Mari hopes she hasn't misjudged the height of the Top of the Pops studio ceiling..
16-9-82: Presenter: Simon Bates
(36) MARI WILSON – Just What I Always Wanted
Mari and the boys get the show off to a hair raising start tonight with what became her only top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.
(5) THE JAM – The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) (video)
Lots of snogging and discontented brides in a video that oddly reminds me a little of the one for Wham's Last Xmas, though without all the xmassy stuff. Number 2 was the peak.
(28) SIMPLE MINDS – Glittering Prize
An alarmingly anemic Jim Kerr sings this full blooded follow-up to Promised You a Miracle, which became the band's second top 20 hit of the year when it made it to number 16.
(27) UB40 – So Here I Am ®
Went up two more places, but edited out of tonight's 7.30 pm showing.
(24) SHAKATAK – Invitations
"One of the best live bands around" our host informs us and they certainly get the crowd going, though the song got no higher in the charts.
(6) ABC – All Of My Heart (video)
Sadly edited out of tonight's 7.30 broadcast, it went up one more chart place.
(14) TALK TALK – Today
Also edited out of the early showing, it was at its chart peak.
(22) ADAM ANT – Friend Or Foe (video)
Another great video from Adam Ant, with a tune going back to his earlier sound, this was his penultimate top ten hit, reaching number 9.
(17) CARLY SIMON – Why
Zoo do some quite painful looking ballet pirouettes to Carly's first hit for five years, with Chic lending a helpful hand to get this up to number 10.
(1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.
(8) GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE – The Message (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At its peak.
September 23rd 1982 is up next.