My 1979 Charts – October

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2nd October 1979

3 weeks for ELO on top, but the competition is so fierce that classic records I bought full-price, like Cars, actually drop. Michael Jackson gets his biggest solo hit since 1972 as Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough shoots up to 3, chased by The Police following up their number 1 with a message in a bottle at 5. Kate gets her 4th Top 10, Rainbow get their first (and last) and Quo just miss out at 12.

Supertramp, and The Tourists, go back up to new peaks of 14 and 15 respectively. Tusk, in the meantime, drums it’s way up 30 places to 19 and The Buggles take that video statement up 31 to 20. Squeeze, The Jags, Madness, Herb Alpert, The Headboys and The Little River Band all rise inside the 40, giving a very very busy chart. That’s not enough though! 12 new entries pop in, including The Dickies taking on The Moody Blues Nights In White Satin at 36: it must be heard to be believed! Following up the gorgeous Lady Lynda, The Beach Boys enter with the equally gorgeous Sumahama, a Japanese oriental-flavoured delight, while Judy Tzuke is For You at 53. Sad Cafe debut at 63, as do XTC at 66 with the brilliant, unusual and exciting Making Plans For Nigel, a record that is as relevant today as it was then in subject matter (nepotism of the rich). The O’Jays get 7 years of hits at 70, Gloria Gaynor 5 years at 74 – it’s I Will Survive part 2, sort of. Elton also makes it 8 years of hits as he goes full-blown disco again, after dabbling with older recordings of Philly soul sessions: Victim Of Love at 75 is a forgotten goodie.

Lincoln

Lincoln


Back in the UK a while, I was now back at College (hooray!), in new digs, on campus (hooray!) for the first time as I started my 3rd and final year (Boo!). Most of my friends were in the same block, Pete and Paul on my floor, Sue, Julie and Bev upstairs, which was great. Did some painting, shelves, cleaning bedroom, cleaning budgies, fish tank cleaning. I taught one of mum’s friend’s young sons how to get water moving down the pipe from the tank by sucking – he got a mouthful of fishy water, though! I hope that wasn’t the start of his lifelong substance abuse, he certainly seemed happier then.

Gracie Fields died, noted that Carry On The Khyber is the best Carry On, that MASH (practical joker episode) remained as good as ever 7 years on, and the Doctor Who episode in Paris was one of the best in ages, though I was still unsure about the new Romana. I watched Parkinson guests Terry Wogan and the marvellous Carol Channing have a great Python-esque show while the rest of the family had a huge argument downstairs, which meant Sue (brothers fiancee) had to go back home to her parents house (she’d been living with Mark here) while Ernie, the retired disabled father of the late next-door-neighbour still lived with us too in a 3-bedroom house. We have spent a lifetime often taking in people relations and family and it’s not always easy if things get fraught, as they tend to do when you have a lot of people in an overcrowded house. That, of course, is life in UK 2014 for many – just that’s it’s been life in mum and dad’s house in 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009….but not any more. Ernie, with mum and dad, took me to College, and he was always nice and appreciative of us till the day he died a few years later, but he was never happy with his condition, the loss of his wife and daughter, and really only his young grandson kept him going for a few years. When he got moved into a Council assisted flat development (staff on site, but own flats) the residents used to call it “Death Row” waiting to see who’d be next to go. It wasn’t that bad actually, certainly better than care homes and mental institutions I’ve seen.

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
5 ( 11 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 3 ) CARS Gary Numan
7 ( 10 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
8 ( 13 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 15 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow

11 ( 5 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 30 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
13 ( 7 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
14 ( 22 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 35 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
16 ( 8 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
17 ( 12 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
18 ( 4 ) SAD EYES Robert John
19 ( 49 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

21 ( 20 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
22 ( 14 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
23 ( 27 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
24 ( 38 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
26 ( 32 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
27 ( 53 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 50 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
29 ( 16 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
30 ( 18 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

31 ( 17 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
32 ( 44 ) RISE Herb Alpert
33 ( 24 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
34 ( 31 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
35 ( 19 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
36 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
37 ( 26 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
38 ( 21 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
39 ( NEW ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
40 ( 47 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys

41 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 34 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
43 ( 33 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
44 ( 45 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
45 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets
46 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
47 ( 41 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
48 ( 70 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
49 ( 43 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
50 ( 42 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

51 ( 23 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
52 ( 36 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
53 ( NEW ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
54 ( 46 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
55 ( 67 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
56 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
57 ( 37 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
58 ( 48 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
59 ( NEW ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
60 ( NEW ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
64 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 62 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
66 ( NEW ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
67 ( 63 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
68 ( 64 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
69 ( 69 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays

71 ( 55 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
72 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS The Quads
73 ( 54 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
74 ( NEW ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
75 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
2 MASH
3 Carry On Up The Khyber: film
4 Rhoda
5 The Rockford Files
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film ’79
8 Doctor Who
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Ned Sherrin: Christopher Reeves interview


9th October 1979

Michael Jackson gets his 2nd solo number one, 7 years after Ain’t No Sunshine, and it’s a brilliant Quincy Jones dance production, mixed with the first evidence that he was more than capable of writing his own great songs. It sounded like a disco step forward at the time – because it was. Still sounds great too. Quo go up to 4, Whatever You Want taking the throbbing riff and perfecting it – this is the best riffing Quo single, though surprisingly to some they had plenty of other non-riffing great singles.

Squeeze grab a 4th Top 20 entry, and Madness their first of a long run as The Prince hits 19. XTC, Judy Tzuke, Donna Summer, Dave Edmunds and Sad Cafe go top 40 along with Secret Service, no-hit wonders. The highest new entry is an advert song, Don’t Be A Dummy, at 49, while at 55 The Devil, apparently, Went Down To Georgia with The Charlie Daniels Band, a record I’d heard on my US holiday but hadn’t rated much. It was a grower, country fiddle-tastic.

Reggae? OK Fred, says Errol Dunkley new at 60, The Dooleys Are The Chosen Few, melodically tweeting at 67, and the funk run of soul singles by Earth Wind & Fire keeps shining a Star on my charts. The Nolan Sisters, before they dropped the sister and went pop, debut with a sweet enough old-fashioned pop song, Spirit Body And Soul at 70, The Eagles days are almost numbered for 30 years, as Heartache Tonight thumps in at 72, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section cover 60’s classic Spooky, jazzfunk style and grab 74 – Dusty Springfield has the definitive version, but it’s still pretty good. Lastly it’s The Skids with a 3rd frantic chanting punkpop single at 75, Charade!

Lincoln

Lincoln

Back at College, in my new digs, new room, I gathered a large crowd in my room watching my portable black and white TV, half-joking “I’ll have to throw them out” I said to a friend when we went for our meal in the dining hall, who bluntly repeated it when I got back, to my mortal embarrassment, bright red, and they sheepishly drifted off, never to return some of them. Aaghhh! The core group of holiday friends and Jane thankfully stayed for some USA holiday slideshow fun. Most of my gang spent weekdays out on Teaching Practice while I had lectures with 4th-year honours students – though no “honours” title to my degree, pah!

Snooker games, news of someone who’d failed exams and left, and the sudden realisation I had a 3-hour exam in 2 days on humour in 19th century novels and I hadn’t even got the books yet, swanning off to America all summer as I did. Agh! Revised like mad, answered only 2 questions and a big flop. The other 7 or 8 exam-takers joined me for consolation in my room afterwards, which meant I missed eating. Socialised lots with my growing gang of core friends, and had great fun, laughs, and noted they were all nice people. Ahhh good times!

Friday was ART day, developing my photos in the darkroom (I always enjoy seeing what develops in darkrooms © 1965), by far my fave subject, loved it. An ex-college friend who’d left in the 2nd year was back visiting the day before she should have been getting married (it was a late cancellation of the permanent kind, sadly), then home to mansfield for the weekend, babysitting for my lil’ cousins and Kenny Everett on Parkinson, yay! Then my brother announced he was getting married to Sue next September. Can’t say it wasn’t a busy week…..!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
3 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 12 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
5 ( 10 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
6 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
7 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
8 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 7 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
10 ( 4 ) SAIL ON The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) CARS Gary Numan
12 ( 20 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 15 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
14 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 23 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
16 ( 19 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 18 ) SAD EYES Robert John
18 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
19 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
20 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags

21 ( 26 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
22 ( 25 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
23 ( 13 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
24 ( 39 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
25 ( 17 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
26 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 16 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
28 ( 32 ) RISE Herb Alpert
29 ( 63 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
30 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies

31 ( 66 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
32 ( 21 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
33 ( 28 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
34 ( 22 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 40 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
36 ( 53 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 48 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
38 ( 55 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
39 ( 59 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
40 ( 31 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

41 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 30 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
43 ( 35 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
44 ( 38 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
45 ( 29 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
46 ( 34 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
47 ( 37 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
48 ( 42 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
49 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
50 ( 75 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

51 ( 33 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
52 ( 43 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
53 ( 50 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
54 ( 47 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
56 ( 74 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 60 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
58 ( 49 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
59 ( 45 ) LINES The Planets
60 ( NEW ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

61 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 56 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
64 ( 54 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
65 ( 58 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
66 ( 70 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
67 ( NEW ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
68 ( NEW ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
69 ( 46 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
70 ( NEW ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters

71 ( 65 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
73 ( 52 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
74 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
75 ( NEW ) CHARADE The Skids

TV
1 Star Trek: Catspaw
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Doctor Who
4 MASH
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Parkinson (wed)
7 Sykes
8 Talking Movies
9 Starsky and Hutch
10 To The Manor Born

16th October 1979

Another new number one as The Police get their 2nd chart-topper, the terrific frantic rock-reggae Message In A Bottle, and Sting very much being the pin-up man of the time (pin-up boys not being that much in demand). New in at 2, though, the group most-likely-to (knock ‘em off after 1 week) it’s Abba’s brilliant disco track Gimme Gimme Gimme – not only did it inspire a TV sitcom, that insistent catchy flutey sound was borrowed heavily by Madonna for her just-as-good Hung Up. By this time Abba hadn’t NOT topped my chart in four years (and would have had at least an additional 10 or 15 had I allowed album tracks). Bit of a fan.

Rainbow go top 3, and Fleetwood Mac charge their Tusk up to 5, incredibly only their second top 5 hit (after Dreams peaked at 3). The Buggles get into the top 10, under-appreciated quite frankly! Herb Alpert gets his 2nd Top 20 hit 11 years on, as he rises, while The Chosen Few takes The Dooleys into the top 40 for the 5th time or so. New in at 40, their 6th, it’s Chic with my forbidden lover – I’m lying, I didn’t have one, forbidden or otherwise, but it’s as classy as previous hits, albeit not quite as bass-ily classic!

In at 66, Lene Lovich has a 3rd hit with the utterly fantastic Bird Song, a complete change of pace, and still mad as a hatter in a touching way. Dusty’s back again with Baby Blue, her disco period, but this is a soulful disco minor classic that never became the hit it deserved to be, but giving my all-time fave female vocalist 11 years of hits. Steve Harley, meanwhile, has lost his Cockney Rebel’s, and bounced back with the great Freedom’s Prisoner at 64 5 years on from Judy Teen. Ian Gomm debuts at 67 with the gorgeous US hit Hold On: who he? He be ex-Brinsley Schwarz, and Cruel To be Kind British co-writer, that be who. Pure American-radio-sounding, it’s yet another UK flop, not being that much in vogue with New Wave UK.

Wrapping up the lower-end, The Sex Pistols keep on having that barrel scraped as the 3rd version of Rock Around The Clock charts, more of a shambles than a punk record, but might have been mildly amusing if the tw*t farting about on lead vocal hadn’t murdered his girlfriend before overdosing. Not that funny, after that. Viola Wills also covers an old 50‘s song, disco-fashion, that had been a hit in many different genres, big-band swing, country, wall-of-sound, latino-pop, ska before it added another hit notch here. It’s OK, thanks to the song more than the arrangement. Suzi Quatro is also back again with a romping poprock She’s In Love With You at 74, and at 75 it’s Nostromo with a dance version of the theme tune to the forthcoming sci-fi film Alien. Nostromo is the name of the ship, the tune is haunting and daunting from the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith, composer of movie soundtracks like, (pause for breath) Planet Of The Apes, Logans Run, Star Trek (5 of ‘em!), Gremlins, LA Confidential, Chinatown, The Mummy. Among others. Phew!

Back at college again, it was snooker games, a social group gathering in my room for TV & tea, where my review of Airport 80: Concorde was shared by Barry Norman on Film 79. Lots of friends, chatting, discussing, opinion-ating, and general fun times. Reading Lord Of The Flies for literature course – classic! Hanging about a bit with American exchange student Steve from Waukesha Wisconsin. Evenings, I’d forgotten how much my room was the social centre of the gang, I pretty much had a parade of visitors from tea-time till bed-time watching TV and chatting. Friday a gang of us over-crowded Paul’s car for a pub evening down at the Quay (The William IV’th). In town for records searching Saturday I bumped into my old form-tutor from school, Mrs Gibson. Entertained non-campus friends in the evening, but basically every single evening I socialised, an evening sat on my own watching TV was unheard of (I’m happy to say) as everyone wound down from the stress of Teaching Practice for a laugh.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
2 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 5 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
4 ( 1 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5 ( 16 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 2 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
7 ( 6 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 4 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
9 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 7 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) CARS Gary Numan
14 ( 10 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
15 ( 9 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
16 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
17 ( 13 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
18 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
19 ( 22 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
20 ( 28 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 20 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
22 ( 15 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
23 ( 31 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
24 ( 18 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
25 ( 17 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 19 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 35 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 23 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

31 ( 67 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
32 ( 60 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
33 ( 38 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
34 ( 37 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
35 ( 21 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
36 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 55 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
38 ( 49 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
39 ( 68 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( NEW ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic

41 ( 39 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
43 ( 50 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 70 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( 27 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( 57 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
47 ( 33 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
48 ( 72 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
49 ( 56 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 40 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

51 ( 32 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
52 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
53 ( 66 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
54 ( 30 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
55 ( 54 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
56 ( NEW ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
57 ( 44 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
58 ( 42 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
59 ( NEW ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
60 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique

61 ( 53 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
64 ( NEW ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
65 ( 58 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
66 ( 43 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
67 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
68 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
69 ( 64 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols

71 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
72 ( 52 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
73 ( 47 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( NEW ) ALIEN Nostromo

TV
1 MASH
2 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
3 Roots: The Next Generation
4 Rhoda
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Doctor Who
8 Ripping Yarns
9 To The Manor Born
10 Mike Yarwood Show

23rd October 1979

Another week another new number one: of course Abba got there, it’s one of their great singles and it wasn’t on Voulez Vous (though there was yet another single to go from it). That makes it 12 in a row, far and away the longest run of number ones, and 13 in total. No other act has ever had a dozen in my chart, not even The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.

The Buggles and Blondie finally go top 5, both deserved even better, and Dr. Hook finally go top 10, their 5th in 7 years. The Beach Boys get a 2nd Top 10 hit of the year, the lovely Sumahama being their 7th in 11 years. Had I allowed album tracks, Good Timin’ would also have done it from the same album, a harmony delight. XTC make plans for the top 20, OK Fred ragga raggas up to 17, The Dooleys get a 4th top 20, and Lene Lovich makes it 3 in a row as Bird Song flies up 40 places to 16.

The Sex Pistols mystifyingly make the top 40 while more understandably old faves the O’Jays double number one’s are long behind them, but are amiable enough singing a happy song at 39, and Steve Harley is at 40, freedom’s prisoner no more. Debuts for The Selecter and Matumbi, both decent singles, ska and reggae respectively, and The Undertones are back with their second great single, the very under-rated, and brilliant, You’ve Got My Number at 57.

B.A. Robertson has a 2nd pop gem, claiming he knocked it off amongst other football references. Cats UK fly in from Luton Airport: fear not it flew out just as quickly to everyone’s relief. The Stranglers go atomic, Bob Marley has a good social message which sadly will never stop being relevant as long as their are people, Van Morrison is a little more optimistic with one of his least-dreary records, and Queen continue to underperform in my charts with their 1979 singles as Crazy Little Thing Called Love rockabilly’s its way in at 74 – the abrupt change of style didn’t work for me at the time, but it’s a pop gem actually. Lastly, Atlanta Rhythm Section re-enter with a song Dusty recorded, as she rises with her new one: Spooky!


Back in digs, the stream of evening pals dropping by continues. I feel so loved! A dull poetry lecture, some photo lab-bing, some laughs with friends, some relationship developing between 2 of them (I was chaperone). Read “Pincher Martin”, snooker (I won), college cinema for “Jaws” I was gratified to see the American students just as reactive as they were in California a few weeks back “not dumb quiet like English”. A spot of Knights Of Ni Python silliness between ourselves afterwards, and Billy Connolly very funny on Parkinson. I got the boys in stitches of laughter when I announced to the girls we used the girls toilets on our side of the student block cos they were nearer than the men’s (it was down to the comic timing, you had to be there!). At the cinema I went to see spoof Dracula movie Love At First Bite with fave Susan Saint James in it: “good cast good script mildly amusing throughout…” which leaves me bewildered as to why it’s become so obscure these days, it’s never repeated. Doctor Who: “Excellent, best series in long time”. Post-wedding social-evening with non-campus friends, to complete another great week for me. I can see why I look back so fondly on those years compared to the 80’s…

1 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
3 ( 5 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
6 ( 3 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 4 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
8 ( 16 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
9 ( 12 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
10 ( 11 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush

11 ( 8 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 6 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 10 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 23 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 13 ) CARS Gary Numan
16 ( 56 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
17 ( 32 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
18 ( 31 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
19 ( 15 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
20 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 14 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
22 ( 39 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 37 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
24 ( 21 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 40 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
28 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 18 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
30 ( 19 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson

31 ( 22 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
32 ( 70 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
34 ( 17 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
35 ( 49 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 71 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
37 ( 30 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
38 ( 29 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
39 ( 53 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
40 ( 64 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley

41 ( 24 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
42 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
43 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( NEW ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
46 ( 35 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
47 ( 74 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
48 ( 75 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 42 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
50 ( NEW ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi

51 ( 41 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
52 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
53 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
54 ( 59 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
56 ( 38 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
58 ( 55 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
59 ( NEW ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
60 ( RE ) CHARADE The Skids

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 63 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
64 ( 52 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
65 ( NEW ) LUTON AIRPORT Cats UK
66 ( 34 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
67 ( 50 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
68 ( NEW ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
69 ( RE ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( 65 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

71 ( NEW ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 68 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
74 ( NEW ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
75 ( 61 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: The Apple
2 Roots: The Next Generation
3 Parkinson (wed)
4 Top Of The Pops
5 For Pete’s Sake: film
6 Doctor Who
7 Parkinson (sat)
8 Friday Night Sunday Morning: film
9 The Rockford Files
10 Blankety Blank

30th October 1979

For the 4th week in a row it’s a new number one, even knocking off a new Abba single – Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling, ambitious, drum-thumping, everything-thrown-in-including-the-iamspamspamamisink marching Tusk. It shocked everyone at the time, following up Rumours, but I loved it. It’s fair to say if there hadn’t been so many great singles about Video Killed The Radio Star and When You’re In Love would have topped my charts as well as the UK’s.

Lene Lovich and XTC bring a bit of New Wave quirkiness into my Top 10, and there’s no Hold On Ian Gomm up 43 to 20. Highest new entry is both the first chart version of a song to be big 4 years on for Laura Branigan – Gloria – and also, as a double-pack single, 60’s melodic classic Everyone’s Gone To The Moon which I loved as a kid, helping Jonathan King to be one of my fave pop stars during the 70’s – always fun, despite being a terrible singer. Moon was supposed to be a piss-take of cliched pop drivel with trite lyrics, rhymes designed to use every lyrical cliche about. Trouble was, the tune was so strong it wasn’t at all obvious it wasn’t serious and could be taken straight, giving graduate-student JK a surprise hit and career. It didn’t qualify for my charts (I’d excluded reissues by then unless they charted in the UK) but the reality is it would have at least been as high as the much inferior Gloria, and likely a number one, had I allowed it.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 40, The Eagles also do it despite a little bit of heartache tonight, and The Nolan Sisters get their first Top 40 hit. Few new entries this week, but New Musik point the 80’s pop way with Straight Lines, a great debut entry at 47 from a great under-rated pop album From A To B chock-a-block with great singles and potential singles. Sham 69 have an abrupt change of style, Misty you’re a better man than I, and end their chart career in the process. On the one hand, phew! On the other hand the more ballady single should in theory have been a good way forward had some of their fans not been more into rioting and racism than actual music.

On TV, Doctor Who nearly knocks Star Trek off my weekly top spot, and back in student-land, visitors to Chez-John this week included Alan, Julie, Jeanette, Paul, Pete, Sue, Jane, Bev, Joe, Ian, Jane D. individually or in any combination thereof day or evening. Designed a poster for a screen print (for Art), came to the conclusion that one of my English Lit lecturers was a droning bore, and had tons of coursework and assignments assigned, such as Volpone. Boo! More snooker and laughs, after I won by 20 points for spite because I wasn’t allowed some points I felt I deserved, so I played “brilliantly” while pretend-mocking I was annoyed about it. Our American students hosted an American Studies lecture, which was fun, and I noted this weeks TOTP was crap – yes the one that was just broadcast on BBC4 as I type. It’s still crap.

Friday was an Art field trip to Bradford with Chuck my new American friend, Max, my art tutor, and 3 mature students, for a David Hockney exhibition – which didn’t overly impress me. Next stop was Sheffield for a Diane Arbus photographic exhibition, I do like her style to this day and choice of unusual people portraits. Late back, but not too late for a social evening for Paul’s Party in the student uni room, I refused to dance (as always in those days), though when a few punk tracks came on nearly everyone stopped dancing and I started – much more comfortable dancing to rock music (still am) The Cars, The Skids, The Sex Pistols which not many of our gang liked. Hey ho! Saturday in town, bumped into another ex-school teacher Mr Poole who i always liked, and had a quick chat. A pub afternoon in Anersley with Jane Dave and Paul, then the Rag Ball in the evening, with tie (against my principles, ties) and which I tried to get out of, the sound system and music pretty poor. Refused to dance again, but sulking cos I needed to stop having fun and knuckle down to the bloody pile of assignments – so Sunday was work day. Degrees, honestly, get spoilt by having to study and write rather than have fun!

1 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 8 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 5 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 16 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
9 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
10 ( 7 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

11 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 17 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 27 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
16 ( 18 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
17 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert
18 ( 15 ) CARS Gary Numan
19 ( 23 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
20 ( 63 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm

21 ( 9 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
22 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 10 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
24 ( NEW ) GLORIA/ EVERYON’ES GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 19 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
26 ( 21 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
27 ( 47 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
28 ( 33 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
29 ( 45 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
30 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John

31 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
32 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
34 ( 35 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
36 ( 29 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 40 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( 30 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
39 ( 53 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
40 ( 37 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

41 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
42 ( 38 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
43 ( 57 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 34 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
45 ( 31 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
46 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
47 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 54 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
50 ( 41 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

51 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
52 ( 42 ) THE PRINCE Madness
53 ( 49 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
54 ( 59 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
55 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
56 ( 52 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
57 ( 58 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
58 ( 68 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 39 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
62 ( 55 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
63 ( 69 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 74 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
65 ( 64 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
66 ( 46 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
67 ( 50 ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi
68 ( 51 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
69 ( 71 ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
70 ( 73 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison

71 ( NEW ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 72 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( 70 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
75 ( 75 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: Metamorphosis
2 Doctor Who
3 Fawlty Towers
4 Roots: The Next Generation
5 MASH
6 Film 79
7 The Odd Couple
8 Starsky And Hutch
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Top Of The Pops

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes

My 1969 Charts – October

mum n dad looking cool

mum n dad looking cool

OCT 1969

7th Oct 1969

It’s a new number one, Bobbie Gentry’s gorgeous version of the Bacharach/David song, and again a version that improves on the Dionne Warwick recording, Bobbie’s husky singing voice just being so emotive. This was the 4th single I ever bought, sadly I bought it off an evening market record stall again (I think this time though, it was one near Siglap in the middle of a housing estate, bizarrely), and it was clearly well-played (an 11-year-old-kid’s a a good opportunity to dump used product) cos it forever got stuck in the same spot on the record. For anyone not used to vinyl, sometimes the needle either refused to follow a groove due to a blockage and just went into an endless loop till you forced it onwards, or it jumped a couple of seconds as it slipped out of a groove. I still expect to hear the same line repeated…

My chart gets reduced to a top 10, as I’d run out of new records. A new entry at 10, though, for a record I was aware of, thanks to a couple of sheet music books I bought for the lyrics of some of my top-notch fave songs, and He Ain’t Heavy was in it. They were pretty good value actually, 15 or 20 sheet music current American hits per book. Fab! Still got them, of course. The Hollies of course would eventually get a proper chart run in 1988 when it hit the UK number one, but first-time round, I liked it. Now I love it, a terrific ballad, and Allan Clarke is an under-rated singer these days (along with the Hollies, who were huge at the time, and were a few hits into my charts already).

Singapore memories? I was at my first Secondary School, a 3-storey white building with air con. Hooray for Seletar Secondary Modern! OK, some of the classrooms were old-fashioned huts with fans on the ceilings and no glass in the windows, sweltering-muchness going on, but at least they were mixed in with some lessons inside the main building so you could cool down. On my first day there were two of us starting new, Stephen Game being the other wavy-black-haired kid, and he became my new best friend for the next year, which was great cos he was cool and likeable, he wore hipster shorts, and I got lots of friends and got to be in with the coolish kids who spent breaks and lunchtimes running extended versions of British Bulldog around the large school-site. We were constantly hot, sweaty, and good at long-distance running in equatorial heat, no sunscream, no hats, lots of sweat. Before that, though, we were introduced to our new class: Form 1H2, short for Hannah. The forms were all named after RAF heroes: Gibson, Cheshire and, I think, Malcolm – need to check on that one in the school yearbook, though! They were allocated colours, Hannah was red, Gibson green, Cheshire blue, the other was yellow. Very handy for sports day competitions. Mrs Gibson was our form tutor, slim and shoulder-length black hair. I’ll be honest, at the end of the school year we all signed each other’s books so I still have names of some of the school-mates, and as is often the way in RAF life I ran into some of them again in years in the future. It’s a small Forces world…

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

swimming pool (me on the board) RAF Changi

1 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 1 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
4 ( 5 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
5 ( 6 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
6 ( 4 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 12 ) VIVA BOBBY JOE The Equals
10 ( NEW ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

14th October 1969

2 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 2 weeks for Oliver at 2, and Mama Cass up to 3, but not much movement at all really, save the very famous million-selling, 8-weeks as the UK number one, Sugar Sugar, by cartoon band The Archies. Lots of people hate the record, but they are all SO wrong. It’s simplicity is it’s charm, it’s bubblegum, a hint of soul, nicely-produced, and with great vocalists for pure pop. Largely regarded as bubblegum novelty, that it continues to sell 45 years later should tellingly beg to differ. People buying it have never heard of, never mind seen, the TV show. For the record, and to repeat: Sugar Sugar was the first EP I bought, the first album I bought, and I used to record the songs from the show onto reel-to-reel tape. I recently bought the DVD’s of The Archie Funhouse, which is the series after the ones being made circa 1969/70, and errr…they are godawful. I never DID like the cartoon segments much, but they are just terrible. Nostalgia just can’t change that fact! The music, though, oh just sweeeet. With songwriters like Jeff Barry and Andy “Rock Me Gently” Kim, though, they should have something to contribute musically – largely rip-offs, granted, but catchy enough tunes, with a bit of social commentary thrown in. Not kidding there, either, pollution, racism and other topics happily resting there amongst the love songs, and odes to Hot Dog (the pet dog) and rock n roll music. You’ll never find them in the Critics Hall Of Fame, but as kiddie music goes, a cut above all those that followed in their kiddie music footsteps.

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital

view from RAF Changi pool of Changi Hospital


Meanwhile, back at school, my first week at school introduced me to breaktime popcorn and cherryade fizzy drinks from the tuck shop, streaming for English and Maths (Band 2 for both I think, based on whatever quick test they threw at me and Stephen on the first day): these were monitored term by term, and kids moved up or down each term based on how well you were doing. I’ll be honest, I liked the competitive element, I moved up in Maths, and it tended to be good for the smarter kids who moved ahead faster. All other subjects were mixed ability, which meant progress was more leisurely as you had to take into account the kids who struggled more. I was also introduced to two things that caused me stress:

Homework. Groaaan! Lost leisure time as far as I was concerned, though I was pretty good at doing it. The other one was sports. More specifically, Stephen & I had to sit in the changing room while the boys changed, then played cricket, or athletics, and then showered. That came as quite a shock to me, and very anxiety-creating, the thought of having to parade around naked in front of other boys stressed me out more than the team games did. My “kit hadn’t arrived” from the UK for a few weeks (Stephen took the plunge earlier than I did) till I couldn’t get away with it anymore, and had to join the throng. I was in and out of that shower faster than you could say “Streaker”.

Got used to it eventually, of course, and was pretty damn good at long-distance running (second to Lee Green, in the Hannah house. Lee turned up again in Gloucester in the 5th year, 5 years on, by which time I was absolutely rubbish at running the freezing UK weather to be avoided at all costs, give me scorching sweaty humidity any day). Cricket was loathsome though, punishingly-hard balls, lumps of wood to hit it with and numb your hands, running up and down a stupid bit of short grass, and the dumbest rules of any game ever invented. I took a dislike to it right away, and as the school-years went by, dislike turned to hatred at the pointlessness of it all. Volleyball or Rounders/Baseball, though, yay! Proper games, fast, points, running, balls don’t kill you or give you major bruises. Cricket is a British Empire anachronism that needs to be dumped in the nearest skip. Just my opinion of course (ptui!).

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 5 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 3 ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
5 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 4 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
7 ( 6 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
9 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

21st October 1969

3 weeks for Bobbie at 1, 3 weeks for Oliver at 2, yes so little new UK chart music about, though Dylan goes up to 6, a chart position he didn’t beat until the reissue of Like A Rolling Stone 35 years on.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
5 ( 6 ) HARE KRISHNA MANTRA Radha Krishna Temple
6 ( 8 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( 9 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 ( RE ) A BOY NAMED SUE Johnny Cash
10 ( 10 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY..HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

28th October 1969

…and 4 weeks for Bobbie at 1, poor old Oliver should have grabbed at least one week on top instead of 4 at 2 (I certainly loved it enough to do so) but I loved Bobbie just a little bit more. Hooray, though, 3 new entries! Nilsson debuts at 7 with the utterly brilliant and gorgeous Everybody’s Talking, from the film Midnight Cowboy. Obviously far to young to see the film till years later, I was a bit miffed to find the version I knew wasn’t quite the same in the film – these things matter to me, I don’t rate “wrong versions”. Regardless Harry Nilsson was a supreme and under-rated vocalist, and this record is spine-tingling.

At 9, Lulu’s back, and my word what a change! Months ago it was all teenpop I’m A Tiger and Boom Bang A Bang, and now it’s slick soul, and a huge American hit to follow-on from the sublime US-only hit To Sir With Love, one of the criminally-ignored British single greats of the decade in the UK. I may not have loved Oh Me Oh My as much as I’m A Tiger at the time, but it’s dated much better! Lastly, The Trems are back with another song I was aware of from the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts, but frustratingly didn’t get to hear for some time: (Call Me) Number One. Catchy and singalong, like most Tremeloes singles, they have been banished into the mists of time, save the occasional Chesney Hawkes reference or Four Seasons footnote for Silence Is Golden, but they had a good ol’ run of pop singles, and this one is fun.

1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 ( 4 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 3 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
5 ( 8 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival

6 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
8 ( 7 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees
9 ( NEW ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
10 ( NEW ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes

Changi beach and views of the islands

Changi beach and views of the islands


Back at home in Bedokville, I’d gotten into little plastic boxes of sweets, hexagon, square, circular, with transparent covers, from the shack shop at the back of the house on the other side of the monsoon drains that ran down every street. I liked the boxes. Monsoon drains were essential on the equator, as we found out fairly quickly. When it rained, it POURED. It was like the shower being on full everywhere, and torrents of temporary rivers ran downhill wherever they could. Quite thrilling, not remotely cold, you could (and we did) quite happily dance about getting soaking wet in the garden. I still love a good tropical thunderstorm.

A big discovery was the mobile chinese magazine seller, a motorbike and sidecar-box, which had newspapers, and COMICS! New DC Comics. OMG! Talk about trembling with excitement, I talked dad into buying me the coverless legion Action Comics 378 which was there with a cover, brand new for 55 cents, along with Adventure Comics 381, in which it suddenly became clear why the Legion featured only in the back-up story in Action: some twat had gone against all common commercial sense and moved the Legion of Super-Heroes from the main feature in Adventure so that Supergirl could get her own comic. This was disastrous! To state it clearly, the Legion were the most fan-based popular DC comic of the 60’s (the fans got it brought back by demanding it when it had all but fizzled out) and sales of the Legion comic were stunning my modern standards. A comic in 2014 sells a few tens of thousands if they’re lucky, worldwide. In 1969 Adventure Comics with the Legion was pushing a million. The first Supergirl comic was great (featured Batgirl as guest) but it was no substitute for epicness! She limped on through declining sales for 4 years and then it was all over. The Legion, revived, took over Superboy’s comic in 1973 and became one of the 2 big DC sellers of the 80s’, creatively brilliant. Editors: listen to the kids!

My 1994 Charts – September

one of my shrub borders, work work work - yes I designed simple ones for a while

one of my shrub borders, work work work – yes I designed simple ones for a while

4th September 1994

So much competition for the top spot that absolute classics are just grabbing one week, so poor Sophie drops down to make room for Seal’s Kiss From A Rose, a track that didn’t really take off for another year in the UK. It had a gorgeous Middle-Ages vibe to it, and that’s not something you can say very often. Seal’s first solo topper, or his second if including Killer in 1990 (with Adamski), though Crazy had a long run at 2. Pet Shop Boys new single has to make do with runner-up, though Blur get another Top 10 with Park Life, Prince replaces himself in the Top 10 with Letitgo, Oasis get their first with Live Together, Lulu extends her run of Top 10’s to 26 years, and Robert Palmer has another of his occasional Top 10’s up a whopping 62 places. Phew!

Michelle Gayle is pure Sweetness, highest new entry at 24, while Jackson Browne returns at 27, just ahead of Terrorvision’s Pretend Best Friend at 31, keeping up their manic pop metal run of hits. Shawn Colvin covers The Police at 38, and debuts, while Shara Nelson is Inside Out at 47, Eternal claim to be So Good at 48 (hmmm) and Inner Circle reggae back with a cover at 53. A bunch of veterans claim entries in the bottom 5 (after D:Ream’s latest) as daryl Hall keeps his solo entries going, Peter gabriel has a live EP, Crowded House invent a new fruit-based insult, Oi, Pineapple Head, and Billy Idol’s theme from the fab new movie Speed pops in 15 years since Gen X.

Speed made a fave of Sandra Bullock, and a new buffed-up Keanu Reeves set himself up as leading man material. Nonsense plot of course, but great fun. On TV, I was well into Deep Space 9, X Files, and Newhart – Bob Newhart’s latest sitcom with the terrific Henry Mancini theme tune.

1 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
2 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 2 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
5 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 19 ) LETITGO Prince
8 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
9 ( 14 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
10 ( 72 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

11 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
12 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
13 ( 9 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
14 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 25 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
16 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 38 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
19 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
20 ( 35 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

21 ( 26 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
22 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
23 ( 10 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
24 ( NEW ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
25 ( 16 ) SEARCHING China Black
26 ( 15 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
27 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
28 ( 17 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
29 ( 32 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
30 ( 23 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

31 ( NEW ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
32 ( 27 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
33 ( 44 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
34 ( 47 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
35 ( 29 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 22 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
37 ( 56 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
38 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
39 ( 24 ) SHINE Aswad
40 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
42 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( 33 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
44 ( 34 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
45 ( 65 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
46 ( 60 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
47 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT Shara Nelson
48 ( NEW ) SO GOOD Eternal
49 ( 43 ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
50 ( 74 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

51 ( 37 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
52 ( 71 ) TROUBLE Shampoo
53 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
54 ( 48 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
55 ( 39 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
56 ( 41 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
57 ( 54 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
58 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 36 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 50 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 40 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
63 ( 30 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
64 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 75 ) WARRIORS Aswad
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 62 ) TO THE END Blur
70 ( 73 ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle

71 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
72 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Daryl Hall
73 ( NEW ) SW LIVE EP Peter Gabriel
74 ( NEW ) SPEED Billy Idol
75 ( NEW ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House

[b]11th September 1994[/b]

It’s an amazing 18th Number One in almost 9 years for Pet Shop Boys, and the 5th in a row from album Very, albeit remixed. Mad? Yesterday When I Was Mad on them, that is. Still am. Tough on Kylie, as her exotic confiding has to make do with a peak at 2 just short of that elusive number one. Prince and Lightning Seeds both add to the list of Top 5’s, Lisa Loeb gets her only Top 10 hit, and Dave Stewart shows he doesn’t need Annie to grab a top 10 hit either, 15 years on from The Tourists.

Highest new entry is Tom Robinson’s Days That Changed The World, a mellow track that you’ll be lucky to find anywhere online. I’ve tried. Shara and Cyndi get another top 40 each, while The Wonder Stuff claim to be unbreakable at 36, REM pose a query about frequencies to Kenneth at 39, and an inferior remix of Atomic brings Blondie back 14 years on from hitting my top spot, at 38.

At 52 it’s a great dance track from Corona, Rhythm Of The Night, which should have been bigger (though it did well in the Uk charts), and at 67 a massive US hit record that you’ll find in the dictionary linked to the word “overrated”. Or is it “Over-rated”? Either way, it’s BoyzIIMen’s End Of The Road part 2. Talking of huge hits, it’s Saturday Night at 72, about to knock off Wet Wet Wet from the top of the UK singles chart. Of the two, I’d rather listen to Whigfield. Deedee nananana.

1 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
3 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
4 ( 7 ) LETITGO Prince
5 ( 16 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
6 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
7 ( 4 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 1 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
9 ( 18 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 12 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

11 ( 15 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
12 ( 19 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
13 ( 11 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
14 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
15 ( 8 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
16 ( 10 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 20 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
18 ( 21 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
19 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
20 ( 9 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

21 ( 24 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
22 ( NEW ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 13 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
24 ( 37 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
25 ( 22 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
26 ( 42 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
27 ( RE ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
28 ( 25 ) SEARCHING China Black
29 ( 34 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
30 ( 31 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

31 ( 47 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
32 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 45 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
34 ( 32 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
35 ( 53 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( NEW ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
37 ( 26 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
38 ( NEW ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
39 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
40 ( 50 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire

41 ( 38 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
42 ( 30 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
43 ( 28 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
44 ( 23 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
45 ( 41 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
46 ( 29 ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
47 ( 44 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
48 ( 27 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
49 ( 39 ) SHINE Aswad
50 ( 36 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

51 ( 33 ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
52 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
54 ( 48 ) SO GOOD Eternal
55 ( NEW ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
56 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
57 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 57 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

61 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
62 ( 67 ) WARRIORS Aswad
63 ( 55 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
64 ( 75 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
65 ( NEW ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( NEW ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 74 ) SPEED Billy Idol
70 ( 51 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

71 ( 46 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
72 ( NEW ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
73 ( 69 ) TO THE END Blur
74 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Redd Kross
75 ( NEW ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker

18th September 1994

2 weeks for Chris n Neil on top, and Cyndi takes the reworking of Girls Just Want To Have Fun to 4, beating (bizarrely) it’s original peak a decade earlier. I’m sure everyone recalls Bad Boys Inc second top 10, Love Here I Come? No, me neither! How embarrassing to see it shoot up from 65 to 8 and have no memory of it. Just Youtubed it, still drawing a blank! Roxette meanwhile bring Fireworks back to the top 10, exploding for a 5th year into the heights.

Aswad and Crowded House have big leaps into the 30, Corona and D:Ream into the 40, and the highest new entry is Terry Hall’s own version of his Lightning Seeds number one, the glorious Sense at 38, giving him 15 years of hits (with The Specials, Fun Boy 3, Colourfield and solo). East 17 Steam into 52, and Saint Etienne Hug My Soul at 58, reliably good at any stage of their career. Bon Jovi’s monster hit Always pops in at 70, while the Stones grab bottom place, but hey 75 is better than nothing.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 2 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
4 ( 26 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
5 ( 6 ) PARK LIFE Blur
6 ( 4 ) LETITGO Prince
7 ( 10 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
8 ( 65 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
10 ( 17 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

11 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
12 ( 11 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
13 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
14 ( 13 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
15 ( 5 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
16 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
17 ( 8 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
18 ( 24 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
19 ( 21 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
20 ( 14 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
23 ( 62 ) WARRIORS Aswad
24 ( 64 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
25 ( 15 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
26 ( 36 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
27 ( RE ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
28 ( 19 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
29 ( 38 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
30 ( 20 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

31 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
32 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
33 ( 39 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
34 ( 56 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
35 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
36 ( 25 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
37 ( 30 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
38 ( NEW ) SENSE Terry Hall
39 ( 28 ) SEARCHING China Black
40 ( 54 ) SO GOOD Eternal

41 ( 23 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
42 ( 31 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
43 ( 34 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
44 ( 29 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
45 ( 27 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
46 ( 69 ) SPEED Billy Idol
47 ( 37 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
48 ( 45 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
49 ( 55 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
50 ( 42 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

51 ( 33 ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
52 ( NEW ) STEAM East 17
53 ( 43 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
54 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
55 ( 72 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
56 ( 40 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
57 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( NEW ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
59 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( 58 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 60 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
62 ( 71 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
63 ( 53 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
64 ( 75 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
65 ( 49 ) SHINE Aswad
66 ( 67 ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING HE DOES IS MAGIC Shawn Colvin
70 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

71 ( 61 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
72 ( NEW ) ELEGANTLY AMERICAN: ONE NIGHT/MOVING M People
73 ( 50 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
74 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSUAL LOVE Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

25th September 1994

3 weeks for the Petties on top, and Edie Brickell gets her biggest hit, the fab Good Times at 3, with more than a bit of a hand from Barry White, who also gets his highest ever chart placing to date after 21 years of hits. Corona take that rhythm to 7, and Michelle takes her sweetness to 9. Saint Etienne are the big climbers though, hugging number 14 from 58.

Suede get the highest new entry, rather modestly claiming they are the pigs. Surely not! East 17 steam up 26, Billy Idol speeds up to 28 and C.J. Lewis has yet another oldie reggae cover in the top 40 at 33. Other newies: Snap! welcome tomorrow at 44, Madonna’s got a Secret (shhh she’s only 48), Seal’s newborn friend arrives at 54, and some well-known biggies plop in lower down: Irish reggae act Pat O’Banton borrows UB40 and covers Eddy Grant – not as well as The Equals, it must be said (and Eddy was in the band so that’s fair) but gets in at 58; The Lion King standard Circle Of Life was just a pleasant Elton John single 20 years ago, in at 59, and Take That seem Sure of going higher than 65 – or will they!? Answer in a few weeks…

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 11 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 7 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
5 ( 3 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
6 ( 4 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 31 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
8 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 19 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
10 ( 6 ) LETITGO Prince

11 ( 5 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 14 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
14 ( 58 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
15 ( 20 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
16 ( 9 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
17 ( 13 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
18 ( 15 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
19 ( 24 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
20 ( 23 ) WARRIORS Aswad

21 ( 16 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
22 ( 12 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
23 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 32 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
26 ( 52 ) STEAM East 17
27 ( 25 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
28 ( 46 ) SPEED Billy Idol
29 ( 21 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
30 ( 18 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman

31 ( 22 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
32 ( 28 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
33 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
34 ( 49 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
35 ( 62 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
36 ( 29 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
37 ( 26 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
38 ( 33 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
40 ( 30 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu

41 ( 39 ) SEARCHING China Black
42 ( 38 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 36 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
44 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
45 ( 70 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
46 ( 55 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
47 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON ME D:Ream
48 ( NEW ) SECRET Madonna
49 ( 37 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision
50 ( NEW ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

51 ( 35 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Inner Circle
52 ( 75 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
53 ( 48 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
54 ( NEW ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 50 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
57 ( 54 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
58 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
59 ( NEW ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
60 ( 59 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

61 ( 41 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
62 ( 60 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 61 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
64 ( 43 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
65 ( NEW ) SURE Take That
66 ( 47 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 42 ) INSIDE OUT/ DOWN THAT ROAD Shara Nelson
70 ( 65 ) SHINE Aswad

71 ( 53 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
72 ( 63 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
73 ( NEW ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
74 ( 64 ) BODY AND SOUL Anita Baker
75 ( 71 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

My 1989 Charts – September

Vermont 1989

Vermont 1989

3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright

My 1984 Charts – September

Lower Gardens Bournemouth

Lower Gardens Bournemouth

4th September 1984

Stevie gets his 4th Number One, and keeps on with the tradition of those topping my chart not actually being his best records. Ah well, it’s still very popular though I’m well over it now. At 3, fluttering up the charts, it’s Malcolm McLaren getting his biggest hit to date, and at 7 Bucks Fizz return to the top 10 for a 3-year run of great pop singles. Elton also adds to his massive haul of Top 10 hits with another record I’m largely over these days, more annoying than fun.

Highest new entry at 19 is Depeche Mode getting well into bondage, presumably of the industrial-sounding type, and sneaking up on a high-flying Spandau track. The Smiths climb 28 places to 22, Morrissey claiming it was really nothing, but it actually was something – it stays ahead of Agadoo! Morrissey’s announcement he has been having cancer treatment explains a lot, such as the cancelled show I had tickets for, and I wish him well as soon as possible.

At 24, Heaven 17 are all about Sunset Now, one that sounded good enough for a high new entry, and then got promptly forgotten. The Jacksons join Michael, and mate Rockwell, inside the Top 40, and it really looks like Torture. Depeche I’m sure would approve. At 53, The Specials deliciously sly What I Like Most About You, so sweet-sounding, so back-stabbing! Lyndsey Buckingham has a solo break again, after his 1982 Number 1 with the gorgeous Trouble, and much like Jameela feels a bit insane. Junior’s back with somebody at 59 – no not Kim Wilde, that’s in the future. OMD keep up the run of great singles at 67 with T T T Tesla Girls, and The Bluebells get a good follow-up with Cath, and Sade’s Smooth Operator slides smoothly in at 74. oooerrr missus!

On TV, Star Trek delight, and a new TV series called The Black Adder, with Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Brian Blessed, and which I really liked! Oldies? Laurel & Hardy. If you’re under 35 you may not be familiar with them as they were from the 1930’s, slapstick galore, and loveable. Once upon a time they were all over TV, but they were filmed in black and white and as such have now been banished all television stations along with all other black and white product. Youngsters whinge about it not being coloured, I say they are just racist!

In the miserable real world, hypochondria continued as part of my depression symptoms. I started writing up my 1979 American holiday diaries which I’d never got round to finishing – some of it was still fairly clear in my memory, some of it not so. Considered doing a one-year teaching course, made investigations, though not really suited to be a teacher I was well out of options. On Pop Quiz, old clips from 1974 led me to the conclusion that “my” era was 1971 to 1974, age 13 through 16 – I think that’s everybody’s era age-wise. That’s my theory, what is mine, that is the theory that, cough, is mine, and which is my theory, cough. cough. Sorry, Python movie this week on TV.

1 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
3 ( 35 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 6 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 4 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 27 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 8 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
8 ( 3 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
10 ( 17 ) PASSENGERS Elton John

11 ( 13 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
12 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 7 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
14 ( 9 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
15 ( 26 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
16 ( 11 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
17 ( 10 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 45 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
19 ( NEW ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
20 ( 21 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 50 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) AGADOO Black Lace
24 ( NEW ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
25 ( 16 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
26 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
27 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
28 ( 46 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
29 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
30 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae

31 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
32 ( 20 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
34 ( 48 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( NEW ) TORTURE The Jacksons
36 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
37 ( 24 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
38 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 28 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
40 ( 34 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells

41 ( 25 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
42 ( 36 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
43 ( 32 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
44 ( 37 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
45 ( 40 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
46 ( 58 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 31 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
48 ( 72 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 54 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
50 ( 44 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League

51 ( 43 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
54 ( 49 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
55 ( 29 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
56 ( 52 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
57 ( 39 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
58 ( NEW ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
59 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Junior
60 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 38 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
62 ( 57 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
63 ( 53 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 56 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
65 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
66 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
67 ( NEW ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
68 ( 64 ) THE LEBANON Human League
69 ( NEW ) CATH The Bluebells
70 ( 61 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

71 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( 62 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
73 ( 63 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
74 ( NEW ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
75 ( 70 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 1
1 Star Trek: The Motion Picture
3 And Now For Something Completely Different.. : film
4 The Black Adder
5 Rhoda
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Laurel & Hardy
8 Soap
9 Pop Quiz
10 Taxi
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Invaders
13 WKRP In Cincinatti
14 The Rockford Files
15 Upstairs Downstairs

11th September 1984

A new number one and it’s Malcolm McLaren doing what the Sex Pistols never managed – and with rap opera, sort-of. I’ve sat through Madame Butterfly, performed by a Russian opera group, and was bored witless at the inanity of the lyrics, the plot and the lack of tunes. This record is all you need, trust me. Highest new entry, exactly 5 years after peaking at 5, and it’s back at 5: it’s Sister Sledge following up their own B Side Top 10 with the classic A Side. Lost In Music? Too right!

The Smiths get another Top 10, hooray, and Astrud Gilberto and Miami Sound Machine keep a double-latin presence high joining them in the 10. A big leap for Kraftwerk, a year after charting first, up to 17 – obviously all that cycling gives it stamina. Lyndsey Buckingham gets another solo Top 20, as he goes insane at 19, up 39 places. Pity it wasn’t a hit. Highest new record to enter is The Adventures with their 2nd hit, Another Silent Day – another silent non-hit, sadly. Ditto The Specials at 29, as my chart starts to depart from the hits a little. Robin Gibb had a few big chart hits (for me) so here’s Barry with his own, Shine Shine at 33. Bowie follows up his Chic-tastic dance hat-trick of number ones with the more Bowie-esque Blue Jean at 40, thought to be disappointing at the time, but I liked it!

Level 42 are back at 42, Sade’s up to 43, Diana Ross has another minor hit (15 years into her run), Black Uhuru pose a serious question, to which I reply, don’t ask me! Prince’s signature dirge, I mean, TUNE, follows up the sublime When Doves Cry and plugs his movie nicely. I still don’t get the appeal…! Animal Nightlife were a smooth jazzsoul Brit band who had posters for the single splashed everywhere. Or rather posters of the fetching lead singer showing his asset off. A good record regardless, if largely forgotten these days. The Associates keep up the chart entries, Tom Robinson covers Steely Dan, and U2 enter with a top-notch passionate epic, the one that catapulted them from indie rock to stadium rock: Pride (In The Name Of Love) is classic. No less.

In my life: baby Vicki keeping me awake in the middle of the night (poorly), striking miner brother working where he could, dentist (a nightmare! Total dentist coward, that’s me, childhood traumas), friends Paul & Sheila invited me to Rotherham for their engagement do. NAAFI interview at Amesbury, popped into Stonehenge on the way. As you do. They wanted me to move to Amesbury (said I would, my body language prob said I wouldn’t). Family argument, drinking in the pub and lack of money the root cause, everyone upset. Not happy times at all…..

1 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
2 ( 1 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 2 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( NEW ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 5 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 11 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
9 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
10 ( 22 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

11 ( 9 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
12 ( 15 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 7 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
14 ( 10 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
15 ( 8 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
16 ( 13 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
17 ( 57 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
18 ( 19 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
19 ( 58 ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
20 ( 35 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 24 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
22 ( 16 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
23 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
24 ( 14 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
25 ( 29 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
26 ( 18 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
27 ( 26 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
28 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
29 ( 53 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
30 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

31 ( 23 ) AGADOO Black Lace
32 ( 20 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
33 ( NEW ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( 28 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
36 ( 67 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
37 ( 69 ) CATH The Bluebells
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 33 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( NEW ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie

41 ( 25 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
42 ( NEW ) HOT WATER Level 42
43 ( 74 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
44 ( 27 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
45 ( 31 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
46 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 65 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
48 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
50 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters

51 ( 30 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
52 ( 42 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
53 ( 40 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
54 ( 44 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
55 ( 45 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
56 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
57 ( NEW ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
58 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
59 ( 43 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru

61 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
62 ( 50 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
63 ( NEW ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
64 ( 37 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
65 ( NEW ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
66 ( 56 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
67 ( 66 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( NEW ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
69 ( 51 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
70 ( 52 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters

71 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY Junior
72 ( 41 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
73 ( NEW ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
74 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 2
1 Blackadder
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Addams Family
5 Rhoda
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Taxi
8 The Rockford Files
9 High Anxiety: film
10 The Invaders

18th September 1984

Another week another new number one, this time the 5-year-old Lost In Music, giving Sister Sledge their only number one, and Nile Rodgers first and last chart-topping song for 29 years. No rush then! Ghostbusters goes up to 6 in the first of several chart runs, and Ray Parker Junior’s biggest hit 6 years into his hit-career. Kraftwerk get their 3rd Top 10 9 years after their first (Autobahn), and OMD go up 26 places TTTT Tesla Girls-in with another Top 10 – it’s unusual for them NOT to make my top 10, to be honest, in the 80’s.

Highest new entry is a major classic, Drive, in at 14 for The Cars 6 years on from debut hit My Best Friend’s Girl, and very different: this one is hauntingly gorgeous, with a disturbing video about mental illness which sent shivers up my spine, and still does. Brilliant record. The Bluebells meanwhile take Cath into the 20 for 3 in a row, The Specials make it 5 years of Top 20 hits, and U2 rocket to 24 from 73 with the awesome Pride.

Sade and Animal Nightlife break into the 40, along with Prince and Level 42, and new tracks include Aztec Camera, Shakatak, Nik Kershaw following-up hits, while Shaky gets an occasional chart-entry they tend to be minor ones: A Letter To You is 73. Jethro Tull is 74 in the lap of luxury, but that makes it a nice round 15 years since Living In The Past first hit my charts. Queen keep up the run of hits (never failed to chart in the 10 years since 7 Seas Of Rhye topped my chart in 1974) as Hammer To Fall slams in at 55. Which leaves the 2nd-best new entry: Together In Electric Dreams, Giorgio Moroders hit with Human Leaguer Phil Oakey. I’ve seen Human League do it live 6 or 7 times (always brilliant), and 3 weeks back I was dancing and singing along madly to it in a Spanish Opera House, for Duckies In Sitges. Fab!

TV? Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, two of my all-time classic fave comedies, Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein and James Garner in Support Your Local Sherrif, Star Trek doing a Shakespeare-themed episode (and rather fine too), and brand new sitcom Blackadder continues to delight me. A US mini-series repeat The Martian Chronicles is a poetic and evocatively nostalgic brilliant science fiction Ray Bradbury novel (or rather collection of short stories), the TV series much less-so but it has loads of big stars in it. When I first bought and read the book age 13 in Singapore it was called The Silver Locusts – which I still think suits it more, even though they are stories based on Mars.

Life? Saw Romancing The Stone at the cinema (a good adventure movie). Signed on at the DHSS, as always I was stupidly honest (I’m such a dick) and told the guestapo woman interrogating me about working a few hours at NAAFI. She got snotty, and stopped benefits to the tune of £4.50 when I’d earned a grand total of £4. So, the moral and message given out? Don’t bother trying to get work experience for pay as you’ll be financially worse-off. Still trying to work out the logic of that one…..Lesson learned, there were, I later found, ways around the system. Babysat tantrumming Vicki while Mark & Sue had a pub break, told ‘em to go anyway and she was fine with me till she went to sleep, kids are almost always mellow with me. I must remind of her that later this week Helped at youth club again, after a break away (more adults than kids though, which was more like a social club for grown-ups!) and fumed over a massive gas bill I was having to pay (£172!!) That was an effing fortune in those days and I was unemployed. I turned the heating and hot water off when I was in the house alone.

1 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 1 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 3 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
6 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 8 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
8 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
9 ( 17 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 36 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD

11 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 9 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 11 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
14 ( NEW ) DRIVE The Cars
15 ( 19 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
16 ( 10 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
17 ( 37 ) CATH The Bluebells
18 ( 29 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
19 ( 14 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
20 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 18 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
22 ( 15 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
23 ( 16 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
24 ( 73 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
25 ( 13 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
26 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
27 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
28 ( 43 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
29 ( 26 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
30 ( 22 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

31 ( 27 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
32 ( 65 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 40 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
35 ( 21 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
36 ( 28 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
37 ( 63 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( 42 ) HOT WATER Level 42

41 ( 60 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
42 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
43 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
44 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
45 ( 57 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( 31 ) AGADOO Black Lace
48 ( NEW ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 32 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
50 ( NEW ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

51 ( 30 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
52 ( 41 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
53 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 35 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
55 ( NEW ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
56 ( 45 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
57 ( 68 ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
58 ( 52 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
59 ( 58 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( 54 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 55 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
62 ( 53 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
63 ( 61 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
64 ( NEW ) BURNING BUSH Savage Progress
65 ( 59 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
66 ( 62 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
69 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
70 ( 75 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

71 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT Joe Jackson
72 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
74 ( NEW ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
75 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

TV
1 Star Trek: The Conscience Of The King
1 Young Frankenstein: film
3 Blackadder
4 Support Your Local Sherrif: film
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Addams Family
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 The Rockford Files
10 Pop Quiz

25th September 1984

2 weeks for Sister Sledge at 1, and Alphaville finally go top 3 after weeks at 4, but the big news is new at 4 – War War is stupid, and people are stupid: yes Boy George got a lot of stick for those simplistic lyrics, but I loved the sentiment (still do) and the record is sort-of oddly joyous, one of Culture Club’s final goodies as they unexpectedly hit a drug-influenced career-stopping brick wall. Sad!

OMD go top 5, The Cars get a 3rd top 10, and Adam Ant is back with a jolly spaceman tune – how could I not like it?! In at 20 for Apollo 9, the one he did at Live Aid to everyone’s disgust. Freddie Mercury gets his first solo hit with Love Kills at 27, and leapfrogs Queen’s latest rocker with a bit of camp disco. Also grim, politically, UB40 threaten to leave the country if Maggie gets in again: oh yeah? Great record though, and I agreed with every word in at 28, and a 4 years non-stop run of singles.

John Waite’s back at 34 with a well-known MOR rock ballad, Missing You, 6 years after hitting my number one in The Baby’s with Isn’t It Time: that’s a classic record, albeit obscure these days, and Missing You is merely quite good. Glen Frey joins in the solo fray, Sexy Girl at 50 and looking like The Eagles will get back together only when hell freezes over. Hey, it did….! Bronski have a shrill follow-up, can you tell me why? Marc Almond is yet another solo hitster with You Have at 55, Soft Cell sadly no more, Tina Turner’s back at 57 so you better be good to her, or else! One-time Be Bop Deluxe man Bill Nelson accelerates to 58, 8 years since Ships In The Night lit up my charts. The Mighty Wah! keep the hits coming, Frida has another shining solo hit at 71, Abba tragically no-more, though we didn’t know it then. Stephanie Mills get a follow-up hit 4 years late, and finally The Everley Brothers get their first chart hit with new material (being as they pre-dated my charts) thanks to Paul McCartney who donated a song. Thumbs-up Macca!

TV: Must mention Terrahawks again, loved Zelda and her Tina Turner fright-wig, and her idiot son. Loved the great little plot parodies of shakespeare (“a zeaf? a zeaf? My kingdom for a zeaf!”) and The Beatles (the cavern puts in an appearance). Under-rated, and frankly, over the heads of kids, most of the scripts! This was also Tony Blackburn’s last radio 1 show this week, Flowers In The Rain his first and last track – of course he’s still on radio 2 these days.

Life? Well, a big moment turned up in a letter from Dorset County Council: the job I didn’t get surveying highways, turns out someone dropped out before starting and they wanted me to start next week. This was a letter that did actually change my life, actually. It led to me being where I am now, and the start of the end of the depression, but of course it sent me into instant panic. As if that wasn’t enough drove to Winchester, Nottingham, Hucknell to friends Dave & Jane’s to stay, which was great and enjoyed Jane’s new paintings. Saturday was fun, then in the evening with mutual friend Julie off to Paul & Sheila’s in Rotherham for a gathering of fun games with their friends and relations – charades, pass the parcel, a great party and I didn’t want to go back to my life down south. Had to though, first day at work Monday…

1 ( 1 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
3 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
4 ( NEW ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
5 ( 10 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
6 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 14 ) DRIVE The Cars
8 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
9 ( 9 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 24 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2

11 ( 5 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
12 ( 7 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 8 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
14 ( 17 ) CATH The Bluebells
15 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
16 ( 28 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
17 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
18 ( 11 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 13 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
20 ( NEW ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant

21 ( 18 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
22 ( 34 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
23 ( 32 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
24 ( 15 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
25 ( 19 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
26 ( 23 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
27 ( NEW ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
28 ( NEW ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
29 ( 16 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
30 ( 40 ) HOT WATER Level 42

31 ( 21 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
32 ( 22 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU John Waite
35 ( 43 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
36 ( 29 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
37 ( 37 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 25 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
39 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

41 ( 30 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
42 ( 31 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
43 ( 55 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
44 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 45 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 36 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
47 ( 27 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 48 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
50 ( NEW ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey

51 ( 42 ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
52 ( 35 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
53 ( NEW ) WHY Bronski Beat
54 ( 26 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE Marc Almond
56 ( 47 ) AGADOO Black Lace
57 ( NEW ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
58 ( NEW ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
59 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( NEW ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
62 ( 58 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
63 ( 52 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
64 ( 60 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
65 ( 70 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson
66 ( 63 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 74 ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
69 ( 73 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( 56 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

71 ( NEW ) SHINE Frida
72 ( 61 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
73 ( 65 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills

TV
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Black Adder
3 Rhoda
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 The Addams Family
6 Terrahawks
7 Taxi
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Rockford Files

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My 1979 Charts – September

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4th September 1979

The first chart in Long Beach, LA, and it’s too soon for anything to have happened musically, so it’s quite a dull chart with a bit of shuffling. On the plus side, Cliff’s fab record gets a second week on top, Boney M get a 4th Top 3 hit (yes I knew that hook was fab, even if it under-performed UK charts-wise), Gerry Rafferty gets a 4th Top 5, and the Specials are real Gangsters at 5. Don’t argue!

Flying Lizards get to 10, Randy Vanwarmer takes his sweetsad ballad to 11, and Johnny Mathis gets a 3rd Top 20 hit. Jumping Randy Crawford with The Crusaders 51 to 27, Streetlife – sadly not the much better Roxy Music hit, though the nearly-as-good Angel Eyes is at 8 for them – and Dr Hook get to 39 with a future biggie. New entries: Wings (it’s OK), and not much else worth noting.

So instead I’ll pop over to California ’79, where I was, and continue the pop culture anecdotes amongst the student nostalgia. Cheers! So, we headed randomly to Long Beach, and came across Beach Terrace Motel, literally on the beach, and facing the Queen Mary liner, and all for $11 each, wow! My American airplane friend gave us good advice! It was night, the ocean was full of blocks of colour and twinkling lights. Fab! Roomy, a iamspamspamami a balcony over the beach, living room and bedroom, “Pure sensational delight” I quote myself. Being an American TV fan, I took over the control next day as I re-acquainted with childhood faves not seen in a decade thanks to re-run stations – as opposed to the pathetic 3 UK channels. Notably Mel Brooks wacky sitcom Get Smart, and Gilligans Island daft but loveable sitcom, Ghost and Mrs Muir, Family Affair, Batman, Partridge Family. I was in babbling sitcom heaven.

Tuesday: The daytime revealed we were basically living like Jim Rockford, on the beach, we got groceries at a nearby store, played frisbee, took photos, pancakes at a diner “a cup of tea, please” said Julie, the waitress loved the accent and repeated it. A recurring theme of the States: the English accent is very popular! We hired a tent, everyone was so happy to help us look for one, so friendly and helpful. I loved it here, shame we moved out next day….

Wednesday: Out for a drive, my un-named friend tried driving down the highway wrong direction, cars hurtling towards us – fortunately those alleyways you see on cop shows are real and dived down it. Laugh or cry about it? Laugh! Then it was a day in Disneyland: my first time, my first theme park. The thick brown cords I wore prob not a great idea in the heat… I loved the rides, the detail, the lifelike “robot” Abe Lincoln, and I pushed Tomorrowland as the place to be – so ME! Space Mountain: “the most exciting thing I’ve ever done” a pitch-black indoor roller-coaster, thus begins my roller-coaster obsession! I adored Disneyland.

Thursday: Off to Las Vegas. I froze in the air-con car (I like heat!). I anticipated a future language cliche in my comment: “literally” my feet and arms were freezing, but I used the commas to show it wasn’t actually literal. So there! Nothing new under the sun. Station KFI (LA) – some of the big news items that cropped up: Lex Barker (Tarzan) died, actress Jean Seberg was found dead in Paris (Paint Your Wagon), Earl Mountbatten blown-up by the IRA, hurricanes. Gulp! Stop-off at Calico, a great desert mountain ghost mining town done up for tourists, terrific for photos and HOT, well over 100F. Yay! On the radio? My theme song, my all-time fave song, the song that has followed me round the world, wherever I go, I usually hear it (less so these days, mind you): Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. Las Vegas: I found new DC Comics in a supermarket, Legion Of Super-Heroes especially. Me sorted, then! Accommodation? KOA campsite, a tent in desert heat, erecting it as night fell – yes, not thought through that one….. Cruising the Las Vegas strip at night in the car? Tick! Just like American Graffiti…

Friday: newspaper tokens for a free casino breakfast and free $1 in coins to play. True! I demonstrated to Pete & Julie the futility of gambling on the one-armed bandits, feeding my coins in “you never win on these things” I said as $5 worth of cash tumbled out. I quit while I was ahead:) Drove to Hoover Dam: terrific photos. Pete and Julie were getting on VERY well by this time, leaving me as the 5th wheel, but all good fun. We were heading for the Grand Canyon…. TBC

1 ( 1 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
3 ( 6 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
4 ( 8 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
5 ( 7 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
6 ( 4 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
7 ( 3 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
8 ( 10 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
9 ( 5 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
10 ( 13 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards

11 ( 23 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 14 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
13 ( 9 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
14 ( 12 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
15 ( 11 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
16 ( 16 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
17 ( 19 ) LINES The Planets
18 ( 17 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
19 ( 22 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
20 ( 15 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire

21 ( 20 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
22 ( 28 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
23 ( 26 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
24 ( 24 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
25 ( 18 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
26 ( 34 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
27 ( 51 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
28 ( 21 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
29 ( 31 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
30 ( 27 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez

31 ( 25 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
32 ( 30 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
33 ( 63 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
34 ( 39 ) CARS Gary Numan
35 ( 29 ) KID The Pretenders
36 ( 32 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
37 ( 35 ) WANTED The Dooleys
38 ( 42 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
39 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
40 ( 33 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69

41 ( 37 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
42 ( 36 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
43 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
44 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
45 ( 41 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
46 ( NEW ) GETTING CLOSER Wings
47 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
49 ( 48 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
50 ( 47 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

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51 ( 46 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
52 ( 45 ) SPACE BASS Slick
53 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
54 ( 75 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
55 ( 53 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
56 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
57 ( 64 ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
58 ( 59 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
59 ( 60 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
60 ( 43 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross

61 ( 50 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
62 ( 62 ) ROXANNE The Police
63 ( 56 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
64 ( NEW ) BOY OH BOY Racey
65 ( 67 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
66 ( 52 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
67 ( 57 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
68 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL YOU BE MINE Average White Band
69 ( 73 ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
70 ( 70 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

71 ( 61 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE WARNING The Angelic Upstarts
73 ( 66 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
74 ( 68 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 69 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire

11th September 1979
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The first US chart proper, and it shows in an inrush of Californian and Nevada radio tracks that hadn’t registered in the UK. Appropriately, the 3 highest were British acts, plus 3 US acts, and an Aussie and a Canadian, but the chart-topper was one of the 2 45’s I bought on holiday – Gerry Rafferty’s 2nd number one, the fabulous Get It Right Next Time, inexorably linked in my mind with desert highways. As was the highest new entry at 3, ELO’s 3rd Top 5 of the year off Discovery, the thumpingly brilliant Don’t Bring Me Down, the other 45 I bought, along with In The Ghetto, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine, and Good Morning Starshine as I was reliving the summer of 69. ELO: all the boys sang along to “Broooce” loudly in the car, every time it came on. yay!

Sister Sledge get their biggest hit to date as the brilliant Lost In Music goes Top 5, Dr Hook get a 5th Top 20 hit at 18, and in at 20 it’s the 3rd Breakfast In America single, the US-hit-only Goodbye Stranger, a delicious ballad much better than the title track. In at 30 it’s Nick Lowe, fresh off helping Dave Edmunds, with the irresistible Cruel To Be Kind – in the right measure! Another non-UK-hit at 38, the wonderful Cars and Let’s Go, for a 3rd John hit and another great single. At 55, Babs is back with the theme tune to her last decent comedy, with Ryan O’Neal, The Main Event, all camp disco, and 8 years of hits.

The Little River Band had a radio hit in the UK with Reminiscing but never broke through, but Lonesome Loser is a sort of 80’s poprock template and a great singalong bit of drama. Anne Murray gets 9 years of hits, 2 number ones, and a 3rd hit of the year with the pleasant Shadows In The Moonlight. A bit MOR but I always loved her soft easy-on-the-ear vocals. Robert Palmer gets a 2nd hit with Bad Case Of Loving You, rocking it where Every Kinda People ached wistfully, and finally a bit of country from Eddie Rabbit, and one I’ve never managed to hear again. Not for long though…!

On the holiday media-scene, Laverne & Shirley (a Penny Marshall Happy Days spin-off, daft but loveable), The Jeffersons (black sitcoms were making inroads on US TV) and The Match Game, the US original version of Blankety Blank: more on this later…

Friday (cont): The Grand Canyon. Just past Bedrock (I kid not, Fred Flintstone is alive and well!), through the woodland, park the car, and whooo the biggest hole in the world! If you’ve seen the photos, it comes as a letdown initially – but that’s only till you get a proper sense of scale. It blew my mind: I peered over the edge and watched a bird flying way below. Only it wasn’t a bird, it was a plane. It’s HUGE. One of the greatest spots on the planet to visit, stunning to me, less so for the others. Downside: we camped in the tent. It was bloody freezing! We weren’t dressed for cold! I loaned my pyjamas to the girls.

Sat: The canyon was breathtaking in the morning light and blue skies. I picked up some souvenir stones to take home. I do that. Chipmunks. Ammonite souvenirs. Hoover Dam. KOA Las Vegas. Another nameless friend drove Pete & I in the dark to a casino – the wrong way down the highway! Quick U turn! Cruised the strip. Lady Luck casino, past gathering prostitutes and drunks. Watched a gathering of glamorous ladies getting picked up in the casino one by one by gentleman callers who gave them something before leaving. How thoughtful. Pete played cards, won some cash, a lady helpfully advised us that if we didn’t have ID proving we were over 21 (Julie wasn’t 21) we ought to make a quick exit as it was against the law. We took her advice!

Sun: Death Valley via Pahrump, a dust devil, desert scrub, it was a National Monument, fabulous scenery, worryingly hot with names like Furnace Creek and danger signs all adding to the anxiety about breaking down en route. All good fun, as was the toilet rolls in the “emergency” roadsign box. Souvenir desert-salt fell immediately to bits in the car, as predicted by yours truly. Sand dunes. Hick gas shack on the mountain climb out of the valley. Mountains! Lone Pine: a motel! hooray! Luxury!

Mon: To Lake Tahoe, sensational mountain scenery, forests and lakes, Lake Tahoe a deep blue edged by steep pine-treed slopes, and casinos on the Nevada end. The 2nd-highest lake in the world I read somewhere. Judy Collins and Jim Stafford were in town for shows: nobody knew who they were or cared to find out. Johnny Mathis more so, but expensive. Pity! Eagle Point Camp Site. tent again.

Tues: Sunny, fresh campsite morning by the lake! Driving to KOA Auburn for the afternoon, put my washing in the campsite industrial-sized drier. My T shirts shrunk to the size of tots T shirts. Much merriment from others. Listed lots of oldies in my notebooks heard on radio: Beatles, Abba, Bee Gees a-plenty (yes Abba, despite popular perception they never made it in the States, did, and were played on radio), Love’s Theme, Jet, Driver’s Seat, Layla and many more….

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1 ( 4 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 1 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
3 ( NEW ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
4 ( 2 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 12 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 5 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
7 ( 6 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
8 ( 8 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
9 ( 3 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
10 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

11 ( 7 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
12 ( 10 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
13 ( 9 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
14 ( 17 ) LINES The Planets
15 ( 14 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
16 ( 20 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
17 ( 13 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
18 ( 39 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 19 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
20 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

21 ( 15 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
22 ( 18 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
23 ( 27 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
24 ( 21 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
25 ( 22 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
26 ( 23 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
27 ( 16 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
28 ( 24 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
29 ( 30 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
30 ( NEW ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

31 ( 33 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
32 ( 25 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
33 ( 34 ) CARS Gary Numan
34 ( 26 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
35 ( 38 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
36 ( 28 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
37 ( 36 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
38 ( NEW ) LET’S GO The Cars
39 ( 45 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
40 ( 46 ) GETTING CLOSER Wings

41 ( 31 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
42 ( 29 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
43 ( 32 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
44 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
45 ( NEW ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
46 ( 35 ) KID The Pretenders
47 ( 37 ) WANTED The Dooleys
48 ( 41 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( 44 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
50 ( 49 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

51 ( 48 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
52 ( 50 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
53 ( 64 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
54 ( 53 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
55 ( NEW ) THE MAIN EVENT/ FIGHT Barbra Streisand
56 ( 59 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 58 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
58 ( 51 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 56 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
60 ( NEW ) SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT Anne Murray

61 ( 66 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
62 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
63 ( 68 ) WHEN WILL YOU BE MINE Average White Band
64 ( 52 ) SPACE BASS Slick
65 ( 60 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
66 ( 63 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
67 ( 40 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
68 ( 42 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
69 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
70 ( 62 ) ROXANNE The Police

71 ( RE ) POP MUZIK M
72 ( 70 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
73 ( 43 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
74 ( NEW ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU (DOCTOR DOCTOR) Robert Palmer
75 ( NEW ) SUSPICION Eddie Rabbit

TV
1 Laverne And Shirley
2 The Jeffersons
3 The Match Game

18th September 1979
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A split US/UK chart, with a couple of days back in the UK mixed in with American radio new entries. ELO get their 6th chart-topper, knocking off Gerry after one week only. The record has popped up since in American road movies (I mean how appropriate for me, being as it was, and is, and always will be, singing down freeways and highways) like the brilliant Paul, the good Super 8, Doctor Who, Family Guy, The Pirates, and only just missed getting onto Guardians Of The Galaxy (hoping to see it in the extended version on DVD). I feel all justified and warm… Both crackers! Gary Numan motors up to 4 for a 2nd Top 5 hit with Cars, and highest new entry is The Commodores (and Lionel Richie’s) best ballad, the gorgeous Sail On. It’s a country song from a soul band, and the delayed end chorus is just delicious.

The Stranglers get all royal at 18, and Dollar re-enter with their soppy ballad at 25, making it 3 in a row Top 40’s. At 26, it’s Robert John, last seen in 1972 wimoweh-ing with a sleeping lion, back this time with a sweet falsetto ballad, Sad Eyes. Frantique strut some funky stuff at 28, Squeeze are up for a bit of Slap n Tickle at 30, a 5th hit for them, and Elton John follows-up his Philly-hit Are You Ready For Love with the US-only Philly hit Mama Can’t Buy You Love, almost as good and the track I preferred at the time.

Dionne Warwick gets the Manilow treatment, and a decent ballad, at 49, back after 5 chart years away. Secret Affair debut with the storming Time For Action at 50, and Maxine Nightingale leads me on at 57, her 4th hit since her brilliant Motown-styled breakthrough in 1975, Right Back Where We Started From. Another US-only hit by a British act, the US charts were full of ‘em in those days, we had pop stars to spare. At 64, 3rd hit for Maureen Mcgovern, 6 years after her Poseidon Adventure song, and finally 2 big name comebacks: Herb Alpert’s sax goes disco for the fab Rise, the head of A&M records getting his first hit in 10 years, and former child-star Michael Jackson goes solo for a second-wind career, his 6th hit sneaking in at 75 produced by Quincy Jones, a slick, disco dance maturity on display. Wonder how that’ll go down? Not badly….!

Holiday tales:

A famous movie star - and some paving slabs

A famous movie star – and some paving slabs

Wed/ Thurs: Sacremento. Pleasant city, and a Middle Of The Road song. San Francisco for 2 days: instantly my fave city, gorgeous to look at, lots to do, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf (views of Alcatraz) all done, all fab, Cable-car trolley ride? tick. The Bay bridges? yup. Attractive high-rise buildings? not bad. I especially loved Chinatown, giving me a heady dose of Singapore nostalgia, buying up oriental souvenirs and trinkets in a sweaty excitement. Pagoda wind-chimes, playing cards, chess piece, tiger-balm ointment (for mosquito bite ease), tiger-design & China scenery bamboo and cloth wall hangers, parasol, bamboo table mats. Yup I loved it. They all thought I was mad.

KOA tent evening north of the Bridge, where I got chatted-to by a hunk and his blonde girlfriend, neither of them had heard of Nottingham, Robin Hood or Errol Flynn when I tried to explain where I came from. On the second day, I wanted to stay longer, but one friend wasn’t at all keen and ended up getting the others to agree to move on to the next campsite, while we were eating a meal. I threw a hissy fit, sulked for the journey and refused to help with the map reading to the KOA campsite in the middle of nowhere (I really had had enough of dull tent-life with nothing to do and nowhere to go, and also wanted to see an exciting-looking new film Alien starring a new actress called Sigourney Weaver, showing in SF). Hilariously (to me, in a petty, serves you right sort of way) we went sailing by the exit we needed, and had to double-back and put the tent up in the dark. How spiteful was I? I knew it was the road we needed when we sailed by and I said nothing. Sulky brat, that’s me! I apologise here and now to Julie and Sue (lost touch with Joe and Pete) for being an arse!

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

Fri/Sat: Fresno. A younger girl bank-teller loved my “cute” T shirt and accent, and Pete’s. Aaaahhh! Sequioa National Park: mountain giant redwoods amazing! Saw General Sherman, the world’s biggest tree. Pete tricked me into thinking pine cones were falling on me on a huge fallen trunk. he was throwing them. Doh! Another KOA – did some charting while the others went swimming. They thought I was sulking again, and offered to go and see Alien at a local drive-in. Stopped by police for not stopping completely at a junction “stop” sign. It means just that, but they let us off when we explained it didn’t mean that in the UK. Phew! Being English had so many advantages! Too late for Alien, we went to a double-feature instead: Jaws, and the audience was SO unlike British audiences, screaming, gasping, laughing, applauding, so not-hung-up on showing emotion. Fab! Unfortunately they did the same for Airport ’80: The Concorde, a piece of tripe I slagged off afterwards, even though everyone else seemed to love it. “Sheer boring garbage” said I at the time and I stand by that!

Sun: L.A. 120F degrees. Hot! Hollywood sign. Sunset Boulevard. Capitol Building. Chinese Theatre, pavement footprints of the stars! Yay! Monroe, Marx Bros and Bogart were my faves. The Life Of Brian was showing!!! Not even out in the UK and here was a controversial Brit-flick on at the most famous movie theatre in the world. Joe & Sue went to see it while Pete, Julie & I went to CBS studios to watch a recording of The Match Game (aka Blankety Blank) as we’d got free tickets outside the theatre. yay! The warm-up man took over, getting the audience jolly, pulling faces and making crude groin gestures to get a bigger laugh. Even during recording! That explains the manic laughing at mild jokes on US shows: it’s what’s happening off-stage that’s funny! The star guests: David Doyle (Charlie’s Angels); Charles Nelson Reilly; Marcia Wallace (then of Bob Newhart Show, most famously now Mrs Krabappel from the Simpsons, sadly died recently); Bill Daly (also Bob Newhart Show, and previously I Dream Of Jeannie – as I told a smart-ass kid waiting for autographs after the show, he didn’t believe me. Bill confirmed and signed autographs for us. Ahhh!); Randi Oakes (great name) from CHIPS. It was great fun to watch! At the KOA later a couple in the next tent were having loud sex. That was a first for me….!

I knew I was short but...

I knew I was short but…

Mon: Universal studios, Battlestar Galactica sci-fi tunnel on the tram tour (still verrrry hot!), houses of The Munsters, The Addams Family, Animal House, Pyscho, sets of Kojak and The Sting (doubling as New York), Land Of The Giants TV show props (had my photo with a telephone bigger than me), the Jaws shark, and an icy-water avalanche as relief from the excess 120F heat. I bought a Mork And Mindy photonovel, the only way in those days to get a visual record of a beloved TV show. Loved Robin Williams, I did. Back to Mann’s/Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for The Life Of Brian in a plush cinema, it was BRILLIANT! Pete & I loved the depth and irreverence of it, piss-taking so much and so many, and my new fave all-time comedy as a result.

Tues: That’s it, flight home, after a shopping mall detour, bought some more singles and gifts for the family, and really wanting to stay. I always want to stay when I go on holiday, it’s never long enough, but especially so for this one having packed so much in 2 weeks. Sorry for the self-indulgent stories, but hope the 1979 media references fit into the Retro Themes nicely!

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

1 ( 3 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 2 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
4 ( 33 ) CARS Gary Numan
5 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 8 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
7 ( 7 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
8 ( 4 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 10 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
10 ( 6 ) GANGSTERS The Specials

11 ( 9 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
12 ( 12 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
13 ( NEW ) SAIL ON The Commodores
14 ( 30 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
15 ( 14 ) LINES The Planets
16 ( 19 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
17 ( 13 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
18 ( 28 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
19 ( 11 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
20 ( 20 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

21 ( 23 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
22 ( 15 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
23 ( 16 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
24 ( 31 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
25 ( RE ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
26 ( NEW ) SAD EYES Robert John
27 ( 22 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
28 ( NEW ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
29 ( 35 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
30 ( NEW ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze

31 ( 17 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
32 ( 21 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
33 ( 38 ) LET’S GO The Cars
34 ( 29 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
35 ( 25 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
36 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
37 ( NEW ) MAMA CAN’T BUY YOU LOVE Elton John
38 ( 53 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
39 ( 32 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
40 ( 45 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band

41 ( 36 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
42 ( 42 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
43 ( 37 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
44 ( 27 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
45 ( 24 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
46 ( 40 ) GETTING CLOSER Wings
47 ( 39 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
48 ( 48 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick
50 ( NEW ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair

51 ( 49 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
52 ( 26 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
53 ( 55 ) THE MAIN EVENT/ FIGHT Barbra Streisand
54 ( 44 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 51 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 50 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
57 ( NEW ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
58 ( 59 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 60 ) SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT Anne Murray
60 ( 52 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

61 ( 57 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
62 ( 56 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
63 ( 34 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
64 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 54 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
66 ( NEW ) RISE Herb Alpert
67 ( 75 ) SUSPICION Eddie Rabbit
68 ( 41 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
69 ( 61 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
70 ( 58 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

71 ( 47 ) WANTED The Dooleys
72 ( 66 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
73 ( RE ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
74 ( 69 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
75 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

TV
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Get Smart
3 Carry On At Your Convenience: film
4 The Seachers: film
5 The Tonight Show

25th September 1979

2 weeks on top for ELO as US holiday hit Robert John’s not so sad at 4, and The Commodores get their 3rd Top 10. It’s all about the new entries though, as a deluge of new UK releases invade my charts having been denied UK radio access for over 2 weeks, and led by highest new hit at 9 for Blondie, instantly catchy Dreaming. Just behind them, and also following up a chart-topper, it’s The Police shifting it up a gear with the frantic Message In A Bottle, a huge student fave and in at 11.

That’s not all though, big new entry at 13 for Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People. Wow! One more big new entry at 15, Rainbow, a Deep Purple off-shoot and a great Russ (Argent) Ballard song already charted for Clout in my charts. This rockpopmetal version is even better though. Biggest climber, up 50 places to 25 for Michael Jackson, just hanging on ahead of another batch of new entries.

Such as Quo at 30, Whatever You Want, one of their best records and rifftastic and all moody singalong – just bad luck it got overshadowed by even better records! At 38, Elvis Costello-a-like The Jags good Back Of My Hand, and then 2 new monster hits: Fleetwood Mac finally release something new, and it’s the sprawling, ambitious, rhythmic Tusk, confounding expectations brilliantly, in at 49. At 51, it’s Trevor Horn debuting. His group were called The Buggles and this was a little-known track mentioning the increasingly popular music videos that were cropping up on TV. I expect this utterly fab novelty record and music videos are long-forgotten these days. Finally, it’s a ska debut from a fresh-faced gang of lads called Madness: The Prince at 53.

OK, so no sooner than back from the States than it was off to Batley by coach for Sue’s 21st birthday bash with her family and mutual college friends. That was saturday, sunday was back to mansfield and a procession of guests, Mona from down the street (mum’s school-friend’s mum, a family friend) and Great Aunty Doll (mum’s Aunt) who talked of the tragedies in grandma’s life – it’s a novel in itself – before dad took me and brother mark out for a driving lesson. Mark was much better than me, couldn’t get the hang of gear changes. Aunty Eileen, Uncle Tony and the cousins Rachel & Lisa popped round Monday, before a family outing to Monty Python & The Holy Grail – probably the last film dad bothered to go and see at the cinema. Mum and Sue hated it, and it just wasn’t as good as Life Of Brian in LA! The other film, Blazing saddles, everyone loved, cos it’s brilliant. Cleaned my goldfish tank, and the budgie aviary. Mark bought a 10-minute Dr Who & The Daleks movie edit for his new movie projector, which was good, pre-video days, like being at the cinema, and was disappointed at the quality of my American slides that came in the post – too dark, mostly. Tragic!

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 4 ) CARS Gary Numan
4 ( 26 ) SAD EYES Robert John
5 ( 9 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
6 ( 13 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
7 ( 3 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
9 ( NEW ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 14 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

11 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
12 ( 7 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
13 ( NEW ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
14 ( 8 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
15 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
16 ( 18 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
17 ( 11 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
18 ( 6 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
19 ( 25 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
20 ( 24 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady

21 ( 10 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
22 ( 20 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
23 ( 12 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
24 ( 16 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
25 ( 75 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
26 ( 19 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
27 ( 30 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
28 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
29 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
30 ( NEW ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
32 ( 50 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
33 ( 23 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
34 ( 22 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
35 ( 42 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
36 ( 17 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
37 ( 38 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
38 ( NEW ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
39 ( 15 ) LINES The Planets
40 ( 49 ) I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick

41 ( 27 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
42 ( 32 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
43 ( 31 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
44 ( 66 ) RISE Herb Alpert
45 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
46 ( 39 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
47 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
48 ( 34 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
49 ( NEW ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 40 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band

51 ( NEW ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 48 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
53 ( NEW ) THE PRINCE Madness
54 ( 57 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
55 ( 41 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
56 ( 33 ) LET’S GO The Cars
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 64 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
59 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( NEW ) SOMETHING THAT I SAID The Ruts

61 ( 35 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
62 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
63 ( 60 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
64 ( 56 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
65 ( NEW ) TOMORROW’S GIRLS The UK Subs
66 ( 43 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
67 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
68 ( 44 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
69 ( 47 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer

71 ( 61 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
72 ( 62 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
73 ( RE ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
74 ( 51 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
75 ( NEW ) LASER LOVE After The Fire

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 Westworld: film
3 MASH
4 Arthur C. Clarke Profile
5 Targets
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Kojak
8 Carry On Doctor: film
9 Film 79
10 The Sky At Night

My 2014 Charts – October to December

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me sitges 2014

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28th December 2014

It’s Mark Ronson hitting the top spot for the first time, with Bruno Mars getting his 3rd chart-topper, and the fabulous funky Uptown Funk! The top end of the chart looks like Halloween with devils and ghosts, lower down it’s a christmas bonanza as the ghosts of xmas past enter drop climb or drop out. Not to mention movie themes from SIA (Annie’s You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile) and The Weeknd climbing to 12 and entering at 7 with his theme to 50 Shades Of Grey, Earned It – greedy The Weeknd has 2 in the 10 (and his 3rd in total), and so has Madonna as Devil Pray enters at 9, and Ghosttown climbs to 4 proving she’s back on form, and with most of the album and singles yet to be released. For the record, that’s pretty much Top 10’s from 1984 for 30 years barring 10 or 15 or so that underperfomed, and Hanky Panky which is unlistenable these days.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney re-enters the top 40 with his computer game track, just behind ex-partner John Lennon back for the millionth time with Happy Xmas War Is Over, first hitting my number one in 1972, the first ever christmas chart-topper, the one that has hit the top spot way more times than any other record, and the one that has charted several times in every decade since with a grand total of chart points only beaten by 1 or 2 tracks, Abba’s Dancing Queen and on a par (I need to check after this run) with California Dreamin’ from The Mamas And The Papas.

Talking of Lennon and McCartney, Joe Cocker’s brilliant With A Little Help From My Friends returns at 5 with his epic version of The Beatles song, which first hit my top 10 46 years ago, but never quite made the top 5, and following his sad death last week. He now has two notable feats: one of the very rare covers of a Beatles song that improves on the original, I still recall being surprised and attracted and repulsed simultaneously when I first heard it on Top Of The Pops with his strange singing and body gyrations. The others: longest gap between leaving the charts and returning, almost exactly 46 years, and the longest time taken to reach a chart peak (46 years 2 months).

Another welcome return to a veteran as Linda Lewis is back after a very long break of about 15 years, thanks to a plug on Never Mind The Buzzcocks where Phil Jupetus knew instantly who she was in the mystery line-up, as do I for a long-time fave. For those who know her not, she was originally a British singer-songwriter albums artist who never quite made it big, but grabbed a hit with Rock A Doodle Doo in 1973, with it’s soul/folk sounds and her incredible vocal range. The new entry is a recently released archive BBC version, and it’s great to have her back. To check out her Mariah-Carey-ish vocal range have a look at It’s In His Kiss her 1975 disco hit cover of The Shoop Shoop Song. It pisses over every other version from a great height.


1 2 1 2 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 270000
2 1 1 6 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 429900
3 3 1 10 THESE DAYS Take That 731000
4 28 4 2 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 83200
5 NEW 5 1 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 60000
6 4 4 4 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 151750
7 NEW 7 1 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 50000
8 5 5 8 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 264300
9 NEW 9 1 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 45000
10 14 3 5 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 252000

11 7 7 5 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 128000
12 25 12 5 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 98150
13 8 8 2 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 80000
14 17 14 4 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 107000
15 22 13 8 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 153600
16 9 9 10 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 227250
17 6 1 10 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 610100
18 12 9 6 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 156200
19 11 4 7 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 234600
20 10 10 5 DESIRE Years And Years 136100

21 13 5 7 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 256750
22 15 2 7 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 310000
23 26 23 27 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 343750
24 37 24 4 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 58800
25 34 25 2 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 36350
26 16 1 9 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 581100
27 31 27 13 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 155000
28 23 1 10 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 508550
29 NEW 29 1 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 18200
30 24 1 9 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 616000

31 21 1 10 DUST HALOS 589150
32 50 32 4 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 45500
33 20 20 4 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 59700
34 RE 34 3 COOL KIDS Echosmith 28000
35 18 18 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 39500
36 33 19 9 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 129800
37 64 37 3 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 29500
38 40 38 2 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 34200
39 NEW 39 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 17100
40 RE 40 3 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 30200

41 30 5 17 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 493850
42 NEW 42 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 13750
43 19 19 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 53750
44 27 12 11 SOS Indila 204400
45 32 26 6 WAIT ON ME Rixton 74100
46 46 32 5 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 73250
47 45 1 20 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 943050
48 42 4 10 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 295150
49 49 49 3 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 36500
50 55 50 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22800

51 48 12 11 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 234950
52 44 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
53 43 6 9 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 229950
54 57 54 9 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 73900
55 54 1 17 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 587650
56 69 56 2 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 16800
57 29 29 4 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 54000
58 60 58 6 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 48300
59 68 59 2 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 16500
60 53 1 21 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1154950

61 61 1 42 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 826150
62 59 1 13 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 675650
63 65 63 7 MY GENERATION The Who 46600
64 NEW 64 1 7/11 Beyonce 7100
65 41 15 8 27 CLUB Chloe Black 154900
66 66 66 2 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 13600
67 NEW 67 1 THINKING ABOUT IT Just Kiddin 6600
68 67 1 20 CALL Francesco Yates 714200
69 52 52 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 17700
70 NEW 70 1 DIAMONDS Josef Salvat 6000

71 71 71 2 REBEL HEART Madonna 11600
72 NEW 72 1 IT DON’T MEAN A THING Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 5600
73 73 1 26 BECOME Midge Ure 977600
74 74 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Labrinth 5000

DROP OUTS
35 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
47 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
51 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
56 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
58 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
62 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
70 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000
72 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

me, dec 2014

me, dec 2014

21st December 2014

Ariane Grande and The Weeknd both get their first tuneful number one, holding off Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars new retrotastic entry at 2 by a whisker. Uptown Funk! Olly Murs gets another top 10 hit, aided by Demi Lovato getting her first. Great video too.

Calvin Harris also gets yet another top 10, ditto Ellie Golding, up to 7 together, just ahead of Gary Barlow’s duet with Agnetha Faltskog, giving her 31 years of solo hits or 40 years with Abba. Abba meanwhile keep on slipping upwards with 1980’s Our Last Summer to 26.

Loads of Christmas oldies pop back again, the order changes, some don’t make it this year, but only one that has never charted before, the anti-xmas Sparks track from 1974 at 20. Madonna gets two new entries, the highest one is a leaked album track Ghosttown which sounded pretty good to me on one listen!

OneRepublic cover from Ben X-Factor Haenow pops in, just ahead of some Spanish club tunes like Shake That at 40. Finally, Ashley Campbell, Glen’s daughter joins her father in the charts too, off the same EP as Glen’s number one and The Band Perry’s cover of Gentle On My Mind.

1 2 1 5 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 314900
2 NEW 2 1 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 100000
3 1 1 9 THESE DAYS Take That 646000
4 21 4 3 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 96750
5 5 5 7 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 216300
6 3 1 9 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 587100
7 29 7 4 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 90900
8 NEW 8 1 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 48000
9 11 9 9 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 202250
10 10 10 4 DESIRE Years And Years 116100

11 4 4 6 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 213600
12 9 9 5 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 134200
13 7 5 6 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 237000
14 6 3 4 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 210000
15 8 2 6 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 290500
16 12 1 8 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 562600
17 14 14 3 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 78000
18 NEW 18 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 22000
19 23 19 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 40250
20 40 20 3 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 42000

21 15 1 9 DUST HALOS 571250
22 13 13 7 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 126600
23 16 1 9 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 490250
24 17 1 8 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 598000
25 25 25 4 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 63150
26 28 26 26 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 324050
27 18 12 10 SOS Indila 191150
28 NEW 28 1 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 18200
29 30 29 3 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 43500
30 22 5 16 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 479850

31 33 31 12 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 136600
32 26 26 5 WAIT ON ME Rixton 61100
33 19 19 2 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 38700
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 17600
35 27 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
37 52 37 3 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 39800
38 38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
40 NEW 40 1 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 17000

41 24 15 7 27 CLUB Chloe Black 147900
42 31 4 9 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 282850
43 34 6 8 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 218700
44 41 5 11 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 265100
45 44 1 19 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 930550
46 32 32 4 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 60500
47 35 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
48 37 12 10 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 223200
49 49 49 2 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 24400
50 59 50 3 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 27700

51 39 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
52 NEW 52 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 11500
53 42 1 20 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1144950
54 54 1 16 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 576850
55 NEW 55 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 10800
56 51 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
57 57 57 8 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 62900
58 NEW 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
59 53 1 12 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 668250
60 60 60 5 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 38100

61 61 1 41 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 818650
62 48 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
64 RE 64 1 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 7100
65 65 65 6 MY GENERATION The Who 39400
66 NEW 66 1 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 6800
67 64 1 19 CALL Francesco Yates 706800
68 NEW 68 1 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000

71 NEW 71 1 REBEL HEART Madonna 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
73 72 1 25 BECOME Midge Ure 972200
74 66 8 12 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 246750
75 75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

DROP OUTS
43 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
46 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
50 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750
55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
58 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
62 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000
71 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400


14th December 2014

It’s Take That on top for the 4th time in 21 years, following Pray, Back For Good, and The Flood, though Mark Owen also has one solo, putting him ahead of Gary Barlow, but not missing Robbie. For some inexplicable reason Ariana Grande’s best record has failed to go top 40, so I’m sure it’s small consolation that she’s shot up to 2 with her Love Me Harder, which also gives The Weeknd a second number 2 – an act who also just never seems to get the hits he deserves.

Pink Floyd finally go top 5 with Emily, and The Pierces get yet another top 5, yet never quite top the chart. Years and Years at 10, a re-entry for the fab floppy Wisin Adrenalina latin dance track at 19, one I wanted to enter into Buzzjack, and still getting played over here in the Canaries in the clubs. As is Inna, RuPaul, and a bunch of others, including Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off which pops back up in response to me shaking it off along with her in the video. Good thing I look cool dancing a bit, not at all like a dancing dad. I don’t move enough for that unless I’m drunk.

The X-Factor pushes a few records in and up, most notably Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud which has finally charted after being ignored by me for 6 months. Ben has a much less whiny overly-emotive voice than Ed, which allowed the actual song to come through better. Paloma Faith is back again, Sissy That Walk sounded good in the club in a thumping dance mix, so also belatedly enters my chart after being ignored in Buzzjack Song Contest, and giving RuPaul a 3rd or 4th hit some 22 years on from the first. Going top 40, Quo, Sparks and Train add to their lists of hits.

1 2 1 8 THESE DAYS Take That 561000
2 28 2 4 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 144900
3 1 1 8 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 532100
4 7 4 5 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 175600
5 8 5 6 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 156300
6 3 3 3 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 182000
7 5 5 5 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 205000
8 4 2 5 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 263500
9 9 9 4 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 99200
10 18 10 3 DESIRE Years And Years 74100

11 15 11 8 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 157250
12 10 1 7 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 537600
13 14 13 6 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 107100
14 16 14 2 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 55000
15 13 1 8 DUST HALOS 551500
16 6 1 8 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 471000
17 11 1 7 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 579000
18 12 12 9 SOS Indila 172750
19 RE 19 1 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 21000
20 23 20 7 ANIMALS Maroon 5 89450

21 50 21 2 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 31750
22 41 5 15 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 461850
23 NEW 23 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 19250
24 17 15 6 27 CLUB Chloe Black 133900
25 25 25 3 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 44350
26 43 26 4 WAIT ON ME Rixton 43300
27 32 27 5 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 65700
28 30 28 25 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 305450
29 38 29 3 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 40900
30 62 30 2 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 25400

31 19 4 8 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 269100
32 34 32 3 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 47700
33 40 33 11 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 118700
34 20 6 7 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 205200
35 35 35 4 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 69200
36 27 27 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 35800
37 22 12 9 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 210800
38 57 38 2 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 27600
39 47 39 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 29600
40 75 40 2 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 22000

41 21 5 10 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 251850
42 31 1 19 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1133700
43 26 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
44 42 1 18 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 917550
45 48 45 2 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 25300
46 29 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 39 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
48 37 16 9 REASON Erasure 173300
49 NEW 49 1 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 12100
50 24 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750

51 51 7 12 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 279850
52 54 52 2 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 22500
53 45 1 11 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 658150
54 53 1 15 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 565850
55 55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 33 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
57 58 57 7 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 52600
58 NEW 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
59 72 59 2 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 15700
60 64 60 4 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 28100

61 60 1 40 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 811150
62 52 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
64 61 1 18 CALL Francesco Yates 700200
65 66 65 5 MY GENERATION The Who 32400
66 63 8 11 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 241550
67 67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 NEW 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000

71 NEW 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
72 69 1 24 BECOME Midge Ure 966800
73 73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 5000

DROP OUTS
36 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
44 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
46 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
56 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
59 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
65 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
71 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


7th December 2014

It’s a 2nd week on top for The Veronicas, just holding off Take That who get to runners-up, and bronze spot for The Hunger Games song. The Pierces run of top 10 sungles remains unbroken as the latest pops up to 8, and Taylor Swift gets 2 in a row as number 3 hovers just outside the top 10! Highest new entry is Sam Smith, Like I Can belatedly giving him his best position in a while, he might have had some number ones, and my top record of 2013 (La La La) but his ballad overdose this year has become annoying, as they just will NOT go away.

Lots of jumping up of chart stuff, some Christmas songs (as usual) but one “not a christmas song” from Sparks 1974 album which is getting a proper single release, making it the 5th off Kimono My House to chart since This Town Ain’t Big Enough hit number one over 40 years ago. Status Quo do an acoustic version of debut classic psychedelic pop 1968 hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Kylie does Clash with Jools, Olly Murs replaces his own underperforming first single off the album, aided by Demi Lovato, Train are back and also replacing themselves in the chart, Johnny Marr gets a solo hit some 31years after This Charming Man announced The Smiths, and Idris Elba, actor/musician/all-round talent enlists Maverick Sabre for a chart entry. Idris not only does adverts, he appears in everything these days, American and British, but I especially like him in the Avengers/Thor films and Prometheus, just because that’s my thing.

1 1 1 7 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 447100
2 3 2 7 THESE DAYS Take That 391000
3 10 3 2 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 127000
4 2 2 4 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 215500
5 5 5 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 155000
6 4 1 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 446000
7 9 7 4 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 110600
8 20 8 5 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 96300
9 11 9 3 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 54200
10 6 1 6 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 501600

11 8 1 6 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 556000
12 15 12 8 SOS Indila 150750
13 7 1 7 DUST HALOS 524500
14 28 14 5 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 75100
15 16 15 7 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 119250
16 NEW 16 1 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 25000
17 23 15 5 27 CLUB Chloe Black 114900
18 59 18 2 DESIRE Years And Years 32100
19 12 4 7 BUSY Jungle 251200
20 13 6 6 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 187600

21 17 5 9 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 237850
22 24 12 8 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 193500
23 30 23 6 ANIMALS Maroon 5 69450
24 14 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 104700
25 66 25 2 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 25550
26 19 9 7 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 167200
27 NEW 27 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 18400
28 71 28 3 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 29900
29 29 29 5 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 67600
30 34 30 24 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 287250

31 21 1 18 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1119950
32 50 32 4 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 47300
33 33 22 5 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 91800
34 48 34 2 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 29900
35 38 35 3 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 51700
36 40 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
37 21 16 8 REASON Erasure 161000
38 72 38 2 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 22800
39 18 10 12 PLACE WITHOUT NO NAME Michael Jackson 244900
40 44 40 10 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 101000

41 25 5 14 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 442350
42 41 1 17 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 904300
43 56 43 3 WAIT ON ME Rixton 24700
44 31 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
45 27 1 10 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 646900
46 26 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
47 NEW 47 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 12500
48 NEW 48 1 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 12300
49 NEW 49 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 12100
50 NEW 50 1 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 12000

51 37 7 11 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 268100
52 43 2 10 GLOW Ella Henderson 447050
53 52 1 14 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 554850
54 NEW 54 1 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 11000
55 55 8 14 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 256050
56 32 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
57 NEW 57 1 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 10400
58 62 58 6 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 42200
59 39 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
60 60 1 39 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 803650

61 58 1 17 CALL Francesco Yates 693100
62 NEW 62 1 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 7400
63 51 8 10 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 234750
64 70 64 3 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 18100
65 36 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
66 67 66 4 MY GENERATION The Who 25400
67 NEW 67 1 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 6600
68 NEW 68 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 6400
69 65 1 23 BECOME Midge Ure 961200
70 NEW 70 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 6000

71 73 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600
72 NEW 72 1 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 5600
73 NEW 73 1 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COOL KIDS Echosmith 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 5000


30th November 2014

It’s The Veronicas! 5 years after debut hit Untouched peaked at 29 for the Aussies, the delayed follow-up goes all the way to 1, a fab ballad mystifyingly not getting airplay. Given the turgid ballads getting dreary play after dreary play on British radio and streaming sites, month after endless month, it’s time to shout out loud, ENOUGH! Give the airplay instead to this one, and the fab number 2 cover version of The Beatles 1996 hit – Tom Odell has outdone the Fabs in my charts!

Glen Campbell’s EP is now downloaded and he heads back upwards along with another track, The Band Perry’s version of his Gentle On My Mind, the third version to go top 5, and 45 years since Dean Martin took it there first. Pink Floyd finally get another Top 10, 35 years on from number one Another Brick In The Wall, and it’s their first 60’s single, the terrific psychedelic pop of See Emily Play, up 47 to 9, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful performance of the song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at 10. Haunting.

Taylor Swift has to make do with 11 for now (Blank Space) and 28 (Welcome To New York), while Blonde are back at a new peak of 16, ahead of UK single release, and The Pierces keep up their top 20 record with every single so far. Cat Stevens is back for the first time in well over 35 years, with a blues cover version at 48 – OK, technically he has charted in the interim as Yusuf, and with oldies, but it’s great to have the brand name back in use.


1 6 1 6 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 277100
2 26 2 3 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 150500
3 4 3 6 THESE DAYS – Take That 276000
4 12 1 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 391000
5 18 5 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 95000
6 2 1 6 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 459600
7 1 1 6 DUST – >HALOS< 492500
8 3 1 5 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 518000
9 56 9 3 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 60600
10 NEW 10 1 THE HANGING TREE – James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 42000

11 38 11 2 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 54200
12 5 4 6 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 230250
13 8 6 5 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 167600
14 11 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 85700
15 17 15 7 S.O.S. – Indila 115750
16 63 16 6 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 92250
17 7 5 8 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 218100
18 10 10 11 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 227800
19 9 9 6 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 148700
20 49 20 4 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 48300

21 16 16 7 REASON – Erasure 143700
22 15 15 4 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 91900
23 14 1 17 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1102050
24 13 12 7 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 174000
25 20 5 13 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 428350
26 32 26 5 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 74200
27 21 1 9 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 633900
28 50 28 4 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 46100
29 55 29 4 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 49400
30 44 30 5 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 50250

31 19 10 5 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 141200
32 24 24 6 CLOSER – Rae Morris 97800
33 22 22 4 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 74100
34 34 34 23 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 269250
35 27 27 6 DANGEROUS – Rumer 91700
36 36 25 5 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 79050
37 23 7 10 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 256350
38 40 38 2 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 34200
39 25 19 5 I LIVED – OneRepublic 94100
40 65 40 2 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 24000

41 41 1 16 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 890550
42 30 30 8 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 94200
43 31 2 9 GLOW – Ella Henderson 435550
44 46 44 9 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 84000
45 29 29 5 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 72100
46 33 20 5 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 79850
47 61 47 5 16″ – Dreamshow 48500
48 NEW 48 1 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE – Cat Stevens 12300
49 54 49 4 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 38600
50 57 50 3 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 29500

51 42 8 9 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 227550
52 51 1 13 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 543600
53 28 26 6 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 88150
54 45 45 3 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 30400
55 59 8 13 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 245250
56 72 56 2 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 11200
57 52 3 19 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 702600
58 58 1 16 CALL – Francesco Yates 685600
59 NEW 59 1 DESIRE – Years and Years 10100
60 60 1 38 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 793650

61 35 35 8 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 90900
62 66 62 5 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 32000
63 37 26 5 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 78600
64 68 64 5 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 30300
65 64 1 22 BECOME – Midge Ure 954000
66 NEW 66 1 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE – SIA 6800
67 70 67 3 MY GENERATION – The Who 18600
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WAY – Paolo Nutini 6400
69 69 69 2 STEVIE – Kasabian 12400
70 75 70 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 11000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 11600
72 NEW 72 1 OUTSIDE – Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding 5600
73 73 73 2 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 10800
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING – Foo Fighters 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I – Kendrick Lamarr 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
43 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
47 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
53 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
62 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
67 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400

23rd November 2014

HALOS take the top spot with the haunting Dust, and I expect to hear HALOS happening in 2015. Or else! Up 50 places and The Veronicas outdo their earlier hits from 5 years back, now at 6, while Noel Gallagher almost makes it at 11, edged out by Michael Jackson, still grabbing top 10 hits, despite being inconveniently late, and 44 years on from the first ones.

The Band Perry take Gentle On My Mind into the top 20, classy country, and the 3rd time the song has done that, since Dean Martin had the first entry back in 1969. Taylor Swift has another new entry in the 75, Blank Space popping in at 38, just ahead of veteran Dolly with her Blue Smoke. Band Aid 30 becomes the 4th version to chart, I support the cause strongly, and had a long blurb in response to Janet Street-Porter’s article and all the slaggers-off. End of the day, it’s a response to save lives, nothing else matters, if anyone is offended or embarrassed by pop stars trying to do something, tough, if you’ve got anything better to suggest RIGHT NOW (as in, not leaving it months until more people have died) then speak up or shut up with the petty whingeing. Hypocrites. Geldof is a mouthy, arrogant SOB, and always has been, but he’s invariably spot on with his observations on situations, and does what has to be done, even if that means swallowing his pride and going on X-Factor, because that’s not important in the scheme of things. Saving lives is. Nuff said. PS the UN asked him to do it because only 3 countries have responded so far in any significant way. UK, USA, France.

1 3 1 5 DUST – >HALOS< 442500
2 1 1 5 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 404600
3 2 1 4 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 470000
4 9 4 5 THESE DAYS – Take That 191000
5 4 4 5 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 195250
6 56 6 5 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 107100
7 5 5 7 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 195100
8 6 6 4 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 135600
9 11 9 5 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 127700
10 12 10 10 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 205800

11 47 11 3 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 56700
12 7 1 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 326000
13 16 12 6 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 155000
14 8 1 16 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1082800
15 15 15 3 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 72400
16 18 16 6 REASON – Erasure 123950
17 23 17 6 S.O.S. – Indila 88750
18 45 18 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 35000
19 10 10 4 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 123300
20 17 5 12 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 409600

21 13 1 8 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 615500
22 22 22 3 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 56400
23 14 7 9 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 239050
24 24 24 5 CLOSER – Rae Morris 80000
25 19 19 4 I LIVED – OneRepublic 77000
26 40 26 2 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 35500
27 27 27 5 DANGEROUS – Rumer 74200
28 RE 26 5 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 76900
29 29 29 4 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 59100
30 36 30 7 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 80450

31 21 2 8 GLOW – Ella Henderson 422050
32 37 32 4 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 55700
33 20 20 4 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 67100
34 38 34 22 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 251650
35 39 35 7 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 83400
36 25 25 4 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 61650
37 26 26 4 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 71400
38 NEW 38 1 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 17200
39 49 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
40 NEW 40 1 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 876550
42 32 8 8 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 215800
43 31 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
44 65 44 4 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 32250
45 RE 45 2 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 19400
46 54 46 8 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 70750
47 35 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
49 57 49 3 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 28300
50 58 50 3 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 27800

51 46 1 12 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 532100
52 44 3 18 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 692200
53 42 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
54 59 54 3 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 26500
55 RE 55 3 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 31200
56 75 56 2 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 15600
57 64 57 2 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 17500
58 52 1 15 CALL – Francesco Yates 675400
59 RE 8 12 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 234450
60 60 1 37 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 783650

61 53 53 4 16″ – Dreamshow 36000
62 51 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
63 RE 26 5 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 67250
64 62 1 21 BECOME – Midge Ure 947000
65 NEW 65 1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 7000
66 66 66 4 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 24600
67 43 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
68 68 68 4 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 23200
69 NEW 69 1 STEVIE – Kasabian 6200
70 70 70 2 MY GENERATION – The Who 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 5400
74 74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 5000

DROP OUTS:
28 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
30 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650
33 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
50 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800
55 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
61 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
63 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
67 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
69 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
71 71 1 LOOP DE LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400

16th November 2014

It’s a new number one from Cosmonaut Grechko, Russian retro dance producer, love those laid back 70’s soul vibes in Anytime. Jungle go top 5, funk class, and James Blunt gets his 5th top 5 hit 8 years since the last one, in fact all of his top 5 hits peaked at 5, except for Wisemen which hit 3. Billy Idol can do better, though, he hasn’t made the top 10 since 1988 when Hot In the City (remixed) became his 7th, and only Mony Mony (5) has done better since Eyes Without A face hit 1 in 1984.

Take That have had loads of top 10 hits over the last 22 years of course, so it’s no surprise for their new single to be at 9, and Paul carrack has had plenty of top 20 hits over 40 years, so ditto! Pharrell gets another top 40 entry, and so does Tom Odell covering The Beatles rework of John Lennon’s demo cassette vocal, Real Love is the last ever Beatles recording, and it’s great to see it getting belated recognition after having largely been forgotten for almost 20 years.

The Band Perry cover Glen Campbell’s Gentle On My Mind for the tribute EP which includes number 7 I’m Not Gonna Miss You, and it’s a really good version at 45. Down the bottom end, Bryan Ferry extends his run to over 42 years of hits, while Bette Midler covers the gorgeous 50’s song Mr Sandman (made immortal in Back To The Future) on her covers album, giving her one of her very occasional chart entries that date back to 1977.

1 4 1 4 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 289600
2 1 1 3 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 385000
3 2 2 4 DUST – >HALOS< 272500
4 9 4 4 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 135250
5 16 5 6 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 145100
6 18 6 3 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 87600
7 3 1 4 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 291000
8 5 1 15 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1053800
9 13 9 4 THESE DAYS – Take That 126000
10 10 10 3 HIDE FROM THE
SUN – GOAT 102300

11 19 11 4 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 82700
12 15 12 9 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 163800
13 6 1 7 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 595750
14 7 7 8 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 219800
15 27 15 2 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 45400
16 12 12 5 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 123000
17 17 5 11 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 389600
18 20 18 5 REASON – Erasure 98950
19 25 19 3 I LIVED – OneRepublic 58250
20 39 20 3 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 49400

21 11 2 7 GLOW – Ella Henderson 404150
22 36 22 2 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 36900
23 33 23 5 S.O.S. – Indila 65750
24 30 24 4 CLOSER – Rae Morris 61000
25 28 25 3 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 44250
26 26 26 3 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 54100
27 40 27 4 DANGEROUS – Rumer 55800
28 14 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
29 37 29 3 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 40900
30 34 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650

31 22 18 5 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 74800
32 21 8 7 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 202050
33 23 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
34 49 34 2 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 29700
35 24 4 7 LET IT BE – Labrinth 278500
36 46 36 6 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 62450
37 56 37 3 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 37900
38 38 38 21 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 234050
39 45 39 6 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 65900
40 NEW 40 1 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 862550
42 35 3 10 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
43 43 43 3 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 44000
44 31 3 17 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 680700
45 NEW 45 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 13000
46 44 1 11 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 520350
47 63 47 2 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19700
48 48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
49 61 49 3 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 27000
50 RE 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800

51 47 47 3 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 35500
52 42 1 14 CALL – Francesco Yates 665200
53 53 53 3 16″ – Dreamshow 28500
54 55 54 7 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 58000
55 62 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
56 RE 38 4 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 52100
57 71 57 2 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 16200
58 RE 58 2 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 15800
59 73 59 2 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 15500
60 60 1 36 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 773650

61 54 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
62 59 1 20 BECOME – Midge Ure 939900
63 51 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
64 NEW 64 1 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 7100
65 69 65 3 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 19000
66 70 66 3 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 17800
67 NEW 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
68 74 68 3 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 16800
69 NEW 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY GENERATION – The Who 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOOP DI LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 5000

DROP OUTS
8 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
29 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
32 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
50 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700
52 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
57 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
64 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 2 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
72 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
75 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

9th November 2014

It’s Neil Young, a modern orchestral hippie anthem, which is fine by lil ol tree-hugger me, giving Neil his first ever chart-topper a whopping 42 years after debuting in my chart. That beats Petula Clark’s 41-year gap to top my chart with new material (though oldies did it earlier). HALOS have to settle for runners-up with the haunting Dust, for now. Dorothy Moore has also taken a large 38 years to finally make my top 10 with Misty Blue, after peaking a fair bit lower first time round – got there in the end!

Jungle and GOAT also get their first Top 10’s. Blunt’y’s back at 16 with a track that almost made the UK Top 40 sales chart, but completely failed to make the “Official” UK chart. That’s the shit, boring Streaming-dominated heap of steaming manure that induces anyone listening to it to fall into a long coma. Other new sales hits like Queen also miss out.

Billy Idol gets a quick second Top 20 hit, his singles back on form, love that riff. Status Quo keep the Top 40 hits coming, too, as does Rumer and Paul Carrack. Garth Brooks, country legend that never did much for me finally gets another hit over 20 years later, as he returns to recording with rather a good song. Nice bloke. Noel Gallagher also returns, but he’s had hits throughout the last 20 years, unlike Garth. Prince also sneaks in, keeping his comeback up, too.


1 2 1 2 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 270000
2 6 2 3 DUST – >HALOS< 187500
3 1 1 3 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 241000
4 8 4 3 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 119600
5 3 1 14 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1005800
6 5 1 6 SHE'S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 563750
7 7 7 7 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 189800
8 14 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
9 23 9 3 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 70250
10 28 10 2 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 60300

11 4 2 6 GLOW – Ella Henderson 384400
12 15 12 4 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 98000
13 13 13 3 THESE DAYS – Take That 81000
14 9 5 9 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 244900
15 17 15 8 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 128400
16 46 16 5 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 85100
17 16 5 10 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 366600
18 56 18 2 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 32600
19 34 19 3 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 45700
20 20 20 4 REASON – Erasure 76950

21 12 8 6 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 184250
22 18 18 4 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 56900
23 10 10 6 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 140550
24 11 4 6 LET IT BE – Labrinth 261000
25 26 25 2 I LIVED – OneRepublic 37250
26 39 26 2 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 35600
27 NEW 27 1 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 18400
28 63 28 2 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 25500
29 19 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
30 32 30 3 CLOSER – Rae Morris 42000

31 21 3 16 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 667450
32 22 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
33 38 33 4 S.O.S. – Indila 46500
34 37 34 10 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 133650
35 24 3 9 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
36 NEW 36 1 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 17400
37 73 37 2 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 22700
38 40 38 20 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 216850
39 48 39 2 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 29400
40 RE 40 3 DANGEROUS – Rumer 37400

41 41 1 14 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 848550
42 29 1 13 CALL – Francesco Yates 653700
43 65 43 2 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 20500
44 42 1 10 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 507600
45 49 45 5 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 48800
46 61 46 5 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 45050
47 53 47 2 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 23750
48 50 48 10 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 90800
49 NEW 49 1 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 12100
50 33 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700

51 35 35 4 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 50750
52 30 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
53 70 53 2 16″ – Dreamshow 17250
54 NEW 54 1 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 11000
55 57 55 6 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 47000
56 60 56 2 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 20600
57 27 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
59 55 1 19 BECOME – Midge Ure 932500
60 59 1 35 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 763650

61 62 61 2 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 14900
62 NEW 62 1 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 7400
63 NEW 63 1 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 69 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 66 2 HOPE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
69 71 69 2 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 12000
70 75 70 2 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 11000

71 NEW 71 1 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
73 NEW 73 1 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 5400
74 74 74 2 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 10400
75 NEW 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

DROP OUTS
25 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
31 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
36 16 8 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
43 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 4 4 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
47 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
51 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
54 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
64 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
67 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
72 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600

2nd November 2014

It’s Glen Campbell at number one for the 12th time with his last heart-breaking record, the lyrics say it all, his vocal adds more, and it’s a brilliant way to say goodbye. Glen has Alzheimers, like my mum who also has loved Glen for as long as me. It was mum’s 76th birthday last week and I took her to my brothers in Weymouth for his 55th, playing her my current playlist records. She liked Ariana Grande best (up to 18 from 60) among several and tried to singalong. Still cool at 76.

Glen’s 78, and highest of 23 incredible new entries at 2 is a sprightly 69-year-old with his biggest hit ever, despite charting now for 42 years on and off. It’s Neil Young, and his new sweeping orchestral “State Of The World Today” themed record. I believe in the message of this record, and have done since I was a kid buying Save The World themed songs. They get more relevant with every passing year. The chart, meanwhile is highly volatile, records dropping out from high to make way for the invasion of the new.

HALOS shoot up to 6 with haunting Dust, and the laid-back retro groove of the gorgeous Cosmonaut Grechko just sends me (man) up 59 places to 8. Take That get another big hit 21 years on, at 13, Michael Jackson borrows heavily from Horse (Place) With No Name to climb to 17 and Jungle re-enter at 23 with a terrific Busy single. Others: OneRepublic bounce back, GOAT offer some Swedish psychedelia rock which I happily take, Rae Morris goes top 40, Paul Carrack has 40 years of hits this month, Deacon Blue are back again, ditto Billy Idol, and stunningly Pink Floyd have a classic-period new old track out in at 58 louder than words. If you can follow that sentence you’re doing well! Finally, at 75, one of the 3 uncharted tracks off possibly the greatest album of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water, back in the UK charts nearly 45 years on)! Gorgeous.

1 19 1 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 166000
2 NEW 2 1 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 100000
3 2 1 13 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 945800
4 3 2 5 GLOW – Ella Henderson 347400
5 1 1 5 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 503750
6 35 6 2 DUST – >HALOS< 72500
7 10 7 6 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 139800
8 67 8 2 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 54600
9 5 5 8 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 215900
10 14 10 5 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 121300

11 4 4 5 LET IT BE – Labrinth 242000
12 8 8 5 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 164500
13 40 13 2 THESE DAYS – Take That 49000
14 16 14 22 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 318300
15 30 15 3 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 63000
16 7 5 9 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 343600
17 36 17 7 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 101400
18 60 18 3 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 37400
19 22 19 2 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 40500
20 25 20 3 REASON – Erasure 56950

21 13 3 15 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 649550
22 15 15 8 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 112200
23 RE 23 2 BUSY – Jungle 25250
24 12 3 8 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 334400
25 11 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
26 NEW 26 1 I LIVED – OneRepublic 18500
27 18 13 5 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 99750
28 NEW 28 1 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 18300
29 17 1 12 CALL – Francesco Yates 639950
30 20 10 5 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 128000

31 23 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
32 69 32 2 CLOSER – Rae Morris 24000
33 29 9 10 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 220700
34 64 34 2 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 24700
35 52 35 3 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 39000
36 21 16 8 CAN'T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
37 42 37 9 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 116050
38 71 38 3 S.O.S. – Indila 28800
39 NEW 39 1 LUCIFER'S EYES – T.O.L.D. 17100
40 44 40 19 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 199650

41 31 1 13 I'M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 834550
42 34 1 9 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 494350
43 28 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 37 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 9 4 4 YOU'RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
46 46 37 4 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 60100
47 26 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
48 NEW 48 1 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 12300
49 59 49 4 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 35800
50 54 50 9 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 78500

51 41 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 39 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
53 NEW 53 1 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 11250
54 32 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
55 51 1 18 BECOME – Midge Ure 922500
56 NEW 56 1 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 10600
57 61 57 5 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 36200
58 NEW 58 1 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 10200
59 57 1 34 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 753650
60 NEW 60 1 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 10000

61 RE 55 4 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 32300
62 NEW 62 1 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE ONE – Lane 8 (featuring Patrick Baker) 7200
64 38 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
65 NEW 65 1 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HOPE – Paul McCartney 6800
67 NEW 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 24 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEBODY'S TALKING – The Preatures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 16" – Dreamshow 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600
73 NEW 73 1 AND IT'S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 5000

DROP OUTS:
6 6 17 CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
27 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
33 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
45 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
47 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000
53 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
55 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
62 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
65 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (594100) – Redbone 558900
68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
70 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE (969050) – Jim Croce 897350
72 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD (3160100) – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

26th October 2014

It’s Jenny Lewis again on top for a second week, produced by Ryan Adams and some fab guitar work and strings. Great song, great singer, and an actress who’s been in Pleasantville and American Dad. Immaculate. U2 kick themselves out of the top 10 with the best track on their great (slagged-off) album, subtle and dark, quirky and inventive, giving them their first Top 5 hit for 8 years. Just cos it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not a great album (it is).

Frankie Valli gets the long-awaited Top 10 hit with Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – it was Andy Williams who had the UK hit. And Boystown Gang. And Pet Shop Boys in a hilariously brilliant mix with U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, easily as good as both originals, if not much better. Andy and Pet Shop Boys both got a number one out of it, but the Four Seasons had to wait for the latest hits album following the movie of the hit stage show Jersey Boys – it’s basically a Four Seasons record.

There’s some song contest mystery records in the chart – all will be revealed eventually – but the highest new entry isn’t available in the UK: it’s Glen Campbell’s final record, recorded before he became based in a care home with alzheimers, and a heartbreaking final farewell to his loved ones, charting in the Hot 100 following a youtube video and documentary.

At 22, Tin Tin enters. Not Herge, it’s an Australian band from 1971 with a Maurice Gibb-pushed 60’s psychedelic pop track I heard for the first time on Steve Wright’s show this week. It’s fab. Take That are back at 40. Well, 60% of Take That are back. Gwen Stefani’s back at 49 after a long absence (apart from No Doubt tracks), with a record I can’t buy till January in the UK. Bet it ends up being March.

1 1 1 4 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 443750
2 3 1 12 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 860800
3 2 2 4 GLOW – Ella Henderson 282400
4 5 4 4 LET IT BE – Labrinth 205000
5 12 5 7 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 170900
6 11 6 17 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
7 8 5 8 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 318600
8 9 8 4 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 129500
9 4 4 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 165000
10 27 10 5 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 89800

11 6 6 6 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 193500
12 15 3 7 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 315400
13 14 3 14 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 629800
14 19 14 4 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 79300
15 18 15 7 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 92700
16 20 16 21 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 289300
17 7 1 11 CALL – Francesco Yates 621750
18 13 13 4 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 81350
19 NEW 19 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 21000
20 10 10 4 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 110000

21 16 16 7 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 125850
22 NEW 22 1 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 19500
23 23 23 4 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 55700
24 17 17 4 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 83000
25 29 25 2 REASON – Erasure 36950
26 35 26 3 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 46100
27 22 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
28 28 28 5 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 75350
29 31 9 9 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 203000
30 30 30 2 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 36000

31 21 1 12 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 820550
32 45 5 8 BULLIT – Watermat 288600
33 34 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
34 24 1 8 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 480600
35 NEW 35 1 DUST – >HALOS< 17500
36 36 36 6 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 78400
37 26 26 3 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 46800
38 38 38 2 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 34400
39 25 12 8 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 168450
40 NEW 40 1 THESE DAYS – Take That 17000

41 33 1 16 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 966900
42 44 42 8 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 98750
43 43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
44 46 44 18 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 182650
45 32 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
46 37 37 3 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 47350
47 42 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 39 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 NEW 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 41 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000

51 48 1 17 BECOME – Midge Ure 911700
52 60 52 2 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 21500
53 40 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
54 59 54 8 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 66500
55 70 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 50 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
57 56 1 33 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 743550
58 58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
59 66 59 3 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 23700
60 73 60 2 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 15400

61 64 61 4 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 25800
62 47 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
64 NEW 64 1 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 7100
65 61 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 62 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 558900
67 NEW 67 1 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 6600
68 68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
69 NEW 69 1 CLOSER – Rae Morris 6200
70 67 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 897350

71 71 71 2 S.O.S. – Indila 11600
72 49 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 72 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

DROP OUTS
51 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 15 5 U GOT ALL I'M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
57 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
65 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
69 69 3 PLEASE DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300

19th October 2014

It’s Jenny by the slimmest of margins, the gorgeous melody just pipped Ella’s dramatic epic, but both are great. Mama’s Gun get a 2nd Top 10 in a row, while Calvin harris and John Newman finally break into the 20, and Ella Eyre into the 40.

The big news though is the release, after decades of waiting, and long after the deaths of both singers, of the Queen and Michael Jackson duet There Must Be More To Life Than This. Jacko of course has another one climbing further down, and no doubt plenty more in the vaults, but this may well be the last Queen scoop left unreleased. I like it on one hearing quite a bit!

Erasure get another Top 40 hit, 2 in quick succession, while The Veronicas bang in on one hearing at 38, ruining me with that tune. Rumer and Indila are both back with classy ballads, and that’s about that!

1 3 1 3 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 273750
2 4 2 3 GLOW – Ella Henderson 197400
3 1 1 11 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 745800
4 6 4 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 120000
5 9 5 3 LET IT BE – Labrinth 140000
6 10 6 5 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 156500
7 2 2 10 CALL – Francesco Yates 598750
8 5 5 7 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 268600
9 24 9 3 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 81500
10 15 10 3 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 90000

11 11 11 16 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 257550
12 16 12 6 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 110900
13 23 13 3 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 61350
14 8 3 13 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 597800
15 7 3 6 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 280400
16 18 16 6 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 106100
17 17 17 3 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 64000
18 36 18 6 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 65700
19 26 19 3 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 50300
20 25 20 20 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 264300

21 14 1 11 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 802650
22 NEW 22 1 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 19500
23 50 23 3 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 36450
24 13 1 7 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 463000
25 12 12 7 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 151350
26 54 26 2 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 29500
27 49 27 4 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 47800
28 39 28 4 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 57050
29 NEW 29 1 REASON – Erasure 18200
30 NEW 30 1 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 18000

31 20 9 8 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 184800
32 22 10 8 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 178200
33 27 1 15 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 952900
34 58 34 2 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 27800
35 59 35 2 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 27600
36 38 36 5 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 62000
37 37 37 2 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 34600
38 NEW 38 1 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 17200
39 19 8 10 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 212150
40 40 40 2 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 34000

41 30 30 2 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 32000
42 32 10 8 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 178100
43 75 43 2 XTC – Liz 18500
44 45 44 7 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 85000
45 RE 5 7 BULLIT – Watermat 270800
46 48 46 17 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 169400
47 34 9 9 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 206750
48 46 1 16 BECOME – Midge Ure 899950
49 NEW 49 1 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 12100
50 42 1 13 ONE – Order Of Era 645700

51 29 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 33 15 5 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 NEW 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
56 55 1 32 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 733150
57 44 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
58 NEW 58 1 DANGEROUS – Rumer 10200
59 60 59 7 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 55500
60 NEW 60 1 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 10000

61 56 1 20 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1607150
62 57 1 12 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 552100
63 NEW 63 1 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 7200
64 69 64 3 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 18300
65 28 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
66 66 66 2 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 13600
67 64 1 21 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 891350
68 62 9 14 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 243750
69 70 69 3 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300
70 NEW 70 1 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 6000

71 NEW 71 1 S.O.S. – Indila 5800
72 71 1 61 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1103150
73 NEW 73 1 BREAK FREE – Ariane Grande featuring Zedd 5400
74 74 74 2 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 5000

DROP OUTS
21 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
41 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
43 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
47 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
51 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
61 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
63 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
65 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
67 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
72 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550

12th October 2014

It’s back on top for Sigma and Paloma, 2 weeks in total, holding an invasion by the girls, Jenny Lewis’s great 90’s-stylee ballad leaping up to 3 just ahead of Ella Henderson’s terrific military-rhythmed follow-up Glow, lighting up my chart at 4, 32 places jumping. The highest new entry is Cilla again, and again a record I was mad on aged 6, though it any case had two runs topping my chart in 1977 and 2003: You’re My World. It would have peaked at 74 in the singles chart (sales) giving Cilla 2 chart hits at the same time, and of course due to ITV’s Cilla. The BBC also get some action in too, with The Beach Boys multi-star cover recording of God Only Knows. It’s a great video, and it’s for charity, but I stick with my previous quote: God Only Knows is a perfect record (having topped my chart twice), an all-time classic, with intricate melodies and harmonies, and heart-warming lyrics and it’s impossible to cover without sounding vastly inferior.

James Blunt’s back with another corker, Simple Minds add to the 32 years of hits with a goodie, Lillywood finally makes my top 40, but my word what a bitter lyric, get over yourself dear, what did he do, murder your family! Oh, and Neil Diamond’s back with a new track, that’s 44 years of hits in my chart…That’s not bad!

1 2 1 10 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 680800
2 1 2 9 CALL – Francesco Yates 548750
3 25 3 2 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 103750
4 36 4 2 GLOW – Ella Henderson 82400
5 5 5 6 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 220600
6 NEW 6 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 55000
7 3 3 5 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 253400
8 4 3 12 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 568800
9 12 9 2 LET IT BE – Labrinth 80000
10 10 10 4 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 101500

11 18 11 15 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 220550
12 14 12 6 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 132600
13 6 1 6 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 444000
14 11 1 10 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 782900
15 19 15 2 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 48000
16 27 16 5 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 75900
17 30 17 2 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 41000
18 20 18 5 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 81100
19 8 8 9 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 195050
20 9 9 7 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 166900

21 7 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
22 13 10 7 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 160400
23 59 23 2 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 29350
24 35 24 2 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 36500
25 28 25 19 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 244300
26 55 26 2 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 29300
27 16 1 14 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 935200
28 32 28 4 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 70900
29 17 6 7 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 286200
30 NEW 30 1 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 18000

31 33 31 5 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 86800
32 21 10 7 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 164350
33 15 15 4 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 81700
34 29 9 8 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 194250
35 38 35 2 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 34700
36 64 36 5 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 43700
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 17300
38 40 38 4 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 44600
39 53 39 3 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 38750
40 NEW 40 1 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 17000

41 24 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
42 26 1 12 ONE – Order Of Era 633700
43 23 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
44 22 4 10 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 352550
45 45 45 6 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 71750
46 42 1 15 BECOME – Midge Ure 887650
47 34 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
48 49 48 16 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 156650
49 RE 49 3 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 29400
50 74 50 2 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 17200

51 39 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 31 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
54 NEW 54 1 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 11000
55 54 1 31 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 722550
56 44 1 19 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1599650
57 41 1 11 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 544700
58 NEW 58 1 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 10200
59 NEW 59 1 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 10100
60 60 60 6 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 45400

61 46 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
62 58 9 13 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 237350
63 57 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
64 61 1 20 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 884750
65 50 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
66 NEW 66 1 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 6800
67 43 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 RE 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
69 75 69 2 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 11200
70 RE 70 2 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 11000

71 70 1 60 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1097550
72 NEW 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 5200
75 NEW 71 1 XTC – Liz 5000

DROP OUTS
47 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
51 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
56 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
65 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
71 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800

5th October 2014

It’s an 18-year old Canadian who’s played on Pharrell’s records, and who has a stunning voice. In a pop scene crowded by emotionless teeniepop singers, Francesco Yates is the real deal. Looks like a boy, sounds mature, this track just grows, and why it’s not a worldwide smash (yet) is mystifying. It’s another buzzjack song contest non-winner and everyone who didn’t vote for it needs a slap!

GRL is also a great pop song, up at 3, Sigma is still brilliant at 2, and Taylor Swift goes top 5 with the song that just gets catchier week on week. Hudson Hawke (Ugh!) has no lyrics (Ugh!) but is another Buzzjack choon and a half that didn’t even make the semis: more slaps please! U2 get a double leaping, the single up at 10 with all those terrif riffs, and the subtle album track up to 27. To all the whingers annoyed at getting something for free – just no pleasing some folk, it’s a great album.

Highest new entry, Labrinth goes gospel experimental and is instantly in at 12, great stuff. Huge smash megan’s up to 14 with her bass, and Billy Idol goes Top 20 for the first time in 2 decades with a great frantic guitarpop track. Mamas Gun get 2 in the 40, Ella Henderson has a good follow-up at 36, and finally two fab Lynsey de Paul songs which were hits for The Fortunes and Thunderthighs sneak in to my chart, as they never charted, and I’ve changed my chart rules to allow never-charted stuff as a last goodbye to departing favourites. Lynsey was a fave of mine from age 14, largely for her songwriting, and had number ones with Storm In A Teacup and Sugar Me in 1972.

1 19 2 8 CALL – Francesco Yates 433750
2 1 1 9 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 510800
3 4 3 4 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 203400
4 5 3 11 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 520800
5 9 5 5 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 160600
6 3 1 5 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 412000
7 2 2 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 165000
8 25 8 8 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 174050
9 14 9 6 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 146900
10 49 10 3 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 59500

11 11 1 9 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 753900
12 NEW 12 1 LET IT BE – Labrinth 35000
13 10 10 6 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 140900
14 34 14 5 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 97600
15 26 15 3 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 64000
16 8 1 13 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 916800
17 7 6 6 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 268000
18 22 18 14 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 183550
19 NEW 19 1 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 21000
20 43 20 4 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 59100

21 17 10 6 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 146550
22 12 4 9 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 339300
23 13 2 9 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 363450
24 20 7 8 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 227000
25 NEW 25 1 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 18750
26 23 1 11 ONE – Order Of Era 619950
27 61 27 4 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 50900
28 33 28 18 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 225550
29 16 9 7 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 176650
30 NEW 30 1 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 18000

31 21 21 3 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 55850
32 36 32 3 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 52600
33 38 33 4 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 68900
34 18 7 8 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 264000
35 NEW 35 1 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 17500
36 NEW 36 1 GLOW – Ella Henderson 17400
37 55 37 4 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 40800
38 NEW 38 1 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 17200
39 39 39 3 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 46500
40 74 40 3 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 27400

41 32 1 10 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 534300
42 31 1 14 BECOME – Midge Ure 874900
43 24 24 3 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 50000
44 37 1 18 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1589050
45 46 45 5 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 58750
46 48 46 4 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 42250
47 15 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
49 50 49 15 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 144350
50 30 30 7 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 84450

51 27 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
53 57 53 2 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 21650
54 53 1 30 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 711750
55 NEW 55 1 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 10800
56 40 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
57 44 6 14 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 409050
58 58 9 12 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 229950
59 NEW 59 1 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 10100
60 63 60 5 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 35400

61 60 1 19 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 877650
62 62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 47 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
64 66 64 4 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 26300
65 6 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 70 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 42 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 35 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
70 68 1 59 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1091750

71 65 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 RE 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800
73 71 1 23 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1004150
74 NEW 74 1 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 5200
75 NEW 75 1 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 5000

DROP OUTS
29 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
41 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
45 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
51 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
54 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
56 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
59 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
64 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
69 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
75 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000
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