The year 1982 as seen through the eyes of Top of the Pops, a year which saw record unemployment and the Falklands War. The year marked the peak of British ‘new pop’ as Wham, ABC and Culture Club made sensational appearances, and Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel premiered the moonwalk on British TV. Dexy’s Midnight Runners re-invented themselves with a new Irish sound and the show pushed its presentation with professional ‘cheerleaders’ in the audience. 1982 also saw the reemergence of John Peel as a regular presenter.
1982 marks the peak of British ‘new pop’ as Wham, ABC and Culture Club make sensational appearances, and Shalamar’s Jeffrey Daniel premieres the moonwalk on British TV. Dexy’s new Irish sound tops the summer charts for four weeks with Come on Eileen, while their follow-up single Jackie Wilson Says leads to a notorious moment in TOTP history.
Featuring ABC, Adam Ant, Culture Club, Wham, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Shalamar, Pigbag, Foster and Allen, Shakatak and Bucks Fizz.