Hot 100 Debuts - December 1982

Thirty debuting singles closed out the chart year that was 1982, bringing the grand total of unique singles to make their first appearance on the Hot 100 in 1982 to 429, including unheralded singles by the long broken-up Beatles and the "reclusive" Elvis Presley, who had rarely been seen in public since 1977 though he was putting out more albums than ever before.  Only two of December's debuts peaked before 1983: Lee Ritenour's "Cross My Heart" and Rodway's "Don't Stop Trying", pictured below in their 12" promo glory:  
Both singles reached their respective peak chart positions the week of December 18th yet hung around the Hot 100 until the end of January 1983.  Here's the weekly breakdown of those final thirty singles, only twelve of which eventually found their way onto American Top 40 with half of those eventually appearing on America's Top 10 though none ever made it to Number One.

Hot 100 debutdebut postitleartist
12/4/198270Bad BoyRay Parker Jr.136
12/4/198280*Do You Really Want To Hurt MeCulture Club207
12/4/198282Cross My HeartLee Ritenour69
12/4/198284After I Cry TonightLanier and Co.111
12/4/198285Painted PictureCommodores63
12/4/198286*On The LooseSaga156
12/11/198270*Your Love Is Driving Me CrazySammy Hagar184
12/11/198273All Those LiesGlenn Frey127
12/11/198277I Knew You WhenLinda Ronstadt131
12/11/198280Pass The DutchieMusical Youth189
12/11/198282Papa Was A Rollin’ StoneWolf96
12/11/198283Give It UpSteve Miller Band86
12/11/198284Don’t Stop TryingRodway40
12/11/198286Funny How Time Slips AwayThe Spinners70
12/11/198288*Back On The Chain GangPretenders202
12/11/198290The Clapping SongPia Zadora135
12/18/198240*Shame On The MoonBob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band209
12/18/198278The Woman In MeDonna Summer142
12/18/198279Young LoveJanet Jackson77
12/18/198281*All TouchRough Trade88
12/18/198285Are You Getting Enough HappinessHot Chocolate75
12/18/198289Shoot For The MoonPoco106
12/18/198290Beg, Borrow Or StealHughes/Thrall45
12/25/198243*Stray Cat StrutStray Cats206
12/25/198277*Hungry Like The WolfDuran Duran206
12/25/198280*Eminence FrontThe Who69
12/25/198281*ForeverLittle Steven and the Disciples Of Soul81
12/25/198288Are You SeriousTyrone Davis90
12/25/198289Take The TimeMichael Stanley Band43
12/25/198290What If (I Said I Love You)Unipop64

Not a lot of eventual hits from this bunch but Week One netted the highest average score (124) among its six singles, with an average chart peak of 42 and an average chart life of 14 weeks between them.  Within the next couple of weeks, HERC will have the year-end summary of 1982 debuts including the top scoring weeks and songs of the year posted.  So be sure to check back.  But back to December 1982... check out the first four tracks there under Week Four. All four of them are HERC All-Time Favorites:
The fourth one is HERC's Underperforming Pick of The Week.  The Who's "Eminence Front" debuted on the Rock Tracks chart at number 28 the week of September 18th, two weeks after parent album It's Hard hit the Rock Albums chart at number 16 as the Most Added record at reporting stations and three weeks after the album's first single "Athena" first appeared on the Hot 100 at number 77 and on the Rock Tracks chart at number 36.  (In a quirk of the chart's reporting and tracking, the 12 inch promo single of "Athena" hit the Rock Albums chart that same week at number 15 as the Most Added record at the AOR stations reporting in.)  The track is a decidedly devisive one, one that people love or hate, with no middle ground or shades of gray.
"Eminence Front" eventually peaked at number 5 on the Rock Tracks chart the week of November 6th during a nineteen week chart campaign.  Where was the logic in adding the single to the Hot 100 on the last week of the year as it slid down the Rock Tracks chart?  Debuting down at number 80 on the Hot 100 during Christmas Week and within three weeks had stalled at number 68 before begnning a three week freefall off the chart, hitting number 97 on the way down.  Like the four other Who tracks used as theme songs in the CSI franchise, "Eminence Front" was rumored to be under consideration as the theme song for a London spin-off that never materialized.

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