My 1994 Charts – February

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Yes these are friends of mine at UKCAC – comic convention London ….

6th FEB 1994

In from nowhere, knocking a World Music track off the top…another World Music track! Deep Forest was one of those Tree-hugging Sting-promoting type records to help save the Rainforests that were subject to ridicule by powerful vested-interest newspapers and crap comics. Or, as I prefer to think of them, selfish morons who think it’s hilarious that the planets lungs are being systematically decimated and untold species wiped-out. Real belly-laughs there, then. The rate of the Amazon loss might have slowed recently, but it’s still going on and 20 years later it’s frightening how much has been lost. The record? It’s beautiful.

A big soul climber for Joe Roberts, to 3, The Cranberries gentle guitar pop to 9, and The Orb’s New Age-ish sounds to 10. Cathy Dennis gets back with D Mob for a final fling at the charts, pretty much before switching to song writing and mega-success. Oh and another New Age record at 23, I think I was getting my Second-Wind as Hippie-by-inclination (too young to be one at the time)…

Significant Top 40 entries for Red Hot Chili Peppers and pop-wise Ace Of Base, and while Mariah was warbling her torturous cover up the charts, the Nilsson version was topping my play list along with Nancy Sinatra’s Greatest Hits and It Never Rains In Southern California (Albert Hammond). Happily, Saint Etienne, Kate Bush, The Charlatans and Crowded House shone a bit of minor light lower down from the pompous big international diva chart hits middling it up in my charts for a few weeks, largely due to the songs rather than the quality of the records.

1 ( NEW ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
2 ( 1 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
3 ( 37 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
4 ( 2 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
5 ( 3 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
6 ( 5 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
7 ( 8 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
8 ( 4 ) ACTION Def Leppard
9 ( 26 ) LINGER The Cranberries
10 ( 29 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb

11 ( 6 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
12 ( 19 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
13 ( 13 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
14 ( 7 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
15 ( NEW ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
16 ( 9 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 10 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston
18 ( 17 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
19 ( 28 ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
20 ( 55 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla

21 ( 11 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
22 ( 12 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
24 ( 50 ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms
25 ( 20 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
26 ( 14 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
27 ( 15 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
28 ( 33 ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
29 ( 21 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
30 ( 40 ) THE RED STROKES Garth Brooks

31 ( 16 ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
32 ( 32 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Celine Dion
33 ( 22 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
34 ( 69 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
35 ( 49 ) PIN CUSHION ZZ Top
36 ( 18 ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins
37 ( 23 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
38 ( 48 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
39 ( 24 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
40 ( NEW ) GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chili Peppers

41 ( 35 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 30 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
43 ( 27 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
44 ( 34 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
45 ( 25 ) HYPERACTIVE (REMIX) Thomas Dolby
46 ( NEW ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John and RuPaul
47 ( 67 ) IN YOUR ROOM Depeche Mode
48 ( NEW ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
49 ( 43 ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal
50 ( 66 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx

51 ( 45 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 41 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
54 ( 38 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
55 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
56 ( 44 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
57 ( 31 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
58 ( NEW ) WHY SHOULD I LOVE YOU Kate Bush
59 ( RE ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
60 ( 42 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson

61 ( 61 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
62 ( 56 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
63 ( 57 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
66 ( 36 ) I’M IN LUV Joe
67 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE Meatloaf
68 ( 65 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
69 ( 51 ) LIFE Haddaway
70 ( 62 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc

71 ( NEW ) LOCKED OUT Crowded House
72 ( NEW ) IMPOSSIBLE Captain Hollywood Project
73 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET OUT OF MY HEAD The Charlatans
74 ( 72 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
75 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN COMMON Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston

13th FEB 1994

Another new entry at the top for the second week in a row – this time it’s 1972 classic Without You in it’s definitive version, the heart-breaking vocal by Nilsson. It had peaked at 2 first time round, and Top 10 again in 1976, this time with the recent death of Harry Nilsson (a great singer) and the comparison of UK chart number 1 (Mariah Carey) justice prevails in my chart-world.

In at 7 from nowhere, Texas do a dramatic ballad, and it’s fab. I love Sharleen when she gets all soulful. A big leap for Saint Etienne into the Top 20, ditto Womack and Womack aka House Of Zakkarius. Meanwhile The Proclaimers want to get married and go Top 40, along with a good new entry from Level 42. Occasionally great, they were well out of fashion by 1994, unfairly I thought, as they were pretty good as their career dipped out and away. In the play list world of oldies, I was mad on Talk Of The USA all over again (Middle Of The Road non-hit from 1973), loving the classy gentle instrumental theme by Henry Mancini to gentle classy quirky US sitcom Newhart, and Love Train by the O’Jays (obviously reviewing 1973 charts that week!).

1 ( NEW ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
2 ( 3 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
3 ( 1 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
4 ( 2 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
5 ( 9 ) LINGER The Cranberries
6 ( 7 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
7 ( NEW ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas
8 ( 4 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
9 ( 12 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
10 ( 15 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

11 ( 23 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
12 ( 48 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
13 ( 6 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
14 ( 19 ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
15 ( 5 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
16 ( 38 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
17 ( 10 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
18 ( 20 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla
19 ( 24 ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms
20 ( 11 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen

21 ( 8 ) ACTION Def Leppard
22 ( 16 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
23 ( 13 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
24 ( 14 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
25 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
26 ( 17 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston
27 ( 40 ) GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chili Peppers
28 ( 28 ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
29 ( 22 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 18 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean

31 ( 27 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
32 ( 32 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Celine Dion
33 ( 21 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
34 ( 34 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
35 ( 50 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx
36 ( 29 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
37 ( 59 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
38 ( 33 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( NEW ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
40 ( 72 ) IMPOSSIBLE Captain Hollywood Project

41 ( 41 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 26 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
43 ( 39 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
44 ( 46 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John and RuPaul
45 ( 44 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
46 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
47 ( 37 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
48 ( 31 ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
49 ( 42 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
50 ( 49 ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal

51 ( 67 ) ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE Meatloaf
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 30 ) THE RED STROKES Garth Brooks
54 ( 43 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
55 ( 55 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
56 ( 51 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
57 ( 35 ) PIN CUSHION ZZ Top
58 ( 53 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
59 ( 71 ) LOCKED OUT Crowded House
60 ( 36 ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins

61 ( 56 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
62 ( 61 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 73 ) CAN’T GET OUT OF BED The Charlatans
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
66 ( 62 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 63 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
68 ( 54 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
69 ( 75 ) SOMETHING IN COMMON Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston
70 ( NEW ) COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN Wendy Moten

71 ( 70 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
72 ( 74 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
73 ( 69 ) LIFE Haddaway
74 ( 57 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
75 ( NEW ) WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU Sheryl Crow

20th FEB 1994

2 weeks for Nilsson, while other oldies joining the chartparty are Joan Jett (from 1982), and Frankie Goes To Hollywood (via remix and a third in a row from 1984 to chart). New Kids On The Block get all grown up, and release an actual decent pop record under their initials. Sadly, 10-year-old girls didn’t like the change, and more serious fans couldn’t face grudgingly admitting it was OK, so that, more or less, was them done for. Sting returns with another jazz-flavoured ballad. 20 years on, I still have ambitions for Sting to release an actual exciting record again, and I’d already harboured those ambitions for 10 years in 1994.

With an actual exciting pop rock record, meanwhile, The Wildhearts Bomb into my Top 40. Always under-rated they were, possibly as they were rather manic and fun for serious musos whom presume dour means meaningful, and intense equals passion, and fun is just bubblegum. Pah! Suede also return, much-loved by their generation of fans, and sometimes loved by me. Several future number ones from the band and ex-members are forecast, but here a minor entry (so far).

1 ( 1 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
2 ( 4 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
3 ( 3 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
4 ( 2 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
5 ( 5 ) LINGER The Cranberries
6 ( 7 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas
7 ( 10 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
8 ( 9 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
9 ( 16 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
10 ( 12 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne

11 ( 11 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
12 ( 8 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
13 ( 6 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
14 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
15 ( 39 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
16 ( 18 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla
17 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES (REMIX) Frankie Goes To Hollywood
18 ( 37 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
19 ( 14 ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
20 ( 13 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees

21 ( 17 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
22 ( 15 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
23 ( 23 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
24 ( 19 ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms
25 ( 20 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
26 ( 34 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
27 ( NEW ) DIRTY DAWG NKOTB
28 ( 27 ) GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chili Peppers
29 ( NEW ) NOTHING ‘BOUT ME Sting
30 ( 35 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx

31 ( 22 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
32 ( NEW ) I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
33 ( 25 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
34 ( 59 ) LOCKED OUT Crowded House
35 ( 29 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
36 ( 24 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
37 ( 31 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
38 ( NEW ) CAFFEINE BOMB The Wildhearts
39 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston
40 ( 44 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John and RuPaul

41 ( 41 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 33 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
44 ( 21 ) ACTION Def Leppard
45 ( 28 ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
46 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE Meatloaf
47 ( 40 ) IMPOSSIBLE Captain Hollywood Project
48 ( 30 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
49 ( 38 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 32 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Celine Dion

51 ( 45 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 63 ) CAN’T GET OUT OF BED The Charlatans
54 ( 55 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 48 ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
56 ( 56 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
57 ( 43 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
58 ( 58 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
59 ( 49 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
60 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

61 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
62 ( 62 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 42 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
64 ( NEW ) HIGHER GROUND Sasha
65 ( 54 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
66 ( 66 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 71 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
68 ( 67 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
69 ( NEW ) STAY TOGETHER Suede
70 ( 70 ) COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN Wendy Moten

71 ( 47 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
72 ( 61 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) RUSH Freakpower
74 ( 50 ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal
75 ( 57 ) PIN CUSHION ZZ Top

27th FEB 1994

3 weeks for Nilsson at 1, 1 week for another Nilsson at 75 – Josefin. Abba’s Bjorn and Benny, basically. The charts go mad with new entries, lots of them pretty good: Morrissey with one of his best, Beck grunge-shuffling his way to declare he’s a Loser. Know how he feels. Springsteen with the fab movie theme; Whatta Man, En Vogue & Salt n Pepa declaring the start of that modern curse: urban superstar duets. Thanks Gals!

Meanwhile Nat & eartha enter with records not necessarily well-known, but plugged via adverts. Also a modern phenomenon, but one I’m more in favour of! Ace Of Base finally get cracking into the Top 10; Cocteau’s are cool at 40; Jimmy Cliff, reggae legend, does a film-related of the very under-rated non-reggae legend Johnny Nash, US Sam Cooke soundalike who was the first ever reggae breakthrough act in the UK and the US. He wrote I Can See Clearly Now, and covered Bob Marley 3 years before his breakthrough. Should be well-known!

1 ( 1 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
2 ( 2 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
3 ( 5 ) LINGER The Cranberries
4 ( 3 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
5 ( 4 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
6 ( 26 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
7 ( 15 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
8 ( 7 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
9 ( 17 ) TWO TRIBES (REMIX) Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10 ( 6 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas

11 ( 8 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
12 ( 10 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
14 ( 12 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
15 ( 11 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
16 ( 18 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
17 ( 9 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
18 ( 23 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
19 ( 29 ) NOTHING ‘BOUT ME Sting
20 ( 27 ) DIRTY DAWG NKOTB

21 ( 13 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
22 ( 16 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla
23 ( NEW ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
24 ( 21 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
25 ( 20 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
26 ( 64 ) HIGHER GROUND Sasha
27 ( 30 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx
28 ( 24 ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms
29 ( 19 ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
30 ( 25 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen

31 ( 22 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
32 ( NEW ) IF I LOVE YA THEN I NEED YA Eartha Kitt
33 ( 32 ) I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
34 ( 34 ) LOCKED OUT Crowded House
35 ( 31 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 46 ) ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE Meatloaf
37 ( 33 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
38 ( 38 ) CAFFEINE BOMB The Wildhearts
39 ( 40 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John and RuPaul
40 ( NEW ) BLUEBEARD The Cocteau Twins

41 ( 28 ) GIVE IT AWAY Red Hot Chili Peppers
42 ( 35 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 41 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) SAIL AWAY Urban Cookie Collective
45 ( 43 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
46 ( 39 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston
47 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF LOVE Janet Jackson
48 ( 37 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
49 ( 36 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
50 ( 42 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson

51 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
52 ( 69 ) STAY TOGETHER Suede
53 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
54 ( NEW ) I FEEL NO PAIN Bindu and Moodswings
55 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
56 ( NEW ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
57 ( 45 ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
58 ( NEW ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
59 ( NEW ) NO MAN’S LAND Billy Joel
60 ( NEW ) RENAISSANCE M People

61 ( 60 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
63 ( 62 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
64 ( 49 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
65 ( NEW ) DOWNTOWN SWV
66 ( NEW ) TEENAGE SENSATION Credit To The Nation
67 ( 58 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) LOSER Beck
69 ( 56 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
70 ( NEW ) JINGO FKW

71 ( NEW ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
72 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and The Fall
73 ( 68 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
74 ( NEW ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
75 ( NEW ) LEAVE IT TO LOVE/ HEAVEN AND HELL Josefin Nilsson

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My 1989 Charts – February

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MARS!!! 2014. Just because it’s an amazing photo…

5th FEB 1989

Big jump for Joe’s girl Sam Brown, a brilliant soulful performance of a great song that had charted in my 1988 charts but not been a UK hit until 1989. Fabulous, and also the same tale for Gloria Estefan straight in at 7 with a more laidback ballad after finally making the UK charts. The Top 10 full of activity as teen American dance pop act Tracie Spencer hits 2, Ten City dance to 5, Raze glide to 6 with the sultry and gorgeous Break 4 Love dance rhythms, and Bryan Ferry takes the Everley Brothers song into the Top 10 for a second time, 13 years on.

Significant new entries from Texas, debuting with their classic twangy-rock classic I Don’t Want A Lover, Jesus Jones sneaking in with the fabulously distorted debut Info Freako, Edie Brickell pops in with the well-known future Emma Bunton hit, What I Am, XTC are back for a 10th year of hits, and Lynyrd Skynyrd come back again with Freebird, hippie rock anthem. Milli Vanilli enter at 75 for one week. I think I over-rated it.

1 ( 28 ) STOP Sam Brown
2 ( 7 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
3 ( 1 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
4 ( 6 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
5 ( 38 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
6 ( 22 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
7 ( NEW ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
8 ( 3 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
9 ( 15 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
10 ( 5 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals

11 ( 2 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 12 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
13 ( 9 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
14 ( 4 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
15 ( 8 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
16 ( 30 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
17 ( 10 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
18 ( 32 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
19 ( 20 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford
20 ( 13 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 33 ) TIED UP Yello
22 ( 11 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
23 ( 17 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
24 ( 26 ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
25 ( 14 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
26 ( 36 ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
27 ( 19 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
28 ( 54 ) RESPECT Adeva
29 ( 25 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
30 ( 21 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit

31 ( 31 ) WHO’S CRYING NOW Journey
32 ( 51 ) FINE TIME Yazz
33 ( 16 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
34 ( 24 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
35 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
36 ( 18 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
37 ( 27 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
38 ( 29 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
39 ( 65 ) 5 O’CLOCK WORLD Julian Cope
40 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas

41 ( 40 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 34 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
43 ( 35 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
44 ( NEW ) WHAT I AM Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
45 ( 39 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
46 ( 41 ) GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
47 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR LINDA Hue And Cry
48 ( 44 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
49 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League

51 ( 48 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 50 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
53 ( 64 ) FISHERMAN’S BLUES The Waterboys
54 ( NEW ) FREEBIRD Lynyrd Skynyrd
55 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
58 ( 43 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
59 ( 37 ) STOP Erasure
60 ( 59 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde

61 ( 60 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
62 ( 57 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
63 ( 58 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
64 ( 72 ) SKIN I’M IN Cameo
65 ( 73 ) I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU Samantha Fox
66 ( NEW ) LOVEGROOVE Squeezebrain
67 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) ONE STEP AHEAD Nik Kershaw
69 ( 68 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
70 ( NEW ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones

71 ( NEW ) MAYOR OF SIMPLETON XTC
72 ( 71 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
73 ( 49 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) CLARE Fairground Attraction
75 ( NEW ) BABY DON’T FORGET MY NUMBER Milli Vanilli

12th FEB 1989

2nd week at 1 for Sam Brown, but the Top 40 is invaded with new entries to challenge, highest at 4 the 7-year-old reissued Hold Me from Fleetwood Mac, which had flopped first time round, and the fab Pet Shop Boys “Scandal” movie track for Dusty, Nothing Has Been Proved. So gorgeous it’s straight in at 10. Robert “Blow Monkeys” Howard equals “Digging Your Scene” at 2, Jacko enters with the “Bad” bonus track that wasn’t on the vinyl album version I’d bought 2 years previously, but was on the CD. I have still refused to ever buy the track as it pissed me off, ripping off fans who had already bought the album. Yes, it was an early example of “Deluxe Edition” money-grabbing.

The Four Tops also get re-pushed, and second-time hit for me, Kim’s high at 20, and Bananarama do Comic Relief with French & Saunders & Kathy Burke , cover the Beatles, and it works a s pop record (without the comedy) or with (double A side, effectively). Stock Aitken Waterman also produce Donna Summer’s classic comeback single at 38. Elsewhere, bit of metal from Def Leppard (good) and Poison (dreary), a bit of early 80’s acts hanging in there, with new singles, and not listed 3 records I was playing a lot that week (Shooting Star (Dollar), Tightrope (ELO) and Brother Louie (Hot Choc)).

1 ( 1 ) STOP Sam Brown
2 ( 4 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
3 ( 5 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
4 ( NEW ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 3 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
6 ( 2 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
7 ( 7 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
8 ( 9 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
9 ( 6 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
10 ( NEW ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

11 ( 12 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
12 ( 16 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
13 ( 8 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
14 ( 10 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
15 ( 17 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
16 ( NEW ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
17 ( NEW ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
18 ( 18 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
19 ( 32 ) FINE TIME Yazz
20 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde

21 ( 11 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
22 ( 15 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
23 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
24 ( 14 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
25 ( 26 ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
26 ( 20 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
27 ( 13 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
28 ( 28 ) RESPECT Adeva
29 ( 19 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford
30 ( NEW ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo

31 ( 29 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
33 ( 21 ) TIED UP Yello
34 ( 22 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
35 ( 27 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
36 ( 47 ) LOOKING FOR LINDA Hue And Cry
37 ( 25 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
38 ( NEW ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
39 ( 34 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
40 ( 44 ) WHAT I AM Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 30 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
43 ( 24 ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
44 ( 31 ) WHO’S CRYING NOW Journey
45 ( NEW ) ROCKET Def Leppard
46 ( 38 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
47 ( 64 ) SKIN I’M IN Cameo
48 ( 48 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
49 ( 49 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 42 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko

51 ( 45 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
52 ( 51 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
53 ( NEW ) LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS Morrissey
54 ( 52 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
55 ( 50 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
56 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 65 ) I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU Samantha Fox
58 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
59 ( 71 ) MAYOR OF SIMPLETON XTC
60 ( 60 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde

61 ( 54 ) FREEBIRD Lynyrd Skynyrd
62 ( 61 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
63 ( 35 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
64 ( 33 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
65 ( 37 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
66 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
67 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
69 ( NEW ) EVERY ROSE HAS IT’S THORN Poison
70 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Michael Ball

71 ( 69 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
72 ( NEW ) BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN Living In A Box
73 ( NEW ) HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS Rick Astley
74 ( NEW ) I’M ON MY WAY The Proclaimers
75 ( NEW ) BRING IT BACK AGAIN The Stray Cats

19th FEB 1989

In from nowhere at the top…an oldie! It recharged in the UK singles chart under the extended billing Diana Ross & The Supremes, but really it’s a Supremes classic from 1966, American chart-topper Stop! In The Name Of Love, making that 2 Stop’s in a row at Number One! It’s a brilliant Motown oldie, pure class, pure heartbreak, and The Supremes 4th Number One. Diana sang on 3 of those, and had another 3 solo, 6 in total.

Keeping up the veteran theme, Dusty at 2, another Fleetwood Mac re-issue for Albatross (3rd-time round (1969, 1973) for 4 in the chart, David Essex remixed Rockin’ On, and Paul Carrack getting a solo hit after numerous hits with bands starting with Ace in 1974. Back in newcomer land, REM are in, Jesus Jones re-enter with the fab Info Freako, S’Express get a 3rd hit, and Simple Minds change style again for an EP with more than one great track on it. Value For Money, modern pop stars take note… Outside my charts I was bopping to Pet Shop Boys Paninaro and It’s Alright, from the remix album Disco, both future singles, and getting all retro with Sandie Shaw’s Girl Don’t Come.

1 ( NEW ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 10 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) STOP Sam Brown
4 ( 4 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 7 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
6 ( 2 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
7 ( 3 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
8 ( 8 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
9 ( 12 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
10 ( 11 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton

11 ( 5 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
12 ( 20 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
13 ( 17 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
14 ( NEW ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 16 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
16 ( 6 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
17 ( 9 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
18 ( 23 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
19 ( 19 ) FINE TIME Yazz
20 ( 15 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson

21 ( 18 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
22 ( 30 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
23 ( NEW ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex
24 ( 14 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
25 ( 13 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
26 ( NEW ) PROMISED LAND The Style Council
27 ( 22 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
28 ( RE ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
29 ( 40 ) WHAT I AM Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
30 ( 21 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac

31 ( NEW ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
32 ( 26 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
33 ( NEW ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
34 ( 31 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
35 ( 45 ) ROCKET Def Leppard
36 ( 53 ) LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS Morrissey
37 ( 24 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
38 ( 38 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
39 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
40 ( 68 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 36 ) LOOKING FOR LINDA Hue And Cry
43 ( 25 ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
44 ( NEW ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
45 ( 28 ) RESPECT Adeva
46 ( 33 ) TIED UP Yello
47 ( 42 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
48 ( 39 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
49 ( 59 ) THE MAYOR OF SIMPLETON XTC
50 ( 49 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 48 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
52 ( 34 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
53 ( 29 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford
54 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 52 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 74 ) I’M ON MY WAY The Proclaimers
57 ( 35 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
58 ( 54 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
59 ( 58 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
60 ( NEW ) AS ALWAYS Farley and Ricky Dillard

61 ( 60 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
62 ( 62 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
63 ( 50 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
64 ( 51 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
65 ( 46 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
66 ( NEW ) CAN U DIG IT Pop Will Eat Itself
67 ( 27 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
68 ( NEW ) KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN Freiheit
69 ( 70 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Michael Ball
70 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys

71 ( NEW ) FIGHT The Bunburys
72 ( 73 ) HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS Rick Astley
73 ( 55 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
74 ( NEW ) JEZEBEL Shakin’ Stevens
75 ( NEW ) STAND R.E.M

26th FEB 1989

I was in a more sombre mood this week, having spent the weekend before in Liverpool visiting my lovely grandma who was seriously ill in hospital. Living in a damp, concrete monstrosity of a council flat with no bedroom heating in no way helped. As I got ready to leave the hospital and drive back to Poole, a journey I’d made every few months, she said “I’ve been silly”, meaning trying to avoid hospital for so long. “You were just frightened” I said, trying to make her feel better about it. “Drive carefully” was the last thing she said as I left. “I always do” I replied. We never told her some yuppie tw*t crashed into me at 80 or so on the M5 near Bristol, speeding in major hailstorm conditions and skidding out of control, the back of my car was caved in, I spun out of control and by some miracle ended up on the hard shoulder facing the wrong way. So did yuppie T. “who’s fault is it?” he said to me when we got out of the cars, my hands bleeding from flying glass. Unbelievable! On the plus side, using my car as a cushion probably saved his life, and I could easily have killed me if he’d hit me side-on. On the downside it was an additional trauma I didn’t need at that time.

So, a low-key, all-female top 6, headed by the truly great Dusty. Elvis Costello’s highest entry has a Paul McCartney connection, the song that I listened to driving to Liverpool (Donna Summer) shoots up to 4, and the song that I listened to when my car was being ploughed into is totally absent (I’d Rather Jack). Extremes of Stock Aitken Waterman, one utter tripe and loathsome, one great. All of these songs for the next few weeks are bitter-sweet, and I find it difficult to look at them objectively. Also ingrained in my mind is a Four Tops concert I went to the same week: The original classic line-up, the great Levi Stubbs on lead, and in the Top 10 with their final hit. The songs they did that meant the most to me: Baby I Need Your Loving, Reach Out I’ll Be There and Indestructible.

1 ( 2 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 5 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
4 ( 38 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
5 ( 3 ) STOP Sam Brown
6 ( 12 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
7 ( 13 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
8 ( 4 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 22 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
10 ( 33 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds

11 ( 6 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
12 ( 18 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
13 ( 15 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
14 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 7 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
16 ( 11 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
17 ( 19 ) FINE TIME Yazz
18 ( 8 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
19 ( 10 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
20 ( 31 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express

21 ( 9 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
22 ( 23 ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex
23 ( 28 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
24 ( 17 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
25 ( 29 ) WHAT I AM Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
26 ( 26 ) PROMISED LAND The Style Council
27 ( 20 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
28 ( 44 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
29 ( 16 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
30 ( NEW ) VERONICA Elvis Costello

31 ( 24 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
32 ( 32 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 27 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
34 ( 40 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
35 ( 35 ) ROCKET Def Leppard
36 ( 34 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
37 ( 21 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
38 ( NEW ) HEARSAY ’89 Alexander O’Neal
39 ( 25 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
40 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING COUNTS (LIVE) Depeche Mode

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 30 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 66 ) CAN U DIG IT Pop Will Eat Itself
44 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
45 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
46 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
47 ( 37 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
48 ( 56 ) I’M ON MY WAY The Proclaimers
49 ( 50 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 60 ) AS ALWAYS Farley and Ricky Dillard

51 ( 51 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
52 ( 47 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
53 ( NEW ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
54 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 36 ) LAST OF THE FAMOUS INTERNATIONAL PLAYBOYS Morrissey
56 ( NEW ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING Ruby Turner and The Four Tops
57 ( NEW ) DON’T TAKE MY MIND ON A TRIP Boy George
58 ( 59 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
59 ( 55 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 48 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson

61 ( NEW ) WILD THING Tone Loc
62 ( 61 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
63 ( 62 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
64 ( 58 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
65 ( 71 ) FIGHT The Bunburys
66 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
67 ( 46 ) TIED UP Yello
68 ( 68 ) KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN Freiheit
69 ( 43 ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
70 ( 57 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan

71 ( 70 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS Rick Astley
73 ( NEW ) WORKING ON IT Chris Rea
74 ( RE ) BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN Living In A Box
75 ( 73 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League

A Buyers Guide to Creedence Clearwater Revival

great article

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In the USA, Creedence are seen as one of the great American rock bands. Here in the UK they are generally seen as a brilliant singles band rather than an act that put out a string of great albums. Creedence are so ingrained into the American psyche that their music frequently soundtracks all manner of television series and films, so much so that it’s in danger of becoming over-familiar, to the point where we just don’t give them the respect that they are due.

One of the reasons that the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is so frequently used in soundtracks, is that for a long time the vast majority of royalties earned by their music didn’t go to the members of the band due to an unfavourable record deal signed in the band’s early days. In recent years this situation has been remedied to a point, but royalty…

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My 1984 Charts – February

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OMG!!! I had a perm. Well it was the mid-80’s…..!

7th Feb 1984

MY final Mansfield chart and the music scene goes electric with excitement, video in particular affecting my enjoyment of singles – they were getting creatively arty in their own right, and special effects were getting pretty sophisticated. Witness Queen: Brilliant video, brilliant Roger Taylor song and synth clappy sound, the sentiment is nonsense of course, pop music was fabulous. Queen’s first topper since 1981, and fifth since 1974.

My charts, meanwhile go mad with movement, huge climbers, huge drops, and 13 new entries, almost all of which deserve a you tube link. Great stuff, and lookit that awesome Top 7! Madonna! The Killing Moon, brilliance as used in the fab Donnie Darko, from Echo & The Bunnymen, Relax (many times a hit and million seller). Elton’s single flips for Crystal as the main track now, shoulda been a hit and hits 8 here, ABC get a 5th Top 10, and Nik Kershaw gets highest new entry with the fab Wouldn’t It Be Good.

Ultravox go rock, just like Simple Minds, and get an instant Top 20 hit (not always something they managed in synth-vibe), Hot Choc go Top 20, Duran enter at 28 with the New Moon, Shannon dances into the 40, just ahead of The Smiths, Slade rockin bagpipes at 38, and solo Robin Gibb 15 years after his first chart hit, and 29 years before his last. Time flies.

New lower down? Excellent Rockwell (actually Berry “Motown” Gordy’s shirtless son and Michael Jackson) setting up a 21st Century sampled-hit; Nena’s worldwide German hit, for some reason in English Language in the UK; Van Halen’s well-known Jump, just before they lost the plot when David Lee Roth went solo; Madness’ subtle and gorgeous Michael Caine, one of their best records;; The one-hit wonders Swansway with a retro-groove Soul Train (fab); Stewart “Police” Copeland back almost-solo after 6 years, with Stan(ward) Ridgeway, who Camouflaged himself into the charts in 1986.

TV? Like Pixar movies? Well, they use wonderful actors, especially comic actors like Ed Asner (“Up”) from Mary Tyler Moor Show, Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc) here in Soap, John Ratzenberger (every single Pixar film to date) here as Cliff in Cheers. I love US sitcoms, still do. Top of my list this week though, quite rightly back on top after 20 years of love from me, Doctor Who and some Daleks…

1 ( 4 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 1 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 33 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
4 ( 3 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 8 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
6 ( 6 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
8 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
9 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
10 ( 21 ) S.O.S. ABC

11 ( 7 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
13 ( 16 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
14 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
15 ( 10 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 37 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
17 ( NEW ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
18 ( 17 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
19 ( 9 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
20 ( 50 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

21 ( 12 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
22 ( 13 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
23 ( 15 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
24 ( 18 ) MY OH MY Slade
25 ( 27 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
26 ( 28 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
27 ( 19 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
28 ( NEW ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
29 ( 32 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
30 ( 36 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby

31 ( 22 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
32 ( 48 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
33 ( 14 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
34 ( 34 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
35 ( 63 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
36 ( 74 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
37 ( 24 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
38 ( NEW ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
39 ( 73 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
40 ( 56 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths

41 ( 20 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 70 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
43 ( 23 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
45 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
46 ( 41 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 47 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
48 ( 29 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
49 ( 60 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
50 ( 40 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm

51 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
52 ( 26 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
53 ( NEW ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
54 ( 55 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
55 ( 66 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
56 ( 54 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
57 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
58 ( 25 ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
59 ( NEW ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 38 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz

61 ( 35 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
62 ( NEW ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( 43 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
64 ( NEW ) JUMP Van Halen
65 ( 46 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
66 ( 49 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
67 ( 71 ) SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
68 ( 64 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
69 ( NEW ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
70 ( 42 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat

71 ( 51 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
72 ( NEW ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
73 ( 68 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
74 ( NEW ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
75 ( NEW ) DON’T BOX ME IN Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgeway

TV
1 Doctor Who – Daleks!
2 MASH
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Cheers
5 Comic Strip Presents: Eddie Monsoon
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Soap
8 Whoops Apocalypse
9 Bewitched
10 The Rockford Files
11 Top Of The Pops
12 Chocky
13 Alas Smith And Jones
14 Grange Hill (2)
15 Life On Earth

14th Feb 1984

This was the week I waved goodbye to Mansfield, got in my Austin 1800 (dad’s old car) and drove down south to anew life, most precious records onboard, along with a fish tank full of goldfish (hey I kept tropical fish for 14 years and am proud of it!). The rest of the stuff went by lorry, mum and dad already in Poole, wouldn’t you know it, the car developed engine trouble but limped to the newly-built house and then gave up. I was upset when it went to the scrap yard, not just out of sentiment, I was also stuck on a new housing estate, no buses, no job, no friends and no transport. Suddenly I felt very cut off from my old life…

Musically, lots of new entries, all of them obscure this week in contrast to last week’s influx. Queen reigned again, just keeping off The Killing Moon (damn!), and Madness really do leap up from 69 to 7! Madonna gets her first top 5 hit and one really, honestly, truly would not have put money on her becoming a phenomenon, never mind having 30 years of hits nearly! You never know, eh? Big Country get another Top 10 track, ditto Ultravox, and Kool & The Gang get one of their irregular Top 20 hits with the pleasant Joanna.

Elsewhere Smiths at 22, Nena climbs high, Rockwell was being watched, Van Halen Jump-ed up, and Marillion punched their way to 40 and highest new entry. Poor old Judy, always loathed them actually (the Puppets, not Marillion). Cow-punk newcomers Yip Yip Coyote yee-ha into the charts, the Boomtown Rats chart-hits dwindle in the real charts, but still enter mine, and Bette Midler covers the Rolling Stones and places higher in the charts as both enter. Juan Martin, Spanish flamenco guitarist, sneaks in at the rear with his instrumental (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)…

On TV some Slags! Top my viewing chart, MASH is the first show I watch in Poole, and The Other Side Of The Tracks slips in , perfectly written and presented by the Encyclopedia of Rock and Pop, Paul Gambaccini, a personal hero of mine. By this time he’d already sent me a letter when I’d spotted some typos and missing tracks in the first edition of the Guinness Hit Singles book. I sincerely hope his enforced “garden leave” goes the same way as DLT’s. People’s memories of what may or may not happened 40 years ago is unreliable (according to the jury), especially when there’s the prospect of large sums of cash for the alleged victims (as noted by me)…

1 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 3 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
3 ( 2 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
6 ( 14 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
7 ( 69 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
8 ( 5 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
9 ( 17 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
10 ( 13 ) WONDERLAND Big Country

11 ( 6 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
12 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
13 ( 10 ) S.O.S. ABC
14 ( 16 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
15 ( 36 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
16 ( 32 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
17 ( 29 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
18 ( 15 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 12 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
20 ( 20 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

21 ( 9 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
22 ( 40 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
23 ( 28 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
24 ( 53 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
25 ( 11 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
26 ( 51 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
27 ( 64 ) JUMP Van Halen
28 ( 18 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
29 ( 30 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
30 ( 35 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon

31 ( 21 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
32 ( 38 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
33 ( 34 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
34 ( 26 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
35 ( 24 ) MY OH MY Slade
36 ( 19 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
37 ( 23 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
38 ( 42 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
39 ( 22 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
40 ( NEW ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion

41 ( 31 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
42 ( 74 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
43 ( 39 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
44 ( 49 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
45 ( 37 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
46 ( 27 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
47 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
48 ( NEW ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
49 ( 55 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
50 ( 45 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

51 ( 25 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
52 ( NEW ) DREAM OF THE WEST Yip Yip Coyote
53 ( 44 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
54 ( 41 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
55 ( 47 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
56 ( 33 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
57 ( 56 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 57 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
59 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 54 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths

61 ( NEW ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 62 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( NEW ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
64 ( 43 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
65 ( 48 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
66 ( NEW ) ORGANISE David Grant
67 ( 52 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
68 ( NEW ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
69 ( 50 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
70 ( 68 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman

71 ( 60 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
72 ( NEW ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
73 ( 63 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
74 ( 66 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
75 ( NEW ) LAST FAREWELL Juan Martin

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: Slags
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 MASH
5 Soap
6 The Avengers
7 Chocky
8 Doctor Who
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Grange Hill (2)
11 Bewitched
12 The Other Side Of The Tracks
13 The Phil Silvers Show
14 Barney Miller
15 The Living Planet

21st Feb 1984

So, first chart in Poole and astonishingly here I still sit 30 years on. Where did the years go…?

3rd week for Queen on top, highest new entry from Men At Work with an actual UK flop (I’d bought it as a maxi-pack single with previous hits included), it wasn’t bad though. Nena of the Noine noine Luftballons hits 10, and a great newie emotive ballad and fab video for Howard Jones at 19, just ahead of classy Style Council’s mood-changing new one. My number one TV show that week (Cheers) had a great TV theme which became a minor hit cos, we all wanted to be where everybody knows your name (NORM!).

Dance music had started to get a bit more street urban, and Street Dance body-popped it’s way into the Top 40, Will Powers popped in for the second time, this time without Carly Simon, but still trying to sound like a computer-generated man (despite being decidedly female), and Hall & Oates had yet another Top 40 in a long run. They only sporadically charted in the UK, but as they were consistently good my charts reflected their US success more…

Lower end titbits: UB40 with another reggae cover, The Romantics pop in with a track that Bucks Fizz had a hit with later in the year in the UK (US hit original here though), Mel Brooks Director-actor-comedian-writer of the genius Blazing Saddles & more has an unlikely rap dance novelty hit roughly based on his latest comedy movie, and it’s still fun to listen to! By way of Illustration, and nothing to do with bragging, just note that I’ve seen 25 of this week’s chart acts in concert….in contrast to only 3 of this week’s UK Top 75 (0r 13 of my 75). Booooo!

1 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 2 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
3 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
4 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 7 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
6 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
7 ( NEW ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
8 ( 26 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
9 ( 9 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
10 ( 24 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena

11 ( 20 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
12 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
13 ( 16 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
14 ( 17 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
15 ( 27 ) JUMP Van Halen
16 ( 30 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
17 ( 8 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
18 ( 22 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
19 ( NEW ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
20 ( NEW ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council

21 ( 38 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
22 ( 12 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
23 ( 23 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
24 ( 13 ) S.O.S. ABC
25 ( 42 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
26 ( 11 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
27 ( 32 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
28 ( NEW ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
29 ( 10 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
30 ( NEW ) STREET DANCE Break Machine

31 ( 19 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
32 ( 63 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
33 ( 29 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
34 ( 18 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 14 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
36 ( 21 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
37 ( 44 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
38 ( 28 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
39 ( 48 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
40 ( NEW ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates

41 ( 15 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
42 ( 25 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
43 ( NEW ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 35 ) MY OH MY Slade
45 ( 40 ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion
46 ( 52 ) DREAM OF THE WEST Yip Yip Coyote
47 ( 41 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
48 ( 37 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
49 ( 49 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
50 ( 47 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 33 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
52 ( 39 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
53 ( 50 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
54 ( 31 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
55 ( 34 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
56 ( 61 ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 36 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
59 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 58 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 62 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
62 ( 45 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
63 ( 72 ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
64 ( 66 ) ORGANISE David Grant
65 ( 53 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
66 ( NEW ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
67 ( NEW ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
68 ( 46 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
69 ( 68 ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
70 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks

71 ( 60 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
72 ( RE ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
73 ( 43 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY MIRANDA Indians In Moscow
75 ( 65 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Bad News
3 MASH
4 Soap
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Reamington Steele
8 Play For Today: Billy
9 Bewitched
10 Doctor Who (2 eps)

28th Feb 1984

All change at the top, Rockwell (and Michael Jackson) on top. As he gets no billing, MJ doesn’t get any credit for this (but it’s his 8th to date). In those days superstars were happy to lend more than a hand as a favour, without getting label credit, and generally without needing songwriting armies too. There are two videos, both a bit spooky, one very 80’s clothes! Howard Jones jumps high to 2, in contrast stylistically, and ditto Break Machine at 5. Hot choc get their final Top 10 single after a long run of 15 consecutive years, more or less.

Very few punk or New Wave bands around by this time, but the Rats go up to 31, Tracey Ullman covers Madness for the highest new entry, Scritti Politti enter with a classic, Green Gartside’s vocals very other-worldly and sweet, the record unusual, and the same could be said of Was (Not Was) a cool American act, almost retro-soul in an 80’s stylee. Tina Turner covers the Beatles, The Beat split and half-reappear as General Public, George McRae’s back after 9 years away, and Roger Daltrey pops in with one of his occasional solo hits (Who?!)

A lot of records drop, most criminally Talk Talk’s classic It’s My Life. Of course it eventually became a hit in the 90’s, but it wasn’t getting a lot of airplay in the UK, I think, as I don’t recall hearing it much… TV-chart increases as I allow video recordings in now. Yes, I owned a (persistently faulty) Betamax machine, and the rubbish Channel 4 reception in Dorset got on my nerves when I wanted to record stuff, and I eventually had to buy loads of VHS tapes to copy over as Betamax was killed off. Booo! To date, I have yet to find time to copy over to DVD all those fab 80’s TV shows and videos. Boooooo!

1 ( 8 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
2 ( 19 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
3 ( 4 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
5 ( 30 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
6 ( 3 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
7 ( 7 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
8 ( 20 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
9 ( 11 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
10 ( 5 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

11 ( 2 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
13 ( 15 ) JUMP Van Halen
14 ( 10 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
15 ( 25 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
16 ( 16 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
17 ( 13 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
18 ( 28 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
19 ( 21 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
20 ( 9 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox

21 ( 32 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
22 ( 12 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
23 ( 14 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
24 ( 40 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
25 ( 27 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
26 ( 23 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
27 ( 17 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
28 ( 39 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
29 ( 18 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
30 ( 37 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

31 ( 56 ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
32 ( 24 ) S.O.S. ABC
33 ( 31 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
34 ( 34 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 22 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
36 ( 61 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
37 ( 33 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
38 ( 66 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
39 ( 26 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
40 ( 64 ) ORGANISE David Grant

41 ( 38 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
42 ( 36 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
43 ( 41 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
44 ( 29 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
45 ( 70 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
46 ( 35 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
47 ( NEW ) MY GUY’S MAD AT ME Tracey Ullman
48 ( 49 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
49 ( NEW ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
50 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 42 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
52 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
53 ( 44 ) MY OH MY Slade
54 ( 47 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
55 ( 53 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
56 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
57 ( 67 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
58 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) HELP Tina Turner
60 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 52 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
62 ( 48 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
63 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
64 ( NEW ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
65 ( 62 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
66 ( NEW ) THINK OF LAURA Christopher Cross
67 ( 51 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
68 ( 63 ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
69 ( 72 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
70 ( NEW ) GENERAL PUBLIC General Public

71 ( NEW ) DIN DAA DAA (TROMMERHANZ) George Kranz
72 ( 45 ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion
73 ( NEW ) WALKING IN MY SLEEP Roger Daltrey
74 ( 71 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) ONE STEP CLOSER (TO LOVE) George McRae

TV
1 Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (film)
2 Star Trek: Mirror Mirror
3 Cheers
4 Comic Strip Presents: 5 Go Mad On Mescalin
5 MASH
6 The Twilight Zone: Roddy McDowell
7 Soap
8 Mary Tyler Moore Show
9 Bewitched
10 Reamington Steele
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Other Side Of The Tracks: The Pretenders
13 Here’s Lucy
14 The Avengers
15 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
16 Grange Hill
17 Dallas
18 The Beverley Hillbillies
19 Doctor Who (2 eps)
20 The Munsters

My 1979 Charts – February

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7th Feb 1979

A first week at the top for disco Blondie, did it in 2 weeks, and their 2nd Number one (after Denis). Record sales were high high high, all three UK number ones have sold a million so far (and my other topper Anne Murray probably did in the USA). Abba’s Chiquitita uncharacteristically had to settle into the runner-up position (they hadn’t failed to top my chart since SOS).

Lots of chart movement as the pop scene sprung into life, lots of minor hits doing much better in my charts: A Doll, John Williams and Shalamar‘s first Top 10 3 years before they broke through big. The Love Theme from Superman on the B Side would also have charted (if I’d allowed B sides) as it was luvverly. I was a big John Williams, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Star Trek and Superman fan, so I think it’s fair to say I was in sci fi and music heaven from 1977 to 1980 really! Co-inciding exactly with my College years, rather sad to say, still the best years of my life.

New entries, great disco funk from Peaches & Herb, Billy Idol’s debut with Generation X doing an Elvis (and getting ready to wind up TOTP producers later in the year), and a somewhat famous record (and million-seller) slipping in at 41, Gloria Gaynor’s comeback hit after a run of John Hits, including 2 Number 1’s, Pete Wingfield’s return disguised inside Olympic Runners (18 With a Bullet, amusing soul pastiche hit Top 10 in 1975), Judas Priest debut with a pretty rubbish single as my mate had subjected me to Judas Priest albums in digs and their much-better album-track version of Joan Baez’ Diamonds wasn’t eligible. Ian Matthews also has a comeback, 9 years on from the wonderful Woodstock (Joni Mitchell dreamy cover UK number one), The Pointer Sisters cover Sly Stone’s Everybody Is A Star and get a hit after years of trying in the UK, The Undertones follow-up a classic less memorably ( but good), and The Doors chart a 60’s classic 8 years after Riders Of The Storm was first in the charts, and 3 years since it was last in the charts. Jim Morrison of course long-dead by then…

1 ( 6 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 8 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 2 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
4 ( 11 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
5 ( 10 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
6 ( 18 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
7 ( 1 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
8 ( 12 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
9 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
10 ( 16 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar

11 ( 3 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
12 ( 7 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
13 ( 9 ) LE FREAK Chic
14 ( 19 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
15 ( 5 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
16 ( 13 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
17 ( 17 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
18 ( 15 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
19 ( 35 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
20 ( 29 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World

21 ( 14 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
22 ( 20 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
23 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
24 ( 21 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
25 ( 22 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
26 ( 23 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
27 ( 71 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
28 ( NEW ) KING ROCKER Generation X
29 ( 26 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
30 ( 32 ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson

31 ( 27 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
32 ( 25 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
33 ( 51 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
34 ( 30 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
35 ( 31 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
36 ( 24 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
37 ( 28 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
38 ( 54 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
40 ( 33 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats

41 ( NEW ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 42 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
43 ( 39 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
44 ( 74 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
45 ( 36 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
46 ( NEW ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
47 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 34 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
49 ( NEW ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
50 ( 37 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar

51 ( 38 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
52 ( 50 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
53 ( 41 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
54 ( 49 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
55 ( 52 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
57 ( 44 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
58 ( NEW ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
59 ( 43 ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
60 ( 68 ) EQUINOXE 5 Jean-Michel Jarre

61 ( 60 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
62 ( 57 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
63 ( 58 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
64 ( 56 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
65 ( 63 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
66 ( 61 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
67 ( 75 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
68 ( 46 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
69 ( 62 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
70 ( 48 ) NEW DAY Airwaves

71 ( 45 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
72 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
73 ( 72 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
74 ( NEW ) GET OVER YOU The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
TV
1 Soap
2 MASH
3 Monty Python
4 Wonder Woman
5 Mork & Mindy
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Morecambe & Wise Show
8 Film ’79
9 Doctor Who
10 The Rockford Files

14th Feb 1979

Second for Blondie at 1 presiding over a Top 20 of mostly minor shuffling. New entries from veteran Gene Chandler, now dabbling with disco, Rod gives up disco dabbling meanwhile and enters with a decent ballad, Judas Priest inexplicably make my Top 40, and The Bees Gees enter just above baby bruv Andy, with a bit of a disco explosion and future Steps identikit camp cover: Tragedy. It’s brilliant (the original, that is, sorry Steps fans, never learnt the dance moves).

Meanwhile Edwin Starr also jumps on the disco bandwagon, reasonably, but it’s no War (ugh! What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing!) 9 years after the event. Elvis Costello goes for his most radio-friendly single to date, albeit about mercenaries, it’s great. The Members oik their way into my charts, sort of Sham 69 part 2 (as if Part 1 wasn‘t more than enough, which at the least ended up sparking the fabulous 2-Tone before imploding in it‘s own racist cess-pool fandom), but the lads had a better style song and still-relevant lyric in the summer, briefly.

The new-look Darts were back, still-good but not nearly as madcap minus Den Hegarty, The Jacksons had a go at their Destiny (I think it was to be overshadowed by Michael by year’s end, actually), and Clout comeback with a Russ Ballard song that should have been a hit outside of South Africa. So good that Rainbow covered it later in the year and grabbed the hit. TV? Blake’s 7, rebels on top of the rivals, classy detectives, surgeons in Korea, woman with a lassoo, chart hits and current events.

1 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 6 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
4 ( 4 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
5 ( 3 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
6 ( 8 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
7 ( 5 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
8 ( 10 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
9 ( 9 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

11 ( 11 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
12 ( 14 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
13 ( 12 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
14 ( 15 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
15 ( 19 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) LE FREAK Chic
17 ( 20 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
18 ( 18 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
19 ( 23 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
20 ( NEW ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

21 ( 41 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
22 ( 17 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
23 ( 16 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
24 ( 28 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
25 ( 21 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
26 ( NEW ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
27 ( 26 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
28 ( 24 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
29 ( 22 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
30 ( 33 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto

31 ( 46 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
32 ( 25 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
33 ( 49 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
34 ( 44 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
35 ( 27 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
36 ( 36 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
37 ( NEW ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
38 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 31 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
40 ( 34 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart

41 ( 35 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
42 ( NEW ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
43 ( 39 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
44 ( 40 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 29 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
46 ( 37 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
47 ( 56 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
48 ( 32 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
49 ( NEW ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
50 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 72 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 30 ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
53 ( 45 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
54 ( 58 ) HELLO I LOVE YOU The Doors
55 ( 52 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
56 ( 54 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
57 ( NEW ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
58 ( 43 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
59 ( 55 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
60 ( NEW ) GET IT Darts

61 ( 42 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
62 ( 48 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
63 ( 67 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
64 ( 50 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
65 ( 53 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
66 ( NEW ) DESTINY The Jacksons
67 ( 62 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
68 ( 63 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
69 ( 61 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
70 ( 64 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

71 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Clout
72 ( 75 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
73 ( 57 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
74 ( 66 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
75 ( NEW ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock

TV
1 Blake’s 7
2 Monty Python
3 The Morecambe & Wise Show
4 MASH
5 Wonder Woman
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Rockford Files
8 Tonight
9 Petrocelli
10 Rising Damp

21st Feb 1979

I was getting into my screen printing and photography at College by this time, especially suing my Tunisian photos for booklet-style Arabic prints, Tunisian graffiti and such arty-farty stuff. The Blondie/Abba douible still held for a third week at the top, though lots of movement elsewhere: challengers Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor line-up near the top; minor hit Peaches & Herb (featured recentl;y in a Hollywood movie, cos it’s still fab) goes Top 10 for me; Elvis Costello and Darts rocket into the Top 20.

A deluge of great debuts from The Late Show (obscure 50’s revivalists), Scots rockers Nazareth (back after 2 years away), The Pretenders (American darling rock journo Chrissie Hynde Sandie Shaw-ing beautifully over a Ray Davies Kinks song. They had more than musical admiration going on….), The Doobie Brothers, (back after 5 years for a final attempt at a UK hit with Michael McDonald in tow), Boney (last Nightflight To Venus single, 60’s cover), The Skids (now THAT’S how do you do punk-chanting pop properly!), Lene Lovich (bizarrely-phrased whacky American new wave pop). And The Dooleys.

1 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
2 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
3 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
4 ( 37 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
5 ( 4 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
6 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
7 ( 5 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
8 ( 21 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
9 ( 42 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
10 ( 10 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

11 ( 8 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
12 ( 9 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
13 ( 6 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
14 ( 7 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
15 ( 49 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
16 ( 12 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
17 ( 11 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
18 ( 60 ) GET IT Darts
19 ( 14 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
20 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

21 ( 16 ) LE FREAK Chic
22 ( 24 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
23 ( 13 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
24 ( 18 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
25 ( 26 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
26 ( 15 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
27 ( 30 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
28 ( 17 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
29 ( 34 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
30 ( 22 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

31 ( 25 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 23 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
33 ( 28 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
34 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
35 ( 27 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
36 ( 33 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
37 ( 31 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
38 ( NEW ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
39 ( 32 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
40 ( 29 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans

41 ( 40 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
42 ( 39 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
43 ( 43 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
44 ( 44 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 35 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
46 ( NEW ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
47 ( 36 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
48 ( 41 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
49 ( 57 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
50 ( 50 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 47 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
52 ( NEW ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
53 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
54 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
55 ( 45 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
56 ( 48 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
57 ( 55 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
58 ( NEW ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
59 ( 56 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
60 ( 71 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Clout

61 ( 53 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
62 ( 59 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
63 ( 63 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
64 ( NEW ) QUE TAL AMERICA 2 Man Sound
65 ( 62 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
66 ( 51 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR The Pointer Sisters
67 ( NEW ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
68 ( NEW ) DOCTOR DOCTOR UFO
69 ( 67 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
70 ( 68 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M

71 ( NEW ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
72 ( NEW ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
73 ( 61 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
74 ( 69 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
75 ( 70 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

TV
1 The Unrecorded Jasper carrott
2 The Christmas Video Show
3 MASH
4 In The Heat Of The Night (film)
5 Kenny Evertt Video Show
6 Morecambe & Wise Show
7 Fawlty Towers
8 Wonder Woman
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Mork & Mindy

28th Feb 1979

After 3 weeks at 2 Abba finally topple Blondie with the delectably sweet Chiquitita, Abba’s 9th consecutive chart-topper and 10th in all, with another 6 Top 40 hits sprinkled about too. Toto also finally get moving into the Top 20 after several weeks, rocktastic, and The Baby’s get their 2nd Top 20 with the dramatically fab Every Time I Think Of You. Nazereth rocket up to 19, The Doobie’s 22 and two mega-famous rock classics enter at 23 and 25 for Meatloaf and Queen, making for a very Rock-biased chart. Herbie Hancock gets his 2nd jazz-disco vocoder hit (these days they call it autotune and it’s obligatory for singers who can’t sing in tune, then it was more optional…)

Meanwhile Lene Lovich keeps up the New Wave flag Top 40, along with Elvis Costello going Top 10. Soul and dancefunk new entries from the hot The Real Thing force-ing their way in, Donna Summer popping in Heaven Knows, and The Ritchie Family back again 4 years after debuting with Brazil, and doing a disco medley in ’76, with one of the cheesiest eurodisco non-hits (in the UK). It’s great fun though! The Pointer Sisters drop out with Everybody Is A Star – and also enter with Bruce Springsteen’s Fire, and a much better record it is too. Class. As is the lovely Lotta Love just behind it, an American hit even if the UK was too cool for ballads for the most part in 1979.

TV? Doctor Who re-asserts itself over newcomer Blake’s 7, TOTP sounds fab (it was a great year for music), David Attenborough’s classic Life On earth was fresh and new and ground-breaking, and Robin Williams was still funny.

1 ( 2 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
2 ( 1 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
3 ( 4 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
4 ( 8 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 9 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
6 ( 3 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
7 ( 15 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
8 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
9 ( 5 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
10 ( 7 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People

11 ( 6 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
12 ( 18 ) GET IT Darts
13 ( 10 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
14 ( 27 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
15 ( 12 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
16 ( 29 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
17 ( 25 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
18 ( 13 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
19 ( 46 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
20 ( 14 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

21 ( 11 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
22 ( 53 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
23 ( NEW ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
24 ( 24 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
25 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
26 ( 17 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
27 ( 21 ) LE FREAK Chic
28 ( 19 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
29 ( RE ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
30 ( 16 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel

31 ( 22 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
32 ( 71 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
33 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
34 ( 26 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
35 ( 31 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
36 ( 33 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
37 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
38 ( 34 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
39 ( 49 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
40 ( 30 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

41 ( 28 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
42 ( 36 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
43 ( 52 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
44 ( 43 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
45 ( 44 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
46 ( 32 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
47 ( 39 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
48 ( 41 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
49 ( 42 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
50 ( 38 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show

51 ( 35 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
52 ( 58 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
53 ( 60 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Clout
54 ( 37 ) SIR DANCEALOT Olympic Runners
55 ( 50 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
57 ( 40 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
58 ( 45 ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
59 ( 67 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
60 ( 47 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman

61 ( 72 ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
62 ( 57 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
63 ( RE ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
64 ( 48 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
65 ( 59 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
66 ( 63 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
67 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
68 ( 56 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
69 ( 54 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
70 ( 62 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

71 ( 51 ) SHAKE IT Ian Matthews
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family
73 ( 55 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
74 ( NEW ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) LOTTA LOVE Nicolette Larson

TV
1 Soap
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Doctor Who
5 Wonder Woman
6 Blake’s 7
7 Life On Earth
8 The Dick Emery Show
9 Tomorrow’s World
10 Olivia