One Step Further

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"One Step Further"
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Single by Bardo
B-side"Lady of the Night"
Released2 April 1982
GenrePop
Length3:00
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Simon Jefferis
Producer(s)Andy Hill
Eurovision Song Contest 1982 entry
Country
Artist(s)
As
Language
Composer(s)
Simon Jefferis
Conductor
Ronnie Hazlehurst
Finals performance
Final result
7th
Final points
76
Appearance chronology
◄ "Making Your Mind Up" (1981)   
"I'm Never Giving Up" (1983) ►

"One Step Further", written by Simon Jefferis, was the United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, performed by the duo Bardo, comprising Sally Ann Triplett and Stephen Fischer.

Background[edit]

Bardo were chosen to perform at the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest in Harrogate by winning the UK national final, A Song for Europe.[1] On the day of the main contest, bookmakers Ladbrokes rated the song as the favourite to win at odds of 5–2. Commentator Terry Wogan also thought the song would be the "outright winner".[2] DJ and well-known Eurovision fan John Peel stated in an interview that "One Step Further" was his favourite Eurovision song of all time.[3]

At Harrogate, the song was performed fourth on the night. At the end of judging that evening, "One Step Further" finished in seventh place with 76 points. Luxembourg and Austria both awarded Bardo the maximum 12 points that night.

At the night of the contest itself, the orchestra played the tune in a retro style. The single version and subsequent live versions used many electronic musical instruments popular in the early 1980s and had more of a contemporary feel than many Eurovision entries. Despite containing a grammatical error ("I could have tooken one step further"), the BBC did not request that 'proper' English was performed at the contest as they had with previous examples of bad grammar in UK entries.

After Eurovision, the song reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart. No further UK Eurovision entries would chart so highly until 1996.[4] The song was the 75th-best-selling single of 1982 in the UK, achieving a Silver disc for sales of over 250,000.[5]

The song was featured in episode one of the second series of Peter Kay's Car Share, which was first broadcast on BBC One on 11 April 2017.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Singles Official Charts Company[6] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK NATIONAL FINAL 1982". 26 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Daily Express, 24 April 1982
  3. ^ 40 Years of Eurovision (radio documentary), 1995
  4. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Bardo - One Step Further". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  5. ^ BPI - Statistics - Certified awards - Bardo
  6. ^ "The UK's highest charting Eurovision stars revealed!". Retrieved 2015-05-10.