🤪 Stir Crazy Antidote #9 - Who had the best music at the age of 12?

Who had the best music at age 12?

OK, I saw something on Twitter saying that your “Lockdown Tune” was the number one on the day you turned 12.

Mine is Are Friends Electric? by Tubeway Army so I figured I’d win that battle, but whilst researching that I was impressed with the list of #1 singles during that year.

What to do?

So, share the #1 single on your 12th birthday (knowing you will be judged for it) and then list all of the #1 singles during the year you turned 12.

You can then all agree that Bletch had the best year by far.

(@lifeintheslowlane - you can just go for the first year when the phonograph was invented)

#1 on my 12th Birthday

Are Friends Electric by Tubeway Army (how cool am I?)

#1s in 1979

Date Song Artist
6 January Y.M.C.A. Village People
13 January
20 January
27 January Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Ian Dury and the Blockheads
3 February Heart of Glass Blondie
10 February
17 February
24 February
3 March Tragedy Bee Gees
10 March
17 March I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
24 March
31 March
7 April
14 April Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel
21 April
28 April
5 May
12 May
19 May
26 May Sunday Girl Blondie
2 June
9 June
16 June Ring My Bell Anita Ward
23 June
30 June Are ‘Friends’ Electric? Tubeway Army
7 July
14 July
21 July
28 July I Don’t Like Mondays The Boomtown Rats
4 August
11 August
18 August
25 August We Don’t Talk Anymore Cliff Richard
1 September
8 September
15 September
22 September Cars Gary Numan
29 September Message in a Bottle The Police
6 October
13 October
20 October Video Killed the Radio Star The Buggles
27 October One Day at a Time Lena Martell
3 November
10 November
17 November When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
24 November
1 December
8 December Walking on the Moon The Police
15 December Another Brick in the Wall Part II Pink Floyd
22 December
29 December

Information taken from here.

How is that for a fucking year of music?

OK, there are couple of duds in there but that’s a strong year.

I win.

Almost looks like my karaoke list

‘‘The One and Only’’ By Chesney Hawks.

I just narrowly missed out on this by one week…

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The Police, Every Little Thing she does is Magic (1981)…

I can’t find a suitable place for this but I find it an interesting read. Giant Steps is a superb album. I hated Wake Up Boo

Sandwiched between Paul Hardcastle 19 and “Frankie” by sister sledge was The Crowd. I remember all the number 1 songs on the list from Wikipedia apart from this.

#1 on my 12th Birthday

The Tide is High, Blondie (I win)

#1s during 1980

Pink Floyd “Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)” 15 December 1979
Pretenders “Brass in Pocket” 19 January 1980
The Special A.K.A. feat. Rico “Too Much Too Young”[nb 2] 2 February 1980
Kenny Rogers “Coward of the County” 16 February 1980
Blondie “Atomic” 1 March 1980
Fern Kinney “Together We Are Beautiful” 15 March 1980
The Jam “Going Underground” / “Dreams of Children” 22 March 1980
The Detroit Spinners “Working My Way Back to You – Forgive Me Girl” * 12 April 1980
Blondie “Call Me” 26 April 1980
Dexys Midnight Runners “Geno” 3 May 1980
Johnny Logan “What’s Another Year” 17 May 1980
The Mash “Theme from MAS*H (Suicide is Painless)” 31 May 1980
Don McLean “Crying” 21 June 1980
Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra “Xanadu” 12 July 1980
Odyssey “Use It Up and Wear It Out” 26 July 1980
ABBA “The Winner Takes It All” 9 August 1980
David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes” 23 August 1980
The Jam “Start!” 6 September 1980
Kelly Marie “Feels Like I’m in Love” * 13 September 1980
The Police “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” † 27 September 1980
Barbra Streisand “Woman in Love” 25 October 1980
Blondie “The Tide Is High” 15 November 1980
ABBA “Super Trouper” 29 November 1980
John Lennon “(Just Like) Starting Over” 20 December 1980
St Winifred’s School Choir “There’s No One Quite Like Grandma” * 27 December 1980

A better year the @saintbletch’s indeed

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I thought @gavstar was younger than this and that @CB-Saint was older.

I’m still not convinced @saintbletch isn’t trying to gather personal information on us all to hack bank accounts and whatnot.


I am wise beyond my years

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I am an idiot forgot I should have been 12. August 1976

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”

Elton John and Kiki Dee


If your criterion is that the song should be a truly appalling cover version of a truly brilliant record, then yes you do.

Good year.
I get Abba Super Trouper so yeah you win😉

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Not proud now, but the 12 yo me loved it and bought it.


Oh dear. This was number one on the day of my twelfth birthday.

I think I can say that 1972 was a mixed bag for number ones. Alongside T Rex, Rod, Slade and Alice Cooper you’ll find Lieutenant Pigeon, two Osmond brothers, David Cassidy and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Hmm.

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