Wednesday 22 May 2019

Top Tens: This week in 1982

Musical Youth
Musical Youth

Musical Youth's biggest selling song was partially based on 'Pass The Kouchie', a song by Jamaican harmony trio, Mighty Diamonds, about the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie is slang for a cannabis pipe). Shrewdly, Musical Youth dropped any drug references in the lyrics, their 'dutchie' being a cooking pot.

There's little doubt that if they hadn't, the song would not have been the four million-plus seller it was in the autumn of 1982 and through the following year.

'Pass The Dutchie', from Musical Youth's debut album 'The Youth Of Today', entered the UK charts at number 26 on its release - a week later it rocketed to number one. Some months later it reached the top ten in the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was also a No. 1 hit in five other countries, including Ireland.

Musical Youth had a few more hit singles before their 1985 break-up, but 'Pass The Dutchie' was their only number one. They reformed in 2001 and continue to perform today.

1 Pass The Dutchie  Musical Youth

2 The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)  The Jam

3 Zoom  Fat Larry's Band

4 Eye of the Tiger  Survivor

5 There It Is  Shalamar

6 Walking on Sunshine  Rocker's Revenge feat Donnie Calvin

7 Love Come Down  Evelyn King

8 Private Investigations  Dire Straits

9 Friend or Foe  Adam Ant

10 Why  Carly Simon

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