New Musical Express, February 26, 1983

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NME Readers' Poll 1982


In the greatest upset since Brighton's cup win at Anfield, rank outsiders The Jam have beaten all the odds to snatch a dramatic last minute triumph in this year's readers poll.

The virtually unknown Woking-bred threesome are in fact no longer with us but there can be no doubt as to the impression they have made on the nation's pop pickers. They have won not only top group — for the fourth year running, beating Led Zeppelin's record of three consecutive triumphs in the 70s — but also 12 other categories, twice as many as they took last year.

Not even the Falklands war or the Greenham Common peace protest could impinge on their immovability and so our hearty commiserations, sorry congratulations must once again go out to Messrs Weller, Foxton and Buckler.

Beneath the Woking Wonders, however, things are nowhere near as settled as they have been for the past two years. If one ignores the votes cast for The Jam and looks instead at the runners-up spot in each category a more varied and shifting picture emerges: in this new hierarchy, Simple Minds have risen to number two band, Kid Creole And The Coconuts make second best live act and Elvis Costello is runner up both as songwriter and male singer.

Of the old guard, The Clash have enjoyed their best poll position for years — they copped second best LP, third best band, songwriters and haircut — while Siouxsie has triumphed yet again in the female vocal stakes, narrowly beating a strong challenge by Alf of Yazoo and even a small threat by Boy George. The Banshees also showed up strongly elsewhere, A Kiss In The Dreamhouse winning best dressed sleeve and Siouxsie finishing best dressed female, with drummer Budgie and guitarist John McGeoch finishing runners-up in their respective instrumental sections.

But '82 was also a great year for new names. Wham taking the dance floor section with "Young Guns." ABC making the top five in the group category. Grandmaster Flash running up in the singles list with "The Message," Tracey Thorn among the female singers while even one-time NME tealady Gary Crowley sneaks into the top ten radio shows with his Tuesday Club.

Apart from The Jam, one or two others managed to hold on to their titles. John Peel hosting the hottest thing on the airwaves for the 21st year running and Margaret Thatcher proving opinion polls correct with her Creep Of The Year accolade.

Other worthy winners — all for the first time were Madness (video), Vince Clark (electronics), The Young Ones (TV show). E.T. (film) and Helen O'Hara of The Emerald Express (miscellaneous instrument).

There were also some notable absentees — The Human League, Squeeze, Ultravox all slipped dramatically along with last year's best new group Altered Images — and those such as Echo And The Bunnymen who failed to capitalise on last year's success in the way they might have hoped.

Still, there's always next year and who's to bet that The Style Council won't be up there making the running. As things stand. Paul Weller looks very unlikely to surrender.

Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve and Imperial Bedroom placed in the following categories:

  1. The Jam
  2. Simple Minds
  3. The Clash
  4. Siouxsie & The Banshees
  5. ABC
  6. Echo & The Bunnymen
  7. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  8. The Stranglers
  9. New Order
  10. U2
  11. Japan
  12. Dexys Midnight Runners
  13. The Cure
  14. Yazoo
  15. Madness
  16. The Fall
  17. Bauhaus
  18. Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  19. Birthday Party
  20. Shalamar

Male singer
  1. Paul Weller
  2. Elvis Costello
  3. Billy Mackenzie
  4. Boy George
  5. David Bowie
  6. Ian McCulloch
  7. Joe Strummer
  8. Jim Kerr
  9. Marc Almond
  10. Robert Wyatt
  11. Peter Murphy
  12. Martyn Fry
  13. Robert Smith
  14. David Sylvian
  15. Hugh Cornwell
  16. Marian Gaye
  17. Bono
  18. Kevin Rowland
  19. Bryan Ferry
  20. Mark E. Smith
  21. Gregory Isaacs

  1. Paul Weller
  2. Elvis Costello
  3. Strummer / Jones
  4. Martin Fry
  5. Green Gartside
  6. David Sylvian
  7. Jim Kerr
  8. Sioux / Severin
  9. Difford / Tilbrook
  10. Kevin Rowland
    Mark E Smith

Long players
  1. The Gift – The Jam
  2. Combat Rock – The Clash
  3. New Gold Dream – Simple Minds
  4. Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello
  5. Lexicon Of Love – ABC
  6. Dig The New Breed – The Jam
  7. A Kiss In The Dreamhouse – Siouxsie & The Banshees
  8. Too Rye Ay – Dexys Midnight Runners
  9. Pornography – The Cure
  10. Songs To Remember – Scritti Politti
  11. Upstairs At Eric's – Yazoo
  12. Kissing To Be Clever – Culture Club
  13. Sulk – The Associates
  14. Happy Families – Blancmange
  15. Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
  16. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel
  17. Hex Enduction Hour – The Fall
  18. La Folie – The Stranglers
  19. Garlands – The Cocteau Hems
  20. Junkyard – Birthday Party
  21. Avalon – Roxy Music

Live act
  1. The Jam
  2. Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  3. The Clash
  4. Simple Minds
  5. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  6. U2
  7. Siouxsie & The Banshees
  8. Echo & The Bunnymen
  9. Bauhaus
  10. Culture Club

  1. The Emerald Express – violin
  2. Steve Naive – keyboards
  3. Saxa – sax
  4. Steve Nichol – trumpet
  5. Laurie Anderson – violin

Most wonderful human being
  1. Paul Weller
  2. Ken Livingstone
  3. John Peel
  4. Rik Mayall
  5. David Bowie
  6. Elvis Costello
  7. Yosser Hughes
  8. E.T.
  9. Boy George
  10. Joe Strummer
  11. Pope John Paul
  12. Captain Sensible
  13. Tony Benn
  14. David Sylvian
  15. Siouxsie

Tags: Elvis CostelloSteve NieveImperial BedroomThe JamPaul WellerThe ClashLed ZeppelinGrandmaster FlashThe MessageTracey ThornE.T.John PeelMargaret ThatcherMadnessU2SqueezeStyle CouncilDexys Midnight RunnersDavid BowieJoe StrummerRobert WyattBonoJoe StrummerMick JonesGreen GartsideChris DiffordGlenn TilbrookScritti PolittiSaxa

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New Musical Express, February 26, 1983

Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve and Imperial Bedroom place in the NME readers' poll for 1982.

Also includes promotion for the NME / Maxell Expresso Video.


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Page scans.

Promotion for NME's Expresso Video.
Page 19 clipping - Promotion for the NME / Maxell Expresso Video.

Page 27 clipping.

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