My 1984 Charts – July

3rd July 1984

One of the longest (hot) summers of my life, as misery continues, years of job applications had become unbearable, just the thought of filling out a job application (no computers to help in those days, all tedious long-hand) still fills me with tedium and I’ll do anything to avoid it. That’s why (with one head-hunted-exception) I haven’t done any for 25 years. Exams, on the other hand, are a piece of piss in comparison and I carried on doing them for another 20 years on and off. Hey ho.

I think the lack of new entries was more of a reflection of my growing apathy and misery than the music scene, and sad songs still saying so much more than angry ones, so Frankie get knocked off after a mere 2 week run in favour of one of The Human League’s least-remembered hits, the sad Life On Your Own, which extended their run of consecutive toppers to 6 over 3 years. Only Abba had that degree of consistency to date.

Bob Marley outdoes his original chart position, at 5, the gorgeous Waiting In Vain, and the Pointer Sisters get a second Top 10 in a row jumping up with another pop gem. Robin Gibb’s synthypop flop gives him a 4th solo Top 10 15 years after his first one, inexplicably (well, explicably, actually, as The Bee Gees were persona non grata after the Saturday Night Fever backlash, which if nothing else proves the public hate mega-success, cos the Gibbs didn’t lose their ability to write great songs for the entirety of their career. They just went in and out of fashion at regular intervals.

Lloyd Cole gets a deserved Top 10 with his Perfect Skin, and The Bluebells fabulous Young At Heart leaps into the 20 along with Scritti’s Absolute, and Tina’s simmering biggie, What’s Love Got To Do With It, co-written by Lyle (of Gallagher And Lyle hitsters) was about to give her a career-biggest solo hit (in the UK charts at least – she’d already hit number one in mine with Ike in 1973). Highest new entry is the brilliant Self Control from the late Laura Branigan. I didn’t love Gloria much, but this record was another thing entirely, powerful and passionate, and full of Coldplay-styled woah-oh’s singalong fabulousness.

Leaving a Billy Joel album-scraper, and Mike Oldfield getting together with Moonlight Shadow vocalist Maggie Reilly again, but this time with credit. To France? Certainly not To the UK Top 40… TV, give or take 2 or 3 shows from 1984, was almost entirely devoted to 60’s and 70’s re-runs, as the extra TV channel (Channel 4) gave lots of opportunities to view popular oldies that hadn’t been around for years, and gave me a half-hour or so of nostalgia-filled relief from depression. I know now I was seriously depressed, but then all I saw was insomnia, and increasing misery and frustration with no idea what was going on in my head or why. Music, TV and Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (by now one of DC comics hottest and biggest-selling properties) kept me going. Mind you DC Comics had just grasped the money-maker and were about to wring it dry by increasing paper quality (and price) by killing off one of my boyhood character favourites, Karate Kid, quite dramatically.

1 ( 3 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 4 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
5 ( 7 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
6 ( 9 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
7 ( 6 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 13 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
9 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
10 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

11 ( 10 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
12 ( 5 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
13 ( 17 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
14 ( 8 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
15 ( 30 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
17 ( 36 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
18 ( 20 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
19 ( 39 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

21 ( 12 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
22 ( 29 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
25 ( 15 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
28 ( 24 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
29 ( 19 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
30 ( 22 ) THE LEBANON Human League

31 ( 18 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
32 ( 35 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
34 ( NEW ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
35 ( 31 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
36 ( 32 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 25 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
39 ( 34 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
40 ( 74 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie

41 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 33 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
43 ( 38 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
44 ( 66 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
45 ( 42 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
46 ( 59 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
47 ( 40 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
48 ( 43 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
49 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams

51 ( 45 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
52 ( 50 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
53 ( 44 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
54 ( 51 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
55 ( 64 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 48 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
59 ( 55 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
60 ( NEW ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel

61 ( 58 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
62 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 53 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
65 ( 54 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
66 ( 65 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
68 ( 60 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
69 ( 67 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
70 ( 52 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 61 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
73 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
74 ( 75 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT Twisted Sister

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Soap
5 Addams Family
6 Batman
7 Monkees
8 Along Came A Spider: film
9 Professionals
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Twilight Zone
12 Tenko
13 Sullivans
14 Rhoda
15 Upstairs Downstairs

10th July 1984

If you don’t want to read about bad times and misery, just skip to the chart rundown. I would! I think it’s worth self-indulgently putting it in though, as I have absolutely no rose-tinted spectacles about the Eighties, bar the music, films and some TV. For some it was pure hell!

I’ve found my diaries. In one sense it’s hooray (when I do other years) and in another it’s OMG!!!! I’ve not read them ever (cos I was an arrogant jumped-up smart arse and didn’t want to be reminded of how much of a dick I could be to my family), but I started writing up my thoughts and events in 1977 and kept going till about 2003 when it all went too pear-shaped to even try. I’ve just flicked through June/July 1984 which has reminded me that I wasn’t just dealing with unemployment, my family was fragmenting around me – it’s not fair to mention any of it here, but the root causes were the Miners Strike (bruv had no money for a looong time), my unemployment and unhappiness being cut off from my friends, and my parents worrying about my brother and his family, and me, while dealing with a stressful demanding short-staffed long-hours job. Throw in me threatening to leave the new home (I’d forgotten that one!) and look for jobs somewhere else, family bitterness, and hints about my still-obvious “celibacy” as it was phrased. I didn’t go out, I didn’t have friends in Poole, I’d never had any romantic flings, and I was 26. Lot of things to deal with! Poor me, poor everyone, a thoroughly miserable time for us all. People under stress tend to take it out on those closest and things just get worse. We all hated Thatcher, at least, that was for sure, so hey, look on the bright side….!

Anyways, rather than get any more depressing, here’s a few self-indulgent comments from that week starting on the Saturday 7th July:

“Ladies Wimbledon Singles Final – one of the best I’ve seen, I think. Chrissie playing brilliantly, but Martina just SO good, “best ever” they’re saying. If she hadn’t come along Chrissie would have dominated tennis for over 10 years, with over 8 or 9 titles. Martina won.” I was a huge Chris Evert (Lloyd) fan.

“In evening , in garden with mum and dad (day just too hot – a scorcher – garden drier every day)

Tuesday July 10th

Feeling tensed, but waxing lyrical about the repeat of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before, the huge Trek universe that followed it, and actor Gary Lockwood who was also in 2001: A space Odyssey the same day. I’ll deal with Star Trek in my August 1969 run-down though!

Thursday July 12th

It rained, at long last, hooray! The end of helping mum & dad being short-staffed at work (Marines camp NAAFI shop till) which I was very happy about, seeing it as a distraction from looking for proper jobs, and being all stroppy and resentful. Dick – it turned out to be one of the things keeping me sane and angry. One of the marines nicked an apple from the shop (again), being light-fingered seemed to go with the job, being as they were taught how to break into things and all.

Friday July 13th

My sister-in-law arrived from Mansfield with baby Vicki, told me Dianne, my old Colourcare Photo Lab boss had been made redundant. Only slightly older than me, and sometimes a bit officious, but efficient and mostly upbeat, I had nothing against her but noted she should have taken an earlier job offer. It seems as though I was partly to blame by leaving, giving them an excuse to job-shuffle. That was the last I heard of her till she died a young alcoholic-related death years following years of decline after a failed relationship. Colourcare eventually went bust and everybody lost their jobs. It’s worth mentioning, cos something as seemingly innocuous as unemployment can lead to tragedy, and no doubt is right now in 2014.
On a lighter note, I was doing next week’s charts and was having a tough time deciding between Billy Idol and Prince for number one. Wonder who won!

Charts: 2 weeks for Human League on top, Prince gets his 3rd Top 10 hit in a row, Gary Glitter his first for 10 years, and Alison Moyet her first solo one. Seen them all in concert. Mike Oldfield leaps up To France et trente-deux; Thompson Twins are the highest new entry at 34, and The Young One’s neil covers Traffic’s hippie classic Hole In My Shoe for a new entry at 35. Arrow are Hot Hot Hot at 54, a record that became well known without being much of a hit, John Lennon is Stepping Out at 59, and Radio 2 played Mind Games an hour ago, which makes me miss my hero all over again, 34 years dead this year.

1 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 5 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
5 ( 6 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
6 ( 8 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
7 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
8 ( 16 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 13 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
10 ( 18 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

11 ( 7 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 17 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 9 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
14 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 10 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 28 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
18 ( 20 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
19 ( 14 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
20 ( 11 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

21 ( 12 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
22 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 33 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25 ( 21 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 31 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
28 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
29 ( 34 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
30 ( 25 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

31 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
32 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
33 ( 30 ) THE LEBANON Human League
34 ( NEW ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
35 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
36 ( 29 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
37 ( 44 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
38 ( 35 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
39 ( 40 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
40 ( 36 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

41 ( 60 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
42 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
43 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
44 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
45 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
46 ( NEW ) LAMENT Ultravox
47 ( 38 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
48 ( 55 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
49 ( NEW ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
50 ( 39 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

51 ( 43 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
52 ( 46 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
53 ( 42 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
54 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
55 ( 52 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 54 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
58 ( 50 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( NEW ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 45 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

61 ( 48 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
62 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 47 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 51 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( 61 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
68 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
69 ( 72 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 74 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

71 ( 59 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
72 ( 58 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
73 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
74 ( 65 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
75 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 2001: A Space Odyssey
3 The Addams Family
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 The Monkees
7 Batman
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko
11 Wimbledon Ladies Final
12 Taxi
13 WKRP IN Cincinatti
14 Upstairs Downstairs
15 Doctor Who

17th July 1984

A new number one, and it’s Billy Idol and the gorgeous Eyes Without A Face, holding off the brilliant When Doves Cry from the days when Prince had fans. I used to buy his singles and albums (bit of a genius), but his ongoing attacking of his shrinking fanbase over the years and bizarre career moves, means I haven’t bought an album in nearly 20 years, and I’m not likely to.

The Bluebells fab future 90’s UK Number One is at 6, Tina gets a second solo Top 10, Scritti get a second Top 10 with the sweet Absolute, and neil might be letting in water, but it washes him up to 12 ahead of some White Lines, blowing my mind with a classic rap record with a message and a reason to exist, other than “shake your booty b*tch” (that’s the cliche drivel version of rap). Mick Jagger gives the Jacksons a vocal assist, and my is he in a State Of Shock over his duet with Michael only being at 19 (for such a superstar comeback combo) while 20-year-old rivals The Fabs are at 20, the highest new entry being A Hard Day’s Night, a record and film 6-year-old me was very familiar with back in ’64.

Highest “New” new entry though is the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven from the Kane Gang, mellow as much pop was summer of 84. Others: Phil Fearon’s back with pleasant dancepop at 33; Band Of Gold (Dutch cover medley of 70’s sweet soul hits) slips in at 35 mainly due to some old faves being included in it rather than it being any good. Shakatak enter with a jazzdancepopMOR goodie; Divine enters to great disapproval on Top Of The Pops, what with being a big man in a dress who was happy to flaunt it; Dave and Barbara are back again 3 years on from It’s My Party – at least I hadn’t forgotten them, even if the charts had; Blancmange cover Abba with mixed results for me – it’s lower than the still-charting original, and is the first Blancmange record I was a bit disappointed with. Non-Abba fans, however, seemed to like it, despite it having none of the emotionless-but-emotional subtlety of the low-key ballad.

New at 68 an early folk/skiffle revival band in a style The Pogues took the crown for, Boothill Foot Tappers, at 70 John Cougar’s more Mellencamp than feline in his little Pink Houses, and ZZ Top pop in again a year ahead of chart bigness with those fabulous Legs at 74.

So, what tedium in my diary can I share? Stress, video-recorder acting up (catastrophe!), considered helping volunteer at the local Youth Club (more of a shack than a club), then had a to-do with the neighbour banging on the front door while I played my latest records (to try and ease my stress) with the windows open (it was hot) while he was slab banging in his garden (facing my bedroom window). I fumed, ignored him, took the record off, waited, then put Anarchy In The UK on full-blast. He applauded sarcastically when it finished. I’d waited all day, it was early evening, and oh my word the language I used Timothy ranting about the b*stard. I think I was Rik from the Young Ones for a moment. On the plus side, they sold the house a few months later, and happily some good friends ended up buying it years later, knowing full well and not minding my tendency to play loud music for half an hour in the summer window ajar. Hooray!

At the time though, next day, and I quote: “Me, I’m just pissed off being here, and I’m beginning to wish I’d moved to Nottingham instead. I’m going to start looking for jobs elsewhere, I’m just totally disenchanted with suburbia, with unemployment, with having no friends. “What a bummer” to quote neil.”

Just to rub it in, the next day I needed 6 fillings, left my driving licence and cheque cards on the bus after going into Poole to sign on (so had to ring police, banks etc), had a nightmare about my mum being overworked, donated £2 to Save The Children for the awful Ethiopian famine that was going on and upsetting me, I ranted about the “sick sick sick” individual who murdered 20 people (including kids) in Californian McDonalds, the news footage of dead children being shown on TV, and the useless American gun laws. Still, at least none of those sort of things happen these days, eh?

It wasn’t all misery though, I had a decent new haircut, my first ever. Wow!

1 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
2 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
3 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
5 ( 6 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
6 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 9 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
8 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
10 ( 18 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

11 ( 4 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 35 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
14 ( 5 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
15 ( 17 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 10 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
17 ( 7 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
18 ( 24 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 37 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
20 ( NEW ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 28 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 13 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 20 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
25 ( 29 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
26 ( 19 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
27 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
29 ( NEW ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
30 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
32 ( 34 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
34 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
35 ( NEW ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 33 ) THE LEBANON Human League
37 ( 31 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
38 ( 68 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
39 ( 49 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
40 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne

41 ( 30 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
42 ( 32 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
43 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
44 ( 40 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
45 ( 46 ) LAMENT Ultravox
46 ( 41 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
47 ( 38 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
48 ( 54 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
49 ( 36 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
50 ( 27 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson

51 ( 44 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
52 ( 45 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
54 ( 50 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
55 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 55 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
58 ( 47 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
59 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 57 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

61 ( 42 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
62 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
64 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
65 ( 51 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( NEW ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
69 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
70 ( NEW ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 53 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
72 ( 43 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
73 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
75 ( 67 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen

TV
1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 Comic Strip Presents: War
3 The Addams Family
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Casablanca: film
7 Batman
8 The Monkees
9 Soap
10 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
11 Tenko
12 Doctor Who (liver Birds guest)
13 Taxi
14 Automan
15 Upstairs Downstairs

4th July 1984

Back on top for Two Tribes, for a third week, while there’s a hole in my shoe at 4 and The Mighty Wah! get a second Top 10 hit a year and a half after hitting the top spot. The classic White Lines – so don’t do it! – finally breaks into the 10, and Divine positively rockets up to 20, proving if nothing else that a big bloke in a dress rasping over a manic bpm dance track is something to celebrate.

Shakatak smoothly glide to 22, a good jazzdance track, while Blancmange keep up their Top 40 run with that Abba cover at 29. Once again the highest new entry is a classic oldie – last week Beatles, this week Rolling Stones. It’s actually a chart debut though, as Brown Sugar was too naughty for Singapore radio in 1971 and it had taken 13 years to grow on me from occasional oldie listens. Talking about the most ridiculous haircut of all-time, A Flock Of Seagulls are back with a good track at 47, and Rod is back with a cover of Robert Palmer’s 1982 hit Some Guys Have All The Luck. Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds also keep up the 60’s veterans brigade with new singles.

So, Alien and Trek on top of TV viewing, I was raving about the latest Legion and Titans DC Comics, creatively hitting a peak that was matched commercially with big comic sales. At home, still not happy, a Vicar dropped by for a chat, newly esconced in brand new church, I think, looking for a new flock. I didn’t volunteer. The 15th anniversary of the Moon Landing TV shows casued me to reminisce on how much important stuff (to me) was happening in the Summer of ’69. Bryan Adams even wrote me a song about it! Honest!

By Monday I was getting seriously hypochondriac-al, worrying about symptoms that wouldn’t go away (and which I know now are stress-related), but tried youth club volunteering that evening to get me out, there were nearly as many helpers as kids, few facilities, and promised to come back Sept 3rd (summer break) after helping pack away and playing table football with kids. It didn’t give me an energy boost though, like the Mansfield Folkhouse did when I worked there, sadly.

Other things I tried to try and cheer myself up: Radio Luxembourg chart run-down; video arcade games in Bournemouth; went to cinema to see Supergirl movie (packed with kids on holiday being noisy): “..a good cast, all well OTT, mildly amusing, predictable, escapist fun, really. I’d go to see a sequel…” Hah! As if! Wishful thinking there. My College mate Paul rang and wanted to visit in August, which would have been brilliant for me – but the family announced they were all on holiday that week and would be back in the house then, so no room for Paul (felt awful telling him). None of them worked, though, increasingly depressed as the week went on. Oh dear!

1 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 2 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
4 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
5 ( 7 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
6 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 5 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
10 ( 13 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

11 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 4 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
13 ( 20 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 19 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
17 ( 29 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
18 ( 25 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
19 ( 14 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
20 ( 53 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 43 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
25 ( 18 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 32 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
27 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 17 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
29 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
30 ( 16 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 24 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
32 ( 26 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
33 ( 39 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
34 ( 38 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
35 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 45 ) LAMENT Ultravox
37 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
38 ( 28 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
39 ( NEW ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

41 ( 31 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
42 ( 30 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
43 ( 36 ) THE LEBANON Human League
44 ( 34 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
45 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
46 ( 48 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
47 ( NEW ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
48 ( 41 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
49 ( 44 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
50 ( NEW ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer

51 ( 42 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
52 ( 40 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
53 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
54 ( 47 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
55 ( 70 ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 50 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
58 ( 49 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 57 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
60 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

61 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 46 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
63 ( 52 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 51 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
65 ( 64 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
67 ( 63 ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
68 ( 60 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
69 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
70 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( 68 ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
72 ( NEW ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
73 ( 54 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
75 ( 65 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust

TV
1 Alien: film
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Soap
7 Tenko
8 Monkees
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Addams Family

31st July 1984

4 weeks for Frankie as they were heading for 9 on top of the UK singles chart, and The Beatles keep those reissued Top 10 hits coming as A Hard Day’s Night hits 6. Shakatak are down in the streets but up in the charts, at 10, and everybody might be laughing at Phil Fearon, but he’s at 12 in the charts that count so he has the last laugh. Windjammer sail up to 22, with a track I’ve utterly forgotten – I’m guessing that’s not a good sign! Hazell Dean gets a second hit, though, with the even better Whatever I Do, and the sound of Stock Aitken Waterman has 2 in the 30 (Divine, t’other one, I think). Better get used to multiple entries in the singles chart, eh lads?

Queen get a third Top 40 hit of 1984, Rod gets a 2nd one, and Dave Edmunds has a welcome (floptastic) Top 40 hit yet again in my charts. I’m so loyal! Arrow finally prove it’s Hot Hot Hot at 40, as a major classic enters at 42. My sis-in-law Sue, then 24, loved George Michael, and Careless Whisper especially, and the new mature pop sound was a big surprise (especially after all the furore over his video expensive haircut obsession), but as we now know a huge hit and the start of a new solo career (eventually). I can’t listen to it these days, not since it was played at Sue’s funeral.

On TV sci-fi miniseries V started, but just as the Lionel Richie record falls dramatically because it reminded me of feeling ill, so this series has the same effect since the scene of the rodent-swallowing. By now I felt like I was on the verge of bursting into tears all the time, something I’d not done for a decade or so. Mum & dad knew something was up, I wasn’t eating properly, but I couldn’t explain it to them. Or to the doctor. So I stayed on camp for a few days with everyone so they could keep an eye on me. I hope this has a happy ending!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 4 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
5 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
6 ( 13 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 10 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
9 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
10 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

11 ( 5 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
13 ( 17 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
14 ( 18 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
15 ( 9 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 12 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
17 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
19 ( 29 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
20 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
22 ( 50 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 19 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
26 ( 16 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
27 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
28 ( 34 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
29 ( 33 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
30 ( 40 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

31 ( 25 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( NEW ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
33 ( 31 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
35 ( 32 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 26 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
37 ( 60 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
38 ( 74 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 46 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow

41 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
43 ( 36 ) LAMENT Ultravox
44 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
45 ( 37 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
46 ( 47 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( NEW ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
48 ( 38 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
49 ( 43 ) THE LEBANON Human League
50 ( 44 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart

51 ( 66 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
52 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
53 ( 41 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
54 ( NEW ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
55 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
56 ( 72 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
57 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
58 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 48 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
60 ( 70 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 49 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
64 ( 59 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
65 ( NEW ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
66 ( NEW ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
67 ( 65 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 51 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
69 ( 42 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
70 ( 69 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

71 ( 68 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
72 ( 63 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
73 ( NEW ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
74 ( 54 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun

TV
1 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
2 Cheers
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Hi De Hi
8 V
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko

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Man On The Moon – July 1969 as recalled by a then-11-year-old

20th July 1969

In my run-through of the songs, I neglected to mention a key moment (my ditties are all off the top of my head, not researched, I’m sure it’s no surprise to find out!).

Yes, small matter of the Moon Landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. There had been a long build-up to this, with the deaths of early Apollo astronauts and then the xmas 1968 Round-the-moon trip was a huge event in itself, even though the crew of Apollo 10 tend to be footnotes these days, they should be revered for being the first men in history to see the far side of the moon (24 in total by my reckoning have done it), orbiting another world. Apollo 11 is, as far as I’m concerned, still mankind’s greatest achievement. To set foot on another world, and return. I was 11, and unusually TV wasn’t closing down as usual that evening, it was staying live on air after a few tense days of updated news bulletins as they made their way to the moon.

What everyone who wasn’t around needs to bear in mind is…we had no idea if they were going to live or die, it really was a bold new frontier, a very risky enterprise (as we saw with Apollo 13) and it really genuinely was a positive moment in history for the whole planet to share live, for the first time ever. Not counting sporting events and other trivial events like royal weddings, of course. For me, mum wouldn’t let and my brother stay up to watch the coverage (they were due to land in the middle of the night UK time) but I got her to agree to wake me up when it was time. The TV and the living room at 3 Sheepwalk, RAF Swinderby as seen in the photo…

Next morning I got up and they were already on the bloody moon. Aaaaaargh! Not to take away from the import of seeing men bounding about on the moon on TV, but parents who think it’s more important that the kids get a good night’s sleep instead of sharing in the greatest moment in history, need a slap! The TV footage itself was disappointingly murky, the later missions in 1972 (with the moon rover) were technically more exciting, and in colour, but hey Neil Armstrong. Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins, poor poor Michael Collins, so close, yet so far, watching but not able to join in. Heroes! I did however get to watch the blast-off from the moon’s surface which was live (at tea-time I think) and tense.

I don’t wish to be rude to all those non-believer moon-hoaxer theorists who have popped out the woodwork over the last 30 years, thanks to charlatans writing books and TV shows to get rich on other people’s gullibility and willingness to accept lies and rumours and scientific nonsense as proof of it all being a fake that fooled a whole planet (and I’ve spent exasperating time trying to explain to loved ones who weren’t around then why it’s a historical scientific fact, we weren’t all dupes taken in by scientists, they were the dupes taken in by non-scientists, to no avail). I’m going to be rude to the ones who perpetuated the myth though – the world doesn’t need any more lying, conniving, snivelling muck-spreaders who see an easy way to get rich. Get a job in an investment bank like the other ones and leave science alone. You clearly don’t understand it…

I can say that now, without fear of contradiction, now that the yawnsome argument “so why don’t they go back to then moon then and prove it happened” has been conclusively and definitively settled. They have been back, there’s a lunar satellite in orbit, and they have crystal-clear beautiful (and awesome) photos of every single footprint, lunar rover track, flag, piece of equipment and vehicle left on the surface of the moon, where they will stay perfectly preserved for centuries, if not thousands of years (assuming Man doesn’t pop back to the moon for a walkabout salvage operation in the meantime – Kerching! Genuine historical souvenirs!)

So, enough already with the nut-job theories! Appreciate the achievement for a change!

My 1979 Charts – July

Bishop Grot College Library. Before the internet we used to live in these buildings stuffed with books, thick papery things with lots of words and photos and diagrams….

 

4th July 1979

Wimbledon coverage pops into my TV chart, which reminds me I used to play tennis a lot at College, School, life, always my preferred game (along with badminton, squash, snooker, pool, darts), though College lunchtimes usually meant a game of pool. College was winding down though, exams over-ish, assignments done-ish, leaving me time for far more important stuff: Top Of The Pops at 2 in TV chart showing the music scene was alive; preparing to work in a hosiery warehouse near Mansfield for the summer for cash to pay for the US trip planned. The previous summer had been the nightmare that was Landers Bakery, now thankfully long-gone. 12 hour shifts 6pm to 6am stuffing rolls in to bags or a production line rush of bread popping out of scorching ovens in skin-scarring tins is still the worst job I’ve ever done. This one was mildly pleasant, moving boxes about, daytime Radio 1 on the factory speakers indelibly printing the songs of July and August 1979 on my mind to the point that I actually got sick of hearing many of the hits around. An old bloke Jim (ie prob my age now) used to give me a lift to work, early morn, and back again. Sorted!

Chart-wise, straight in at 1, it’s Abba with a double-A side (official this time) the awesome Voulez-Vous and the poppy Angel Eyes, both from the fab Voulez-Vous album, stuffed with great potential singles, albeit a bit schizophrenic part-disco/dance part pop/ballad. The passionate, dramatic classic disco Voulez-Vous would have had a longer run, had album tracks been eligible, though Angel Eyes is flattered and probably wouldn’t have topped my chart alone, being as it’s a bit too jollypop. That means just the one week for Tubeway Army on top, and The Beach Boys take Lady Lynda into the top 3 for their highest charting new track since 1969. The Dooleys take their Abba-clone into the Top 20, rocketing up more than any previous singles had done.

New entries: all summer factory song reminders. The reggae-tastic vocal-range-testing Janet Kay’s Silly Games in at 25; Patrick Hernandez’ sublimely eurocheesey Born To Be Alive at 26; Bonnie Tyler’s movie theme disco Married Men at 29; disco-synth After The Fire in at 32 with One Rule For You (red vinyl, my copy!); space-age disco synths plus farty noises for the fab Space Bass (Slick) at 44; The Ruts dramatic new wave/punk Babylon’s Burning at 53; The USA’s answer to New Wave, the first huge record to top the chart there to fit into the category, the rhythm-tastic My Sharona (The Knack) at 70, another American holiday hit it was impossible to avoid on US radio. Which leaves climbers from Thin Lizzy to 30, and Eddy Grant to 22.

1 ( NEW ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 1 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
3 ( 22 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
5 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
6 ( 2 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
7 ( 4 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
8 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
9 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

11 ( 15 ) GO WEST The Village People
12 ( 7 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
13 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
14 ( 9 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
15 ( 10 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
16 ( 20 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
17 ( 54 ) WANTED The Dooleys
18 ( 11 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
19 ( 12 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
20 ( 16 ) ROXANNE The Police

21 ( 25 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
22 ( 37 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
23 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
24 ( 17 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
25 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
26 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
27 ( 21 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
28 ( 19 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
29 ( NEW ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
30 ( 68 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

31 ( 26 ) POP MUZIK M
32 ( NEW ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
33 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
34 ( 23 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
37 ( 29 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
38 ( 39 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
39 ( 28 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
40 ( 36 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

41 ( 30 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
42 ( 34 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
43 ( 27 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
44 ( NEW ) SPACE BASS Slick
45 ( 38 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
46 ( 44 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
47 ( 43 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
48 ( 58 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 31 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
50 ( NEW ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs

51 ( 42 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
52 ( 50 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
53 ( NEW ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
54 ( 41 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
55 ( 32 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
56 ( 46 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
57 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
60 ( 49 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees

61 ( 48 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
62 ( 67 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
63 ( 52 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
64 ( 40 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
65 ( 47 ) CAVATINA John Williams
66 ( 60 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
67 ( 61 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
68 ( 62 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 63 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
70 ( NEW ) MY SHARONA The Knack

71 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Thom Pace
73 ( 55 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
74 ( 53 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
75 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

TV
1 Soap
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Centennial
4 Ask Aspel
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Rhoda
7 Juke Box Jury
8 Wimbledon Coverage
9 The World About Us
10 The Liver Birds

11th July 1979

2 weeks for Abba on top, Beach Boys at 2, and The old Doors song disco-fied at 3 for Amii Stewart. The Dooleys prove they are Wanted at 5 and Patrick Hernandez really is Borrrrrrn T Be Aliiive as he leaps 7. Reggae into the 20 for Janet kay and Eddy grant, both fab records, while Christian poprock band After The Fire synth it up to 14, and Supertramp have some Breakfast In America at 20 – something I was working on doing too.

Highest new entry, a returning hero, as Dave Edmunds covers Elvis Costello, with Nick Lowe’s assist, and does it even better, Girl’s Talk in at 25 and just marvellous. 10 years on since Sabre Dance, 6 years since last topping my chart, too. Slick and the Sex Pistols (the latter doing another joke cover of Eddie Cochran) join The Ruts and UK Subs in breaking into the 40. 2 of them didn’t deserve to, though. Clue: I like Slick, and Ruts is a late punk classic.

In at 34, a hugely-influential Chic record, Good Times, which was to pop up later in the year with the dance bassline underpinning something called “rap”. Bet that was just a gimmick, eh, everyone was saying so at the time….? In at 36, not looking pop stars, but with a melody and harmony to kill for, The Korgis brilliant If I Had You. Donna Summer’s quick follow-up to Hot Stuff is more in a soul vibe, and Bad Girls duly enters at 39 as it shoots up the American charts to make it a double US whammy. At 45, The Police really Can’t Stand Losing You, and like Roxanne a 1978 flop getting a new wind as Sting becomes number one pop male pin-up, but with an uptempo new wave-reggae vibe that appealed to lads as much as girls, if not more so. Finally, Manfred Mann keeps his run of chart hits going, nearly 11 years strong (officially) and 15 years of popchartfreak appreciation:)

TV times, Soap was still ground-breaking manic comedy and pushing even beloved Star Trek down to 2. The men’s final at Wimbledon was a goodie as Bjorn Borg won a record 4th consecutive title, against Roscoe Tanner. Joanna Lumley is absolutely fabulous as Sapphire to David McCallum’s Steel, old faves both as Purdey (New Avengers) and Ilya Kuryakin (Man From UNCLE). Both are still working on TV of course, Ab Fab/documentaries, and NCIS, soo hooray for them! It was a mysterious rare ITV sci fi show that I liked a lot when the script was right. Jukebox Jury continued to give welcome exposure to new records in a fun setting, and Australia’s Chopper Squad showed what they had at 15. As I vaguely recall, noticeably.

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 3 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
4 ( 2 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
5 ( 17 ) WANTED The Dooleys
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
7 ( 26 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8 ( 6 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
9 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
10 ( 7 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

11 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
12 ( 11 ) GO WEST The Village People
13 ( 25 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
14 ( 32 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
15 ( 22 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
16 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
17 ( 10 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
18 ( 12 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
19 ( 15 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
20 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

21 ( 14 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
22 ( 29 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
23 ( 16 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
24 ( 30 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
25 ( NEW ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
26 ( 44 ) SPACE BASS Slick
27 ( 20 ) ROXANNE The Police
28 ( 19 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
29 ( 18 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
30 ( 21 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

31 ( 59 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
32 ( 53 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 50 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
34 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Chic
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( NEW ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
37 ( 24 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
38 ( 27 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
39 ( NEW ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
40 ( 31 ) POP MUZIK M

41 ( 28 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
42 ( 23 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
43 ( 70 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
44 ( 40 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
45 ( NEW ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
46 ( 34 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
47 ( 42 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
48 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 46 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
50 ( 47 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

51 ( 38 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
52 ( 37 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
53 ( 45 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
54 ( 62 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
55 ( 41 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
56 ( 52 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
57 ( 51 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
58 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
62 ( 72 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
63 ( 43 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
64 ( 73 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
65 ( 54 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
66 ( 69 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
67 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
68 ( 49 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
69 ( 60 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
70 ( 61 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies

71 ( 63 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
72 ( 39 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( NEW ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
74 ( 67 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
75 ( 68 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Soap (Sun)
2 Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
3 Soap (Fri)
4 Centennial
5 The Odd Couple
6 Sapphire And Steel (Thurs)
7 Lost Horizon (film)
8 Barney Miller
9 Sword Of Justice
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)
11 Rhoda
12 Jukebox Jury
13 Top Of The Pops
14 Match Of The Day: Wimbledon Men’s Finals
15 Chopper Squad

18th July 1979

3 weeks at 1 for Abba, joined in the top 10 by After The Fire and Slick, both adding some synth delight into the upper reaches, and also the fab Silly Games. The Police almost make it in their second week, too, at 11, and even overhaul Dave Edmunds and his biggest hit since 1973 at 12. Bonnie Tyler’s moody disco track is at 14, while Thin Lizzy’s run of Top 20 hits is 6 years as the rock’n’rollin Do Anything You Wanna Do hits 20, just behind the leaping Good Times of Chic.

The Knack take My Sharona into the 40, and Sniff ‘n’ The Tears manage what they did in the USA, but not the UK, and place the brilliant Driver’s Seat behind the Top 40 wheel. British they were, too. Highest two new entries, though, are 2 major pop classics, the epic Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” written as a response to a slacker teenage girl murderer’s quote. It’s brilliant, ambitious, sprawling and has just the right amount of bitterness – not that big in the States for some reason, can’t think why…oh, yes, they worship the gun, that’ll be why (plus to be fair it would have hampered a fair trial).

Cliff’s back. Only 3 years since his last critically-well-received batch of songs, and whaddya know, he tops it and kickstarts his pop career for another 5 years run of great singles (courtesy of writer-producer Alan Tarney). We Don’t Talk Anymore pops in at 41, but it’s a pretty good candidate for his best record in a fairly substantial back catalogue. I will have no truck with popular Cliff-bashing opinions, then or now, you don’t last 55 years based on fan-base appeal, you get it by releasing great records, and this one, complete with mature-looking, leather-trouser-clad Cliff, was a biggie, even in the US of A, who only occasionally let him have a big hit.

Others: Judie Tzuke’s gorgeous, haunting Stay With Me Till Dawn breaks in at 56; Siouxsie’s Playground Twist is at 60, but not one of my faves of hers, Let’s Playground Twist Again (like we did last summer) would have been more fun; PIL dirge their way in at 62, The Real Thing Boogie Down at 64 and the Doobie’s grab a minute at 75.

TV chart, Centennial peaks again, such a great series, Trek repeats the classic sci-fi Frederic Brown short story adaptation Arena episode (which I still think would make a great movie with modern CGI and an as-originally-written naked and vulnerable hero battling to save the human race one-on-one against an equally naked and not-so-vulnerable alien fighting for his species). Suggestions for current hot actors to star welcome! The 20th anniversary of the Moon Landing pops in at 4. Mankind’s greatest achievement. A quick comment for all those Moon-landing hoax believers – now that they have a satellite orbiting the moon and photos of every single footprint and piece of equipment left on the Moon, don’t you feel a bit foolish? No? You should, for falling for every money-making conspiracy nut-job preying on gullibility. Scientists aren’t in the business of making things up, cos there’s nothing they hate more than being shown up to be wrong by other scientists. People who write books, on the other hand, spew crap masquerading as fact. Ker-ching!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) WANTED The Dooleys
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
5 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
6 ( 14 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
7 ( 4 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
8 ( 26 ) SPACE BASS Slick
9 ( 13 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
10 ( 6 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 45 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
12 ( 25 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
13 ( 9 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
14 ( 22 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
15 ( 8 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
16 ( 20 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
17 ( 10 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
18 ( 34 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
19 ( 11 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
20 ( 24 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

21 ( 15 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
22 ( 31 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
23 ( 36 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
24 ( 39 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
25 ( 19 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
26 ( 43 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
27 ( 12 ) GO WEST The Village People
28 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
29 ( 18 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
30 ( 27 ) ROXANNE The Police

31 ( 16 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
32 ( 17 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
33 ( 23 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
34 ( 21 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
36 ( 32 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
37 ( 30 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
38 ( 29 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
39 ( 28 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
40 ( 66 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

41 ( NEW ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
42 ( 41 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
43 ( 58 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
44 ( 63 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
45 ( 42 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
46 ( 40 ) POP MUZIK M
47 ( 44 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
48 ( 38 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
49 ( 37 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
50 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

51 ( 62 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
52 ( 49 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 47 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
54 ( 50 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
55 ( 73 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
56 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
57 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( 56 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees

61 ( 53 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
62 ( NEW ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
63 ( 52 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
64 ( NEW ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
65 ( 57 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
66 ( 55 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
67 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
68 ( 70 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
69 ( 72 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
70 ( 46 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer

71 ( 67 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
72 ( 65 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
73 ( 71 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
74 ( 64 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
75 ( NEW ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Arena
3 Soap
4 Project Apollo
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Barney Miller
8 Rhoda
9 Hawaii 5-0
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)

25th July 1979

A 4th week for Voulez-Vous (and Angel Eyes) on top, Abba ruling still, as they keep the fab Beach Boys at 2 for 3 weeks. The charts enter into the glorious summer of 79, for me, possibly because I heard so much radio while at work, but also cos there were just so many great new records coming out each week!

Patrick Hernandez eurodances into the Top 3, while Girls keep Talking for Dave Edmunds at 4, his fourth Top 4. 4 is the magic number this week! The Police, The Boomtown Rats get another Top 10, while The Korgis sneak in too. So many great records in fact, that many are pushed down or held down in lower chart positions than they deserved. Donna Summer gets the latest in a long run of non-consecutive Top 20 hits, and Cliff is up to 22.

It’s the new entries, though, that herald fabness, with highest new entry from the Pretenders at 27, the marvellous Kid. In at 40, Sparks try to Beat The Clock with lovely Moroder-ness, a timely entry. Sorry! E.L.O. sign in at 51 with a diary of a wimp – I’ll be perfectly honest, I felt they were talking about me in the lyrics, Horace Wimp was me in my own self-image. Regardless, it’s one of their best records, a touching feel-good inspiring pop song. The under-rated Gold, John Stewart’s very minor hit, is at 58, and the Gibson Brothers infectious salsa-pop at 66 is just as welcome, ahead of Telex and their bizarre Kraftwerk-esque version of Rock Around The Clock. Timely! Oh, already done that one…..! If at first you don’t get a laugh, keep on repeating it till you do, is my motto!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
4 ( 12 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
5 ( 8 ) SPACE BASS Slick
6 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 11 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
8 ( 3 ) WANTED The Dooleys
9 ( 28 ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 23 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

11 ( 7 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
12 ( 9 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
13 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
14 ( 10 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
15 ( 16 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
16 ( 24 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
17 ( 26 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
18 ( 14 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
19 ( 13 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
20 ( 22 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

21 ( 6 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
22 ( 41 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
23 ( 17 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
24 ( 15 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
25 ( 19 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
26 ( 21 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
27 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
28 ( 25 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
29 ( 35 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
30 ( 62 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

31 ( 20 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
32 ( 36 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 43 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
34 ( 29 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
35 ( 30 ) ROXANNE The Police
36 ( 56 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
37 ( 33 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
38 ( 60 ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees
39 ( 64 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
40 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

41 ( 27 ) GO WEST The Village People
42 ( 37 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
43 ( 42 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
44 ( 51 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
45 ( 32 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
46 ( 31 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
47 ( 39 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
48 ( 34 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
49 ( 38 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
50 ( 47 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

51 ( NEW ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
54 ( 46 ) POP MUZIK M
55 ( 44 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
56 ( 45 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
57 ( 53 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
58 ( NEW ) GOLD John Stewart
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 58 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
62 ( 49 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
63 ( RE ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
64 ( 48 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
65 ( 55 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
66 ( NEW ) OOH WHAT A NIGHT The Gibson brothers
67 ( 61 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
68 ( 65 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
69 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
70 ( 40 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

71 ( 68 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
72 ( 69 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( 75 ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers
74 ( 66 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
75 ( 50 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
1 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Hawaii 5-0
7 Sapphire & Steel (thu)
8 The Liver Birds
9 Sapphire & Steel (Tues)
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Daryl Hall And John Oates Live At Bournemouth International Centre July 17th July 2014 (with Longfellow)

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It’s the third time I’ve seen the lads, after seeing them support Fleetwood Mac at Wembley Stadium in the early 90’s, again at the BIC a year or so later. This was a Greatest Hits tour to a fairly-packed out audience, with a female-of-a-certain-age slight bias, and to be honest it wasn’t too different from 20-odd years ago, apart from Daryl’s penchant for changing the melody to some his own songs (like Maneater), which was slightly off-putting. As was the 10-minute-plus smooth-jazz-soul slowed version of I Can’t Go For That (I was really looking-forward to that killer bassline! Doh!).

To be fair though, they got a mid-concert standing ovation for She’s Gone, still the jewel in the crown of their great back-catalogue, and well deserved it’s a truly brilliant song, one young pretenders like Ed Sheeran could do with listening to and learning. I loved all of the 70’s stuff they did, and all of the 80’s tracks they did more straightforward versions of, like Kiss On My List and Private Eyes for the encore. It’s an indicator of how many hits they had that some great singles were omitted from the setlist. Shame! A great backing band, loved the sax, loved re-hearing some of the older tracks, and great to see 70’s pop stars still about (and in Daryl’s case using the Net for his own TV shows)

The support band were a young London band, Longfellow, listed on their website as melodically-charged alt.pop. Engaging, and they went down well with their first-ever big gig/tour, especially considering the crowd wasn’t really what you’d call “target audience”. I’d agree the “emoting” was a key feature of the music, a sort of Longpigs-cum-Starsailor stylee, and each member of the band gelled pretty well, ones to watch I’d say if they can focus a bit more on more cohesive songs: Each track was a bit of a mix n match of tempo and styles, just my own preference of course, as I firmly think the lead singer Owen could easily carry off an acapella version of one of their ballads, he had a good range, and just as easily the band could give one of the uptempo numbers some welly and fire it up to the next level for a bit of live stage variety. Good though and they did well, sounded great in a larger concert setting (they played 250 in Camden for their biggest previous Owen said!), and soundwise filled the BIC no problem. Best track, for me, Polaroid.

Hall & Oates Top Live Tracks:

1. She’s Gone
2. Private Eyes
3. Kiss On My List
4. Sara Smile
5. Out Of Touch
6. Say It Isn’t So
7. Maneater
8. You Make My Dreams Come True
9. Family Man
10. Back Together Again

My 1974 Charts – July

2nd July 1974

School was sort of out, as previously mentioned, but also sort of not, as there wasn’t much in the way of classes left to take, so lots of spare time, great for pop music, playing tennis, watching TV, reading my DC comics purchases (Legion of Super-Heroes and Superman family especially, which all seemed to be on an up with new writers like Cary Bates and the return of child prodigy Jim Shooter imminent) – still babysitting for cash, of course, it was a toss-up between singles, budget albums and comics competing for my money. By a process of elimination, given that I had no idea what I wanted to do (mundane jobs didn’t appeal much), I think I was getting used to the idea of going back to the 6th form to properly take some O Levels and have a full year of study – but hoping I wouldn’t be the only one, which I wasn’t as mate Ian was also planning on doing the same (he came very late in the school year), and we hung around a lot over the summer, he’d drop by at random and put up with my ungrateful moods at being interrupted mid-pop or sci-fi or TV. Yes, I was a bit stroppy at 16. OK a lot stroppy.

Anything that interrupted Top Of The Pops, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Python would send me into a sulk. Sulk sulk sulk. Sulky bleeder! For me, it was a major trauma, cos there was no such thing as video as it was a one-off chance to ever see them, or miss the delight for ever. Well, as regards Top Of The Pops it actually WAS a one-off chance to see them thanks to short-sighted besuited BBC so and so’s, who wiped the tapes, destroying great performances for ever just because it didn’t have Bill Haley or Bing Crosby on the show (yes, they kept those episodes, being old gits and all!) Now that I’m older than they were, I’m allowed to make ageist remarks, honest, they deserve it because it’s true. Kept the music of their youth and wiped mine. Good thing I’m not bitter…

The charts? 2 weeks on top for 10CC, and Paul McCartney up to 2, leapfrogging his own old song at 3, as sung by Anne Murray. The big news is in at 5, new entry, George McCrae and Rock Your Baby. Essentially a KC & The Sunshine Band record with guest vocalist, this was a key record, generally regarded as the start of disco music (although The Sound Of Philadelphia and Barry White might make that claim too), but in topping the UK and US charts it was announcing disco was here in a big way. I think it’s no co-incidence that it topped the UK charts during a period when Top Of The Pops was off the air (BBC strikes of course) so people were judging current pop on the record alone, and this was a great one.

The Jackson 5, meanwhile, almost get a funky top 10 hit, and Abba get their follow-up top 20 hit at 18 with Ring Ring. Just to underline it was the start of a habit of going for the wrong single, Sweet Dreams (aka Polly Brown of Pickettywich and Tony Jackson of The Skatalites) covered Abba’s Honey Honey and enter one-place higher at 17. They also got the UK chart hit and Abba didn’t. New at 14, Charlie James is All Fingers And Thumbs, a sweet girlie pop flop radio hit of the time, while The Sweet abruptly change musical direction and release the ambitious “serious” The Six Teens. It’s a great record, but not poptastic in a glam fashion and more or less ended the first phase of their Chinn-Chapman career – and a run of 5 consecutive number one singles in my chart!

In at 27, Terry Jacks follows-up seasons In The Sun with a well-known 1959 Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen song, If You Go Away, and sounds almost comically breathless, especially compared to great past versions from the likes of Dusty, Glen Campbell, and Scott Walker. This was the hit version, though. Go figure! The Drifters are back, even older than If You Go Away, but revitalised, re-located to the UK and with British songwriters, had a long run of pastiche-60’s hits starting with this one. Not up to the actual 60’s songs, of course, but good enough, and with Johnny Moore still on vocals still had the Drifters sound. They were big in the UK, and has-beens in the USA…

1 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
3 ( 5 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
8 ( 2 ) BEACH BABY First Class
9 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
10 ( 7 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood

11 ( 16 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 15 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 11 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
14 ( NEW ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
15 ( 12 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
16 ( NEW ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
18 ( NEW ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 26 ) RING RING Abba
20 ( 18 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher

21 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
22 ( 28 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
23 ( 30 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
26 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
28 ( 19 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
29 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
30 ( NEW ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters

31 ( 10 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
32 ( 21 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
33 ( 22 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
34 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
35 ( 27 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
36 ( 29 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
37 ( 31 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
38 ( 32 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
39 ( 33 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
40 ( NEW ) HAVEN’T GOT TIME FOR THE PAIN Carly Simon

 

9th July 1974

Macca gets his 2nd Number One of the year, his 3rd with Wings, his 4th since leaving The Beatles, and his 7th in total including 3 from the Fabs. At the time that gave him 7 equal with Roy Wood topping my all-time list. That keeps off George McCrae from the top, and it was so close I kept switching between the two, using a lot of pencil and erasers. I have to give it to Band On The Run, though, cos it’s so classic, a record I love to bits still. Pure summer of ‘74 for me.

Lots of great new entries too, Sparks in at 6 for the follow-up highest entry, Amateur Hour being equally quirky, but not as epic as This Town. In at 10, a reissue from Edwin Starr from 1969, and his first chart hit since War in 1970. Very Motown-ey. Abba get to 15 with Ring Ring, higher than I remembered (happily), momentarily leap-frogging Honey Honey. The Inruders get a 2nd hit with the smooth Philly sound of horse-racing and a lady love. Garfunkel gets his 3rd solo hit, and what a corker it is, Traveling Boy was a chart flop, criminally, but it’s far and away the best record he’s made outside of Simon and Garfunkel, tearfully beautiful and one of the great Paul William’s best songs. Paul Williams? Singer-songwriter, writer of We’ve Only Just Begun, Evergreen, Rainbow Connection, Rainy Days And Mondays and more recently worked with Scissor Sisters and Daft Punk. That’s not enough, though, Paul Williams is also the same diminutive actor who was an Orang-Utan in Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, an alien in Star Trek: Voyager, a guest on the Muppets, writer of Bugsy Malone songs, Penguin on animated Batman Adventures, and most recently featured on Random Access Memories album. Take it from me, it’s a great song!

Jim Capaldi is back, 2 years after non-hit great Eve, and 7 years after Traffic’s heydays, and it’s also a tearjerking Nilsson-esque corker, It’s All Up To You. Only a minor UK hit, it is criminally obscure these days, but again it’s a fabulous song, sung convincingly passionately. Barry Blue gets his 4th solo hit, this time it’s a sweet pop tune. Barry Blue? Aka Barry Green, writer of many hit songs, including stuff for Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Saturdays, Pixie Lott. I’m not making this up, he is still writing pop songs! He’s also responsible for I Eat Cannibals, of which the less said the better! I was always a fan though (of most of his varied pop stuff). I also bought a budget album this week, R. Dean Taylor’s with new entry Don’t Fool Around On it. While it had some of his old hits on it, it didn’t have the version of Ghost In My House I was expecting. Boo! It goes back up anyway to 7 as a result.

1 ( 2 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
3 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 1 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
6 ( NEW ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 17 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
8 ( 6 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 7 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 16 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 10 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
15 ( 19 ) RING RING Abba
16 ( 8 ) BEACH BABY First Class
17 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
18 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
19 ( 23 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
20 ( 13 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow

21 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
22 ( NEW ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
23 ( 14 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
24 ( 27 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
25 ( 22 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
26 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
27 ( NEW ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
28 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
29 ( NEW ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
30 ( NEW ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor

31 ( 15 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
32 ( 20 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
33 ( 21 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
34 ( 25 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
35 ( 28 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
37 ( 30 ) KISSIN’ IN THE BACK ROW OF THE MOVIES The Drifters
38 ( 31 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
39 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANT TO BE LONELY The Main Ingredient
40 ( NEW ) THE BANGIN’ MAN Slade

16th July 1974

My chart heavily influenced by a radio show and a comeback 60’s star. Mama Cass (now Cass Elliot, once of the great Mamas & Papas) was releasing a fab tuneful Albert Hammond ballad single, and in the UK recording, so dropped by the weekly Radio 1 new singles review show, Emperor Rosko’s Roundtable. Rosko was cool, American and had pop star guests listening to new singles and giving opinions. Cass was on, and I was excited enough to record it. I fell instantly in love with her new single, a number one new entry. It wasn’t playlisted though, so it had an up and chart career according to when I got to hear it, buy it, and then affected by her sudden young tragic death in London a few weeks later. Dad shouted upstairs to me about the news (she was a family fave) while my visiting mate Ian was a bit bemused, I think, at my feeling so bad about a celebrity death. Cass was the first popstar death that affected me.

On the show, she was enthusiastic about Hues Corporation US smash Rock The Boat, a disco classic, duly in at number 2 behind her, and still sounding great. Mud were back and on the show with an Elvis glamrock imitation, Rocket. Cass and Rosko both wished Elvis would do something anywhere near as exciting, cos it was a great pop song, in at 24. I think Rock Me Gently was also on the show, a forthcoming soul smash for Andy Kim. Who? Writer of many a hit record, including my Singapore obsession Sugar Sugar and other Archies tracks. Of course I liked it! In at 30.

Other newies, Nilsson is back again with a Dracula movie song, amusing and catchy, Daybreak new in at 28, while a song that became better known in cover versions for a while, Don’t You Worry Bout A Thing, is in for Stevie Wonder at 29 for nearly 6 years of chart hits. Bob & Marcia’s 1970 reggae black-pride classic, which I didn’t get to hear at the time (being in Singapore) is re-issued and I love it, in at 21. Leaving The Settlers at 19, last seen with the fab folkpop TV theme tune to Follyfoot, a kids show, The Lightning Tree in 1971, but now sounding like The New Seekers. All this activity meant tough luck for Garfunkel, who’s marvellous Traveling Boy would otherwise be at number 1, The Jackson 5 stuck at 11 for 3 weeks, and some big fallers.

1 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
3 ( 27 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
4 ( 1 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
7 ( 5 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
8 ( 4 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
9 ( 3 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
10 ( 8 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

11 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
12 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
13 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
14 ( 19 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
15 ( 22 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
16 ( 14 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
17 ( 9 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) BEACH BABY First Class
19 ( NEW ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 28 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

21 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
22 ( 15 ) RING RING Abba
23 ( 10 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( NEW ) ROCKET Mud
25 ( 30 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
26 ( 20 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
27 ( 17 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
28 ( NEW ) DAYBREAK Nilsson
29 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
30 ( NEW ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

31 ( 7 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
32 ( 18 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
33 ( 21 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
34 ( 23 ) ALL FINGERS AND THUMBS Charlie James
35 ( 24 ) IF YOU GO AWAY Terry Jacks
36 ( 25 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
37 ( 26 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
38 ( 29 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
39 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW The Stylistics
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT The Rubettes

23rd July 1974

This was (more or less) the week I convinced my mate Ian to do his own chart, his music tastes were a lot more album-rock-oriented than my more pop-oriented tastes, but there were some overlapping tracks we both liked. He was absolutely insanely mad on T.Rex, had everything he could get his hands on, while I was more of a lapsed fan with the distinctly underwhelming new T.Rex record Light Of Love, a bit too lightweight for me, though his album track entry Venus Loon was more classic T.Rex and would have charted in mine if I was allowing them in at the time. My number one Rocket, was Mud’s 4th, while his chart-topper I Shot The Sheriff was Clapton’s first solo hit, in my chart at 26, his first since Layla in 1972, and the first Bob Marley song to chart since Stir It Up in 1972.

A Horse With No Name, meanwhile is in Ian’s chart (from 1972, also) and is my current Number One as I type, thanks to an advert on TV – now that’s spooky! He probably charted Wizzard, Mud and Cher for my benefit, I’d guess, although Cher was an item with Greg Allman at the time so that might have been an influence too! Ian had an older brother with rock albums so I blame him for Ian’s lack of love for pop

Elsewhere: Nilsson gets his 4th Top 10 hit (which is 3 more than he managed in real life); The Three Degrees get their 4th chart entry, with a change in direction, a smooth Philly ballad, just ahead of MFSB (who they had just guested with) at 28. Stevie goes Top 20, along with Jim Capaldi and Bob & Marcia. The Sweet can’t quite break into the 10, for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell in 1971 and Barry Blue bounces back up to 27.

1 ( 24 ) ROCKET Mud
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
4 ( 2 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
5 ( 3 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 7 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
7 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 4 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
9 ( 6 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
10 ( 28 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 14 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
12 ( 13 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
13 ( 12 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
14 ( 20 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
15 ( 21 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
16 ( 9 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
17 ( 11 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
18 ( 8 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
19 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
20 ( 29 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder

21 ( 30 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 18 ) BEACH BABY First Class
23 ( 17 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
24 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
25 ( 15 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
26 ( NEW ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
27 ( 38 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
28 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN The Three Degrees
29 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE MESSAGE MFSB
30 ( NEW ) LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex

31 ( 16 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
32 ( 22 ) RING RING Abba
33 ( 25 ) DON’T FOOL AROUND R. Dean Taylor
34 ( 26 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
35 ( 27 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
36 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
37 ( 32 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
38 ( 33 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
39 ( 40 ) TONIGHT The Rubettes
40 ( 37 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan

IAN GALLOWAYS TOP 20
1 I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
2 LIGHT OF LOVE T.Rex
3 BAND ON THE RUN Wings
4 WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10 C.C.
5 IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
6 MIKE OLDFIELD’S SINGLE Mike Oldfield
7 TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Bachman-Turner Overdrive
8 VENUS LOON T.Rex
9 BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
10 HORSE WITH NO NAME America
11 MIDNIGHT Greg Allman
12 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
13 7 SEAS OF RHYE Queen
14 PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS (DISAPPEAR IN SMILES) Hawkwind
15 DARK LADY Cher
16 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
17 SIX-TEENS Sweet
18 IT’S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL The Rolling Stones
19 ROCKET Mud
20 THE LEOPARDS FEATURING GARDENIA AND THE MIGHTY SLUG T.Rex

30th July 1974

In which it becomes apparent that if you want to make my top 10, have “Rock” in the title, or if you want to chart, TV theme tunes help, Beatles songs help, or being a future UK number one helps..

Yes, half the top 10 have a “rock” in the title, including highest new entry Rock ‘N’ Roll by a choir of kids chanting catchily to a rockpop backdrop, a great record that’s so obscure I can find little about it on the internet, other than it’s an Albert Hammond song, giving him a 1-2 wham! on my chart as Cass Elliot goes back up to 1 ahead of them for a second week on top. If you don’t know Albert Hammond I suggest googling the list of songs he’s written, and prepare to be surprised! I know a great songwriter when I hear one, even if they aren’t all hits! The other songwriting credit is “Paul” which makes me suspect (but I can’t confirm) a certain Lynsey De Paul, who’s not bovvered if it isn’t as she has a new songwriter entry at 27 (Golden Day, theme tune to the Golden Shot TV show) a co-write with Barry Blue (who’s still in the chart as pop star). Just to keep the incestuous popstar cohabiting going on, Rain, the band has Stephanie De Sykes as lead singer, herself a new entry at 26 with theme tune to New Faces. She herself had a go at hit songs with the UK Eurovision entries in 1978 and 1980. Not a lot of people know that, as Michael Caine might say…

Andy Kim gently rocks up to 6, and two future UK chart-toppers get an early chart entry in my charts in place of another which underperformed at 28 (Three Degrees). Sad Sweet Dreamer was a UK smooth soul record and band, that everyone though was a Michael Jackson soundalike, Radio Luxembourg plugged it for ages till it finally sold enough to chart and get picked up by Radio 1. In at 9 in my chart. John Denver gets his first hit song as artist, and it’s his recent reissued UK hit Annie’s Song, sweet and pure country ballad-ing, still a lovely song. In at 22.

Returning? Bay City Rollers, 3 years on, but no longer charting as high as their early releases, as Rollermania takes a hold as they get increasingly more banal, albeit teenypop successful. Wizzard, heroes, are back, and it’s a T.Rex-style disappointment for me, not epic-sounding at all, mostly just an OK ballad at best new at 23. 60’s Motown classic What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted gets Jimmy Ruffin back charting after a 4-year break, a true great and famous single that one, and a hit all over again in the UK. Another Motown hit for R. Dean Taylor (his 3rd of the year) who’s Window Shopping at 28, just ahead of Mouth and MacNeal’s great Dutchpop follow up to their Eurovision hit. We’re Gonna Have A Party is their best single, but for some inexplicable reason (well, pretty explicable, Radio 1 didn’t play it, Radio Luxembourg did) wasn’t a hit. Lastly, David Cassidy’s back with a Beatles song, a fairly soundalike live cover of Please Please Me. Sadly, due to a tour crush-related fan-death, Cassidy pretty much didn’t tour again for some years.

Neither Rainbow Children nor Mouth And MacNeal are on youtube so I may have to work out how to post them myself someday!

1 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
3 ( 4 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
4 ( 3 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
5 ( 5 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
6 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
7 ( 1 ) ROCKET Mud
8 ( 13 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
9 ( NEW ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 10 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

11 ( 15 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 8 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
13 ( 6 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
14 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 9 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
16 ( 12 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
17 ( 11 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
18 ( 16 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
19 ( 18 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( 17 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( NEW ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
22 ( NEW ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
23 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 37 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( NEW ) BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE Stephanie De Sykes
27 ( NEW ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
28 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor
29 ( NEW ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
30 ( NEW ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

31 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi
32 ( 19 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers
33 ( 20 ) DON’T YOU WORRY ‘BOUT A THING Stevie Wonder
34 ( 22 ) BEACH BABY First Class
35 ( 23 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
36 ( 24 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
37 ( 25 ) (WIN PLACE SHOW) SHE’S A WINNER The Intruders
38 ( 26 ) I SHOT THE SHERIFF Eric Clapton
39 ( 27 ) MISS HIT AND RUN Barry Blue
40 ( NEW ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) Diana Ross And Marvin Gaye

My 1969 Charts – July

JULY 1969

1st July1969

Tommy Roe’s 9th and final week on top, and the 4th actual bona-fide “what I wrote down” chart I did. School was in the process of drawing to an end, the end of my primary school years fresh with the news that I’d failed my 11-plus exams. I say I failed, what I mean to say is that Bassingham Primary School had had a succession of replacement teachers all year, which made lessons great fun, but not that focused on exams. One kid (son of two teachers, funnily enough) passed the exam in our year. In those days that meant no Grammar School for me or the other kids. Not that it mattered, as we were also packing our stuff into crates to be stored for 2 years as we were being shipped off to RAF Changi in September, the tropics adventure loomed.

Packing also meant that other childhood trauma – having to dump stuff every time we moved. It’s no wonder that I turned into a hoarder having to wave goodbye to beloved toys each year (not that we had that many to begin with) – the main casualty this time was my collection of Sparky comics, I still lament the adventures of the metal-globe-shaped ark that saved animals as the world drowned. Happily, I only had a few DC comics, so my beloved Legion Of Super Heroes, Superman, Batman comics were saved, even if it meant 2 years without reading them, a lifetime at 11. On TV it was Top Of The Pops with all my fave pop stars and hits, and Doctor Who entering into a marathon 10-episode goodbye for Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury – yes a real end of an era for me as the hot summer shined on the Lincolnshire countryside.

Of more concern, our cat (one of grandma’s cat’s offspring from Liverpool) Susie (Watch for the Amen Corner song which I still associate with her) had got herself pregnant, and she climbed inside one of the boxes in our bedroom and had a litter of kittens. All very complicated and worrying to me, knowing we were off to Singapore, and Susie and any kittens we couldn’t home before then would be taken to live with grandma (near Stanley Park, a run-down urban area of Liverpool), her partner, Dinah the dog and Smokie the cat, both serial reproducers. My late dog Toby had been one of Dinah’s many many pups. That’s what turned out to happen, and I never saw Susie or the kittens again, so anxieties fulfilled then, a valuable lesson that sometimes the expectations and worse-case scenarios are very much “life’s a bitch” moments.

Hey, what about the music? Elvis is up to 2, so that’s the 2 first singles I bought on top, Galveston is back for Glen Campbell, the first album I had bought on request, and Hello Susie (see above) enters for Amen Corner, with a Roy Wood song, then of the Move, and 4 years later my teen pop hero: life is just so co-incidental at times, it looks almost fated! Others: Marmalade were back again with a great ballad, Desmond Dekker followed-up with It Mek, a record that was even harder to work out than Israelites (but catchy).

 

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

11 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
12 ( NEW ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
13 ( 10 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
14 ( NEW ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( RE ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
16 ( 11 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles
18 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
19 ( RE ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
20 ( 13 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys

 

8th July 1969

A new number one! It’s Elvis’ first (official) chart-topper – he would have had loads earlier, of course, had I been charting. In The Ghetto remains a powerful gospel track, and the B Side Any Day Now is one I still have ambitions to update 2015-stylee. The Beach Boys shoot up to 3 with one of the their most-melodic hits, while the third single I ever bought goes up to 5 for Thunderclap Newman. Jethro Tull re-enter at 10, and new in at 13 the first (virtually) solo Beatles record, the peace anthem Give Peace A Chance from John Lennon (with the missus Plastic Ono Band) to add to the Ballad Of John And Yoko. Heroes, even if everyone slagged them off at the time. Another Apple Records spin-off from the only act to get a credit with The Beatles, too, as Billy Preston enters with the gospel That’s The Way God Planned It, and the Rolling Stones classic Honky Tonk Women pops in at 20 to give them their first chart hit. Beatles or the Stones? Beatles every time!

1 ( 2 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( 20 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
5 ( 13 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
6 ( 11 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
7 ( 4 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 12 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 5 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
10 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull

11 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
12 ( 14 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( NEW ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( RE ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 6 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
16 ( 18 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVING Crazy Elephant
17 ( RE ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
18 ( 19 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

15th July 1969

2 weeks for Elvis on top with Beach Boys as runners-up, these days I would switch them round, but the lads had to make do with a peak of 2. Plastic Ono Band and famous mates in the choir, meanwhile shoot up to 4, Desmond Dekker gets his 2nd top 10, and Donovan gets together with Jeff Beck to come out with a distinctively less-folky, less-whimsical, more prog-rock single. Sadly, every one of his great tracks pre-dated my charts so this was his only chart entry for some decades. In at 20, Irish crooner Joe Dolan with a record I was mad on, Make Me An Island. My Aunty Eileen (who is about 10 years older than me, and visited regularly while courting Tony) bought the record around the time of their wedding, so I always associate it with them. Tony, who was a mate of dad in the RAF, was mad on The Beach Boys and had all their albums. That’s a LOT of albums even up to 1969 – 2 albums a year wasn’t uncommon in those days, as opposed to 2014 flogging 12 tracks to death over a 2-year-period to maximise profits before sticking 8 sub-standard tracks on the album to flog it even more till there’s no spark of life left in it. Happily, the first festival I ever saw was the classic Beach Boys line-up. Sadly Tony passed away 2 years ago.

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
5 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
6 ( 4 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
8 ( 6 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
9 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
10 ( 11 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

11 ( 19 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 7 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( 20 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 10 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
15 ( 9 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
16 ( 18 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
17 ( 14 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( 17 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
19 ( NEW ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

22nd July 1969

The last of my original 1969 charts has a Beatle on top, the fabs at 3, their “with” Get Back partner at 5 (Billy Preston). It would have come as a shock to realise that The Beatles were in their final throws as a band after a mere 7 years ruling the musical world. That’s not hyperbole, by the way, it’s an easily substantiated fact. The world’s biggest album of the 21st Century, 30 years after they ceased to exist, and 15 years into the new century? The Beatles 1.
Rivals, the Stones, meanwhile get their first Top 10, and new in the late Jim Reeves (a family favourite, and on Forces Radio a 2-way Family Favourite as they used to call acts they played a lot), Clodagh’s great follow-up single (another one I loved), and Robin Gibb’s first solo record. The Bee Gees had had a drug-fuelled spat and Robin had left the group, leaving Barry and Maurice as a duo. First off the mark, Saved By The Bell was a plaintive OTT ballad classic, it was terrific. It was also the first single (of two) that mum ever bought, in Singapore 3 months later, so it’s one I acquired and loved, and the B Side Mother And Jack is pure 60’s charm. Classic.

1 ( 4 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
2 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 10 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
5 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
6 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
7 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 17 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( 8 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
10 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

11 ( 20 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
12 ( 12 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt
13 ( NEW ) WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Jim Reeves
14 ( 7 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
15 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s
16 ( 14 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull
17 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
18 ( 16 ) THE LIGHTS OF CINCINATTI Scott Walker
19 ( NEW ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
20 ( 15 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers

29th July 1969

The 3rd single I ever bought gets to number one, the epic Something In The Air, one-hit wonders if ever there was one (Thunderclap Newman) – though lead singer Speedy Keen would eventually pop up again in 1975. I still find this record inspirational, a social commentary and optimistic anthem in the same spirit as the one it knocks off the top, Give Peace A Chance. Pity no-one listened to the sentiments. The people spitting venom and bitterness still seem to dominate and the nice folk get stepped-on. Time we had a Nice Revolution. Hey ho, pop music influences attitude, at least for me it did. New in? Cilla’s back with a good ballad, The Love Affair get their final pop hit, and Steviw’s back with a crooner classic, My Cherie Amour, just ahead of the Bee Gees Tomorrow Tomorrow – a forgotten Bee Gees hit, to say the least. It appeared as though Robin was the more talented Gibb at this point….!

Weekend magazine clipping 1969

Weekend magazine clipping 1969

1 ( 14 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 1 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
3 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 11 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
5 ( 6 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
6 ( 4 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
7 ( 2 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
8 ( RE ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
9 ( 5 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 19 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb

11 ( RE ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
12 ( 17 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( 3 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
15 ( 10 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( NEW ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
18 ( 8 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
19 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees

My 2009 Charts – May to August

May 2009 Charts

The Pet Shop Boys invasion of my charts continues apace, with More Than A Dream grabbing a 4th week on top, after being interrupted by Ike & Tina’s 60’s classic River Deep Mountain High, the huge USA flop (and huge UK hit) that sent Phil Spector into a sulk for years. It IS genius, though. Another PSB track King Of Rome pops into the top 10, while Did You See Me Coming gets a proper single release and yet another PSB number one for 2 weeks, knocking themselves off the top for the 4th time in 2009. Just to sum up the stats to May, only Lady Gaga, of new acts, interrupted a run of 3 oldies and 3 newies from Neil & Chris on top. Bit of a fan, me….

All this PSB action keeps off Lily Allen from getting a number one, peaking at 2 with the fab Not Fair. It’s not fair, no! Girls Aloud were Untouchable at 4, and Empire Of The Sun get a second Top 5 in 2 months with We Are The People at 4. Meanwhile Eurovision was fab, making itself heard with Alexander Rybak getting to be one of the few Eurovision winners to top my chart. The third one, in fact, after Abba and Teach-In. Other Euro entries from Ukraine, Iceland, France, Finland err I’ll just total them: 13 including UK’s Jade peaking at a lowly 56!

3rd May Chart

RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 1 2 11 13 21
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 2 1 3 9 11
NOT FAIR Lily Allen 3 3 2 6 12
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 4 11 17 22 29
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 5 12 22 28 28
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 6 14 23 23 23
UNTOUCHABLE Girls Aloud 7 5 4 4 9
ALL OVER THE WORLD Pet Shop Boys 8 17 19 29 48
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 9 9 5 3 3
THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE Pet Shop Boys/ Phil Oakey 10 21 64

WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 11 10 8 7 4
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 12 15 25 35 43
PANDEMONIUM Pet Shop Boys 13 25
WHOAH BILLY Lucky Soul 14 18 30 52
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 15 19 26 32 37
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME Pink 16 27 43 67
DANIEL Bat For Lashes 17 26 37 37 44
FAREWELL TO THE FAIRGROUND White Lies 18 28 50 59 59
DUST DEVIL Madness 19 16 16 16 26
GHOSTS Lightning Seeds 20 13 13 15 27

JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 21 23 29 34 35
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls/Nicole Scherzinger 22 22 32 50 50
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN The Killers 23 20 20 18 16
KING OF ROME Pet Shop Boys 24 7 12 17 25
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 25 30 35 45 52
IF YOU SEEK AMY Britney Spears 26 31 34 54
MAGNIFICENT U2 27 8 18 33
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 28 29 31 31 31
MAKE IT MINE Jason Mraz 29 44
WRONG Depeche Mode 30 51 70 75

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 31 35 39 41 41
RELEASE ME Agnes 32 32 21 11 6
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 33 33 52 44 18
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 34 52
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 35 41 41 42 45
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 36 24 24 21 13
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 37 43 55 69 69
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 38 34 33 27 17
ROCKETS Simple Minds 39 37 54 57 64
BROKEN Eg 40 6 14 19 15

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 41 42 42 43 51
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 42 4 1 1 2
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 43 45 51 53 55
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT Peter Bjorn & John 44 38 45 65
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 45 48 65
WILD YOUNG HEART Noisettes 46 54
HALO Beyonce 47 58
BLOWING IN THE WIND Bob Dylan 48 40
KILOMETER Sebastien Tellier 49 59
I REMEMBER Deadmau5 & Kaskade 50 50 36 26 22

WE MADE YOU Eminem 51 46 72
APOLOGISE Ben’s Brother 52 47 40 36 19
THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 53 49 44 40 34
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 54 55 61 61 61
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 55 67
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 56 53 49 47 47
WARRIOR’S DANCE The Prodigy 57 57 47 39 39
NUMBER 1 Tinchy Stryder/ N-Dubz 58 39
CAN’T STOP THE RAIN Shena 59 63
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 60 60 48 8 5

THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 61 61
KINGDOM OF RUST Doves 62
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 63 56 53 51 42
THE CLIMB Miley Cyrus 64 64 58 55 53
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Star Pilots 65 65 57
RUBBER LOVER Marmaduke Duke 66 66
SO FAR AWAY Carole King 67 62 62 58 56
I LOVE COLLEGE Asher Roth 68 68 63 63
SURFIN BIRD Trashmen 69
SHAKE IT Metro Station 70 70

HOEDOWN THROWDOWN Miley Cyrus 71 71 71 68
MY SHARONA The Knack 72 69 67 64 62
BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 73 73 72
LOVE HAS LEFT THE ROOM A Camp 74 74
WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5 75 72

10th May new entries

STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 36 69
CHANT NO 1 (I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON) Spandau Ballet 75 75 71 68

17th May new entries

BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 6 12 24
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 7 2 1
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 9 5 7
IS IT TRUE (Iceland) Yohanna 10 10 10
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 15 14 14
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 27 24 33
ALWAYS (Azerbaijan) Aysel & Aresh 28 25 32
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 38 38 38
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 46 30 30
URBAN SYMPHONY (Estonia) Randjad 56 49 49
HEARTBREAK Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 57 46 46
SHE’S GOT ME DANCING Tommy Sparks 59 48 40
LA VOIX (Sweden) Malena Ernman 60 60
IT’S MY TIME Jade Ewan 66 56
WHAT IF WE (Malta) Chiara 68
RETURN THE FAVOUR Keri Hilson/ Timbaland 73 73
TINY DANCER (HOLD ME CLOSER) Ironik/ Chipmunk/ Elton John 74 66 66

24th May new entries

FIRE Kasabian 20 20
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 62 54
BELIEVE AGAIN (Denmark) Brinck 70
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS The Proclaimers 72 36
CANDY Paolo Nutini 74 8

31st May 2009

HER DIAMONDS Rob Thomas 58
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 60
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 63
BLUE EYES Mika 65
WAKING UP IN VEGAS Katy Perry 67
BONKERS Dizzee Rascal/ Armand Van Helden 70
MISS KISS KISS BANG (Germany) Alex Swings Oscar Sings 71
LOVE’S A MYSTERY The Pretenders 73
RED Daniel Merriweather 74
STUCK WITH EACH OTHER Shontelle/ Akon 75 

 

JUNE 2009

While I was busy doing amateur fanzines and photogroups, whaddya know a hero went ahead and died suddenly. Yes, Michael Jackson, and on balance he’d have been better off just having a quiet life and avoiding debt. In the rush of re-entries of his back catalogue there were lots of opportunities for me to push some faves, so Billie-Jean gets back at 1 for the third time, and Earth Song gets another go in the top 10, while Man In The Mirror, the track that became the main one to focus on in 2009, made my top 20 having already been a chart-topper in 1988. I always was mystified why it was such a minor hit in the UK.

Other oldies, Glen Campbell’s classic Gentle On My Mind finally gets a chart run and a chart-topper, while Pet Shop Boys 2nd single off the new album also hits Number One, Did You See Me Coming? I did! It’s all a Fairytale though, as Eurovision gets it’s first chart-topper in 15 years (Love City Groove the last one), but Alexander Rybak is the first winner to top my chart since Teach-In in 1975.

Pet Shop Boys get an album track to 5 (Legacy), as does La Roux who is Bulletproof, shortly before I saw both of them Live in concert. Other Eurovision success stories? Patricia Kaas, Svetlana Loboda, Randjad, as I go Euro-mad. Pixie Lott gets a Top 10, joined by The Noisettes, shortly before I also saw them live.

7th June Chart

DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 1 2 8 12
CANDY Paolo Nutini 2 6 11 15
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 3 1 2 2
RELEASE ME Agnes 4 4 3 6
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 5 3 5 10
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 6 23
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 7 12 12 14
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 8 13 19 28
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 9 5 13 30
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 10 8 17 22

STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 11 14 15 17
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 12 11 1 7
IS IT TRUE (Iceland) Yohanna 13 29 38 56
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 14 21 26 36
BROKEN Eg 15 25 32 46
NOT FAIR Lily Allen 16 26 41 66
FIRE Kasabian 17 17 14 21
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 18 30 30 47
UNTOUCHABLE Girls Aloud 19 40
BULLETPROOF La Roux 20 9 9 5

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN The Killers 21 32
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 22 22 25 35
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 23 19 6 3
THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 24 16
LONGING FOR LULLABIES Kleerup 25 15 21 34
BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 26 7 7 18
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 27 24 20 13
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 28 35 44 53
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 29 38 22 31
ALWAYS (Azerbaijan) Aysel & Aresh 30 18 42

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 31 31 31 32
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 32 36 36 41
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 33 33 35 43
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 34 27 18 16
URBAN SYMPHONY (Estonia) Randjad 35 10 4 4
APOLOGISE Ben’s Brother 36 45
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 37 37 37 42
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 38 20 10 9
BLUE EYES Mika 39 34 23 26
HEARTBREAK Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 40 47 24 19

I REMEMBER Deadmau5 & Kaskade 41 53 46 67
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 42 42 53 71
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 43 43 43 51
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 44 44 52 58
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 45 41 29 29
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS The Proclaimers 46 62
DUST DEVIL Madness 47
GHOSTS Lightning Seeds 48
WARRIOR’S DANCE The Prodigy 49
KING OF ROME Pet Shop Boys 50

GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 51 51 51 52
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 52 52 47 49
DANIEL Bat For Lashes 53 70
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 54 56 63
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls/Nicole Scherzinger 55 55 67
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 56 57 58 61
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Star Pilots 57
HER DIAMONDS Rob Thomas 58
MY SHARONA The Knack 59
SHE’S GOT ME DANCING Tommy Sparks 60

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 61 61 61 63
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 62 63 64
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 63 40 38
ROCKETS Simple Minds 64 64
CHANT NO 1 (I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON) Spandau Ballet 65
LA VOIX (Sweden) Malena Ernman 66 46 56
WAKING UP IN VEGAS Katy Perry 67 60 70
BONKERS Dizzee Rascal/ Armand Van Helden 68 59 59 59
BUILDING A WALL Pet Shop Boys 69 49 45 45
BELIEVE AGAIN (Denmark) Brinck 70 58

MISS KISS KISS BANG (Germany) Alex Swings Oscar Sings 71 66 60
LOVE’S A MYSTERY The Pretenders 72 50 69
RED Daniel Merriweather 73 69
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 74 65 50 50
PALLADIO Escala 75

14th June new entries

BISTRA VODA (Bosnia & herzogovina) Regina 28 16 11
OUR HOUSE IS DADLESS Kid British/ Madness 39 55
PEARL’S DREAM Bat For Lashes 48 48 54
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 54
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 67 49 60
CON TE PARTIRO Andrea Bocelli 68 68 68
THE HIGHEST HEIGHTS (Switzerland) Lovebugs 71
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 72 39 37
THE SHOW Lenka 73 34 44
OUT FROM UNDER Ali Campbell 74
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 75 57 57

21st June new entries

WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 27 24
15 MINUTES The Yeah You’s 28 25
HEAVY CROSS Gossip 33 23
WORK The Saturdays 54 27
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 62 62
SAID IT ALL Take That 65 65
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 66 39
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 69 48
NEW DIVIDE Linkin Park 71 40
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 72 55
THIS IS OUR NIGHT (Greece) Sakis Rouvas 73
BE THE ONE Jack Penate 74
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana 75

28th June new entries

BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 1
EARTH SONG Michael Jackson 8
MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson 20
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 33
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 64
BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 70
CARRY ME IN YOUR DREAMS (Albania) Kejsi Tola 72
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 73
KISS ME THROUGH THE PHONE Soulja Boy/ Sammie 74
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 75

 

 

JULY 2009

THis month I was on holiday in Sitges and Barcelona (Spain)…plus ca change, been there this week too. Anyhow, apart from the holiday pubbing and beaches, I deliberately aimed to be there for a Pet Shop Boys concert live at a gorgeous outdoor historic courtyard venue Poble Espanya in Barcelona, one hot sunny summer’s day. I was there because I didn’t get tickets to their 02 gig thanks to an unannounced top secret arrival from Michael Jackson at the 02 meaning the box office was shut (I’d taken the day off work to get the tickets!). Plan B was Barcelona, the tickets were half the price of 02, there is no ticket touting or secondary ticket selling w*n**r rip-offs, you pay by credit card and you take your credit card and passport to the venue to get in. Heaven! I loathe the internet touts with venom ripping off the real fans, buying in bulk and selling-on at inflated prices. If Spain can stop this, if Pet Shop Boys and Kate Bush can do it, so can all artists and tour venues.

I digress, the concert took place on the day of Michael Jackson’s funeral (who, you may recall, was the reason I was there – bizarre!) and it remains my all-time fave concert, not just for Pet Shop Boys (and they are always fabulous) but for any act, even classic memorable ones from the likes of Beach Boys, U2, Madonna, and certainly better than poor ol’ Jacko himself at Wembley. There’s a list of the set-list in order, but I was virtually the lone mousy-haired Brit near the front in a sea of gorgeous black-haired younger Spanish girls and boys (and some older ones), PSB’s seemed to attract a much younger crowd in Spain for the standing-only concert. Or possibly UK ticket prices are so high you need to be old and rich these days to go. The boys did marvels with boxes and lights and a few dancers, an arty ever-changing stage presentation, and a beautiful mix of the new stuff and the classic stuff, high quality songs. One of the marvels of pop is how a studio-based act turned out to be one of the great live draws, and with current material. Absolutely Fabulous, as they once said.

Back in chart-land July, and Jackson oldies dominate the charts UK and mine, but my preference is for his 70’s stuff, because that’s the Michael Jackson I most missed. We were the same age, and literally grew up “together” from age 12 onwards, I was a fan at 12, so it’s only right that the heart-breaking Ain’t No Sunshine and I’ll Be There should get to 1 and 2 first, followed my entry to his 80’s period Can You Feel It returning to the top ahead of One Day In Your Life and She’s Out Of Life. In fact, no room for many of them in my chart, many a classic booted out – but those that had already had good chart runs.

Keeping up the oldies theme, Dusty’s childhood classic fave I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, gets to the top. Loved it at 5, love it still. All these oldies, of course, punishes the new stuff, and Records that would otherwise have topped my chart fall short: so mega condolences to La Roux’s Bulletproof the main victim who would have had 3 weeks on top. Other biggies, The Saturdays Work, Paolo Nutini’s Candy, Freemason’s Sophie Ellis-Bextor fabbie Heartbreak, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s clubtastic When Love Takes Over, and Florence & The Machine’s Rabbit Heart. Among others!

5th July Charts

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 1 2 2 5
I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5 2 6 21 31
CAN YOU FEEL IT The Jacksons 3 1 7 21
BULLETPROOF La Roux 4 4 4 3
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 5 5 11 17
ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE Michael Jackson 6 3 3 13
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 7 14 30 36
RANDAJAD (Estonia) Urban Symphony 8 8 12 18
RELEASE ME Agnes 9 13 13 6
BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 10 21 31 32

MAMA DO Pixie Lott 11 25 39 37
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 12 31 43 45
BISTRA VODA (Bosnia & Herzogovina) Regina 13 39
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 14 11 19 26
CANDY Paolo Nutini 15 9 15 16
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 16 12 1 1
STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 17 17 22 22
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 18 18 18 25
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 19 10 5 2
MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson 20

FIRE Kasabian 21 34 41 41
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 22 22 27 30
HEAVY CROSS Gossip 23 15 26 35
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 24 24 8 11
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 25 45
SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson 26 16 14 10
WORK The Saturdays 27 7 10 7
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 28 28 38 38
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 29 29 28 19
I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson/ Siedah Garrett 30 42

WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 31 19 9 9
15 MINUTES The Yeah You’s 32 23 36
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 33 33 33 33
EARTH SONG Michael Jackson 34
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 35 35 25 4
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 36 41 44 53
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 37 43 24 24
BLUE EYES Mika 38 26 37 44
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 39 38 16 14
BEN Michael Jackson 40 37

BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 41 50
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 42 53 57
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 43 54 54
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 44 46 46 46
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 45
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 46 56 71
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 47
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 48 55 55 60
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 49 49 45 40
SAID IT ALL Take That 50 36 42

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 51 52 53 54
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 52
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 53 60 63 63
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 54 51 51 52
LONGING FOR LULLABIES Kleerup 55 32 34 42
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 56 30 23 12
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 57 57 52 43
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 58 44 20 20
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 59
NEW DIVIDE Linkin Park 60

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 61 58 60 62
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 62 62 58 48
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 63 63 64 64
WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 64 61 61 61
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 65 59 59 59
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 66
THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US Michael Jackson 67 40
CON TE PARTIRO Andrea Bocelli 68 65 65
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 69 69 66 55
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 70 70 70 39

CARRY ME IN YOUR DREAMS (Albania) Kejsi Tola 71
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 72 47 35 28
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 73 75 75
OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson 74 67 56
ABC The Jackson 5 75 66

12th July new entries

SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 20 29 34
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 27 6 8
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 40 32 29
ROCKETS Simple Minds 48 48 66
LA NOCHA ES PARA MI (THE NIGHT IS FOR ME) Spain Soraya 64
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE The Eagles 68 68
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons 71
ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson 72 50
SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson 73 62
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 74 67 51

19th July new entries

WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 17 15
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 47 47
STICKS N’ STONES Jamie T 49 49
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 69 69
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 72 72
EVERY STEP Beverley Knight 73 73
POPPIHOLLA Chicane 74 50

26th July new entries

NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 23
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 27
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 56
JUST 4 TONITE Paul Carrack 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 58
LOVE COMES Bananarama 65
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 67
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 68
WHAT DOES IT TAKE Nell Bryden 70
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 71
21 GUNS Green Day 74
BEAUTIFUL Eminem 75

PET SHOP BOYS LIVE AT POBLE ESPANYA BARCELONA SPAIN

1. GO WEST
2. Heart
3. Left To My Own Devices/Closer To Heaven
4. Did You See Me Coming?
5. Suburbia
6. West End Girls
7. It’s A Sin
8. Love etc
9. Jealousy
10. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing

11. Love Comes Quickly
12. Pandemonium/Can You Forgive Her
13. Being Boring
14. Se A Vide Es
15. All Over The World
16. Always On My Mind
17. King’s Cross
18. Why Don’t We Live Together?
19. Building A Wall/Integral
20. Two Divided By Zero
21. The Way It Used To Be
22. Do I Have To?

AUGUST 2009

The big record 5 years ago was Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Freemasons fab dance (minor) hit Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer). It deserved to be bigger. They’d both topped my chart before, but for some reason this under-performed. 4 weeks at one this month here, though. Bad news for runners-up Florence And The Machine and the deliciously OTT Rabbit Heart at 2, Agnes at 2 for 2 weeks with the marvellous Release Me, I still cry when I singalong to it. The lyrics spoke to me at the time. Also at 2, Frankmusic and Confusion Girl, a UK 27 hit. Yes, I’d forgotten it too, already! It’s catchy enough though.

Coldplay had a Strawberry Swing at 9, and Kanye West helps Mr Hudson into the Top 10 like a Supernova. Meanwhile Evacuating the Dancefloor, Casacada hit 6 cos it sounded good in da clubs to me. Athlete came back with a good single at 5, Superhuman Touch, while clubbing in the Canaries also brings back Black Eyed Peas tracks. Bananarama get a good comeback non-hit with Love Comes at 10, for 28 years of hits since Aimwana. Bung in some more Pet Shop Boys tracks and remixes of oldies (The Passions) and that’s about that for my dancetastic chart.

2nd August chart

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 1 5 11 11 22
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 2 1 1 1 1
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 3 2 4 4 7
BULLETPROOF La Roux 4 6 6 10 19
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 5 9 13 14 21
RELEASE ME Agnes 6 3 2 2 4
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 7 7 12 12 12
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 8 10 14 16 16
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 9 11 18 26 52
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 10 4 3 3 2

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 11 16 21 21 31
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 12 14 23 31 51
WORK The Saturdays 13 22 31 42 24
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 14 12 9 18 35
WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 15 20 37 48 3
SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson 16 26 42 54
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 17 15 10 23 62
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 18 13 5 13 27
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 19 19 19 33 9
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 20 17 15 15 28

CANDY Paolo Nutini 21 21 26 41
ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE Michael Jackson 22 35 51
NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 23 23 45 9 18
STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 24 27 44
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 25 37 49 71
RANDAJAD (Estonia) Urban Symphony 26 31 47 51
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 27 32 38 49
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 28 8 7 6 14
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 29 52
CAN YOU FEEL IT The Jacksons 30 41

NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 31 38 48
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 32 25 16 8 44
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 33 44 54 59
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 34 34 35 36 41
BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 35 42 43 44 49
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 36 28 22 22 6
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 37 47
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 38 33 29 24 17
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 39 74 27 46
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 40 36 33 30 30

I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5 41
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 42
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 43 46
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 44 39 39 35 32
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 45 43 41 38 36
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 46 54 61 61
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 47
POPPIHOLLA Chicane 48 48 70
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 49
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 50 55 62 62 73

GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 51 51 52 52 53
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 52 53 53 53 54
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 53 57 57 57 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 54 49 46 43 43
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 55 56 58 58 61
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 56 29 25 5 5
JUST 4 TONITE Paul Carrack 57
FIRE Kasabian 58
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 59
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 60

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 61 62 63 63 64
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 62 61 60 50 48
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 63 63 40 37 23
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 64 65 65 65 65
SWEET DREAMS Beyonce 65 40 36 28 38
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 66
BREATH AGAIN JLS 67 58 56 66
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 68 68 68 64 63
RADAR Britney Spears 69 69 71
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 70 70

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 71
21 GUNS Green Day 72 64 64
READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 73 45 20 17 26
THE CALCULATION Regina Spektor 74
BEAUTIFUL Eminem 75 60

9th August new entries

BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 18 17 29 58
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 24 24 7 13
THE HARDEST THING Mica Paris 30 30 47
YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE Florence & The Machine 50 50
I GOTTA FEELING Black Eyed Peas 59 59 40 39
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Ben’s Brother 66
CRYING LIGHTNING Arctic Monkeys 67 67 60
GET SEXY Sugababes 71 34 34 34
FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 72 55 55 37
REMEDY Little Boots 73 66 27 8
UPRISING Muse 75 32 32 29

16th August new entries

DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 8 20 11
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 28 25 42
22″ Lily Allen 69 45 40
FUNHOUSE Pink 72 70 60
SIMPLE LOVE Alison Krauss 73 73
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 74 67 67
SONG 2 Blur 75 68 66

23rd August new entries

LOVE COMES Bananarama 19 10
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 39 25
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP Girls Can’t Catch 56 56
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 69 45
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 72
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 74 33
WONDERWALL Oasis 75 75

30th August new entries

I’M IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR (PET SHOP BOYS REMIX) The Passions 15
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 20
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 46
JUMP Flo-Rida/ Nelly Furtado 47
NEVER LEAVE YOU Tinchy Stryder/ Amelle 50
MAKE IT TAKE IT Amanda Blank 55
WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO Kasabian 59
FOREVER YOUNG Madness 68
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 69
ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party 70
SHE WOLF Shakira 71
YOUR PROTECTOR Fleet Foxes 72
I’M SO EXCITED Alesha Dixon 74