Times Of Our Lives: 1982 – The End Of An Era


1982, the end of the first golden age. Music would go into something of a lull during the next half-a-dozen

We welcomed The Tube, which was ground-breaking at the time. A fine show, if a little hit and miss musically. From memory, it was the only live music television programme on primetime. The Old Grey Whistle Test was still late night BBC2 but Channel 4’s offering was the first in a production line of ‘Yoof TV’.

The opening programme was noted for including The Jam who’d announced that they were to split earlier in the year. From memory, they played a two or three song set to the closing credits and then carried on afterwards.

An idea of how ‘big’ they were at the time came when the announcement featured on the BBC’s Nationwide programme, an early evening current affairs show which had been running since the late-60s.

The Jam’s final tour ran through mid-December and we were at Wembley on 5th December 1982, having applied for the original two night’s at the Arena and relieved when it was extended for a further three nights. A friend’s parents were going to some theatre awards that evening so armed with a lift home we set off for a memorable night. Worthy I think of a post in its’ own right.

In the meantime, Simon Wells’ account of last night of the tour at Brighton is here. Wembley was considerably better than the Brighton gig sounded.

As an extra – the hors d’oeuvre before the main playlist – below is an unreleased US compilation which was ‘binned’ by the Weller’s for including A Solid Bond In Your Heart.

Anyway, down to the business of the day. Today’s playlist is here (if this link doesn’t work, click here to listen in your browser) with the tracklisting below:

R.E.M. Gardening At Night
New Order Temptation
Echo & the Bunnymen Back Of Love
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five The Message
The Clash Rock the Casbah
Orange Juice Rip It Up
Hurrah! The Sun Shines Here
Siouxsie and the Banshees Cascade
The Cure The Hanging Garden
Classix Nouveaux Is It a Dream
The Jam Precious
Kid Creole And The Coconuts Stool Pigeon
Bobby Womack Lay Your Lovin’ On Me
Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing
Michael Jackson Beat It – Single Version
The Psychedelic Furs Love My Way
Dexys Midnight Runners Let’s Make This Precious
Serious Drinking Love On the Terraces (Mk III)
Anti-Nowhere League Streets Of London
Apocalypse Teddy
The Stranglers Golden Brown
R.E.M. Wolves, Lower
XTC Senses Working Overtime
The Higsons Conspiracy
ABC Poison Arrow
The Crack Don’t You Ever Let Me Down
The Jam The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
Crispy Ambulance The Force and the Wisdom
The Fall Lie Dream of Casino Soul
Siouxsie and the Banshees Slowdive
Big Country Harvest Home
Elvis Costello & The Attractions Man Out Of Time
Quando Quango Go Exciting
The Farmer’s Boys More Than A Dream
Scritti Politti Asylums In Jerusalem
The Jam Ghosts
XTC No Thugs In Our House
Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding
The Valentine Brothers Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)
The Clash Overpowered by Funk
Dexys Midnight Runners I’ll Show You
The Jam Town Called Malice
Kid Creole And The Coconuts Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy
Simple Minds Promised You a Miracle
Elvis Costello From Head To Toe
The Associates Party Fears Two
ABC The Look Of Love
The Jam Get Yourself Together
Siouxsie and the Banshees Painted Bird
The Prisoners Better In Black
R.E.M. Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)
The Fall Who Makes the Nazis?
Lester Bowie Ensemble It’s a Mean Old Man’s World
Tom Verlaine True Story
Cabaret Voltaire Breathe Deep
Afrika Bambaataa Planet Rock
The Prisoners Maybe I Was Wrong
The Cure A Short Term Effect
The Stranglers Strange Little Girl
Orange Juice I Can’t Help Myself
The Undertones The Love Parade – Single version
The Higsons Tear the Whole Thing Down
John Mellencamp Jack & Diane
R.E.M. Stumble
The Clash Straight to Hell
The Jam Beat Surrender
Rico Jungle Music
XTC Ball And Chain
The B-52’s Nip It In The Bud
The Prisoners Creepy Crawlies
52nd Street Look Into My Eyes
A Certain Ratio Lucinda
Royal Family & The Poor Art On 45
Madness Rise And Fall
R.E.M. 1,000,000
23 Skidoo Vegas El Bandito

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