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I got a new sister in 1982. That was nice. I hated being the youngest. We didn't get along until she was practically out of her teens, but it was mostly nice having her there anyway! I guess that was also the year that the garage fell down, and squished my bike. Probably one of the few times I'd put it away, rather than leaving it out on the lawn! It must have been in the winter, either at the start or the end of the year (bit vague, I know). I do know that we were watching Tarzan, in one of its various forms; and he jumped out of a tree, and landed with the most almighty crash you ever heard, which shows that sometimes the wind has jolly good timing.

TV wise, I think I was turning steadily American from this point onwards. I don't know when The Dukes Of Hazzard starting airing in the UK, but it was certainly underway by now. The Fall Guy was just getting going, and so was Tales Of The Gold Monkey, although I guess everybody would rather forget about that one nowadays. Obviously there was Starsky & Hutch in near permanent repeat, and Bonanza settling into what seemed like a decade-long position in the BBC schedules at noon on a Sunday. Guns! Explosions! Car (horse) chases! Hurrah! (Although America also gave us Fame in 1982, so by no means was it all good). I must be fair to British TV, which did give me a good series of Doctor Who this year of course. And then killed Adric at the end of it. I was devastated! Boy have times changed...

Musically a few surprises. Bucks Fizz managed to become temporarily cool with The Land Of Make Believe, the Jam fell apart, Chas & Dave would keep bothering us with nonsense (that my sister would insist on singing, loudly), and half of the Specials unfathomably formed a duet with Bananarama. Me and some friends from school formed a band this year, although I don't think it lasted the year out. I don't remember much, but there must have been some pretty severe musical differences, given that (of a trio, if memory serves), one was a Bucks Fizz devotee, and wasn't really allowed to listen to anything else (paranoid parents), and the other third only seemed to know Christmas carols. My abiding memory of our attempt at musical stardom is that we were initially called Hot Chocolate, as it was the one thing we all seemed to like! Then we found out that there was already a band with that name, which was bound to cause confusion on Top Of The Pops, so after much deliberation we changed to Blancmange. Somebody nicked that one off us too. :) Why we were so obsessed with foodstuffs, goodness only knows. And I don't think any of us could sing. Two of us played the melodica, and I don't remember what the third one did. She had one of these, so probably that.

And now I'm going to shut up, before this gets any more embarrassing!


Always did love this song:

Best bit about this is the band trying to look moody whilst miming to a crowd of bopping teenagers. Still a good song though.

Channel 4 started this year too of course, but my family didn't get it until 1983. Something to do with the aerial, I think. And we went to war with Argentina, mostly because the leaders of both countries were low in the opinion polls, and needed a handy distraction, sharpish. (When I say "we", I do of course mean Britain. Not my family. We always were a rowdy bunch, but we were never that bad. And in 1982, the furthest we went was Cornwall. Honest).


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Nov. 30th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
WOW is C4 that old??!! I don't remember watching it that far back. I watch it more than any other channel nowadays.
Nov. 30th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
Yep! Started in November of '82. How many people watched it then is a different question!
Nov. 30th, 2015 03:24 am (UTC)
Mad World is one of my favourite songs ever.

Haha ... oh dear ... Bucks Fizz ... I liked Blancmange, though.
Nov. 30th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
It is a good song. It's had a few good covers over the years, but I prefer the original.
Nov. 30th, 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
Gawd, I miss The Jam. Where can you go for really bleak nasty lyrical cynicism in pop music anymore? Especially now that Weller's gone soft.

I have been, er, humming and youtubing a lot of Chas 'n' Dave lately. I have NO IDEA why. Maybe 'Rabbit' because literally everyone in my life is a nonstop motormouth and I never get a bit of peace. I'll be careful what I wish for, it's better than no-one to talk to.

We always were a rowdy bunch, but we were never that bad.
Ha, are you sure? What's that suspiciously Malvinas-shaped island in your backyard pond?
Nov. 30th, 2015 05:01 am (UTC)
Springsteen is still the one with the best social commentary lyrics, I reckon. I did think maybe Noel Gallagher at one point, but then he changed direction, and I don't think Jarvis Cocker does much in that line these days.

I have never invaded the Falkland Islands! Although I do quite fancy saying hello to all those penguins.
Nov. 30th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't feel too bad about other bands stealing your food names, otherwise we would never have had 'God's Kitchen'!

I really liked 'Land of Make Believe' too, roll on Five Star, er, quick bung on Tears for Fears! I once taped 'Mad World' for someone and bunged a load of other tracks on the tape because I felt they needed cheering up. I like 'Mother's Talk' myself.

I had a major morgan, although like most things I think it was originally my brother's.
Nov. 30th, 2015 06:08 pm (UTC)
Good old Five Star! They managed to wangle an ongoing comic strip in "Look-In" in the mid 80s. Lord knows how. One week it was the comic strip adventures of the A-Team, and the next, Five Star buy matching outfits. *boggle*

I don't dislike their stuff though. Or not all of it anyway.
Dec. 1st, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, I missed out on the Five Star comic strip! My childhood was truly deprived;p
Nov. 30th, 2015 05:48 pm (UTC)
Ha, I can actually remember some of these things! We were also watching Dukes of Hazzard and marvelling at their inability to use the car doors. :-)
Nov. 30th, 2015 06:11 pm (UTC)
Their car doors were welded shut. It's a NASCAR (car racing) thing, apparently.

My mother used to get very cross with me and my persistent Luke Duke impersonations! *sulk*
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