Hot 100 Debuts - July 1982

July 1982 featured 47 debuting singles over five weekly Hot 100 charts.  The first four weeks featured either 8 or 9 debuting singles each while the fifth week saw a dozen singles make their first appearance on the Hot 100, including Dolly Parton's own remake of "I Will Always Love You", a Number One Country Song from 1974, for the soundtrack of her 1982 film, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.  The song once again topped the Country chart in 1982 but failed to make Top 50 in a fourteen week Hot 100 run.  (The image of Parton below is the only one MRS. HERC approved for publication.)
HERC will be including "I Will Always Love You" and more than half of the other singles that debuted in July 1982 - all marked by asterisk on the chart below - on his Most Favorite Songs Of 1982 list which will be published shortly after he runs down and reviews the Hot 100 Debuts from December 1982 on April 1st, 2015.  The chart below lists the complete five weeks worth of singles from July 1982 and their scores in the far right hand column:

Hot 100 debut
debut pos
7/3/198255*Love Will Turn You AroundKenny Rogers185
7/3/198266*Think I’m In LoveEddie Money176
7/3/198277*Hot In The CityBilly Idol163
7/3/198283And I Am Telling You I’m Not GoingJennifer Holliday164
7/3/198285*Eye In The SkyAlan Parsons Project206
7/3/198286Too Good To Turn Back NowRick Bowles50
7/3/198287*WordsMissing Persons121
7/3/198290*Enough Is EnoughApril Wine105
7/10/198255*Take It AwayPaul McCartney192
7/10/198281*Someday, SomewayMarshall Crenshaw134
7/10/198282*Blue EyesElton John184
7/10/198283*Who Can It Be Now?Men At Work211
7/10/198284*GloriaLaura Branigan214
7/10/198286*I Ran (So Far Away)A Flock Of Seagulls191
7/10/198290*Mega Force70781
7/17/198275*Valley GirlFrank Zappa142
7/17/198278Love Or Let Me Be LonelyPaul Davis126
7/17/198281Let Me GoRay Parker Jr.129
7/17/198286Every Love SongGreg Kihn Band39
7/17/198288Foolin’ YourselfAldo Nova75
7/17/198289WhyCarly Simon57
7/17/198290*Planet RockAfrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force109
7/17/198292*Should I Stay Or Should I GoThe Clash116
7/17/198294Into My LoveGreg Guidry19
7/24/198269*Jack & DianeJohn Cougar212
7/24/198275*Let Me Tickle Your FancyJermaine Jackson172
7/24/198281I’m The OneRoberta Flack121
7/24/198284*Only Time Will TellAsia174
7/24/198285She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)Jerry Reed93
7/24/198287Hot Fun In The SummertimeDayton89
7/24/198289*What’s Forever ForMichael Murphey173
7/24/198290Now Or NeverAxe77
7/31/198269*Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)Joan Jett & The Blackhearts168
7/31/198273*Somebody’s BabyJackson Browne196
7/31/198274*You Can Do MagicAmerica195
7/31/198281Oh JulieBarry Manilow130
7/31/198282*SaraBill Champlin83
7/31/198283*Calling All GirlsQueen85
7/31/198284Never Been In LoveRandy Meisner150
7/31/198285Themes From E.T.Walter Murphy111
7/31/198287*I Will Always Love YouDolly Parton102
7/31/198288Seasons Of The HeartJohn Denver48
7/31/198290Younger DaysJoe Fagin44
(What scores you ask?  See previous posts.)  July's best week was the second week with a score of 153 across eight singles.  Amazingly, that same week also had the month's lowest scoring single, War's "Outlaw".
HERC's favorite single among the bunch is the one by A Flock Of Seagulls which often gets a bad rap because of the $10 and a roll of Reynolds Aluminum wrap for a budget video or the singer's hairstyle. (This guy feels the song is crap regardless.)  For HERC, the song is all about the under-rated guitar stylings of Paul Reynolds, proving once and for all that there was a place in the synth-heavy New Wave for guitars. His cool, laid-back swagger might have given the impression that he wasn't really into it or giving it all he got but his performance on the solo "I Ran (So Far Away)" puts him up there with acknowledged Hall Of Fame greats such as Alex Lifeson (Rush), Andy Summers (The Police) and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd).  Reynolds only recorded three albums with the band before leaving, later explaining he felt he was too young for the rock n roll lifestyle.
Unable to find a 45 or 12" of the song, HERC splurged and bought the whole dang album which was on sale at music store in Bryan, Texas.  If he still had his receipt from that day, we would be able to see that HERC bought another record that day for exactly the same $4.99 price he paid for the A Flock Of Seagulls self-titled album.  (HERC's favorite latter-day remix of "I Ran" can be heard here.  Listen for his favorite part of the remix at 2:08.)
"Don't You Want Me" was the Number One song in the country at the time (Summer 1982) and had been HERC's favorite song until "I Ran (So Far Away)" had supplanted it. That night, after his grandparents had gone to bed, HERC crept out to their ginormous console stereo in the living room and slid open the top, to reveal the record player.  He listened to the album once through, then repeated "I Ran" because it was wonderfully different from the radio single he was used to, with a spacey intro highlighted by Reynolds and his guitar. The Human League single got several plays that night as well and it was a revelation, a mostly instrumental reconstruction of the song featuring all kinds of analogue synths and effects.  The console's boomy bass heavy sound, despite twisting the bass knob all the way to the left, did not prepare HERC for how wonderful both records sounded on his home stereo when he returned at the end of the Summer.

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