The year 1982 was such a great year in music so we decided to make a Top 50 list. You can see the results in a countdown below.
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50.Squeeze- 'Sweets From A Stranger'
Squeeze released 'Sweets from a Stranger' in May 1982. It was their fifth studio album which featured the hit singles "Black Coffee in Bed" and "When the Hangover Strikes". The album was produced by Phil McDonald and released on A&M Records. It has been remastered twice since the original release, in 1995 and 2008.
Squeeze- Sweets from a Stranger (album stream)
Squeeze- Sweets from a Stranger (album stream)
49. Experimental Products- 'Prototype'
A two-man minimal synth project Experimental Products released their only album 'Prototype' in 1982. The LP was originally released on Short Circuit Records and it has been reissued in 2008 by Vinyl on Demand as an expanded edition with an extra vinyl disc of live/unreleased material. Song Highlights: "Modern Living", "Sweet Rejection", "Feeling Left Out" and "Clear Images".Experimental Products- New Project (song stream)
48. Peter Schilling- 'Fehler im System'
Peter Schilling released his debut album 'Fehler im System' in 1982. The song featured the international hit "Major Tom" and it was produced by Armin Sabol and Peter Schilling. The album was the German counterpart to the English album 'Error in System' which was released a year later in 1983. The English and German version have been combined and sold as a single box set in several parts of the world.
Peter Schilling- Fehler im System ( album stream)
Peter Schilling- Fehler im System ( album stream)
The German synth pop duo the Twins released their second album 'Modern Lifestyle' in October 1982. The album featured the hit singles "Face To Face - Heart To Heart" and "Birds and Dogs". Like the most of their records, the album was released Hansa International and it was reissued twice in 1995 and 2004 by Passion Factory Records.
The Twins- Face to Face- "Heart to Heart" (stream)
46. Oppenheimer Analysis- 'New Mexico'
Oppenheimer Analysis were formed in the early 80's when Andy Oppenheimer, an expert on weapons of mass destruction met with Martin Lloyd. They recorded their only album 'New Mexico' in 1982 and they used to perform songs from the album at science fiction conventions, clubs and pubs. Due to the growing interest in early electronic synth-pop music, their album has been remastered in 2005 and some of their songs have been featured on various compilations. Song highlights: "The Devil's Dancers", "Radiance", "Cold War" and many more.Oppenheimer Analysis- The Devil's Dancers (stream)
45. Polyphonic Size- 'Live For Each Moment' / 'Vivre Pour Chaque Instant'
Polyphonic Size released their debut album 'Live For Each Moment / Vivre Pour Chaque Instant' in September 1982. Like the most of the Polyphonic Size records, this one was produced by Jean-Jacques Burnel from The Stranglers. The album featured the singles "Je T'ai Toujours Aimée" and "Winston & Julia" which were released during the same year. The album was released by New Rose Records and it was reissued as a compilation album 'The Prime Story' in 1991.There were two different over artworks for the Belgian and French Market.
44. The Passage- 'Degenerates'
The Passage released their third studio album 'Degenerates' in 1982. The album was recorded during 1981 and it was their first release by Cherry Red. It featured the hit quirky hit single "Xoyo". The album was reissued in 2003 by LTM Publishing (Les Temps Modernes). Both the album and the single artwork were supplied by Jeremy Greenwood.
43. Classix Nouveaux- La Verité '
La Verité' was the second album by Classix Nouveaux which was released in April 1982. The album featured the singles "Because You're Young" and "Is it A Dream?" which remained their biggest selling single in the UK. 'La Verité' was produced by Sal Solo and Mike Sweeney and it has been reissued in 2002, in UK.
Classix Nouveaux- La Verité (stream)
42. Theatre of Hate- 'Westworld'
Theatre of Hate released their second album 'Westworld' for 'Burning Rome Records' in 1982. The album was produced by Mick Jones and the songs were written by Kirk Brandon. It featured the songs "Do you Believe in the Westworld?" which was released as a single during the same year.'Westworld' has been reissued several times during the 90's in several different countries.
Theatre of Hate-'Westworld'(stream)
41.The Fixx- Shuttered Room
'Shuttered Room' was the debut album for the English New Wave group The Fixx. They released the album in several different configurations which depended upon the country of release. Only the artwork remained consistent. The album featured the singles "Red Skies", "Lost Plains" and "Stand or Fall". The record was originally released for MCA and it has been reissued in 1996 in Europe and in 2003 in the USA.
The Fixx- Shuttered Dream (stream)
'Time and Tide' was the seventh studio album by New Zealand New Wave band Split Enz fronted by Neil Finn. "Dirty Creature" was the album's lead single, followed by "Six Months in a Leaky Boat". Both were hits in Australia, reaching #6 and #2, with the album reaching #1. the album was released in 1982 through Mushroom Records and it has been reissued in 2006 along with all of Split Enz' studio album catalogue.
Split Enz- Time and Tide (stream)
39.Elvis Costello and The Attractions- 'Imperial Bedroom'
'Imperial Bedroom' was the fifth album by Elvis Costello and the Attractions which was released in 1982. The album was produced by the Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick and it was recorded at the AIR Recording Studios in London. The album reached number 6 in the UK charts and number 30 in the U.S. It was voted as the best album of the year in 'The Village Voice Pazz & Jop' critics poll. In 1998 readers of 'Q magazine' named it the 96th greatest album ever. In 1989, it was ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s. "You Little Fool" and "Man Out of Time" were the two singles released from the album, but less successful than the album. The album has been reissued between 1994 and 2007 through various record labels.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions- Imperial Bedrrom (stream)
38. Scritti Politti- 'Songs to Remember'
Scritti Politti released their debut album 'Songs To Remember' in 1982. The album was produced by Adam Kidron and it was released through 'Rough Trade'. The album peaked at no.12 in the UK charts and it featured the hit singles "The "Sweetest Girl", "Faithless" and the double A-side "Asylums In Jerusalem"/"Jacques Derrida". Virgin reissued the album in 2001.
'Primitive Man' was the second album for the Australian synth-pop group Icehouse released through Chrysalis Records in 1982. Started essentially as a solo project by the lead singer Iva Davies, it later became an official Icehouse album which reached #3 on the National album charts and provided their international breakthrough single, "Hey Little Girl" which peaked at #7 in Australia. The album also featured the singles "Street Cafe" "Uniform" and "Great Southern Land". 'Primitive Man' was reissued in 1992, 2002 and in 2004.
Icehouse- Primitive Man (stream)
36. Sparks- Angst in My Pants
'Angst in My Pants' is the eleventh album by Sparks released in March 1982. The album was released by Atlantic Records in both the US and UK. The album was recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, produced by Mack in association with Giorgio Moroder Enterprises. The single "I Predict" became Sparks' first hit on the Billboard Hot 100 reaching #60 in May 1982. This was the first time since the release of "Wonder Girl" in 1971 that Sparks had enjoyed moderate success on the US single charts. 'Angst in My Pants' has been reissued several times to this date, in Germany, in the USA and in Japan, but never in the UK.
Sparks- Angst in My Pants (stream)
The Canadian Synth-Pop stars Rational Youth released their debut album 'Cold War Night Life' in March 1982 through YUL Records. The album was recorded in 1981/82 and it was produced by Pat Deserio. It contained their biggest hit "Saturdays in Silesia" as well as their singles "City of Night", "I Want To See The Light" and "Dancing on Berlin Wall". The album was reissued and released on CD for the first time in 1997 while the vinyl reissue is announced for near future.
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Rational Youth- 'Cold War Night Life' (two songs stream)
34.Kim Wilde- 'Select'
'Select' was the second studio album by Kim Wilde which was released in May 1982. The album marked a different and more electronic and synth approach different from The Enid sound of her last album. The songs were again written by Marty and Ricky Wilde and produced by Ricky Wilde. The album featured the top ten hits "Cambodia" and "View From the Bridge". 'Select' topped the charts in a host of European countries, hit #8 in Australia and it was certified Silver in the UK. In 2009, 'Select' was reissued by Cheery Red.
Gary Numan released his sixth studio album 'I, Assassin' in September 1982. This was his fourth album under his own name. The album was released through Beggars Banquet and reached no.8 on the UK charts. Three songs; "Music for Chameleons", "We Take Mystery (To Bed)" and "White Boys and Heroes" were released as singles from the album and all reached the UK Top 20. 'I, Assassin' was reissued in 2002.
I, Assassin (stream)
32.INXS- 'Shabooh Shoobah'
'Shabooh Shoobah' was the third album by INXS released in October 1982. It peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and remained on the chart for 94 weeks. It was the band's first album to be released worldwide and appeared on the United States Billboard 200 and on the Hot Pop Albums Chart. The albums was produced by Mark Opitz for WEA Australia with most tracks written by band members, Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence. The album featured the hit signles "The One Thing","Don't Change" , "To Look at You" and "Black and White", all released during 1982 except „Black and White“. The album was reissued in 1991 and in 2011.
INXS- Shabooh Shoobah (stream)
'Spring Session M' was the debut album for American New Wave band Missing Persons. It was released in October 1982 through Capitol record and it was produced by Ken Scott. The album featured the singles "Words", "Windows", "Destination Unknown", and "Walking in LA" and all had videos created which received heavy play on MTV and AOR and modern rock radio. 'Spring Session M' was reissued in 1995.
Missing Persons- Various Songs (stream)
30. Spandau Ballet- Diamond
Spandau Ballet released their second album 'Diamond' in May 1982 by Chrysalis Records. The album was produced by Richard James Burgess and it featured the hit single "Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)" which reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart as wells as their last single "Instinction" which reached #10. The album was re-released in a remastered and expanded 2 CD Special Edition on 8 March 2010.
Spandau Ballet- Diamond (stream)
'Rhythm of Youth' was the debut album of Canadian synth-pop group Men Without Hats, released in 1982. The album was produced by Marc Durand and it was released through various record labels including Sire Records and Virgin Records. The album featured the singles "Antarctica", "I Got the Message" "I Like" and of course "The Safety Dance" which propelled them to fame, all written by the lead singer Ivan Doroschuk. The album was reissued in Canada in 2010 on Bulldog Brothers. Don't miss their latest album 'Love in the Age of War', it's out now.
'Friend or Foe' was the first solo album by Adam Ant, released after Adam and the Ants disbanded in early 1982. The album also became Adam's most successful output to this date. It featured the hit single 'Goody Two Shoes' which peaked at #1 on the UK charts, and at #12 in the USA. Other hits produced from the record were "Desperate But Not Serious" and "Friend or Foe". The album was produced by Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni and it was issued for CBS Records. A remastered version was released in 2005, featuring 12 additional tracks.
27. Cabaret Voltaire- 2X45
Cabaret Voltaire released their fourth studio album entitled '2X45' in February 1982. The album was produced by the group and it was issued by Mute. The title comes from its original format - two 45 RPM 12" discs and features an industrial take on funk music. This was the last studio album by the band to feature Chris Watson as a member. The album featured the single "Yashar" which was released in 1983. '2X45' was reissued in 1990.
'Pelican West' was the debut album for the British New Wave group Haircut 100. It was released in February 1982 and i featured the hit singles "Love Plus One" and "Favourite Shirts" (Boy Meets Girl) and "Fantastic Day". The album was produced by Bob Sargeant and released through Arista. It was reissued twice, in 1990 and in 2001, both reissues including bonus tracks. The album was also recorded as a live album after the band played London's indigO2 on 28 January 2011, performing 'Pelican West' in its entirety.
25.China Crisis- 'Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain'
'Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms Some People Think It's Fun to Entertain' was the debut album for the English duo China Crisis which was released in 1982. The album was released through Virgin Records and featured the singles "Christian" and "No More Blue Horizons". The album was released on CD in 1985.
24. Joe Jackson- Night and Day
Another 30th anniversary! Joe Jackson released his fifth studio album Night and Day in June 1982. The title is from a Cole Porter song, and the album reflects a transition to a more sophisticated level of songwriting. The album was produced by Joe Jackson and David Kershenbaum and it was released through A&M. This was Jackson's only studio album to reach the Top 5 in both the UK and U.S. selling over one million copies, earning gold disc status. The album featured the hit single "Steppin' Out" which Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and reached Top 10 in both the UK and the U.S. The album was reissued in 2003 as a double disc deluxe edition with the original album and the demos.
Bill Nelson released his fourth album 'The Love That Whirls' in June 1982. This was his second release for Mercury Records and one of his best musical efforts. The album is an incredible mix of synth-pop, electro-funk and ambient which Nelson managed to bridge with the old art rock feel. "Eros Arriving" and "Flaming Desire" were the singles which were taken from the album and released during the same year. The album was reissued through Mercury in 2005 and included bonus tracks.
22.Berlin- 'Pleasure Victim'
'Pleasure Victim' was the second album for the American New Wave group Berlin. The album was released in January 1982 and it was sometimes listed as EP because it featured only seven songs. Three hit singles were taken from the album including "Sex (I'm A ...)", followed by "The Metro" , and "Masquerade" most of them written by bassist John Crawford except "Masquerade" (by Chris Ruiz-Velasco) and "Sex (I'm A ...)", which was a collaboration between Crawford, singer Terri Nunn. The album went platinum by RIIA and it was reissued in 1996 by Geffen, the same label which originally released the album.
21.Grace Jones- 'Living My Life'
Grace Jones released her sixth studio 'Living My Life' album in November 1982. It was the last of three albums she recorded at the Compass Point Studios in the Bahamas.The album was a commercial success, reaching top 20 in no less than five countries. In March 1983 Billboard magazine reported that the sales of the album had surpassed 400,000 copies worldwide. 'Living My Life' was produced by Chris Blackwell and Alex Sadkin and it was issued on Island Records. The album featured five singles including "Nipple to the Bottle", "My Jamaican Man" and "The Apple Stretching" of which "My Jamaican Guy" turned out the most successful. The album was reissued on CD in 1989.
Gang of Four released their third studio album 'Songs of The Free' in 1982. The album was produced by Andy Gill and Jon King and it was released by Warner Bros Records. Two songs were released as singles, "I Love a Man in a Uniform" and "Call Me Up". Pitchfork Media listed 'Songs of the Free' as 99th best album of the 1980s. The album was reissued twice, in 1996 and more recent in 2008 by EMI.
The Psychedelic Furs released their third studio album in September 1982 on the CBS Records label. The album was produced by Todd Rundgren and it featured the hit single "Love My Way" which appeared in several movies including 'The Wedding Singer' and 'Valley Girl'. 'Forever Now' was reissued with bonus tracks in 2002 by Columbia/Legacy and in 2011 on vinyl by Vinyl180 in the UK in 2011 without bonus content.
'English Settlement' was the fifth studio album by the English band XTC, released on February 12, 1982. The album reached No. 5 on the UK Album Chart and No. 48 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album spawned three UK singles: "Senses Working Overtime", "Ball And Chain" and "No Thugs in Our House". It was produced by Hugh Padgham and the group and it was released by Virgin Records. 'English Settlement' was reissued in 1991 and in 2001.
'Happy Families' was officially the first album for Blancmange which was released in late 1982. The album was recorded during 1982, it was produced by Mike Howlett and released for London Records. The album featured ten tracks from which four were released as singles, "Feel Me", "Waves", "Living on The Ceiling" and a double a side I've Seen The Word"/ "God's Kitchen". Happy Families was released on CD in 1987 and in 2008.
A Flock of Seagulls released their self titled debut album in April 1982 on Jive. The album was produced by Mike Howlett and Bill Nelson and reached the top 10 in the USA. There were several hit singles taken from the album including their biggest hit "I Ran (So Far Away)", which reached the Top 10 in the U.S. and New Zealand, as well as #1 in Australia. The album also featured the hit singles "Modern Love is Automatic", "Space Age Love Song" and "Telecommunication". The album was remastered in 2011 by Cherry Pop.
'The Party's Over' was the debut album by Talk Talk. It was released in 1982 and produced by Colin Thurston, who was a former engineer for David Bowie but was better known for producing Duran Duran's first two albums. The album was issued by EMI and it entered the Billboard Top 200 reaching #132 and #21 in the UK charts. 'The Party's Over' featured the hit singles "Today" and "Talk Talk" and it was reissued in 1997 and more recent in 2012. The cover artwork was designed by James Marsh.
14.Thomas Dolby- 'The Golden Age of Wireless' Thomas Dolby released his debut album 'The Golden Age of Wireless' in March 1982 for EMI. All songs on the album were written and mostly produced by Dolby himself. The album is notable for containing the pop hit "She Blinded Me with Science", following the album's overall theme of radio are the songs "Airwaves", "Commercial Breakup", and "Radio Silence,". A remastered "Collector's Edition" of 'The Golden Age of Wireless' was released on 13 July 2009, complete with bonus tracks, personal sleeve notes and a DVD of the 'Live Wireless' music video.
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'The Dreaming' was the fourth album by Kate Bush which was released in September 1982. It was the first album Kate Bush released on her own and it peaked at no. 3 on the UK album chart and has been certified Silver by the BPI. The album featured the hit singles "Suspended in Gaffa", "Sat in Your Lap", "The Dreaming", "There Goes Tenner" and "Night of the Swallow", all released during 1982 and 1983. Despite the album's relatively lacklustre sales elsewhere, The Dreaming was Bush's first album to dent the US Billboard Top 200, largely due to the growing influence of college radio. 'The Dreaming' was reissued in 2011.
'The Anvil' was the second album for Visage released in March 1982 for Polydor. The album reached #6 in the UK and was certified "Silver" by the British Phonographic Industry in April 1982. 'The Anvil' was also the last Visage project to feature Ultravox frontman Midge Ure who left the band after its release. The album featured the hit singles "The Damned Don't Cry" and "Night train", both released in 1982. It was re-released on CD again on 17 March 2008, containing more bonus tracks and detailed liner notes.
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11.The Associates- 'Sulk'
The Associates released their third album 'Sulk' in May 1982. The album was produced by Mike Hedges and the songs were written and composed by Alan Rankine who left the band after this album release. The album was issued on several different record labels with different track listing. All releases featured the two hit singles "Club Country" and "Party Fears Two" which managed to enter the UK charts. 'Sulk' was reissued with bonus tracks on CD for the first time in 2000.
Roxy Music released their eight studio album 'Avalon' in May 1982. It was a huge commercial success, hitting #1 in the UK (for 3 weeks) and staying on the album charts for over a year and it is the only Roxy Music album which went platinum in the USA. The album featured the hit singles "More Than This", "Avalon" and "Take A Chance With Me". 'Avalon' was reissued several times from 1984 to 2007.
'Quartet' was the sixth album for Ultravox and the thir with Midge Ure as a front man. The album was released in October 1982 for Chrysalis Records and it was produced by George Martin. All songs were written by Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann. Four singles were taken from the album and released as singles: "Reap The Wild Wind", "Hymn", "Visions in Blue" and" "We Came To Dance". The album peaked at no.6 on the UK album chart and was certified Gold by the BPI in December 1982 for 100,000 copies sold. It also charted at #13 in Germany, and at #61 in the United States. It was reissued in 1998 and 2009. Ultravox' brand new album 'Brilliant' was released in May this year.
8.Siouxsie and the Banshees- 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse'
Siouxsie and the Banshees released their fifth studio album 'A Kiss in the Dreamhouse' in November 1982. The album was issued by Polydor in the UK and by Warner Bros in the USA. It peaked on the UK Albums Chart at number eleven and the Banshees claimed it to be their personal best, until the release of Peepshow in 1988. The album featured the singles "Slowdive" and "Melt", both released during 1982. It was reissued, remastered, and expanded in 2009. Mojo magazine pronounced it the best album of the year 1982. Burning Flame list No 8.http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/A+Kiss+In+The+Dreamhouse
'Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing' was the follow up to Soft Cell best selling album 'Non Stop Erotic Cabaret', but it was much more dance-oriented than its predecessor. The EP was released on 21 June 1982 by Some Bizzare Records and it was produced by Mike Thorne. The album EP produced a top five hit, a cover of Judy Street's 1966 song "What?", as well as remixes of both sides of the band's first single, "Memorabilia" and "A Man Could Get Lost". "Non Stop Ecstatic Dancing" was reissued on Cd in 1992 and 1998 with bonus tracks.
'Rio' was the second album by Duran Duran released in May 1982. The album was produced by Colin Thurston and it reached #2 in the UK and #1 in Australia. The album was re-released in the United States in November 1982. It earned a Gold disc on 1 March 1983, and went Platinum on 26 April 1983, eventually reaching Double Platinum status. It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US on 12 March 1983, and remained on the chart for 129 weeks. The album featured the hit singles: "Rio", "My Own Way", "Hungry Like A Wolf" and "Save A Prayer". 'Rio' was remastered several times from 1993 to 2009.
Yazoo released their debut album 'Upstairs at Eric's' in August 1982. The album was produced by the band, E.C. Radcliffe with assistance from Daniel Miller. It was released on Mute and It reached # 2 in the UK Albums Chart and # 92 in the US Billboard 200. The album contained two hit singles, both released in 1982 and reaching the top ten in The UK. 'Upstairs at Eric's' has been reissued and remastered in 2008 via Mute.
'The Lexicon of Love' was the debut album for ABC which was released in June 1982. The concept of the album was that the singer experiences heartache as he tries and fails to have a meaningful relationship. The album was produced by Trevor Horn and Steve Brown and engineered by Gary Langan. "Tears Are Not Enough", "All of My Heart", "Poison Arrow", and "The Look of Love (Part One)" were all Top 20 hits in the UK; the last two also charted in the US, peaking at #25 and #14 respectively. The album reached #1 on the British charts, and peaked at #24 in the U.S. charts. In 2004, a deluxe 2-disc reissue including outtakes and early demos and a live performance of the album from 1982 was released on the Neutron label.
Simple Minds released their fifth studio album 'New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84' in September 1982. It was a turning point for the band as they gained critical and commercial success in the UK and Europe. The album entered the UK charts at #3 and in the US, A&M issued some limited edition gold marble vinyl pressings of the album. The album was produced by Peter Walsh and it was issued by Virgin Records. Several songs were taken from the album and released as singles including "Promised You A Miracle", "Glittering Prize" and "Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)". The album has generated substantial critical acclaim since its release; it was included in the list 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 'New Gold Dream...' was reissued by Virgin in 2002/03.
Depeche Mode released their second studio album 'A Broken Frame' in September 1982. The album was written entirely by Martin Gore and recorded after the departure of Vince Clarke. It was produced by Daniel Miller and Depeche Mode and it was issued by Mute. The album featured the hit singles "The Meaning of Love", "See You" and "Leave in Silence", but none of the singles had long-term success compared to most of Depeche Mode's other albums' singles. 'A Broken Frame' has been considered by the fans as one of the worst Depeche Mode albums. It was reissued in 2006 with a bonus DVD.
1.The Cure- 'Pornography'
The Cure released their fourth studio album 'Pornography' in May 1982. It's the Cure's most gothic album and it represents the conclusion of the musical phase which began with 'Seventeen Seconds' and 'Faith'. 'Pornography' charted well in the UK and has gained much more respect over the years, to the point that it is now considered "one of the key gothic rock albums" of all time. The album featured the hit single "One Hundred Years" which was released in July 1982. 'Pornography' was remastered by Chris Blair at Abbey Road Studios and reissued in the UK on 25 April 2005 (26th in the US) as part of Universal's Deluxe Edition series.