1982 was the year in which the wheels seriously started to come off the Status Quo express and, as a result, the album 1+9+8+2, which they (and we) would have hoped to have been their best ever, turned into a rather patchy release!
With the somewhat less than amicable departure of drummer John Coghlan and all the rest of the bands problems starting to take their toll, Quo then proceeded to turn out what I feel was their weakest album to date.
Of course, that's not to say that 1+9+8+2 is a bad release - far from it. 'Dear John' is a top class song and was also the first single to be released, deservedly becoming another top 10 hit.
Other good songs include 'Get Out And Walk', 'Resurrection', 'Doesn't Matter', 'Young Pretender' and 'I Should Have Known'.
Unfortunately there are also some rather indifferent songs here in my view - much more of a rare event on previous Quo albms. 'Big Man', 'I Want The World To Know' and 'I Love Rock n Roll' are, I think, sub-par and not worthy of Quo!
Despite being far from a bad album, 1+9+8+2 seemed to be the end of an era and, overall, a bit of a nadir for Quo. Of course, at that time nobody had any idea of what was to happen in the next 15-20 years!