My 1989 Charts – December

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3rd December 1989

3 weeks at 1 for Lisa Stansfield as the top 10 becomes very female-vocal-dominated, barring just 808 State, Jeff Wayne’s remix, and Living In A Box. Before the 80’s that state of events would have been unlikely! Biggest movers into the 10, Dusty Springfield at 2 and Kate Bush at 8, veterans of 21 years and 11 years since their first top 10’s.

In at 15, highest new entry is Rob n Raz, not to mention Leila K doing a bit of a catchy impression of Neneh Cherry. At 19, a re-entry a couple of places behind his own Something, it’s ol’ George himself, assisted in no small part by Jeff Lynne on production Wilbury duties, with Cheer Down, a great record that should have been big. Apparently it’s from Lethal Weapon 2. As I have yet to see Mel Gibson’s lethal weapon, pistol or shotgun-sized, I can’t comment on the quality. While at 24, Jason Donovan performs the unexpected, and gets Stock Aitken and Waterman-ed up to the point where they actually make a great pop record together. It can’t possibly last, but enjoy it while it lasted!

At 26, it’s the absolutely classic ultimate part-singalong record from the quirky B52’s, 10 years on from Rock Lobster and even more fun, and a track I’d heard on my USA holiday without registering much. Oops! Brilliance missed! Awesome, as they used to say. Erasure surround the top 40, while The Stone Roses are no fools at 29, up almost 40 places, and in at 31 it’s a super group. I mean supergroup. I prefer to think of them as New Smiths Shop Boys, though others may prefer Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr and Neil Tennant. 3 perfectly good reasons to love this record anyway! Other top 40 climbs? Milli Vanilli (blame it on the rain, I say), Sydney Youngblood (sat waiting) and Big Fun (very rarely).

41 to 75 new entries include Soul II Soul at 50, Got A Life? Just as well, really, as the hit singles career wasn’t for much longer. Belinda Carlisle is singing to the moon, La Luna at 52, Chris Rea’s at 58 – that’s what they always say – while Alice Cooper’s on fire at 67, or at least his house is, 17 years after his school was out. Careless! It’s a miracle for Queen at 69, The Happy Mondays are at 71 – Hallelujah! – the Beautiful South are sailing at 74 and the Stones are caught between a rock and nearly missing out on a chart placing. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 14 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
5 ( 10 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
6 ( 13 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
7 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
8 ( 33 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
9 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
10 ( 6 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 8 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 17 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
15 ( NEW ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
16 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
17 ( 7 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 21 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
19 ( RE ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
20 ( 28 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins

21 ( 16 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
22 ( 19 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
23 ( 18 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
25 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
26 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 26 ) OH WELL Oh Well
28 ( 43 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 68 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
30 ( 23 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli

31 ( NEW ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
32 ( 22 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
33 ( 50 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
34 ( 38 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
35 ( 51 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
36 ( 27 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
37 ( 20 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
38 ( 36 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
40 ( 25 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister

41 ( 35 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
42 ( 44 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
43 ( 34 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
44 ( 30 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
45 ( 47 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
46 ( 39 ) RONI Bobby Brown
47 ( 29 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
48 ( 40 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
50 ( NEW ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul

51 ( 41 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
52 ( NEW ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 37 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
54 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
55 ( 74 ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
56 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
58 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
59 ( 54 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
60 ( RE ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

61 ( 24 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) CHERISH Madonna
65 ( 57 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
66 ( 64 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
68 ( 46 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
69 ( NEW ) THE MIRACLE Queen
70 ( NEW ) THE BENNY HILL BOOGIE The Highliners

71 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH The Happy Mondays
72 ( NEW ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
73 ( NEW ) ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The Rolling Stones
74 ( 48 ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
75 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


At work, I was on a playground maintenance course – planning for the future job role – and surveying some big parks plans. I also had a word with boss Sue about friend Cathy’s suitability for a new job post as Technical assistant when her contract expired (I supported her). At home I was still whinging about the kids and watching telly – Doctor Who, Sticky Moments (fab), TOTP, Damed Edna (with guest Jason Donovan). Still doing squash in the evenings, still unfit, and writing some Legion of Super-Heroes pieces for the fanzine. Went to the cinema to see Ghostbusters 2, 5 years after seeing the first one. Not as good, though entertaining, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver were good. Just for a laugh I applied for a job as a BSkyB satellite channel “Powerstation” presenter. Fortunately I didn’t get an interview, as I would have been crap!


10th December 1989

Kate Bush gets her 2nd number one as the heartbreakingly gorgeous and tender This Woman’s Work puts her on top for the first time in 3 years, following Hounds Of Love, her only previous chart-topper in 1986, though Wuthering Heights hit 2 and was only denied by having the misfortune to peak the same weeks as my all-time fave Baker Street. At odds with the mood, Jason Donovan gets his biggest solo hit at 3, When You Come Back To Me, it had a good tune! Rob n Raz help the top 10 get a bit more poppy, too, while George Harrison gets his 7th solo top 10.

Tina Turner has a sudden reversal leap to 13, I Don’t Want To Lose You, a bit MOR but pleasant. Highest new entry though is from the terrific Distant Cousins, and their sultry soulful ballad You Used To, a song that shoulda woulda coulda been a hit given a break. At 21, it’s Jive Bunny’s least-bad record Let’s Party, thanks to a) being a christmas party track b) featuring March Of The Mods and c) err…there is no c. The carbon copy versions of Slade and Wizzard are pretty ropey by any standard. Not to be outdone by knocking clips of records together, it’s Alexander O’Neal at 22, and various dance tracks at 49.

The Tams 1971 UK chart-topper former flop from 1964 is remixed for 1989 and pops back, cos I loved it to bits when I got back from 2 years in Singapore, classic Northern Soul. At 33, The Christians get 5 years of hits with the celtic-sounding (and lovely) Words – actually one of the Christian brothers is missing, but he drops by a bit lower on his own, Roger Christian being Worlds Apart at 63. That leaves Band Aid II (it’s for a good cause), Wet Wet Wet, The Gypsy Kings spanish-flavoured cover of Eurovision’s Volare, Van and Cliff, Alvin Stardust, half of Slade covering the Everley Brothers and Andy Stewart’s 60’s novelty Scottish trousers largely adding a mixed bag of fairly forgettable tracks, and all ahead of one genuinely good record that only peaked at 74: Billy Joel’s Leningrad. I underestimated the Billy Joel songbook more often than not, but he really was a great songwriter (I say “was” because he decided to pack up on the music biz in 1993 or so, and has stuck with his decision, preferring classical composition, his first love as a child along with pop).

1 ( 8 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
2 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 24 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
4 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 4 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 15 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 6 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
9 ( 5 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
10 ( 19 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
13 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
15 ( 13 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 9 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
18 ( 10 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
19 ( 31 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
20 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure

21 ( NEW ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
22 ( NEW ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 16 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 49 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
27 ( 35 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
28 ( 14 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
29 ( 18 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
30 ( 33 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

31 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
32 ( 29 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
33 ( NEW ) WORDS The Christians
34 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
35 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
36 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
37 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
38 ( 27 ) OH WELL Oh Well
39 ( 50 ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul
40 ( 69 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

41 ( 23 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
42 ( 32 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
43 ( 30 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
44 ( 22 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
45 ( 42 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 36 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 34 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
48 ( 21 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
50 ( 43 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

51 ( 37 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
52 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 40 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
54 ( 44 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
55 ( NEW ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
56 ( NEW ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
57 ( 58 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
58 ( 45 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
59 ( NEW ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
60 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) WORLDS APART Roger Christian
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
66 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
67 ( 66 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( 47 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
69 ( NEW ) CRYING IN THE RAIN Blessings In Disguise (Noddy Holder and Dave Hill of Slade)
70 ( 72 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 57 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
72 ( NEW ) DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS Andy Stewart
73 ( 64 ) CHERISH Madonna
74 ( NEW ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At work it was young Lucy’s goodbye presentation, I was sad to see her leave, but she coped with the presentations and speeches and joined a select few of us in the BIC bar afterwards. Out to the River Stour to draw up maps, great to be out in the countryside (almost). At home, my little nephew was poorly, and I started reviewing 1960’s Adventure Comics Legion of Super-Heroes stories for the fanzine. Sunday was a day out in London with Bob and Jason, parking at Wembley Stadium and getting the tube in. Good laughs all day, including Carnaby Street, HMV and Virgin Superstores, and bought the latest Legion issue, where legionnaire Blok is killed off quite violently. Forbidden Planet, the Tate Gallery (Turner’s works), Oxford Street christmas lights and home for 11….busy day!


17th December 1989

After hanging around the top 3 a few weeks, Madonna’ s sweet and under-rated Dear Jessie becomes her 7th chart-topper. If nothing else, it shows that pop stars can make credible quality stringstastic records that appeal to kids (and grown-ups). I still haven’t bought the Immaculate Collection though, as I have a grudge against a hits collection that so obviously omits great records like True Blue and Dear Jessie and bungs inferior remixes of others on it. Still waiting for that ultimate Madonna hits collection…

Distant Cousins go top 5, Tina makes it 2 in a row in the 10, and Kaoma get a 4th week at 11, just not managing to go that extra place, a shame as it’s better than a couple of tracks higher than it. The Christians get top 20 words, and Queen crawl up a few places seemingly struggling with all their records in 1989, though The Miracle was actually pretty good and the video is sweet. Highest new entry is Duran Duran’s Burning The Ground at 38, a pretty good 8 years-and-counting compilation remix of their best moments, totally not cheap and cheesy, while Living In A Box have another crooning ballad at 39, Different Air still not bad, albeit not as good as Room In Your Heart’s number 1.

Lower down, Bros’ tribute to the Goss twins sister is in at 48, Jimmy Somerville is still redoing gay disco anthems, this time Sylvester at 50 feeling Mighty Real, and the New Kids are Hanging Tough at 54. I’ll take their word for that, but I’m a trifle dubious. Neneh Cherry’s back with her mamma, inner city bound at 60, while Cyndi Lauper is more westward bound at 63. A forgotten xmas record from Coldcut, and Sinitta laying down for rest at 74 (presumably before she returns again to Simon Cowell’s mansion for X Factor) round off the less than thrilling charts, outside the top 10.

1 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
2 ( 3 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 1 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 17 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
6 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 5 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
9 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 21 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
13 ( 19 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
14 ( 8 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
15 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
17 ( 20 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
18 ( 9 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
19 ( 33 ) WORDS The Christians
20 ( 22 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal

21 ( 25 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
22 ( 27 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
24 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 14 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
26 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
27 ( 39 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
28 ( 18 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
29 ( 30 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
30 ( 23 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

31 ( 49 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
32 ( 55 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 40 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
34 ( 57 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
35 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
36 ( 56 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
39 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
40 ( 36 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

41 ( 38 ) OH WELL Oh Well
42 ( 31 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
43 ( 42 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
44 ( 35 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 32 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
48 ( NEW ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 29 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
50 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 46 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
52 ( 44 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
53 ( 59 ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
55 ( 28 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
56 ( NEW ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 50 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
58 ( 66 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
59 ( 43 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
60 ( NEW ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry

61 ( 41 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 54 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
66 ( 53 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
67 ( 47 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( NEW ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
70 ( 60 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( 61 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
72 ( NEW ) LITTLE DREAMER Status Quo
73 ( 65 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
74 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At home, I heard that one of my college friends had split up with her husband which came out of the blue, and I was generally into my regular pre-xmas blues, and watched The Apartment, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon long-time New Year season favourite feel-good movie. On TV Sticky Moments, Red Dwarf, MASH, Monty Python to keep me amused, while Sue broke my fish tank accidentally, which meant the old plastic one was called into use for the goldfish. Then heard about another divorce, my boyhood friend Jane, with two kids. Must be that age for it turning 30….

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24th December 1989

New number one is the Manchester soulful band Distant Cousins and the gorgeous vocals of Doreen Edwards. You Used To is classy, emotive and utterly obscure these days as it never charted – which given the relatively higher-than-normal amount of tripe in the UK charts at the time is criminal! Give it a listen! Not in itunes or spitify though, as according to modern music outlets it never existed. I must dig out my black plastic round thing and remind myself that it did.

Duran Duran’s burning ground hitmix goes up to 15, Soul II Soul get a 3rd top 20, Wet Wet Wet get one of their occasional top 20 hits with Broke Away at 18, and Band Aid II clamber into the 20 – though it ain’t a patch on etc – just ahead of The Tams remix of a classic at 20.

In at 30, Roy Orbison with some of his mates on backing instruments and vocals, singing live, and released posthumously. Oh Pretty Woman absolutely 100% would have been number one in my charts for weeks in 1964 had I been charting then, my whole family loved it and still do 50 years later. Little 6-year-old me was well into Doctor Who, Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars and comics. So that’ll be sci-fi, pop and comics, and no change much there then! This was a huge record at the time. This version isn’t a patch on the original, of course, Roy’s vocals weren’t what they were, but hey there’s that comeback concert, there’s Elvis’ backing band, there’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, kd Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt helping out, so here it is in my charts.

At 31 it’s the 49ers with the good dance track Touch Me. Actually it’s two older dance tracks including Aretha Franklin’s Rock-A-Lott and Alisha Warren’s Touch Me sampled and bunged together onto the Italian House jangly piano sounds of the time, and it very much benefits from the great vocalists. Back up to 2, it’s Dusty still hanging on to her privacy, while Alexander O’Neal’s hitmix hits 8, Jive Bunny’s xmasmix hits 9, and Electronic go up to 10, giving Neil Tennant two top 10’s without an actual Pet Shop Boys hit in view.

Lower down, Tom Petty free falls in again for the 3rd time in a few weeks, Sonia drops by, The Shadows don’t see why they shouldn’t get in on the sampling remix fad at 54, and if you ignore the annoying clappy backing track banged on top, there are some reminders of great tunes of the 60’s. The always-good De La Soul are back at 57 with a magic number – hopefully better than 57. The Late Joe Cocker pops back in with Jennifer Warnes (giving her two appearances) on 1983 oldie Up Where We Belong, while All About Eve are giving us December. Very timely!

1 ( 5 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
6 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
8 ( 20 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 12 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
10 ( 13 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

11 ( 19 ) WORDS The Christians
12 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
13 ( 9 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 8 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
15 ( 38 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
16 ( 14 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
17 ( 27 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 32 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
19 ( 35 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
20 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams

21 ( 31 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
22 ( 16 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
23 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
24 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 26 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
26 ( 22 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 18 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
28 ( 17 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 23 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

31 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
32 ( 28 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
34 ( 30 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
35 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
36 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 54 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
38 ( 48 ) SISTER Bros
39 ( 25 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 69 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
42 ( 33 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
43 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
44 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
45 ( 37 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
47 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
48 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 43 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
50 ( 74 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta

51 ( 41 ) OH WELL Oh Well
52 ( 29 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
53 ( 60 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 58 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( NEW ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
58 ( 63 ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
59 ( 51 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
60 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
62 ( 42 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
63 ( 57 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 46 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 59 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
67 ( RE ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 52 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
70 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) UP WHERE WE BELONG Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
72 ( 65 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( NEW ) DECEMBER All About Eve
74 ( 66 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


The works christmas do, after I’d been up all night and very grumpy from sleeplessness, plus I wasn’t on the fun table (also known as the upbeat characters I tend to get on better with in life). Not to worry we chatted afterwards, fun with Stuart, Peter, Martyn, and returning Lucy. Martyn and Stuart continue to be great fun these days on the odd occasions we meet or chat on the phone. The public gardens in Bournemouth were flooded in heavy rain. As usual, until they sorted out the drainage issues some years later. Christmas Eve at work, lunchtime prezzie shopping and late wrapping. Talk about it leaving it till the last minute. On the news Romanian atrocities were quickly followed by the overthrow of a dictator, the last of the old guard to go in sweeping waves of democracy. Just to make sure he didn’t have a political comeback they shot him. C’est la vie. The 2nd item on the news was the opening of the Brandenburg Gate, 3rd was the American invasion of Panama. Busy times….


31st December 1989

New Year’s Eve, and christmas songs started exiting the chart, while Dusty Springfield’s terrific Pet Shop Boys song finally tops my chart, her 3rd number one inside 3 years, all courtesy of Chris n Neil. The boys did their own version of In Private with Elton John, which is also pretty good.

The Christians have words with the top 10, 5 years since they first took Forgotten Town into the upper echelons, and Duran Duran extend their run of top 10 hits to 8 years, Planet Earth being the first. Belinda Carlisle has a sudden big reversal with La Luna at 23, a remixed Sexual Healing pulls Marvin Gaye in at 36, just ahead of a cover of Odyssey’s roots. New in, The London Boys, Deborah Harry, a cover of The Sweet’s 1972 number one Wig Wam Bam from Damian, and an all-star Rock Metal Royalty cover of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water in aid of the Armenian earthquake. Just imagine members of Purple, Queen, Floyd, Yes, Rush and Sabbath in one room…then click onto the video.

1 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
3 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 5 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
7 ( 8 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
8 ( 11 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 7 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
10 ( 15 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran

11 ( 18 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
12 ( 19 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
13 ( 31 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
14 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
15 ( 10 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
16 ( 12 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 9 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
19 ( 14 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
20 ( 30 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

21 ( 16 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
22 ( 25 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
23 ( 65 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 22 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
26 ( 23 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
27 ( 20 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
28 ( 37 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
29 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( 38 ) SISTER Bros

31 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
32 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
34 ( 47 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 46 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
36 ( NEW ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
37 ( 21 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
38 ( 61 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
39 ( 26 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
40 ( 34 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

41 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
42 ( 50 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 57 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
45 ( NEW ) MY LOVE The London Boys
46 ( NEW ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
47 ( 43 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
48 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 53 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
50 ( 49 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
53 ( 44 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
54 ( 54 ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 67 ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
58 ( RE ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
59 ( 35 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) OH WELL Oh Well
62 ( 40 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
63 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 73 ) DECEMBER All About Eve
67 ( NEW ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
70 ( 42 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

71 ( 52 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
72 ( 55 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
73 ( NEW ) WIG WAM BAM Damian
74 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh


On Christmas TV: Blackadder, Cheers, Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Ruthless People, The Man With Two Brains, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, Red Dwarf, Top Of The Pops, The Flintstones, and yes they were still showing Marx Brothers films and Laurel And Hardy shorts daily on TV. As they get nearer to 100 years old they are more historic curiosities these days, I guess – I mean they looked ancient even then! My brother came for christmas, a pretty stressful event given the various family stuff going on at the time, and they all opened their presents before I came down at 7.30, cheek! I got stroppy.

New Years, I looked back on a year of World Events not seen since at least the 60’s, or even the War. I also looked back on the 80’s and came to the conclusion that for the most part it was “good riddance” from me. Watched the fab movie Peggy Sue Got Married in a house all to myself. Luxury! My list of great 80’s movies included Aliens, Star Trek 2, 3 and 4, War Games, A Fish Called Wanda, Airplane II, Superman II, Blade Runner, Jedi and Empire, Future I & II, Fame, 2010… Fave video: Billie Jean. TV saw in the 90’s with a video pop compilation of 80’s classics, which was FAB!

Saturday before NYE was Gary Glitter at the Bournemouth International Centre, for the 4th time in 5 years, a rousing good night out that had become an annual event. The gig was packed, as always, and a cross-section of all types of music fans, and despite a bad cold, sore throat, and much flabbiness Mr. Glitter gave nearly 3 hours of fun. The smokers in the audience bloody choked me – yes hundreds of the bast*rds were allowed to smoke in those days and choke everyone else to the point where eyes streamed, clothes stunk, and one’s sense of smell and taste were long-dead. Anyways, Top songs of the night: 1. I Love You Love Me Love 2. I’m The Leader Of The Gang 3. I Didn’t Know I Loved You, plus Rock & Roll, Always Yours and Hello Hello. Gary at one point got members of the audience on stage to take photos of him and the crowd on their cameras, including one kid. I don’t record what sex fortunately, given later events.

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2 thoughts on “My 1989 Charts – December

  1. Great Charts, John! I’ve never heard Distant Cousins. Quite a surprising chart-topper. Lovely George Harrison song. I believe it was used in one of the films at the time.

    • Thanks Andre, it was unusual for total flops to top my chart in those days, and yes George H was one of the Lethal Weapon films I think – but stand to be corrected! cheers!

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