Monday, April 30, 2007

Remembering this week in May 1983

Time for my evening ritual again.  Popping through the years, and seeing what happened about this time in a particular year, and well, what stands out for me is this very week in May 1983.

This was the time when the Sydney Entertainment Centre opened.  It was a big event at the time, as my father owned a kitchen, right at the back (where the "all seasons" hotel school is now). and he was preparing the food for the event.  I went into the test phase on the Saturday before opening, as they were fireing off different lasers, and doing some sound checks.  Sunday 1st May came, and it opened with a Bang.  They were performances from Marcia Hines and Christopher cross, and well, what about that big chute where marcia came out of? It was certainly something very different.

And the music scene on the radio went a little like this......

National top 30 singles chart
1.   It might be you Stephen Biship Warner Bros 7-29791
2.   Shoop shoop diddy wop Monte Video and the Cassettes White Label K 8906
3.   All right Christopher Cross Warner Bros 7-29843
4.   Love is a stranger The Eurythmics RCA Victor 104078
5.   Power and the passion Midnight Oil CBS/Sprint BA 223010
6.   1999 Prince Warner Bros 7-29896
7.   Billy Jean Michael Jackson Epic ES 823
8.   Baby, come to me James Ingram and Patti Austin Qwest QWS 50036
9.   Let's Dance David Bowie EMI America AMI 958
10.  You are Lionel Richie Motown 1657 MF
11.  Don't pay the Ferryman Chris De Burgh A&M K 8912
12.  With closed eyes The Expression Mushroom K 8985
13.  We've got tonight Sheena Easton and Kenny Rogers Liberty UA 924
14.  Spirit got lost Mental as Anything Regular RRSP 725
15.  Overkill Men at Work CBS BA 223038
16.  Time (clock of the heart) Culture Club Virgin VS 558
17.  The beat goes on The Globos White Label K 8989
18.  Na na hey hey, kiss him goodbye Bananarama Liberation LS 960
19.  Save your love Renee and Renato RCA Victor 104114
20.  Dracula's tango Toto Coelo (total coelo) Radialchoice POW 0115
21.  Some kind of friend Barry Manilow Arista K 8971
22.  Ain't no pleasing you Chas and Dave Liberation LS 870
23.  State of Independence Donna Summer Warner Bros 79344
24.  White wedding Billy Idol Chrysalis K 8918
25.  Living on the ceiling Blancmange London BLANC 3
26.  Zoom Fat Larry's Band Virgin VS 546
27.  Wham! (enjoy what you do) Wham! Epic/Inner vision ES 832
28.  Buffalo girls Malcolm McLaren Charisma 6000 914
29.  Too shy Kajagoogoo EMI EIM 932
30.  One on one Daryl Hall and John Oates RCA Victor 104094

Noting some of the stuff on the chart this week, as Stephen Bishop was at #1 with the theme from Tootsie.  I saw the movie, and well, it was somewhat of a flop, but I just fell in love with the song.  Hall and Oates, "one on one" was one of those tracks that I never got sick of, and after eleven strong weeks, the song made it's last appearance this week.  Remember Monte Video from New Zealand?  That song, with a title like that, was certainly worth a cackle, every time I heard it, but at the time, it was another track I played often, and drove my family nuts.  I heard Laura Branigan's "solitaire" for the first time, on the Saturday afternoon (sat Apr 30 1983), I came back from the city.  It was slothy, but never the less another good song, which would debut in the following weeks chart at #1.

Remember these charts are my personal charts, not reflecting album sales, but are still very accurate as my charts were also based on radio air-play.

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