SMASH HITS Singles - October 1982

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Poll Results

Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City 6
The Piranhas - Zambezi 5
Abba - The Day Before You Came 5
Grace Jones - The Apple Stretching 5
Philip Lynott - Old Town 2
Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust 2
Kool and the Gang - Ooh La La La (Let's Go Dancin') 2
The Damned - Dozen Girls 1
Devo - Peek A Boo 1
Barry Manilow - I Wanna Do It With You 1
Hey! Elastica - Eat Your Heart Out 1
Wazi and the Bambetis - Waw Dieure Dieuf (Thank You Very Much) (no youtube?) 0
Punching Holes - La Mer (no youtube?) 0
Phil Collins - Thru These Walls 0
Kim Wilde - Child Come Away 0
Shakin' Stevens - I'll Be Satisfied 0
Pauline Black - Shoo-rah, Shoo-rah 0
Nigel Sawyer - The Last Love Song (no youtube?) 0
The Belle Stars - Mockingbird 0
Toyah - Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) 0
Vice Squad - State of the Nation 0

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 July 2021 04:53 (two weeks ago) link

Loved, loved, LOVED "The Apple Stretching", which is the only one of these that I bought at the time - plus there's "Nipple To The Bottle" on the flip, which the DJ at our favourite club played every night for several months. "The Apple Stretching" remains the Grace Jones track that I love the most; I find it immensely evocative.

"Ooh La La La (Let's Go Dancin)" reminds me of Saturday nights at the Marcus Garvey centre in Nottingham circa 1985-6, which was mostly lovers rock, but it always slotted in well. Kool & The Gang had started to bang out too many variations on the same formula, but this one is pure joy.

I initially viewed "The Day Before You Came" as a minor curio, but the (actually quite bad) 1984 Blancmange cover brought me back to it for a re-evaluation.

The Belle Stars, Piranhas and Bauhaus covers smelt of artistically pointless, anything-for-a-hit desperation.

mike t-diva, Friday, 16 July 2021 08:51 (two weeks ago) link

Hard to not vote for one of Abba's finest

ignore the blue line (or something), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

torn between Eat Your Heart Out and Old Town

soref, Friday, 16 July 2021 09:12 (two weeks ago) link

okay its The Day Before You Came for sure, along with Atlantic City. next up probably Peek A Boo which is really underrated in the devo singles catalogue.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 16 July 2021 10:11 (two weeks ago) link

'Child Come Away' is pretty leftfield for Kim Wilde huh

nashwan, Friday, 16 July 2021 10:31 (two weeks ago) link

Enjoyed the reviews, Phil Lynott one made me chuckle. Good old Fred Dellar.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 16 July 2021 11:34 (two weeks ago) link

The Wazis track wasn’t what I expected, hints of Ze. No bad thing of course.

Dan Worsley, Friday, 16 July 2021 11:37 (two weeks ago) link

Not a great week: too many covers, too much surface jollity. My best discovery is the Kim Wilde, which I missed at the time as it broke her run of hits, peaking at 43.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 17 July 2021 12:04 (two weeks ago) link

the Kim Wilde is pretty good.

I remember loving Phil Lynott’s “Old Town” (a Dutch radio hit), and yes, good track - olá!.

not sure what to vote, really.

felt at the time that the hits off Kool & The Gang’s As One album were a notch or two below the one-two-three punch from their previous Something Special (“Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)”, “Get Down on It” and “Steppin’ Out”), but “Ooh La La La” is definitely very enjoyable (and so is “Big Fun” on the parallel US poll).

“The Apple Stretching” is very good, but I agree with the review that it’s not really a single (Living My Life a fantastic album obviously).

that leaves “The Day Before You Came”, great of course, but as Abba classics go, it’s not among their absolute best for me. in fact, it would be my pick for most overrated Abba song and I don’t really want to vote for it for that reason. my name ain’t Tom but I sure can be petty.

(the W&W looked very intriguing, with its Wolof(?) title and “Dakar Disco” hype (and there is a chant buried in there somewhere), but while the production is interesting the actual song is pretty bad (not to mention the lyrics))

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Saturday, 17 July 2021 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

i agree this is a weak week

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 17 July 2021 17:32 (two weeks ago) link

put “My Jamaican Guy” or “Nipple To The Bottle” in the mix instead of “Apple Stretching” and this would all be very easy

(listening to Living My Life now)

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Saturday, 17 July 2021 21:07 (two weeks ago) link

I have a good one, forks, if you don't mind me going up next. Even a weaker week can throw up some useful connections, though.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 19 July 2021 22:19 (one week ago) link

Actually I could send you the week in question in advance if you wanted to do the spotify part of it. I don't use spotify although I did for a while. I have your email address ofc.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Monday, 19 July 2021 22:20 (one week ago) link

Go for it jed

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 02:49 (one week ago) link

i have very warm, fuzzy feelings about that phil lynott song and the video just makes me want to give him a big hug

disraeli grinds my gears (NickB), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 06:25 (one week ago) link

so I wasn’t the only one - ola!

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 07:09 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 22 July 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

Closing shortly so here's your next selection to explore:
SMASH HITS Singles - May 1984

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 22 July 2021 23:54 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 23 July 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

dang, surprise winner

Yours in Sorrow, A Schoolboy: (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 July 2021 00:03 (one week ago) link

Atlantic City, I choked on a shrimp. Remember?

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 23 July 2021 00:17 (one week ago) link

the wrong town won

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 July 2021 06:17 (one week ago) link

Slight week, for sure. When it's between The Boss and Boring Bob...

I'd have voted Kim, but I missed it this time.

Mark G, Friday, 23 July 2021 11:03 (one week ago) link

oh dear, I had missed “Zambezi” among the runner-ups. were the Piranhas secretly the Lurkers all along?

tean mean poleand cheaseang theas means hamseak feasts (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 July 2021 11:29 (one week ago) link

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