This was the Number One song in the USA’s Billboard Hot 100 chart on this day in 1982: ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Here are a few that I liked then and still appreciate now:
– The Clash, ‘Rock the Casbah’
– Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, ‘The Message’
– The Jam, ‘Town Called Malice’
– Survivor, ‘Eye Of the Tiger’
– Kim Wilde, ‘Kids In America’
There was only one album for me at the time, though: Thriller. Lots more now, of course, including some fantastic cover art (Depeche Mode’s A Broken Frame springs to mind).
A few more, then, perhaps less well-known:
– Aerosmith, ‘Bolivian Ragamuffin’ (from Rock In a Hard Place)
– The Gun Club, ‘Mother of Earth’ (from Miami)
– Paul McCartney, ‘Ballroom Dancing’ (from Tug Of War)
– Robert Plant, ‘Moonlight In Samosa’ (from Pictures at Eleven)
– Bobb Trimble, ‘If Words Were All I Had’ (from Harvest Of Dreams)
As an aside, one of the songs of 1982, which made it into the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in March, was ‘Pac-Man Fever’ by Buckner and Garcia. It was one track from their album of the same name, which was made up of songs about different classic arcade games and featured samples and sound effects from each, such as Donkey Kong and Centipede. Remember them?
If anyone wishes to recall the video games they played in or around 1982, either at an arcade or at home on their Atari 2600 (with the very square, very stiff joystick) or perhaps Commodore 64 (which was launched in 1982), I’ll be happy to join you in your retro reminiscences.
And what of the movies we watched when our poor wrists and index fingers were sore? ‘Twas the year of E.T., Poltergeist… and Pink Floyd: The Wall.