Back in April 1982 I quit my A-Levels, my straight-forward school life and secured my first full-time job. I was out and about in the big bad world at the age of seventeen – May 1982.

I often think back to that time, not because I loved my job, but because to get to the Office I had to walk past a Sunderland record shop. The shop closed decades ago but my thoughts and memories never did.

The shop window display was always full of the latest releases, mostly chart oriented stuff like ABC, Culture Club, Duran Duran and Soft Cell. I do recall that they had the latest Siouxsie & the Banshees single in the window, an obscure one called “Fireworks” – which I bought of course!

I was thinking back to May 1982 and decided to research five singles that were released in Britain during that month. Singles that would fit my criteria here on ‘Yellow Paper Suns’.  

THE DAMNED – “Wait For The Blackout” (Big Beat)

It’s debatable if indeed this Damned single hit the shops during the back end of May as suggested on 45cat. Trade magazines also suggest a July release.
It’s an old number any way, recorded sometime in 1980 but delayed due to problems with Chiswick.

XTC – “No Thugs In Our House” (Virgin)

In which two parents try to convince a young constable that their son is not a nasty, vicious hooligan. A little heavy for my tastes and it does go on a bit. 
Winner of the Silly Packaging of The Week Award, though, for a sleeve which converts into a toy theatre! How will they try and sell them to us next?  I shudder to think. 

ALTERED IMAGES – “Pinky Blue” (Epic)

Oh, I know they’re so cute and corny, but that’s what I like about them. Who said pop groups had to go round scowling at perfectly innocent cameras and muttering at old ladies?
“Pinky Blue” you’re no doubt familiar with by now.
Clare enquires “Where are you? Where are you?” to which every red blooded male in the country retorts “I’m he-ere! Summer means fun.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – “The Back Of Love” (Korova)

There was a time when the suggestion that The Bunnymen might actually have a hit was greeted with snorts of derision. Nowadays I’m not so sure.
Mac sounds like he’s fed up of loitering in the backwaters of hipness and brings forth an impassioned vocal that compliments the urgent guitars and thundering drums of his colleagues.
Cutting loose and cutting deep as well.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – “Fireworks” (Polydor)

Starts with an orchestra tuning up and ends with the sound of some fairly expensive rockets going off.
In between you get the usual swirling Siouxsie sound, long on repetition but short on tune, eminently suitable for haunting houses etc. Probably recorded in a bell tower. Quite likeable really. 

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