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Top 40 Songs This Week (UK Edition) – March 6, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, as promised, we are back with another countdown this week! The twist this week is that this will be a Top 40 from the U.K. charts. I have a lot of friends from the U.K., so I wanted to do a little something for them. And I thought it would be pretty cool for those of us in the U.S. There were a lot of awesome songs in other countries that did not make it over here for some reason or other. I have a feeling that a lot of us will be discovering new music this week. And ’80s kids from the U.K. will get to relive their glory days. As usual, if you’d like to purchase the song from Amazon, you can click on the album cover. And to watch the video/listen to the song, you can click on the song title. So, let’s get to it, Return to this week in 1983, and begin this week’s countdown from the U.K.


40. “Garden Party” by Mezzoforte

Right off the bat, we a get a song like I have never heard on a U.S. top 40 countdown. The closest may be Kenny G. Mezzoforte is an instrumental jazz-funk fusion band from Iceland. This would actually be the band’s biggest hit, and would chart all the way up to #17 on the U.K. charts. I am loving this song, and it’s a great way to kick off this countdown.

 

39. “Maggie” by Foster and Allen

Foster and Allen are a musical duo from Ireland consisting of Mick Foster and Tony Allen. This definitely has an Irish feel to it. But, it also sounds like an old school country song.

 

38. “Joy” by Band AKA

Despite this band being from Los Angeles, I had never heard of them. This is little disco/funk tune.

 

 

 

37. “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” by Big Country

This is the first band I know of so far. However, I have never heard this song. If you like the song, “In a Big Country”, then you will like this one. It has a very similar sound.

 

36. “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” by Indeep

This is another U.S. based group (out of New York) that I had not heard of. This is a cool disco/funk song. Now I can see why I never heard of this song. While it would land all the way up to #13 on the U.K. charts, it topped out at #103 on the U.S. charts.

 

35. “Midnight Summer Dream” by The Stranglers

When I saw the band name, I was hoping this was a punk rock band. I was correct. However, at this time, The Stranglers decided to change direction, so this is more of a new wavey sound. The music itself sounds like it could come from a Tarentino film. But, the “singer” talks through the entire song. Then almost 5 minutes in somebody is singing the same lyrics in the background as the narrator who is speaking. No thanks.

 

34. “Christian” by China Crisis

This song brought this new wave band into prominence in the U.K. as it went up to #12 on the charts. This is good if you like slow new wave music. I would have hated it back in the day, but I’m liking it now.

 

33. “Soweto” by Malcolm McLaren

I’m kind of digging this song. I never heard of Malcolm McLaren, but he sounded like quite the character. He was a visual artist, performer, musician, clothes designer and boutique owner. He was best known for being the promoter and manager of bands such as the New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols. This song sounds like it has an upbeat reggae beat.

 

32. “Down Under” by Men At Work

The first song I know! Do I really need to say anything about this? I’ll just smile and give you a Vegemite sandwich.

 

 

 

31. “Run for Your Life” by Bucks Fizz

Great way to end today’s list! I thought this was going to be a cover of the Beatles classic. But, it’s a different song. It sounds like Abba covering an ELO song. Very cool! I may need to look more into this group.

 


Well, that was a very cool start of the week. What do you think so far? If you know any interesting facts about the artists we have seen here, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you, and be educated. It’s looking like we will continue the countdown on Wednesday. Hope to see you then!

Remember That Song – 3/14/14

Hair’s to Friday!

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics

Then you hear the music and it all comes crystal clear
The music does the talking, says the things ___ ____ __ ____


Last Song: “In a Big Country” by Big Country from The Crossing (1983)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!

This song was featured on The Goldbergs this week.

I never took the smile away from anybody’s face,
And that’s a desperate way to look for someone who is still a child

Remember That Song – 9/5/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Listen all you people come gather round
I gotta get me a new game plan


Last Song: “In a Big Country” by Big Country

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish)!!

I never took the smile away from anybody’s face,
And that’s a desperate way to look for someone who is still a child

One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1983 – Big Country

“In a Big Country” by Big Country

Big Country were very successful in Europe, but they only had one big hit in the U.S. – “In a Big Country”, which peaked at #17 on December 3, 1983.

Big Country are a Scottish rock band that formed in 1981. In 1983, the band released the single, “Fields of Fire”, which reached the UK’s Top Ten. They quickly followed this up by releasing the album The Crossing. The album contained the hit “In a Big Country”, which helped it become a big seller in the U.S.

Their second album Steeltown (1984) was a hit as soon as it was released in the U.K. However, it was a commercial disappointment in the U.S. The band continued to release albums and tour throughout the ’80s.
Throughout the ’90s, Big Country became a popular ‘opening act’, supporting such bands as Rolling Stones and The Who. Meanwhile, lead singer, Stuart Adamson struggled with alcoholism. In 1999, Big Country released their eighth album, Driving to Damascus, and it did not do well at all. Adamson said publicly that he was disappointed that the album did not fare better on the charts, which led to depression. Later that year, he disappeared for a while before resurfacing, stating that he had needed some time off. Adamson returned for the band’s ‘Final Fling’ farewell tour, with their last concert being in October 2000 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In November 2001, Adamson disappeared again. He was eventually found dead in a room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 16, 2001. The official autopsy revealed that he had hanged himself. At the time of death he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.279%.

In 2007, to celebrate 25 years of Big Country, founding members Bruce Watson, Tony Butler (now lead vocalist for the first time), and Mark Brzezicki reunited to embark on a tour of the UK with dates in Scotland and England and a gig in Cologne (Germany). They also released a new album, twenty five live, on the trackrecords label.

This past year, the band permanently reunited by touring and recording. In August, they released a single called “Another Country” with Mike Peters on lead vocals. As good as this song sounds, “In a Big Country” remains Big Country’s lone top 40 hit. So here it is: