Record of the week: Stranglers – Nuclear Device
Highest entry: Suzi Quatro – She’s In Love With You
10th Aug 2022 – The Stranglers had passed me by until now and I reckon I only heard Nuclear Device once and never again until I bought a copy a few years later. It felt strange that a song I loved and I believe charted was so rarely heard on the radio. I was starting to feel that someone out there had it in for the punks and good music. I don’t recognise this Suzi Quatro song but she was always a pleasure to watch on Top of the Pops, though as a weird soon-to-be 12-year-old I didn’t quite understand why!
21st October 1979
Nuclear Device (Wizard of Aus) is great
10th Aug 2022 – Perhaps this was the start of my education into the terrible power of nuclear weapons which would only cast a longer shadow over our lives in the early 80s. I did love the pun in the record’s title. Perhaps a first inkling of an interest in language.
22nd October 1979
Specials Message To You, Rudy is as above
10th Aug 2022 – The Two Tone ska revolution was just starting to swing and my friends and I were getting into it. The music wasn’t punk but the messages were. I could identify. Any youth culture was interesting to me at this formative stage.
23rd October 1979
(4) Not long
Took radio to school
2p 8p 1
10th Aug 2022 – Countdown to my birthday. Birthdays were still exciting. Soon to be 12. I took a radio to school so we could listen to music and particularly the chart run down.
24th October 1979
(3) Not as long as yesterday
25th October 1979
(2) Even shorter
1. Lena Martell
3. Michael Jackson
4. Dr Hook
5. Sad Cafe
10th Aug 2022 – Apart from the Buggles this top 5 is pretty atrocious, though I do have a Sad Cafe song in the memory banks.
26th October 1979
(1) One day
Christopher’s coming down tomorrow
27th October 1979
For what I got, look at next week
10th Aug 2022 – A Saturday birthday with a friend visiting. Unfortunately no memories retained, sadly.