I’m trying to write up my top 10 albums for 1982, I wanted to stray from music and share my favorite movies from 1982.  I think the best criteria for this is…if it’s on TV tonight, do I still want to watch it.  This knocks things like the Academy Award nominees for that year like Gandhi and Tootsie off the list.

10. Tron – For the time, the effects were great.

9. Rocky III – Come on, Eye of the Tiger, Mr. T.

8. E.T. – Ok, this was nominated for best picture.

7. Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip – He was amazing.

6. Nightshift – This was actually a funny movie.

5. Poltergeist – This is still a scary movie.  “Do Not Go Into the Light”

4. Blade Runner – Harrison Ford.

3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Kind of dated, but still worth watching.

2. 48 Hours – This started Eddie Murphy’s movie career.  Pluto Nash, Meet Dave or Norbit killed it.

1. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan – the best Star Trek movie of all the Star Trek movies.  So good that JJ Abrams used Khan for his second Star Trek movie.  Don’t get me wrong, his movies are great, but this one is still the best.

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Here are my albums ranked 16 to 11 for 1982

This is close to a greatest hits of MTV from the Fall of 1982 into 1983.  While I’m working on this, I’m listening to one of the best albums from 1983, check out Aztec Camera’s High Land Hard Rain.  There is a 30th Anniversary special double disc out.

Artist Album and Release Date
16. Madness Madness MadnessRelease Date: UK Version (Rise and Fall of Madness) October 8, 1982One of my favorite songs from this year and introduced me to SKA.  Check out the Specials.  You’ll see in my 1983 list, an album from Two-Tone that is a compilation of several British SKA bands.Our House Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXA6CLTDekw

Not on this album, but a great song from Madness, One Step Beyond:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkOOCx8tT08

15. INXS inxs 

 

Shabooh ShoobahRelease Date: October 1982A great rock album and introduction to INXS.Video for Don’t Change:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLm3Khusq_8

14. Dexy’s Midnight Runners dexys Too-Rye-AyRelease Date: July 1982One great song, and all they are known for in this country, but enough to be one of the top Albums from 1982.  Plus I have someone very special named Eileen.Video for Come on Eileen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVxcwe7EcaY

13. Culture Club cultureclub  Kissing to be CleverRelease Date: December 13, 1982I can remember hearing this for the first time while I was working in a Musicland (yes, Musicland) around Christmas 1982.  I had no idea what to make of this band, but over time it really grew on me.  It’s a great mix of many different styles.Video of Do You Really Want to Hurt Me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXGPZaTKik

12. Men Without Hatsmenwithout Rhythm of YouthRelease Date: March 20, 1982The album was released in 1982, but the big single “Safety Dance” became a hit nearly a year later.  It might be one of the best videos ever made and to me, one of the most enduring songs from the 80’s.Video for Safety Dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjPau5QYtYs

And to those that call them a One-Hit Wonder, check out Pop Goes the World, that did hit Top 20 in 1987:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zUUtf7gOe8

11. Billy Joel billyjoel The Nylon CurtainRelease Date: September 23, 1982Billy Joel has always been one of my favorites, blending piano and rock together.  Especially in this group from 11-16, he definitely seems out of place.Here’s a link to the full album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWlfxTLSDRI

My favorite albums from 1982 numbers 17-20

Here are the first four of my favorites from 1982.  This is a very eclectic group, as I think you’ll see from my entire list.  What do you think?

Artist Album and Release Date
20.  The Who It’s Hard

Release date: September 4, 1982

who-its hardLink to the Video for Eminence Front: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnHLgxKUsEA In 1982, It’s Hard was billed as the Who’s farewell album and tour.  I can remember that Milwaukee wasn’t on the tour schedule, and well, we were Milwaukee, how could we not be on the schedule.  A DJ at the local rock station decided to sit on a ledge at his studio until the Who added Milwaukee to the schedule.  They did add Milwaukee towards the end of the schedule.  Little did we know then, that the Who would have several farewell tours over the next 30 years.   Through High School, the Who was one of my favorite bands.  I saw midnight showings of both Tommy and Quadrophenia several times.From this album, I still love the long intro to Eminence Front.
19. Stray Cats Built for Speed

Release date: June 7, 1982

stray cats-built for speedLink to the video for Rock This Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RxBHRZpIdg

Link to the video for Stray Cat Strut: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEtbfzMLVWU

Rock This Town introduced me and the country to Rockabilly.  The entire album really holds up and is fun to listen to.  It’s not a surprise that they didn’t have anything else very successful after this.  One album is still enough.  I do particularly like the chord progression in Stray Cat Strut as it’s a traditional blues progression that you can find in other songs.
18. The Cure Pornography

Release date: May 3, 1982

cure-pornographyHere’s a link to the full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCURzwGIgF4 My first introduction to the Cure was from the Album “the Head on the Door.”  From this I went backwards to hear their other albums.  This is a great album.
17. Simon and Garfunkel Concert in Central Park

Release date: February 16, 1982

Simon and GarfunkelSounds of Silence from Central Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-8ClnMMSZw In the summer of 1983, Simon and Garfunkel played at Milwaukee County Stadium.  I can remember, getting to the stadium early with a group of friends, and waited for the gates to open to the outfield grass.  When the gates opened, we ran and ended up near the front of the stage.  The field was all General Admission seating.  I can’t imagine anything like this today.  It was a great concert and one I still remember.

 

Remainder of My Honorable Mention for 1982

This has taken a while to put together as 1982 was a very prolific and fun year for music.  I have updated the playlist below to include everything within my Honorable Mention.  It is now 41 songs and over 2.5 hours long.

I will start publishing my top 20 albums for 1982 this week.  They’ll be in order from 20 to 1.  I hope you enjoy.  Please let me know what you think.  This is becoming a labor of love, and quite enjoyable to create.  I’m re-listening to all of the albums.

This is the entire list of my honorable mention.

Honorable Mention: Good Music, Memorable, but Not Great Albums, some awesome singles on this list.

Artist and Links Album Title and Songs
A Flock of Seagulls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIpfWORQWhU

 

A Flock of Seagulls

  • I Ran
Adam Ant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o41A91X5pns

 

Friend or Foe

  • Goody Two Shoes

 

Aldo Nova

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPQgfaB3S1c

 

Aldo Nova

  • Fantasy

 

Bow Wow Wow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw

 

Last of the Mohicans (EP)

  • I Want Candy

 

The Clash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGIFublvDes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ9r8LMU9bQ

Combat Rock

  • Should I Stay or Should I Go
  • Rock the Casbah

 

Elvis Costello

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeIPBQjJ2P0

 

Imperial Bedroom

  • Almost Blue

 

John Cougar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dOsbsuhYGQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h04CH9YZcpI

 

American Fool

  • Hurts So Good
  • Jack and Diane

 

Marshall Crenshaw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCuvH1-JvyA

 

Marshall Crenshaw

  • Someday, Someway

 

Thomas Dolby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FIMvSp01C8

 

Golden Age of Wireless

  • She Blinded Me with Science

 

Eddy Grant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afH8PhSZo54

 

Killer on the Rampage

  • Electric Avenue
Peter Gabriel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnVf1ZoCJSo&feature=kp

 

Peter Gabriel (Security)

  • Shock the Monkey

 

Golden Earring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG7csq1ymec

 

Cut

  • Twilight Zone

 

The Fixx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMNPMjsM_Yo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCM4_5uB1ww

 

Shuttered Room

  • Stand Or Fall
  • Red Skies

 

Haircut 100

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_msHpEa3_Y

 

Pelican West

  • Love Plus One
Human League

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPudE8nDog0

 

Dare

  • Don’t You Want Me

 

Billy Idol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAZQaYKZMTI

 

Billy Idol

  • White Wedding

 

Michael Jackson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi_XLOBDo_Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRdxUFDoQe0

 

Thriller

  • Billy Jean
  • Beat It

 

Huey Lewis and the News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzIbyDbmsyg

 

Picture This

  • Do You Believe in Love

 

Missing Persons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WDly1Oc_P4

 

Spring Session M

  • Destination Unknown

 

Modern English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuN6gs0AJls

 

After the Snow

  • I Melt with You

 

Moving Pictures

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzQKECQgjW8

 

Days of Innocence

  • What About Me

 

Alan Parsons Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBQalkIeE7s

 

Eye in the Sky

  • Eye in the Sky

 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtLpZWNyM0I

 

Long After Dark

  • You Got Lucky

 

Psychedelic Furs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGD9i718kBU

 

Forever Now

  • Love My Way

 

Rush

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYYdQB0mkEU

 

Signals

  • Subdivisions

 

Simple Minds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX55HEX0hb0

 

New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)

  • Promised You a Miracle

 

Squeeze

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUx5z9O2ZGk

 

Sweets from a Stranger

  • Black Coffee in Bed

 

Billy Squire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU7vXN-2j3A

 

Emotions in Motion

  • Everybody Wants You

 

Supertramp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZUE4_PtOk0

 

Famous Last Words

  • It’s Raining Again

 

Survivor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btPJPFnesV4

 

Eye of the Tiger 
Talk Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqjttpl3peI

 

The Party’s Over

  • Talk Talk

 

Thompson Twins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh6C3WE9DdY

 

In the Name of Love 
Ultravox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pR5cjfllaDA

 

Quartet

  • Reap the Wild Wind

 

Wall of Voodoo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyCEexG9xjw

 

Call of the West

  • Mexican Radio

 

X

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGNaIuZHtNo

 

Under the Big Black Sun

  • Riding with Mary

 

XTC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MqHkgTigqs

 

English Settlement

  • Senses Working Overtime

 

Yaz or Yazoo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VML1u8KJjEo

 

Upstairs at Eric’s

  • Don’t Go

 

First Ten Honorable Mention Albums from 1982

Here is a playlist from the first ten artists for Honorable Mention. Over the next several days and this coming week, I will complete the Honorable Mention list and then start releasing my top 20 for 1982. I hope you enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?action_edit=1&list=PLzrqIKyEKZvv9Zy1WLGue51UNBxsDY9pN

And by the way, I apologize in advance for some of the video clips from YouTube. I did my best to get the actual videos, but in some cases they were copyright protected and not posted on YouTube.

Let me know what you think, but I do realize it’s hard to give feedback without seeing the entire list.  I’m working on it.  I felt it was very important to have an Honorable Mention.  I’m defining Honorable mention as 1) Good Music, 2) Memorable, 3) but Not Great Albums.  And there are some awesome singles on this list.

I updated the list in my posting from 4/14 so I removed it here.

My top 80’s music

A few months ago, a friend of mine gifted to me the top 1000 albums of all-time.  Here is a link to the list.  It includes updates made in 2012: http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=399

It was an amazing gift.  The list has many great albums, but also some that are head scratchers and others I had never heard of.  I’m enjoying making my way through all of the albums.  This got me to thinking, what would my lists look like.  I worked in retail record stores and the record industry throughout much of the 1980’s, from 1982-1990.  I have an incredible knowledge of music from the 80’s.  Working in record stores and independent record stores, I often heard artists and albums first.  I’m going to start with the year 1982 and work my way both forwards and backwards.  I’m starting with my top albums by year and then my top singles.  I think I’ll define top as 1) important to me, 2) important to other artists, and 3) great music.  I’m sure many of you will disagree with my lists, I hope you all do, but maybe you’ll listen to something for the first time or listen to something you haven’t listened to in a long time.

Be on the lookout over the next few weeks for my lists to begin.  I’m very excited to start this.

Thanks,

Andy