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And so, to the sounds which would have pleasured or abused your ears during the 82 World Cup.
England Single
Scotland Single
Northern Ireland 1982 Single
Matador Jeff Wayne


We'll start with the England World Cup Squad and they're offering "This Time (We'll Get it Right)" / "England We'll Fly the Flag" which reached No. 2 in May 1982. We're still 2 World Cups away from New Order and 'World In Motion', so this leaves us in the very familiar
football song territory of 15 men shouting to a slightly modernised Oom-Pah beat.
The B-Side (or 'Second Half' as it's refered to on the sleeve) brings us some terrible synthesizers and a tune that sounds like it ought to belong on an advert for British Airways. Full A Side Lyrics


Next we're facing the Scotland World Cup Squad and B.A. Robertson and "We Have A Dream" which reached No. 5 in May 1982. (B-Side "Wrap Up The World")
I must confess, until I started researching this page, this song had completely slipped from my memory, but upon hearing it again it all came flooding back. I've a memory of B.A. on Top Of The Pops performing this like Laurence Olivier perfoming Hamlet, especially the spoken part at the beginning: "I awoke in the night with a fever and the sky was the darkest blue and a still voice was calling to me 'your country is needing you'". Upon getting hold of the 7" single, it appears the opening spoken piece is by John Gordon Sinclair (out of Gregory's Girl) and has apparent contributions from jockey Willy Carson and the then Miss Scotland. Full Lyrics


Now I'm into completely hazy territory with the Northern Ireland World Cup Squad and Dana and "Yer Man" which failed to chart at all.

Also coming out on the back of the World Cup coverage were Jeff Wayne with "Matador" which was used as the ITV World Cup Theme, which reached No. 57 in July 1982 and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with "BBC World Cup Grandstand" which reached No. 61 in July 1982.

The number 1 UK singles from the 82 World Cup period were:
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes; No 1 on 12th June for 2 weeks
Charlene - I've Never Been To Me; No 1 on 26th June for 1 week
Captain Sensible - Happy Talk; No 1 on 3rd July for 2 weeks

The over all top selling UK singles for the 1982 World Cup period (14 June - 11 July 1982) were:
   1: Captain Sensible - Happy Talk
   2: Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes
   3: Charlene - I've Never Been To Me
   4: Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf
   5: Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
   6: Odyssey - Inside Out
   7: Kid Creole & The Coconuts - I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby
   8: Imagination - Music And Lights
   9: Irene Cara - Fame
   10: Soft Cell - Torch
   11: Shalamar - A Night To Remember
   12: Madness - House Of Fun
   13: Tight Fit - Fantasy Island
   14: Diana Ross - Work That Body
   15: Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
   16: Midge Ure - No Regrets
   17: Beatles - Beatles Movie Medley
   18: Genesis - 3 x 3 EP (Paperlate)
   19: Gary Numan - We Take Mystery (To Bed)
   20: Bucks Fizz - Now Those Days Are Gone