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

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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