february 1982

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Happy Birthday, Queen (11th February, 1982)

People say to me, you like to play strong women. I like to say: I like to play women who are terrified, but they find a way through their fear. That’s what the tat on my arm is about. We all feel fear. Fear is a part of human nature; it’s a necessary emotion. The secret is not not feeling it, it’s pushing through it. You know?

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Happy 35th Birthday Natalie Dormer! (February 11, 1982)

“I’m kind of grateful that I’m a late bloomer because it’s given me time to develop as a human. It’s also about learning how the industry works, not taking things so personally and learning to – it sounds like a cliche because of the titles of the projects I’ve been in – play the game. If you don’t enjoy the journey, if you’re just striving to get there, then what’s the point?”

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Opening night party for Eric Idle’s play, “Pass the Butler”, at the Dorchester Hotel in London, 1982.

“Meanwhile, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, in town for the filming of the ‘Revenge of the Jedi,’ next in George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ series, were being followed by a group of people who wanted to know what the film is about. They didn’t find out.” – Women’s Wear Daily, February 3, 1982

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On this day in music history: May 10, 1982 - “Rio”, the second studio album by Duran Duran is released. Produced by Colin Thurston, it is recorded at Townhouse Studios and AIR Studios in London from in October 1981, and January - February 1982. Achieving success in the UK and other parts of the world with their self-titled debut album, Duran Duran begin the process of writing and recording their follow up release toward the end of 1981. Once again, the band work with producer and engineer Colin Thurston (David Bowie, The Human League), moving into AIR Studios in October of 1981. The first track completed is “My Own Way” (#14 UK), and is released as a stand alone single in November of 1981. The rest of the album is completed in two months when the sessions resume in January of 1982, following a brief tour of Germany, Sweden and the UK. Released in the Spring of 1982, is the breakthrough album for the Birmingham, UK based pop/rock quintet on a worldwide basis. It continues Duran Duran’s success at home (quickly spinning off four hit singles), but initially gets off to a slow start in the US. Producer David Kershenbaum (Joe Jackson, Tracy Chapman), is brought in to remix five tracks on the album with the aim of promoting them at dance clubs. Four of those tracks (“Rio” (#9 UK, #14 US Pop), “Hungry Like The Wolf”, “Hold Back The Rain”, and “My Own Way”) are released as a 12" EP titled “Carnival” in September of 1982. Its success motivates Capitol Records in the US to reissue the album in November with the remixed tracks replacing the original mixes, and re-releasing the first single “Hungry Like The Wolf” (#5 UK, #3 US Pop), which is one of the last songs completed for the project. To help promote the album, the band film several music videos, mostly with Australian director Russell Mulcahy, including a clip for the title track filmed on location on the Caribbean island of Antigua. Three more clips, made for “Hungry Like The Wolf”, Save A Prayer" and “Lonely In Your Nightmare” are filmed in Sri Lanka shortly after “Rio” is completed. By this time, MTV have begun playing the bands videos in heavy rotation which give them major exposure, leading to radio adding the single. The albums iconic cover art, painted by artist Patrick Nagel (graphics by Malcolm Garrett of Assorted Images) also become synonymous with the bands image. In 2001, a remastered CD of the album is released in a mini gatefold jacket, with the disc featuring enhanced CD content including the music videos for “Hungry Like The Wolf” and the title track. It is reissued again in 2009 as a two CD expanded edition that also contains the Kershenbaum remixes and other bonus tracks. The making of the album is documented in an episode of the “Classic Albums” series in 2008. “Rio” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: June 1, 1983 - “Synchronicity”, the fifth studio album by The Police is released. Produced by The Police and Hugh Padgham, it is recorded at AIR Studios in Montserrat and Le Studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from December 1982 - February 1983. Released as the follow up to “Ghost In The Machine”, the albums title is inspired by works written by Arthur Koestler and Carl Jung, both of whom Sting is reading during the writing and recording of the album. The recording sessions are tense throughout, especially between Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland, which lead to a physical confrontation between the two during the recording of “Every Breath You Take”. Co-producer and engineer Hugh Padgham nearly walks off the project due to all of the fighting. Eventually, recording is completed with the band members tracking their parts in separate rooms. Upon its release it is a huge critical and commercial success, becoming The Police’s most successful album. It spins off four singles including “Every Breath You Take” (#1 Pop), “King Of Pain” (#3 Pop), “Synchronicity II” (#16 Pop) and “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (#8 Pop). The CD and cassette versions of the album contain the bonus track “Murder By Numbers” (also issued as the B-side of “Every Breath You Take”. The albums cover art features a series of individual pictures of the band on the front and back, taken by photographer Duane Michals. There are thirty six different variations of the pictures and color strips of the jacket art designed by Jeff Ayeroff and Norman Moore, that are printed (including a promotional only cover without the color stripes printed on the front and back). For the entire original press run of the LP, A&M Records presses the album on JVC KC-600 audiophile vinyl to insure high quality pressings with a quiet playing surface. The cassette configuration is manufactured on BASF CrO2 chrome tape, also for better durability and sound quality. The album is nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning three including Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and Song Of The Year in 1984. The album is remastered on CD in 1995, and as an SACD in 2003. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in the Back To Black series in 2008. “Synchronicity” spends seventeen weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 8x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 20, 1982 - “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks. Written by Jake Hooker and Alan Merrill, it is the biggest hit for the New York City based rock band fronted by former Runaways guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett (real name Joan Marie Larkin). The song is originally recorded by Anglo/American rock band the Arrows in 1975. Jett hears the song while on tour with The Runaways in the UK. After they go their separate ways, Jett actually record the song twice. The first time is in 1979 with former Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook. The “hit” version of the song is cut with her band The Blackhearts and producers Ritchie Cordell and Kenny Laguna. Released as the first single in January of 1982, “I Love Rock 'N Roll” quickly becomes a radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #63 on February 6, 1982, it streaks to the top of the chart six weeks later. Comedian “Weird Al” parodies the song on his first album as “I Love Rocky Road” (#106 Pop) in early 1983, even dressing like Jett in the accompanying music video and on the picture sleeve for the single. “I Love Rock 'N Roll” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.