My 1974 Charts – September

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3rd September 1974

Time was up: no job, so back to school for me along with a group of other re-takers for a year of GSE’s proper this time, and including mate Ian. Based in a newly-built 6th-form block, the teachers were much less condescending and willing to regard the students as not kids. All in all, a massive leap forward, even if a school uniform of sorts (albeit less strict and non-green-blazered, hooray!) was required. This was to become the first year of school I’d enjoyed since leaving Singapore.

In the charts, Mama Cass gets a 5th non-consecutive week on top while Mama Come Out is the highest entry at 12, Medicine Head’s 4th hit (in my charts – in the world it was a floppy) and rather fab. Kung Fu Fighting hits 7 – haiiii-ya! – while Abba’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Band replaces Abba’s song Honey Honey in the Top 10. I’ll say it again: I said I was an Abba fan from the moment I saw them!

Pans People get a new entry at 13. No, you’re not imagining things, they had an actual stab at being pop stars, and it was written and produced by Mike Batt, a bit moody, a bit rockpop. I loved it, the vocals could have been better of course, but I forgive them! Alvin You You You’s up to 18, meanwhile, while it’s pure Silly Love at 20 for 10CC, his 4th Top 20, their 6th. New entries for soulster songwriter Johnny Bristol and his wonderful Hang On In There Baby at 27, while his terrific song Love Me For A Reason, as covered by the Osmonds, slips in at 40, under-appreciated by me at the time (but loved by me now). Leo Sayer gets his 3rd hit with the jolly-sounding Long Tall Glasses, Syreeta debuts at 29 with the sweet Spinnin’ and Spinnin’, not only Stevie Wonder’s missus of the time and written by both, but a great singer. Finally, Mike McGear’s in at 30 (aka Mike McCartney, Paul’s bruv) with Paul’s very-Wings-tastic song Leave It, just a few places lower than the actual Wings-tastic Mrs Vandebilt.

In the diminishing oldies chart JK’s Hooked On A Feeling is reissued following its cover-version by Blue Swede – and it tops my chart for the 2nd time. Oogachagga oogachagga…!

1 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
2 ( 3 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( 6 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
4 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 2 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
6 ( 5 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
7 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
8 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
9 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 4 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( NEW ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
13 ( NEW ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
14 ( 13 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
15 ( 9 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
17 ( 10 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
18 ( 25 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
19 ( 20 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
20 ( 28 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.

21 ( 18 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 15 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
25 ( 17 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
26 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
27 ( NEW ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
28 ( NEW ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
29 ( NEW ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

31 ( 19 ) Y VIVA ESPANA Sylvia
32 ( 24 ) GOLDEN DAY Rain
33 ( 26 ) THE BLACK-EYED BOYS Paper Lace
34 ( 27 ) RING RING Abba
35 ( 29 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 30 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
37 ( 31 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 32 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
39 ( 33 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
40 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON The Osmonds

OLDIES!

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

10th September 1974

A brand new entry at 1 for Magpie presenter Mick Robertson, like Pans People at 3 trying to have a pop career. Both were good tries, though the tango wasn’t exactly in vogue in 1974, the record managed to get on TOTP and I was mad on it for a while. Other TV shows having less of an impact on my charts would have been: Doctor Who (of course!), Rising Damp, Planet Of The Apes, Rhoda and The Goodies, whereas at the movies the disaster movie was taking over, notably The Towering Inferno which was terrific when it came out.

Ray Stevens goes back up to a new peak of 4 with his novelty track giving my entire Top 5 a non-UK-hit-floptastic quality (and 7 of the 10 failed to chart, as my tastes and the singles chart went their own ways). That said, Andy Fairweather-Low’s fab Reggae Tune did chart in both, and in at 14 here, his first chart hit since Hello Susie when Amen Corner charted with Roy Wood’s song 5 years earlier. Elton has another go at a rocking single, for a change, and it wasn’t bad, the title Bitch Is Back hinting at future campness, and in at 17.

I Am Missing You is in at 27, another non-hit, and very Indian-sounding to my delight, from Ravi Shankar and his friends: one in particular being George Harrison, who gave it a Phil Spector production, joined in, and released it on his own Dark Horse label. Sadly, I was one of the few to bother buying it! Ravi wrote a top notch toon, and of course donated Norah Jones to the world 5 years later, and a much longer chart career and sales than her dad. At 28, the one-hit (UK charts) wonder that is Brian Protheroe with the absolutely gorgeous Pinball, sounds as good as it did 40 years ago. Joni Mitchell meanwhile grabs another popchartfreak hit single with the delicious Free Man In Paris, her 3rd of the year and taken again from the wonderful Court And Spark album. Finally, sneaking in at 30 is Noosha Fox and the very odd and unusual breathless pop of Only You Can, which I loved right away. It took the UK record buyer 3 months to decide they liked it too.

1 ( NEW ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 1 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 13 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 17 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
5 ( 4 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 5 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
7 ( 12 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
8 ( 6 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
9 ( 14 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
10 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band

11 ( 7 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
12 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
13 ( 3 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
14 ( NEW ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
15 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
16 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
17 ( NEW ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
18 ( 16 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 29 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
20 ( 27 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol

21 ( 28 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
22 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
23 ( 26 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
24 ( 20 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
25 ( 19 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
26 ( 8 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
27 ( NEW ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
28 ( NEW ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
29 ( NEW ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
30 ( NEW ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

31 ( 18 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
32 ( 21 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
33 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
34 ( 24 ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Cat Stevens
35 ( 25 ) 2 WHEELS Firebird
36 ( 30 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
37 ( 37 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
38 ( 34 ) RING RING Abba
39 ( 36 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
40 ( 38 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray

Over in the oldies chart, Jonathan King gets a 2nd week on top, and new in at 7 is The Yamasukis – I say new, but actually it’s a drop from 2 in the actual singles chart having suddenly found out it’s an old record and transferred it over. A minor follow-up hit in the UK, and second-time around, it’s 1968 Motown gem Gotta See Jane from R.Dean Taylor, a literally driving dance number, “mmmm red lights green lights speeding through the dark nights”, ahhh just fab fab fab. In at 9, and on the budget album wot I bought, it was. Lastly, as hilariously parodied by The Goodies the following year, in at 13 it’s Presley: Reg Presley and the terrific Wild Thing. (Goodies: Hold me…tight. (strangling sound) Not. Quite. That. Tight). The Troggs became better known for allowing Wet Wet Wet to ruin one of Reg’s sweetest songs – though he WAS laughing all the way to the crop circles.

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 4 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
3 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
4 ( 2 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 6 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
6 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
7 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
8 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
9 ( NEW ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
10 ( 7 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air

11 ( 10 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 9 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
13 ( NEW ) WILD THING The Troggs
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
15 ( 12 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
16 ( 15 ) I AM WHAT I AM Greyhound

17th September 1974

My singles-buying was helped heavily by my blagging my way to continue doing swimming in Gloucester town centre swimming pool, along with mate Ian, as a means of avoiding rugby and cricket – there weren’t any other sports on the agenda, and they were the two most-hated sports of all as far as I’m still concerned. That meant I could continue to get cheap ex-chart singles as soon as they hit the bargain bins. Yay!

It’s 2 weeks for Mick Robertson and his frizzy hair on top. If only Susan Stranks had joined him in a duet on a record! Up to 4, ex-Amen Corner singer Andy gets his 2nd-biggest hit, after Half As Nice topped the chart in 1969. The Commodores fabby funky instrumental jumps to 6, machine gunning Syreeta at 7, who’s left spinnin’ and spinnin’ in a very melodic Stevie-Wonder-fashion. Rufus almost make the 10, though Chaka and Rufus had bigger hits ahead, as did Elton at 12.

In at 18, Sparks make it 3 out of 3 with the fab insistent Something For The Girl With Everything, a future single in 1975, but here an early album track hit as I am left bemused as to why they went with a different 3rd UK hit single. Same goes for Macca, Mrs Vandebilt at 20, such an obviously great single-that-wasn’t. At 22 is Reunion, a group of studio musicians based around Joey “Yummy Yummy Yummy” Levine, 60’s bubblegum act Ohio Express. The song is regarded as a novelty, but it’s much better than that, it’s a speed-rap history of rock, pop, soul, blues in 3 minutes, the number of acts name-checked is (literally) breath-taking to try keeping up with, and the chorus is singalong delight. It was an actual UK chart hit too, as well as the USA.

Elton’s gal (on his Rocket record label) Kiki Dee gets a second hit with the rocking Music In Me, still sounds terrific. Don Covay funks in with It’s Better To have, and Polly Brown gets her 2nd hit in the chart with Up In A Puff Of Smoke (that’s her in Sweet Dreams), minus the black make-up this time. Over in the oldies chart, JK gets a 3rd week on top, his 4th in total, but R. Dean is nipping at his heels. Splishing splashing – calling out her name I gotta see Jane. Fan-bloody-tastic.

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
3 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
4 ( 14 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
5 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
6 ( 12 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
7 ( 19 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
8 ( 4 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
9 ( 16 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
10 ( 7 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head

11 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
12 ( 17 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
13 ( 10 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
14 ( 28 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
15 ( 20 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
16 ( 13 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
17 ( 21 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
18 ( NEW ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 15 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
20 ( 22 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

21 ( 23 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( NEW ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
23 ( RE ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
24 ( 29 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
25 ( 30 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
26 ( 27 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
27 ( 36 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
28 ( NEW ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( NEW ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
30 ( NEW ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay

31 ( 6 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
32 ( 8 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
33 ( 9 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel
34 ( 11 ) KUNG FU FIGHTING Carl Douglas
35 ( 24 ) SILLY LOVE 10C.C.
36 ( 25 ) AFTER THE SHOW Kevin Ayers
37 ( 26 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BAND Abba
38 ( 31 ) YOU YOU YOU Alvin Stardust
39 ( 32 ) THE WIZARD OF LOVE The Pearls
40 ( 33 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers

1 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
2 ( 9 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
3 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 3 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( 7 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
7 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 5 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
9 ( 8 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 13 ) WILD THING The Troggs
11 ( 10 ) BACK STREET LUV Curved Air
12 ( 11 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
13 ( 15 ) A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
14 ( 14 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

24th September 1974

3 weeks on top Tango-ing, and Pans People dance into 2nd place. Up 22 places to 4 though, it’s Ravi Shankar, as the melody kicks into my mind, leapfrogging Syreeta who gets a Top 5 hit with a Stevie Wonder co-write, as a full-write Wonder song hits 10 for Rufus. Stevie was so prolific during this period he could afford to give away loadsa great songs. Elton bitches his way to 9, love those buzzsaw guitars and the venom-in-cheek. Mike McGear replaces his brother at 20, and there’s a bunch of new entries..

The first of only two examples of an album making my chart pops in at 7 – a schoolmate took it into the 6th form revision area and played it, and it blew my mind it was so unusual. It was a follow-up album, instrumental, and a complete work, no tracks, so I allowed it in. It was called Hergest Ridge and the young whippersnapper was called Mike Oldfield on new label Virgin run by a young hippie called Richard Branson. I wonder if he became a high-flyer…?

Highest new single entry is Pilot’s follow-up hit, the less good (but more commercial, and debut UK/US hit) Magic. Very catchy though. At 22, an utterly obscure unobtainable single on RAK records by Barry Reynolds, Outsiders Point Of View: more of a prog rock act, this was one slow sultry falsetto soul-rock fusion that deserved to be big. I’ve just heard it for the first time in 40 years on youtube, and it’s fab, not dated at all. I believe young Barry went on to guide Marianne Faithful’s Broken English phase and onwards. I want this single badly!

At 23, the recently late folk semi-legend Dory Previn with Coldwater Canyon, a Joni Mitchell-esque appeal to me, while at 25 Thunderthighs return with a second hit, not quite the dramatic cinematic Lynsey De Paul song this time (nor Walk On The Wild Side either), but a halloween novelty song that’s a barrel of laughs. It’s cheesy in a great way, and really should be played each year at the end of October right after Monster Mash. It’s Dracula’s Daughter and sounds like you’d imagine it would, horror effects and girlie vocals and monster-movie lyrics. Suzi Quatro, meanwhile, gets her 6th straight Top 30 hit with The Wild One and at 30 it’s Alaska. Who? No idea, google doesn’t help me, it’s that obscure. I never bought it, and just have an image of a sort of pleasant harmony track. It was a long time ago…!

1 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
2 ( 3 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
3 ( 4 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
4 ( 26 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 7 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
6 ( 9 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
7 ( NEW ) HERGEST RIDGE Mike Oldfield
8 ( 5 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
9 ( 12 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
10 ( 11 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus

11 ( 13 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 15 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
13 ( 14 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
14 ( 6 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
15 ( 8 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
17 ( 22 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
18 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
19 ( 10 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
20 ( 27 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

21 ( NEW ) MAGIC Pilot
22 ( NEW ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
23 ( NEW ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
24 ( 19 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
25 ( NEW ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
26 ( NEW ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
27 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
28 ( 29 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
29 ( 30 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
30 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska

31 ( 2 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
32 ( 16 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
33 ( 17 ) LONG TALL GLASSES Leo Sayer
34 ( 20 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings
35 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE STORY OF MY LOVE (BABY) Wizzard
36 ( 24 ) FREE MAN IN PARIS Joni Mitchell
37 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
38 ( 31 ) ROCK YOUR BABY George McCrae
39 ( 32 ) ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation
40 ( 33 ) TRAVELING BOY Garfunkel

On the oldies chart, R. Dean Taylor gets his 2nd Number 1 of the year the poundingly brilliant Gotta See Jane, while Dave Edmunds enters at 2 with his classic 4-year-old I Hear You Knocking, a song I missed at the time (being in Singapore) but caught in the year-end chart rundowns of late 1971 and loved. A kiddie-fave of mine from 1968 pops in at 6, the charmingly quirky, and so-so 60’s Judy In Disguise, taking me back to RAF Swinderby days. With Glasses! At 12, it’s a future ELO USA hit (1976ish) but here it’s a Move B Side to California Man from 1972. That’s very fair though, as Jeff Lynne wrote it, it’s the last side of the last Move single, and the next thing he did was ELO’s 10538 Overture, so it’s beautifully connectivizing. Made-up word! Do Ya? Not ‘arf pop-pickers!

1 ( 2 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
2 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 1 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
5 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
6 ( NEW ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred And His Playboy Band
7 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
8 ( 6 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 8 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes
10 ( 9 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
11 ( 10 ) WILD THING The Troggs
12 ( NEW ) DO YA The Move

My 1969 Charts – September

Changi Village

Changi Village



SEPT 1969

2nd Sept1969

Not much happening music-wise, just shuffling positions, and a second week at one for Zager And Evans, by virtue of being on an RAF DC10 heading for the Far East 1st Sept. Flights on those days were LONG. The first leg was to Bahrain (Muharraq), which was night-time when we landed and very humid and warm. I read my precious 30th Century superheroes Legion comic on the way, The Tornado Twins were the debut guest stars. Aka Super-speed descendant twins of The Flash, Barry Allen, who is getting a hot new TV series any day now.

Second Leg was to Gan, an RAF island base in the Indian Ocean, which closed in 1976 and is now part of the Maldives. It had a huge impact on me, as the first real view I had of land from the air was of this green tropical jewell in a blue sea of bright sunshine. I fell in love with palm trees, sunshine, beaches pretty much from that moment on. This wasn’t grey black and white TV UK, this was gorgeous widescreen tropical technicolour life. The RAF lads wore shorts as their uniform, we got served orange sherbet drinks in the waiting room, hot with ceiling fans spinning, and I was amazed to watch a giant fruit bat soaring through the sky. Awesome!

The final stage to RAF Changi and we landed 2nd Sept, late afternoon-ish, I think, bundled together and sitting with luggage in a very crowded small waiting room, until the RAF bus (pure white, known as Ghari’s, an Indian word) took us to the Cameron Hotel, the main stop-off for newly arrived families waiting to find lodgings. A short walk from Bedok Junction shop-shacks, and my first impression was of Chinese girls buzzing about the small hotel outside eating area. Turns out they weren’t girls, they were ladies, just shorter than I was used to seeing adults, hotel staff. we had one-room for the four of us, plus a shower-room, the first-time I’d ever seen a shower. Yes, honestly! The hotel menu was unusual, I think we had shark one day, it was a bit tough, and I would very much be against any hotel serving shark these days.

I also had my first introduction to my life-long battle with my nemesis: the mosquito. They were everywhere in Singapore, and smoking coils, electric aroma pads were only minor inconveniences to them. Being as my sweet body odour continues to be irresistible to the little buggers, in a football crowd of people I’m the one they zoom in on, and some nights I got eaten alive by any dashing in through the air vents above windows, the slatted windows during cleaning, or any door left open, sitting outside, standing at bus stops, playing in gardens. One night I woke up with 70-odd swollen bites from craftily-hidden stalking mozzies, looking like I’d been beaten up. No exaggeration the teachers thought I’d been beaten up, swollen eyes, puffy face, red arms and legs, dad took photos of it. I hate the little blood-sucking gobshites. The main armory in those days was flit. That sounds so sweet. It’s actually a now-banned toxic poison called DDT and it was liberally sprayed everywhere to kill them and the zillions of cockroaches, which were also everywhere and detestable. On a happier note, the walls of the hotel inside and out had dozens of chit-chats zipping about eating the insects: wall geckos were so cute, but had a nasty habit of leaving their tail twitching in your hand if you tried to grab one. Oops!

TBC

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
3 ( 5 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
5 ( 7 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 2 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
7 ( 4 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 11 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black

11 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
12 ( 13 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
13 ( 14 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 ( 17 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
15 ( 9 ) SI TU DOIS PARTIR Fairport Convention
16 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
17 ( 18 ) I’M A BETTER MAN Engelbert Humperdinck
18 ( 15 ) BRINGING ON BACK THE GOOD TIMES The Love Affiar
19 ( 20 ) TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye
20 ( 19 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells

Changi Road and a white ghari (bus)

Changi Road and a white ghari (bus)

9th September 1969

3 weeks for In The Year 2525, a record I was truly mad on in a futuristic sci-fi way. Tommy Roe gets a Top 5 follow-up, based on memory more than actually hearing it, cos there was no radio and no TV so no music for me, and as we settled in to finding a house, dad still had to go to work, though we managed to avoid going to school right away. The only new entry is Bobbie Gentry, which did find it’s way onto 2-way Family Favourites, broadcast in Singapore for the forces abroad and on Radio 2. Only MOR or inoffensive pop ever found it’s way onto the show, so much of the stuff in the UK charts, like Space Oddity, Marrakesh Express and other classic future faves weren’t known to me until the mid-70’s or even early 80’s in some cases. “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” though was a Burt Bacharach cover that was just gorgeous, I loved her husky voice, and the melody, and it became my 4th ever single purchase at an evening market record-stall, a month or two later. The concept of being able to shop in the evening was also a novelty to post-war UK which was firmly shut all over every evening and Sundays. It was fab and bustling.

This was the week I was introduced properly to two things: swimming, and severe sunburn, both connected. The RAF brochure to newbies stated quite firmly not to stay in the sun, cos it’s on the equator and You. Will. Burn. We must have missed that warning, cos after going to RAF Changi swimming pool with our new friends from the hotel The Marshalls and their 2 girls, we ended up horrifically sunburnt to the point where just moving was sooo painful, especially on the back, lying on the front suffering was about the size of it for a few days. Swimming was also new to me, really, apart from a few traumatic forced sessions when I was 6 or so in Chesham when I really wasn’t happy being taken out of my depth! So, 11-years-old, and a rubber ring in the baby pool. So not cool! Once everyone left me to my own devices though, essentially I taught myself to swim, at first with the help of the ring, then on my own bit by bit, ringless. I was quite proud of that. Yay for young me!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
3 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
4 ( 14 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
5 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
6 ( 4 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
8 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
9 ( 13 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 9 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers

11 ( 10 ) CONVERSATIONS Cilla Black
12 ( 11 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
13 ( 16 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
14 ( 12 ) GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
15 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry

Changi Village buses old and new

Changi Village buses old and new


16th September 1969

4 weeks for Zager & Evans on top, Bobbie Gentry being the only real challenge for my love. A bit of music was to filter through from the British charts though, notably fave Mama Cass’ fab It’s Getting Better, as she tended to be a family friendly radio and variety show guest, especially the American variety shows which were all over the TV – Andy Williams, Dean Martin and black comic Flip Wilson were the biggest, but The Osmond Brothers and The Jackson 5 and the likes of them were regulars along with big names like Frank, Sammy and their cronies. More relevant was Hare Krishna Mantra, George Harrison-backed Radha Krishna Temple Indian chanting pop hit, which might not have been typical of the sort of Indian music widely heard on Singapore TV and radio, but it was an introduction to me of world music. The other major style of music was Chinese Mandarin-language, either modern pop-styled or more authentic. I wouldn’t say I ran out to buy either types of music, but they slowly got through in terms of hearing them regularly and having an impact on me in later years.

In Singapore for week 2, still in the hotel, still avoiding school, and getting more used to travelling by buses, all single-deckers, regularly running between Changi Village, past the infamous World War 2 Changi Prison and the RAF airport, and Singapore City. The buses were either new and cool or ricketty things from the 50‘s, which were a real pain to ride on. We went to view a brand new 4-bedroom house built on a very American-looking new housing estate called Bedokville. 42 Jalan Limau Perut, it wasn’t cheap but new friends the Marshalls were taking the house next door and we needed to get out of the hotel, so it was looking good, it was HUGE (to us) compared to every flat and house we’d ever lived in, and it had a fridge! Luxury! OK there was a smelly monsoon drain and sewerage works behind the house, but the Malay kampong (wooden house settlement) behind that was interesting. Quite a variation from the middle class houses, too. I was keen, cos it looked so much like every American suburban TV and movie film I’d seen, houses running up the short hill into the distance until the non-urban tropics popped back just over the brow of the hill. Incredibly, it’s all still there, on google map, just looking a lot more burglar-alarmed and walled, as opposed to wire fenced and open in 1969, and our house (as it became) still stands. Yes, modern technology gives good nostalgia!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 3 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) EARLY IN THE MORNING Vanity Fayre
4 ( 15 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
5 ( 4 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
6 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 6 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
9 ( 7 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
10 ( 8 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan

11 ( 5 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
12 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT MIDNIGHT Clodagh Rodgers
13 ( NEW ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
14 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
15 ( 12 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones

RAF Changi swimming pool with the Marshalls

RAF Changi swimming pool with the Marshalls

23rd September 1969

5 weeks for Zager And Evans, and a late surge by Robin Gibb to signify mum buying Saved By The Bell (once our basic record player/radio arrived from the UK in a crate of clothes and stuff sent over – dad bought it in Aden when he was sent on a year’s unaccompanied service in 1966, and we lived in a Liverpool slum flat with mice scuttling about the place, and fleas). Good Morning Starshine hits the top 5, I adored that melody. New in? Johnny Cash’s San Quentin prison-track, an album we borrowed eventually, and a sort of novelty hit, A Boy Named Sue. I was about the right age, and was glad I hadn’t been named Sue, being a sweet (wet) boy and all. Bob Dylan also sneaks in with a record that had once-in-a-blue-moon radio plays, but for Dylan, at that time, it was more pop-friendly (if naughty).

In the Cameron Hotel, named for the Cameron Highlands in Malaya, I think, an upland holidaying cooller area for Europeans seeking some heat-relief, we were in the process of moving out. Into our new luxury home. Me and my brother dashed upstairs to claim a bedroom each, the first time we’d had our own, he grabbed the first one he went into, I got the bigger front one I think, next to mum and dad’s, it had a balcony over the front garden. The back ones looked over the Kampong and sewerage works. I say garden – as it was a new house it was basically a lawn (not grass as the UK knows it, a sort of wide-leaved variation) plus a few random flowering weeds on the driveway up to the covered verandah/car port. I was fascinated by the teeny tiny titchy lil’ butterflies fluttering round these flowers. So tiny! In contrast to the effing huge spiders on the wall. Massive! I mean, REALLY big, they virtually stared at you. The little ones were just as bad, cos they had a nasty habit which my brother found out about when he started tormenting one – it jumped right at him. He jumped pretty well himself, then. Funny.

We also had a cleaner. She was very nice, a slim older Chinese lady called Tan, and the whole concept of having someone else do the housework was really a leftover from the Stiff Upper Lip colonial days, which were very much in their closing days. British women were too frail to do housework in the humid heat (it was thought in the olden days, and it sort of hung over into the 60’s) and local labour wasn’t that expensive relative to increased income (for being posted abroad). I really never felt at ease Tan doing the work as an Amah (as they called it), so I tended to feel sorry for all the workers and be nice to them and help. I’m sure the extra cash was helpful, but that’s besides the point, I was and am working class from a poor background. This was luxury! We had a fridge with a freezebox and we could make ice-lollies! It was sunny! It was hot! It was exotic…

On the downside, a school bus picked kids up on the corner outside, a white Ghari and there was no getting away from heading for my first secondary (Big) school at RAF Seletar (on the other side of the island), and my brother to his junior school at RAF Changi….

1 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 9 ) SAVED BY THE BELL Robin Gibb
3 ( 4 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
4 ( 8 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 2 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
6 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 13 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
8 ( 7 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder
9 ( 10 ) MAKE ME AN ISLAND Joe Dolan
10 ( 14 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass

11 ( 5 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe
12 ( 11 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
13 ( 15 ) HONKY TONK WOMEN The Rolling Stones
14 ( NEW ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
15 ( NEW ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash

Bruv, school uniform and our new house

Bruv, school uniform and our new house

My 1999 Charts – August and September

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AUGUST 1999

3 weeks at number one for the awesome Summer Son, one of Texas’ best records and their 6th chart-topper, only to be knocked off by Canada’s Bran Van 3000 who grab one week with the fab Drinking In LA, before themselves getting booted off by TLC and their second-best best record, the gorgeous and touching Unpretty hitting the top 4 years after Waterfalls did the same.

Other biggies over the summer sun, Mercury Rev’s Goddess On A Hiway at 4, Enrique’s debut hit Bailamos at 7, the fab Groove Armada sampling Patti Page for chilled atmospheric At The River at 4, Mel C rocking it up at 9 with You’re Going Down, and James peaking at 2 with I Know What You’re Here For.

Planet Perfecto rehash Grace’s fabulous Not Over Yet, and get an instant number 9 with one of those dance tracks that improves with age, as exciting as the day it was remixed. There’s even room for a decent bit of boyband pop as A1 make us the First To Believe at 7, Ocean Colour Scene show there’s Profit In Peace at 10 – if only it were true – and Pet Shop Boys disco chanter New York City Boy enters at 24. REM cover Tommy James 1971 US hit beautifully Draggin’ The LIne, and Yazoo pop back at 6 with Only You 17 years on.

Westlife’s If I Let You Go actually makes my Top 40, not often that happened then, and Divine Comedy’s Fear Of The Pollen Count made my Top 20, which often happened then. Even Geri Halliwell joins Mel C, albeit at 30, with Mi Chico Latino, the record I always associate with a car drive to Torquay with my brother and nephew to watch the (almost-total) eclipse of the sun. That was fab, all the sheep on the hillside overlooking the town started braying when it got dark. Ah memories….

1st Aug chart

SUMMER SON Texas 1 1 1 2 4
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 2 3 6 10 11
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 3 2 2 1 2
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 4 5 3 3 3
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 5 9 12 17 19
SHE Elvis Costello 6 13 31 47 50
GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev 7 7 5 4 5
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 8 4 4 7 8
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 9 8 8 13 20
SECRET SMILE Semisonic 10 15 17 21 35

BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 11 11 7 9 16
LOVESTRUCK Madness 12 6 11 18 31
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 13 10 10 12 21
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 14 19 15 24 27
I BREATHE AGAIN Adam Rickitt 15 16 21 33 60
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 16 20 25 40 48
GREATEST DAY Beverley Knight 17 17 19 31 52
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE 99 Candi Staton 18 23 37 52
SEPTEMBER” 99 Earth Wind & Fire 19 26 43 61
BILLS BILLS BILLS Destiny’s Child 20 12 20 34 44

IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 21 21 32 39 39
MAGIC HOUR Cast 22 31 49
BRING IT ON Gomez 23 28 50
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 24 24 24 32 45
DOUBLE DOUBLE DUTCH Dope Smugglaz 25 18 27 50
ALL STAR Smashmouth 26 46 71
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 27 32 35 46 49
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 28 34 29 37 46
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 29 39 46 60 37
SWEET CHILD O MINE Sheryl Crow 30 30 30 30 53

IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 31 33 36 36 41
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL Ronan Keating 32 27 18 29 47
TEARING UP MY HEART N-Sync 33 57
IF YA GETTIN DOWN Five 34 22 22 44 63
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 35 35 41 48 55
SOS Abba 36 38 38 38 38
WITHOUT LOVE Dina Carroll 37 58 70
HUMAN Pretenders 38 42 44 53 58
DOWNTOWN/ ’99 Petula Clark 39 48 56 73 73
ANYONE Roxette 40 49 60

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 41 44 48 55 64
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 42 52 67 67 61
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 43 43 16 16 22
WILD WILD WEST Will Smith/ Dru Hill & Mo D 44 53 61 71 72
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 45 45 45 45 43
EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray 46 50 57 58
SWAY/ THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 47 62 68
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO Supergrass 48 66
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 49 29 13 8 13
FORGET ABOUT IT Alison Krauss 50 75 64

GIVE IT TO ME Jordan Knight 51 72
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 52 55 55 57 57
FEEL GOOD Phats & Small 53 25 23 19 34
CRAZY HORSES Osmonds 54 61 65
TSUNAMI Manic Street Preachers 55
IRIS Goo Goo Dolls 56
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 57 60 62 66 68
SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Shanks & Bigfoot 58 65
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 59 59 59 59 59
LAST KISS Pearl Jam 60

THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 61 64 64 65 66
EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann 62 71
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 63 63 63 68 71
GA GA Melanie C 64
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 65
MUCHO MAMBO Shaft 66 56 47 62 18
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 67 70 73 74 75
LONDINIUM Catatonia 68
THE ANIMAL SONG Savage Garden 69 73
LOVE’S GOT A HOLD OF MY HEART Steps 70 68 54

HANGING AROUND Cardigans 71
UNPRETTY TLC 72 41 26 5 1
EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING Lauryn Hill 73
WHENEVER I STOP Mike + The Mechanics 74 74
DID YOU EVER THINK R. Kelly 75 40 53

8th Aug new entries

WHAT IS LIFE Shawn Mullins 14 14 14 17
THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 36 33 20 28
RENDEZ-VU Basement Jaxx 37 34 22 12
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 47 28 28 42
BAILAIMOS Enrique Iglesias 51 40 27 7
LET FOREVER BE Chemical Brothers/ Noel Gallagher 54 54 54
ALL THAT I CAN SAY Mary J. Blige 67 39 49
GUILTY CONSCIENCE Eminem/ Dr dre 69 51 51 23

15th Aug new entries

NOT OVER YET 99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace 9 11 14
SING IT BACK Moloko 42 42 25
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 52 63 33
MI CHICO LATINO Geri Halliwell 58 41 30
SO LONG Fierce 66 26 32
MAKES ME LOVE YOU Eclipse/ Sister Sledge 69
PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 72 23 10
HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 74 56 51
MAMBO NO. 5 Lou Bega 75 35 26

22nd Aug new entries

ONLY YOU Yazoo 6 6
DRAGGIN THE LINE REM 15 15
YOU’RE GOING DOWN Melanie C 25 9
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 43 29
AMERICAN WOMAN Lennie Kravitz 69 56
STOP THE ROCK Apollo Four Forty 70 65
FIRE IN MY HEART Super Furry Animals 72
MOVING Supergrass 75

29th Aug new entries

NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 24
BLOW UP A-GO-GO James Clarke 36
SHAKE ME Mint Royale 40
SOMETIMES Britney Spears 62
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 67
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 69
SUMMERTIME Another level/TQ 70
EVERYTHING MUST FLOW Suede 74

SEPTEMBER 1999

Bob Marley gets remixed Funkstar Deluxe 90‘s stylee (again) but this time it’s a real-old obscure track that gets the treatment, and it’s Faaaab – Sun Is Shining, appropriately for the eclipse. Following the Sixpence None The Richer pleasant cover of There She Goes, that well-known 1989 love song to Heroine (honest!) The La’s definitive version comes back and even bigger 3rd time round, going all the way to 1 for 3 weeks. That melody is a killer, which is quite appropriate I suppose.

Enrique hits 3, I do love my Spanish rhythms, gets my dancing shoes all a shuffling and a swaying, while Jordan Knight hits 7 with the terrific Give It To You, some weeks ahead of it’s UK chart debut. Better by far than the entire dreary NKOTB back catalogue. Moloko make their Top 10 debut with the great Sing It Back, and Tom Jones unlikely current duets album gives him a Talking Heads cover hit with the fab Cardigans, Burning Down The House.

Macy Gray announces “I Try”, and so she does at 6, while Supergrass are Moving to 12. Britney’s driving me crazy at 14, and Texas, bang in at 5 with the wonderful When We Are Together, all retro Motown delight. The Beatles are all Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, as a never-before-charted Sgt Pepper highlight album track 32 years on, and long overdue – even Elton had already charted it (with John Lennon assistance) in 1974, but the Fabs deserved that hit! New at 18, Santana is back with a vengeance at 18, helped in no small part by Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, as Smooth brings that Latino guitar hero sound back 22 years since his last real hit. Yay! Not forgetting Mark Anthony, as I continue in my Latino music groove, at 20. Wonder if he knows J-Lo?

5th Sept chart

SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 1 2 2 3
UNPRETTY TLC 2 3 3 2
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 3 5 7 10
SUMMER SON Texas 4 4 6 13
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 5 11 22 35
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 6 6 11 19
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 7 14 18 8
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 8 13 10 9
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 9 8 8 16
THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 10 7 9 12

PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 11 9 16 26
ONLY YOU/’99 Yazoo 12 18 30 46
GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev 13 19 32 58
RENDEZ VU Basement Jaxx 14 22 37 67
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 15 17 26 40
SING IT BACK Moloko 16 10 14 27
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 17 24 33 50
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 18 16 15 15
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 19 27 38 48
GUILTY CONSCIENCE Eminem/ Dr Dre 20 23 35 68

MOVING Supergrass 21 12 12 24
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 22 32 43 69
DRAGGIN THE LINE REM 23 35 47
BLOW UP A-GO-GO James Clarke 24 31 44
SWEET CHILD O MINE Sheryl Crow 25 20 28 53
WHAT IS LIFE Shawn Mullins 26 38 46
MUCHO MAMBO Shaft 27 45 52
NOT OVER YET 99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace 28 53
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 29 39 45 59
I TRY Macy Gray 30 30 13 6

WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 31 34 40 45
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 32 33 34 37
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 33 49 49 55
BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 34 59
SUMMERTIME OF OUR LIVES A1 35 25 25 44
THURSDAY’S CHILD David Bowie 36 46 61 47
MI CHICO LATINO Geri Halliwell 37 64
SHAKE ME Mint Royale 38 51
THE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT Offspring 39 26 48
SWAY/THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 40

SOS Abba 41 41 41 41
MAMBO NO. 5 (A LITTLE BIT OF..) Lou Bega 42 61 58
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 43 43 42 42
I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon 44 44 59
BEST FRIEND Mark Morrison/ Connor Reeves 45 71
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 46 52 54 56
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 47 66
STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Lucid 48 48 34
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 49 60 60 60
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 50 50 17 17

HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 51 61
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 52 56 55 51
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 53 54 57 66
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 54 36 36 30
SUMMERTIME Another Level/TQ 55 67
AMERICAN WOMAN Lenny Kravitz 56
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 57 57 67
BLUE (DA BA DEE) Eiffel 65 58 58 74
STOP THE ROCK Apollo Four Forty 59
EVERYTHING MUST FLOW Suede 60 40 51

BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 61 62 62 62
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 62 63 63 63
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 63
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christine Aguilera 64 39 22
HUMAN Pretenders 65 69 69 73
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 66 72 66 71
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 67 68 68 75
I WOULDN’T BELIEVE YOUR RADIO Stereophonics 68 21 27 52
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 69 74 74
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 70 70 70 70

SHE Elvis Costello 71
MAMMA MIA A-Teens 72
CENTRAL RESERVATION Beth Orton 73 20 31
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 74
DOWNTOWN ’99 Petula Clark 75

12th Sept New entries

THERE SHE GOES The La’s 1 1 1
TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 15 4 4
JUST LIKE FRED ASTAIRE James 28 21 25
RISE Gabrielle 29 29 57
AFRIKA SHOX Leftfield/ Afrika Bambaataa 37 19 21
FRIENDS FOREVER Thunderbugs 42 31 38
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 47 24 14
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 55 50 23
ELEVEN TO FLY Tin Tin Out/ Wendy Page 65 39
BABY DID A BAD BAD THING/ WICKED GAME Chris Isaak 73 11
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 75 56 29

19th Sept new entries

WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 5 7
SHE’S THE ONE Robbie Williams 23 43
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 53 28
ALL N MY GRILL Missy Elliot 64 64
SOMEDAY WE’LL KNOW New Radicals 65 54
SUPERSONIC Jamiroquai 71 65
WE’RE GOING TO IBIZA Venga Boys 72
TWENTY WILD HORSES Status Quo 73
1ST MAN IN SPACE All Seeing I/ Philip Oakey 75

26th Sept new entries

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Beatles 5
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 18
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 20
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 32
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 33
ANOURAK LOU Genelab 36
CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli 49
NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 72

My 1994 Charts – August

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7th August 1994

2 weeks for Youssou n neneh, classic. Another classic at 2, Kissing that Rose and equalling his biggest solo hit Crazy, it’s Seal. A massive leap for the gorgeous Sophie 50 to 5, to give her a 2nd Top 5 hit, and a hat trick of Top 10’s for Enigma in 1994, in at 7 with another laid-back track off their great New Age album. Late in their career, Level 42 join Enigma in their peaceful Top 10 world for 11 years worth of occasional big hits (and lots of lesser ones).

Will Smith’s summer anthem pops back again 3 years on, as do Whitesnake 5 years or so on, while Swing Out Sister show that something good came out of Four Weddings And A Funeral – a lovely cover of the Delfonics 1971 smash La La Means I Love You, and new at 20 as their terrific retro sounds keep on.

Others: Janet Jackson’s back and on and on, Bobby Womack goes Top 40, and entering at 40 it’s the Jesus and Mary Chain and a melodic duet, at 47 Morrissey and Siouxsie duetting Interlude a bit hauntingly, and Quo apparently didnt mean it. Not Sure I believe them, but hey ho, that’s 21 years of hits to date.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
3 ( 2 ) SEARCHING China Black
4 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
5 ( 50 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
6 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
7 ( NEW ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

11 ( 7 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
12 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 23 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
14 ( 30 ) BLACK BOX EYC
15 ( 6 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
16 ( 10 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
17 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
18 ( 20 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
19 ( 14 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
20 ( NEW ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
23 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
24 ( 25 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
25 ( 26 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
26 ( 22 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
27 ( NEW ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
29 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 16 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

31 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( 63 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
33 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 39 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
38 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 24 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain

41 ( NEW ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
42 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
43 ( 28 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
44 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
45 ( 43 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
46 ( 40 ) TO THE END Blur
47 ( NEW ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
48 ( 33 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
49 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
50 ( NEW ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx

51 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 47 ) WORD UP Gun
53 ( 42 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
54 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
55 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
56 ( 55 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
58 ( 32 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
59 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 48 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
62 ( 59 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) HIT BY LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 73 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
67 ( 65 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
68 ( 44 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
69 ( 45 ) HARD Tom Robinson
70 ( NEW ) I LIFT MY CUP Gloworm

71 ( 68 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
73 ( 72 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 56 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
75 ( NEW ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader

14th August 1994

Enigma’s 3rd of the year, and 4th number one in total. I really did like them back then! To be fair I was expanding my musical horizons to the the world, and so was the record-buying public. If only the current UK music-selling scene could say the same! Sophie at 2 ands she’s Right Beside You, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince second-time round take their growing pop classic back into the 10, and Blur re-enter as a proper single now at 15 with the ever-so-Brit-pop anthem Park Life.

Joe Cocker converts to a double A side and leaps into the 20, for a chart span of 26 years, while joining him is Lulu at 38 to do exactly the same. Terry Hall, solo, at 39, and he’s having 15 years of hits and counting. A cover of the Dream Girls classic from 1982 drops by for Donna Giles at 46, while the Manics Revol in at 52. Eh? Revol? A couple of classics lower down though, Kylie surprises all with a sultry growing up and Confide In Me slides in at 55, with Oasis’ 2nd hit the fabulous Live Forever at 75. Finally, the sweet Lisa Loeb hit is at 67.

1 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 5 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
4 ( 2 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 3 ) SEARCHING China Black
6 ( 4 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
7 ( 10 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
8 ( 6 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 14 ) BLACK BOX EYC
10 ( 17 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

11 ( 13 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
12 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
13 ( 18 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
14 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
15 ( RE ) PARK LIFE Blur
16 ( 20 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
17 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( 55 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
19 ( 16 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
20 ( 11 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

21 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
22 ( 15 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
23 ( 25 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
24 ( 23 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
25 ( 27 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
26 ( 50 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
28 ( 26 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
29 ( 40 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
30 ( 19 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

31 ( 35 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
32 ( 24 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
33 ( 57 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 72 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 68 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
38 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
39 ( NEW ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
40 ( 22 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

41 ( 32 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
42 ( 28 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
43 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 39 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 41 ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
46 ( NEW ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
47 ( 45 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
48 ( 59 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
49 ( 37 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
50 ( 30 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

51 ( 33 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
52 ( NEW ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
53 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
54 ( 46 ) TO THE END Blur
55 ( NEW ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 47 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( NEW ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

61 ( NEW ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
62 ( 75 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( NEW ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 66 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
69 ( NEW ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
70 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One

71 ( NEW ) TRUE SPIRIT Carleen Anderson
72 ( 67 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 43 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21st August 1994

2 weeks for Enigma on top as Level 42 get their highest-ever chart placing at 5. Just look at Kylie though, 55 to 6, loving those eastern-sounds, and giving her yet another Top 10 hit, 6 years and counting. The Lightning Seeds also continue their run of Top 10 fabtastic pop singles, Lucky You! Swing Out Sister also break into the 10 for the last time (I think), with their 70’s soul cover.

Highest new entry, though, is a remixed version of the album track Yesterday When I Was Mad, in at 13. What are the chances of it being the 5th Very album track Pet Shop Boys number one? Very good! Morrissey and Siouxsie meanwhile take their Interlude from 58 to 16, that’s 16 years of Top 20’s for Siouxsie and 11 years for Smiler. Lulu spits on both statistics though, joining Joe Cocker on 26 years of Top 20 hits, while Prince grabs another Top 20 as simultaneously album track (and future single) Letitgo enters at 34.

Oasis, though get their first ever Top 20 hit as Live Forever rockets 75 to 18, PJ & Duncan finally break into the 30, and The Bee Gees join the album track listers with Blue Island at 32. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun isn’t Supermassive, but 52 isn’t bad, and the Rev Al Green duets with country star Lyle Lovett for a new entry at 71. I think that’s all very varied!

1 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 3 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 7 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
6 ( 55 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 6 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
8 ( 14 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 5 ) SEARCHING China Black
10 ( 16 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

11 ( 9 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
12 ( 18 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 15 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 8 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
16 ( 58 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
17 ( 38 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
18 ( 75 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 12 ) SHINE Aswad
20 ( 27 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

21 ( 10 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
22 ( 11 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
23 ( 31 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
24 ( 13 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
26 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
28 ( 24 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
29 ( 19 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
30 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

31 ( 22 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
34 ( NEW ) LETITGO Prince
35 ( 39 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
36 ( 23 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
37 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
38 ( 28 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
39 ( 61 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
40 ( 25 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson

41 ( 29 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
42 ( 52 ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
43 ( 21 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
44 ( 46 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
45 ( 32 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
47 ( 44 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 30 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
49 ( 69 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
50 ( 47 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

51 ( NEW ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
52 ( NEW ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
53 ( 33 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
54 ( 37 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
55 ( 54 ) TO THE END Blur
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 60 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
59 ( 40 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sounds Of Blackness

61 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
62 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 42 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
64 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 65 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 41 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
70 ( 48 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo

71 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY Al Green and Lyle Lovett
72 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 63 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
75 ( 50 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

28th August 1994

Sophie B. Hawkins gets her one and only chart-topper, but what a corker it is. I still love it to bits, and it really should be a radio classic, or featuring in a 90’s retro megamovie. Sophie was endearingly quirky, and I wish she was still as successful, though she is still active, hooray! Pet Shop Boys of course are mad at 4, and its a hot hot hot new (old) entry as the 10-year-old minor hit comes back bigger and remixed at 9. Prince gets another Top 10 hit and a top 20 hit, though he was using a squiggle and a pompous assertion that he isn’t Prince anymore as a name at various times from 1993 onwards. Way to kill your career Prince!

Ian McNabb (of The Icicle Works) has a 10 year comeback at 25, and just below Edie Brickell’s best single (albeit lesser known) the gorgeous Good Times at 26. Lisa Loeb leaps alliteratively into the 30, and Ice Cube reactivates George Clinton of Funkadelic and Parliament fame with their Bop Gun at 32. Pause for breath, now, cos there’s a whopping 21 new entries clearing out the charts – Roxette’s latest Fireworks explode at 35, driving Aerosmith Crazy at 36 (an album track, and future hit ballad single), while Eurythmic Dave Stewart has a Heart Of Stone at 38, and Cyndi Lauper radically re-invents her 1984 debut hit at 42. Hey Now!! It’s good, but not AS good.

Others: Soundgarden make 39, The Beautiful South make eyes from 44, John Mellencamp is 60, UB40 63, Robert Palmer 72, Aswad 75 keep the hits coming, while comebacks of sorts from Patti Labelle at 73, and newer entries from Shed 7 and Shampoo. Uh oh we’re in trouble!

1 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
2 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 13 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
8 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
10 ( 20 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

11 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( 5 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
14 ( 17 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
15 ( 10 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
16 ( 9 ) SEARCHING China Black
17 ( 11 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
18 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 34 ) LETITGO Prince
20 ( 23 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

21 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 15 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
23 ( 21 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
24 ( 19 ) SHINE Aswad
25 ( NEW ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
26 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
27 ( 51 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
28 ( 72 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
30 ( 16 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie

31 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
33 ( 28 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
34 ( 30 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
35 ( NEW ) FIREWORKS Roxette
36 ( NEW ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
38 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
39 ( 52 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
40 ( 58 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

41 ( 22 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
42 ( NEW ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( NEW ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
44 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
45 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
46 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
47 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
48 ( 27 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
49 ( 33 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
50 ( 38 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

51 ( 32 ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
52 ( 29 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
53 ( 49 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
54 ( 50 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
55 ( 37 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
56 ( NEW ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
57 ( 35 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( NEW ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello

61 ( 47 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 55 ) TO THE END Blur
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE MUSIC UB40
64 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 44 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
68 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 61 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
70 ( NEW ) SPEAKEASY Shed 7

71 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Shampoo
72 ( NEW ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle
74 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
75 ( NEW ) WARRIORS Aswad

My 1989 Charts – August

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Niagara Falls 1989

6th August 1989

3 weeks for Gloria, a tad OTT I think, Macca should have been at 1 instead. Apart from Macca, though it’s divas and gals hogging the top 5 as Liza with a Z loses her mind up 45 places to 5, courtesy of Chris n Neil – it’s essentially a PSB cover with Liza singing on top. Fab. Alice Cooper snakes his way into the 10 for the first time in 16 years, and it’s Poison. Pure poison. Pure. Lightning Seeds at 8, breaking into the 10 for the first time, and most definitely not the last time.

Martika breaks into the 20, Bros get only a second Top 20 hit, and Cyndi Lauper gets a full 5 years of top 20 hits. Stevie Nicks has a long way to go up to 22, but does it easily, while Transvision Vamp keep the top 40 hits on a landslide. There’s a batch of great new entries though to liven up the charts, headed by Eurythmics getting a 10th anniversary (as The Tourists) Revival at 35 (not the song though, that’s new). Elton John proves he has Healing Hands as the best record he’s done in 6 years shoots in at 36, to UK singles chart indifference. For a year at least, till the gospel marvel of it got a bit more exposure as a double A side number one with Sacrifice.

Neneh Cherry has Kisses On The Wind at 39, The Four Tops shine on at 45 (not the famous song, it’s a new one) for 20 years of chart entries, and Jon Bon Jovi begs us to lay our hands on him. I had the opportunity nearly a decade later but managed to restrain myself. Dolly Parton has just released a great version of the song, appropriately enough. Betty Boo raps Hey DJ to the Beatmasters, and starts a brief run of good pop singles, and makes Betty Boop famous again as copyright makes her change her name, ooh any day now.

Big debut news though is the KLF, not yet in epic mode, but very much in piss-take mode following The Timelords chart-topper, with the fabulous Kylie Said To Jason. You know you’ve created a great parody record when it’s better than the targets (Kylie and Jason’s current singles) on two levels, as parody, or as borrowing the sound of SAW to make the point yet still make a great pop record. Queen, meanwhile, are a bit invisible at 58 compared to the big comeback singalong thumping rock ballad charm of Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, for a sweet 18 years of solo hits. Mustn’t forget Malcolm McLaren’s quirky Shirt Jumping either at 70. Phew! Busy chart.

In the real world: Fun Coastal walk with Cathy and Chris from work to Dancing Ledge. Pre-holiday prep anxieties, but all booked. Ageist quips flying at work, with lovely Cathy, a whole decade older than me, on the receiving end. I was on the receiving end of an eraser, quite rightly. Banter! Mansfield friends of parents holiday camping in the garden at home, though Pat my age really, and a College friend rang with news of breast cancer treatment which made me feel bad at not getting in touch, as I had no idea. She’s fine now, very very happily.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 5 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
5 ( 50 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 20 ) POISON Alice Cooper
7 ( 8 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
8 ( 12 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
10 ( 6 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 15 ) ON AND ON Aswad
12 ( 7 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
13 ( 10 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
14 ( 25 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
15 ( 26 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 17 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
17 ( 11 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
18 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
19 ( 35 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
20 ( 14 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

21 ( 9 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
22 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 31 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 18 ) BATDANCE Prince
26 ( 39 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
27 ( 16 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
28 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
30 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 22 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
32 ( 60 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
33 ( 23 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
34 ( 40 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
35 ( NEW ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( NEW ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 21 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
38 ( 48 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
39 ( NEW ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City

41 ( 36 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
42 ( 43 ) BETTER DAYS Gun
43 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
44 ( 32 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 38 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
47 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
48 ( 34 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
49 ( 29 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
50 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop

51 ( 42 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 55 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
53 ( 27 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
54 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
55 ( 30 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
56 ( NEW ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
57 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
58 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 51 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

61 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 33 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
63 ( 75 ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds
64 ( 58 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
65 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 62 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
68 ( NEW ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
69 ( 68 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S JUMPING IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 74 ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 64 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
75 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan

13th August 1989

An amazingly overlong run at 1 for Gloria keeps Liza at 2. Awwww! Losing My Mind over that one. A quiet week at the top lets Martika, Bobby Brown and Aswad get their 1st, 2nd and third Top 10’s respectively. Elton leaps to 14, something’s Jumpin’ even more – from 70 to 16 it’s Malcolm McLaren’s model-cool dance track. Transvision Vamp and Neneh Cherry both get their 3rd Top 20 hit, meanwhile, as some Classics enter just below, highest at 26 being Black Box, the Italian house classic (with model-fronting Loleatta Holloway Love Sensation-sampling brilliant Ride On Time). Still a classic.

Even better, the Beatles-inspired epic Sowing The Seeds Of Love announces Tears For Fears 7th year of fantastic hits. Pure 1967 retro video and All You Need Is Love styled chorus, and juuuuust amazing. Just to keep up the new singles, Sydney Youngblood debuts at 34 with the fab If Only I Could, a great song, snuggling in just behind Cher and Bon Jovi into the 40. Oh but that’s not all! Madonna’s 3rd single off Like A Prayer is at 39, the sweet and pretty Cherish. Sir Cliff is also back with a Stock-Aitken-Waterman biggie, the otherwise not bad I Just Don’t Have The Heart.

Minor entries for Spandau, Paula Abdul, Art Of Noise, REM, Jody watley, Debbie Gibson and another fairly bland SAW cover (Mick Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie) for Big Fun.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
5 ( 8 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
6 ( 14 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
7 ( 13 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
8 ( 11 ) ON AND ON Aswad
9 ( 6 ) POISON Alice Cooper
10 ( 4 ) 101″ Sheena Easton

11 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros
12 ( 9 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
14 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
15 ( 19 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 70 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
17 ( 7 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
18 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 32 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
22 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 30 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 17 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
25 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
26 ( NEW ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( NEW ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
28 ( 50 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
29 ( 47 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
30 ( 38 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

31 ( 20 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
32 ( 68 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
33 ( 25 ) BATDANCE Prince
34 ( NEW ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
35 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( 21 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
37 ( 26 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
38 ( 33 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
39 ( NEW ) CHERISH Madonna
40 ( 58 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen

41 ( 29 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
42 ( 41 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
44 ( 23 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
45 ( 45 ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 37 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
47 ( 27 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
48 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
49 ( 40 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

51 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
53 ( NEW ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
54 ( 46 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
55 ( NEW ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
57 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
58 ( 57 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
63 ( 54 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
64 ( 31 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
65 ( 60 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
68 ( 74 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
69 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) YEBO! The Art Of Noise featuring Mahlatini

71 ( NEW ) STAND REM
72 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
75 ( NEW ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson

20th August 1989

A new number one, and it’s Elton’s fabulous Healing Hands. I have to admit I was completely baffled how this one managed to flop big time in the UK in 1989. His 7th number one in my chart, about as many in the USA, and yet to get a UK chart-topper on his own. Bizarre. Poor ol’ Liza was the bridesmaid again at 2. Highest new entry at 4, a 1966 classic from hippie Donovan, Sunshine Superman, probably his best record and pop psychedelia royalty giving him a belated second Top 20 hit 20 years on.

Tears For Fears sow seeds at 5, Black Box ride it to 8, and it’s a Mental new entry at 12 for some Manic MC’s. Crazy. Bon Jovi have their biggest hit in 3 years, and Rocky Horror classic The Time Warp transports in at 19 for Damian. Party classic or what?! Really drives me insa-a-a-a-ane, as Jameela might say. Meanwhile Debbie Gibson inexplicably rockets to 23, as the KLF explicably shoot up to 24. New: Donna Summer’s 3rd SAW hit of the year, Richard Marx debuts with the pleasant Right Here Waiting, The Cure bounce back with Love Song 9 years into the run of great singles, and Janet Jackson’s big comeback single isn’t Missed that much at a lowly 69.

I noted the UK singles charts had some good stuff in, but little classic, in my whinge-book, while my boss was trying to find me a permanent job at work, but it meant having to do horticulture courses. Radio One Roadshow with Simon Mayo at the Bournemouth Pier at lunchtime. Saw the Batman movie, very dark, too much for my tastes really, as it made me depressed. Built a new fish pond, parents not impressed.

1 ( 14 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
4 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 27 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
6 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
7 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
8 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 5 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
10 ( 4 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney

11 ( 6 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
12 ( NEW ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 20 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
14 ( 29 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 11 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 8 ) ON AND ON Aswad
17 ( 10 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
18 ( 7 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE TIME WARP Damian
20 ( 12 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

21 ( 39 ) CHERISH Madonna
22 ( 9 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 75 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
24 ( 62 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
25 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 50 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
28 ( 32 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 15 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 28 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 40 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
33 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 13 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
36 ( 53 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
37 ( 21 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
38 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
39 ( 24 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
40 ( 17 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello

41 ( 19 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
42 ( 55 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
43 ( 60 ) SELF Fuzzbox
44 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
45 ( 33 ) BATDANCE Prince
46 ( 25 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
47 ( 30 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
48 ( 38 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
49 ( NEW ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
50 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

51 ( NEW ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
52 ( 67 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
53 ( 36 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 74 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
55 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
56 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
57 ( 44 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
58 ( 41 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Cure

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
63 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
64 ( 46 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
65 ( 47 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
68 ( 72 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
69 ( NEW ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 54 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
72 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 63 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) THE BETTER PART OF ME Jaki Graham

27th August 1989

2 weeks for Elton on top, KLF up to 8 for their first Top 10 under that name (and 2nd under various names), while Madonna makes it 3 in a row in the 10. Lisa Stansfield reverses back up to a new peak of 16, and ditto Dion at 20. Queen are slightly less invisible at 26, while Alyson Williams dances up to 34.

One of Liza’s album track covers pops in as a cover from Hazell Dean at 57 – the fab Love Pains, originally an Yvonne Elliman goodie that I never actually got to hear. Partyman for Prince, another Batman song, enters at 60, and Ziggy Marley continues in the tradition of his dad, and pops in at 62 with Look Who’s Dancing.

ON TV pissed myself laughing at Josie Lawrence on Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Enjoyed US sitcom Sledge Hammer.

1 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 5 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
4 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
5 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
8 ( 24 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
9 ( 6 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
10 ( 21 ) CHERISH Madonna

11 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
12 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 11 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
14 ( 19 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
15 ( 23 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
16 ( 34 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
17 ( 9 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
18 ( 13 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 10 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
20 ( 47 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

21 ( 25 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
22 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 26 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
24 ( 27 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
25 ( 17 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
26 ( 32 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
27 ( 20 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
28 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 18 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
30 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros

31 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 16 ) ON AND ON Aswad
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 67 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
35 ( 36 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
36 ( 49 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
37 ( 29 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 51 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
39 ( 30 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 42 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet

41 ( 35 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
42 ( 38 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
43 ( 54 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
44 ( 37 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
45 ( 39 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
46 ( 44 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
47 ( 52 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
48 ( 55 ) ONE The Bee Gees
49 ( 56 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
50 ( 48 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 57 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
52 ( 60 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( 45 ) BATDANCE Prince
54 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 40 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
56 ( 46 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
57 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
58 ( 43 ) SELF Fuzzbox
59 ( 41 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
60 ( NEW ) PARTYMAN Prince

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 64 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) WARNING Adeva
65 ( 62 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 63 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 74 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
72 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 58 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
74 ( NEW ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
75 ( 65 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

Elio Pace Live At The Brook 1st September 2014 (Performing the Billy Joel songbook)


Elio Pace Live At The Brook 1st September 2014 (Performing the Billy Joel songbook)

This was a fabulous night out, recommended by friends with great taste who had gone back for a second helping of Elio. I’d always liked Billy Joel, but never been a major fan as such, so it was great to have Elio’s enthusiasm and appreciation for Billy being so infectious and musically knowledgable. I was surprised at just how many of the minor hits and album tracks I knew as well, there were few tracks I didn’t recognise, and none I didn’t like, and tons I loved.

The whole band were great musicians (and singers), thoroughly likeable, good-natured, and Elio is a terrific musician, singer and performer, and to give what amounted to 3 hours-worth of 40 songs or so is amazing. I should stress he’s not a tribute act, he’s not trying to imitate Billy Joel and has his own long-established solo career, and the mood was very-much “home ground” as he lived in the Southampton area way back. The Brook as a venue is marvellous, intimate and a friendly atmosphere, it has all of the benefits of standing at the front of a concert but without the crushing, sweating and jostling and straining the neck looking up. I’d not been before but I’ll be back for sure, and I’d happily see Elio do the Billy Joel songbook again. Fab.

Fave tracks:

Just The Way You Are, The Piano man, She’s Always A Woman for the earlier ballads, My Life, It’s Still Rock n Roll To Me, Anthony’s Song for the 70’s/1980 early hits period, The Longest Time, Uptown Girl for the retro period, We Didn’t Start The Fire (still massive) and River Of Dreams. Away from the big hits though, the lesser-known tracks were gems and I shall investigate further!