by Peter Climie
I was 10 in 1982. Unintentionally half of these tracks would be recognised by the 10 year old me at the time, and the other half are more recognised by the 38 year old me.
New Order - Temptation
One of the most enduring New Order songs, and a perennial live turn. For me, the stand out track from in 1982.
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
Adam, for all his troubles, is a great performer, and his turn on Top Of The Pops where he takes over the whole set is a fine example of this. This was his first Ant-less outing, as a solo performer. Adam and The Ants were the first band whose posters went up on my bedroom walls.
The Jam - Beat Surrender
Released as I was just starting to browse the 7" singles in Boots and Woolworths, and then they split up!
Depeche Mode - See You
Depeche Mode showing that there was life after Vince Clarke, with Martin Gore taking over song-writing.
Yazoo - Only You
Vince Clarke showing that there was life after Depeche Mode. Not to be confused with the Flying Pickets cover version the following year!
Dexys Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
Dusted down and danced to at every family party I attended for the rest of the decade.
Willie Nelson - Always On My Mind
Also covered with great aplomb previously by Elvis and later by The Pet Shop Boys.
ABC - The Look of Love
Trevor Horn cutting his teeth with the production technology that would spawn the hits of Frankie Goes to Hollywood over the next few years.
Soft Cell - Say Hello Wave Goodbye
Seedy torch song sing-a-long from Marc Almond.
Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding
Oh, and the Falklands war took place in 1982 but was rarely sung about.