My 1994 Charts – June

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5th June 1994

No more World Music at the top, it’s grunge, or at least the advert-related version of it, which is pretty terrific anyway. Loved those crashing guitars in Stiltskin’s day Inside and astride the charts. Exciting stuff. Bad news for Guns ‘n’ Roses who get stuck at 2, their highest spot since topping 5 years earlier with Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine – it’s the highest charting version of Since I Don’t Have You though. Roxette recall their glory 1989 chart-topping days too as they Crash! at 4. Boom! Bang!

Blur’s glorious To The End up to 7 with a bullet, ahead of the Frampton reggae-tastic Big Mountain at 9, and Eddi Reader getting her biggest solo hit at 10, 6 years on since her last one (with Fairground Attraction). Dawn Penn also rockets to 21 with the fab reggae No No No. Yes Yes Yes! More reggae? How about highest new entry from Aswad, Shine catches them at their very poptastic best, and leaps Ace Of Base’s version of their Don’t Turn Around – which, essentially is also reggae-ish.

Non-reggae new stuff from Primal Scream at 33, Janet Jackson at 36, and lower-but-better The Prodigy’s fab No Good, Pulp’s Babies, and assorted Crowded House, Arrested Development and Pearl Jam tracks. Only one of those last 3 will be in next week’s charts…

1 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
2 ( 3 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 1 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
4 ( 15 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
5 ( 4 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
6 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
7 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur
8 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
9 ( 19 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
10 ( 26 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
12 ( 6 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
13 ( 7 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
14 ( 9 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
15 ( 12 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
17 ( 11 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
18 ( 13 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 20 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
20 ( 24 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies

21 ( 54 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
22 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
23 ( 30 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
24 ( 63 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( NEW ) SHINE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
27 ( 40 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos
28 ( 35 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
29 ( 33 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
30 ( 18 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

31 ( 17 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
32 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
33 ( NEW ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
34 ( 36 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
35 ( 34 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
36 ( NEW ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
37 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
38 ( 27 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
39 ( RE ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
40 ( 25 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

41 ( 28 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
42 ( 31 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People
43 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
44 ( 21 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
45 ( 51 ) MAMA SAID Carleen Anderson
46 ( 43 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
47 ( 64 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
48 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
49 ( 41 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
50 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones

51 ( NEW ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
52 ( 44 ) ALWAYS Erasure
53 ( 70 ) SHOOP Salt ‘n’ Pepa
54 ( 50 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
55 ( 38 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
56 ( 46 ) NUMBER ONE EYC
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) BABIES Pulp
59 ( 45 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 61 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

61 ( RE ) LIGHT MY FIRE Clubhouse
62 ( 55 ) LUCKY LUCKY ME Marvin Gaye
63 ( NEW ) SWAMP THING The Grid
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 69 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
68 ( 60 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
70 ( 58 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet

71 ( NEW ) EASE MY MIND Arrested Development
72 ( NEW ) DISSIDENT Pearl Jam
73 ( 56 ) LIKE A MOTORWAY Saint Etienne
74 ( 73 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
75 ( 75 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys

12th June 1994

Blur knock off grunge from the top, their first chart-topper 5 years on from their debut, and what an epic track it is. To The End is pure tearful earnestness wrapped up in a gorgeous wrapping. Brilliant. Knocking on the Blur door, though Dawn Penn’s insistent stylish reggae is at 3, while Aswad’s pop sunny pop reggae just misses the 10. My chartnote says “hot weather at last” which means, I guess, a late summer, and a reason for reggae to feature big, so summer-sounding.

Pet Shop Boys Ab Fab semi-novelty pops up to 12 and saves it from becoming their lowest-placed single, ever. One peaked even lower, circa 1991! 2 Unlimited get another top 20 hit, Primal Scream ditto, and Aretha Franklin keeps a run of Top 20 hits spanning 26 years as Willing To Forgive leaps to 20 after pottering around the lower reaches.

Ace of Base at 22, The Prodigy at 24, Danii Minogue new at 29 (unexpectedly), and Tom Robinson looking Hard at 32 (17 years on from a motorway fling) all brighten up the Top 40 a bit. Chuck in another D:Ream hit, another Faster Manics hit, night-bound Pretenders at 44, and Huey Lewis sneaking in 11 years on, and most of the rest can be ignored. Note Wet Wet Wet drop without ever making the Top 20. Oops!

1 ( 7 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 1 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
3 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
4 ( 2 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
5 ( 4 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
6 ( 3 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
7 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
8 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
9 ( 5 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
10 ( 9 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

11 ( 25 ) SHINE Aswad
12 ( 29 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
13 ( 8 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
14 ( 11 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
15 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
16 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
17 ( 14 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
18 ( RE ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
19 ( 33 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
20 ( 60 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

21 ( 12 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
22 ( 48 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 13 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
24 ( 51 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
25 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 17 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
27 ( 36 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
28 ( 18 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
29 ( NEW ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
30 ( 19 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue

31 ( 20 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
32 ( NEW ) HARD Tom Robinson
33 ( 22 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 63 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
35 ( 55 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
36 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
37 ( 26 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( NEW ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers
39 ( 47 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 69 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 32 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
42 ( 28 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
43 ( 58 ) BABIES Pulp
44 ( NEW ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
45 ( 23 ) TAKE IT BACK Pink Floyd
46 ( 40 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
47 ( 31 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
48 ( 35 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
49 ( 46 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 27 ) PAST THE MISSION Tori Amos

51 ( 38 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
52 ( 30 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
53 ( 37 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal
54 ( 34 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
55 ( 39 ) GETTING INTO SOMETHING Alison Moyet
56 ( 49 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 41 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
60 ( 43 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers

61 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE THE REAL THING Elton John and Marcella Detroit
62 ( 50 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
63 ( 52 ) ALWAYS Erasure
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
68 ( 54 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
69 ( NEW ) I AIN’T MOVIN’ Des’ree
70 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY THANG Melanie Williams

71 ( 67 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( NEW ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
74 ( NEW ) MORE TO THIS WORLD Bad Boys Inc
75 ( 42 ) IN THE NAVY (REMIX) The Village People

 

19th June 1994

2 weeks for Blur, and Roxette move into runners-up big ballad slot, which is fair enough as Blur is much better and they’ve had 3 number ones! Big Mountain take Baby I Love Your Way MUCH higher than anyone else, even Peter Frampton (though he also has had a previous number one, so no worries). Of more import, though 7 Seconds leaps to 9 after going up and down for weeks, and what a classic it is. Neneh Cherry fans may have given up hope of seeing her with a big hit again, 5 years on from her last one, but here she is with fab Youssou.

Tom Robinson’s jump to 12 is his biggest hit since War Babies in 1983. Gosh! That’s Hard. First mention for The Grid, here, as Swamp Thing makes it a Top 20 thang, and Pulp go Top 40. Newies? Let Loose, sounding (unsurprisingly) a bit Nik Kershaw-ey, catchy pop boyband, Gun cover Cameo as well as nicking the band name from Race With The Devil hitsters. Talk about unoriginal! Bonnie Raitt gets a hit, Elton John has a Lion King entry (and UK hit) at 60, the very sweet Can You Feel The Love Tonight, for 23 years of hits, while Alice Cooper gets a quick chart-entry follow-up for 22 years of hits. I’m nothing if not loyal to pop stars I like.

1 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
2 ( 5 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
3 ( 10 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
4 ( 3 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
5 ( 4 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
6 ( 2 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
7 ( 11 ) SHINE Aswad
8 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
9 ( 41 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
10 ( 8 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

11 ( 6 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
12 ( 32 ) HARD Tom Robinson
13 ( 9 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
14 ( 13 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
15 ( 14 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
16 ( 19 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
17 ( 34 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
18 ( 20 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 12 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
20 ( 18 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 24 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy
22 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
23 ( 15 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
24 ( 16 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
25 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 67 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 21 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
28 ( 17 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
29 ( 44 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
30 ( 23 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

31 ( 27 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
32 ( 28 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 26 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 43 ) BABIES Pulp
35 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
36 ( 59 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green
37 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
38 ( 31 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House

41 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
42 ( NEW ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
44 ( 29 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
45 ( 30 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
46 ( NEW ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
47 ( 35 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
49 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
50 ( 38 ) FASTER The Manic Street Preachers

51 ( 46 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
52 ( 47 ) REACH Judy Cheeks
53 ( RE ) JUST A STEP FROM HEAVEN Eternal
54 ( 48 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart
55 ( 42 ) LOST IN AMERICA Alice Cooper
56 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
57 ( 51 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 52 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
60 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

61 ( RE ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
62 ( 72 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
63 ( 57 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 62 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 60 ) UNDER THE BRIDGE Red Hot Chili Peppers
70 ( NEW ) OMEN III Magic Affair

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 63 ) ALWAYS Erasure
73 ( 68 ) SILENT SCREAM Richard Marx
74 ( NEW ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
75 ( 53 ) PRAYER FOR THE DYING Seal

 

26th June 1994

In a beautiful case of poetic justice Aswad claim the number one spot with the great Shine, the week that the song they took to number one in the UK singles chart (but not mine) gets to 20 for Ace Of Base. Quite a bit of action at the top generally, too, as 7 Seconds claims runners-up, while The Boomtown Rats 15-year-old classic I Don’t Like Mondays enters at 3, trying to re-claim that number one spot.

Tom Robinson gets his 3rd Top 10 hit at 8, ahead of the great Nina Simone’s definitive version of Feelin’ Good, a classic that has never achieved the UK chart position it deserves, but enters at 9 in mine, 25 years after she had a number one in my chart with Ain’t Got No…I Got Life. Hey, when you’re right, you’re right…! The Pretenders add another Top 20 to the list, General Public (sort of bits of The Beat) come back with a cover of the Staple Singers number 3 hit from 1972, and grab a 23 hit out of it, their biggest. Bonnie Raitt also does the same at 27, while Yazz makes a comeback with a cover of the Korgis 1980 classic.

Others: Terrorvision, Utah Saints, Roachford, Cappella, Daryl Hall (and the Sounds Of Blackness), Spin Doctors Stevie Nicks (yay!) and a great follow-up single from Crash Test Dummies announces some coffeespoons in the afternoon at 75….

1 ( 7 ) SHINE Aswad
2 ( 9 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
3 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 3 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
5 ( 1 ) TO THE END Blur
6 ( 4 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
7 ( 2 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
8 ( 12 ) HARD Tom Robinson
9 ( NEW ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
10 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 5 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
12 ( 17 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
13 ( 6 ) INSIDE Stiltskin
14 ( 16 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream
15 ( 29 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
16 ( 11 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
17 ( 10 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
18 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
20 ( 22 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

21 ( 14 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
22 ( 15 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
23 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
24 ( 13 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano
25 ( 23 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
26 ( 43 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
27 ( 48 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
28 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)
29 ( 20 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
30 ( 21 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

31 ( 25 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 28 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz
34 ( 27 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
35 ( NEW ) U + ME Cappella
36 ( 46 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies
37 ( 32 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 60 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
39 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One
40 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

41 ( 33 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun
43 ( RE ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 30 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm
45 ( 31 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson
46 ( 37 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada
47 ( NEW ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints
48 ( 41 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
49 ( 35 ) TAKE ME AWAY D:Ream
50 ( 36 ) WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW Nick Green

51 ( 49 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
52 ( 38 ) MMM MMM MMM MMM Crash Test Dummies
53 ( 45 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
54 ( 44 ) GET INTO YOU Danii Minogue
55 ( 62 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey
56 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING 2 Unlimited
57 ( 51 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( NEW ) CLEOPATRA’S CAT The Spin Doctors
60 ( 34 ) BABIES Pulp

61 ( NEW ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision
62 ( 40 ) FINGERS OF LOVE Crowded House
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 56 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
65 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 61 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
68 ( NEW ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness
69 ( 47 ) NOBODY Shara Nelson
70 ( 54 ) THE REAL THING Tony Di Bart

71 ( 71 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
72 ( 57 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
73 ( NEW ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
74 ( 67 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

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My 1989 Charts – June

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Bournemouth Parks…

 

4th June 1989

The run of one-weekers on top continues as Guns ‘n’ Roses finally get that rock classic to the top, Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine is still an awesome record. Sealed With A Kiss makes my top 10 for the second time, this time for Jason Donovan, but not as high as Brian Hyland’s version. M, meantime also get a second run in the top 10, Popping upwards.

Bananarama’s 1983 goodie is also back, as Cruel Summer ’89 heads into the 20 for the second time, highest new entry at 18, just ahead of Gladys Knight’s Bond theme goodie. That gave her 17 years of top 20 hits. In at 36, Soul II Soul’s 2nd hit is a bonafide classic, Back To Life shuffling it’s way gloriously in as the highest actual “new” new entry.

Big leaps for UB40, up to 32, ever-chartbound in the 80’s and 90’s, well, I will do for you, I daresay. Two great follow-up singles from The Bangles and The Bee Gees enter into the 50, both fell far short of the UK chart positions they deserved, but happily did better here. Meanwhile Prince’s Batman movie theme enters at 60, though it’s more of a montage than a song. Cliff’s back with a Richard Marx song for his 100th single, I think it was. Despite the claim of the lyric it really wasn’t the Best of him. U2 meanwhile scrape in with a track that’s also not even the best track on the album, ballad All I Want Is You, though it’s not bad.

1 ( 6 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
2 ( 4 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
3 ( 1 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
5 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
6 ( 7 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
7 ( 5 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
8 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
9 ( 10 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
10 ( 15 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

11 ( 8 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
12 ( 17 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
13 ( 9 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
14 ( 19 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
15 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 12 ) THE LOOK Roxette
17 ( 24 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
18 ( NEW ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
19 ( 39 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 29 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons

21 ( 13 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
22 ( 14 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
23 ( 27 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
24 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
25 ( 23 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 20 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
27 ( 30 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
28 ( 33 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
29 ( RE ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
30 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue

31 ( 21 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
32 ( 71 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 36 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
34 ( 25 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
35 ( 31 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
36 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 41 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
38 ( 28 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
39 ( 58 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

41 ( 26 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
42 ( 32 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 43 ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( 37 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
46 ( NEW ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 45 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
48 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 60 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
50 ( 46 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 62 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 65 ) THE REAL ME Wasp
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( 42 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
55 ( 54 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
56 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 34 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 70 ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour
60 ( NEW ) BATDANCE Prince

61 ( 38 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
62 ( 69 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
63 ( 52 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 64 ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 61 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
67 ( 72 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 40 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
70 ( NEW ) CRY Waterfront

71 ( NEW ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
72 ( NEW ) POP SINGER John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

 

11th June 1989

A batch of oldies back again, joining the oldies and remixes already in the chart, topped by the Beatles, in at 1 with The Ballad Of John And Yoko for it’s 20th birthday re-issue. First-time round I loved it but it didn’t quite get to the top, although it topped my oldies chart in 1976 when the Beatles re-issue invasion forced me to banish most of them to a separate chart, but justice served anyway at last. Joining the Fabs, Carly Simon’s Chic-tastic Why pops back into the top 10 7 years on. And Why not, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were fab.

In 1989 proper, though, Tone Loc goes Top 10 funkily, while back in 1983 mode the Nana’s improve on first-time round at 8 with their great Cruel Summer. Big climber for The Bee Gees One, up 30 places to 16 ahead of Malcolm McLaren’s waltzing, darling, and Nik Kershaw’s Elisabeth’s Eyes, one of his better singles but the ever-fickle pop-chart had decided he was yesterday’s news by now.

Clannad and Bono duet on a moody Celtic ballad and are rewarded with yet another oldie (1985) re-charting. REM sprint in with some Orange Crush, one of their great early singles, at 38. 10,000 Maniacs were an under-rated band, and the sweet Trouble Me pops in at 73, just behind follow-up singles for Holly Johnson and Transvision Vamp. All the oldies, though, suggest a music scene still gagging for some excitement….

1 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 2 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
4 ( 6 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
5 ( 4 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
6 ( 8 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
7 ( 10 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 18 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
9 ( 14 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
10 ( NEW ) WHY Carly Simon

11 ( 5 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
12 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
13 ( 9 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
14 ( 7 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 23 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 41 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 12 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 11 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
22 ( 16 ) THE LOOK Roxette
23 ( 29 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
24 ( 36 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
25 ( 13 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
26 ( 28 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
27 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
28 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
29 ( 17 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
30 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono

31 ( 20 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
32 ( 31 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
33 ( 21 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
34 ( 37 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
35 ( NEW ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
36 ( NEW ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
37 ( 22 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
38 ( 39 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
39 ( NEW ) ORANGE JUICE REM
40 ( 71 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard

41 ( 35 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
42 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
43 ( 49 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
44 ( 26 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 24 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
46 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
47 ( 27 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
48 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 61 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
50 ( 47 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

51 ( 33 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
52 ( 50 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
53 ( 42 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
55 ( 70 ) CRY Waterfront
56 ( 55 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
57 ( 30 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
58 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 60 ) BATDANCE Prince
60 ( 45 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson

61 ( 38 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
62 ( 34 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
63 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 62 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
65 ( 54 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 67 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( NEW ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
69 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
70 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

71 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
72 ( NEW ) IKO IKO The Belle Stars
73 ( NEW ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde

 

18th June 1989

Things pick up a bit this week, as Madonna goes one higher than classic Like A Prayer managed, getting her 6th Number One in just over 5 years with Express Yourself, a great pop dance track. The Bangles also peaked at 2 with their classic Eternal Flame, but follow-up Be With You rockets to 4 in compensation. Donna Summer meanwhile follows-up her SAW number one with a SAW number 10 for 12 years-worth of them.

Soul II Soul represent the new sound of British Urban soul, shooting to 9 as they come Back To Life. Back to reality? It’s a welcome breath of fresh air, though Danny Wilson also herald in the new sounds a-coming with Second Summer Of Love at 61, 2 years on from Mary’s Prayer. Gladys Knight is the last new Top Tenner, her final Bond fling in her occasional big time hits over 16 years.

Highest new entry is the fabulous Pet Shop Boys at 19, a remixed shortened version of the epic album cover version of a Sterling Void political song. Neil Tennant added in another verse dealing with environmental issues to give a powerful single. PSB nay-sayers, as always, completely miss the point (“they all sound the same”). No they don’t. Pet Shop Boys records cover a wealth of (sometimes eternal) topics, literate, intelligent, inventive, and if you pay attention, no they don’t all sound the same. They just have the same lead singer and are based in dance.

Clannad and Bono go top 20 as U2 stay away from it. Living In A Box have another go with the withdrawn Gatecrashing (following the Hillsborough tragedy), and REM get a Top 20 hit ahead of Prince who suddenly Batdances to 22. The Batusi, I assume. Holly Johnson gets a 3rd Top 40 solo hit, Enya gets another too, and Suzi Quatro pops in at 39 with Baby You’re A Star, her first Top 40 hit in years to give her 16 years of them in the week oldie If You Can’t Give Me Love was my non-chart oldie of the week.

Baby Ford covers T.Rex at 60, Jennifer Rush-es back with Placido Domingo for a bit of class-ical 4 years on from Power Of Love. Then the rockers return, with Queen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Vixen hogging the lower-end new entries, all of them fine, but not classic, rock.

1 ( 3 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
2 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
4 ( 28 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 6 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
6 ( 9 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
7 ( 10 ) WHY Carly Simon
8 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
9 ( 24 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
10 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer

11 ( 4 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
12 ( 5 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
13 ( 17 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 8 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
15 ( 13 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
16 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 30 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
18 ( 11 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
19 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
20 ( 39 ) ORANGE JUICE REM

21 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
22 ( 59 ) BATDANCE Prince
23 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
24 ( 12 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
25 ( 20 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 70 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
27 ( 43 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
28 ( 35 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
29 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
30 ( 68 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson

31 ( 18 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
32 ( RE ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
33 ( 21 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
34 ( RE ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
35 ( 46 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
36 ( 40 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
37 ( 22 ) THE LOOK Roxette
38 ( 71 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
39 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
40 ( 25 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

41 ( 32 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
42 ( 27 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
43 ( 37 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
44 ( 41 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
45 ( 38 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
46 ( 26 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
47 ( 36 ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
48 ( 55 ) CRY Waterfront
49 ( 33 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
50 ( RE ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 29 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
52 ( 50 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
53 ( 34 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
54 ( 42 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
55 ( 54 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
56 ( 52 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 73 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
58 ( 56 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford

61 ( NEW ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
62 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
63 ( NEW ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
64 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
65 ( 31 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 64 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MADE ME Vixen
69 ( 60 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
70 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

71 ( 69 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 53 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
74 ( NEW ) BREAKTHRU Queen
75 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

25th June 1989

It’s a shock new Number One, keeping off my beloved Pet Shop Boys at 2, and it’s Michael Jackson’s Bad album track. Two years on, the album that was my 1987 USA holiday album, along with Pet Shop Boys, Actually, and singles are still coming off it – while the PSB’s are into their next album (and there were plenty more worthy singles on Actually). Librarian Girl, actually it was a sweet superstar-full cameo video that made it excusable, that, and the fact that it had originally been one of my fave tracks on the album. It still felt like an oldie though, which is why it could enter at 1, being as I’d already been very familiar with it for 2 years. It’s also MJ’s 16th chart-topper in various guises in 19 years.

Spirit Of The Forest meanwhile rocket to 3, as an all-star charity record fails to have the same impact as others. A tree-huggers new age wanna-be anthem. That’ll be me then, cos every warning that was given then has come true in spades since. Or, more accurately, in buzzsaws since. Money rules everything and damn the consequences. All those Sting-quipping, Bono-hating, cynical do-nothing-but-whinge-about-those-that-try-to-do-something crap stand-ups can just piss off. The record’s not as good as it’s intentions though, not even with Kate Bush on it. I refer back to the previous weeks Pet Shop Boys song comments, they do it WAY better. Kudos though, to all those involved.

Talking of Bono, he’s back again with U2 as well as Clannad. Bee Gees and Prince get their umpteenth Top 10 hit, the Gibbs being at 2 in my first-ever chart in 1968, but looking for One this time. Talking of Prince, highest new entry is Sheena Easton, 9 years on from being a Modern Girl, and looking very different. 101 is her best record. It should have been massive. Prince wrote and produced it, and it sounds like classic Prince, moody, percussive, building to a climax, and Sheena certainly has one at the end. Fab.

Lots of records upping and downing and back-upping – I have no idea why, to be honest, it looks like I’m all over the place emotionally still. UB40 go top 20, Rufus and Chaka remix it back 5 years on and Ain’t Nobody can argue with that at 26. Baby Ford’s Second-summer-of-love dance version of T.Rex shoots to 33, just behind similarly-titled Danny Wilson’s popfun at 29. At 45, the much-missed great Kirsty Maccoll covers the Kinks Days, and improves on it. Simply Red switch to cha-cha rhythms at 53, while Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat actually quote them at 74. The great Rev. Al Green is back for one of his occasional comebacks outside the church at 63, 18 years on from his great debut. Finally it’s Tin Machine at 71. Eh? David Bowie. 71 is about right….

1 ( NEW ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
2 ( 19 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 34 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
4 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 9 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 22 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 8 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
8 ( 2 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
9 ( 1 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
10 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees

11 ( 29 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
12 ( 3 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
13 ( 17 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 5 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
15 ( 13 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
16 ( NEW ) 101″ Sheena Easton
17 ( 11 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
18 ( 15 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
19 ( 28 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
20 ( 42 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40

21 ( 7 ) WHY Carly Simon
22 ( 12 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
23 ( 32 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
24 ( 6 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
25 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
27 ( 10 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
28 ( 30 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
29 ( 61 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
30 ( 18 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

31 ( 14 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
32 ( 27 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
33 ( 60 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
34 ( 21 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
35 ( 20 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
36 ( 23 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
37 ( 39 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
38 ( 74 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
39 ( 24 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
40 ( 48 ) CRY Waterfront

41 ( NEW ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
42 ( 33 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
43 ( 26 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
44 ( 50 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
45 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
46 ( 44 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 38 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
48 ( 31 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
49 ( 63 ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
50 ( 40 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

51 ( 37 ) THE LOOK Roxette
52 ( 41 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
53 ( NEW ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 57 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
55 ( 52 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
56 ( 55 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 36 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
58 ( 43 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
60 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 56 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
62 ( 58 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( NEW ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 35 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
65 ( NEW ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 45 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( RE ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
69 ( 64 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
70 ( 46 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta

71 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine
72 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 71 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
75 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

2 weeks for jazzy Style Council, heading a laid-back upper-chart, matching the sunny summer of ’84, and in contrast to my increasingly low self-worth, depression and feelings of failure, sitting in my lonely bedroom. I hadn’t quite started banging my head on the walls in frustration at my mental state, but it wasn’t far off. Happy days…

The gorgeous Everything But The Girl at 2 give a truly jazzy Top 10, with Sade leaping to 9 to underline it. A bit of raunchy dance was my other main theme of the time, Evelyn Thomas pushing up the bpm’s at 5, and Rod rockin’ it dance-wise with the under-rated Infatuation shooting up to 8. Howard Jones gets a 4th Top 10 in a row, The Smiths get 3 Top 20’s in a row as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Oh how that was my anthem of the time!) shoots up to 16.

Bruce, Chrissie and Nick Heyward all get another Top 20 hit, Bruce’s first for 3 years, and 9 years on from Born To Run’s debut. Highest new entry meanwhile is Madness, uncharacteristically with a ballad, One Better Day at 32, just ahead of newie from Siouxsie and oldie from Jacko – yet another reissued Motown classic to join his other tracks. He was quite big in 1984. Sister Sledge’s oldie also joins him in the 40.

Elsewhere, a classic debut from Bronski Beat, and an outright in-ya-face gay-themed video and song, hi-NRG and fab, Smalltown Boy at 42. TV movie Sgt Matlovich was also a TV first based on a true story of a gay soldier getting booted out of the US Air Force for being gay. Ozzy’s a bit tired at 47, not surprising as he hadn’t stopped partying since Paranoid, 14 years earlier. Gary Glitter makes a comeback on the back of being a big live touring draw. I saw him most Christmas or New Years Eves in the 80’s, and a good time was had by all, it was a massive party. Dance Me Up was the most glam-sounding single he’d done for some years, though not up to the 70’s stuff.

OMD were also back with yet another great single, Talking Loud And Clear at 74, Scritti’s follow-up to a chart-topper, Absolutely at 69, and Spandau go all smooth (and largely bland) at 65 with Only When You Leave. Finally David “Japan” Sylvian has a red guitar at 75. On TV, dropping from last week’s number one, The Young Ones have guest Jennifer Saunders as a murderess (in reality Ade Edmonson’s other half), and I can’t let it go without comment on the tragic passing of Rik Mayall, comedy hero of the 80’s and 90’s, beloved of many of that generation. So sad.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 4 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
3 ( 2 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
4 ( 5 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
5 ( 17 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
6 ( 3 ) THE LEBANON Human League
7 ( 6 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
8 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
9 ( 37 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
10 ( 13 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones

11 ( 7 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
12 ( 15 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
13 ( 10 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 12 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
15 ( 8 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 55 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
17 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 9 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
20 ( 28 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
22 ( 14 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
23 ( 30 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 31 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
25 ( 16 ) ASSASSING Marillion
26 ( 19 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
27 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 20 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
30 ( 44 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl

31 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
32 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
33 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
34 ( 38 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
35 ( 34 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 22 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
37 ( NEW ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
38 ( 36 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 24 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
40 ( NEW ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 32 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
43 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( 29 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
45 ( 23 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
46 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
47 ( NEW ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
48 ( 39 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
49 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
50 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 43 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
52 ( 52 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 42 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
56 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
57 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
58 ( 47 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
59 ( 49 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
60 ( 56 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 64 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 51 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
65 ( NEW ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
66 ( 65 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
67 ( 40 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 60 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
70 ( 70 ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry

71 ( 45 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
72 ( 66 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
73 ( NEW ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
74 ( 62 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian

 

TV
1 Scully
2 The Young Ones: French & Saunders
3 The Addams Family
4 Sgt Matlovich vs The Air Force (TV film)
5 Cheers
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Hill Street Blues
8 Soap
9 Spitting Image
10 The Professionals
11 Film 84 Special: Stephen Spielberg
12 Top Of The Pops
13 Batman
14 Empire
15 WKRP In Cincinatti

 

12th June 1984

3rd and final week on top for The Style Council, as the Top 10 gets volatile. The Smiths rocket up to 2, and Morrissey is still miserable about it. No change there then. Rod gets his biggest hit since Baby Jane as Infatuation goes up to 3, and new in at 7, follow-up to Relax, much-hyped and much-anticipated, it’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the soundtrack to the summer and future classic, Two Tribes, with that memorable video. Bronski Beat, though, beat them to the top 5, bounding up with their smalltown boy to 5, while Sade’s minor hit is a major hit here at 4.

Bruce up to 13, a year ahead of bigger UK success with it, and Madonna’s Borderline in at 50, 3rd hit, and 2 years ahead of her bigger UK hit success with it. Madness keep up their string of Top 20 hits, 5 years without a miss, Change (aka Luther Vandross, at times) enter with the dancetastic Change Of Heart and OMD get 4 years of Top 40 hits at 39.

Other new entries: Billy Idol at 50, with the oddly-titled, yet brilliant, Eyes Without A Face. It was his first real ballad, a million miles away from King Rocker. That’s not a bad thing. Debuting at 64, the fantastic Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and the fabulous Perfect Skin. One of the mysteries of life is Lloyd Cole never having huge success with his jangly indierock. Lastly, at 73, The Mighty Wah! (aka Wah!, Wah! Heat, and Pete Wylie) return chart-bound after a break since their number one Story Of The Blues, with the equally Spector-ish Come Back.

TV? It’s still The Young Ones dominating my TV world, such a shame they didn’t do another series, I know I was soooo sad they didn’t. Also must mention Scully, a UK show set in Liverpool (the setting was close to my heart, as I was still commuting there regularly to pick and return my grandma), it was amusing and well-written drama, and had an Elvis Costello theme tune Turning The Town Red (and he was in it). It fit in nicely with the mood of the times, and the number of Scousers in the chart, not to mention the local Dorset relocated Scouse community enjoying the beach weather. Elvis Costello meanwhile enters at 31 with his most-gorgeous ballad, the heart-melting I Wanna Be Loved, which also meant a lot to me that summer, and the video is juuuust wonderful.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 16 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( 8 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
4 ( 9 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
5 ( 42 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 5 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
7 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
9 ( 3 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
10 ( 2 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl

11 ( 4 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
12 ( 6 ) THE LEBANON Human League
13 ( 17 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 7 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
15 ( 11 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
16 ( 27 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
17 ( 32 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
18 ( 19 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
20 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 12 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
22 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
23 ( 13 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
24 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
26 ( 37 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
27 ( 47 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
28 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
29 ( 14 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
30 ( 55 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
32 ( 22 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 21 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
34 ( 26 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
35 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
36 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
37 ( 24 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
38 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 73 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
40 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( 29 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
43 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
44 ( 43 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 36 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
46 ( 39 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
47 ( 65 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
48 ( 23 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 25 ) ASSASSING Marillion
50 ( NEW ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

51 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
52 ( 34 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
53 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( 51 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
56 ( 69 ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
57 ( 48 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
58 ( 44 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
59 ( 56 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
60 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
65 ( 53 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
66 ( 75 ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian
67 ( 59 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
68 ( 58 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
69 ( 66 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
70 ( 45 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine

71 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
72 ( 68 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
74 ( 64 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
75 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

TV
1 The Young Ones: colds
2 Cheers
3 Scully
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Soap
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Addams Family
8 Bewitched
9 The Young Ones: french & saunders
10 Batman

 

19th June 1984

My pop chart goes frantic, as another influx of classic tracks jostles with a host of big climbers and big fallers. Essentially, in retrospect, it’s fairly obvious depression hit me this week for the first time in my life, I had no idea what it was , how to deal with it, and the Doctor was of no use whatsoever just poo-poohing me to go away and stop bothering him (more or less) as there was nothing wrong with me. There was. I was in a permanent state of misery, life was joyless, and emotions were building up inside me with no outlet except music. Music kept me sane. Ish. My family were starting to notice the change, but as a family there other problems as my brother was looking for work while the pits were on strike and no money, my sister-in-law Sue was pregnant with my nephew, and mum and dad had a busy NAAFI bar and shop to run 7 days a week. My Top 10 says it all, really:

Two Tribes hit the top giving Frankie their second number one, and reflecting CND and east-west tensions of the time, keeping off The Smiths from the top. I think I was so miserable now, heaven knows I couldn’t bear to have it on top. Highest new entry, in at 3, another depressive anthem, the first one from the Human League (and their least successful UK chart hit to date since Dare), but it spoke to me a lot and followed on from 5 consecutive chart-toppers. Elvis Costello gets his biggest-ever hit as I Wanna Be Loved shoots up to 6, another song that meant a lot to me. Just to underline the down-moods, Pretenders get 5 years of Top 10’s with the sad Thin Line, and Madness do the same with the depressing One Better day. Bung in Ozzy’s So Tired at 12, Cyndi’s Time After Time entering at 14 and there wasn’t much to laugh at going on…

Most cheerful or upbeat tracks suffer big falls, and there’s a host of new tracks and a re-entry from Nik Kershaw finally making the Top 20 7 months after debuting. Robin Gibb was very much in solo single form in the absence of the Bee Gees, and the fab Boys Do Fall In Love has a bit more cheer at 23, and Alison Moyet’s moody solo debut Love Resurrection (complete with VERY naughty innuendo) charges in at 26.

A rap classic enters at 41 the awesome White Lines, back in the days when you could rap along to rappers comfortably, learn the words and the intonation meant something. A manic pace, incoherent vocabulary, and misogynistic cliched drivel not required. Even more classic, Prince is back, and When Doves Cry was a departure in sound, percussion-heavy, inventive and brilliantly exciting, in at 57. Party classic Jump (For My Love) is in at 59 for the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner’s classic (and future movie-bio title) What’s Love Got To Do With It is in at 72, while Jim Steinman’s Streets Of Fire movie song enters at 71 for Fire Inc. Phew!

TV, it was still The Young Ones, as we waved goodbye forever this week (bar the single with Cliff), the week when Rik Mayall gets a top 10 hit thanks to goodwill from those like me who they meant a lot to, they really were a generation gap TV show.

1 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( NEW ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 3 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
5 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 31 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
7 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
8 ( 4 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
9 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
10 ( 17 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness

11 ( 18 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 27 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
13 ( 6 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
14 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 12 ) THE LEBANON Human League
16 ( 11 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
17 ( 8 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
18 ( NEW ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
19 ( 26 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
20 ( 25 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

21 ( 15 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
22 ( 10 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
23 ( NEW ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 16 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
27 ( 39 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
28 ( 35 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 9 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
30 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 19 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
32 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 22 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 14 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
35 ( 50 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
36 ( 56 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
37 ( 21 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
38 ( 23 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
39 ( 47 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
40 ( 73 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

41 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
42 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
43 ( 36 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
44 ( 33 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
45 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
46 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
47 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
49 ( 34 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
50 ( 64 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

51 ( 37 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
52 ( 53 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
53 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
55 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
56 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
57 ( NEW ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
58 ( 46 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
59 ( NEW ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
60 ( 43 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
65 ( 42 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
66 ( 55 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
68 ( 57 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
69 ( 51 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
70 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE YOUNG Jim Steinman and Fire Inc

71 ( 52 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
73 ( 69 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE JB’s All Stars
75 ( 67 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

TV
1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition)
2 The Young Ones: final episode
3 The Young Ones: colds
4 Scully
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Rhoda
7 Soap
8 The Addams Family
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Bewitched

 

26th June 1984

Two Tribes two weeks on top. Elvis Costello has to be content with runners-up for the gorgeous I Wanna Be Loved, I’m sad to say that’s the highest he’s ever climbed in my chart in a very long chart career, though that also applies to the UK singles chart (only Oliver’s Army peaked at 2). Rocketing up to 4, and his biggest hit to date, for Billy Idol’s moody and mysterious Eyes Without A Face. Sad songs very much saying so much to me, as Cyndi Lauper gets her 2nd Top 10 with Time After Time, OMD get their 8th top 10, and Sister Sledge their 3rd.

New at 7, reissued Waiting In Vain gives Bob Marley a second top 10 hit with the 1977 classic, one of my fave Marley songs. The Pointer Sisters Jump to 13, Lloyd Cole is perfect at 16, leaping high, and Gary Glitter gets his 10th Top 20 hit. Prince flies high with his crying doves at 21, his 3rd Top 40 hit, and highest new song is Ollie and Jerry’s movie song Breakin’ in at 30. Tina Turner makes the Top 40 for the 3rd time solo (5th in total), and a second top 40 hit for the Bluebells, co-written with Bananarama and a 1980 track recorded by them first, and a future 90’s number one classic, Young At Heart. Barry Blue produced it, too.

The Associates are back, 2 years after their number one, at 49, Squeeze are back (more or less) with Difford & Tillbrook at 59, 6 years after debuting. The Gap Band are jamming at 64, The Jacksons are shocked to get a new entry at 66 with megastars Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger on vocals – well, shocked at how underwhelming it all was all things considered. Marc Almond shows he’s The Boy Who Came Back at 71, Tom Robinson’s back in the old country at 75, appropriately behind Lionel Richie’s old-sounding country song, Stuck On You, a record I ended up loathing. I still can’t bear hearing it, not for any musical reasons, more for the all-too-vivid reminders of how bad I felt, as I developed a lovely new psychological problem (it’s obvious now, but felt real at the time) with the sensation of something stuck in my throat around the top of my back and neck. It was clearly stress-induced, but in those poo-pooing doctors, and no internet, days (to google symptoms) who the hell knew what was wrong. Which starts off even more anxiety and stress and so it snowballs onwards… Anyway, Stuck = stuck in my throat to me, and it made me feel bad after it had been in the charts a few weeks.
1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
3 ( 3 ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 35 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
5 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
6 ( 14 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
7 ( NEW ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
9 ( 27 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
10 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

11 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 4 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
13 ( 59 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
14 ( 7 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
15 ( 8 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
16 ( 50 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 26 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
19 ( 10 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
20 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

21 ( 57 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 15 ) THE LEBANON Human League
23 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 18 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
25 ( 9 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
26 ( 12 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 36 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
28 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 41 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
30 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry

31 ( 16 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
32 ( 21 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
33 ( 17 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
34 ( 13 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
35 ( 40 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
36 ( NEW ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
37 ( 22 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 31 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
39 ( 72 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
40 ( 52 ) BORDERLINE Madonna

41 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 20 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
43 ( 37 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
44 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
45 ( 38 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
46 ( 34 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
47 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
49 ( NEW ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

51 ( 45 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
52 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
53 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
54 ( 44 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
55 ( 39 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 55 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 53 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
59 ( NEW ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
60 ( 48 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

61 ( 49 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
65 ( 62 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
66 ( NEW ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
67 ( 51 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
68 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
69 ( 58 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

71 ( NEW ) THE BOY WHO CAME BACK Marc Almond
72 ( 67 ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
73 ( 73 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 Scully
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Addams Family
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Soap
8 Batman
9 The Professionals
10 Upstairs Downstairs

My 1979 Charts – June

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Monastir 1979

5th June 1979

Still at College, towards the end of the second year and plans for a trip to california (after working over the summer to pay for it) were firming up. Meanwhile I became enraptured by a TV mini series called Centennial. Part of my degree involved American Studies – history, geography and literature (I always have had a thing for the USA!) – so this series was quite relevant to me, being as it covered an era I’d been studying, the Native American getting wiped out at worst, relocated onto badlands at best, in the movement West. It pretty much covered generations of settlers with an all-star cast, much-loved actors by me like David Janssen, Lynn Redgrave and new star Gregory Harrison. I loved it so much I wrote a letter of comment to Radio Times when it finished, which they printed, yay! It’s taken 35 years but I have a Dutch DVD version of the series now. Unlike new Glen A. Larson series Sword Of Justice (action-adventure) which I also liked a lot – only to never be repeated or available ever again.

Back in pop land Debbie Harry ruled, everywhere it seemed, a pin-up fave of the boys at College, and Blondie duly topped my chart for the third time with the fab Sunday Girl. Ooh la la! ELO were also huge, and go up to 4 with a slightly-below-par single (but only slightly) while the fab Tubes shoot up to 5. Love that melody. Dollar’s synth-poppiness gets them a top 10 for the second time, The Skids shoot up to 11, Mcfadden & Whitehead at 17 prove there’s no stopping ‘em now, The Shads get a rare Top 20 hit and Tubeway Army rocket up to 22 after an enigmatic TOTP performance.

Highest new entry is future UK topper Ring My Bell, Linda Ward sounding catchy for a while, and beating out more street-cred disco of The Bombers in at 30. Gerry Rafferty get’s a 3rd Top 40 hit, Night Owl entering at 37, and Edwin Starr gets 2 in a row thanks to some happy radio plays. The Village People get a 3rd hit, a lowly 58 to start with, but future-anthem Go West would eventually top my charts – by Pet Shop Boys and their genius take on this fairly standard gay disco track. Hot Choc make a statement about Mindless Boogie, and get rewarded with a relative flop, but hey they get 9 consecutive years of hits in my charts, big fan was I. Not many new entries though, and the short list of TV shows makes me think I was away somewhere, maybe London with the art or geography shtudents who were my natural crowds of friends. Must check my diary if I ever find it…(you didn’t think my ramblings were from notes did you!?)

1 ( 3 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
2 ( 1 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
3 ( 2 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
4 ( 7 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
5 ( 14 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
6 ( 4 ) ROXANNE The Police
7 ( 9 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
8 ( 15 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
9 ( 5 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
10 ( 6 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie

11 ( 37 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
12 ( 20 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
13 ( 13 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
14 ( 11 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
15 ( 12 ) POP MUZIK M
16 ( 8 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
17 ( 39 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
18 ( 23 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
19 ( 32 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
20 ( 17 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield

21 ( 29 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
22 ( 64 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
23 ( 10 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
24 ( 18 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
25 ( NEW ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
26 ( 27 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
27 ( 34 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
28 ( 16 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
29 ( 28 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
30 ( NEW ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers

31 ( 72 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
32 ( 21 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
33 ( 24 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
34 ( 30 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
36 ( 22 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
37 ( NEW ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
38 ( 19 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
39 ( 31 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
40 ( NEW ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr

41 ( 36 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
42 ( 35 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
43 ( 41 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
44 ( 38 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
45 ( 26 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
46 ( 45 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
47 ( 59 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
48 ( 33 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
49 ( 47 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
50 ( 48 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang

51 ( 46 ) WOW Kate Bush
52 ( 50 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
53 ( 42 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
54 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 40 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
57 ( 44 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
58 ( NEW ) GO WEST The Village People
59 ( 43 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
60 ( 51 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge

61 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
62 ( 56 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
63 ( NEW ) THE WORKER Fischer Z
64 ( 68 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
65 ( 60 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
66 ( NEW ) MINDLESS BOOGIE Hot Chocolate
67 ( 53 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
68 ( 61 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
69 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 49 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate

71 ( 57 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 62 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
73 ( 70 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
74 ( 75 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
75 ( 66 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People

TV
1 Centennial
2 Dave Allen At Large
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Sword Of Justice
6 The World About Us

 

12th June 1979

2 weeks for Blondie on top, a lot of shuffling abaht, but not much going on, really. Only 6 new entries, top one from Linda Lewis at 39 with a musical track from Evita. It’s fab, and how I wish some of Linda’s early TV performances had survived (circa 1973 she was a singer-songwriter, hitting with Rock A Doodle Do, then a disco diva covering It’s In His Kiss decades before Cher, and eventually morphed into backing singer for 80’s pop stars). She had a unique voice, very girlie, which I loved. At 54 it’s another gem from Squeeze, a whole soap opera in over 3 minutes or so, Glen Tilbrook showing his great vocals this time solo. Patti Smith gets a follow-up in my charts at least (Frederick), John Williams gets his original version of Cavatina in the chart to join the dropping Shads, and The Scorpions debut over a decade before they got that huge hit, making do with 75.

Elton’s future number one (21st century that is) goes Top 40 (that’s one up on the UK Top 40, hooray!), The Skids go Top 5 for the 2nd time in a row, Earth Wind & Fire get their 3rd Top 10 hit, and Anita Ward ding dong dings up to 9. Happily the far better Tubeway Army and Sister Sledge go top 20 along with Donna Summer and Quantum Jump. Centennial still rules on TV for me as Levi Zendt starts to establish the town of Centennial and marry a native Indian girl after being traumatically widowed after just getting married, running away from his Quaker community. It’s not just history, it’s soap drama!
1 ( 1 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
2 ( 2 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
3 ( 4 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
4 ( 11 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
5 ( 12 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
6 ( 3 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
7 ( 8 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
8 ( 5 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
9 ( 25 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
10 ( 6 ) ROXANNE The Police

11 ( 10 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
12 ( 9 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
13 ( 22 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
14 ( 31 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
15 ( 7 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
16 ( 13 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
17 ( 21 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
18 ( 17 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
19 ( 27 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
20 ( 15 ) POP MUZIK M

21 ( 14 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
22 ( 16 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
23 ( 19 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
24 ( 18 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
25 ( 20 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
26 ( 37 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
27 ( 24 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
28 ( 23 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
29 ( 30 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
30 ( 26 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick

31 ( 28 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
32 ( 29 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
33 ( 40 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
34 ( 34 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 33 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
36 ( 38 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
37 ( 32 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
38 ( 35 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
39 ( NEW ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
40 ( 64 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John

41 ( 41 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
42 ( 42 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
43 ( 36 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
44 ( 39 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
45 ( 47 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
46 ( 58 ) GO WEST The Village People
47 ( 43 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
48 ( 45 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
49 ( 44 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
50 ( 66 ) MINDLESS BOOGIE Hot Chocolate

51 ( 46 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
52 ( 48 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
53 ( 50 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
54 ( NEW ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
55 ( 49 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
56 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 52 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
59 ( 63 ) THE WORKER Fischer Z
60 ( 51 ) WOW Kate Bush

61 ( 53 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
62 ( NEW ) FREDERICK The Patti Smith Group
63 ( 62 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
64 ( 61 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
65 ( NEW ) LET’S LOVE DANCE TONIGHT Gary’s Gang
66 ( 60 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
67 ( 65 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
68 ( 56 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
69 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 74 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

71 ( 57 ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
72 ( 59 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
73 ( 68 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
74 ( NEW ) CAVATINA John Williams
75 ( NEW ) IS THERE ANYBODY THERE The Scorpions

TV
1 Centennial
2 Rhoda
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Sword Of Justice
5 Mork And Mindy
6 Saturday Night At The Mill
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Space 1999
9 The Odd Couple
10 Fantasy Island

 

19th June 1979

In which nothing much happens music chart-wise. So little in fact that the awful Gertcha sneaks in at the bottom of the charts. hey ho, at least the top end was still fab, Blondie getting three weeks on top and Tubeway ASrmy challenging at 3. Sister Sledge get their first (but not last) Top 10 hit, Gerry Rafferty his 6th Top 20, and Squeeze rocket right up the junction at 16 for their 3rd Top 20. Even the Village People get their third Top 20, and I don’t recall liking it that much at the time – the chart position says otherwise!

The Clash at last break into the 30 with the old Bobby Fuller Four 60’s USA hit, while, hooray! New Entries! Nick Lowe gets Cracking Up at 50, he was always pretty decent. Olivia Newton-John enters at 57 with one I rather liked a lot, being as it became an American holiday hit on US radio in 2 months, but which didn’t do much in the UK. Trust me it sounded great cruising down hot sunny Californian desert highways! Deeper Than The Night! Eddy Grant is back, meanwhile! Eh? Back for me, as he was very much a voice and face I knew from Top Of The Pops in the 60’s with the Equals, Viva Bobby Joe especially, and here he was 10 years on with dreadlocks and looking and sounding all Bob Marley. Living On The Frontline was throbbing and fab.

TV? A Python revival on TV, Centennial was still gripping me, and new pop show Jukebox Jury outdoes TOTP. I say new. Actually it was another childhood fave which had been revived (pop stars review new releases then get embarrassed for slagging them off when said new record release artist pops out from backstage). It was fun.

1 ( 1 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
2 ( 2 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
3 ( 13 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
4 ( 4 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
5 ( 3 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
6 ( 5 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
7 ( 9 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
8 ( 14 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
9 ( 6 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
10 ( 8 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes

11 ( 10 ) ROXANNE The Police
12 ( 7 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
13 ( 26 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 11 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
15 ( 12 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
16 ( 54 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
17 ( 19 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
18 ( 46 ) GO WEST The Village People
19 ( 15 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
20 ( 18 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead

21 ( 20 ) POP MUZIK M
22 ( 16 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
23 ( 17 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
24 ( 22 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
25 ( 21 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
26 ( 33 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
27 ( 23 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
28 ( 24 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
29 ( 27 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
30 ( 45 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

31 ( 25 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
32 ( 39 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
33 ( 30 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
34 ( 34 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 32 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
36 ( 28 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
37 ( 35 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
38 ( 29 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
39 ( 37 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
40 ( 38 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons

41 ( 41 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
42 ( 42 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
43 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
44 ( 43 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
45 ( 31 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
46 ( 44 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
47 ( 47 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
48 ( 40 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
49 ( 50 ) MINDLESS BOOGIE Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) CRACKING UP Nick Lowe

51 ( 48 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
52 ( 49 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
53 ( 51 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
54 ( 62 ) FREDERICK The Patti Smith Group
55 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( NEW ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
58 ( 55 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
59 ( 53 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
60 ( 58 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

61 ( 59 ) THE WORKER Fischer Z
62 ( NEW ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
63 ( 52 ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
64 ( 74 ) CAVATINA John Williams
65 ( 63 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
66 ( 65 ) LET’S LOVE DANCE TONIGHT Gary’s Gang
67 ( 60 ) WOW Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
69 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
70 ( 61 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze

71 ( 70 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
72 ( 67 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
73 ( 75 ) IS THERE ANYBODY THERE The Scorpions
74 ( NEW ) GERTCHA Chas And Dave
75 ( 66 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge

TV
1 Centennial
2 Soap
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (film)
5 And Now For Something Completely Different…
6 Rhoda
7 Jukebox Jury
8 The Pythons
9 Top Of The Pops
10 S.W.A.T.

 

26th June 1979

A new Number One, hooray, and the chart comes alive again with great new entries. Tubeway Army gives Gary Numan his first (and last) chart-topper with the awesome Are ‘Friends’ Electric. Gerry Rafferty gets his 3rd Top 5 hit, at 3, Squeeze their 2nd Top 10, and Quantum jump up with that masked man to 10. Highest new entry is Amii Stewart, back with another disco-fied 60’s classic, this one Light My Fire at 14. I had huge love for the Jose Feliciano gentle latin version, which went top 10 in 1968 in my charts, and it was becoming obvious that this great Doors song was pretty indestructible, it can be done in any style, by anyone, and it’s still good, cos the song is just so perfect.

Even better, the Beach Boys were back proper, a year ahead of their triumphant reunion tour (I was there Knebworth 1980) with a fab album and a bonafide hit, this time the Bach-based Al Jardine song, the gorgeous Lady Lynda. Wings were back in Old Siam, Sir, rocking it this time at 25 and Supertrtamp’s Breakfast In America nestled next to The Logical Song in at 33. Voyager have a halfway hotel at 35, and The Dooleys change tack, this time giving the two girls vocal duties, with a song that sounded like an Abba album track, and a rather damn fine one at that. It still sounds good, and it still sounds Abba 1979.

Toto show their jazzy side, soon to be their only side, as Georgie Porgie kisses the girls at 55. That topnotch popstar Kevin Keegan (and part-time footballer hero of the 70’s) has a pop at a hit at 58 – basically, it’s a Smokie record. Without the harmonies. In at 63, a record that has yet to make the UK top 40, criminally. Another huge American holiday radio hit, Driver’s Seat still sounds marvellous and fresh, and is long overdue being a hit. The annoying thing is they are British, and the USA recognised it as a classic, but in the New Wave climate of 1979 the UK snubbed it.

There’s still more: Art Garfunkel’s follow-up to Bright Eyes, a 50’s US ballad classic, the wonderful Since I Don’t Have You, was the first version to chart in my charts, later Guns ‘n’ Roses had a good go, but the best version was never a hit (also the most faithful to the original Skyliners version) – Don McLean – except in my chart. Thin Lizzy are back, starting to sound a tad formulaic, at 68, and the jazzy fab Chuck E’s In Love pops in for Rickie Lee Jones at 75. Phew!

1 ( 3 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
2 ( 1 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
3 ( 13 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 2 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
5 ( 7 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
6 ( 6 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
7 ( 4 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
8 ( 16 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
9 ( 5 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
10 ( 17 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump

11 ( 9 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
12 ( 8 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
13 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
14 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
15 ( 18 ) GO WEST The Village People
16 ( 11 ) ROXANNE The Police
17 ( 15 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
18 ( 14 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
19 ( 10 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
20 ( 19 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

21 ( 12 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
22 ( NEW ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
23 ( 23 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
24 ( 27 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
25 ( NEW ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
26 ( 21 ) POP MUZIK M
27 ( 32 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
28 ( 25 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
29 ( 26 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
30 ( 24 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption

31 ( 28 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
32 ( 22 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
33 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
34 ( 29 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
35 ( NEW ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( 34 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
37 ( 62 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
38 ( 35 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
39 ( 57 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 30 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

41 ( 31 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
43 ( 41 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
44 ( 42 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
45 ( 50 ) CRACKING UP Nick Lowe
46 ( 40 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
47 ( 64 ) CAVATINA John Williams
48 ( 36 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
49 ( 39 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
50 ( 47 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

51 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
52 ( 44 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
53 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
54 ( NEW ) WANTED The Dooleys
55 ( NEW ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
56 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( NEW ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
59 ( 45 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
60 ( 52 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits

61 ( 58 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
62 ( 60 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
63 ( NEW ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
64 ( 46 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
65 ( 43 ) LOVE SONG The Damned
66 ( 59 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
67 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
68 ( NEW ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
69 ( 48 ) ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John
70 ( 49 ) MINDLESS BOOGIE Hot Chocolate

71 ( 69 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
72 ( 53 ) NICE LEGS (SHAME ABOUT THE FACE) The Monks
73 ( 65 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
74 ( 51 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Linda Clifford
75 ( NEW ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

TV
1 Rhoda
2 Soap
3 True Grit (film)
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Centennial
7 My Name Is Bond
8 Hollywood Greats – Judy Garland
9 Fantasy Island
10 The Odd Couple

My 1974 Charts – June

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A blurred American Museum 1974 photo, near Bath. I still have the can of uncooked popcorn we bought and never used. Ewwww!

4th June 1974

O level GCE’s drawing to a close, lots of radio listening still, and summer days were here. I had a new friend start at the school, Ian Galloway, who just seemed to rub everyone the wrong way as new boy, but he more or less latched onto me as he lived down the road from us and was into music. I even got him to do a chart in July, but that’ll be a bonus alternative chart to mine then. Ooooh!

In music, Elton’s B side finally topped my chart after yo-yoing up and down randomly as I got to hear it (or not) on radio. Bennie And The Jets is still fab, and it was his second number one (Crocodile Rock being the first). Keeping off The Monkees at 2, it also knocks R. Dean Taylor down prematurely (under my old chart rules that would still be topping). Ronnie Lane goes Top 5, something he’d managed once with the Faces (Stay With Me), and Roy Wood’s album track entry from the start of the year finally gets a single release and enters at 9, bagpipes and all.

Mouth & Macneal go up to 10, thus giving Eurovision 1974 3 top 10 hits. Not to be repeated until well into the 21st century either! The gorgeous Laughter In The Rain is new at 21 for Neil Sedaka, which gave him a new lease of life in the states in 1975 (he was UK based at this time). New also, Mott’s final hit of note, the rather mellow Foxy Foxy; Hudson-Ford’s final hit the very mellow Floating In The Wind; Cher’s Train Of Thought following up a chart-topper, new act Christopher Rainbow with a good (flop) unusual single vocally. Haven’t heard it for 40 years, hoping youtube will help me. 10CC, of course, sneak in at 30 with the very classic Wall Street Shuffle, a song for our times being as it’s a bitter searing attack on bankers greed. See, even pop stars knew it to be a truism, just the equally greedy politicians who felt that people dealing in greed and power were perfectly fine to regulate themselves and do as they please. Should have listened to Godley, Creme, Gouldman and Stewart. 10CC were serious artists, musically versatile and inventive, but having a sense of humour in music (as they often did) really does you no favours with the critics.

1 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
2 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
3 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
4 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
5 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 2 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
9 ( RE ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
10 ( 20 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal

11 ( 5 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 6 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
13 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
14 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
15 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
16 ( 17 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
17 ( 11 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
18 ( 10 ) AMERICA David Essex
19 ( 12 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
20 ( 16 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie

21 ( NEW ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
23 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Abba
24 ( 29 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
25 ( 19 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
26 ( NEW ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
28 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
29 ( NEW ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
30 ( NEW ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

31 ( 21 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
32 ( 14 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
33 ( 24 ) I’M IN LOVE Aretha Franklin
34 ( 26 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
35 ( 25 ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
36 ( 28 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
37 ( 27 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
38 ( 30 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night
39 ( NEW ) I WON’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU The Carpenters
40 ( NEW ) GUILTY The Pearls

 

11th June 1974

Oldies dominate the Top end if the chart (and elsewhere) as the Monkees get to the top with I’m A Believer, while in at 2 was the record that won the Radio 1 All-time listeners poll earlier in the year. Reissued on the back of that, and a hit all over again, Young Girl was a gem, and Gary Puckett a magnificent vocalist. Times change, and Young Girl is regarded as a bit lyrically dodgy these obsessively pc days (it wasn’t then, at all, not least by all the girls who voted for it). I don’t know why, as the singer makes it clear his attraction for the girl who’s chasing him is a no no cos she’s far too young (despite looking all grown up). Surely in these rewriting history days it’s a model to hold up for men to follow! Hey ho, my charts right from the get go have featured oldies. If it’s good it’s good…

William De Vaughan’s divine Be Thankful goes up to 8, Band On The Run finally breaks into the top 10 as a single release happens and Elton drops from 1 (out of the 30) as he’d used up his allotted Top 30 weeks-on-chart quota permitted for non-singles-hits. New in at 13, on one listen, Jim Stafford’s follow-up to Spiders and Snakes (though release still a way off in the UK) My Girl Bill. Elton John reviewed the new singles releases in one music mag and said he was all ready to see one bloke about to ravish another, and then end goes and spoils it! Yes, the charts weren’t QUITE ready yet for a gay relationship song describing two men kissing – they were actually fighting over the same girl cos she’s My Girl, comma, Bill. Funny!

In at 18, future hit-makers Pilot with the fabulous debut single Just A Smile. I seem to be alone in loving this track, but it’s fabulous. Still. It took over a year for a re-release to chart, but I was right from the beginning. So there! The gorgeous, still regarded well, jazzy, sultry Midnight At The Oasis enters for Maria Muldaur at 19, already way higher than the rubbish UK chart peaks for so many great records in 1974. The Jackson 5, meanwhile get their last big hit. In the USA that is, stiffed in the UK, sadly, but the funky Dancing Machine deserved better. Radio 1 didn’t play it, so that was that really in those days. No hit. Theme tune to TV Show Zoo Gang pops in at 23 for Jungle Juice. I say theme tune, actually it’s a cover – the original theme tune was a Paul & Linda McCartney instrumental (TV show had Brian Keith, John Mills, Barry Morse) – by Tony Hiller of Brotherhood Of Man songwriter note. Talking of Paul, another of his songs slides in, all pleasantly countrified, courtesy Anne Murray having her first hit for 2 years – You Won’t See Me, a great Beatles album track. Also a big US hit. Bit of a theme going on here, not one single current new UK chart hit entering. No Lena Zavaroni, Peters & Lee, Cliff, Cassidy, Perry Como for me, sorry!

1 ( 2 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( NEW ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
3 ( 4 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 3 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 6 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
8 ( 14 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WAHT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
9 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
10 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers

11 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
13 ( NEW ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
14 ( 12 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
15 ( 10 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
16 ( 27 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 30 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
18 ( NEW ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
19 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( NEW ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 16 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
23 ( NEW ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
24 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 28 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
27 ( NEW ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
28 ( 17 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
29 ( NEW ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
30 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees

31 ( 1 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
32 ( 18 ) AMERICA David Essex
33 ( 19 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
34 ( 20 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
35 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Abba
36 ( 24 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
37 ( 25 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
38 ( 29 ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
39 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP The Osmonds
40 ( NEW ) ONE MAN BAND Leo Sayer

 

18th June 1974

Another new number one, and it’s Roy Wood’s reggae bagpipes. I was a huge Roy Wood fan, which explains why this peaked above two much better records (Ronnie Lane at 2 and First Class at 3) who deserved to top my chart more. Anyhoo, it was Roy’s second solo topper, plus 4 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 1 with The Move, for a grand total of 8 in just over 5 years.

10CC meanwhile shuffle up again to 4 for a fourth Top 10 hit, and Pilot and Maria Muldaur join them in the Top 10. Anne Murray starts to catch up on Paul McCartney with one of his old songs, Neil Sedaka cracks the 20 with the gorgeous Laughter In The Rain, and there’s a bunch of familiar names popping in. Gary Glitter gets the highest new entry at 11 with his last UK number one, Always Yours (it’s pretty good, though obviously perma-banned from radio and TV), while Suzi Quatro reckons it’s Too Big at 23. Responses on a postcard…

The Wombles get an unlikely 3rd hit, and change style abruptly, Mike Batt opting for Calypso wombling this time at 25. Another unlikely entry from Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and his Monkey Grip Glue. Sadly, he had to wait another 7 years for a UK solo chart hit. Si Si? Je Suis Un Rock Star..

The Scaffold are back, 5 years since Lily The Pink was in my top 3, keeping up the McCartney presence in the charts (Macca’s brother Mike), with Liverpool Lou, a city I was very familiar with from 1965 through to 1989, even went to two primary schools there. The local pride for Scouse stuff rubs off on non-natives! Meanwhile Albert Hammond gets a re-entry (sort of) of his 2-year-old USA hit classic It Never Rains In Southern California. It’s fab. And finally, those one-hit-Eurovision-wonders Abba decide they want more as Ring Ring rings in at 29, following-up instant Number One Waterloo.

1 ( 4 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
2 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
3 ( 12 ) BEACH BABY First Class
4 ( 17 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 9 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 2 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
9 ( 18 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
10 ( 19 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

11 ( NEW ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
12 ( 27 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
13 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 7 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 13 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
16 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 8 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
19 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
20 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
22 ( 23 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
23 ( NEW ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
24 ( 14 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( NEW ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
26 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
28 ( NEW ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
29 ( NEW ) RING RING Abba
30 ( NEW ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond

31 ( 10 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
32 ( 15 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
33 ( 22 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
34 ( 24 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
35 ( 28 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
36 ( 29 ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
37 ( 30 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
38 ( 31 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
39 ( NEW ) I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME Lobo
40 ( NEW ) SHE Charles Aznavour

 

 

25th June 1974

Another new number one: 10CC’s classic rock track, I still rate this one enormously, hasn’t dated at all and sounds pretty much unlike any other rock band. Crescendo guitars and whopping rhythms and biting lyrics. Brilliant. Keeps off Beach Baby, though, sadly, cos the retro 60’s harmony pop is pure and delightful.

Not much new entry-wise going on so a bit of shuffling, mostly, not quite sure why but if it was nearing term-end-time we may have gone visiting relatives Oop North meaning not so much radio listening (and no reel-to-reel tape listening). Upwards, though, for Maria Muldaur’s Oasis to 4, ahead of Anne Murray’s Beatles cover leaping past Band On The Run. With Zoo Gang at 21 that’s 3 McCartney songs…but’s that not all! Mike Wombles Batt gets his first solo hit (a year ahead of his UK chart debut) with a delightful 1969 cover of Your Mother Should Know – another Macca Beatles track. With his own Wombles at 22, it’s a bit of a Batt n Mac chart!

Paul Da Vinci falsetto’s his way into the charts at 30. Who? Well, he was the actual vocalist on the Rubettes’ Sugar Baby Love, but a session musician infighting strop led to the group and he parting ways, so the Rubettes mimed along for their first single (but became a good songwriting band a few hits down the line) and Paul had his own solo moment in the sun with the very soundalike (to Sugar Baby Love) but fab Your Baby Ain’t Your Baby Anymore. Cher finally chugs her train of thought into the 20, and it was quite a cool state of mind. As opposed to Chris Rainbow’s Solid State Brain which was a little more racing.

Back in at 29, 2 years on, School’s Out – so I’m guessing it was getting radio plays and reissued action cos school was out. For me, that was the end of my 5th year, old enough to leave school, and no plan whatsoever on what I was going to do. Work didn’t appeal much, and my exams promised not so much what with changing schools and all recently. Stay tuned in for results to both after the glorious summer of ’74, when Top Of The Pops and other shows were taken off the air due to strikes at the BBC, and the effect this had on the charts…

1 ( 4 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 3 ) BEACH BABY First Class
3 ( 2 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 10 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 12 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
6 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
8 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks

11 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
12 ( 11 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
13 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 9 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
16 ( 19 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
17 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 21 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
19 ( 23 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
20 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 22 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
22 ( 25 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
23 ( 18 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 29 ) RING RING Abba
27 ( 30 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
28 ( NEW ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
29 ( NEW ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
30 ( NEW ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

31 ( 15 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
32 ( 27 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
33 ( 28 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
34 ( 31 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
35 ( 32 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
36 ( 33 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
37 ( 34 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
38 ( 35 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
39 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) DIAMOND DOGS David Bowie

My 1969 Charts – June

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3 Sheepwalk, RAF Swinderby 1969-ish, mum dad in the middle, grandma next to them

JUNE 1969

3rd June 1969 CHART

5th week on top for my beloved Dizzy, with my equally beloved Glen at 2 – my first ever single and album respectively (later in Singapore when we had cash flow overseas bonus RAF wages, not in the UK when we didn’t). New entries thin on the ground, but Cliff (still a childhood fave) floats his Big Ship in at 13, and the Fabs get a quick second hit as The Ballad Of John & Yoko enters at 17. Cliff’s was pure kiddie appeal, the Beatles took a bit longer to grow. I say Beatles – it’s actually a John Lennon record with an assist from Paul, rushed out to list the media storm John & Yoko were living through. No exaggeration, they only had to lie in bed (for peace) and it was world news. A bit more to say than pop stars having a smoke or splitting up, on the whole.

School was starting to wind down with a series of replacement primary teachers, including one young male teacher (who’s name I forget but he had a beard. Cool!) who I really liked, we ended up watching TV educational black & white video shows on Caribbean Islands for a few weeks which sparked my imagination for the tropics. Pity he didn’t record some of the Doctor Who’s and Top Of The Pops’ instead (and kept them)! I remember the video used for the Beatles record with psychedelic “Christ!” words popping up at just the right moment. I learnt all the words.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

10th June 1969

6 weeks for Tommy Roe, Cliff & Beatles go top 5, Chicken Shack and Edwin Hawkins Singers go top 10, and one measly new entry: Peter Sarstedt’s forgotten follow-up hit, the melodic Frozen Orange Juice. Fleetwood Mac not rushing up the charts but in for the long run.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 13 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
4 ( 17 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 5 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 12 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 11 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
10 ( 4 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin

11 ( 7 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
14 ( 9 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
15 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
17 ( 15 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
19 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
20 ( 18 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers

17th June 1969

This is my 2nd official singles chart. Just to remind, the others so far in 1969 have been retrospective charts I compiled a few years after the event (but which would be largely accurate, my memories of music then were very strong!) My love of pop was now reaching fever proportions as I embarked on a series of actual charts (taken from the Daily Mirror list of the UK Top 30). Guess what? Tommy Roe on top for 7 weeks. Told you I loved it! Note: I was 11 years old, and I liked kiddie records like Cliff (2) and Des O’Connor (3). The proof is all there! I also loved Glen Campbell’s sweeping country and Chicken Shack’s plaintive blues, Edwin Hawkins gospel choir, and Frank Sinatra’s insistence on doing it his way. Bear in mind we hadn’t had it in the chart for 2 years and had 45 years of godawful covers to ruin the laid-back charm it had when it was new.

Two new entries, The Family Dogg, the wondrous Way Of Life, another harmony pop track with killer harmonies. One of the singers who passed through the band was Irene Sheers of 1974 Eurovision “fame” (I think). They had access to the hit songwriters of the time though, and were well regarded. I was mad on this song. The other was Scott Walker in mellow ballad mood, he had such a classic voice, but he more or less went “cult” after this track – and still is!

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
3 ( 6 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
4 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 5 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
7 ( 4 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
8 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
9 ( 13 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
10 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
13 ( 19 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 15 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 18 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
16 ( 14 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 16 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
19 ( NEW ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
20 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker

24th June 1969

My second actual chart in a row, 8th week for Tommy Roe on top, and the chart matches the music scene as it becomes electrifyingly exciting for me. Family Dogg shoot to 2, Oh Happy day to 3, The Boxer goes back up hit a new peak of 4 (it’s epic and gorgeous), Peter Sarstedt goes top 10, and a host of tracks drop out altogether to make way for an actual chart invasion.

Elvis is back! Big time! The King really was The King in those days, but In The Ghetto was social commentary gospel, and utterly brilliant. In at 5, this was the second single I ever bought (in Changi Village, Singapore, Sept 1969) as it was marginally behind Dizzy in my affections and I bought them both at the same time, but Dizzy was the cert, and Elvis I bought for my mum cos she loved him (but really I bought it for me)! In at 10, another social commentary song, this time the utterly brilliant Thunderclap Newman (Speedy Keen singing his song with a Pete Townsend sweeping production). Another epic, pop really was finding new frontiers at this time, and this was the 3rd single I ever bought (Changi Village a couple of weeks after Dizzy and In The Ghetto). Both Elvis and Thunderclap were actual picture sleeve covers (cos they were Australian and Singapore pressings).

As if that wasn’t enough, The Beach Boys were back with their most melodic single in 3 years, the fabulous Breakaway, not written by Brian shocker! Seems they didn’t always need him after all… Pete & Jill, Singapore friends of mum & dad gave me the single when we visited them in 1972 near Lincoln. Told you I had a great memory for music! That’s not all though, throw in: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s chart debut (yay!) the fab Proud mary, DJ Johnnie Walker’s instrumental chart rundown music (the fab Booker T, recently back in my charts after decades absent), bubblegum Crazy Elephant, the timeless soul classic Tracks Of My Tears (Smokey Robinson) and the brilliant Living In The Past (Jethro Tull’s folkrocking debut). Varied, sensational, wonderful. Not bad for 11 years old, really….

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 19 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
3 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
4 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
6 ( 9 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
7 ( 13 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 2 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
9 ( 7 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman

11 ( 14 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 17 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
13 ( NEW ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
14 ( 11 ) GET BACK The Beatles
15 ( NEW ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
16 ( 6 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
17 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( NEW ) THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
20 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull