Which Countries have randomly wandered onto here?

I’m always interested at how global the internet is, and this is the list of puzzled hits from residents of countries who have ended up on popchartfreak. Some of the top countries will be hits from some regular visitors, and huge thanks to you all for persevering, especially Andrej, it’s much appreciated!

Country Views

United Kingdom 5,732
United States 1,452
Germany 574
Poland 551
Australia 431

Russian Federation 329
Canada 316
Spain 236
Ireland 202
Denmark 197

France 192
Italy 190
Belgium 143
Czech Republic 143
Sweden 140
Netherlands 128
Norway 120
Hungary 111
Brazil 92
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 87

Those are the Top 20, here’s the rest..

Finland 85
Slovakia 80
Croatia 75
South Africa 69
Japan 63
Serbia 62
New Zealand 61
Greece 58
Argentina 47
Singapore 45

Slovenia 41
Latvia 41
Romania 36
Switzerland 35
India 34
Israel 32
Luxembourg 31
Turkey 31
Portugal 29
Austria 29

Estonia 27
Isle of Man 27
Malta 25
Lithuania 25
Thailand 24
Indonesia 23
Philippines 21
Mexico 18
Chile 17
Ukraine 16
Hong Kong 16

Peru 15
Namibia 12
Malaysia 12
Venezuela 12
United Arab Emirates 11
Belarus 11
Pakistan 10
Paraguay 10
Cyprus 9
Costa Rica 9
Republic of Korea 9

Morocco 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina 7
Viet Nam 6
Colombia 6
Iceland 6
Tunisia 6
Uruguay 5
Barbados 5
Algeria 5
Jersey 5
Taiwan 5
Liechtenstein 5
Sri Lanka 5

Bulgaria 4
Ecuador 4
Mauritius 4
Dominican Republic 3
Bolivia 3
United Republic of Tanzania 3
Iraq 3
El Salvador 3
Zimbabwe 3
Kenya 3
Saudi Arabia 3
Azerbaijan 3

Kuwait 2
Swaziland 2
Suriname 2
Nigeria 2
Brunei Darussalam 2
Montenegro 2
Guatemala 2
Oman 2
Ethiopia 2
Egypt 2
Yemen 2

Cambodia 1
Moldova 1
Nepal 1
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 1
Faroe Islands 1
Jamaica 1
Mongolia 1
Honduras 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1
Togo 1
Guernsey 1
Gibraltar 1
Malawi 1
Qatar 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Bahamas 1

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My 1984 Charts – August

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7th August 1984

After a record-equalling modern-era 9 weeks on top of the UK chart it was 5 weeks on top for Frankie, the longest run since Abba’s Day Before You Came in 1982, with neil at 2 and the Kane Gang giving chase at 4 with the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven. Laura Branigan’s brilliant Self-Control surpasses my own in real life at 7, but it’s George’s Careless Whisper rocketing to 9 that is the big news, as sad songs continue to dominate.

Queen get a third top 20 hit of the year, and new in at 27 it’s Alphaville who are, apparently, Big In Japan. Must be the catchy synths! A Flock Of Seagulls fly up to perch at 32, just out of reach of Captain sensibles snakes at 34. Tracey Ullman manages a 5th Top 40 hit just ahead of leaving the country for pastures anew. Doh! And…at 46…it’s a mega-famous song. Agadoo. Push that effing pineapple, shake that blanking tree? Actually, it’s by far the best Black Lace record. Admittedly, not that much of a compliment…

What about the dreary life of John? Depression-symptoms continue, and affected my judgement so much that I though Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom was better than Raiders Of The Lost Ark (after seeing it a second time). Oh no it’s not! Richard Burton died, meanwhile, and still not eating much. Even going to the Radio One Roadshow on Bournemouth beach, with sis-in-law and baby niece on a glorious hot summer day didn’t cheer me up much. Just a bit. Gary Davies DJ’d, I took some photos of the crowds and cliffs, then the live broadcast started at 11, with Hazell Dean’s current hit. I marvelled at all the gorgeous fit young people in speedos and bikinis while I had my coat on. Nerd! Sue, heavily-preganant, didn’t complain about rushing back to the car in the crowds, bless her, cos the parking ticket had expired.

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 3 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
3 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 13 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 6 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
7 ( 14 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
8 ( 10 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
9 ( 42 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
10 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 9 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
12 ( 5 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 25 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
14 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
15 ( 8 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
16 ( 11 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
17 ( 27 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
19 ( 18 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 32 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 15 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 16 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
24 ( 17 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 19 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
26 ( 21 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
27 ( NEW ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
28 ( 37 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
29 ( 23 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 24 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD

31 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
33 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 65 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
35 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 47 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
37 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
38 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 40 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
40 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello

41 ( 30 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
42 ( 26 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
43 ( 29 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
44 ( 36 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
45 ( 51 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
46 ( NEW ) AGADOO Black Lace
47 ( 54 ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
48 ( 28 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
49 ( 65 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 56 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts

51 ( 41 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
52 ( 45 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
53 ( 50 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 49 ) THE LEBANON Human League
55 ( 63 ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
56 ( 44 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
57 ( 48 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
58 ( 57 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
59 ( 60 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 55 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

61 ( 43 ) LAMENT Ultravox
62 ( 75 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
65 ( 59 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
67 ( 66 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 64 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
70 ( 73 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex

71 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
72 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
73 ( NEW ) BANANA BANANA King Kurt
74 ( 53 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) I GO WILD Suzi Quatro

TV
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Outlands: film
8 Top Of The Pops
9 WKRP In Cincinatti
10 Hi De Hi

14th August 1984

6 weeks for Frankie, and Laura Branigan is in runners-up spot. From the point of view of 2014 it should have been the other way around, Self Control deserved to get a least a week on top. Hazell Dean gets her first and last top 5 hit Rod gets a 13th year of Top 20 hits, and Jeff Lynne does the same with his Electric Dreams single.

Stevie Wonder, 16 years of big hits in my charts, and so many under-performing classics that should have gone all the way, and two that did in 1977 (I Wish and Sir Duke) and one in 1981 (Lately), and it’s the highest new entry with a telephone song that finally gave him his first solo UK chart-topper: I Just Called To Say I Love You at 19. Will it give him a 4th chart-topper? Meanwhile long-forgotten wannabe popstar Jamie Rae shoots up to 28 with She’s The One, not the Robbie song, it’s a pleasant pop song.

Lots of new entries: Elton John’s string of hits carries on, with Passengers, very much his prep homework for The Lion King, I think, and in at 36. The SOS Band also get a follow-up instant top 40 hit, with the Jam & Lewis Just The Way You Like It. It was. Martha And The Muffins have a comeback, albeit using Eminem’s name (but not spelling) 15 years earlier than he did. The funky Black Stations White Stations even had a dancing on the ceiling video and line that Lionel Richie “borrowed” 2 years later.

If ever there was a band that should have been bigger it was The Adventures, a great Northern Irish band who enter here with the fab Another Silent Day at 47, even beating out Howard Jones latest good hit at 50, Rockwell’s Beatles cover follow-up Taxman at 60, and Kid Creole’s ebbing run of singles at 62, as he worries that someone’s going to take his coconuts. Black Uhuru get a rare chart entry at 72, there’s a bit of spare Change at 73, Yes, It Can Happen – check out 75 – and call me a doctor! Doctor Beat? Doc Doc Doc Doc Doctor Beat! It’s Gloria Estefan and hubby debuting as Miami Sound Machine at 74, with the fab whimsical latin-rhythmed track that launched a pretty successful career.

At home I was marched off to the doctors as I still wasn’t eating much. His expert opinion was it was a viral infection and nerves. Next patient please! I bought a prezzie for my niece’s first birthday, and her mum did the house cleaning for me as some college friends were calling for a few days, Jane and Dave, two of my good friends just back from Italy where Dave’s relations come from. We went out to the pub, though it can’t have been much fun for them me not being at my best by any means. Next day I showed them the highlights of Poole Quay, then they took me to Swanage for my first ever visit, which was quaint, before leaving for home. Sunday, a family outing to Poole Park, everyone forcing me to get involved in life, and then on Monday waiting for more good College friends, Paul and Sheila to arrive. I’d forgotten how often people used to visit me, I must say…

Daley Thompson retained his Olympic title, meanwhile, on TV, and Mary Decker sobbed about her crash with Zola Budd on the track: talk about media manipulation!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 7 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 13 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 9 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
7 ( 8 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
8 ( 6 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 5 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
12 ( 2 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
15 ( 11 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
17 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 45 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
19 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 16 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
22 ( 14 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 15 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
24 ( 18 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
25 ( 27 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
26 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
27 ( 21 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
28 ( 66 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
29 ( 32 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
30 ( 24 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

31 ( 23 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
32 ( 36 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 34 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
34 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( NEW ) PASSENGERS Elton John
37 ( 25 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
38 ( 26 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
39 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
40 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

41 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 40 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 30 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
45 ( NEW ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
46 ( 62 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
47 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 72 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones

51 ( 70 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
52 ( 39 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
53 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 59 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 42 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
56 ( 37 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
57 ( 56 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( 54 ) THE LEBANON Human League
59 ( 58 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) TAXMAN Rockwell

61 ( 41 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
62 ( NEW ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
63 ( 43 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
64 ( 52 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
65 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 51 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
67 ( 69 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
68 ( 67 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 64 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 60 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

71 ( 65 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
72 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
73 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
74 ( NEW ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) IT CAN HAPPEN Yes

TV
1 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
2 Soap
3 Rhoda
4 What’s Up Doc?: film
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Likely Lads: film
9 Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
10 The Monkees

21st August 1984

Careless Whisper gets to the top and gives George Michael his first number one. The sax is gorgeous and the conviction of the song written when he was a lad is surprisingly sincere. It was like a leap forward in sophistication for Wham!, and people viewed George with a lot more credibility from here on. Sadly for Laura Branigan, she gets stuck at 2 and Stevie (the third UK Number One million-seller in a row) leaps to 4, so it’s not looking good for her!

A sudden leap for the Seagulls to 12, Howard Jones to 24, Miami Sound Machine to 39, and The Pointer Sisters announce they need you at 29. A Jacko oldie sneaks in at 47, not one of his best, while The Smiths make it 4 in a row with William. It was really nothing. Oh that’s Morrissey being modest. For the first and last time. Dan Hartman, 5 years on, pops back into the charts with a future 1985 UK hit, I Can Dream About You, pleasant enough. Elvis is back (Costello) with his latest flame. The only flame in town in fact. At 67, also 5 years on, having dumped his band name (Raydio) Ray Parker Junior pops in with a halloween song from a movie. Who ya gonna call? I suggest Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, my all-time fave movie. If you can’t find it, settle for Ghostbusters. You might have heard of it…

Life? Don’t talk to me about life! Despite my friends Paul and Sheila visiting and taking me out, and having a proper laugh for the first time in months over some hairy balls (you had to be there), I was still depressed to be doing job applications, and mum tried to get me to go to Liverpool with them. Went to the cinema to see a Star Trek movies extravaganza, 1 I downgraded, Khan I upgraded in opinion, and Search For Spock, the new movie which had a few minuses (no Kirstie Alley, Christopher Lloyd being too lovable to be a Klingon, killing of David) and some pluses, the cast without Spock had more of a chance to shine, and inject some warm humour. After much indecision I went to Southport with mum and dad, and a day trip to Blackpool. A roller-coaster ride is usually guaranteed to bring me joy, best I could manage was a smile. Then to Liverpool to see grandma, who was quite flustered by the hot weather and us visiting, but did a meal before we went to New Brighton. I’ll leave it there, and comment that while I recall all the depressing stuff fairly vividly, the nice stuff I’ve almost entirely forgotten, no memories of the funfair, video games, going to see Star Trek III again. None of it. Now THAT’S depressing!

1 ( 6 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 19 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
7 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
8 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 14 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

11 ( 7 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
12 ( 29 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
13 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
15 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 18 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
17 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 28 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 11 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
22 ( 16 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
23 ( 25 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
24 ( 50 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
25 ( 33 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
26 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
27 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
28 ( 36 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
29 ( NEW ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 21 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
32 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 24 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
34 ( 27 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 48 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
36 ( 30 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
38 ( 31 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
39 ( 74 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 34 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 41 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
45 ( 40 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
46 ( 38 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
47 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( 60 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 37 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange

51 ( 47 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
52 ( 44 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
53 ( 54 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
54 ( 73 ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
55 ( 45 ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
56 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
57 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( NEW ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
59 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman

61 ( 58 ) THE LEBANON Human League
62 ( 51 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
63 ( 71 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
64 ( 67 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( NEW ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( NEW ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
68 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 56 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones

71 ( 62 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
72 ( 64 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
73 ( NEW ) SUMMER HOLIDAY Kevin The Gerbil
74 ( NEW ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
75 ( 55 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger

28th August 1984

2 weeks for Georgie, and Alphaville suddenly leap to 6, and Howard Jones to 7, his 5th Top 10 in a row. Highest new entry though is a 60’s MOR jazz classic from Astrud Gilberto, The Girl From Ipanema – originally a hit without any credit for her in 1964, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto getting the credit. Just as well Joao was her husband then, as she became a big Brazilian bossa nova star as a result. It’s gorgeous whoever’s on the label though.

In at 27, Bucks Fizz cover the Romantics hit from earlier in the year, and do a damn fine job too, getting the UK hit version. Happily I’ve seen them both do it live. At 35, Malcolm McLaren tries fusing Opera and Hip Hop, with the lovely Madame Butterfly re-imagining. I appreciate it all the more having since been forced to endure the whole tedious opera. I think the translation of the lyrics on a screen were a bad decision, being as they were romantic drivel suited better to the times they were written in.

Kraftwerk show they still have something to show, cycling into the top 40 9 years after they first drove in, having catwalked their way into the 40 in the interim. Tour De France is a good track. Less good, is the pleasant I’ll Fly For You, keeping up the run of middle-period “pleasant but OK-ish” hits for Spandau Ballet. I’ve seen them in concert several times, and that applies to them live too. The last time was at the O2 sat at the far back. Honestly, might as well have been on a mountain in the next country for all you could see on stage. I wouldn’t say the stage was far away but several planes from Heathrow flew past my head.

Finally, in the novelty section, Agadoo goes Top 40, Kevin The Gerbil drops out the chart and is replaced by Iron Maiden. Not quite sure which of the 3 is funnier.

Meanwhile, back in Liverpool 1984, visited grandma, found a comic shop, and watched some lads break-dancing, bit of a rage at the time. Then the drive home so I could go for a job interview, tensed-up and stressed. The stop-off in Gloucester though reminded me of happier times and I remembered it all perfectly well, 9 years on, hadn’t changed much at all. According to Googlemap, it still hasn’t! I may go back next weekend as I’m feeling the need to revisit my youth. Mum and dad didn’t remember much, rather shockingly, I noted: “It proves to me that memory can’t be trusted, but mine seems to be better than most people’s as I like to remember the past as best I can – one photograph as a reminder makes the difference between remembering and forgetting forever.” I stand by that comment, and especially when dealing with memories 3 decades old and no evidence whatsoever. I’ve watched people embroider factual stories over a long period of time till the story becomes part-fiction accepted as fact, just because it’s funnier or more exciting, and become “remembered” that way.


Back at home my brother was in A&E after getting a bad head cut from a falling iron, and still on strike and stressed and irritable. “It never rains but it pours” I mused wondering if 1984 would ever get any better. The interview was for a surveyor (temporary) position with Dorset County Council, based in Bournemouth, but travelling the county with a state-of-the-art hand computer (ie less memory than a pocket calculator these days) measuring roads and verges, and signs and white lines ready for the tendering of contracts, as plans were afoot to privatise council staff. Unusually for me, I came out of it thinking I stood a good chance of getting it “not that I want it but it’ll do till a better one comes along”. More fun, my parents were waiting for me in Boscombe which had a record shop and comic shop. Hooray!

A word of advice: never muse if any given year is going to get better. On saturday Sue got a phone call from her Uncle Paul telling us her grandma had died. Mum looked after Sue who was crying a lot.

I didn’t get offered the job.

1 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 4 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
4 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
6 ( 23 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
7 ( 24 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
8 ( 10 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
9 ( 12 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
10 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

11 ( 6 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
12 ( NEW ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 39 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
15 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 7 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
17 ( 28 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
18 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman

21 ( 29 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 11 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
25 ( 19 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
26 ( 67 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
27 ( NEW ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
28 ( 35 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
29 ( 16 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
30 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
32 ( 21 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
33 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
34 ( 22 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
35 ( NEW ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 26 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
37 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
38 ( 33 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
39 ( NEW ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
40 ( 36 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 40 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 34 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
43 ( 31 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
44 ( 38 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
45 ( NEW ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
46 ( 48 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
47 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
49 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
50 ( 58 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

51 ( 25 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
52 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
53 ( 41 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 71 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
55 ( 64 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
56 ( 46 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
57 ( 52 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
58 ( 74 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
59 ( 60 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
60 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 45 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
62 ( 56 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
63 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
64 ( 61 ) THE LEBANON Human League
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( 50 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( 37 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
69 ( 53 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 63 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

71 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( NEW ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
73 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
74 ( NEW ) TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE INK IN THE WELL David Sylvian

TV
1 Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Rhoda
3 Carrott Live
4 The Monkees
5 Soap
6 Batman
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Rock Around The Clock
9 WKRP IN Cincinatti
10 Top Of The Pops

My 1979 Charts – August

1st August 1979

5th and final week on top for Abba, so who is going to knock them off? The Police are up to 2, a new chart peak for a crackin New Wave track, The Boomtown Rats were reigning in the UK charts, but could they go higher than 4, and equal Rat Trap? Number One more often than not, ELO rocket up to 7 from 51 with the gorgeous wistful Diary Of Horace Wimp while the equally gorgeous Korgis are up to 5. Cliff shoots up from 22 to 8 with his best ever record, but can he grab a chart-topper for the first time in 8 years? We Don’t Talk Anymore, but apparently that doesn’t stop people talking about Cliff in another ridiculous Trial By BBC media. They had a bonafide evil mass paedophile and did nothing about rumours, but one whiff of an accusation at a 30-year-old religious meeting and it’s helicopters and seizing of all that 30-year-old evidence on hard drives. What? They didn’t have PC’s back in those days? Ah well, any excuse will do, eh, he’s bound to have a diary or something saying “I groped a 15-year-old”? Pity the police didn’t bother to ask him first before deciding he was guilty of something.

Regardless, one of the best Top 10’s of all time IMHO. Elsewhere, Pretenders and Sparks go top 20, and The Gibson Brothers rocket to 26 5 years after their writer-producer hit my number 2 as The Yamasukis. Art Garfunkel finally breaks into the 40 with the lovely 50’s cover, while Telex do the same with a less lovely 50’s cover. Highest new entry is Bowie, D.J. at 43, for a literally cool decade of hits, with Showaddywaddy at 50 (and another cover) and a less-than-cool 6 years of hits. Buzzcocks at 59 with an old track, Undertones at 68 with a great new track, Darts with (yet) another cover at 70, Duke Of Earl, a former Gene Chandler hit, Gene having only recently dropped out of the charts with his own new stuff. At 66, earth Wind And Fire continue the run of great singles with a great ballad that takes me back to overcast LA streets, car radio and American stations who were hammering it.

On TV Centennial still ruled, along with Soap, while Mork And Mindy stayed high. Robin Williams is much-missed, but he’ll always be the young manic alien for me, when he was fresh and on fire. Later series hit the sentimental button too much, but the first one was great. A great human being, and a comic inspiration. Another sitcom, Barney Miller, was also a fave of mine, a gentle whimsical cop show, and it had the fab Ron Glass in it, later of Firefly, the awesome Joss Whedon space cowboy show, as a preacher. Keeping up my astronomy interest Patrick Moore was ever-present with The Sky At Night. I once sat through one of his talks with a mate, when he asked for questions from the audience. I dared my mate to ask him if he’d “ever seen Your Anus”. Thankfully he didn’t! Yourannuss as they call Uranus these days.

So, at home, my wisdom tooth started to cut me open. The bloody thing impacted eventually, but as I did nothing about it, it basically made my teeth all crooked for the rest of my life, and 30 years later I eventually had to get the bloody thing broken to bits and removed chunk by chunk while I tried hard not to have tears filling the dental goggles. Moral: get your teeth done early!

Mum and dad were on holiday in North Wales this week, on the wednesday I got a call from grandma telling me she was coming friday, then got one from dad saying mum had been rushed to hospital with appendicitis and had an operation. That put me into severe anxiety mode, I rang my Aunty Eileen to let her know, and Uncle Tony popped round thursday for an update after I’d got in from my factory work job. The lovely couple who gave me a lift, Lil and Jim, wouldn’t take any money off me when they heard about mum, which was so sweet.

Friday and grandma arrived to stay with a random friend in tow (as she often did) and told her about mum, turned out to be an infection elsewhere and antibiotics needed. Noted that at work I tended to hang around with the younger folk (always have) and listed a few things I bought that week with my wages: Record Mirror, Smash Hits, some 12” extended mixes of The Runner and Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now, and a stack of bargain bin singles, and I was also writing a Star Trek fan-fic piece. Juke Box Jury I enjoyed, noting Mike Reid was a big head (he got his own back in 1986 when he took the piss out of me on live Radio 1), and Bob Geldof: “as intelligent and slamming as ever”. Bit of a hero, Bob, long before Live Aid made him a saint. But that’s another story…

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 7 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
3 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
4 ( 9 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 10 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
6 ( 3 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
7 ( 51 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
8 ( 22 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
9 ( 4 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
10 ( 8 ) WANTED The Dooleys

11 ( 5 ) SPACE BASS Slick
12 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
13 ( 11 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
14 ( 12 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
15 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
16 ( 13 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
17 ( 17 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
18 ( 27 ) KID The Pretenders
19 ( 14 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
20 ( 40 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

21 ( 16 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
22 ( 20 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
23 ( 19 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
24 ( 21 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
25 ( 36 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
26 ( 66 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
27 ( 39 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
28 ( 33 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
29 ( 23 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
30 ( 24 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

31 ( 18 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
32 ( 63 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
33 ( 26 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
34 ( 30 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
35 ( 25 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
36 ( 69 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
37 ( 28 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
38 ( 31 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
39 ( 32 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
40 ( 29 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs

41 ( 35 ) ROXANNE The Police
42 ( 34 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
43 ( NEW ) D.J. David Bowie
44 ( 37 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
45 ( 55 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
46 ( 43 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
47 ( 38 ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees
48 ( 44 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
49 ( 42 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
50 ( NEW ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy

51 ( 53 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
52 ( 50 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
53 ( 52 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
54 ( 47 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
55 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
56 ( 49 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( NEW ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks
60 ( 45 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

61 ( 57 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
62 ( 61 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
63 ( 54 ) POP MUZIK M
64 ( 41 ) GO WEST The Village People
65 ( 48 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
66 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
67 ( 56 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE SUMMER The Undertones
69 ( 62 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
70 ( NEW ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

71 ( NEW ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers
72 ( 68 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
73 ( NEW ) LADY WRITER Dire Straits
74 ( NEW ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
75 ( NEW ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

TV
1 Centennial
1 Soap
3 Star Trek: This Side Of Paradise
4 Rhoda
5 Mork And Mindy
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Barney Miller
8 Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
9 Sword Of Justice
10 The Hollywood Greats
11 Sapphire And Steel (Thurs)
12 Juke Box Jury
13 The Sky At Night
14 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)
15 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

7th August 1979

The Police get their first chart-topper with the year-old Can’t Stand Losing You, I enjoyed singing along to this one! ELO (of course!) go top 5 with Horace Wimp, and Sparks get a 2nd Top 10 in a row, just like the 1974 heydays. Beat The Clock should have been higher but there were even greater records ahead of it! Judy Tzuke gets a top 20, and highest new entry is B.A. Robertson and his whimsical Bang Bang. A terrifically amusing lyricist, this one started a run of catchy great pop singles for him, though he was also in demand as songwriter for others. Bang Bang is fab.

Spiro Gyra take their MOR jazz instrumental up to 26, while Earth Wind And Fire get an 8th Top 40 hit. Gerry Rafferty gets his 4th Top 40 in a row, as the absolutely fantastic, Get It Right Next Time enters at 31. This became an anthem for me and my group of friends on our South-West USA adventure, a massive radio airplay hit and a single I bought over there – oddly no picture covers, and poorer quality vinyl, but hey it’s important to me, and Gerry could do no wrong in 1979.

Bossy Diana Ross is at 37, The Planets are new at 39 (a great Police-ish single) with Lines, and new at 41 it’s The Tourists getting their first hit – better known as Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox pre-Eurythmics, plus mates – with the lovely Loneliest Man In The World. Joe Jackson also debuts with the US hit Jazz-rock-new wave Is She Really Going Out With Him, pretty catchy and amusing too. Ian Dury, meanwhile finally follows up Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, with a Radio-One hyped Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), very low-key and a little disappointing at the time, but in at 49. Finally, in at 70, a sad sweet ballad from the brilliantly-inadvertedly-amusing Randy Vanwarmer, Just When I Needed You Most.

On TV I was waxing lyrical on Centennial and it’s characters, especially Lynn Redgrave’s spine-tingling Charlotte during the Great Depression, and a speech about Planet Earth “reminiscent of The Octopus” (One of my college novels) and the “EPIC” finale, and I was so enthused I wrote my letter to the Radio Times – which got printed!. At home, the rest of the family was back, mum out of hospital, and weak, and a house full with grandma and her friend Hilda (Mrs Mitch as grandma called her, as her generation was wont to do with friends, seemingly odd to my generation), and Sue, brother Mark’s girlfriend, her young brother Chris completed the greeting as i got in from work. My holiday prezzie was stamps – yes I used to collect them, just add it to my list of nerd hobbies, I’ve millions.

I was sleeping on the couch, bedroom donated to grandma, at work on the factory floor I was getting first-hand experience of lazy buggers creeping up to the boss, people who do nothing but make it appear as though they do and slag off others. My wages were £39 for the week, hooray! Babysat for my nieces Rachel (8) and Lisa (6), stayed the night as no room at home anyway, and Lisa fell asleep in my arms while Rachel was wide awake asking questions about “Sword Of Justice” TV show. Next morning Lisa wouldn’t let me go home!

1 ( 2 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
2 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
3 ( 4 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 7 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
5 ( 8 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
6 ( 5 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
7 ( 6 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8 ( 9 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
9 ( 3 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
10 ( 20 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

11 ( 18 ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 26 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
13 ( 17 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
14 ( 13 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
15 ( 10 ) WANTED The Dooleys
16 ( 25 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
17 ( 12 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
18 ( NEW ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
19 ( 14 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
20 ( 16 ) GOOD TIMES Chic

21 ( 11 ) SPACE BASS Slick
22 ( 21 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
23 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
24 ( 19 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
25 ( 27 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
26 ( 75 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
27 ( 66 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
28 ( 23 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
29 ( 43 ) D.J. David Bowie
30 ( 34 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

31 ( NEW ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
32 ( 36 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
33 ( 50 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
34 ( 29 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
35 ( 30 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
36 ( 22 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
37 ( 74 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
38 ( 32 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
39 ( NEW ) LINES The Planets
40 ( 70 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

41 ( NEW ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
42 ( 24 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
43 ( 33 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
44 ( 31 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
45 ( NEW ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
46 ( 35 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
47 ( 37 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
48 ( 41 ) ROXANNE The Police
49 ( NEW ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
50 ( 42 ) MASQUERADE The Skids

51 ( 44 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
52 ( 28 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
53 ( 52 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
54 ( 51 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
55 ( 53 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
56 ( 59 ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks
57 ( 54 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
58 ( 45 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
59 ( 49 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
60 ( 68 ) HERE COMES THE SUMMER The Undertones

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 46 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
64 ( 62 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
65 ( NEW ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
66 ( 71 ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers
67 ( 48 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
68 ( 61 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
69 ( 38 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
70 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 56 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
72 ( 63 ) POP MUZIK M
73 ( NEW ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
74 ( 40 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
75 ( 39 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts

TV
1 Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine
1 Centennial: final episode
3 Rhoda
4 Duck Soup: Marx Brothers film
5 The Hollywood Greats
6 Des O’Connor Entertains
7 Juke Box Jury
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The New Avengers

14th August 1979

The Boomtown Rats knock off the Police from the top after only one week and get their second (and greatest) Number One. For such a sombre subject matter it’s an epic, ambitious record. The Pretenders get their first Top 10 hit with the beautiful Kid, and The Gibson Brothers get their first Top 10 too with the fab Ooh What A Life. Showaddywaddy quietly break into the top 20 but the times were a changing for them and also for Boney M, highest whooptastic new entry at 23 with Gotta Go Home, later to be served up as a bit of Duck Sauce.

Just behind at 24, the sound of the future pops in: The Specials had a big effect on pop music with the ska revival and Two Tone records, and it all starts here with the superb Gangsters, as fresh as the day it first announced itself. Big jumps for Ian Dury at 27 and Joe Jackson at 29, before some more great new entries: Roxy Music show the comeback has legs with the great romping Angel Eyes (nothing to do with Abba’s song), and the quirky posh-tastic Flying Lizards bark their way through a cover of Money (as made famous by The Beatles) and single-handedly predict the 80’s yuppie. Johnny Mathis goes disco for his 4th hit, Kandidate drop by again, and The Bellamy Brothers finally follow-up their 1976 classic number one (for me) with the much-less-classic country ballad with the “deserves a slap” pick-up line title.

In my life, arrangements for the forthcoming American trip were less-than-sorted, everything a bit up in the air, which caused me and my parents anxiety. Package holidays to the states weren’t a thing and this was all made up stuff! Seems like airport car hire was the way to go. An old school friend got in touch, while friends of my parents dropped by – I’d known them since I was a toddler. Got a bit miffed at the lack of a decent send-off for nice Fran at work, not even a box of chocs! I said hello to our neighbour-friend Renie’s sister (Renie was Serefina Modelefski, a Polish World War 2 refugee, recently widowed when refugee husband Ted died suddenly, and needing help with many things).

On TV I was raving about American comedian John Byner (of Soap, Get Smart and the original Mork – he turned it down, he’s now forgotten and Robin Williams isn’t, but I noted, and I quote: “The classic U.S. stand-up comedian John Byner ..had me once again in tears of laughter with the best vocal and facial expressions this side of Robin Williams.” Praise indeed!). In the shops I bought 18 singles. On Juke Box Jury Kenny Everett joined Sting, Leslie Judd and Tina Charles for a very funny episode. Wish it was on DVD! At home a blazing family row upset me, even though I was not involved, as kids grow-up it causes problems if they don’t move out, and things had been simmering a while with sides taken not to dad’s liking. Family rows were fairly regular in the 70’s….and 80’s. Hey ho, I was doing a runner shortly, for a while.

1 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

2 ( 2 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

3 ( 1 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police

4 ( 5 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

5 ( 4 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

6 ( 6 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

7 ( 10 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

8 ( 12 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers

9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders

10 ( 9 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds

12 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez

13 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke

14 ( 14 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

15 ( 18 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson

16 ( 26 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

17 ( 27 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire

18 ( 15 ) WANTED The Dooleys

19 ( 31 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

20 ( 33 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy

21 ( 13 ) MY SHARONA The Knack

22 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart

23 ( NEW ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

24 ( NEW ) GANGSTERS The Specials

25 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets

26 ( 19 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay

27 ( 49 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads

28 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Chic

29 ( 45 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson

30 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex

31 ( 21 ) SPACE BASS Slick

32 ( 25 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing

33 ( 22 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer

34 ( 24 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

35 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

36 ( 40 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

37 ( 37 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross

38 ( 41 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists

39 ( 35 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

40 ( 34 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

41 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

42 ( 28 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward

43 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

44 ( 38 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel

45 ( 29 ) D.J. David Bowie

46 ( NEW ) MONEY The Flying Lizards

47 ( 36 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

48 ( 48 ) ROXANNE The Police

49 ( 43 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant

50 ( 42 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire

51 ( 30 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

52 ( NEW ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate

53 ( 44 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler

54 ( 55 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees

55 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

56 ( 53 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

57 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

59 ( 47 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump

60 ( 46 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze

61 ( 57 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

62 ( 65 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69

63 ( NEW ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis

64 ( 58 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis

65 ( 51 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

66 ( 50 ) MASQUERADE The Skids

67 ( 64 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

68 ( 52 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

69 ( 59 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

70 ( 73 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate

71 ( 56 ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks

72 ( 63 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes

73 ( 66 ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers

74 ( 68 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp

75 ( NEW ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers

TV

1 Star Trek: Erand Of Mercy

2 Rhoda

3 Juke Box Jury

4 Top Of The Pops

5 Sword Of Justice

6 Seven To One

7 The Hollywood Greats

8 Where Are They Now

9 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

10 Sykes

[b]21st August 1979[/b]

2 weeks for the Rats, holding off Cliff, and mirroring the UK charts. Sparks up to 4 makes it 2 consecutive Top 5 hits for the first time for them, and Giorgio Moroder’s first 2 consecutive since Chicory Tip in 1972. The Specials bang in with their Gangsters though, up to 7, while BA Bang Bang’s in at 9. Boney M up to 10, and their 7th Top 10 since their debut number one in 1977 with Daddy Cool. It’s also their last one ever, though by way of compensation I had a dream about them on the Thursday. Apparently. I shall say no more about it!
Rocketing into the 40 at 11 it’s Roxy, well on form for their 9th Top 20 (and Ferry’s 16th). Highest new entry and it’s Sister Sledge’s hat-trick of Chic-tastic singles, the sublime Lost In Music, future number one (in 1984) but making do with 21 first time round. The Flying Lizards are up at 26 (that’s what I want!), but even they are outdone on the quirky and bizarre front: The B52’s debut at 34 with the brilliant and odd Rock Lobster, kick-starting an unlikely 15 year-run of occasionally classic singles, all instantly recognisable as them and no-one else in the universe. Sort of retro 60’s garage trash, sort of New wave, sort of sci-fi, sort of fab.

Amusingly Gone Gone Gone nestles up to Girls Girls Girls, ahead of Hot Chocolate who say they are going through the motions. That’s a nasty habit unless it’s NHS-based. At 54, The Stranglers are back with a great, albeit slightly mellow single, Duchess – which was an early indicator of things to come.
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In my life? A card from the BBC telling me of letter in Radio Times, I was “dead-chuffed” – modern-translation: well-impressed; decided I really liked Lil, Eileen and Nigel from work, as I was entering my last few days there, and finding it quite pleasant really. Bought American dollars! Bob Geldof impressed on a TV show Seven To One: “so articulate and thought-provoking”. I had a rather less-impressive opinion of Keith Chegwin on Juke Box Jury which is so rude I’m not repeating it! At the cinema it was “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century” with a couple of wacky robots (“not original still funny”) battling crap plots, characters. More than anything though getting anxiety over the forthcoming adventure, especially as the prime mover, mate Pete, seemed to have vanished from communication (working in Germany). Gulp!

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1 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
2 ( 4 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
4 ( 7 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
5 ( 8 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
6 ( 3 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
7 ( 24 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
8 ( 5 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
9 ( 15 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
10 ( 23 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

11 ( 41 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
12 ( 17 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
13 ( 6 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
14 ( 19 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
15 ( 10 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
16 ( 16 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
17 ( 14 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
18 ( 13 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
19 ( 25 ) LINES The Planets
20 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders

21 ( NEW ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
22 ( 27 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
23 ( 11 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
24 ( 12 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
25 ( 29 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
26 ( 46 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
27 ( 43 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
28 ( 18 ) WANTED The Dooleys
29 ( 20 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
30 ( 22 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart

31 ( 37 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
32 ( 21 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
33 ( 26 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
34 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
35 ( 28 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
36 ( 38 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
37 ( 63 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
38 ( 52 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
39 ( 70 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
40 ( 31 ) SPACE BASS Slick

41 ( 30 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
42 ( 34 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
44 ( 39 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
45 ( 40 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
46 ( 33 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
47 ( 36 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
48 ( 35 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
49 ( 62 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
50 ( 42 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward

51 ( NEW ) THE BITCH The Olympic Runners
52 ( 32 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
53 ( 75 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
54 ( NEW ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
55 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( 48 ) ROXANNE The Police
58 ( 55 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 54 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
60 ( 56 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

61 ( 49 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
62 ( 53 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
63 ( 50 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
64 ( 44 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
65 ( 61 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
66 ( 64 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
67 ( 45 ) D.J. David Bowie
68 ( 67 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
69 ( 59 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
70 ( 60 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze

71 ( NEW ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
72 ( 65 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
73 ( 66 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
74 ( 69 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
75 ( NEW ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar

TV
1 Star Trek: The Conscience Of The King
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Rhoda
4 The Hollywood Greats
5 Juke Box Jury
6 Where Are They Now

28th August 1979

35 years on and Cliff, about as non-rock-star as one can get in the rock world is being interviewed about historic allegations, while Kate Bush has just opened her new tour 35-years after her last one. One interesting aspect of re-reading my diaries from 1979 is how much I’d forgotten (and now been reminded of) and how much even with diary notes is completely gone from my memory. I’ve got a VERY good memory, and even I can’t trust my own memory of events from 30 and 35 years ago, and the younger one gets the less accurate the memory gets, it’s all just too hazy, a series of images and half-memories. I have two memories from 1966 Liverpool of being “flashed” by two men in two separate incidents (and yes my mum took me to the police to report it) but could I give any reliable account now of what happened then? Not a chance. Some countries take this into account and have a limit on eye-witness accounts of any event. What people think they remember is not necessarily correct….

In my charts, though, Cliff is at his peak with his best record, the brilliant We Don’t Talk Anymore, the one that refreshed his career in a good way, and broke him (again) in the States. Top of the UK charts too, it was his 3rd number one in my charts, his first for 7 years – and his last one ever with new material! B.A. Robertson goes top 3. Bang Bang! Roxy get another Top 10, and The Stranglers leap to 24.

The new entries provide the interest as 2 future UK chart-toppers enter, Gary Numan going it solo (effectively just a name-change) with his classic Cars entering at 39, and Dr. Hook at 49 with When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. It’s hard, you know it gets so hard. I’ve been to see them both in concert in the last few years (at least the voice of Dr. Hook Dennis Locorriere) and unexpectedly I’d take Dennis over Gary. Who’d a thunk it? At 51, the jazzy Crusaders introduce Randy Crawford to the charts with Street Life, a good single though I’ll take the Roxy Music song of the same title anyday. The Jam keep the run of hits going, and City Boy get a third hit with an exciting song title – I haven’t heard it for 35 years though, so youtube here I come.

In My Life? I read my Radio Times letter on the bus home from work and was immediately overcome with embarrassment at the enthusiastic shtudent pedant mood of it and decided not to show it to anyone except parents (who liked it) and brother (who didn’t). Friday was my last day at work, I was sorry to leave, and at home I was packing. My charts were done on the friday early rather than Tuesday, which is why there’s not much happening. Pete rang and left me full of anxiety at the way we were winging everything with no organisation, and mum was worrying a lot too. So much so, that she cried when I got on the bus for London Saturday morning. “I’ll be alright” I promised. Read David Niven’s fab autobiography “The Moon’s A Balloon” on the bus. The mix of social types and races in London fascinated me en route to Laker Airways offices with dad’s RAF bag in tow, overpacked and heavy. Julie, Sue and her boyfriend Joe were already there with bad news: we couldn’t fly before Monday, and Pete hadn’t arrived. My anxiety then came out as negativity and moodiness, and Pete’s unreliability didn’t help at all. So, a bad start, and ill feelings when Pete turned up late (we already had our tickets, having had to make a decision to get them before 5pm or miss the Monday flight. Sue and Joe insisted it was Pete’s own fault for being late and not getting in touch, and Julie and I went along with it despite wanting to wait). He got there just before 5 and tried to pay for the ticket in Deutschmarks, causing hassles!

So, a shared hotel room with 5 people and a weekend in London, unexpectedly. Saw “Moonraker” at the cinema, had my first MacDonalds ever (loved it), and then had excruciating belly-ache all night. I think it was the stress not the burger….. Next morning the boys sat in the Hotel Adams corridor in pyjamas while the girls changed. “Hello” we said to passing guests looking startled. That was funny. The day was spent at Hyde Park, where we hired two rowboats, which was a laugh, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey – for some reason no-one trusted my sense of direction as Guide Designate, but my memory for places and routes is pretty damn good. Just as well I ended up working with maps years later then! Another MacDonalds with actual Cliff and Rats faves playing, then rang home.

Monday was the flight to LA. from Gatwick, Huge queues and I commented on an “ancient (50’s)-looking woman with a wrinkled, ugly face” in jeans who was brimming with enthusiasm for England. Ageist! The fact that I am now in my 50’s serves me right for that comment! I also wear jeans still, so there! I got very excited to be on the plane, (in Smokers section, how things have changed!) and noted I always love take-off. We flew over Ireland, I chatted to a nice American woman and young Jewish American. I still remember the lady, Lucy Mojarro or Martha Delean – as she gave me her contact details and her mother’s in case we had problems – and she gave us great advice about hotels (don’t go near the airport, try Long Beach). It was my first experience at how friendly Americans can be, very welcoming. The rest of the trip? “Californian Suite” movie (appropriately!) and War Of The Worlds on radio (album). A stop-off at Bangor, Maine, a bit UK-looking to me, but VERY humid, for customs. At this point Pete got frog-marched off by officials as he’d not bothered to get a visa, assuming his student visa from 1978 was still valid. It wasn’t. We all got taken to a waiting room while Pete disappeared again, Sue was pissed off with him for not checking. Essentially Pete held up the plane, he got grilled, paid £5 for the visa and waltzed on board the plane to everyone staring at him. Typical Pete, things just drop into his lap no matter what!

2 hours later, clouds lifted and we had majestic views of deserts, canyons, mesas and buttes, towns and other incredibly exciting aerial scenes, until we landed in palm-treed Los Angeles. Avis courtesy bus, bags collected, car hired, and Joe tentatively drove us onto the American freeway, his first time, and ours, and he did really well adapting quickly to the roads. Once comfortable I HAD to put on the radio. First song in America? Lost In Music by Sister Sledge, how appropriate for me! Singing! Cruising highways! Yay! We were in America!

tbc.

1 ( 2 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
2 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
3 ( 9 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
4 ( 3 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
5 ( 5 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
6 ( 10 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
7 ( 7 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
8 ( 14 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
9 ( 4 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
10 ( 11 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

11 ( 8 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
12 ( 6 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
13 ( 26 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
14 ( 21 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
15 ( 12 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
16 ( 25 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
17 ( 17 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
18 ( 15 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) LINES The Planets
20 ( 16 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

21 ( 13 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
22 ( 37 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
23 ( 27 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
24 ( 54 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
25 ( 22 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
26 ( 43 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
27 ( 24 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
28 ( 34 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
29 ( 20 ) KID The Pretenders
30 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke

31 ( 36 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
32 ( 23 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
33 ( 49 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
34 ( 38 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
35 ( 28 ) WANTED The Dooleys
36 ( 39 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
37 ( 30 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
38 ( 29 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
39 ( NEW ) CARS Gary Numan
40 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay

41 ( 32 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
42 ( 53 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
43 ( 31 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
44 ( 35 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
45 ( 40 ) SPACE BASS Slick
46 ( 42 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 44 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
48 ( 45 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
49 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 41 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex

51 ( NEW ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
52 ( 46 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
53 ( 48 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
54 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 50 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
57 ( 47 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
58 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 59 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
60 ( 60 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

61 ( 52 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
62 ( 57 ) ROXANNE The Police
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
64 ( 71 ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
65 ( 51 ) THE BITCH The Olympic Runners
66 ( 61 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
67 ( 75 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
68 ( 62 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
69 ( 63 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
70 ( 68 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

71 ( 66 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
72 ( 65 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
74 ( 69 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
75 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam

My 1974 Charts – August

6th August 1974

3rd week on top for the now tragically late Mama Cass, while Sweet Sensation hit 3 2 months ahead of topping the UK chart, and Annie’s Song puts John Denver into my Top 10 for the first time also 2 months ahead of hitting the UK number 1 spot. Just saying…..

Not hitting the top spot anywhere, Mouth and MacNeal’s fab We’re Gonna Have A Party hits 9 and becomes the highest-charting of their 3 chart entries. At 10, Bay City Rollers return to the Top 10 for the first time since they started having UK hits again – I’ll be honest, the best Rollers pop records were all of their singles released from 1971 through to 1973, all bar one flops. Summerlove Sensation was a good tune though.

Oldies take over numbers 11 to 15, Jimmy Ruffin’s classic up to 12 as it climbs the UK chart, and two new entries with Lady Willpower for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap following up Young Girl, and returning to my charts 6 years on, and Scott McKenzie’s classic John Phillips song and hippie anthem (Mamas and Papas – spot the link with Cass Elliot) in at 15. San Fransisco was on CBS, who along with Warner Brothers were on a bit of reissue campaign, some I bought some I couldn’t afford, but at the age of 16 I now had a decade of familiar back catalogue to chart and try to buy, as I really started to get into the 60’s as retro faves. Like most 16-year-old’s, though, not too fussed about stuff from before I was born, apart from a few odd ones.

Wizzard’s new single catastrophically only hits 16 while a much catchier album track Come Back Karen (all 50’s-styled) enters at 24, and The Rolling Stones, and the great bubble-machine video, pop in at 29 announcing It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll – well I like it at any rate! This is the last chart to contain oldies until the new year, as the volume just got to be too much and started to swamp the new stuff from next week – so I had to take the practical viewpoint of compiling a separate Oldies chart till the reissues ebbed down a bit. They still deserved to chart, but I thought it fairer they should compete with other oldies rather than current stuff. How exciting!

1 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot

2 ( 2 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children

3 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

4 ( 4 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae

5 ( 3 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation

6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

7 ( 22 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

8 ( 5 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

9 ( 29 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal

10 ( 21 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers

11 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia

12 ( 25 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin

13 ( 14 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

14 ( NEW ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

15 ( NEW ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie

16 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard

17 ( 7 ) ROCKET Mud

18 ( 15 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks

19 ( 12 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings

20 ( 10 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

21 ( 8 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot

22 ( 16 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet

23 ( 28 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

24 ( NEW ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard

25 ( 17 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

26 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams

27 ( 18 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

28 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

29 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones

30 ( 27 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain

31 ( 13 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

32 ( 19 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

33 ( 26 ) BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE Stephanie De Sykes

34 ( 30 ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

35 ( 31 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

36 ( 32 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers

37 ( NEW ) SUNDOWN Gordon Lightfoot

38 ( NEW ) (I’M) LEAVIN’ IT ALL (UP TO YOU) Donny And Marie Osmond

39 ( NEW ) HELLO SUMMERTIME Bobby Goldsboro

40 ( NEW ) JUST FOR YOU The Glitter Band

13th August 1974 Charts

George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby finally grabs the top slot, although it had actually peaked earlier in my affections, it still deserved to be a number one even though Mama Cass’ death continued to sadden me when playing her old and new records. Mouth and MacNeal hit 4, and new in at 7 is a Radio Luxembourg playlist track Pepperbox, an instrumental with a hint of the Rockford Files theme tune, a bit clappy, a bit synthy, which sounded unlike anything I’d heard before, and loved instantly. The UK record-buying public eventually agreed with me 3 months later.

In at 9, Ray Stevens taking the pee again, this time the US TV show Midnight Special, not instant like The Streak, but not as tiresome after repeat listens, and the Mildred Queen And The Dips bit is still funny (Gladys Knight And The Pips pastiche). The man behind Rock Your Baby, Harry Casey, gets his own band to debut at 11, with the awesome Queen Of Clubs. The pace, the exciting new TK disco sounds, and the passionate delivery announced a new sort of dance music was about to take over from the slick Philly soul sounds that dominated. Funkier and grittier, and spearheaded by a white boy with funk attitude. Rock journos of the time failed to appreciate how influential and timeless KC & co would be. I was incensed when a very expensive 80’s History Of Rock weekly volume of all important Music acts from Bill Haley onwards didn’t even mention KC. So, a big raspberry to them. Wrong again, as journalists often are with pop music.

Firebird enter at 12. Who? No idea, only that they appeared on Lift Off With Ayshea (ITV music show) the week before and I like it enough to chart it. Haven’t heard it in 40 years, just youtubed it…and it’s Rubettes-styled pop. Cockney Rebel follow-up Judy Teen with Mr. Soft, not as good but not bad at 25, ahead of Paper Lace’s third single, The Black-Eyed Boys, which fits in with the motorcycle theme of Firebird.

1 ( 4 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae

2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot

3 ( 5 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation

4 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal

5 ( 2 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children

6 ( 3 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

7 ( NEW ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

8 ( 6 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

9 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens

10 ( 8 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

11 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

12 ( NEW ) 2 WHEELS Firebird

13 ( 10 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers

14 ( 27 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

15 ( 21 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot

16 ( 26 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams

17 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard

18 ( 7 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

19 ( 17 ) ROCKET Mud

20 ( 28 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( 18 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks

22 ( 19 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings

23 ( 24 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard

24 ( 23 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

25 ( NEW ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel

26 ( NEW ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace

27 ( 29 ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones

28 ( 20 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson

29 ( 25 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

30 ( 30 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain

31 ( 22 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet

32 ( 31 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

33 ( 32 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

34 ( 34 ) PLEASE PLEASE ME David Cassidy

35 ( 35 ) IT’S ALL UP TO YOU Jim Capaldi

36 ( 36 ) ON TOP OF THE WORLD The Settlers

37 ( 37 ) SUNDOWN Gordon Lightfoot

38 ( 38 ) (I’M) LEAVIN’ IT ALL (UP TO YOU) Donny And Marie Osmond

39 ( 39 ) HELLO SUMMERTIME Bobby Goldsboro

40 ( 40 ) JUST FOR YOU The Glitter Band

ARCHIVE CHART 13th Aug 1974

Meanwhile, on the brand new oldies chart, the new entry at number one is Be My Baby, Phil Spector’s genius creation for the Ronettes. Dad bought this single in 1966, in a batch of oldie 45’s for the new record player, so I grew up with it really. Dirty Dancing made it immortal, but it’s a perfect pop single. Another 60’s girl group at 2, Baby Love, a famous record for 10 years by this time, and a hit all over again in the UK (with the added Diana Ross not being there on the label back when they were a band as opposed to a vehicle for her superstardom). The rest of the chart is made up of carry-overs from the previous week’s chart, and a host of tracks that had been hits before in my charts, so I’ll just mention those that hadn’t been – The Crystals Da Do Ron Ron, also Phil Spector, and this time one that also made the UK charts again in 1974. Should have been Be My Baby! Frank Sinatra’s lovely Strangers In The Night from 1966 pops in at 19 in it’s MOR huggableness. The repeat hits from The Faces and Alice Cooper were tracks on EP’s split up into individual entries, I think.

1 ( NEW ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

2 ( NEW ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes

3 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia

4 ( 12 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin

5 ( NEW ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon

6 ( 13 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees

7 ( 15 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie

8 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

9 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt

10 ( 14 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

11 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

12 ( NEW ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America

13 ( NEW ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound

14 ( NEW ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air

15 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Faces

16 ( NEW ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces

17 ( NEW ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces

18 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

19 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

20 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor

21 ( RE ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

22 ( RE ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper

23 ( NEW ) ELECTED Alice Cooper

24 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Alice Cooper

20th August 1974

With their first number one it’s KC And The Sunshine Band and the whooping fantastic Queen Of Clubs. How good was KC? He knocked off his own number one, Rock Your Baby, which he kindly gave away. Highest new entry at 6 though is from The Yamasukis. Who? Technically it’s a 1971 reissue (I wasn’t aware it was an oldie or it would have been in my oldies chart, on John Peel’s Dandelion label, of a French-production duo experimenting with world sounds under the name Yamasuki. This single has Japanese-language shouting over Japanese language chorus of children, and it’s terrific World pop music that never was a hit. Influential? Well, the B Side is Aieaoa, which would eventually become a hit for Black Blood, Bananarama and a theme tune of the 2010 World Cup under the title Aie-a-mwana. The duo worked with many European hit acts writing and producing for the likes Sheila B. Devotion, Gibson Brothers, Ottawan. For current music fans, Daniel Vangarde (real name Bangalter) is the father and early supporter of his son, Thomas. You might know him better as a Daft Punk member….

After weeks of up and downs, Sweet Dreams reach a new peak of 11, oh Abba really should released it! New at 17 it’s The Pearls 5th hit, a tribute (honestly) to Roy Wood, who appropriately is one place higher with Wizzard. It’s almost as if I knew! (I did). At 18, Swedish Sylvia sings the first international European package holiday hit, Y Viva Espana. I got so sick of hearing it months later that I avoided Spain and package holidays for a good 30 years, till I saw the error of my ways. Spain is fab.

In at 25, his 4th chart hit, and the man who just sold his guitar for over a million pounds, Alvin Stardust. He paid £1 and got Buddy Holly and The Beatles to sign it, and he’s from Mansfield, so I consider that a better investment than going down the pits. Behind it’s Cat Stevens, long a fave of mine since Matthew And Son, here with a cover of Sam Cooke’s Another Saturday Night, and his 6th or 7th hit since 1970. 10CC follow up a chart-topper with Silly Love, quirky and playful as ever at 28, while Rufus Tell Me Something Good and debut at 29, Chaka Khan’s chart debut 4 years ahead of her UK singles debut. A Stevie Wonder song and a huge US hit. At 30, though, a novelty hit that became an anthem, Carl Douglas and Kung Fu Fighting, a UK record that broke big for Carl and Biddu worldwide, on the back of 1974’s absolute kung fu mania. Trust me, it was HUGE that year, on the back of the death of Bruce Lee, who was idolised by some schoolmates.

On The Oldies chart Bob & Marcia get that topper, the rest mostly shuffle a bit.

1 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
2 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 1 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
4 ( 3 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
5 ( 4 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
7 ( 5 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
8 ( 9 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
9 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 7 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

11 ( 16 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
12 ( 10 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
13 ( 12 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
14 ( 26 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
15 ( 8 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
16 ( 17 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
17 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
18 ( NEW ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
19 ( 22 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
20 ( 14 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

21 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
22 ( 15 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
23 ( 25 ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel
24 ( 30 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
25 ( NEW ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
26 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
27 ( 18 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
28 ( NEW ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
29 ( NEW ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
30 ( NEW ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas

31 ( 13 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
32 ( 19 ) ROCKET Mud
33 ( 21 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
34 ( 23 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard
35 ( 24 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor
36 ( 27 ) IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) The Rolling Stones
37 ( 28 ) DAYBREAK Nilsson
38 ( 29 ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci
39 ( 31 ) THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet
40 ( 32 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

1 ( 3 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
2 ( 2 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
3 ( 7 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
4 ( 1 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
5 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 6 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
7 ( 8 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( 4 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap

11 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
12 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
13 ( 13 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
14 ( 14 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
15 ( 19 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
16 ( 15 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces
17 ( 16 ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces
18 ( RE ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
19 ( 22 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
20 ( 18 ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

21 ( 20 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor
22 ( 23 ) ELECTED Alice Cooper
23 ( 17 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
24 ( 21 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
25 ( 24 ) NO MORE MR. NICE GUY Alice Cooper

27th August 1974

The summer was drawing to a close, and both my mate Ian and myself had no employment plans or prospects so we decided to go back to school and do O Levels again, as grades weren’t enough for CSE’s to do A levels. I think. To be honest, the exact reason is hazy, and A levels would have been fine for me, the only reason I ended up doing CSE’s was being a late school arrival and trying to catch up in 7 or 8 subjects. I would have been fine on a level playing field.

Hey ho, I enjoyed life not being at school though, and all my hobbies. Cass Elliot goes back up again to number one for the 4th week. 3 weeks at 2 were a bonus. Yamasuki (haaaaaiya!) is up to 3, and it’s an Abba-tastic week as Honey Honey breaks into the top 10, while B side of Ring Ring (which i’d bought in the ex-chart singles box from my regular post-chart-rundown record shop checkout on Thursdays) Rock ‘n’ Roll Band gives the Abba boys lead-vocal duties for the first time, and adds yet another record with “rock” in the title to the charts. Ring Ring meanwhile bounces back at 27.

Highest new entry is a Motown instrumental funk goodie, Machine Gun, and a debut hit for a band called The Commodores. No Lionel Richie ballading on show here at all, though, he’s busy doing the synth hooky bits! Big climbs for Rufus and Chaka Khan, and Carl Douglas, a new entry for ex-Soft Machine vocalist, the late Kevin Ayers and his very sweet After The Show, a non-hit everywhere, sadly. Keeping up with the album tracks theme, Mrs Vandibilt, a great Band On The Run non-single, gives Macca his 3rd hit of the year. The hook goes Hey! Hey Ho! Think someone else borrowed that one eventually.

Oldies? Baby Love gets on top, Diana Ross’ first number one since Surrender topped in 1971, and the Supremes first ever, shockingly. Curved Air take those delicious Back Street Luv progrock vibes into the 10, along with Judy Collins’ gorgeous Joni Mitchell folk cover of Both Sides Now.The chart gets cut down to 20 tracks as there are no new reissues to supply the chart with new entries.

1 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( 3 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
3 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 1 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
5 ( 4 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
6 ( 7 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
7 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
9 ( 11 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
10 ( 8 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens

11 ( 30 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
12 ( 29 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
13 ( 12 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
14 ( NEW ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
15 ( 10 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
16 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
17 ( 13 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
18 ( 17 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
19 ( 18 ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
20 ( NEW ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers

21 ( 15 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( NEW ) MRS VANDIBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 26 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
24 ( 24 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
25 ( 25 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
26 ( 14 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
27 ( RE ) RING RING Abba
28 ( 28 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
29 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
30 ( 27 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver

31 ( 19 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
32 ( 20 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
33 ( 21 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
34 ( 22 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
35 ( 23 ) MR. SOFT Cockney Rebel
36 ( 31 ) SUMMERLOVE SENSATION The Bay City Rollers
37 ( 32 ) ROCKET Mud
38 ( 33 ) AMATEUR HOUR Sparks
39 ( 34 ) COME BACK KAREN Wizzard
40 ( 35 ) WINDOW SHOPPING R. Dean Taylor

1 ( 2 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
2 ( 1 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
3 ( 3 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
6 ( 14 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
7 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
8 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
9 ( 9 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
11 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
12 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 18 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( 13 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound
15 ( 19 ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
16 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME The Faces
17 ( 17 ) CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces
18 ( 15 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
19 ( 20 ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals
20 ( 21 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor

My 1969 Charts – August

AUG 1969

On TV, it was the changing of the guard for me – Patrick Troughton’s final episodes bringing to an end the domination of Doctor Who in my affections, because by now a brand new American Science-fiction TV show had debuted in the UK. It was called Star Trek, and it blew my fecking mind. I became obsessed by the show immediately, but the shocking thing is to realise that the number of episodes I saw were very minimal, but oh they left a strong impact on me! The biggest was the first broadcast, Where No Man Has Gone Before, with Kirk, Spock and 2 characters who died, but I loved them both! MASH’s Sally Kellerman and 2001’s Gary Lockwood had telekinetic powers and telepathic powers like my beloved Saturn Girl from my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes. Their eyes glowed and it was SO cool. And tragic that they died! I’m convinced I also saw the Jeffrey Hunter episodes too, but regardless, one of my first major disappointments on getting to Singapore was Star Trek was not broadcast. I’d have to make do with books for the next 2 years! Doh!

On the plus side, I got to see the Patrick Troughton Doctor Who episodes all over again cos they WERE being broadcast in Singapore. Hooray! It was just frustrating that I never got to see the final episode till the 80’s, cos just as they were getting near it in Singapore, we were leaving! Doh! These things mattered to me! Home: the house was emptied of our stuff, leaving only the RAF furniture and dishes etc all ready for inspection on leaving (everything had to be spick and span or you got charged for the cleaning), cases were being packed, I was saying sad goodbyes to friends, especially Ann Barber my friend from over the road, who looked so sad I was going. I felt sad, for her and for me. The cat and kittens were dropped off with my grandma in Liverpool, mum’s mum who wasn’t looking forward to us going away at all, and I’m fairly sure around this time Aunty Eileen and Uncle Tony got married in Mansfield, so that was a big family do and get together for the last time in 2 years, and some sad goodbyes to mum and dad’s elderly relatives, cos 2 years was a long time.

That’s a lot of goodbyes for 11 years old! Then, in the last week of August, the start of the adventure began: we saw the Flying Scotsman at Newark. We went to London and stayed with some RAF friends – The Deebanks – who had been posted from Swinderby, me and my brother had to share the bunkbeds with the younger kids. Then we went to Swindon, and dropped by the Railway Museum, which made an impact on my younger brother more than me, because I was already in 7th Heaven: we’d gone by a newsagent, an old corner shop affair, and they had a rack of American Comics. I pestered dad because I absolutely HAD to have a Legion Of Super Heroes comic they had, Adventure Comics 373, The Tornado Twins, and it was goooorgeous looking. I got it! I still have it! As bonus, dad also bought some Giant bumper DC comics, Supergirl (which had the Legion!), Superman, and some black and white 50’s pulp sci-fi comic reprints. I wasn’t allowed to read any of them, though, they were for the aeroplane. It was 31st August, we stopped over night at RAF Brize Norton and tomorrow was a very new day….

TBC

5th August 1969

Music: 2 weeks for Thunderclap Newman on top, and Joe Dolan almost gets to the top, chased by 2 of my fave girl singers of the moment, Clodagh and Cilla. The Love Affair go top 10, as the similarly-sounding Vanity Fayre enter at 17 with the melodic and catchy Early In The Morning, a tune I loved. Like all of the new records from here-on, my access to new records was limited, and very much cut short, it was like going into withdrawal as I loved them and couldn’t get to hear them in September and beyond, for the most part. That goes in spades for the record at 19, Zager And Evans, the utimate one-hit wonders, with the very futuristic sci-fi social commentary song In The Year 2525. Not to mention folkies Fairport Convention’s version (en Francais) of Dylan’s If You Gotta Go Go Now, Si Tu Dois Partir. As I’d been doing French at school over the last year, it was fun working out some of the words….

1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
2 ( 4 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
4 ( 12 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 16 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
6 ( 2 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
7 ( 10 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 6 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
9 ( 17 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
10 ( 5 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

11 ( 7 ) BREAKAWAY The Beach Boys
12 ( 8 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
13 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
14 ( 11 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
15 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
16 ( 20 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees
17 ( NEW ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
18 ( 14 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
20 ( NEW ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention

12th Aug 1969

Elvis is back up on top! Well, it is great! Vanity Fayre and Stevie Wonder’s gorgeous My Cherie Amour (keeping up the French-language theme) both go Top 10, Donovan pops back in, and Marvin Gaye enters with Too Busy Thinking Bout My Baby, a song which meant much more to me in a cover version in the early 70’s.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
4 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
5 ( 4 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 5 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
7 ( 6 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
8 ( 17 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
9 ( 8 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner
10 ( 15 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder

11 ( 20 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
12 ( 9 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
13 ( 10 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( 19 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
15 ( 12 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
16 ( 14 ) WAY OF LIFE The Family Dogg
17 ( 13 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
18 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
19 ( RE ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( NEW ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

19th Aug 1969

4 weeks for Elvis at 1, and only one new entry, snuggling up to Robin Gibb at 6…are his brothers, The Bee Gees lovely country song Don’t Forget To Remember. I still preferred Robin’s Saved By The Bell, but only just! This was my last official chart of the 60’s, as I had no access to new UK music (though I got to follow the Top 30 in Daily Mirror bumper packages delivered as a mega-book to the Forces, they were songs and titles tempting me, but out of reach).

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
3 ( 11 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
4 ( 8 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
5 ( 4 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
6 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
7 ( 14 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
8 ( 2 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 10 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) HELLO SUSIE Amen Corner

11 ( 7 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
12 ( 6 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
13 ( 5 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 15 ) IT MEK Desmond Dekker
15 ( 12 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( 17 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
17 ( 13 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
18 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
19 ( 18 ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade
20 ( 19 ) BARABAJAGAL Donovan and The Jeff Beck Group

26th Aug 1969

And my last chart in the UK for 2 years has my record of the moment on top, the epic In The Year 2525. This was the first record I intended to buy with the 10 shillings my great grandparents had given me (now Singapore dollars) but it wasn’t available so I had only the memory of my love for it bar the occasional play on 2-way family favourites Forces radio show. Aaaagh! I still love it though. Robin Gibb, at 2, my mum bought though a few weeks later, and I still love that one.

The Equals, future hit-maker Eddy Grant, have a big new entry with Viva Bobby Joe, which I loved, and a host of other great singles, Bad Moon Rising (which I would get to hear again, and find the lyrics hand-written to, inside a Just William library book at my new school. Don’t remember the book, very much recall finding the lyrics. I had my priorities right, even then!) was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 2nd hit, Engelbert was back again, and The Dells had a heavy version of 2 very MOR songs – Cilla and others had sung I Can Sing A Rainbow, and Eurovision’s Love Is Blue (Vicky Leandros) had become a standard within 2 years thanks to the instrumental hit version by Paul Mauriat. A tune I’d learnt to play on my melodica. Melodica’s were all the rage, a sort of mouth-organ-piano-synth, and girls in particular had them. If only I’d hung onto it I might have become the first world-famous melodican pop star. Hey ho!

Tommy Roe, my hero, managed to get a new record out just as I left the country, I don’t think I heard it more than once or twice, but I really liked the tune anyway, and enters here at 17, just behind a song I really WAS mad on, that glibby glib gloopy hook was heaven on earth to me, I loved the ticking, the crystal-clear instruments and Oliver’s fab vocals. I didn’t even know Good Morning Starshine was from Hair, I suspect, following on from previous chart biggies Nina Simone and Fifth Dimension. I played the tune over and over in my head for weeks so I wouldn’t forget it, till I could get to hear it again. I can’t describe how pleasurable it is getting to hear a song you love again after you’ve been deprived of it for years. Fab! And that, as they say, is the end of the UK music scene, as I entered a cut-down family-friendly version of it on the 1st September…

TBC

1 ( 7 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 5 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
4 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
5 ( 6 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( NEW ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 3 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
10 ( 12 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 13 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
12 ( 17 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 11 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
14 ( NEW ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affair
16 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( NEW ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
18 ( NEW ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
19 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells
20 ( 18 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye

My 1999 Charts – July

JULY 1999

Madge gets a full dozen chart-toppers with Beautiful Stranger, one of her best, and most joyous, records, soundtrack to the fab and groovy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Shagtastic! Suede are having none of that though, and knock her off for two equally fab weeks at Number One: well, She’s In Fashion, and the melody is just marvellous. It wouldn’t be right for Pet Shop Boys to have a new track out, with an outrageously long title like I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Anymore, and me not have it top the chart. While it’s not one of their very best singles, it’s very fine anyway, pumping along nicely.

Other Top 10 biggies? Texas’s Summer Son, a fantastic record, one of their best, some boyband action from Backstreet Boys and A1, J-Lo gets her first (but not her last) lo those 15 years ago, and Dixie Chicks lovely There’s Your Trouble, huge in the States, I mean HUGE. Until they made some very sensible comments about the political moron running the country, at which point their career nosedived, but their integrity was intact. Which is more than you can say about the worldwide mess said moron has contributed to in no small part.

Roxette, as ever, pop back with another Top 10 hit. I really must add up how many they’ve had, I suspect it’s shockingly large! Semisonic nearly get there, too, with Secret Smile. Saw them live at the time, they were great. Pity they never broke through big. Madness get their first Top 10 in 13 years, with Lovestruck, but this was a comeback that’s turned into a stayer, rather happily, as they still put out great singles. New Kids’ Jordan Knight gets an early top 20 hit with me, ahead of the UK charts, as Give It To Me is terrific, and James, another still-going cracking band, and another under-rated one, hit my number 2 with the great I Know What I’m Here For.

Culture Club are back! Away for as long as Madness, I also saw them on the tour supporting Your Kisses Are Charity single and the album – a glitter ball fell on poor George’s head, and he wasn’t happy about it! Pleasant enough gig though, anyway. Destiny’s Child have Bills Bills Bills debuting, though Beyonce certainly has none to worry about these days. Beverley Knight gets an instant Top 10 with Greatest Day, while John Williams scores the new Star Wars film and into the charts, albeit less memorably than the original. It did, however, give him 20 years as hit-maker, 22 as hit-composer.

Bran Van 3000, Canadian rappy-cred popster’s enter instantly at 5 with Drinking In LA, a classic record, and one that unforgivably wasn’t a big hit. Good thing it was in 2000, then, or I would have remained miffed about it. Pearl Jam cover a morbid American hit oldie, and I have to say it’s my fave thing they ever did. Hey ho, in at 48. Nik Kershaw has another comeback 15 years on, with Les Rhythms Digitales’ Sometimes, and Cast, some ex-Spice Girls, Alanis and Steps pop in there too.

Chart Positions after the artist are for the weeks of 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th July…

4th July 1999

BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 1 3 5 14
DOWNTOWN/ ’99 Petula Clark 2 4 12 22
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 3 1 1 4
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 4 7 13 20
SHE Elvis Costello 5 5 9 6
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 6 6 6 10
SUMMER SON Texas 7 2 2 3
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 8 10 11 9
BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 9 12 8 8
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 10 11 7 17

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 11 21 31 43
I BREATHE AGAIN Adam Rickitts 12 14 15 11
TEARING UP MY HEART N-Sync 13 15 17 21
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 14 8 16 19
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 15 17 24 30
EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING Lauryn Hill 16 24 27 44
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 17 18 25 29
ALL OR NOTHING Cher 18 22 30 56
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 19 19 4 1
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 20 20 20 16

EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray 21 28 38 38
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 22 26 26 28
ANYONE Roxette 23 9 14 24
ALL STARS Smashmouth 24 16 21 15
LOUIE LOUIE Three Amigos 25 35 49
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO Supergrass 26 34 40 40
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 27 31 35 35
HUMAN Pretenders 28 33 39 23
SCAR TISSUE Red Hot Chili Peppers 29 42 59
CRAZY HORSES Osmonds 30 37 43 52

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 31 38 34 27
WILD WILD WEST Will Smith/ Dru Hill & Mo D 32 32 32 32
PINK Aerosmith 33 43 74
SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Shanks & Bigfoot 34 41 54 54
SECRET SMILE Semisonic 35 27 18 13
SOS Abba 36 36 36 36
BUSES AND TRAINS Bacholer Girl 37 30 41
NOW THAT YOU’VE GONE Mike + The Mechanics 38 29 42 66
THE ANIMAL SONG Savage Garden 39 46 46 62
TSUNAMI Manic Street Preachers 40 25 22 42

MY OWN WORST ENEMY Lit 41 62
DISCO DOWN Shed Seven 42 51 71
BRING IT ON Gomez 43 39 33 25
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 44 44 45 45
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 45 48 50 50
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 46 49 51 53
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 47 54 60 61
DRIFTWOOD Travis 48 55
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART Al Green 49
WONDROUS PLACE Billy Fury 50 70 70

RACE FOR THE PRIZE Flaming Lips 51 74
ABEZIZWE Ladysmith Black Mambazo 52 59
WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast 53 53 63
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 54 57 57 60
LOVESTRUCK Madness 55 23 23 7
DOWN SO LONG Jewel 56 68
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Dwight Yoakam 57
EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann 58 52 52 55
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 59 56 58 59
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 60 60 64 65

WITHOUT LOVE Dina Carroll 61 61 61 34
GIVE IT TO ME Jordan Knight 62 19 31
BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 63
WORD UP Melanie G 64 47 29 57
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES../MUSIC TO WATCH../IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams 65 67 68
SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba 66 66 67
ERASE/REWIND Cardigans 67
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL Ronan Keating 68 58 53 46
DOODAH Cartoons 69
SOMETIMES Britney Spears 70

HEY BOY HEY GIRL Chemical Brothers 71
WILD WOOD Paul Weller 72 72 73
BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations 73 73 75
NO SCRUBS TLC 74
COFFEE AND TV Blur 75 44 51

11th July New Entries

I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 13 3 2
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 40 47 18
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 45 72
BILLS BILLS BILLS Destiny’s Child 50 28 26
MAGIC HOUR Cast 63 55 49
HARMLESS Mulberry Lane 64 64
WAIT TILL I GET HOME C-Note 65
IRIS Goo Goo Dolls 69 33
FORGET ABOUT IT Alison Krauss 71 62 39
HERE WE GO Freestylers/ Definition Of Sound 75

18th July new entries

GREATEST DAY Beverley Knight 10 12
DUEL OF THE FATES John Williams/ LSO 37 63
GA GA Melanie C 48 37
THE TABLE Beautiful South 56
IF YA GETTIN DOWN Five 65 41
ALL THAT I CAN SAY Mary J. Blige 66
DOUBLE DOUBLE DUTCH Dope Smugglaz 69 69

25th July new entries

DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 5
SWAY/ THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 47
LAST KISS Pearl Jam 48
HANGING AROUND Cardigans 58
SOMETIMES Les Rhythms Digitales/ Nik Kershaw 67
LONDINIUM Catatonia 68
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 70
LOVE’S GOT A HOLD OF MY HEART Steps 71
FEEL GOOD Phats & Small 72
WIDE AWAKE Celtus 73
GROOVELINE Blockster 74
SO PURE Alanis Morissette 75

My 1994 Charts – July

The Flash getting a good kickin’ from a baddie at UKCAC

3rd July 1994

2nd week on top for Aswad, joined in the top 5 by yet another reggae track, as General Public’s version of The Staple Singers classic hits 5, 2 places lower than the 1972 original. The Pretenders keep up the run of Top 10 hits, Night In My Veins at 8, and The Grid’s Swamp Thing is up to 9.

Leading a mass influx of new entries is Crystal Waters and Ghetto Day, a record I preferred to her bigger hits; The Rolling Stones are back at 25, Love Is Strong enough to give them a sweet 25 years of hits to date; the big news is in at 34, a noisy new Manc band with an arrogant attitude, Shaker Maker from Oasis. The previous band called Oasis featured Mary Hopkin, and I’d pay to hear her sing an Oasis ballad. Just because.

Lots of big movers as well, B52’s up to 19, Janet Jackson to 20, Utah Saints to 30, and Daryl Hall up to 38, and waddya know I saw him 2 weeks ago in concert with mucker John Oates, still going strong. Other newies: Shed 7, Wildhearts, Robert Palmer 16 years into his run of hits, KWS doing what they do best – killing much better records, this time with the assistance of Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey (Ain’t Nobody – I suggest sticking with Rufus in my 84 and 89 Top 10’s), Blind Melon, Take That (having a minor hit after some biggies), Aerosmith, a great comeback single for Bobby Brown, not yet remixed, and lastly, the 15-year-old, influential and ill-fated Aaliyah with Back And Forth. Best not mention R. Kelly who would be banged up a la Yewtree were he a UK resident. Probably. I wouldn’t want to spread malicious rumours, but he produced her Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number album and apparently married in secret after she lied about her age, in about ooh, 2 or 3 months after this debut. R. Kelly obviously had no idea how old she was, having had her signed to his record label at 12 years old. Well, what business-man needs to see a birth certificate from parents eh when signing up their child? Obviously not this one…..

1 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

2 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

3 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

4 ( 9 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

5 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

6 ( 4 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

7 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

8 ( 15 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

9 ( 12 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 19 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

12 ( 5 ) TO THE END Blur

13 ( 20 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

14 ( 7 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

15 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

16 ( 8 ) HARD Tom Robinson

17 ( NEW ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

18 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

20 ( 45 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson

21 ( 11 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

22 ( 17 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

23 ( 14 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

24 ( 16 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

25 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 13 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

27 ( 22 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

28 ( 25 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 35 ) U + ME Cappella

30 ( 47 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

31 ( 38 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

32 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

33 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

34 ( NEW ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

35 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun

36 ( 26 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

37 ( 21 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

38 ( 68 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

39 ( 29 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

40 ( 24 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

41 ( 27 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

42 ( NEW ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

43 ( 31 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

44 ( 37 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

45 ( 34 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

46 ( NEW ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

47 ( NEW ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

48 ( 44 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

49 ( 41 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

50 ( 30 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

51 ( 28 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)

52 ( 51 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

53 ( 55 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

54 ( 61 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

55 ( 36 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies

56 ( 75 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

57 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One

58 ( 73 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

60 ( 40 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

61 ( NEW ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

64 ( 46 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada

65 ( NEW ) CHANGE Blind Melon

66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

67 ( 57 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

68 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

69 ( NEW ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

70 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Aaliyah

71 ( NEW ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown

72 ( NEW ) CAN’T IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT ME Echobelly

73 ( NEW ) THE SUN DOES RISE Jah Wobble featuring Dolores Riorden

74 ( NEW ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

75 ( NEW ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

10th July 1994

The Boomtown Rats return to Number One almost 15 years since they were last there. Tell Me Why? I Don’t Like Mondays! A shame, in a way, as they had already had a shot on top and Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good hadn’t, so she is denied her second chart-topper. The B52’s get a 4th Top 10 hit 15 years since Rock Lobster clawed it’s way in. I’d known the song since I was, ooh, 4 or 5, and it fit nicely into their style, and they fit nicely into the movie.

Big climb for Bonnie Raitt, You at 12, and highest new entry is a 3rd Top 20 hit for Deep Forest (I bought and liked the album), beating out the classic Michael McDonald-sampling Regulate for Warren G and Nate Dogg, in at 30. Gun’s OK rock version of Cameo is Word Up at 19, and modest climbs for Let Loose and Elton and Oasis, rather surprisingly. Wildhearts, ever under-rated, romp it up into the 40.

Two Cowboys Gonfi-gon it at 54, a bit do-si-do Rednex stylee, and I must say Compliments On Your Kiss to Red Dragon, and yet more reggae in the chart. The 90‘s reggae revival seems to have been forgotten in run-downs of chart-trends, but it was very much a pop force in 93/94. Prince, very much a declining force from here-on, duets with Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, at 66. The classic America, from West Side Story, gets used in The World Cup coverage and sneaks in at 72, but I’d prefer an excuse to rechart the brilliant movie version of the song, a highlight in cinema history, I never tire of watching it. “I Know a boat you can get on, bye bye!”.

1 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

2 ( 4 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

5 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

6 ( 8 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

7 ( 6 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

8 ( 5 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

9 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

10 ( 19 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

11 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

12 ( 41 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

13 ( 17 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

14 ( 7 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

15 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( NEW ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

17 ( 16 ) HARD Tom Robinson

18 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 35 ) WORD UP Gun

20 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

21 ( 15 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

22 ( 12 ) TO THE END Blur

23 ( 31 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

24 ( 36 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

25 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 14 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

27 ( 22 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

28 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

30 ( NEW ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

31 ( 24 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

32 ( 21 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

33 ( 34 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

34 ( RE ) ADORE Joe Roberts

35 ( 58 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

36 ( 38 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

37 ( 62 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

38 ( 27 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

39 ( 47 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

40 ( 46 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

41 ( 23 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

42 ( 26 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

43 ( 69 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

44 ( 75 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

45 ( 29 ) U + ME Cappella

46 ( 65 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

47 ( 40 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

48 ( 74 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

49 ( 44 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

50 ( 37 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

51 ( 45 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

52 ( 56 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

53 ( 52 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

55 ( 43 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

56 ( 42 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

57 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

58 ( NEW ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 30 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 61 ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( 49 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

63 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

64 ( 54 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

65 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( NEW ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 53 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

69 ( NEW ) BODY IN MOTION Atlantic Ocean

70 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 48 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

72 ( NEW ) AMERICA Leonard Bernstein

73 ( 67 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

17th July 1994

One of those rare chart events for me – a record enters at one by a new act: this time China Black’s irresistible Searching, instantly hooks into the brain in a pleasant reggae way. Largely forgotten these days, but I liked the mixed ethnicity (the name said it all), the good songs, and since my days in Singapore I tend to want to support Chinese-related stars, one of western society’s most media-invisible sections – in this case Simon Fung.

The Pretenders get 2 Top 5’s in a row, Deep Forest 3 Top 10’s in a row. Ace Of Base also get their third Top 10 and the Rolling Stones go top 20 25 years after Honky Tonk Women did the same. Love Is Strong is one of their better latter-day singles. Big climbs for Crash Test Dummies (try singing along to Afternoons and Coffeespoons without the assistance of something to force the vocal wayyyyyy down!) and Mariah Carey, who very nearly gets another Top 40 entry buoyed up by recent actual honest-to-goodness great singles. Honest!

New at 37 it’s the Muppets. No, honestly. It’s Animal’s version of Wipeout, most recently a hit for the Fat Boys and Beach Boys, and their first chart hit since 1978 – Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way. I’m serious….! Hey, Wipeout’s a great toon, and the Muppets are great. Alice is back at 39, Maria Muldaur’s 1974 classic is covered by Brand New Heavies at 40, Erasure run in at 47 with a decent pop hit, and in at 52 is a bonafide Trevor Horn-produced classic from Seal, Kiss From A Rose. Not only in a Batman movie, it’s gorgeously moving, and it’s something of an injustice to find it became only a middling chart-hit in 1994 in the UK. Thankfully 1995 was a bit kinder.

1 ( NEW ) SEARCHING China Black

2 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 6 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

5 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

6 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

8 ( 16 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

9 ( 5 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 11 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

11 ( 7 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

12 ( 10 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

13 ( 9 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

14 ( 8 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

15 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( 24 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

17 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

18 ( 19 ) WORD UP Gun

19 ( 12 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

20 ( 30 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

21 ( 14 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

22 ( 23 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

23 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

24 ( 17 ) HARD Tom Robinson

25 ( 34 ) ADORE Joe Roberts

26 ( 39 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

27 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur

28 ( 21 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

29 ( 52 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

30 ( 43 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

31 ( 27 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

32 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

33 ( 31 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

34 ( 48 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

35 ( 54 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

36 ( 29 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

37 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal

38 ( 26 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

39 ( RE ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper

40 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

42 ( 35 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

43 ( 32 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

44 ( 68 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

45 ( 38 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

46 ( 36 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

47 ( NEW ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

48 ( 33 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

49 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

50 ( 49 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

52 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

53 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( 50 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

55 ( 51 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

56 ( 47 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

57 ( 42 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

58 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 74 ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 41 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

62 ( 55 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

63 ( 45 ) U + ME Cappella

64 ( 62 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( 44 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 40 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

70 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

72 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

73 ( 56 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

74 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

75 ( NEW ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton

24th July 1994

2 weeks for China Black on top, but just look at Bad Boys Inc rocket from 74 to 3 with a record I (and everyone else) can barely remember, a sort of Take That clone if I can vaguely recall. Youtube video to confirm! I haven’t heard it for 20 years. Warren G hits 9, and I’ve Regulatedly heard that one throughout the 20 years. Funny thing, the passage of time….

Seal kisses a rose and enters the 40 at 11. I tried kissing a rose this weekend, and got my legs ripped up by thorns for my troubles – I look like I’ve been whipped severely in The Hunger Games. Talking of The Hunger Games, Lenny Kravitz was last seen being dragged off to be murdered, but here he enters at 51. Deuce! One place higher it’s Ant and Dec in a previous life. From teeny pop rapper actors to Mega-TV-presenters and a future number one with Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble. Who coulda predicted that one! I’m not sure how high it gets in my chart (yet), but it’s no chart-topper..

Elton’s Lion King at last breaks into the 20, and C.J. Lewis’ reggae-cover of yet another 60’s classic (Stevie Wonder) is Uptight to 17. Highest new entry though is Kate Bush and Larry Adler’s version of George Gershwin’s The Man I Love, taken from Adler’s 80th birthday tribute album to the great Gershwin. This a download I need! In at 20, former number one acts The Lightning Seeds and their fab new pop single Lucky You, while veteran Joe Cocker covers Summer In The City at 74. The glorious original by The Lovin’ Spoonful features in my very current chart, 20 years later, due to an advert. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to chart it…..!

Oldies what I was playing a lot in this week were Lovers Of The World Unite, 60’’s harmony fun by David & Jonathan (aka Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway of many a hit song and Blue Mink fame), Like A Prayer, and Part Of The Union by The Strawbs. Varied, at least!

1 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
2 ( 8 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
3 ( 74 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad
6 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
7 ( 4 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
8 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
9 ( 20 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
10 ( 16 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

11 ( 52 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 26 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
13 ( 5 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 22 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
15 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
16 ( 29 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
17 ( 69 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( NEW ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
20 ( NEW ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 11 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
22 ( 12 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
23 ( 10 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
24 ( 14 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
25 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
26 ( 13 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 37 ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal
28 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
29 ( 30 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
30 ( 18 ) WORD UP Gun

31 ( 17 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
32 ( 23 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
33 ( NEW ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
34 ( 27 ) TO THE END Blur
35 ( 28 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( RE ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
37 ( 19 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
38 ( 24 ) HARD Tom Robinson
39 ( 47 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
40 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
42 ( 33 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
43 ( 31 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
44 ( 32 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
45 ( 41 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
46 ( 38 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
47 ( NEW ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
48 ( NEW ) BLACK BOX EYC
49 ( 39 ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
50 ( NEW ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan

51 ( NEW ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
52 ( 45 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
53 ( 35 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
55 ( 50 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 34 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts
57 ( 42 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
58 ( 36 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
59 ( NEW ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
62 ( 72 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
63 ( NEW ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 54 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
66 ( 64 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 62 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 43 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
70 ( 56 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

71 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) FEENIN’ Jodeci
73 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH Skin
74 ( NEW ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
75 ( 57 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

31st July 1994

After peaking at 2 and weeks inside the Top 10, it finally gets there! The classic, gorgeous 7 Seconds from Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry, one of the best (and favourite) records of the 90’s. Love it. I love the fact that’s not in English (in part) and is rooted in West Africa. I think I was a bit on a mission to widen music to the world (as were the charts), and just take a look at the variety of genres and world origins of the tracks inside the Top 20: Deep Forest to Bad Boys Inc, George Gershwin to Erasure’s synthpop leaping into the top 10, and the Three Tenors highest new entry at 12 with two Opera tracks from La Traviata and Rigoletto to The Muppets surf comedy and 1977 B Side re-issue, Mah Na Mah Na, finally getting the chart credit it deserved first time round. A bit of rap, a lot of reggae, a class ballad, pop, dance, jazzfunk, blues, and alternative rock. Those were the days when the charts weren’t dominated by just one or two genres….

Talking of jazzfunk Level 42 are high new entries at 17 with the sweet Love In A Peaceful World, while part-time Eagle and hit-maker of 22 years, and even better songwriter, Jackson Browne returns with Everywhere I Go. Even better, Sophie B. Hawkins is back with a change of musical direction, dancepop supreme, the absolutely fantastic sublime marvellous Right Beside You, written after the death of her partner. Love it love it. The sadly recently late Bobby Womack was also back again, at 63, with Forever Love, and Shakespear’s Sister Marcella Detroit is no angel at 75.

1 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
3 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 9 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 2 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
7 ( 10 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
8 ( 5 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 39 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

11 ( 7 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
12 ( NEW ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
14 ( 16 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
15 ( 12 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
16 ( 8 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
17 ( NEW ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 27 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
20 ( 28 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

21 ( 20 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 15 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
23 ( 33 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
24 ( 13 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
25 ( 14 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
26 ( 59 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
27 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
28 ( 21 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
29 ( 36 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 48 ) BLACK BOX EYC

31 ( 22 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
33 ( 24 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
34 ( 23 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 50 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 41 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
38 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
40 ( 34 ) TO THE END Blur

41 ( 32 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
42 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
43 ( 42 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
44 ( 31 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
45 ( 38 ) HARD Tom Robinson
46 ( 74 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
47 ( 30 ) WORD UP Gun
48 ( 29 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
49 ( 37 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
50 ( NEW ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

51 ( 45 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 63 ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
53 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 47 ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
55 ( 54 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
56 ( 43 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
57 ( 46 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
58 ( 51 ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
59 ( 55 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 52 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
62 ( 44 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
63 ( NEW ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 61 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
66 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 58 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
68 ( 66 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
69 ( RE ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton
70 ( 62 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

71 ( 68 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
72 ( 71 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
73 ( 65 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
74 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One
75 ( NEW ) I’M NO ANGEL Marcella Detroit