Originally written May 2, 2014.
Bonsoir, et bienvenue à vendredi soir! Nous sommes maintenant en mai, mais le temps ici suce toujours le cul. Nous aurons peut-être un été, je ne suis pas sûr. Au moins, nous n’avons pas eu ces tornades comme ils le faisaient dans le sud. Gardez-les dans vos pensées et rappelez-vous que peu importe où vous vivez ou comment vous êtes riche, il ya une sorte de catastrophe naturelle qui peut effacer tout ça. Se sentir heureux maintenant? Non? Se sentent alors mieux avec un Top 10 flashback!
Oh. Don’t speak French? Neither do I. Let’s start again.
Good evening, and welcome to Friday night! We’re now into May, but the weather here still sucks ass. Maybe we’ll have a summer, I’m not sure. At least we didn’t get those tornadoes like they did down south. Keep them in your thoughts and remember that no matter where you live or how wealthy you are, there’s some sort of natural disaster that can wipe it all out. Feeling happy now? No? Then feel better with a Top 10 flashback!
The French introduction really wasn’t necessary since our featured station, 980 CKGM in Montreal, spoke English. They also spoke Top 40 from 1970 to 1986, so we’re looking at the tail end of those years. Top 40 hung on on AM in Canada a little longer than the U.S. because the CRTC had strict rules on what went on the FM band; one of those rules was a maximum number of spins per week of any given song. CKGM moved next door to 990 in 1990 and today is an affiliate of TSN, Canada’s version of ESPN – much of the programming actually comes from ESPN. But we’re looking at this week in 1982, when ESPN was some janky little cable network that showed Australian rules football at night. Let’s hear the ten biggest songs in Montreal from the first week of May, shall we?
So que la fête commence! Survey dated May 6, 1982.
Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love
Huey’s first hit, and the only significant one from “Picture This.” Their biggest success was, of course, yet to come.
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – Ebony & Ivory
What an amazing coincidence – two of the greatest pop musicians of all time happen to share the same worst song. Seriously, I dig the message, but it sounds like a bad commercial jingle.
Aldo Nova – Fantasy
If you follow my ramblings here, you know that I’m no fan of the early 80’s corporate rock sound. It’s soulless, lifeless, and generally dreadful. So you can guess how I feel about this song.
Yep. I love it.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I Love Rock ‘N Roll
You did know this was a cover, right? Right?
Ray Parker Jr. – The Other Woman
I thought this song was so cool then – I liked the idea of an R&B artist doing what was basically a rock song. Unfortunately, it didn’t age too well, and Ray Parker Jr. has to go through life being known as the guy who did the “Ghostbusters” theme. So much promise…
Loverboy – When It’s Over
Oh look, someone’s trying to sound like Foreigner! Yeah, Loverboy sucked ass. Next!
J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame
We love J. Geils in Detroit; they may be from Boston, but we’ve always considered them one of our own. Two of their live albums and part of the third were recorded here. After all those years of being regional favorites, they finally zoom to the top with this and “Centerfold,” then what happens? Peter Wolf leaves the group, which subsequently breaks up. They reunited a few times in the 2000’s, but are pretty much retired now. Ah, well. Nothing lasts forever,
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me
“You think you’ve changed your mind, you’d better change it back or we will both be sorry.” Is that a threat?
So what was chanson numéro un à Montréal 32 years ago this week? Nobody ever told you:
Y’know, I wish that I had Jessie’s girl. Much better than this lifeless lump.
I may miss a week or two here and there in the near future; I’ve got a lot of shit going on. Nothing bad, but it may prevent me from doing this. Rest assured, T10FB fans, I won’t leave you until you yank my ass out of here.