My 1979 Charts – December

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

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4th December 1979

ELO get their second number one of the year, largely due to Confusion and it’s fantastic melody and synth riff, love it! For the record, that’s 8 number ones spanning 7 years. Gary Numan gets his 3rd top 3 of the year as Complex leaps to 3, and Rose Royce get their 3rd Top 10 in 2 years as Theme From S’Express (well, sort of, hits 6), while Donna and Babs get their biggest hit of the year – enough is enough! The Police rocket 49 places taking giant steps attempting to walk on the moon at 10, that’ll be 4 top 10‘s in a row then!

Lots of upward movements for several fave pop stars, and new at 18 it’s a genuine classic record from Pink Floyd, and that animated video. No-one expected Pink Floyd to do anything remotely commercial, they didn’t do singles, that was the firm rule, so to have this come out at christmas, off The Wall, while Michael Jackson was Off The Wall (see 25) was a major talking point amongst music fans. Not commercial? Not in one sense, but in another sense, brilliantly commercial by virtue of being effing fabulous.

The Skids enter at 35 with 4th hit of 1979, Working For The Yankee Dollar, they claim, somewhat dubiously, as they had no USA success. The Three Degrees follow-up a fantastic disco classic with…err My Simple Heart. Hmmm. Mellow. Ditto Quo, rock classic, hmmm, mellow: Living On An Island, 50 and 53 respectively. Mike Oldfield follows up his guilty disco hit with a guilty Blue Peter TV theme update – we all knew the tune in those days, very jolly. At 69, belatedly entering, the terrific Sing Children Sing, Lesley Duncan’s great 1971 flop single is re-recorded for Children In Need with an all-star backing chorus: Kate Bush, Pete Townsend, Joe Brown, Phil Lynott, and many more. Lesley never made it big, despite critical approval and support from the likes of Elton John, possibly due to her stage fright problems, and sadly passed away in 2010. Finally, at 73, Sheila B. Devotion is back, showing us all B. Devotion is the name of her backing band, not hers, and it’s a Chic record, as in Chic in all but artist name – French-accented vocals as opposed to American, but Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are behind this fab classy dance track with the sci-fi theme. Given Chic were running out of steam at this point, it was jolly decent of them to give this away!

1 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 26 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 5 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
5 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
6 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 4 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 9 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
9 ( 11 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
10 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

11 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 7 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
13 ( 24 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 8 ) RISE Herb Alpert
15 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
17 ( 6 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
18 ( NEW ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
19 ( 20 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
20 ( 29 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness

21 ( 10 ) STILL The Commodores
22 ( 16 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
23 ( 28 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
24 ( 12 ) SAD EYES Robert John
25 ( 67 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
26 ( 21 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
27 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
28 ( 14 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
29 ( 39 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
30 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

31 ( 40 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
32 ( 31 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
33 ( 32 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
34 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( NEW ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
36 ( 18 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
37 ( 53 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
38 ( 27 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
39 ( 43 ) COME TO ME France Joli
40 ( 17 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

41 ( 25 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
42 ( 36 ) CARS Gary Numan
43 ( 37 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
44 ( 58 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
45 ( 35 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
46 ( 38 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
47 ( 50 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
49 ( 45 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
50 ( NEW ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees

51 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
53 ( NEW ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
54 ( 48 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
55 ( 44 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
56 ( 66 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 56 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
60 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful

61 ( 47 ) DREAMING Blondie
62 ( 61 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
63 ( 60 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
64 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( 68 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
67 ( NEW ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( 42 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
69 ( NEW ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( 41 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler

71 ( 49 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
72 ( 75 ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
74 ( 63 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
75 ( 62 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band

MY TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Journey To Babel
2. Soap
3. Top Of The Pops
4. A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers Film)
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. The New Avengers
7. Parkinson
8. Happy Days
9. Doctor Who
10. Time Express: film

At College still writing my Poe essay, snooker while 2nd year lads practiced on their drum kit (how cool to envious me!), Spike Milligan on Parkinson, really enjoyed John Davis American Studies literature lecture, lots of laughs and thought-provoking. Chatting to 2nd year Art students also working on screen printing enjoyable. A fab video-only Top Of The Pops with the usual gang round for a TV evening. We laughed a lot, always. This was the saturday that Pete Paul and I compared who’s record player was most accurate starting Message In A Bottle at the same time, I knew Pete’s ran too fast (verified), which was funny. The girls thought we were mad. We went to the cinema to see a reissue of The Poseidon Adventure, still one of my top 5 films at that time, then in the evening a 21st birthday disco in the student union function room where a Jane (there were several Jane friends) wrapped her arms round my neck and wouldn’t let me leave till I danced. I agreed only if everyone else sat also danced, this bit of blackmail backfired when everyone else got up and I had to dance for 4 numbers, unable to vary my dance – Judy Murray on Strictly looked positively flowing in comparison to my dance skills then! Pretty sure this Jane fancied me, I was invited to her party even though she was under the incorrect assumption that I was going out with Julie. Maybe she’d noticed her canoodling with Pete… Oops, stress for me next week!


11th December 1979

Third number one for The Police, Walking On The Moon, and Sting is hot with everyone it seems, bleached blonde all 3. Hope that doesn’t make you lose your hair Sting! The Rats get a 3rd consecutive top 5, Diamond Smiles boys! The Gibson Brothers go for their 2nd, Madness their fabulous first, and The Tourists get Dave and Annie in the 10 3 years before Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Oh Yes, Pink Floyd also get in the 10 for the first time!

Abba bizarrely go for an album track from Voulez Vous, the 5th to feature on a single, as the follow-up to brand-new non-album track Gimme Gimme Gimme, though it certainly had wide-appeal – obviously, as it hit 2 in the UK charts behind Pink Floyd. The Skids and The Pretenders zip up into the 20, both for the 3rd time, and a new entry at 22 for a very significant record: Yes it’s Nile Rodgers and Chic again – with a twist! It’s the backing track being rapped over by a new act, The Sugarhill Gang, of Sylvia Robinson’s record label (number 2 in 1973 with Pillow Talk in my charts, loved it). Widely-regarded as a novelty hit, it was actually the sign of Pop Future via message dance rap and gangsta rap all the way through to obligatory rap.

At 24, Paul McCartney has a go at a christmas classic – and gets it with Wonderful Christmastime, though frankly I prefer the frog chorus anyday. Anyways, that’s 8 years of solo hits and 11 with The Beatles and Wings, but not his finest hour. Amusingly Dollar’s version of I want To Hold Your Hand nestles just below at 25, another record I’d rather hear than the annual christmas overplay. M get a follow-up hit, Moonlight And Musak, and it’s very nice, under-appreciated I thought. Spacer and The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan both go 40, both deservedly, while It’s My House enters twice: Diana Ross going for 11 years of hits at 40 with the original version, and a reggae version at 75 from Storm which is quite nice too.

A bit of rockpop at 68 from Rocky Burnette, son of 50’s rocker Johnny Burnette, and the great Tired Of Toeing The Line, while a second Sara enters the charts – Thin Lizzy drop with theirs as Stevie Nicks utterly-effing-fantastic Fleetwood Mac affecting ballad enters at 70. Sara is a track that has grown with time, it reduces me to tears when I see and hear Stevie sing it live (as I have done 3 times, and will be doing again later this year). Just brilliance. At 74, Darts cover Jackie Wilson to minimal effect, Reet Petite at 74, but he’ll be back posthumously himself in 1986 with the only version that counts.

1 ( 10 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 1 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 13 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
6 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 11 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 20 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
9 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 18 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

11 ( 5 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
12 ( 4 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
13 ( 8 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
14 ( 16 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 7 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
16 ( NEW ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
17 ( 35 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
18 ( 12 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 37 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
20 ( 25 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson

21 ( 9 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
22 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
23 ( 14 ) RISE Herb Alpert
24 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
25 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 22 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
27 ( 19 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
28 ( 17 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
29 ( 31 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
30 ( 26 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

31 ( 21 ) STILL The Commodores
32 ( 23 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
33 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
34 ( 32 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
36 ( 73 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
37 ( 39 ) COME TO ME France Joli
38 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
39 ( 24 ) SAD EYES Robert John
40 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross

41 ( 27 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
42 ( 29 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
43 ( 53 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
45 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) CARS Gary Numan
47 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 50 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
49 ( 36 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
50 ( 44 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

51 ( 41 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
52 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
53 ( 28 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
54 ( 69 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
55 ( 46 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
56 ( 52 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
57 ( 40 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
58 ( 49 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
62 ( NEW ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
63 ( 59 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
64 ( 54 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
65 ( 43 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
66 ( 62 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
67 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( NEW ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
69 ( 45 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
70 ( NEW ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 55 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
72 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
73 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
74 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Darts
75 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm

1. Star Trek: The Deadly Years
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
4. MASH
5. Happy Days
6. Fawlty Towers
7. The Odd Couple
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Barney Miller
10. Kelly Monteith
11. Time Express
12. Doctor Who
13. Hawaii 5-0
14. The New Avengers
15. My Wife Next Door

Life? Had College breakfast with 5 Americans, mostly from Trenton, and had to read out a poem wot I wrote in English class. I’m not a fan of poetry for the most part, just too artificial unless it’s set to music for me. The Americans gave class an entertaining play in the afternoon, Italian immigrants in New York, though I was fascinated by the regional accents they had (Arizona, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York) and just how much better Americans are at public presentation than shy and retiring Brits. Several assignments handed in (I did do work, honest!), Jane seemed depressed following Teaching Practice which worried me, spent all of friday on screen printing works, quick visits from various friends before Ian popped round prior to other-Jane’s party. Mostly girls there, and quite good fun actually, escorted to digs by merry Caroline arm around the waists, but too late for Paul’s party which had just wrapped up.

Saturday was an outing in Paul’s car and Dave’s car to Nottingham for shopping, Julie, Jane, me and Bev as passengers. I got some Starlog/Starburst sci-fi mags and was overjoyed to find 2 1960’s Legion comics in a back-issue comic shop. I Love The Victoria Centre, said I! I ran out of money, sadly, so couldn’t get all I wanted. 10-pin bowls next, I love that game, been playing it since the late 60’s on and off. Paul won one, I won one, and showed off horribly at how much better I was. Not that I can say that about anything else much! On Monday, I arranged to “call-in impromptu” to Jane’s as she had a visiting teacher who was giving problems. It didn’t work and she didn’t take the hint. Tried to advise worried Jane afterwards. Barry Norman gave Star Trek: The Motion Picture a good review on Film Night: things were looking promising!

Lincoln 1979

Lincoln 1979


18th December 1979

2 weeks for The Police on top, as Abba (of course) shoot up to 2 with I Have A Dream, fresh off their world tour. 1979 was the last time Kate Bush and Abba toured, so one down and one, err not a snowball chance of. Floyd at 5, and The Pretenders at 10 gives a great top 10 and a chance for me to feature videos not picked as new entry choices. Wonderful Christmastime at 15, Lesley Duncan big climb to 26, Mike Oldfield even bigger climb to 28, and Storm’s reggae cover leaps over Diana Ross’ version – mainly because it was a better record.

Highest new entry is Day Trip To Bangor at 37: let’s put that down to childhood nostalgia from the days I lived on fab Isle Of Anglesey and passed through Bangor often, rather than any love of Fiddler’s Dram. Much better, it’s a classic alternate version of John I’m Only Dancing in at 39, David Bowie’s top 5 fave of mine from 1972 dating from the same period. Pretty similar and pretty brilliant, still one of my top-rated Bowie records, so under-rated. It’s also a double A side, with a 1975 version of the same song, from Bowie’s plastic soul period (which I loved) but the treatment didn’t improve the song in any way, and is at best mildly pleasant.

In at 40, it’s Chic again, My Feet Keep Dancing, their third going up the charts (see 19 and 27), and shockingly their last biggish hit, though Nile Rodgers had bigger things ahead, and way ahead. Motorhead bomb back in at 43, Matchbox returns, as does Styx, while The Beat cover Smokey Robinson and debut at 56. The UK Subs cover The Zombies and enter at 63. Neither version is a patch on the original, though Tears Of A Clown is at least fun.

1 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 16 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 8 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
5 ( 10 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
6 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
7 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 5 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders

11 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
12 ( 17 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
16 ( 20 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 11 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
18 ( 15 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 22 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
20 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

21 ( 12 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
22 ( 33 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
23 ( 13 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
24 ( 29 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
25 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 54 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
27 ( 36 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
28 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
29 ( 48 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
30 ( 23 ) RISE Herb Alpert

31 ( 26 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
32 ( 21 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
33 ( 43 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
34 ( 75 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 30 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
36 ( 40 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
37 ( NEW ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
38 ( 28 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
39 ( NEW ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
40 ( NEW ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic

41 ( 34 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
42 ( 35 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) BOMBER Motorhead
44 ( 27 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
45 ( 39 ) SAD EYES Robert John
46 ( RE ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
47 ( 61 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 31 ) STILL The Commodores
49 ( 38 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
50 ( 46 ) CARS Gary Numan

51 ( 45 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
52 ( 41 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
53 ( 62 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
54 ( 32 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
55 ( 68 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
56 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
57 ( RE ) BABE Styx
58 ( 56 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
59 ( 37 ) COME TO ME France Joli
60 ( 44 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

61 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 51 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
65 ( 55 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
66 ( 70 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 66 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
68 ( 58 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
69 ( 74 ) REET PETITE Darts
70 ( 63 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( 42 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 64 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
73 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
74 ( 49 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( 50 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: A Private Little War
2. Parkinson
3. Soap
4. The Rockford Files
5. Kelly Monteith
6. Film 79
7. Butterflies
8. The New Avengers
9. Parkinson
10. Porridge
11. Time Express
12. Up The Gum Tree
13. The Sky At Night
14. Fantastic Voyage
15. My Wife Next Door

At college, lunch with part of the gang and also Campion from Rhodesia, who was over on scholarship, very affable and only saw him get worked up once – when discussing white minority rule, he had stories to tell. Sadly, it’s replacement seems to be no improvement for some. Term was breaking up, Pete & Julie were saying goodbyes as Pete got a lift back with his sis. Sue and Paul were arguing over something – ah, end of term stresses! Fiona and Jo came round for tea and a (overlong) slide show from me of the USA. Paul, Julie, Jane round to watch Fantastic Voyage, Raquel Welch inside someone. Honest! My screen prints weren’t what I’d hoped they’d be, though OK, as I finished working in the art room. A pub evening, Paul took us in his car, and Jane gave me a £3 thank you record token! A lot of money in those days, Jane is so thoughtful and sweet-natured, artistic and intelligent too, fab company. I got tickled in the pub after going a bit enthusiastically about the jukebox music. No change there then! Back for William Shatner on Parkinson, bit of a revelation, intelligent and entertaining.

In American Studies, lecturer John Davis called me a great wit (!!) which was quite a compliment, and embarrassedly mentioned my Chapel Harem – that’s my many girl mates who I supported when they had a do going on in there. I went red. A sad goodbye to American Steve who was off back to the States, and who’d had a bad assignment returned, sadly. The christmas carol college gathering was great fun, especially the American students doing Randolph The Red-Nosed Cowboy, and the Connie Stew Hall lads doing Ding Dong Merrily On High with electric guitar was funny. At the College disco it was a live College band, SAVVY, with 2nd-year Pete on drums, danced with Julie, and Sue, to the great band, The Police-inspired stuff.

Last day was Art lectures, everyone tired from the late partying as people left for home during the day, including Bev off back to Mansfield (like me), and Chuck the American (another permanent goodbye). I miss being a serial gregarious-er, College absolutely taught me to socialise in a less introverted fashion. Took my wall posters down and waited for dad to pick me up and take me home, brother Mark tried to annoy me to get a reaction, mum did chips and beans for me, and they’d bought me a £40 record unit! Expensive, so I slightly told them off instead of being grateful! Doh! Played the Jesus Christ Superstar movie soundtrack album they’d also bought me for christmas. Christmas shopping for gifts on Saturday, Grandad and little cousins Helen and Neil came round with Uncle Geoff – he’s my age – and I played Risk with Mark, and won for the first time ever! We played it again with 9-year-old nephew John Christmas Day 2014. Mark won as usual. Some things never change!



25th December 1979

Christmas Day chart, and we were in Gravesend (see later) and Abba’s song and Pink Floyd’s song were being heavily played on rotating 45’s by the two girls there. So appropriately they comprise my top 2! Abba get a 13th number one in a row, 14th in total, and 5th of the year. Needless to say that’s pretty much 3 records for the price of one at the time. David Bowie meanwhile gets a second top 5 hit with John I’m Only Dancing 7 years on. The Pretenders leapfrog The Tourists and girls fronting bands were catching on, after being quite the rarity pre-punk.

KC gets his first top 10 single in 4 years, Macca just misses the christmas 10 with his christmas evergreen, Lesley Duncan finally cracks my top 20 8 years late, and Dollar get a 4th Top 20 hit. The Beat still cry at 28, and Babe is at 29. Not the pig, Styx. Motorhead get another top 40, and there are a mere 6 entries, headed by Boney M, who are Born Again. I wouldn’t put money on it actually! Elvis has an oldie christmas hit at 49, not one of his best though. Earth Wind & Fire Can’t Let Go at 55, not one of their best, Rupert Holmes finally starts to get his UK breakthrough hit a mere 5 years after debuting in my charts with the fab Our National Pastime. This time it’s the risque, morally dubious, but sorta sweet Escape (The Pina Colada Song) as featured in the 2014 blockbuster movie (and my 2014 charts) Guardians Of The Galaxy. Bung in The Clash at their best, London Calling at 62, and the second ever rap record to chart in the UK (and mine): Kurtis Blow with his Christmas Rappin’ at 75.

1 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 5 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
3 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 39 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
6 ( 10 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 6 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
9 ( 4 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
10 ( 24 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

11 ( 15 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
15 ( 22 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
16 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 26 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
19 ( 11 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
20 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar

21 ( 27 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
23 ( 28 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
24 ( 19 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
25 ( 17 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
26 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 18 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 56 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( 57 ) BABE Styx
30 ( 21 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson

31 ( 23 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
32 ( 37 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 36 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 31 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
36 ( 43 ) BOMBER Motorhead
37 ( 40 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
38 ( 33 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
39 ( 32 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
40 ( NEW ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M

41 ( 30 ) RISE Herb Alpert
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 41 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 29 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
45 ( 35 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
46 ( 47 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
47 ( 38 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
48 ( 66 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
49 ( NEW ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 55 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette

51 ( 63 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
52 ( 51 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
53 ( 50 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SAD EYES Robert John
55 ( NEW ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
57 ( NEW ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 48 ) STILL The Commodores
62 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
63 ( 46 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
64 ( 44 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
65 ( 53 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
66 ( 49 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 54 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
68 ( 69 ) REET PETITE Darts
69 ( 67 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 64 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
72 ( 68 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 60 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
74 ( 65 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Obsession
2. Mork And Mindy
3. Soap
4. MASH
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. Fawlty Towers
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Bananas (film)
9. Kelly Monteith
10. The Rockford Files

11. Time Express
12. My Wife Next Door
13. Parkinson (wednesday)
14. Horizon
15. Parkinson (saturday)
16. Film Night
17. Blankety Blank
18. Doctor Who
19. Up The Gum Tree
20. Happy Days

At home, more christmas shopping, in the media lukewarm reviews for the Star Trek Motion Picture (doh!), and I did some College work in between wrapping prezzies. I went to see Star Trek for myself, and 8 years of waiting just sent into a tizzy of hyperbole : “long but not boring or overlong” (oh yes it was!) “sheer magic to have all the characters back, like seeing old friends again” and “the special effects were brilliant…now money can be spent to do them properly”. I also noted some similarities to TV episode plot, found myself in agreement with overall Trek philosphy, almost a cult by this point. I really loved Decker and Ilia, though didn’t love their loss of individuality (death) and rebirth as a merged being. rating: Top 4 film of all-time behind Close Encounters, Star Wars and Alien (!). It failed to make my top 100 last year.

Bumped into Great Uncle Ernest and Great Aunty Ann in town who gave me some money, they always did love me and brother and loved visits, which we didn’t do often enough. At the cinema again for Meteor: “first three-quarters of an hour crap” with bad characterisations, Brian Keith and Henry Fonds stealing the movie for me. On saturday mum and dad drove me to Gravesend to stop with their good friends Joe & Sandra, Merseysiders (we had a lot in common) who were our next-door-neighbour family friends in Gloucester 1974/5, with kids Joanne & Tracy. As everyone did in those days, asked if I had a girlfriend yet. It was practically obligatory in those days, and no I didn’t. On TV the Beatles Help! movie: “still got it” I noted. John Cleese was on TV, too: I’m reading his autobiography at the moment, appropriately.

Shopping in Gravesend Christmas Eve, bought the Pink Floyd single, and some sci-fi mags and prezzies for Joe Sandra & kids. Beatles Yellow Submarine on the telly (yay!). Christmas day was as pleasant as the previous couple, the first time we had one away from home or grandma’s. Joanne & Tracy were excited. Christmas Top Of The Pops with a late dinner, I summed it up as an “excellent year”, and yes it was, both for music and for me, quite probably my best year still. How sad! Trips to Tunisia, USA, Paris, great times at College, loads of good friends, and music TV and films were all on fire, and there were no tragedies or deaths, everything ticked along beautifully. TV: Hard Days Night, Goldfinger and The Gnomemobile, all regular TV faves in the 70’s. The Gnomemobile has been replaced by other better films, but it had Walter Brennan as a gnome, so what’s not to love!

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