You, You & You! though technically published in late 1981, was distributed to the trade in February 1982. Thanks to good coverage on TV and Radio, in specialist publications and a full page review in NME, it got known.
The Alternative Bestseller list was an innovation of the London based weekly listings magazine City limits. City Limits was co-operatively run by journalists who had worked for Time Out. The owner Tom Elliott wanted to do away with the co-operative run nature of Time Out and – from memory – a bitter strike/lock-out followed. Defeated, those jounalists who believed in the co-oprative led ethic started City limits in 1981. For more details, see the Wikipedia entry City Limits (magazine).