My 2004 Charts – Sept to Dec

Gran Canaria 2004

Gran Canaria 2004

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SEPTEMBER 2004

The 60’s oldies continue to dominate my chart, R Dean Taylor grabbing another 3 weeks on top, which leaves Morrissey peaking at 3 and denied a 3-week run on top, and Jojo, who declares “Leave (Get Out)” also at 3 as she is also denied a chart-topper for the same reason. Happily, Robbie Williams is a bit more assertive as he tunes his Radio in at 1, his 9th number one (or 11th including Take That) and a good pop romp.

Kanye West peaks at 4 with the record of the month, the one that really SHOULD have been a number one, while Duran Duran have a proper comeback (again) reaching up for the Sunrise at 6, 23 years on from Planet Earth. That’s nowt though, Brian Wilson, genius of the Beach Boys hits 5 with a new solo track Soul Searching, his first actual new Top 5 material err, ever, cos the Brian Wilson Beach Boys tracks pre-date my charts. Yikes!

I Monster get a top 10 entry with Hey Missus, always was partial to them, while The Killers get a proper hit with All These Things That I’ve Done, which reminded me a bit of Queen as I heard it on the radio passing through Bath at the time. 12 is under-rating, though, due to oldies, it really should be Top 3. Alison Krauss, the woman that convinced me country music had a heart again, bluegrasses her way to 7, ain’t she the Lucky One!

Rocketing to 18 it’s Jamie Scott. Just. Actually not just Jamie Scott, it’s the start of a pretty big career. Who he? The man behind future number 2 (in my charts) Annie You Save Me (as Graffiti6), and the man behind hits for Enrique (Heartbeat), Matt Cardle (Loving You), The Vamps (Wild Heart), and most of One Direction’s Midnight Memories album.

5th Sept 2004

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 1 1 1 2
IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 2 2 2 3
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 3 11 19 21
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 4 3 13 19
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 5 5 15 25
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 6 4 9 8
WAR Edwin Starr 7 7 18 33
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 8 6 3 4
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 9 13 26 34
THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 10 19 34 46

REAL TO ME Brian McFadden 11 22 25 35
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 12 16 16 16
BABY LOVE/ WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO The Supremes 13 25 41 53
FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 14 14 14 12
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 15 10 11 11
(REACH UP FOR THE ) SUNRISE Duran Duran 16 9 6 10
DANCING IN THE STREET/ FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 17 17 4 22
IS IT COS I’M COOL? Mousse T/ Emma Lanford 18 18 22 13
IS MAKING A LITTLE LOVE OUT OF THE QUESTION Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 19 31 58
TEARS OF A CLOWN/ TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 20 8 45

WALK AWAY RENEE/ I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops 21 21 21 9
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 22 28 49 51
WHATEVER I CHOOSE I LOSE Fried 23 34
PUT ‘EM HIGH Stonebridge/ Therese 24 24 20 15
EVERYTIME Britney Spears 25 35 52 73
SHINING Kristian Leontiou 26 26 31 42
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 27 20 5 5
HELP YOURSELF Amy Winehouse 28 23 17 23
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 29 29 29 26
BEDSHAPED Keane 30 49 59

REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 31 43 44 45
LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 32 55 35 31
LAURA Scissor Sisters 33 33 36 36
WON’T GIVE IN The Finn Brothers 34 62
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 35 36 38 41
ANGEL CITY Helicopter Girl 36 50 61
SHE WILL BE LOVED Maroon 5 37 54 62
I WANT YOU BACK/ DOCTOR MY EYES Jackson 5 38 32 63
RADIO Robbie Williams 39 39 8 1
OPEN ROAD Bryan Adams 40 38 23 20

YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 41 41 42 43
THIS OLD HEART OF MINE/ BEHIND THE PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers 42 42 43 52
HOLD ME NOW Polyphonic Spree 43 61
DON’T WALK AWAY Javine 44
CRY Kealer 45
SPITTING GAMES Snow Patrol 46
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE/ CLOUD 9 The Temptations 47 47 47 38
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 48 53 56 56
HEY MISSUS I Monster 49 44 10 6
MY GIRL/ AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG The Temptations 50

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 51 52 55 55
DROGOSTEA DIN TEI O-Zone 52 65
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO Busted 53 66
FLY Matt Goss 54 15 32 44
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 55
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 56 59 64
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 57 57 57 50
UP AND DOWN Scent 58
GRAVITY Embrace 59 48 28 17
I’M STILL WAITING/ TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 60 60 60 54

LSF Kasabian 61 45 40 61
BEST OF MY LOVE Javine 62
NEHEMIAH Hope Of The States 63
MARY Scissor Sisters 64 51 51 40
LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers 65
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COREY HAIM? The Thrills 66 46 46 64
GEORGIA ON MY MIND Ray Charles 67 67
WE ARE Ana Johnsson 68
WISHING ON A STAR Paul Weller 69 68 54 30
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I’VE DONE The Killers 70 12 12 28

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Ed Harcourt 71
LEAVING NEW YORK REM 72 64 39 39
CAUGHT IN A MOMENT Sugababes 73 72
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 74
DUMB The 411 75 75

12th Sept new entries

LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 27 7 7
GET UP STAND UP Stellar Project/ Brandi Emma 30 30 14
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 37 37 47
MOVE…NOW Mark B/ Tommy Evans 40 24 24
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 56 48 32
MOMMA’S CRY Loretta Lynn 58 53 37
YOU REALLY GOT ME The Kinks 63 33
WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE/ PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Marvelettes 69
YOU HAD ME Joss Stone 70
I WANNA THANK YOU Angie Stone/Snoop Dogg 71
I WANT MORE Faithless 73 67
SUNSHINE Twista 74 68 68

19th Sept 2004

JUST Jamie Scott 27 18
INTO THE FIRE Thirteen Senses 50 29
I LIKE THAT Houston 65 57
LET’S WORK IT OUT Raghav/ Jahaziel 66 49
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 67 27
MY MY MY Armand Van Helden 69 48
NATURE BOY Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 70
MORE MORE MORE Rachel Stevens 71 58
MY PLACE Nelly 72 65
FREEDOM FIGHTERS The Music 73
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN The Finn Brothers 74 74
EVERYTHING I’VE GOT IN MY POCKET Minnie Driver 75

26th Sept 2004

VELOCITY U2 59
SLOW HANDS Interpol 60
LOVE THEM HO’S Eamon/ Ghostface 62
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney 63
YOU’LL COME ‘ROUND Status Quo 66
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 69
IN FRANCE THEY KISS ON MAIN STREET Joni Mitchell 70
PIECES OF ME Ashlee Simpson 71
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 72
CALL ON ME Eric Prydz/ Steve Winwood 75

October 2004

More oldies chart-toppers of previously uncharted tracks, courtesy album-chart compilations: The Four Tops classic version of Walk Away Renee from 1967 featuring the voice of one of the greatest singers of all-time, Levi Stubbs just breaks my heart when he sings, and John Denver’s 1975 ode to undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, Calypso, both terrific singles. That leaves only one 2004 track from Embrace, Gravity on top. Other biggies come from Jojo, I Monster, U2, Gwen Stefani, The Beautiful South covering ELO, Scissor Sisters and Girls Aloud, but most are overshadowed somewhat by the Motown double-A-side reissue campaign which continues to dominate the chart and pushes the new stuff down a few places lower than they ought to be.

me 2004

me 2004

3rd October chart

WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops 1 2 2 2 4
GRAVITY Embrace 2 1 1 4 7
RADIO Robbie Williams 3 3 3 3 8
IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 4 4 4 11 11
THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 5 6 11 13 13
HEY MISSUS I Monster 6 5 14 21 28
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 7 7 7 17 36
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 8 13 23 33 33
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 9 9 9 18 22
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 10 11 17 25 38

FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 11 23 33 49 53
IS IT COS I’M COOL? Mousse T/ Emma Lanford 12 10 27 44
LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 13 15 24 42 30
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 14 14 30 36 37
PUT ‘EM HIGH Stonebridge/ Therese 15 27 38 30 44
JUST Jamie Scott 16 16 21 26 34
OPEN ROAD Bryan Adams 17 31 52
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 18 18 18 10 29
INTO THE FIRE Thirteen Senses 19 19 29 37 42
(REACH UP FOR THE ) SUNRISE Duran Duran 20 17 15 28 43

GET UP STAND UP Stellar Project/ Brandi Emma 21 32 37 47 62
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 22 22 22 22 27
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 23 26 34 38 40
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 24 24 25 31 31
HAPPY PEOPLE R Kelly 25 21 13 12 10
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 26 12 12 7 24
WONDERFUL Brian Wilson 27 20 26 35 35
DANCING IN THE STREET/ FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 28 43 56
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER/ TROPIC ISLAND HUM Paul McCartney 29 53 73
WISHING ON A STAR Paul Weller 30 54

LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 31 25 19 19 21
HELP YOURSELF Amy Winehouse 32 44 64
VERTIGO U2 33 8 8 16 25
THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN Alcazar 34 34 44 14 23
MARY Scissor Sisters 35 30 5 5 14
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 36 36 36 43 20
MOVE…NOW Mark B/ Tommy Evans 37 56
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE/ CLOUD 9 The Temptations 38 37 35 8 32
LEAVING NEW YORK REM 39 60
LAURA Scissor Sisters 40 42 42 45 47

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 41 41 41 41 41
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 42 49 49 63
LOVE THEM HO’S Eamon/ Ghostface 43 35 54 62
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 44 45 45 48 49
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 45 46 47 51 51
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I’VE DONE The Killers 46 67
REAL TO ME Brian McFadden 47 52 57 72
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 48 51 51 56 58
MORE MORE MORE Rachel Stevens 49 47 40 53
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 50 40 31 27 2

SHINING Kristian Leontiou 51
FLY Matt Goss 52 64
WAR Edwin Starr 53
I’M STILL WAITING/ TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 54 50 46 46 3
MOMMA’S CRY Loretta Lynn 55
MY MY MY Armand Van Helden 56
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 57 59 59 59 60
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN The Finn Brothers 58 58 58
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 59 61 61 61 61
SLOW HANDS Interpol 60 69

THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 61
THIS OLD HEART OF MINE/ BEHIND THE PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers 62 73
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO/ BABY LOVE The Supremes 63 48 48 52 52
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 64
MY PLACE/FLAP YOUR WINGS Nelly 65 65 63
YOU’LL COME ‘ROUND Status Quo 66
I WANT MORE Faithless 67
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 68 38 16 23 39
AFRODISIAC Brandy 69 63 32 32 48
IN FRANCE THEY KISS ON MAIN STREET Joni Mitchell 70 57 53 34

PIECES OF ME Ashlee Simpson 71 55 55 70
THE RIGHT WAY Peter Andre 72
LET’S WORK IT OUT Raghav/ Jahaziel 73
MY PREROGATIVE Britney Spears 74 74 72 68 56
CAR WASH Christina Aguilera/ Missy Elliott 75 75 65 65

10th October new entries

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 28 28 24 5
1985″ Bowling For Soup 29 20 20 26
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 33 6 6 6
EVERYTHING I’VE GOT IN MY POCKET Minnie Driver 39 43 55 55
JUST LOSE IT Eminem 62 62 50 46
WALK INTO THE SUN Dirty Vegas 66 66
THE LOVE OF RICHARD NIXON Manic Street Preachers 68 65 60 19
YOU HAD ME Joss Stone 70 67
I HOPE YOU DANCE Ronan Keating 71 71 66
I SEE YOU BABY Groove Armada 72

17th OCTOBER new entries

TITS ON THE RADIO Scissor Sisters 10 15 15
LET ME KISS YOU Morrissey 39 29 17
MILLIONAIRE Kelis/ Andre 3000 50 40 16
PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 60 57 50
WHATEVER U WANT Christina Milian/ Joe Budden 68 54
WALKING IN THE SUN Travis 69 39 18
WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF Lucie Silvas 70 67
FREE Estelle 74 73
ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED Elton John 75 58 45

24th October new entries

CALYPSO John Denver 1 1
BULERIA David Bisbal 9 9
FLASHDANCE Deep Dish 64 64
LOSE MY BREATH Destiny’s Child 69 63
MAKE IT HOT Vs 71
PROCESSED BEATS Kasabian 74 72
VOLARE (NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU) Dean Martin 75 67

31st October new entries

I BELIEVE IN YOU Kylie Minogue 12
NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU The Finn Brothers 54
A PITCHER TO GO Loretta Lynn 57
ENJOY THE SILENCE 04 Depeche Mode 59
RIOT RADIO The Dead 60’s 66
YOURS FATALLY Big Brovaz 68
STILL PRETENDING Tiff Merritt 69
FRENCH KISSES Jentina 70
I GO CRAZY (DO YOU KNOW) Angel City 71
STOP/DJ Jamelia 73
KEEP WHAT YOU GOT Ian Brown/ Noel Gallagher 74
THEY DON’T GIVE A f*** Super Furry Animals 75

me again 2004

me again 2004


NOVEMBER 2004

Gwen Stefani hit the top spot, going where No Doubt couldn’t quite, with the fabulous What You Waiting For. She just keeps Kylie off yet another chart-topper as her Scissor Sisters track I Believe In You settles for 2 before both tracks are shoved aside by my 1969 Number One anthem, the 3rd single I ever bought (in Singapore) Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newman. Once upon a time very famous, it needs another boost for new generations. Tyler James, friend of Amy Winehouse, gets a top 10 debut hit, as Jamie Scott (future One Direction hit songwriter) falls.

Hard to believe, but R Kelly is in the top 5 again, seems to be in there for Autumn every 5 years going back to 1994. Happy People, apparently. Kelis and Andre 3000 have a millionaire at 9, Morrissey does what he did for Nancy Sinatra, and takes Let Me Kiss You into the top 10, and Dannii Minogue gets one of her periodic dance hits, this time with Flower Power at 5 helping You Won’t Forget About Me peak. Scissor Sisters also pop back at 3 with an album track that’s better than almost all of the official singles, the gorgeous It Can’t Come Quickly Enough.

7th November chart

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 1 2 2 2
I BELIEVE IN YOU Kylie Minogue 2 3 4 5
SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman 3 1 1 1
CALYPSO John Denver 4 11 21 27
WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops 5 10 13 13
HAPPY PEOPLE R Kelly 6 4 8 11
GRAVITY Embrace 7 13 15 17
RADIO Robbie Williams 8 8 11 18
MILLIONAIRE Kelis/ Andre 3000 9 9 14 19
LET ME KISS YOU Morrissey 10 18 23 35

IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 11 12 12 12
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 12 17 19 22
THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 13 16 16 16
BULERIA David Bisbal 14 23 36 36
TITS ON THE RADIO Scissor Sisters 15 15 43
STOLEN Jay Sean 16 7 5 8
YOU WON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dannii Minogue vs Flower Power 17 5 6 9
WALKING IN THE SUN Travis 18 26 38 38
MARY Scissor Sisters 19 27 27 34
ENJOY THE SILENCE 04 Depeche Mode 20 6 3 6

LET ME KISS YOU/ BOSSMAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 21 28 39 51
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 22 22 22 25
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 23 32 32 33
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 24 24 37 43
VERTIGO U2 25 25 25 20
THE LOVE OF RICHARD NIXON Manic Street Preachers 26 35 70
THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN Alcazar 27 38 65
HEY MISSUS I Monster 28 36 56 68
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 29 51
LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 30 30 61

WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 31 31 33 37
PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 32 21 7 4
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 33 33 45 62
1985″ Bowling For Soup 34 44 9 7
CINNAMON GIRL Prince 35 29 29 28
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 36 40 42 45
JUST LOSE IT Eminem 37 37 26 26
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 38 48 48 54
ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED Elton John 39 39 52 61
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 40 45 51 53

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 41 41 41 41
WONDERFUL Brian Wilson 42
JUST Jamie Scott 43 43 62
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 44
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 45 57
I’M STILL WAITING Diana Ross 46
RIDE IT Geri Halliwell 47 47 46 46
AFRODISIAC Brandy 48 64
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 49 49 47 32
LOSE MY BREATH Destiny’s Child 50 20 18 15

LAURA Scissor Sisters 51 56 72
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO/ BABY LOVE The Supremes 52 52 35 31
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 53 53 53 52
NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU The Finn Brothers 54 19 17 21
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 55
MY PREROGATIVE Britney Spears 56 34 28 39
A PITCHER TO GO Loretta Lynn 57
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 58
RIOT RADIO The Dead 60’s 59
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 60 60 60 60

SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 61
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 62 62 64 64
YOURS FATALLY Big Brovaz 63
VOLARE (NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU) Dean Martin 64 42 20 57
FRENCH KISSES Jentina 65
FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 66
FREE Estelle 67
STILL PRETENDING Tiff Merritt 68 68
THIS FIRE Franz Ferdinand 69 69 69 69
OLD HABITS DIE HARD Mick Jagger/ Dave Stewart 70 70

STOP/DJ Jamelia 71 50 30 30
PROCESSED BEATS Kasabian 72
I’LL STAND BY YOU Girls Aloud 73 73 54 40
FREAKIN’ OUT Graham Coxon 74 59
THIS IS THE LAST TIME Keane 75

14th November new entries

WHY DO I DO? Tyler James 14 10 10
DON’T WORRY BABY Beach Boys 46 31 14
CURTAIN FALLS Blue 54 34 23
FLASHDANCE Deep Dish 55 55 55
CAR WASH Christina Aguilera/ Missy Elliott 58
SUNNY AFTERNOON Kinks 61 44 44
DESERT DRIVE Brian Wilson 63 63 42
WALKIE TALKIE MAN Steriogram 65 24 24
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Green Day 66 49 49
NOTHING HURTS LIKE LOVE Daniel Bedingfield 67 67 63
WONDERFUL Ja Rule/ R Kelly/ Ashanti 71 57 48
OPEN ARMS Tina Turner 72
BRIDGING THE GAP Nas/ Olu Dara 74
THE BLOWERS DAUGHTER Damien Rice 75

21st November new entries

THINKING OF YOU Paul Weller 40 29
DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid 20 50 50
IF THERE’S ANY JUSTICE Lemar 58 58
BURNIN’ DOWN THE SPARK Nancy Sinatra 59 47
LIKE TOY SOLDIERS Eminem 66 66
UNWRITTEN Natasha Bedingfield 68 65
PUMP IT UP Danzel 71 67
BABY IT’S YOU Jo Jo 73 70
WELCOME TO MY TRUTH Anastacia 74 74
RIGHT TO BE WRONG Joss Stone 75 73

28th November new entries

IT CAN’T COME QUICKLY ENOUGH Scissor Sisters 3
LET’S GET IT STARTED Black Eyed Peas 56
YE MI CANTO N.O.R.E. 59
SHE WILL BE LOVED Maroon 5 71
MY BOO Usher/ Alicia Keys 72
NOBODY’S HOME Avril Lavigne 75

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My 2009 Charts – Sept to Dec

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

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SEPTEMBER 2009

In which Agnes gets on top after a few weeks of runner-upping. What a fantastic record it is, a brilliant heart-break song, earnest and passionate and melodic. If I’ve had a couple of pints I’ll be there belting it out on a dancefloor believing every word I sing. Shame she had to be knocked off after 1 week, but, hey, it’s The Beatles. It’s the astounding, influential otherworldly Tomorrow Never Knows, John Lennon’s hypnotic, druggy anthem that wasn’t even a single, but influences right through to the Chemical Brothers/Noel Gallagher’s Setting Sun are clear. Then She’s Leaving Home, a Sgt Pepper poetically sad song about children leaving, Macca at his bitter-sweetest. Finally Magical Mystery Tour, EP, TV mini-movie, and B Side, and fantastic rock track, urgent, pounding and inventive. By Beatles standards, the TV show was considered a flop, by sales standards the very expensive EP, with Booklet and 2 singles was only kept off the top of the singles charts by….The Beatles Hello Goodbye. The Beatles could do in a year what most bands dream of doing in a career. I’m a bit of a fan….

So who lost out to the Fab invasion? Agnes would have had 3 weeks on top, and Paloma Faith’s epic New York would have had one week on top this month. What a fantastic record that is, less known than the rival New York State Of Mind, but just as good. Others: Cascada get to 3 on the dancefloor, Noisettes have a Wild Young Heart throbbing at 5, while Little Boots has a Remedy for that at 6.

Pixie Lott keeps the girl pop stars a-coming in my top 10, as Boys And Girls also hit 6, as Madonna Celebrates at 8, 25 years of non-stop Top 10’s virtually, give or take the odd Hanky Panky. Robbie Williams Bodies slumps up to 4, Mika’s Golden at 7, and The Beatles get a 4th Top 10 with George Harrison’s I Need You: 3 great songwriters in one band. Shakira shows a bit of the She Wolf at 9, 7 years on from topping my chart. Whatever…

6th Sept Chart

RELEASE ME Agnes 1 2 3 11
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 2 5 8 14
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 3 3 10 18
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 4 12 23 37
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 5 9 12 22
I’M IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR (PET SHOP BOYS REMIX) The Passions 6 21 32 56
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 7 13 21 26
REMEDY Little Boots 8 8 11 6
FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 9 18 18 24
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 10 11 17 21

WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 11 26 42 61
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 12 19 22 27
READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 13 25 33 33
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 14 22 44 69
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 15 10 6 12
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 16 41 59 72
CELEBRATION Madonna 17 17 15 8
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 18 27 31 31
BULLETPROOF La Roux 19 23 28 30
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 20 45 62

LOVE COMES Bananarama 21 37 48 71
DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 22 31 41 42
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 23 24 26 36
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 24 30 35 35
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 25 20 20 29
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 26 16 5 4
WORK The Saturdays 27 33 45 59
BODIES Robbie Williams 28 4 4 5
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 29 29 19 13
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 30 46 69

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 31 44 49 50
JUMP Flo-Rida/ Nelly Furtado 32 32 54 54
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 33 51 51 51
LOVEGAME Lady Gaga 34 34 34 25
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 35 53 53 53
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 36 54
I GOTTA FEELING Black Eyed Peas 37 56
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 38 52 52 52
GET SEXY Sugababes 39 35 55
NEVER LEAVE YOU Tinchy Stryder/ Amelle 40 66

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 41 42 43 43
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 42
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 43 43 39 34
NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 44
UPRISING Muse 45
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 46 14 16 16
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 47
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 48 48 46 44
22″ Lily Allen 49
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 50 40 30 41

BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 51
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 52
NOTHING IS KEEPING YOU HERE A-Ha 53 39 27 19
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 54 58 61 62
MAKE IT TAKE IT Amanda Blank 55 55
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 56 61
ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party 57
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 58 62 63 66
WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO Kasabian 59
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 60

PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 61
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 62 65 66 68
HAPPY HOUSE The Juan McLean 63 63
SONG 2 Blur 64 64 64 60
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 65 67 67 67
WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 66 71
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 67 47 36 28
WARM HEART OF AFRICA The Very Best 68
OUTTA HERE Esmee Denters 69 69
NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY Cerys Matthews 70 36 24 17

WONDERWALL Oasis 71
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 72
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 73 73 68 64
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 74 74
I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO) Pitbull 75

13th Sept new entries

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 1 2 3
SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 6 1 2
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 7 7 7
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 15 9 1
SHE WOLF Shakira 28 14 9
RAIN The Beatles 38 29 23
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 49 37 57
NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 50 25 20
LEFT MY HEART IN TOKYO Mini Viva 57 38 38
I NEED YOU The Beatles 59 13 10
RELATOR Pete Yorn/ Scarlett Johnasson 60 40 40
CHILLIN’ Wale/ Lady Gaga 68
HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 70 50 39
SAY IT Booty Luv 72
LUCKY Jason Mraz/ Colbe Caillot 75

20th Sept new entries

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 47 32
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 56 45
CANDY Paolo Nutini 57
OUT FROM UNDER Ali Campbell 58
TWO OF US The Beatles 60 48
NO REPLY The Beatles 65 58
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 70
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 71 63
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 72 70
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 73 73
SINGING THE BLUES Cliff Richard & The Shadows 74 74
BILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 75 49

27th Sept new entries

GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 15
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 46
HAPPY Leona Lewis 47
OH MY GOD Nerina Pallot 55
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 65
BREAK YOUR HEART Taio Cruz 75

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October 2009

Paloma Faith grabs her first chart-topper with the wondrous epic ballad New York, somehow being strong enough to hold off a Beatles invasion, as their albums all chart again in the UK, giving me an excuse to cherry-pick one track from each that had never made my charts before. The Beatles album tracks, no exaggeration, could have been taken as singles (they weren’t) and each album mined for 1 or 2 years (as is the standard practice in 2014). Their 7-year 2-albums and 3-singles per year output could have easily been spread out over 20 years for other acts. Number One here? I Need You, a George Harrison track from Help!

Robbie also bangs back with another chart-topper, Bodies, his 11th solo number 1, plus 2 with Take That. The last spot of the month is taken by Broooce, and his classic 1975 Phil-Spector wall-of-sound epic Born To Run. First-time round it fell short of my top 10, criminally, so it was a justified number one 34 years on. Still, at least it made my charts, more than it did in the UK – the original version has still never made the UK top 75, though it came close to the then-50 chart in 1975, so probably would have had there been a 75 list then.

Other newer noteworthy tracks: Madonna’s back at 3 with Celebration, Cerys Matthews is solo fro Catatonia and hits 2 up Arlington Way, Mika has a couple of hits with We Are Golden and the mystifyingly minor hit Rain – not to be confused with also-charting Beatles B-side classic. Real Late Starter is at 6 for the equally mystifyingly fab minor singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot, and Shakira’s a She Wolf at 9. Chuck in Little Boots, Pixie Lott, the brilliant Empire State Of Mind, and it’s otherwise a fairly quiet, oldies-dominated month.

4th October chart

NEW YORK Paloma Faith 1 2 3 8
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 2 3 4 9
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 3 7 11 21
ARLINGTON WAY Cerys Matthews 4 8 2 5
GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 5 5 9 16
CELEBRATION Madonna 6 9 5 3
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 7 18 26 35
I NEED YOU The Beatles 8 1 7 15
SHE WOLF Shakira 9 16 19 19
SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 10 17 41 41

REMEDY Little Boots 11 13 21 33
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 12 12 13 23
BODIES Robbie Williams 13 4 1 2
NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 14 11 10 4
REAL LATE STARTER Nerina Pallot 15 6 6 6
RELEASE ME Agnes 16 21 32 39
GARDEN PARTY John Fogerty/ Don Henley/ Timothy B Schmidt 17 10 8 7
RAIN The Beatles 18 15 12 12
NOTHING IS KEEPING YOU HERE A-Ha 19 25 44 63
HAPPY Leona Lewis 20 20 14 18

HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 21 26 37 48
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 22 31 48
MILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 23 19 17 13
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 24 14 33 51
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 25 22 22 20
RELATOR Pete Yorn/ Scarlett Johnasson 26 36 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 27 23 15 1
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 28 28 23 44
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 29 34 51 57
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 30 65

FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 31 42 42 56
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 32 58
LOVEGAME Lady Gaga 33 57
HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 34 30 25 25
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 35 56 64 71
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 36 43 63 69
BULLETPROOF La Roux 37 46
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 38 47 30 38
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 39 33 31 31
RAIN Mika 40 40 18 11

LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 41 37 35 32
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 42 60
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 43 66
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 44 45 46 46
TWO OF US The Beatles 45 41 40 37
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 46 69
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 47 27 62
DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 48 62 69
STILL SO FAR TO GO Chris Rea 49 49 36 30
NO REPLY The Beatles 50 44 43 43

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 51 51 54 54
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 52 52 53 53
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 53 53 55 55
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 54
SONG 2 Blur 55 55 52
FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE Cheryl Cole 56 39 39 36
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 57 48 45 42
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 58
LEFT MY HEART IN TOKYO Mini Viva 59 59
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 60 54 50 45

READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 61
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 62 61 60 52
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 63 64 65 68
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 64
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 65
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 66 63 61 60
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 67 67 67 67
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 68
FALLING FOR YOU Colbe Caillot 69 28 17
BREAK YOUR HEART Taio Cruz 70 50

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 71 71 72 72
KISS OF LIFE Friendly Fires 72 59 58
BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke 73 73 73 66
SECOND TIME AROUND Nell Bryden 74
KISS FROM A ROSE Seal 75


11th October new entries

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys 24 16 10
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 29 29 26
SOS (LET THE MUSIC PLAY) Jordin Sparks 32 24 24
ONCE MORE Spandau Ballet 35 20 14
DRUMMING SONG Florence & The Machine 38 70
I’M NOT YOUR TOY La Roux 68 58 64
DIRTEE CASH Dizzee Rascal 70 68 65
RUN THIS TOWN Jay-Z/ Rihanna/ Kanye West 72
WHAT ABOUT NOW Daughtry 74 74 70
I’M ALL OVER IT Jamie Cullum 75 27 27

18th October new entries

SAY IT Booty Luv 34 34
PENCIL FULL OF LEAD Paulo Nutini 38 28
MY MAN Jade Ewan 47 47
ABOUT A GIRL Sugababes 49 49
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 56 61
CHILLIN’ Wale/ Lady Gaga 66
WHITE LIES Mr Hudson 71 59
WHEELS Foo Fighters 75 62

25th October new entries

WATCH THE SUN COME UP Example 22
IN HER SHOES Beverley Knight 29
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET Michael Buble 40
WILD HORSES Susan Boyle 50
NO REGRETS Robbie Williams 73
FOREVER IS OVER The Saturdays 74
PAPILLON The Editors 75

Tenerife By Air

Tenerife By Air

November 2009

In which yet more Beatles album tracks turnover on top, starting with the eastern-flavoured gentle John Lennon Norwegian Wood, as good as any of their singles. Fab! The experimental Rain, B-side to 1966 Paperback Writer, should have been a double A Side, cos it’s awesome, grabbing a week on top before being kicked off by Rain, Mika’s only number one, and the only occasion when 2 identically-titled songs hit the top consecutively. Hah! Mika’s followed by Pixie Lott, and her only chart-topper, the sweet Cry Me Out. Both have had UK number one’s as well, but not with these lesser-known/obscure tracks. I like to be different sometimes! Finally, it’s Twist And Shout, The Beatles stunning version of Twist And Shout, where John shouts himself hoarse. Huge in the States, this one was also huge in the UK – but not in the singles charts. It was an EP and they didn’t qualify in those days, but it was HUGE, trust me, I was there (age 5 or 6). It charted once available on download. Hooray!!!

Other biggies: Colbe Caillot’s Falling For You, Example’s watching The Sun Come Up at 3, Cheryl’s Fight For This Love at 7, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ at 9, Susan Boyle’s Rolling Stones cover Wild Horses at 4, Lady Gaga at 8 (Bad Romance), Pet Shop Boys at 2 with a remixed All Over The World, Norah Jones, Westlife, Chase & Status, and a bunch of oldies.

1st November chart

NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 1 6 13 31 42
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 2 2 7 12 22
BODIES Robbie Williams 3 4 12 19 31
REAL LATE STARTER Nerina Pallot 4 3 11 13 25
CELEBRATION Madonna 5 9 16 32 48
GARDEN PARTY John Fogerty/ Don Henley/ Timothy B Schmidt 6 11 24 37 44
RAIN Mika 7 7 1 4 4
FALLING FOR YOU Colbe Caillot 8 8 8 16 30
MILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 9 16 29 43 51
RAIN The Beatles 10 1 9 44

GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 11 12 23 47
WATCH THE SUN COME UP Example 12 5 3 6 11
ARLINGTON WAY Cerys Matthews 13 26 48 48 66
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 14 21 21 21 21
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 15 18 27 36 40
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys 16 17 28 28 28
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 17 19 38
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 18 13 2 11 13
IN HER SHOES Beverley Knight 19 14 14 14 24
FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE Cheryl Cole 20 15 10 7 20

HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 21 20 17 3 6
SHE WOLF Shakira 22 22 36 49 62
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 23 34 52 60 64
I NEED YOU The Beatles 24 32 43 51 55
YOU KNOW ME Robbie Williams 25 25 19 15 15
ONCE MORE Spandau Ballet 26 38
COME SO FAR YET STILL SO FAR TO GO Chris Rea 27 31 55
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 28 23 5 57
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 29 24 22 18 1
THIS IS IT Michael Jackson 30 30 59

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 31 41 41 41 41
I’M ALL OVER IT Jamie Cullum 32 52
HAPPY Leona Lewis 33 33 32 33 37
TWO OF US The Beatles 34 29 26 22 19
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 35 40
REMEDY Little Boots 36 45
PENCIL FULL OF LEAD Paulo Nutini 37 37 44 56
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 38 51 60
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ Journey 39 27 15 9 12
KISS OF LIFE Friendly Fires 40 61

SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 41 43 45 46 46
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 42 39 35 29 26
NO REPLY The Beatles 43 42 40 38 35
SOS (LET THE MUSIC PLAY) Jordin Sparks 44
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 45 44 42 39 33
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET Michael Buble 46
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 47 48 51 53 54
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 48 53
ABOUT A GIRL Sugababes 49 63
WILD HORSES Susan Boyle 50 10 4 5 5

RELEASE ME Agnes 51 54
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 52 47 47 45 39
FOREVER IS OVER The Saturdays 53 35 62
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 54 55 56 61 61
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 55 71
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 56 65
SHADOWSIDE A-ha 57 57 67 58
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 58 60 61 65 67
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 59 56 54 54 49
NICE MEN Dame Shirley Bassey 60 58

FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 61
WHEELS Foo Fighters 62 59
SAY IT Booty Luv 63
I’M NOT YOUR TOY La Roux 64
WHAT ABOUT NOW Daughtry 65 62
BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke/ Flo-Rida 66 64
WE WEREN’T BORN TO FOLLOW Bon Jovi 67 28 18 23 38
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 68 68 69 70 71
NO REGRETS Robbie Williams 69 66 63 63 63
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 70

GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 71
MY MAN Jade Ewan 72
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 73
DOMINOES The Big Pink 74 70
BAD ROMANCE Lady Gaga 75 73 25 8 8

8th November new entries

CRY ME A RIVER Michael Buble 36 46
MONSTER MASH Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 46
MEET ME HALFWAY Black Eyed Peas 49 20 20 27
INNOCENT Stereophonics 50 30 26 45
CRY ME OUT Pixie Lott 67 31 1 3
YOU GOT THE LOVE Florence & The Machine 69
AT LAST Etta James 72 64 58 43
I GOT SOUL Young Soul Rebels 74 69
QUICKSAND La Roux 75 50 50 56

15th November new entries

ALL OVER THE WORLD (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 6 2 2
ANYWAY Duck Sauce 33
MAYBE Ingrid Michaelson 34 27 36
EVERYBODY IN LOVE JLS 37 25 23
CHASING PIRATES Norah Jones 39 10 9
TIK TOK Kesha 49 35 17
GOOD GIRLS GO BAD Cobra Starship 53 34 34
WHAT ABOUT NOW Westlife 57 18 10
3 WORDS Cheryl Cole/ will.i.am 58 42 18
FLASHBACK Calvin Harris 65 40 47
JUST SAY YES Snow Patrol 66 66
GO YOUR OWN WAY Fleetwood Mac 67 64 53
UNDERDOG Kasabian 68 59
DOWN Jay Sean/ L’il Wayne 70 30 14
BLACK SWAN SONG Athlete 71
LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi 72
U SHOULD HAVE KNOWN Laura White 73 52 52
UNDISCLOSED DESIRES Muse 74 68 65
EARTHQUAKE Little Boots 75 75

22nd November new entries

I NEED YOU NOW Agnes 24 16
END CREDITS Chase & Status/ Plan B 55 7
PARTY IN THE USA Miley Cyrus 62 50
GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees 71 59
OPEN UP YOUR DOOR Richard Hawley 72
3″ Britney Spears 73 72
HOPES & FEARS Will Young 74

29th November new entries

THE OFFICIAL BBC CHILDREN IN NEED MEDLEY Peter Kay’s All Star Band 29
SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Taken By Trees 32
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Mariah Carey 57
FIREFLIES Owl City 60
YOU’RE NOT ALONE Tinchy Stryder 68
SEA OF HEARTBREAK Roseanne Cash/Bruce Springsteen 69
IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Rod Stewart 70
ONE LOVE David Guetta/ Estelle 73
DID IT AGAIN Shakira 74
MOON RIVER Andy Williams 75

My 1969 Charts – November

My 1969 Song Book 1

My 1969 Song Book 1

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NOV 1969

4th November 1969

Bobbie’s 5th and final week on top, as Nilsson’s brilliant Midnight Cowboy song goes top 5, and The Beatles are the sole new entry courtesy of a George Harrison ballad at 6. Something quickly became a standard, but as a Beatles song in the UK it was a shock (relative) failure peaking at 4, the first Beatles record to fail to hit the top 2 bar their first single. It was an odd choice of double A side as Come Together got no airplay at all in Singapore, in fact it took me 5 years to get to hear it, and even then I wasn’t that bothered about it. Something, great as it was, seemed a bit too MOR for the Fabs, so pretty much my least fave Beatles single. Little did we know that it was actually the last Beatles single ever, chronologically-recording-wise, until the 2 Anthology John Lennon songs finished by the other three Beatles.

OK, so back at home in Bedokville, Singapore new suburbia, one evening mum and dad went out to some do on camp, and left me and brother Mark alone (but under the eye of the neighbours Irving & Mary, who popped their head over the fence occasionally). We had chit-chat’s tut-tutting up and about the walls while we watched TV, they just got into any handy crevice in houses and grabbed insects, which for me is a blessing, mozzies being my mortal enemy and all. This night something quite big started walking jerkily and slowly across the living room floor – I recognised it from TV shows as a Preying Mantis, though I’d never seen one in real life, and neither had Mark. We shouted for Irving and Mary, eventually, after chucking cushions at it from a distance, trying to persuade it to go out the door. Didn’t work, and nobody came round, so we really just waited feet up on the bamboo chair/sofa till mum and dad came home. By then, a chit-chat had apparently had a bit of a do with it – and won. I say apparently, as there wasn’t much left in the way of evidence. Not as scary as the huge spiders though, or the supersized hornets buzzing round flowers in the day, or the snakeskins one occasionally found shed in bedrooms, and on the plus side, not as revolting as mosquitos and cockroaches that were a daily nuisance. We lifted up a garden grate, and it was LITERALLY teaming with roaches of all sizes scuttling away like mad. I think the worst thing, though, was finding insects in your food – half a bug, especially, as you never got to be sure if you’d eaten the other half. Cereals imported from the USA were fun (I loved the cardboard Archies records on the back of the packet, with a coating of plastic for the grooves, you could cut out and play on a record player) but the boll weevils inside (or whatever they were) were offputting. So were local biscuits cooked with ants firmly inside them. Exotic fruits though, like oddly-prickly-looking red-coloured rambutan’s, a Malayan peninsula fruit on sale on market-stalls everywhere, were eye-openers – who woulda known there were so many fruits you had never seen, never mind tasted….!


1 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
2 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 ( 4 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass
4 ( 2 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
5 ( 7 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival
8 ( 9 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU) Lulu
9 ( 6 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
10 ( 8 ) DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

music book 2

music book 2

11th November 1969

First week on top for Sugar Sugar, The Archies EP also containing Feelin So Good, which re-enters at 5. I still love Sugar Sugar, simple and perfect sugar confection bubblegum pop, which is why it’s sold a million and still trickle sells. It had a whopping 8 week run at 1 in the UK charts, I think, so let’s see if it can match that in mine! The chart gets some action, as Tremeloes re-enter, and 3 new tracks pop in: Nobody’s Child is a very MOR ballad, and I’ll be honest the Traveling Wilburys did a better version 20 years later. George Harrison of course involved in that one, and also at 4 with Something. Lou Christie had one of those “oh that’s who he is” moments whenever the fantastic Lightning Strikes grabbed an occasional radio play back in the day. The Lou falsetto is immense on Lightning, but not much in evidence on this bubblegum pop delight at 9, I’m Gonna Make You Mine. At 10, it’s Kenny Rogers debuting, the start of a long country career, and by far his best record, the amazing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town, a song about a veteran back from the Vietnam war, paralysed and unable to please his wife in that way any more, and her forays into town to find someone who can. Oddly touching.

Singapore times? How about swimming lessons? Saturday mornings were a trip into Changi Village on the bus, and a walk to the swimming pool at the Padang on camp (or a quick SZ taxi-ride – taxis used to cram as many people in as possible, so often it was more like a bus ride with strangers people getting on and off en route). I pretty much did OK at swimming, picking up distance badges early on and moving onwards and upwards to badges of more merit. We had robes the badges were sewn onto – hey we all did it, it was the fashion! Pretty sure I also picked up bloody varrucas at the pool too, by the time I left Singapore I had warts in many bodily places. For those not in the know, they have a comforting way of popping up years later and developing nicely into Hollywood-style witch-warts which you can share with the rest of the world whenever you go the beach. How sweet! Not to mention the hard bits of skin on your feel soles left when you get them burnt off, just to remind you occasionally that they once shared your feet with you. If that sounds a bit ewwww I actually loved swimming (eventually) though it was sometimes a case of “do we have to?!”. Best thing though: the comics in the Changi Village book shops, as I started to fill-in some of my missing back issues of DC comics. I became obsessive in my search for the Legion Of Super-Heroes.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 1 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
5 ( RE ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies
6 ( 9 ) LAY LADY LAY Bob Dylan
7 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD Karen Young
8 ( RE ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
10 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition

schoolbook RAF Seletar

schoolbook RAF Seletar

18th November 1969

2 weeks for The Archies on top, The Beatles get up to 3 with their 4th hit, The Hollies re-enter future (1988) number one He Ain’t Heavy at 9, and Stevie Wonder gets his 3rd Top 10 of the year, the less-remembered but fab Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday, an under-rated Motown gem.

How about a naughty John tale? I was actually a goodie-goodie child, rarely did anything wrong, but for some reason I’d managed to get a catapult as a new toy, and was quietly enjoying the sheer speed that little bits of gravel from the road flew off in it, it was pretty powerful. I was under the balcony of the house happily aiming at the road so nothing would get hit, when a taxi went by with a passenger in it. I waited till it was almost out of the way and the let one go. Unfortunately I didn’t wait quite long enough, it smacked right into the rear light of the black and yellow taxi and smashed it as the car drove away. Not for long, though, it reversed and a livid Chinese driver jumped out shouting at me as I dashed indoors and up to my room. He was having none of that, got my dad, ranted a bit, dad gave him 25 dollars for the damage and that was the end of my pocket money for a while. I tried to explain it was an accident (which it was) but I guess with hindsight, claiming something is an accident (even when it is) is no excuse. What was worse though was not being believed! Bad bad John!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
5 ( 8 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
6 ( 10 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
7 ( NEW ) YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
8 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
9 ( RE ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 5 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (SKOOBY DOO) The Archies

popcorn transfers

popcorn transfers

25th November 1969

3 weeks for Sugar Sugar on top, but the only movement of note is the new entry from Rolf Harris at 4. I’m going to ignore all of the recent nastiness and pretend it never happened cos in the 60’s Rolf was loved by kids. He brought Australia into the living room, along with Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, and ethnic aboriginal-flavoured delights like the great Sun Arise alternated with his jokey hit records like Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport and Jake The Peg (diddle iddle dum). Biggest of all, though, was the touching Two Little Boys, a tale of brothers, both as youngsters, and serving in a war as adults. Like Sugar Sugar, much derided, and like Sugar Sugar missing the point: 11-year-olds like me loved them. I still do. Two Little Boys was a huge record, pretty much on 2-way Family Favourites every other week with messages of “missing you much” from family members back home, and then again on Juniors Choice over the years, till the BBC decided pre-teens no longer needed their own pop-music show. Yes they do!

This (Last) / Peak / wks
1 ( 1 ) 1 7 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
2 ( 2 ) 1 12 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 3 ) 3 4 SOMETHING The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) 4 1 TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
5 ( 4 ) 3 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Nilsson
6 ( 7 ) 6 2 YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
7 ( 5 ) 5 4 (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes
8 ( 6 ) 6 3 RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
9 ( 9 ) 9 5 HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
10 ( 8 ) 8 3 I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

My 1999 Charts – November

florida keys

florida keys


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November 1999 Charts

The gorgeous When We Are Together gives Texas an 8th Number One in 3 years, bit of a roll they were one! Backstreet Boys pop back on top, though, to total 3 weeks at the summit before a millennium reissue of John Lennon’s classic singles bundled enters at 1: Happy Xmas War Is Over, Imagine, Give Peace A Chance had already hit the top spot in multiple years, but originally 1972, 1980, and 1969 respectively. Happy Xmas War Is Over holds the record for the largest number of years that it held the top spot in for at least one week, that’s several in the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s to date.

Of course as everyone prepared for the end of the century apocalypse as all computers crashed and burned unable to cope with a calendar change, it was an opportunity to re-release lots of oldies, and for big acts to avoid bunging anything new out. At least anything of much quality. Happily old-timers the Lightning Seeds had the terrific Life’s Too Short in my top 5, the wonderfullt cheery Steal My Sunshine gave Len 5 minutes of fame, and Garbage had a Bond Theme delight as The World Is Not Enough gives them a Top 3 largely-forgotten addition to their list of great singles.

Smooth bounces back again into my top 10, Culture Club have a great ballad out – Cold Shoulder – featuring a good version of Bowie’s Starman on the B side, for a 17-year run of big hits (well, for George at any rate). Finally, a new entry at 20 for an obscure classic, Your Lies, from Shelby Lynn, a Phil Spector-styled passionate and vitriolic masterpiece from one of the great unknown and critically-acclaimed albums, I Am Shelby Lynn, an album that rewards repeat listens and taken as a whole, a journey through personal drama and the blues, country, pop. Sadly the original video is not on you tube, it was effective, but the one that is is still pretty powerful in it’s simplicity.

7th November 1999 Chart

WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 1 4 5 8
LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys 2 1 1 2
TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas 3 2 2 5
KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 4 6 7 11
LIFE’S TOO SHORT Lightning Seeds 5 5 4 4
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 6 7 11 14
EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Rickett 7 11 14 22
STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 8 10 8 7
WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton 9 18 19 23
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 10 16 17 32

TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 11 17 21 29
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 12 15 15 21
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera 13 19 22 36
BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 14 14 12 15
WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER Tina Turner 15 22 31 31
SHE’S THE ONE/ IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams 16 12 10 16
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 17 13 27 64
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage 18 9 3 3
CLOSING TIME Semisonic 19 24 36 56
DOVE L’AMORE Cher 20 33 51

NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 21 28 35 35
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 22 31 28 28
AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE Simply Red 23 20 16 30
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 24 34 45 45
NORTHERN STAR Melanie C 25 23 20 18
UNPRETTY TLC 26 29 40 59
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 27 27 29 40
BUG-A-BOO Destiny’s Child 28 51 62
SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman 29 57
SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 30 30 30 38

I TRY Macy Gray 31 32 38 51
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 32 21 13 9
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS/ HEY BULLDOG Beatles 33 36 46 60
SUMMER SON Texas 34 35 39 48
JESSE HOLD ON B*Witched 35 48 73
WAITING FOR TONIGHT Jennifer Lopez 36 25 23 39
LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters 37 45 60
IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE Alison Krauss 38 38 52
COLD SHOULDER/ STARMAN Culture Club 39 8 9 13
IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE Onephatdeeva 40

THERE SHE GOES The La’s 41 41 41 42
SOS Abba 42 42 42 44
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 43 43 43 43
WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD Moby 44 47 56
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 45 46 74
RISE Gabrielle 46 56
THE BOTTLE Gil Scott-Heron 47 55
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 48 52 53
GIN SOAKED BOY Divine Comedy 49 37 55
TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW Bob Marley/ Lauryn Hill 50 63 50 50

HEARTBREAKER Mariah Carey 51 39 34 34
BUDDY X ’99 Dreem Teem vs. Neneh Cherry 52
CARNATION Liam Gallagher/ Steve Cradock 53
AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Steps 54 44 57
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 55 58 58 66
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 56 72
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS Westlife 57
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 58 66
YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART Phil Collins 59 40 44 62
KARAOKE QUEEN Catatonia 60 60

MARY Supergrass 61 49 59 37
TURN Travis 62 54 37 27
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 63 64 64 68
LOVE LIKE A FOUNTAIN Ian Brown 64
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 65 65 66 70
STILL BELIEVE Shola Ama 66
WHY Glamma Kid 67
DANCING QUEEN/ THAT’S ME Abba 68 68 65 69
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 69 70 71 73
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 70 71

SO LOW Ocean Colour Scene 71
HEADS HIGH Mr. Vegas 72 61 61 47
LIFT ME UP Geri Halliwell 73 59
HOOLIGAN Embrace 74 62
AS TIME GOES BY Bryan Ferry 75

14th November new entries

I CAN HELP Billy Swan 3 6 10
IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Various Artists 26 26 53
SEXX LAWS Beck 50 54
ROXANNE George Michael 53
I LEARNED FROM THE BEST Whitney Houston 67
I KNEW I LOVED YOU Savage Garden 69 69
WILL 2 K Will Smith 73 67 61
RADIO Corrs 74 49 46
SHAKE YOUR BON BON Ricky Martin 75 70 49

21st November new entries

YOU ONLY TELL ME YOU LOVE ME WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK Pet Shop Boys 18 12
THE BEST OF ME Bryan Adams 24 19
HERE COMES MY BABY Mavericks 25 41
SO LOW Ocean Colour Scene 32 67
NO OTHER BABY Paul McCartney 33 71
HURRY UP AND WAIT Stereophonics 47
YMCA (99 REMIX) Village People 48
DEAR LIE TLC 63 25
WE’RE GONNA MISS YOU James 68 24
WHY Glamma Kid 72 63
NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN Blur 75 65

28th November new entries

IMAGINE/HAPPY XMAS.WAR IS OVER/GIVE PEACE A CHANCE John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band 1
ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim 6
UNDER PRESSURE ’99 Queen/ David Bowie 17
YOUR LIES Shelby Lynn 20
I WANT THAT MAN (99) Deborah Harry 26
LOVE ME/ TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Martine McCutcheon 33
I LEARNED FROM THE BEST Whitney Houston 52
1999″ Prince 54
SISTA SISTA Beverley Knight 55
SEVENTEEN AGAIN Eurythmics 57
TONITE Phats & Small 58
DEEP INSIDE Mary J. Blige 72
THE MILLENIUM PRAYER Cliff Richard 74
KING FOR A DAY Jamiroquai 75

My 1999 Charts – October

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October 1999

The oldies dominate the top of my chart as classic 1968 Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb track By The Time I Get To Phoenix enters at 1 for a 3-week run – bearing in mind it never charted in the UK, but was very well-known, and critically respected, it’s about time is all I can say, and gave Glen a number one 29 years after his first, and his fifth to date. Bad news for Chris Isaak, but Wicked Game still hits 2, and had already been a number one in 1990, and the song is back in the UK and my charts this very week dance-stylee (for Parra For Cuva).

The Backstreet Boys get their 3rd chart-topper as Larger Than Life shoves Glen aside, and then that was more or less it for them as Britney and N’Sync hogged all the best songs from Max Martin.A former boyband member, albeit the generally limp New Kids On The Block, grabs a number 2 as Jordan Knight’s delicious and playful Give It To You outdoes their entire back catalogue in one single. Pet Shop Boys, meanwhile, have a rare non-topper single, as one of their more well-recalled later tracks, the very disco New York City Boy, peaks at 5 – the album Nightlife has better dance tracks on it though it’s still pretty damn good.

Future 2000 world-smash Smooth, goes top 10 for Santana and Rob Thomas (off Matchbox 20), all of whom have some number one action in 2000 coming up, and surprisingly classic album-track Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds also under-performed with all the chart action, going top 5 only for The Beatles. R. Kelly gets another of is occasional top 5 hits, as Turn Back The Hands Of Time has a 50’s flavour to it and hits 4, and Texas keep the non-stop run of fabulous singles going as When We Are Together takes it 60’s vibe to 2. The one that beat them to the top? Texas! Album-track Tell Me The Answer is pure classic Prince-soul-styled brilliance and really should have been a single, one of their best ever tracks, and utterly obscure.

Melanie C shows she can do it outside the Spice Girls and goes both down and gaga at 5. Britney’s also crazy at 8, while Tom Jones enlists the Cardigans for a Talking Heads song which leaves them burning down the house at 9, Tom’s umpteenth top 10 in 31 years, and yet another reinvention of his career – that’s how he’s kept going of course! S Club 7 have an S Club Party, heyyy, hooo, one of their best singles, Christina Aguilera announces her debut Genie in a bottle, at 9, Madness gallop into the top 10 with Johnny The Horse for a mad 20 years-worth of them, Gabrielle has some Sunshine at 10, Five Keep On Movin’ with a great pop single, while elsewhere there’s some dance, country, opera, europop, rock, r n b, and Latin-pop for a spot of variety…

3rd October Chart

BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 1 1 1 3 6
WICKED GAME/BABY DID A BAD BAD THING Chris Isaak 2 11 22 47
UNPRETTY TLC 3 2 3 13 17
THERE SHE GOES The La’s 4 7 11 21 30
SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 5 6 7 18 22
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 6 3 2 6 4
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 7 5 15 28 40
I TRY Macy Gray 8 14 13 20 24
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 9 12 12 22 39
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Beatles 10 15 23 36 15

TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 11 4 4 5 7
WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 12 25 39 4 2
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 13 13 5 16 32
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 14 8 8 10 16
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 15 9 16 31 46
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 16 19 25 34 47
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 17 27 17 7 8
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 18 10 18 25 37
SUMMER SON Texas 19 24 31 17 21
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 20 23 28 38 44

THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 21 36 48
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera 22 16 9 11 12
AFRIKA SHOX Leftfield/ Afrika Bambaataa 23 31 47
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 24 18 10 8 13
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 25 30 32 45 53
STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Lucid 26 29 19 37 57
MOVING Supergrass 27 37 43 71
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 28 20 20 15 29
HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 29 44
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 30 26 24 12 10

HEARTBREAK HOTEL Whitney Houston 31 43
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 32 49
WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton 33 28 21 26 26
FRIENDS FOREVER Thunderbugs 34 17 30 62
THURSDAY’S CHILD David Bowie 35 52
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 36 40 45 66
SING IT BACK Moloko 37 48
JUST LIKE FRED ASTAIRE James 38 35 33 39 51
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 39 47 54 60 66
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 40 45 52

SOS Abba 41 41 41 41 41
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 42 42 42 42 42
PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 43 55 66
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 44 54 59
CENTRAL RESERVATION Beth Orton 45
ONLY YOU/’99 Yazoo 46 57 61
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 47 50
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 48 56 56 56 59
NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 49 65 49 30 18
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 50 64

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 51 53 51 51 56
ANOURAK LOU Genelab 52
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 53 58 64 64 71
BLUE (DA BA DEE) Eiffel 65 54 46 44 52 64
ELEVEN TO FLY Tin Tin Out/ Wendy Page 55
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 56 59 60 44 49
MAMBO NO. 5 (A LITTLE BIT OF..) Lou Bega 57 69
SUMMERTIME OF OUR LIVES A1 58
CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli 59
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 60 61 74

THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 61 68 70
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 62 62 62 63 63
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 63 63 63 65 65
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 64 74 75
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 65 67 68 75
SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman 66 32 27 14 14
NEVER LET YOU DOWN Honeyz 67 35 35 45
NEW DAY Wyclef-Jean/ Bono 68 38 34 48
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 69 72 72
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 70 66 67 68 68

I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 71 71 71
I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon 72
HUMAN Pretenders 73 73 73
WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER Tina Turner 74 39 37 27 19
GOODBYE Def Leppard 75

10th October new entries

LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys 21 6 2 1
EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Rickett 22 14 9 9
LIFE’S TOO SHORT Lightning Seeds 33 29 43 11
I WOULDN’T BELIEVE YOUR RADIO Stereophonics 34 36 49 69
SHE’S THE ONE/ IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams 51 50 32 31
BUDDY X ’99 Dreem Teem vs. Neneh Cherry 60 57 57 52
JESSE HOLD ON B*Witched 70 55 40 50
AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE Simply Red 75 38 29 27

17th October new entries

PLEASE REMEMBER ME Tim McGraw 26 46
GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ 2000 Martay/ Z Z Top 40 67
BUG-A-BOO Destiny’s Child 46 33 28
CLOSING TIME Semisonic 53 53 34
FOREVER Charlatans 58 50
DOVE L’AMORE Cher 65
LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters 69 69 20

24th October new entries

TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas 1 3
WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD Moby 19 25
KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 23 5
CARNATION Liam Gallagher/ Steve Cradock 24 36
WILL 2 K Will Smith 54 54
WONDERLAND 911″ 55 55
IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE Onephatdeeva 58 33
TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk 59
OUT OF CONTROL Chemical Brothers/ Bernard Sumner 61
AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Steps 70 60
HEARTBREAKER Mariah Carey 72 58
2 TIMES Ann Lee 73 67
YOU MUST GO ON Bernard Butler 74

31st October new entries

RISE Gabrielle 23
STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 35
WAITING FOR TONIGHT Jennifer Lopez 38
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage 43
COLD SHOULDER Culture Club 48
READY TO FLY Dixie Chicks 61
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS Westlife 62
WHY Glamma Kid 70
TURN Travis 72
TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW Bob Marley/ Lauryn Hill 73
SEXX LAWS Beck 74
THE BEST OF ME Bryan Adams 75

My 1994 Charts – October

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2nd October 1994

4 weeks at 1 for mad Pet Shop Boys, holding off a new threat from Corona’s Rhythm Of The Night at 2, then a bunch of girl singers dominate the top 10 except for East 17, Steam-ing up to 7, and Pato Banton Baby Come Back-iing at 9, with the wondrous Saint Etienne huggin my soul at 10, keeping up their top 10 run. Look at 2 Unlimited up 58 places with No-one! No, I don’t remember it either – but I obviously liked it. Madonna I do remember even if she’s only up 27 places to 21. Shhh don’t give away that secret! Elton’s Circle Of Life, of course, everyone knows, up 30 to 29, showing chart positions don’t matter if you’re in a Disney film, new generations pick up on it.

Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones bring some rock into the 40, but highest new entry is the man from Orange Juice and his very classic A Girl Like You: Edwyn Collins. This is another case of, eh?! It took another 6 months to start charting worldwide (and in the UK for it to be a hit), but I loved it the minute I heard it, so justice was eventually done. Whigfield makes my top 40, too – I didn’t recall liking it that much, much it hadn’t started to grate yet obviously. Jamiroquai enters his Space Cowboy phase at 65, and Gloria Estefan is well into her disco retro phase as she covers Vicki Sue Robinson’s Turn The Beat Around. Chuck in a model (Naomi), TV kids show duo (PJ & Duncan aka Ant n Dec), 2 soul divas battling it (Kym and Jocelyn) and two rock greats Neil Young (just vacating my 2014 number one slot after 42 years of waiting) and INXS (brilliant live band), and that completes the chart report.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
5 ( 4 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 26 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 6 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
9 ( 58 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
10 ( 14 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne

11 ( 9 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
12 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) LETITGO Prince
14 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 73 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
16 ( 19 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
17 ( 33 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 15 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
19 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
20 ( 16 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart

21 ( 48 ) SECRET Madonna
22 ( 18 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
23 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 13 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
25 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( 20 ) WARRIORS Aswad
27 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
28 ( 17 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
29 ( 59 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
30 ( 52 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

31 ( 22 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
32 ( 25 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
33 ( 21 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 27 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
38 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 46 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
40 ( 32 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

41 ( 28 ) SPEED Billy Idol
42 ( 41 ) SEARCHING China Black
43 ( 30 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
44 ( 34 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
45 ( 36 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
47 ( 35 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
48 ( NEW ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
49 ( 31 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
50 ( 37 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff

51 ( 57 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
52 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE GOOD TIMES A House
53 ( 65 ) SURE Take That
54 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 43 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
57 ( 53 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
58 ( NEW ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
60 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr

61 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
64 ( 56 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( NEW ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
69 ( 61 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
70 ( 49 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

71 ( NEW ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
72 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
73 ( NEW ) MY HEART Neil Young and Crazy Horse
74 ( NEW ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
75 ( 50 ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

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kiwi fruit plant

9th October 1994

It’s a new number one for Corona and the great dance track Rhythm Of The Night, as recently covered by Bastille. I’ll stick with the original myself, it’s fab. Big leap for Bon Jovi to 4, and their signature ballad Always – not my favourite Bon Jovi record by any means these days, but it seemed good enough at the time. Elton also circles around the top 10, giving him 23 years of regular top 10’s, while 2 Unlimited grab a final top 10 hit, I really must youtube it now!

Highest of only 4 new entries is Ace Of Base at 19, and a Happy Nation applauds their 5th top 20 entry. Aerosmith are back in with Crazy, as it starts to take hold at 26, Heavy D & The Boyz make the 40 with This Is Your Night, as do INXS, Kym & Jocelyn covering ZZ Top, PJ & Duncan, and new at 40 The Pretenders keep the hits coming 15 years on, 977 apparently, though I suspect it’s a few less than that. Sonic Youth are Superstars at 54 covering The Carpenters classic in a fab distorted morose indie-style, and Counting Crows meet the Rain King at 73, for a quiet chart week.

1 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 27 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
8 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
9 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
10 ( 15 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited

11 ( 10 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
12 ( 11 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
13 ( 8 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
15 ( 21 ) SECRET Madonna
16 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
17 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 16 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
20 ( 13 ) LETITGO Prince

21 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
22 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
23 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
24 ( 18 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
25 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( RE ) CRAZY Aerosmith
27 ( 19 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
28 ( 22 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
29 ( 30 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
30 ( 24 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

31 ( 26 ) WARRIORS Aswad
32 ( 59 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( 28 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 74 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
36 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
37 ( 32 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
38 ( 72 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
39 ( 71 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
40 ( NEW ) 977″ The Pretenders

41 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
42 ( 31 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
43 ( 37 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
44 ( 53 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 42 ) SEARCHING China Black
46 ( 40 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
47 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
49 ( 65 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
50 ( 63 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 39 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
52 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
53 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
54 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
57 ( 43 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
58 ( 48 ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
59 ( 57 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
60 ( 41 ) SPEED Billy Idol

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 45 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
63 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( 56 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 47 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
69 ( 50 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
70 ( 44 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun

71 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
72 ( 58 ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( 69 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
75 ( 49 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson

16th October 1994

2 weeks for Corona fizzing on top, as Edie Brickell and Barry White peak at 2, Good Times indeed for a fab soulful ballad. Elton John goes in Circles Of Life at 5, the latest in a very long list of top 5 singles, and ditto for Madonna in the top 10 as Secret hits 8. INXS’ terrific The Strangest Party shoots up to 12, and really should have been a big hit, instead their career declined steeply and unfairly, not quite fitting into Britpop. Aerosmith, Edwyn Collins and Snap all return to the top 20 with new stuff, as the chart suddenly wakes up with a deluge of new entries.

Highest, in at 22, Sparks enjoy one of their periodic comebacks, 20 years on from This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, they ponder When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’? Right now, it’s Moroder-dance-era-styled fab. Massive Attack enter Sly-ly at 28, just ahead of a charity version of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? Let Loose follow up a big pop hit with a decent forgotten pop hit, but not at Seventeen, at 31. Crash Test Dummies bounce back at 37 berating God for shuffling his feet a bit, Pink Floyd are back for the final time (barring 2014 sessions from 1994) and Keep Trackin’ at 50, 15 years after hitting number one with a brick.

China Black following up terrific number one Searching, with terrific melodic follow-up Stars at 51, Oasis sing about ciggies and booze in a T.Rex Get-It-On vibe at 60, how quaint holding up nicotine and drink as alternative solutions to having to work for a living. OK everyone, let’s quit our jobs and get pissed and see how long society lasts! As a record, it’s nowhere near as good as either Get It On, or predecessor Live Together. Over-rated much. The Manics suffer at 69, Aaliyah is still a minor but slides in at 71, and if there ever was a record that annoyed me more than Ciggies n Booze it’s Zombie, in at 74. The gorgeousness of Linger is replaced by repeated harpy calls, a record that with the passage of time only sounds worse. Ouch!

1 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
3 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 9 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 8 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 15 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 7 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis

11 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
12 ( 35 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
13 ( 14 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
14 ( 19 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
15 ( 12 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
16 ( 26 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
17 ( 10 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
18 ( 13 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 23 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
20 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer

21 ( 11 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
22 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
23 ( 16 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
24 ( 39 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
25 ( 20 ) LETITGO Prince
26 ( 18 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
27 ( 22 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
28 ( NEW ) SLY Massive Attack
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
30 ( 21 ) PARK LIFE Blur

31 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 24 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
34 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
36 ( 28 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
37 ( NEW ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
38 ( 30 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
39 ( 27 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
40 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

41 ( 31 ) WARRIORS Aswad
42 ( 37 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
43 ( 29 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
44 ( 44 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 40 ) 977″ The Pretenders
46 ( 49 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
47 ( 47 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 41 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
49 ( NEW ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
50 ( NEW ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd

51 ( NEW ) STARS China Black
52 ( 43 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
53 ( 38 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
54 ( 45 ) SEARCHING China Black
55 ( 46 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
56 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 36 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
58 ( 42 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
59 ( RE ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
60 ( NEW ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 59 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
63 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
64 ( 63 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 51 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 52 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
69 ( NEW ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
70 ( 54 ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth

71 ( NEW ) (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE Aaliyah
72 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
73 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE The Cranberries
75 ( NEW ) CAN U FEEL IT Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman

baby pond

baby pond


23rd October 1994:

The charts go insane suddenly, massive leaps, massive new entries, and massive drops under the pressure of 18 new entries, and it’s all great stuff too! Up 50 places from 51 to 1, one of the biggest climbs to the top ever, it’s China Black getting their second chart-topper of the year, the lovely entirely youtube absent Stars, overshadowing Sparks big climb to 3, their biggest hit since 1979. Highest new entry is at 5, and it’s Abba with Just Like That. No, not a Tommy Cooper tribute record, it’s one of the final recordings by Abba only available in the middle of a single track compilation of bits & pieces which were released as part of a box set of rare stuff in 1994. Gemini (the Abba boys proteges after Abba) had already released a version, but the original Abba short version is a cut above, and should have been a single.

New Order’s classic True Faith from 1987 is remixed and still corking, back in at 10, just behind R Kelly and one of his best records, vibing swiftly along entering at 7. Not to be outdone Tom Jones re-invents himself again with the storming If I Only Knew in at 13. Massive Attack, Crash test Dummies and (somehow!) PJ & Duncan/Ant n Dec get into the 20, before some more new entries: Elastica’s terrific Connection is at 30, Amy Grant is back 3 years on from Baby Baby, Say You’ll Be Mine, she says at 33, while Donna Summer’s got a melody of love at 37, 18 years after groaning her way into my charts.

At 38, the Crosby Stills & Nash classic, Teach Your Children, never charted before, pops in courtesy of a version re-recorded by the band along with some country artists (including Alison Krauss) for an AIDS benefit album. Up to 21 the other charity record is for Rwanda and features a wealth of urban and stars of the time, and it’s pretty good. Status Quo are in my current chart with new material (Nov 2014) and 20 years ago they were in at 39 with Sherri Don’t Fail Me Now. 40 years ago they were already 2 years into their chart career with me. No, they don’t all sound the same.

Outside the top 40: Clapton’s back with a ballad at 44, it ain’t no Layla! The Beautiful South, Sting, Janet Jackson all keep the run of hits going while Sheryl Crow debuts her biggie All I Wanna Do at 75. To rub it in, that’s one place lower than Shampoo! Ah, well, it WAS a very busy chart!

1 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
2 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 22 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
4 ( 5 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
5 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 19 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
8 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 2 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
10 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order

11 ( 12 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
12 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
13 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
14 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
15 ( 14 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
16 ( 28 ) SLY Massive Attack
17 ( 13 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
18 ( 37 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 24 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
20 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

21 ( 29 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
22 ( 9 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
23 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
24 ( 10 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
25 ( 16 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
26 ( 49 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
27 ( 15 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
28 ( 11 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 45 ) 977″ The Pretenders
30 ( NEW ) CONNECTION Elastica

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 20 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
33 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
34 ( 18 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
36 ( 35 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
37 ( NEW ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
38 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
39 ( NEW ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
40 ( 44 ) SURE Take That

41 ( 23 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
42 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
43 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
44 ( NEW ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
45 ( 26 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
46 ( 17 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
47 ( NEW ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
48 ( 30 ) PARK LIFE Blur
49 ( 36 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
50 ( 33 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

51 ( 21 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
52 ( 25 ) LETITGO Prince
53 ( 50 ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd
54 ( 46 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
55 ( 42 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
56 ( NEW ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
57 ( 60 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
58 ( 40 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
59 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( 38 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

61 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
62 ( 39 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
64 ( 69 ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
65 ( 52 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
66 ( NEW ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( NEW ) OH BABY I Eternal

71 ( NEW ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
72 ( 62 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
73 ( NEW ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) VIVA LES MEGABABES Shampoo
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

garden..

garden..

30th October 1994

2 weeks on top for China Black, and a new entry at 2 for LWS and GOSP, an obscure rave non-hit with a 30‘s blues vibe, that pushed my buttons oddly – I don’t recall going raving in 1994! Up to 3, higher second-time round, it’s True Faith for New Order. Edwyn Collins drops 2 (for now) but his biggest hit since Orange Juice went top 10 with Rip It Up in 1993 will be back in 1995. Music Relief take What’s Going On into the top 10, following Cyndi Lauper’s version, and preceding Marvin Gaye’s original. Tom Jones gets a span of top 10 hits of exactly 26 years, I Only I Knew that in 1968 when I started charting!

Aerosmith hit a new peak of 11, INXS grab another top 10, Eric Clapton leaps to 16, and Terry Hall re-enters with his own (previous number one) cover version of his Lightning Seeds co-write/sing, at 13 – well it all makes Sense to me! Terrorvision bolt in, screaming Alice, What’s The Matter! I loved Terrorvision consistently, great fun. Sting and Pink Floyd bring some veteran rock into the 40, albeit both mellow, just like Clapton, while Eternal manage to break into the 30 – Oh Baby I don’t know why!

Sheryl Crow rockets to 33, a good dance pop track from The Real McCoy give me another night at 37, Seal bounces back in again with a newborn friend, and Rozalla adds to her diminishing peaking list of follow-ups to Everybody’s Free, with You Never Love The Same Way Twice at 47. Well, I try not to at any rate, can’t speak for Rozalla. REM have some Bang and Blame at 58, Brand New Heavies spend some time at 59, while interesting indie band Grant Lee Buffalo sneak in at 63 with some Mockingbirds, pipping Echobelly, Chris Rea and Foreigner (both School of 1978), and Paul Weller (School of 1977).

1 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
2 ( NEW ) GOSP LWS
3 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
5 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
7 ( 13 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
8 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
9 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
10 ( 11 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS

11 ( 25 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
12 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
13 ( RE ) SENSE Terry Hall
14 ( 16 ) SLY Massive Attack
15 ( 4 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
16 ( 44 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( NEW ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
18 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
20 ( 9 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White

21 ( 17 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
22 ( 33 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 14 ) STEAM East 17
25 ( 56 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
26 ( 53 ) KEEP TALKING/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
27 ( 30 ) CONNECTION Elastica
28 ( 32 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
29 ( 27 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
30 ( 70 ) OH BABY I Eternal

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 19 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
33 ( 75 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
34 ( 20 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
35 ( 15 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
36 ( 22 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
37 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
38 ( RE ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
39 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
40 ( 47 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

41 ( 35 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
42 ( 26 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
43 ( 24 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
44 ( 66 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
45 ( 38 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
46 ( 23 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
47 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
48 ( 34 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 40 ) SURE Take That
50 ( 36 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 57 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
52 ( 37 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
53 ( 42 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
54 ( 29 ) 977″ The Pretenders
55 ( 43 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
56 ( 41 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
57 ( 39 ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
58 ( NEW ) BANG AND BLAME REM
59 ( NEW ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 49 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
62 ( 55 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
63 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRDS Grant Lee Buffalo
64 ( 63 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 71 ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
66 ( 48 ) PARK LIFE Blur
67 ( 52 ) LETITGO Prince
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE BUT… Echobelly
70 ( 69 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
74 ( NEW ) WHITE LIE Foreigner
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller

NON CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST TRACKS:
1 ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
2 SEBASTIAN Cockney Rebel
3 RAIN RAIN RAIN Ladysmith Black Mambazo

My 1989 Charts – October

back of my head in new york 1989

back of my head in new york 1989

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1st October 1989

5 weeks sowing them seeds on top, with Cher going top 5 18 years since Gypsies Tramps And Thieves first did it (if only she could turn back time!), Belinda’s light is still on with yet another top 10 single, and Billy Joel gets his first since 1983. Curiosity Killed The Cat get a third Top 20 hit, and Technotronic pump up that jam 35 places to 18.

Milli Vanilli get another Top 40 entry, somehow, while Roxette more understandably grab another as Listen To Your Heart starts to bite. New Kids On The Block get 2 simultaneous top 40 entries as Hangin’ Tough pops in. Trust me, that will never happen again! Highest new entry at 38 is a good Erasure single, Drama! At 55 Living In A Box get a second great single, a ballad and nothing like their eponymous number one. Wax sneak back 2 years after 2 great pop singles, anchors aweigh at 65, Bros and Bobby Brown follow-up better singles, The Wonder Stuff have a debut at 72, with more to come from them in the years that followed, ABC make it 7 years of chart entries at 75, it’s The Real Thing. Finally, Debbie Harry’s back with another solo hit, cos she Wants That Man – essentially a Thompson Twins record, written and produced by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, pretty much their last hurrah.

Post American-holiday, I remained jetlagged, caught up on new pop music, watched TV (Sledge Hammer, a great redneck cop comedy series; Juke Box Jury (Jools Holland and Julian Clary slagged off Sinitta, though it hardly hurt any of their careers); Time Tunnel and Batman 60’s classics; Blackadder Goes Forth; Police Squad. At work, the car broke down on the way in so I had to call for help from Frizzells Road Rescue. Parks boss Mr Hunt gave me a hard time, interrupting our Parks measuring on a mis-filed old plans wild-goose-chase. Popped round to Bob’s on Sunday to swap holiday photos, and his mum and dad, Ray and Iris, liked them too – some stunning shots amongst them of New York, Niagara and so on. At home, got fed up with all the second-hand smoke choking me and the kids going through a rowdy phase, but gave the go-ahead to mum and dad to organise a trip to Florida with the kids and me.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 14 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
4 ( 3 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
5 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 30 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
7 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 23 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
9 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express

11 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
12 ( 26 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 19 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
14 ( 6 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 18 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
16 ( 8 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
17 ( 7 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
18 ( 53 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
19 ( 21 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
20 ( 11 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

21 ( 13 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
22 ( 15 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
23 ( 12 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
24 ( 43 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
25 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 39 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
29 ( 41 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
30 ( 34 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

31 ( 20 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
32 ( 60 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
33 ( 22 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 50 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
35 ( 28 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
36 ( 40 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
37 ( 32 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
38 ( NEW ) DRAMA Erasure
39 ( 29 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( 45 ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!

41 ( 24 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
42 ( 31 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
43 ( NEW ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
44 ( 38 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
45 ( 48 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
46 ( 44 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
47 ( 73 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
48 ( 33 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
49 ( 65 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
50 ( RE ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 37 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
52 ( NEW ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
53 ( 66 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
54 ( 35 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( NEW ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 54 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
58 ( NEW ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
59 ( 42 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
60 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 57 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
65 ( NEW ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
66 ( NEW ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
67 ( 36 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
68 ( 55 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( 47 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

71 ( 69 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN GENTLY The Wonder Stuff
73 ( NEW ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING ABC

me in ottawa 1989

me in ottawa 1989

8th October 1989

6 weeks for Tears For Fears, 2 for Sydney Youngblood at 2, and Cher gets het first Top 3 since Dark Lady hit 1 in 1974. In the charts that same week was Devil Gate Drive, and Suzi Quatro tops my playlist chart this week ahead of Pet Shop Boys I Get Excited, which wasn’t chart-eligible (B sides and album tracks had been excluded by 1989 till I saw the error of my ways). It would pretty much certainly have been a top 10 track, though.

Pump Up The Jam hits 6, and the sublime Personal Jesus gives Depeche Mode a top 10 hit for the first time in 5 years (Blasphemous Rumours being the last time) and for the 9th time in total. I, too, suffered from Milli Vanilli madness, along with the world, at 10, while the Pet Shop Boys are at 16, as sung by Liza Minelli. Cliff rockets 50 places to 13 with his best record in 2 years, and most likely his last great pop single, though he had 21 years of big hits in my charts by then, not to mention an extra 6 years had I been charting as a nipper, as it’s absolutely certain that tracks like Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday, All My Love and The Day I Met Marie would have been chart-toppers being as I was mad on them age 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…

Highest new entry, soul great Al Green’s back again 18 years on, this time with hip-hop biggie Arthur Baker, and as suits his Reverend status, The Message Is Love. Oh Well. Yes, it’s Fleetwood Mac’s 60’s rock classic done 80’s club stylee, and in at 37. Oh Well. Oh dear! Shakespear’s Sister’s follow-up runs free at 42, Frankie’s Holly has a spot of heaven at 46, and Lisa Stansfield’s 3rd hit is THE big one, All Around The World, massive in all it’s sexy mid-Atlantic Barry White strings-tastic gorgeousness. I love it, but occasionally I enjoy singing along to it in Lisa’s natural Rochdale accent: Avv bin aroun’t worrld and ah cahn’t fahnd me barebih.

The Thompson Twins get Debbie Harry up to 40, and for good measure get themselves in a bit lower at 64 with a Sugar Daddy. The Jackson 5 also had a minor hit with Sugar Daddy in my 1972 charts, and they pop back (well minus the two most-important singers Michael and Jermaine) at 75.

At home, I started an evening course in garden design (more for work reasons than actual interest, I had an eye on a career in Parks if nothing else came along). Clive, the hippie lecturer showed a tedious video on the history of gardening, but by then sadly I’d already paid and couldn’t back out of the dullness. Monty Python’s great Graham Chapman died this week, I commented: No more Python sadly. Well, 30 years on, and that’s not quite so accurate now, the recent live shows were fun (on TV, I couldn’t get tickets). Hooray! On TV, it was MASH, Red Dwarf, Police Squad, Top Of The Pops, Blackadder Goes Forth, Doctor Who (the best episode in 3 years), and over the weekend I planted up my new pond, and bought a small eucalyptus to plant next to it. Oh was that an expensive mistake when the bloody thing grew and grew when I didn’t bother pruning it – tree surgeons eventually cut it down.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
4 ( 3 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 18 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
7 ( 8 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
8 ( 13 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
9 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 24 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli

11 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 4 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
13 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 11 ) ONE The Bee Gees
16 ( 45 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 19 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
18 ( 12 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
19 ( 10 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys

21 ( 16 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
23 ( 68 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
24 ( 15 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 26 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( 20 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 21 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
29 ( 22 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
30 ( 43 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White

31 ( 38 ) DRAMA Erasure
32 ( 23 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
33 ( 47 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
34 ( NEW ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
35 ( 53 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
37 ( NEW ) OH WELL Oh Well
38 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 66 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
40 ( 73 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry

41 ( 30 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
42 ( NEW ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
43 ( 31 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
45 ( 35 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
46 ( NEW ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
47 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
48 ( 44 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 34 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
50 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 52 ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
52 ( 33 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
53 ( 29 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
54 ( 46 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
55 ( 58 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
58 ( 36 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
59 ( 37 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
60 ( 57 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

61 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
64 ( NEW ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( NEW ) FACTS OF LIFE Climie Fisher
66 ( 64 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
67 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE AFFAIR Stefan Dennis
68 ( NEW ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Third World

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 42 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
73 ( NEW ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU (REMIX) Chaka Khan
75 ( NEW ) 2300 JACKSON STREET The Jacksons

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
2 I GET EXCITED Pet Shop Boys
3 PINBALL Brian Protheroe

that shirt again in Canada 1989

that shirt again in Canada 1989

15th October 1989

It’s a new number one as Sydney Youngblood’s catchy soulpop dance tune knocks off Tears For Fears after 6 weeks on top, and Belinda Carlisle gets her 2nd-biggest hit (behind number one Circle In The Sand) at 3. Cliff does what he used to do so often – go top 10 – while Grayson Hugh’s fab gospel pop tune shoots up to 7, an American hit if not the UK. Living In A Box have plenty of room in their heart to go up 13, and Al Green keeps the top 20 hits running on for 18 years, yes Love IS the Message. In at 18 with a bluesy gnarl, it’s the Road To Hell, probably Chris Rea’s best record, and 11 years after his previous best record Fool (If You Think It’s Over). Biggest climber is our Lisa at 21, she’s been all around the world….or at least from number 57.

Re-entries, at 20 for Eurythmics single finally out in the UK – Don’t Ask Me Why it wasn’t sooner, and Soul Sister’s bouncy The Way To Your Heart at 31. Double Trouble are Street Tuff into the 40, with the Rebel MC in tow, Bros haven’t mentioned the chocolate box yet, but there it is, at 29 and doing quite well for my charts! De La Soul are welcome back with the good Eye Know at 38, Fuzzbox do a decent cover of Yoko Ono’s classic 1981 Number One, at 48, while Fresh Four don’t so the same to Rose Royce’s 1978 classic Wishing On A Star. Queen continue their string of minor hits, Scandal at 54, really for the first time since 1982 Queen not really grabbing me with their singles off an album.

The Adventures pop back from Washington, 5 years after their debut hits now, and The Creatures take a break, as they do occasionally, from Siouxsie And The Banshees, and hit 63 just Standing There! 10 years on and Rickie Lee Jones has swapped Chuck E for a Satellite, so can’t grumble. Jive Bunny make my charts purely for the Hawaii 5-0 segment, The Blow Monkeys are slaves no more at 71, Prince and Sheena are back together again with the hit ballad The Arms Of Orion from Batman – it’s not a patch on 101 or U Got The Look though, in at 74, just ahead of Alice Cooper resting on a bed of nails.

1 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
5 ( 3 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 23 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 10 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
9 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 4 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

11 ( 7 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
12 ( 8 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
13 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
14 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
15 ( 34 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 12 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
18 ( NEW ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
19 ( 15 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( RE ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 57 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
22 ( 18 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
23 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
24 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
25 ( 37 ) OH WELL Oh Well
26 ( 21 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
27 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
28 ( 31 ) DRAMA Erasure
29 ( 39 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
30 ( 17 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( RE ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
32 ( 40 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
33 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
34 ( 68 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
35 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
37 ( 20 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
38 ( NEW ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
39 ( 42 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
40 ( 28 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF

41 ( 26 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
42 ( 36 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
43 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 55 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( NEW ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
46 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
47 ( 30 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
48 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
50 ( NEW ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call

51 ( 29 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
52 ( 48 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
53 ( 47 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SCANDAL Queen
55 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
56 ( 46 ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 45 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
59 ( 41 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
60 ( NEW ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
63 ( NEW ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( 62 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
66 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
67 ( 73 ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
68 ( NEW ) SATELLITE Rickie Lee Jones
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers

71 ( NEW ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
72 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 54 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
74 ( NEW ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
75 ( NEW ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
2 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU MIchael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 FOREVER Cliff Richard

Ottawa

Ottawa

22nd October 1989

A return to the top gives the brilliant Sowing The Seeds Of Love a rare 7th week at number one, just ahead of a massive high new entry at 2 for Elton John, with his sweet, affecting ballad Sacrifice, follow-up to Number One Healing Hands. The Uk public were unmoved by both till they were re-issued as a double A side in 1990, at which point the UK agreed with me and made them a chart-topper, the record that reinvigorated Elton’s unfairly unfashionable and declining popularity. Since then, of course, he’s made a career out of back catalogue classics getting to number one!

Elsewhere: Oh Well up to 8. Oh well. Soul Sister leap to 11 with a bouncy track, Expose and Lisa Stansfield go top 20, Queen top 30, and new at 31 Norman Cook is back with the good For Spacious Lies. Who needs The Housemartins, eh, Norman? At 36 Sybil updates the lesser-known (and brilliant) Dionne Warwick/ Burt Bacharach song Don’t Make Me Over, and it’s not bad. Raze are back again with Break 4 Love re-charting at 38, while Martika takes Carole King’s lovely I Feel The Earth Move and removes all passion, but you can dance to it at 39, ditto D Mob debuting Cathy Dennis at 40 with C’mon And Get My Love. Two of the above went on to be successful song-writers, of many a pop and dance classic of the 90’s and 00’s: Clue: it’s Fatboy Slim and Cathy Dennis.

The Temptations, or at least a few of the original line-up, are back at 56 with All I Want Is You 21 years on from their first hit, Janet Jackson ‘s second single from Rhythm Nation, the Jam n Lewis-tastic album (ignoring the annoying spoken mini-tracks) marches forcefully in at 67, and Adeva’s back at 74. I Thank You. On TV? New sitcom “Nutt House” which I’ve forgotten all about – wikipedia reminds me it was 12-episode Mel Brooks series with the fabulous Brooks faves Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman as the stars. That’s good enough for me! I now need to buy them…sadly not available, of course! Julian Clary’s Sticky Moment’s funny, and Doctor Who another goodie, frustratingly about to be cancelled thanks to a nonce Exec.

In life, mum was poorly with bad flu, I was irritable from woken up by the nephew and niece at 6am every morning, and because mum was ill I opted out of going to my cousin’s wedding in Weymouth, which caused guilt and family ill-will. Quite rightly actually, I should have gone. Tit. At worked, tried to pep up a depressed friend/colleague Peter, who was wondering what was the point in life, generally speaking. For the wonders, and art, if nothing else, suggested I, life is it’s own point. Joined the Broadstone gymn, hired a squash court to try and improve before playing others, and was brave enough to use male changing-room shower facilities, something I wouldn’t have done 10 years earlier, what with all the hang-ups I had. The way to deal with hang-ups is to confront them and get over them, seemed to work pretty well with that one, as I don’t give a toss these days!

In news: San Fransisco earthquake happened, big news obviously, while at home I got the kids teas ready while Sue at the doctors. Vicki said “I don’t like you looking after me”, humph, so I told her she was being horrible, and let her eat what she wanted. Made her happier. Parenting skills, eh?! Gardening evening course at Bournemouth Uni again with mature lady students, enjoyed the Uni bar though, still miss student days, much better than working for a living in every way bar one: money. Heavy weekend rain, and took mum to see new movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Shatner did OK with the direction, but the slow script and ageing cast “need young folks to help things along”. In the comics world, it’s the debut of of the “5-year gap” Legion of Super-Heroes issue 1, all grim and gritty and mysterious, but well-written, our heroes now well into their late 20’s and 30’s, keeping up with my real age, unique in the comics world by ageing along with their readership.

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE Elton John
3 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
4 ( 1 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
5 ( 3 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 25 ) OH WELL Oh Well
9 ( 13 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
10 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 31 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
12 ( 18 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 8 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
14 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
15 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 11 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
17 ( 21 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
18 ( 10 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
19 ( 36 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
20 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 12 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
22 ( 14 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
23 ( 50 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 38 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
25 ( 32 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
26 ( 17 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
28 ( 54 ) SCANDAL Queen
29 ( 34 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
30 ( 26 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John

31 ( NEW ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
32 ( 22 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 45 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
34 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
35 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
36 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
37 ( 24 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
38 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
39 ( 66 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
40 ( NEW ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

41 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
42 ( 23 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
43 ( 63 ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
44 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( 42 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
47 ( 39 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
48 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( NEW ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
50 ( 28 ) DRAMA Erasure

51 ( 40 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
52 ( 60 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
53 ( 33 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
54 ( 52 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
56 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
57 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 74 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
60 ( 75 ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( RE ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
63 ( 53 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
64 ( 62 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
65 ( 71 ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
66 ( 59 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
67 ( NEW ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
68 ( 70 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
69 ( 65 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

71 ( 37 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
72 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 46 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
74 ( NEW ) I THANK YOU Adeva
75 ( 58 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 MYSTERY GIRL (LP) Roy Orbison
2 SLEEPING WITH THE PAST (LP) Elton John
3 I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

Ottawa 89 and me

Ottawa 89 and me

29th October 1989

Elton John’s second topper of the year, Sacrifice becomes his 8th Number One, and the last one before his voice changed, I loved young Elton’s soulful vocals, not so much a fan of deeper-voiced later-Elton. All change at the top end, as Living In A Box climb to 3, and Grayson Hugh’s great track at 4. Lisa Stansfield gets her 3rd top 10 in a row, and Eurythmics just miss out by a whisker with a good ballad. Liza Minelli bounces back, must be bouncing bombs at 15! Debbie Harry gets another top 20 solo hit while Imagination remix an illusion at 26, new 7 years on from the original. This is long before I got a kiss and hug from Leee John, so no bias involved!

Another actual oldie enters at 34, and it’s a rare fifties classic, the 1956 doowop UK number one Why Do Fools Fall In Love, which was back out, and purchased by me in 12inch vinyl format. I always did like this one (despite Diana Ross’ 1981 massacre), though a lot of fifties tracks tended to pass me by until I got older, they sounded too old in the 70’s and 80’s as production values improved. These days, I appreciate the period charm of many of ‘em, though. At 38, great moody The Sun Rising enters for The Beloved, the first of quite a few. Rod Stewart’s back with a cover of his own cover of an Isley Brothers classic – This Old Heart Of Mine – along with Ronald Isley, at 49. The good news is it’s better than his 1975 turgid version, the bad news is it’s not a patch on the earnest gorgeousness of the 1966 Motown original which hit my Top 5 in 1968, and number one in 1976.

Boy George is back, this time as Jesus Loves You, after the love hits 53, Tina Turner’s back with I Don’t Want To Lose You at 57, Simply Red are back 63, yes you’ve got it, and The Bangles claim they’ll set you free at 66. That’s not all, though, The Eagles Don Henley gets another entry with New York Minute, a sprawling classy cinematic ballad, at 69, New Kids get a third hit with The Right Stuff (so they claim), Luther Vandross finally charts Never Too Much, remixed, and Bob Dylan lengthens his run of hits to 20 years cos everything, apparently, is broken.


On My playlist, I’d rediscovered a little-heard ballad from 1972 by Middle Of The Road that stiffed, the very touching and politically correct Union Silver, a sad ballad if ever there was one, and very under-rated to say the least. At home, planting a willow tree in the back garden, poor old 5-years-dead budgie got dug up – he’d been put into a plastic bag. Ick! The final Entertainment USA on TV, busy videoing Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes season 1 as I got hold of them, not exactly classic Trek but a good substitute add-on at this stage. Squash at the gymn, the last week at work for the team leader Kevin, who’d found gainful (better paid) employment outside the Council, and we bought him an Erasure album as a going away prezzie (Wild). We all missed him, and as a consequence of his going I got made up to unofficial team-leader (no extra cash or written responsibility of course). Sent a card to Aunty Eileen, off into hospital for an operation, went to Uni evening course, which was of no long-term consequence in my life, and joined up following an invitation to Apa247, the new Legion Of Super-Heroes fanzine, which meant I had to get back into writing (every two months) and which opened up new lifestyle changes and gave me a great group of friends for 25 years. We had our 25th anniversary do the other week, perhaps not as young and gorgeous as were back in 89, and with four tragically having passed away far too young, but still having a ball every 2 months thankfully. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 9 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
4 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
5 ( 3 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
6 ( 8 ) OH WELL Oh Well
7 ( 17 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 4 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
9 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 11 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soulsister

11 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
12 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
15 ( 35 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
16 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
17 ( 14 ) CHERISH Madonna
18 ( 13 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
19 ( 25 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
20 ( 29 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC

21 ( 16 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
22 ( 24 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
23 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 28 ) SCANDAL Queen
25 ( 19 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( NEW ) JUST AN ILLUSION (’89) Imagination
27 ( 18 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
28 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
29 ( 31 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
30 ( 40 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

31 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
32 ( 21 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
34 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
35 ( 49 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
36 ( 30 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 39 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
38 ( NEW ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
39 ( 68 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
40 ( 27 ) ONE The Bee Gees

41 ( 67 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
43 ( 33 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
44 ( 38 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
45 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
46 ( 56 ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
47 ( 50 ) DRAMA Erasure
48 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
49 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
50 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan

51 ( 59 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
52 ( 32 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
53 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
54 ( 62 ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
55 ( 37 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
56 ( 74 ) I THANK YOU Adeva
57 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 42 ) THE BEST Tina Turner

61 ( 41 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
62 ( 54 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
63 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 52 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
65 ( NEW ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
66 ( NEW ) I’LL SET YOU FREE The Bangles
67 ( 70 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 64 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
70 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
72 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO MUCH (’89) Luther Vandross
73 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BROKEN Bob Dylan
75 ( 55 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road
3 THE YEAR OF THE CAT Al Stewart