Well, I warned you this was on the cards at least a year ago. To briefly summarise: I made my first ever Pick Of The Year compilation back in 1982, and have been doing them regularly-ish ever since. After a brief hiatus between 1990 and 1992, I was drawn back into making them at the request of my pal Lou in 1993: and all the ones I've made since then have been discussed and dissected on this website. There are therefore eleven years worth of Pick Of The Years which I haven't told you about before... until now. (Yes, I do mean eleven. I'll explain why in October.)
I'm going to turn fifty this year: if I can't write a series of eleven toe-curlingly nostalgic articles now, when can I do it? And this will be toe-curling, trust me. All those compilations made after 1993 were compiled for an audience, and some internal filtering took place along the way to make me look interesting. But 1982-1992? Those were purely for my own personal benefit. Some of the track choices don't hold up nowadays, but I'm not even sure some of them held up back then either.
Still, let's go for it. It's 1982. I'm nineteen years old, I've spent the past year buying records with the leftover cash from my student grant (ask your parents, kids), and I've also picked up a twin-deck Amstrad boombox to make the editing of cassettes a doddle. At the end of the year, I decide to dedicate two C60s to my favourite songs of the year: one tape of singles, one tape of album tracks. Stand by to watch my street credibility being torn to shreds.