My 1970 Charts – February

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4th February 1970

Love Grows gets 2 weeks on top of my last ever top 10, from here-on it’s Top 20’s as in Singapore we move house to a bungalow with very high ceilings located next door to the rear of the infamous wartime Changi Prison. 122F Tanah Merah Besar was opposite barbed wire fencing, and our house was overlooked from that fence by a tall guard tower, manned by armed prison officers. Burglary didn’t really go on much round here! We were also pretty much a short walk from the end of RAF Changi’s forces airfield runway, so we had regular drowning-out of the TV and radio from loud aircraft taking off, especially the VC10’s. On the plus side I got to see plenty of airplanes for nearly 2 years.


changi prison viewed from our garden

changi prison viewed from our garden

Speaking of jet planes, in the chart, Peter Paul & Mary take John Denver’s song to 2, as Mary Hopkin takes the tropical Temma Harbour to 4, and yes we could see banana plants and coconut trees from our house, hooray! Keeping on with the singer-songwriter cover version theme, in at 7, the pure-voiced folk-ish Judy Collins enters with a gorgeous harpsichord-flavoured cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, a song I randomly found already recorded on a reel-to-reel tape accompanying our first ever second-hand 4-track tape recorder, which revolutionised my pop music experiences cos I could now repeat-listen to songs as often as I wanted to hear them. Paradise! Buying blank reel-to-reel tapes became important to me, immediately! Both Sides Now is a flawless song, much-covered, but probably only bettered in this version by a male act who charts soon with it. The great white soul songwriter Laura Nyro never achieved any chart success herself, but she provided songs for many others to cover successfully, especially The Fifth Dimension, who had been having hits for 3 years already, including my top 3 Hair track, Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine from 1969. I love their versions of her songs, starting with Wedding Bell Blues, harmony soul delight in at 10.

Which leaves only one other new entry, a kiddie/teen Motown family pop-soul all-male band called The Jackson 5, jointly-fronted by a precociously talented kid who was only 6 months or so younger than 12-year-old me, and his name was Michael. They were sometimes on variety shows imported from the States on TV, so I got to see them sing, and they looked so cool. I Want You Back is brilliant, of course, so good it’s been a hit on several occasions over the decades, a great song, production and passionate vocals from a boy. I wonder what happened to The Jackson 5…

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 4 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

6 ( 8 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
7 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 5 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
9 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
10 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension

RAF Changi hospital from the swimming pool

RAF Changi hospital from the swimming pool


11th February 1970

At 1, and completing her hat-trick of consecutive chart-toppers, it’s Mary Hopkin and the lovely Temma Harbour. Notable for being the longest-span to get a hat-trick (3 calendar years), for being the first act to do it, and for doing it with her first 3 releases. It would another 14 years before the next act did that (Frankie Goes To Hollywood).

Vanity Fayre go top 5 for the second time, and a load of re-entries peppered about the expanded top 20, but it’s the new entries that count: Actor Lee Marvin growls his way in at 13 with the fab Wanderin’ Star from the movie Paint Your Wagon, a future UK chart-topper, a film loved so much by my family that dad bought the soundtrack album which we played to death. Most famous these days for the brilliant song They Call The Wind Mariah, from which Ms Carey was named. True fact. Also infamous for an even worse vocal performance than Lee Marvin’s endearing growl, yes it’s Clint Eastwood in at 18 with the B Side, I Talk To The Trees. It’s kinda sweet, but Clint never repeated the experience, though to be honest I’ve heard much worse on X Factor’s final shows.

At 15, Glen Campbell was on a roll, and his muse Jimmy Webb was behind him, but ti mattered not as he was hot on country-pop hit gems like Try A Little Kindness, a romping great song, which was a discovery on the afore-mentioned reel-to-reel tape we acquired. I loved it, I played it. A lot. Glen Campbell was pretty much my most favourite pop star in the world in 1970, hot off seeing him True Grit and singing the fab movie theme (not eligible for my chart but it would have been a number 1). At 16, the now-obscure follow-up to huge hit Saved By The Bell, Robin Gibb was still mad at his 2 brothers and on a wistful waltzing-ish ballad groove, another song I loved. It’s pleasant, sweet, nice. Not bad words to me! At 20, Jonathan King starts his long run of whimsical multiple alter-ego hits using his own name, the fun Let It All Hang Out.

1 ( 4 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 2 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
4 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
5 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
9 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
10 ( RE ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger

11 ( 8 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
12 ( RE ) FRIENDS Arrival
13 ( NEW ) WANDERIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
14 ( RE ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
15 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
17 ( RE ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
18 ( NEW ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( RE ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King


Back in sunny Singapore, I was on a new ghari (white RAF bus) to RAF Seletar, on a new route up Tampines Road, which was a bit more rural than the Bedokville route, though on Singapore island (17 miles wide) all things are relative. Next to our hilly road adjacent Changi Prison we had Lloyd Leas Estate, which had a great monsoon river running through it, a great place to re-stock my tropical fish tank with plainly-coloured guppies (multi-colours and frilly fins not being that helpful for survival in monsoon streams). I loved them anyway, been fascinated by fish in rivers since my 6-year-old stickleback-catching days. And lollipop sticks floating down monsoon drains, around obstacles, the shapes the mud flats made. Ah we had to make our entertainment then, no computer games to waste a life away on….

swimming lessons RAF Changi

swimming lessons RAF Changi


18th February 1970

2 weeks for Mary on top, giving her the most weeks on top in total for any artist in the whole 18 months of pre-teen charting. Judy Collins goes top 3, and Lee Marvin is Wandrin’ up the top 10, and there are 4 new entries: Sacha Distel gets yet another movie Western song into the top 20 (the third) as he covers Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s song from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and enters at 16. From this distance the very French crooning isn’t a patch on the much-superior film version by B.J.Thomas, a big American pop star of the period who had a long string of great pop hits, one of them later covered by Jonathan King (at 17 this week) Hooked On A Feeling, which in turn was covered by Blue Swede and as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy in 2014. At 19, The Brotherhood Of Man debut, though not the Eurovision line-up of singers, it was instead Tony Burrows (at 2 with Edison Lighthouse) leading the way in the early days. This is a great Tony Hiller ballad (creator of the group and co-writer of their later biggest hits), very Eurovision, but in a good way. Lastly, veteran soul group The Tams debut at 20 with the sweet Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy, as the Northern Soul circuit was about to rescue the seeming has-beens from obscurity in a big way in 1971, long after their career had more-or-less faded away and they were looking quite elderly to teenagers like me who were buying their records suddenly.

At 18, it’s John and Yoko, with their second solo hit, and it’s terrific, Instant Karma, complete with Yoko knitting while on Top Of The Pops (not that I saw it at the time, of course, being out of the country and all). The hook We All Shine On is fab, John is in great voice, and we had no idea that The Beatles were actually over, just over 7 years of chart hits from start to finish. Or to put it into perspective, that would be like a musical act dropping out of the blue with new innovative, creative, timeless, and influential material in late 2008, releasing 3 or 4 singles a year, all chart-toppers and usually not on albums, while also releasing a record-breaking 1 or 2 albums a year, giving songs away, making 3 movies, TV specials and touring before calling it a day around now. No wonder they burnt out quickly, that sort of intense career is unthinkable in the modern era. Rihanna comes closest, co-incidentally now working with Paul McCartney. I love a nice link.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
4 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 3 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
6 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
7 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
8 ( 13 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 16 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 15 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
12 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
13 ( 9 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
14 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
15 ( 14 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
16 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
17 ( 20 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
18 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY The Tams

In Singapore, my swimming badges were coming along nicely, and we getting them sewn onto our swimming gowns – actually that sounds a bit gay now I say it, but they were really just towels you could wear, and it was early evening so the temperatures sometimes dropped as low as ooh the upper 70’s (25C) and it felt a bit chilly after the heat of the day. Perhaps that’s why I still prefer those sort of temperatures, and loathe the cold to this day. Hey, ho, anyway, distance badges were nearly done, and we were by now moving on to learning how to blow up our pyjamas (for life-belt purposes) and diving for bricks – which as we all know is a very useful skill to develop. Who hasn’t accidentally dropped a brick into a river or pond or pool that they just had to retrieve?! Anyways, considering I couldn’t swim 5 months earlier, I did OK.

me n my comics and drawing

me n my comics and drawing


25th February 1970

3 weeks for Temma Harbour anchored on top, Judy Collins is still looking at both sides now, while Robin Gibb looks at his calendar and gets a second solo top 3 hit. There are only two new entries, but my word they are great: At 15, Bridge Over Troubled Water is the title track to one of the greatest albums of all time, and pure genius in it’s own right, talk about going out on top! Yes, The Beatles weren’t the only ones splitting at the top of their game, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were also going it alone, admittedly because Paul Simon felt as the songwriter he could do whatever he wanted, and did. Paul Simon is a poet, and he’s a gifted folkpop songwriter, but in this case Bridge Over Troubled Water was basically Paul’s gospel tour-de-force sung as a solo by Art, and what a combination that made. The word Epic is over-used, but it’s totally deserved for Bridge Over Troubled Water, future UK chart-topper singles and albums charts, and in the case of the album for 2 years or so on and off. For me, Simon and Garfunkel were big with the young married RAF crowd, we borrowed the album from our next-door neighbours, and recorded it onto reel-to-reel, plus Bridge was regularly on 2-Way Family Favourites, so it remains a huge record for me – without ever being my single-fave record of the moment until I bought the album myself in 1976, played it to death, and would say it’s comfortably one of my top 10 of all-time.

Venus, by Dutch band Shocking Blue and in at 20, was fantastic too, a sort of hippie rock pop anthem, so good it got covered kitschtastically by Bananarama 16 years later.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
4 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
10 ( 14 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
12 ( 11 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
13 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
14 ( 12 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
15 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
16 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
17 ( 18 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
18 ( 19 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
19 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
20 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue

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My 1995 Charts – January

Cairns, Australia 1995

Cairns, Australia 1995

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January 1st 1995

A new year a new number one for a new band – Oasis take Whatever to the top in all of it’s All You Need Is Love-ish strings-tastic fab-gear-ish-ness Britpop delight. It’s a great record and deserved to top the UK charts as well, though it did get near.
The Human League, meanwhile go top 5, Tell Me When? Now! The Lightning Seeds add Change to their list of top tenners, and Riverdance hits 8. I don’t remember it doing that well, but there ya are, stomp-a-clomp-a-stomp-a, it did.

Sting shoots his cowboy way into the 20 16 years after first doing it, Siouxsie ditto only 17 years on, while the highest new entry is 1963 in 1994 from a B side in 1987 remixed by Arthur Baker for New Order charting in 1995. Date-Confusion! Also a New Order track…

Some re-entries from Ace Of Base who enjoy Living In Danger at 29, Youssou N’Dour at 37, and again at 64 as chart-topper 7 Seconds comes back in (though not called a re-entry as it’s a new year and been out the chart a while), both helped by Neneh Cherry. At 35 it’s a record from the year I was born, back as a huge UK hit thanks to an advert on TV – Guaglione, Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and horn-hooked old big swing band fun. Both terrific and highly unexpected.

New UK girl duo Scarlet enter at 50, with an Independent Love Song, and it’s good, while Bristol’s Portishead enter at 69 with the fab Glory Box, an influential trip-hoppy track. Which leaves veteran Barry White back at 55 after a few years gap, helped by his Lisa Stansfield and Edie Brickell associations, giving him a span of 22 years of chart entries since I’m Gonna Love You A Little More Baby went top 5 in 1973. Oh, and Jimmy Somerville has 11 years of entries, with Bronski Beat and Communards, and solo hits.

1 ( 17 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 1 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
5 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
6 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
7 ( 14 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 11 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
9 ( 8 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
12 ( 4 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
14 ( 13 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
15 ( 29 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 12 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
17 ( 45 ) OH BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 15 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
19 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
20 ( NEW ) 1963 ’94 New Order

21 ( 24 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
22 ( 19 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
23 ( 21 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
24 ( 23 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
25 ( 22 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
26 ( 25 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
27 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
29 ( RE ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
30 ( 20 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

31 ( 33 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 26 ) STARS China Black
34 ( 31 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
35 ( NEW ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
36 ( 28 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
37 ( RE ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
38 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 42 ) CRAZY Eternal
40 ( 30 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches

41 ( 37 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
42 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 35 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
44 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
45 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
46 ( 39 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
47 ( 40 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
48 ( 43 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
49 ( 41 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
50 ( NEW ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

51 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 46 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 47 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
55 ( NEW ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
56 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 50 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
58 ( 54 ) SENSE Terry Hall
59 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 61 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle

61 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
65 ( 74 ) SEARCHING China Black
66 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) GLORY BOX Portishead
70 ( 73 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 52 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
74 ( 60 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
75 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville


8th January 1995

Oasis make it 2 weeks on top for my 37th birthday, hey whatever. Riverdance inexplicably goes top 5. Whatever. Glory Box is a glorious 61 place leap to 8 though, hooray for quality! However the highest new entry at 10 is really dodgy. No, honest, So Let Me Go Far and one I’ve utterly forgotten, but it’s Dodgy and that’s good enough for me if it’s good enough for you. Must have loved it though. Youtube awaits!

At 31, new for Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter, One Cool Remove from being country and folk, but nice anyway. Runrig are in at 30, with This Time Of Year, Scarlet go top 20, and in at 33 it’s the great pop dance delight of Strike…U Sure Do! Jimmy Somerville has a Heartbeat at 39 from 75, The Sounds Of Blackness return with a new track, declaring I’m Going All The Way from 49. Best of all Simple Minds at 55 return with the terrific She’s A River for a cool 14 years of chart entries. This was the tour I finally got to see them in concert, so yay for me! Finally Let Loose are back, twice, once with Seventeen reissued, at 75, and also with the better One Night Stand a bit higher at 65.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 2 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 8 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 5 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 69 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( NEW ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy

11 ( 6 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
12 ( 18 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
13 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
14 ( 20 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
15 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
16 ( 11 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
17 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 50 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 14 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
20 ( 13 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3

21 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
22 ( 12 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
23 ( 27 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
24 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
25 ( 21 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
26 ( 29 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
27 ( 23 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
28 ( 31 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
29 ( 38 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
30 ( NEW ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig

31 ( NEW ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter
32 ( 16 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
33 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
34 ( 39 ) CRAZY Eternal
35 ( 37 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
36 ( 34 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
37 ( 33 ) STARS China Black
38 ( 24 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
39 ( 75 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
40 ( 45 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

41 ( 22 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
42 ( 46 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
43 ( 25 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
44 ( 35 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 26 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
46 ( 55 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
47 ( 28 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
48 ( 30 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
49 ( NEW ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
50 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant

51 ( 40 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
52 ( 36 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
53 ( 60 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
54 ( 43 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
55 ( NEW ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
56 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
57 ( 56 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 41 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
59 ( 48 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 44 ) ANOTHER NIGHT MC Saar and The Real McCoy
62 ( 51 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
63 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 61 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
66 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 64 ) 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry
70 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

71 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 54 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
73 ( 52 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
74 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose


15th January 1995

3 weeks at 1 for Oasis, as Riverdance hits 3. I’m shocked! Actual chart peak 3. I mean it’s nice, but let’s be honest, it’s the dancing – watch the video! The Lightning Seeds get a 3rd Top 5 hit, with Change at 4, while an Independent Scarlet hit 8. New Order add to their growing tally of Top 10’s with a track that never should have just been a B Side, 1963.

Highest new entry at 15 is Annie Lennox, now onto a covers album and she covers old friends A Lover Speaks 1986 minor UK hit (and big hit in my charts) No More I Love You’s, improves on it, and hopefully the royalties have helped them out ever since cos it’s fab. An unusual melody, but gorgeous, and it forever now reminds of later in 1995 when I was in an Orange Juice bar on Orchard Road in Singapore gasping for a drink in the heat and humidity, and this came out of the speakers. Pretty sure no-one else has those associations with the song!

In at 19, Massive Attack are back with a bang, with help from Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl, over a decade into her run of big hits in my charts, and what a mellow lovely atmospheric track it is too. Jimmy Somerville goes top 20, Simple Minds 30, Barry White 40, and in at 32 it’s Crush – With Eyeliner: aka REM’s glamrock Velvet Underground-ish rifftastic move away from the mainstream appeal of their more recent stuff, and it’s great.

We’ve also got the original version of the hideous 2014 dance remix of R. Kelly’s Bump ‘n’ Grind at 43 which wasn’t that bad before I went off him a bit. Tanita Tikaram’s back, I Might Be Crying but it’s been 7 years since she arrived with a bang, and then quickly faded out without ever deserving that. At 50, what the Deuce!? Call It Love, or call it pop. M People want to Open Your Heart at 53, but I’m opening my heart to the disco classic from 1977 that the Communards more or less were inspired by, and it’s back at 65 18 years on – Thelma Houston’s version of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The song was originally lined up to be Diana Ross’ follow-up to the still-epic Love Hangover in 1976, but Thelma got the big disco smash out of it instead. Best of all, the original 1975 Philly version of the Gamble & Huff song became a bigger hit in the UK for Harold Melvin And The Bluenotes, still my fave version.

1 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
2 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
4 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
5 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
6 ( 8 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
7 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 6 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
9 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
10 ( 14 ) 1963 ’94 New Order

11 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
12 ( 17 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
13 ( 11 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
14 ( 10 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
15 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
16 ( 13 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
17 ( 12 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
18 ( 23 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( NEW ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
20 ( 39 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

21 ( 16 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
22 ( 19 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
23 ( 26 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
24 ( 15 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 29 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
26 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
27 ( 55 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
28 ( 34 ) CRAZY Eternal
29 ( 35 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
30 ( 31 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

31 ( 20 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
32 ( NEW ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( 22 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
34 ( 46 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
35 ( 24 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 27 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
37 ( 40 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
38 ( 25 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
39 ( NEW ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
40 ( 49 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness

41 ( 37 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
43 ( NEW ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
44 ( 38 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
46 ( 30 ) THIS TIME OF YEAR Runrig
47 ( NEW ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 28 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
49 ( 32 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
50 ( NEW ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce

51 ( 33 ) U SURE DO Strike
52 ( 43 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
53 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
54 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
55 ( 45 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
56 ( 41 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 56 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
59 ( 47 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 51 ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING Peaches
62 ( 54 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
63 ( 48 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Might Morph’n Power Rangers
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
66 ( 59 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
67 ( 66 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 50 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
70 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma

71 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
72 ( 64 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
73 ( 71 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 74 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
75 ( 62 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94


22nd January 1995

It’s the Human League at 1, at last, some 7 years since the last one, and their 9th in total in 15 years of chart entries. Hoorah, I still love them! Meanwhile my top 10 gets some street cred as Portishead hit 3 and New Order 6, not to mention Massive Attack at 9, their 3rd top 10. Meanwhile Deuce rocket up to 17 with another one of those tracks I haven’t heard in 20 years and have forgotten, and forgotten I liked! Dear oh dear!

Let Loose go top 40 with One Night Stand, I suppose we’ve all done that at one time or another. Let Loose, I mean. One Night Stand maybe, maybe not. Highest new entry is the great soul girl band TLC, jazzy, snazzy, sultry, it’s Creep at 28, a record that still sounds fresh and fabulous. Morrissey is in at 31 with Boxers. I have my tickets for next month for Mozza, hopefully he will be tip top. Donna Allen has another chart entry some years on from her first, this time it’s Real at 33, while in at 38, it’s Sleeper with Inbetweener.

R Kelly and The Sounds Of Blackness join in the 40 action, as does Thelma Houston doing it second time around 18 years on. Cyndi Lauper is back at 53, tackling a classic – I’m Gonna Be Strong is Gene Pitney’s torch song, his finest moment, and a dramatic anthem with a vocal performance that no-one could possibly top, but that doesn’t stop ol Cyn giving it a good go. Another cover brings Aswad back, and a good reggae version of the 1963 Betty Everett song You’re No Good, better known in the UK as a big hit for The Swinging Blue Jeans in 1964 (they were big enough for me to know them as a poptastic fave group age 6) before Linda Ronstadt covered it in 1975 and had a big US hit. I’d stick with the original soulful version though, with Aswad as the second-best choice.

Stevie Wonder’s back again, some 26 years on from For Once In My Life, at 58 it’s For Your Love. At 62, it’s another cover, of instrumental Soul Limbo, a 1969 instrumental hit for Booker T & The MG’s, better known as a TV cricket theme tune. It’s not as good, even with lyrics. Yet another cover version at 65 (of Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye’s hit cover of the Pearls minor hit version of the US 1972 original version from The Stylistics. This time it’s Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts, but I think there’s still room for a definitive version of the great song. At 66 it’s Nicki French and her version of Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 chart-topper, Total Eclipse Of The Heart. It’s not as good. That concludes the covers, leaving only Jim Carrey and Cuban Pete at 71 for one week only. He did The Truman Show, though, so I forgive him.

1 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 1 ) WHATEVER Oasis
3 ( 6 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
4 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
5 ( 3 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( 10 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
7 ( 4 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
8 ( 5 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
9 ( 19 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 8 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex

11 ( 12 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 20 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 15 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
14 ( 13 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
15 ( 9 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
16 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
17 ( 50 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
19 ( 23 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
20 ( 11 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey

21 ( 25 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
22 ( 45 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
23 ( 21 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
24 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
25 ( 37 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
26 ( 17 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
27 ( 14 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
28 ( NEW ) CREEP TLC
29 ( 34 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
30 ( 16 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

31 ( NEW ) BOXERS Morrissey
32 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) REAL Donna Allen
34 ( 22 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
35 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
36 ( 40 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
37 ( 43 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
38 ( NEW ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
39 ( 65 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
40 ( 26 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 36 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
43 ( 53 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
44 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
45 ( 42 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
46 ( 38 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
47 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
48 ( 33 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
49 ( 31 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
50 ( 30 ) ONE COOL REMOVE Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter

51 ( 28 ) CRAZY Eternal
52 ( 29 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
53 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) LET IT LAST Carleen Anderson
55 ( 52 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
56 ( 39 ) WHERE’S YOUR LOVE BEEN Heliocentric World
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
59 ( NEW ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 58 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
62 ( NEW ) SAVED Mr. Roy
63 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 55 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
65 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 70 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 66 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

71 ( NEW ) CUBAN PETE Jim Carrey
72 ( 71 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 59 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
75 ( 49 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi


29th January 1995

Another new number one, and it’s Portishead and the fab Glory Box. No video as I’ve already featured it in previous weeks, just to not make it obvious what’s always going to top my chart by praising a record and then not featuring the youtube link! Hah! Scarlet meanwhile get the runners-up spot, as Bob Seger returns to my chart 17 years later, and way out-does the first-time-round as it bangs in at 6, rather surprisingly, as I wasn’t too fussed about it in 1978, and these days, but for a time I really did like it – apparently!

Annie Lennox gets another solo top 10, as Let Loose get a second or third (I forget), and Sting goes to a new peak with his Cowboy Song as Pato Banton turns up and lends some reggae vibes. REM crush some eyeliner at 20, and quite right too. M People go top 40 as Open Your Heart hits 23, and Tanita Tikaram 24, while The Wildhearts return with two delightfully-titled songs: If Life Is Like A Love Bank I Want An Overdraft and B side Georgie In Wonderland as played on Top Of The Pops. Just behind is another cowboy song, Cowboy Dreams, Jimmy Nail’s great version of Paddy McAloon’s donated song, before he released an even better version himself as Prefab Sprout in 2001. 10 years on in 1995, the Sprouts seemed to have been spat out by the music industry quite unfairly.

In at 33 it’s a Perfecto remix and redesign of Pigbag’s 1982 instrumental hit Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag, retitled Reach Up with added vocals and dance, and rather good it is too. I was rather surprised to hear this one in a superstore on Orchard Road in Singapore later in the year, I didn’t think Singapore was that into dance music! Talking of dance N Trance join that annoying obsession with the capital N (Entrance having druggy refs but avoiding everyone calling them an entrance). Oh did I used to laugh at everyone applying this principle in the UK to ‘NSync, radio, TV, DJ’s, everyone got it wrong. En-sink made no sense at all, In synch did. Hey ho. Set You Free was one of those pop dance hits that just kept on coming back when once was more than adequate for a decent dance track.

Madonna has a bedtime story at 57 – how sweet, Dear Jessie kiddie-candy I’m sure. Oh hang on, didn’t she do some big photo books at that time, with a naughty album, ah of course, grown-up bedtime stories. Dear Jessie was much better. Another under-rated 80’s fave returns at 61, The The having seen the 1948 Hank Williams country light and turned it into a rocking light! Hooray! Also back, Del Amitri, Here And Now, and with a few years wait for an actual number one chart-topper in my charts.

Gloria Estefan covers another classic at 66, disco-style, a song that once upon a time was in the charts every few years with yet another cover – Everlasting Love, starting with the original US hit version from Robert Knight, followed by the UK number one hit version by The Love Affair, both of them immaculate. Since then: 1969, 1974, 1981, 1988, 1993, 1995, with 1998 and 2004 still to come, so if anyone wants a chart hit it’s been overdue for about 4 years! Lastly, China Black are back to try for that hat-trick of number ones, I can almost see them (Somewhere) at 71, boy band Ultimate Kaos are at 73, not one of Simon Cowell’s biggest acts that one, and Singapore’s classical Vanessa Mae brings Toccata and Fugue class into the charts. I liked her.

1 ( 3 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
2 ( 4 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
3 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
4 ( 2 ) WHATEVER Oasis
5 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
6 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
8 ( 6 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
9 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
10 ( 22 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose

11 ( 7 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 10 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
14 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
15 ( 16 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
16 ( 8 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
17 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
18 ( 14 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
19 ( 28 ) CREEP TLC
20 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

21 ( 15 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
22 ( 18 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
23 ( 43 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
24 ( 47 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( NEW ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
26 ( NEW ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
27 ( 11 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
28 ( 29 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
29 ( 23 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
30 ( 38 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper

31 ( 20 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
33 ( NEW ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
34 ( 27 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
35 ( 37 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
36 ( 31 ) BOXERS Morrissey
37 ( 35 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
38 ( 21 ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 26 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
40 ( 65 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts

41 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
42 ( 25 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
43 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 30 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
45 ( 39 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY Thelma Houston
46 ( 42 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
47 ( 58 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 45 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
49 ( NEW ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
50 ( 59 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( 33 ) REAL Donna Allen
52 ( 40 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
53 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 44 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
55 ( 48 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
56 ( 49 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
57 ( NEW ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
58 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
59 ( 36 ) I’M GOING ALL THE WAY The Sounds Of Blackness
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
62 ( 46 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
63 ( NEW ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
64 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 55 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
66 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
69 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
70 ( 61 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona

71 ( NEW ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
72 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
73 ( NEW ) HOOCHIE BOOTY Ultimate Kaos
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae

London Wembley Arena Paul McCartney Live In Concert January 24th 1990

Jan 1990: Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

Ignoring a few Flowers In The Dirt album tracks which were a bit out of place amongst the jewels, songs like Fool On The Hill, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, and the like, though some uptempo numbers would have been even better, to add to Sgt Pepper, Jet, Got To Get You Into My Life etc. Live And Let Die came over powerfully, and Hey Jude was spine-tingling, though the crowd singalong was somewhat interrupted by a bloke just behind fainting and causing a commotion. Admittedly it was a very special moment for me – my first ever memory of record getting to UK number one, the first to top my own personal charts, and a Beatles highlight – but fainting is going one step too far for me! The encore? Yesterday (bit of a biggie that one), Get Back (brilliant), and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End. I wished I’d had a better seat, and a delayed drive back to moan about, but all in all… it was one of The Beatles! yay!

1st: Hey Jude
2nd: Live And Let Die
3rd: Sgt. Pepper
4th: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
5th: Can’t Buy Me Love
6th: Jet
7th: Back In The USSR
8th: Band On The Run
9th: Get Back
10th: Eleanor Rigby/This One/My Brave Face/Fool On The Hill/Let It Be

Phew! That’s quite a line-up of songs!

My 1990 Charts – January

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7th January 1990

A new decade, and Distant Cousins return to the top for a second soulful week, and Jason Donovan goes back up to 2, too. The 49‘ers Touch Me at 6, Soul II Soul Get A Life and a third top 10 at 9, Wet Wet Wet meanwhile have Broke Away at 8, returning them to the top 10 3 years since Wishing I Was Lucky started the ball rolling. Band Aid II belatedly get their christmas charity cover into the 10, as Kylie also gets the highest new entry at 14 with a decent cover of a much better 1950’s classic: Tears On My Pillow promoted her movie, but I never loved it as much I loved the Little Anthony & The Imperials version. Still don’t.

D Mob are back, with a reworking of an O’Jays song, at 23, so Put Your Hands Together, though De La Soul think 24 is the Magic Number now that it’s a double A with Buddy. Some classic new entries lower, though, headed by Cher following up her big return (If I Could Turn Back Time) with the fantastic cowboy-inspired rock track Just Like Jesse James, a song written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child. Desmond of late had been writing hits for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, among others, Diane for, well, EVERYTHING! She’s done Eurovision with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, written a million-seller for Aerosmith, got awards and movie songs coming out of her ears, Paloma Faith’s latest single (Feb 2015) is one of hers, so is Cher’s previous hit, and one of her biggest accolades (for me) Pet Shop Boys recorded her brilliant song Numb, the playout song England went out of the world cup with to dramatic effect. Pet Shop Boys just don’t record other people’s songs, except as covers, so that was pretty rare. Take a google at the list of songs, and acts recording them, from Roy Orbison to Rihanna, and gasp for breath.

Talking of brilliant songwriters, Prince. Sinead O’Connor follows up Mandinka with a heart-breaking cover of Prince’s Nothin’ Compares 2 U, complete with world-dominating tearful video, and instant world-wide fame. Classic? Absolutely! In at 57 in the first chart of the year, not a bad start. Rod Stewart meanwhile covers Tom Waits, Downtown Train, and unusually for a Rod cover it’s not bad at all, though Tom is another songwriter (like Prince) who can be, shall we say, uniquely protective when it comes to their own work? That would be worth pursuing if one were immortal, but copyright is harder to govern from beyond the grave. Unless you’re the estate of Elvis Presley.

Returning, Smokie, 15 years on, without lead singer Chris Singer, instead it was Black Lace singer Alan Barton on lead, and who died a couple of years later on a Smokie tour coach crash, effectively ending their career, barring the Roy Chubby Brown monstrosity version of Living Next Door To Alice. Candidate for the worst record ever that one, not because of the song though. Finally, a legend returns: Quincy Jones having been dumped by Michael Jackson as producer (and ending his classic period to boot) had some time on his hands, so got Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on featuring vocals. As you do. As he does anyway. I’ll Be Good To You is good.

1 ( 2 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
4 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
5 ( 1 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
6 ( 13 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
7 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
8 ( 11 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
9 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
10 ( 12 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II

11 ( 6 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 7 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
13 ( 9 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
14 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
15 ( 34 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 14 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
18 ( 20 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
19 ( 10 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
20 ( 28 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

21 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
22 ( 15 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
23 ( NEW ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob
24 ( 43 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 19 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
26 ( 38 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
27 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
28 ( 18 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
29 ( 55 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
30 ( 21 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

31 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
32 ( 25 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
33 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
34 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
35 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
36 ( 46 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
37 ( 26 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
38 ( 23 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
39 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
40 ( 53 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty

41 ( 33 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
42 ( 42 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 37 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 31 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 40 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
46 ( 22 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
47 ( 41 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
48 ( 30 ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
50 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 47 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( 39 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
53 ( 44 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
55 ( 27 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
56 ( 51 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
58 ( 45 ) MY LOVE The London Boys
59 ( NEW ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
62 ( 52 ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
63 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
65 ( 61 ) OH WELL Oh Well
66 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
67 ( 67 ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 36 ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 58 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 59 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
72 ( 69 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
73 ( 65 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

For me the new decade started on several sleepless nights, missing grandma on the first birthday without her, both her birthday and my 32nd. At home, the smoking and general upheaval of kids in the house was getting to me a bit, too. On TV, The Road To Singapore (Hope and Crosby movie), David Attenborough dinosaurs programme (who doesn’t love dinosaurs!), and worried about being too old for the new squash courses I’d joined. 32, old? Pah!



14th January 1990

3 weeker for Distant Cousins at 1, and a quiet chart otherwise, bar a batch of mostly uneventful new entries. Happily, though, Cher’s shooting her 6-guns at 6 with one of her great records, and Sinead O’Connor cries her way up into the top 40. Kylie gets her 4th Top 10, and De la Soul find 12 is this week’s magic number. Living In A Box stop yo-yo-ing and make a firm dive into the 20, their 4th time.

New entries start with the Mission at 41, and the good Butterfly On A Wheel, more melodic than usual for them, while just behind is Lloyd Cole and the pretty No Blue Skies, 6 years on and without his Commotions anymore. Cyndi Lauper’s Heading West for one solitary chart week at 49 – oops! – and so might Everything But The Girl be, as they are Driving at 52, and like Lloyd Cole part of the Class of ’84 still plugging away classily, if not exactly on fire. A bit more lively, UB40 cover Al Green, and do a nice enough reggae version of a great soul song, Here I Am (Come And Take Me), giving them a cool decade of pretty much non-stop chart entries.

Best new entry by far though is Mantronix featuring Wondress and rthe sublime Got To Have Your Love, one of the few contemporary dance tracks in the chart that doesn’t sound horribly dated. At 61, The Happy Mondays Hallelujah is in remix form (apparently), but I’m sticking with the original on the video, as it has Kirsty MaColl on Top Of The Pops with them, and that’s good enough for me! Eurythmics are back with a spot of lesser royalty, just below them, Phil Collins is hoping for some rain, 9 years on from In The Air Tonight, and no comparison. Megadeth take on Alice Cooper and lose, of course. Fish’s Marillion days are in the past, but he swims in briefly with a Big Wedge. Finally janet Jackson’s latest Rhythm Nation track is a sweet ballad, Come Back To Me at 75.

1 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
4 ( 3 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
6 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
7 ( 9 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
8 ( 7 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 5 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
10 ( 14 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

11 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
13 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
14 ( 44 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
15 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
17 ( 23 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
18 ( 21 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
19 ( 8 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
20 ( 27 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia

21 ( 20 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
22 ( 26 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 12 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
24 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
25 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
26 ( 13 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
27 ( 22 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
28 ( 29 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
29 ( 19 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
30 ( 25 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 35 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
32 ( 36 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
33 ( 34 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
34 ( 31 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
35 ( 40 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
36 ( 32 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
37 ( 57 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
38 ( 39 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 54 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
40 ( 30 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

41 ( NEW ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
42 ( 37 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
43 ( 43 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 28 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
45 ( 49 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 41 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
47 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( NEW ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 45 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

51 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( NEW ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
53 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( 59 ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
56 ( 61 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
57 ( 46 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
58 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
59 ( 56 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress

61 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
62 ( NEW ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
63 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 52 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
65 ( 38 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
67 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( NEW ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
69 ( 65 ) OH WELL Oh Well
70 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

71 ( 66 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
72 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) BIG WEDGE Fish
74 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
75 ( NEW ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson

In the 1990 world, still not sleeping at night, feeling my life isn’t my own and having bouts of lowness and anxiety, not helped by a good news bad news situation at work: good news Parks were giving me a permanent job (yay!) along with Andy and Cathy, bad news it was a salary drop of £1300, quite a bit of cash, which made the likelihood of getting my own place more difficult. The new Tower Park cinema/bowls/ice-skating/swimming/clubs/food outlets was great though for me – I went off to see Back To The Future 2 again, my top film of 1989.


21st January 1990

Cher finally grabs another solo chart-topper 16 years after Dark Lady got there, and her third in total (one with Sonny in 1972). Just Like Jesse James is fab, Cher is at her best when she’s being mega dramatic. Up from 37 to 6, Sinead O’Connor is finding not much compares 2 her, and a well deserved even bigger hit for her than Mandinka. Jimmy Somerville follows Sylvester’s original into the Top 10, while the highest new entry at 9, wham bam thank you ma’am, it’s Lisa Stansfield’s follow-up to a classic number one, this one Live Together almost as good.

In at 16, Stock Aitken Waterman’s production-line keeps on churning out hits, with Lonnie Gordon the happy beneficiary of one of their better songs, Happenin’ All Over Again, Silver Bullet go top 20 with the good 20 Seconds To Comply, going all rap Robocop with attitude, and one second less than a future less good UK number one. Good climbs for Mantronix and Quincy Jones into the 40, but the best news is The Beloved returning with a terrific slow-groove funky list of celebrities, Hello at 30: Leslie Crowther, as they say, come on down! Great record.

Another great new entry at 39, the not-that-well-known (but fab) House Of Love’s Shine On, summoning up the spirit of classic Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, jangly indie rock that needs revisiting. Meanwhile Terry Hall is back with yet another collaboration of new mates, this time as Terry, Blair and Anoushka. Ultra Modern Nursery Rhymes, and not bad at 74. At 64, Dion is back, his late 50’s and early 60’s teen heart-throb doowop pop far behind him now, as Written On The Subway Wall is more Springsteen than his 1976 revived biggie The Wanderer. Produced by the great Dave Edmunds, that can only be a good thing.

1 ( 6 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 3 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 37 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
7 ( 10 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( NEW ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 17 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice

11 ( 5 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
12 ( 7 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
13 ( 9 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 12 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
15 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
16 ( NEW ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
17 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
19 ( 32 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
20 ( 13 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

21 ( 14 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
22 ( 60 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
23 ( 56 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
24 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
25 ( NEW ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
26 ( 61 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
27 ( NEW ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
28 ( 52 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
29 ( 18 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
30 ( NEW ) HELLO The Beloved

31 ( 19 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
34 ( 54 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
35 ( 30 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
36 ( 23 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
37 ( 41 ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
38 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( NEW ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
40 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

41 ( 27 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
42 ( 33 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
43 ( 31 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
44 ( 29 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( 36 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
50 ( 21 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 26 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
52 ( 66 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
53 ( 28 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
54 ( 68 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 70 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth
57 ( 35 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
58 ( 62 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
59 ( 58 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

61 ( 59 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) I CALLED U Lil Louis
63 ( 40 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
64 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALL Dion
65 ( RE ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 73 ) BIG WEDGE Fish
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 75 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
70 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams

71 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
72 ( 46 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
73 ( NEW ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
74 ( NEW ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
75 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


In life, surveying Bournemouth’s parks still, and at home teaching the kids how to draw. Buying loads of albums in sales and raving about the forgotten UK historical sit-com Chelmsford 1-2-3, a Roman invasion laugh starring Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath. It deserves to be better remembered as it’s still funny, and being period set it doesn’t date! Played an actual game of squash with cool Peter from work – and lost. Fun though. Had a strange dream about Janet Jackson, which if nothing else is a pop culture reference! Saw When Harry Met Sally at the cinema, a pleasant romcom, and decided to myself it was time I started looking around at possibly maybe moving out and sort of maybe getting into a relationship, as I wasn’t especially happy with my lot in life. Maybe. On the other hand, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one this century if I were you…!


28th January 1990

2 weeks for Cher at 1, and The 49‘ers at 2, leaving Lisa Stansfield as the next bet to replace Cher at 4, Live Together making it a 3rd cool top 5 for Lisa. Sinead O’Connor also moves to 5 with her Prince cover classic. FPI Project’s Odyssey cover is at 7, showing their roots, and Mantronix just miss the top 10 at 11.

Quincy Jones, The Beloved (Hello!) and Rod’s train all chug in to the 20, as Janet Jackson gets another top 30 hit with ballad Come Back To Me. Highest new entry, though, is at 27 and it’s the band who made the song that became an anthem for the London Special Olympics: Public Enemy who Welcome you To The Terrordome, not Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Pleasuredome. A hugely influential rap act, but not a band I ever became passionate about so it comes as a pleasant surprise to see Public Enemy managed to beat out the competition for at least one week! There’s another welcome, albeit a dance welcome, too, at 29, from Gino Latino.

Sybil! Sybil!! No it’s not Fawlty Towers, it’s a dance soul shuffle cover of Dionne Warwick’s definitive version of Bacharach/David’s Walk On By. It’s a song that is impossible to ruin, so classic is it, but it’s also a song where no-one can better the cool heartbreak of the original, though Sybil does a fine job at 32. In the week that I went to see an Ex-Beatle live in concert, he drops by with a tuneful optmistic new ditty, Put It There Macca mate, at 49! It’s a spot of awesome though at 55, as Depeche Mode enter with their finest moment a full 9 years into their career, Enjoy The Silence is moody, tuneful, mysterious and brilliant, the Mode hitting new mature career highs worldwide and setting themselves up to be another influential act. Finally, it’s yet another dance cover at 59 – but this one’s different: Beats International was Norman Cook evolving his solo dance music career ex-Housemartins into a rave-dance DJ legend, starting with this very good cover of The SOS Band’s Jam & Lewis brilliant Just Be Good To Me. Dub Be Good To Me isn’t quite as good, but it does the job and tops the UK chart!

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 9 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
5 ( 6 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
6 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 18 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
8 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( 7 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
10 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan

11 ( 22 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
12 ( 16 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
13 ( 10 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
14 ( 23 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
15 ( 30 ) HELLO The Beloved
16 ( 25 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
17 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 13 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
20 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 11 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
22 ( 27 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
23 ( 28 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
24 ( 14 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 69 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
26 ( 20 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
27 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
28 ( 15 ) WORDS The Christians
29 ( NEW ) WELCOME Gino Latino
30 ( 34 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40

31 ( 39 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
32 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Sybil
33 ( 19 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
34 ( 60 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
35 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
36 ( 74 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( 62 ) I CALLED U Lil Louis and The World
39 ( 29 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
40 ( 56 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

41 ( 40 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
42 ( 35 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
43 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
44 ( 21 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
46 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
48 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
50 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

51 ( 36 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
52 ( 58 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
53 ( 42 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
54 ( 33 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
55 ( NEW ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
56 ( 26 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
57 ( 31 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
59 ( NEW ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 41 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

61 ( 46 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
62 ( 44 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
63 ( 61 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
64 ( 43 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( 73 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( NEW ) BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil

71 ( NEW ) NRG Adamski
72 ( 49 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
73 ( 51 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) THE FACE And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Joe Cocker

London Wembley Arena Paul McCartney Live In Concert January 24th 1990

Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

Ignoring a few Flowers In The Dirt album tracks which were a bit out of place amongst the jewels, songs like Fool On The Hill, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, and the like, though some uptempo numbers would have been even better, to add to Sgt Pepper, Jet, Got To Get You Into My Life etc. Live And Let Die came over powerfully, and Hey Jude was spine-tingling, though the crowd singalong was somewhat interrupted by a bloke just behind fainting and causing a commotion. Admittedly it was a very special moment for me – my first ever memory of record getting to UK number one, the first to top my own personal charts, and a Beatles highlight – but fainting is going one step too far for me! The encore? Yesterday (bit of a biggie that one), Get Back (brilliant), and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End. I wished I’d had a better seat, and a delayed drive back to moan about, but all in all… it was one of The Beatles! yay!

1st: Hey Jude
2nd: Live And Let Die
3rd: Sgt. Pepper
4th: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
5th: Can’t Buy Me Love
6th: Jet
7th: Back In The USSR
8th: Band On The Run
9th: Get Back
10th: Eleanor Rigby/This One/My Brave Face/Fool On The Hill/Let It Be

Phew! That’s quite a line-up of songs!

In the real world, I showed my gratitude at being given a full-time job by getting wound-up about the drop in wages and starting a meeting about the new role going straight to the point. I’d forgotten how stroppy I could be when stressed! Turns out they agreed to keep me on the same wage, which then pissed off colleagues. Oh dear! Had another game of squash (lost) with Peter, and at work Andy and I were dealing with tree damage from storms as we went out in the lashing rain and wind to note what needed attention in various parks. At home, I took the neice and nephew into the neighbouring woods to see all of the trees that had come down in the high winds. On TV: Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers), Chelmsford 1-2-3…

My 1985 Charts – January

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1st January 1985

Back up to Number One for a second week for Wham! and their classic Last Christmas, while christmas songs elsewhere rise to new peaks: Gary Glitter at 6, Captain Sensible at 22, Queen at 37, Alvin Stardust at 38. Tears For Fears brilliant Shout hits a new peak of 3, as Strawberry Switchblade’s brilliant Since Yesterday hits 4. Alison Moyet gets her 2nd solo top 10, Invisible at 8, and Bob Marley returns to the top 10 Could You Be Loved back in for the first time in over 4 years.

Ashord and Simpson hit a new peak of 16, Paul Young’s changing at 20, and Kim Wilde’s touching 40, but really not much post-christmas movement and only 3 new entries: another quick new one from Stevie Wonder while his last single hangs about in flight, he’s also advising for the new year Don’t Drive Drunk. Good advice at 43. The Art Of Noise re-enter at 66, Close To The Edit all Trevor-Horned-up. Finally, Meatloaf is going Nowhere Fast at 75.


1 ( 2 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 9 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 12 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
5 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
6 ( 7 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 3 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
8 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
9 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head

11 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 20 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
14 ( 18 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 14 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 29 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
17 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
19 ( 15 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
20 ( 26 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

21 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
22 ( 39 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 19 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
24 ( 25 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 16 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 21 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 23 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
28 ( 33 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
29 ( 22 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
30 ( 32 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

31 ( 36 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
32 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
33 ( 35 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
34 ( 27 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 43 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
36 ( 30 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( 40 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
39 ( 24 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 47 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

41 ( 34 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
42 ( 50 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( NEW ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
44 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
45 ( 38 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
46 ( 57 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
47 ( 60 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
48 ( 68 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
49 ( 44 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
50 ( 64 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

51 ( 46 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
52 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
53 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 55 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
55 ( 42 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
56 ( 59 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
57 ( 54 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 45 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
59 ( 51 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
60 ( 56 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

61 ( 52 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
62 ( 49 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 61 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
65 ( 69 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
66 ( RE ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
67 ( 62 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
68 ( 58 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
69 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

71 ( 66 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( 65 ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
74 ( 74 ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( NEW ) NOWHERE FAST Meatloaf

TV: Dec 29 1984 – Jan 4 1985

1. Star Wars: film
2. Superman II: film
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gallipoli: film
5. The Towering Inferno: film
6. The Wizard Of Oz: film
7. Duck Soup: film
8. The Deer Hunter: film
9. Morecambe & Wise Classics
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Diced Carrott
12. Dr. No: film
13. The Incredible Shrinking Woman: film
14. Dallas
15. Kramer vs Kramer: film

TV over the holiday period is pure domination of classic movies, and of course Star Wars is on top, just ahead of Superman II. More surprisingly, quite high is the Australian war movie Gallipoli, one I’ve not seen since I think, and should check out again. In the TV comedian stakes, Dame Edna comes out on top, being as Barry Humphries was at his peak, ahead of Morecambe & Wise and Jasper Carrott.

Christmas in Blidworth turned out to be a series of family arguments, tiffs, sulks and storming-off’s. Happy days. Back to Poole, and some time to myself as I developed a cold from the cold North and stress. New Years Eve was spent with parents on the Marines camp, though they went to a party and I at last said “good riddance” to a rotten year on my own.


8th January 1985

I hit 27 years old with nothing much achieved, and nothing much on the horizon, but at least Wham! have Everything She Wants at number one, as radio flips from playing Last Christmas to the sultry other A side that had been overshadowed so far. In the USA both tracks were released separately and Everything She Wants topped on it’s own merits. In the UK 2-fer-1, hooray! Foreigner go top 5 for the first ever time, Ashford & Simpson go top 10 for the first time as artists, and plenty of tracks go back up or re-enter after the year-end run-downs, but I’ll ignore all of them and look at the new…

Sal Solo’s traditional-hymn-sounding San Damiano is up to 13, Bronski Beat’s actual old It Ain’t Necessarily So is at 20, and highest new entry is an immaculate Bucks Fizz, the recovering Mike Nolan after brain surgery following their coach crash, and one spot ahead of Bobby G’s TV theme. I Hear Talk is one of their best records and picked up a fair bit of good-will at the time, classy and beautifully-produced. Smiley Culture is in at 40, meanwhile, with Police Officer and his Cockney-Jamaican reggae vocal style, ending up influencing later much bigger cockney-rap stars. Smiley killed himself during a police raid in 2011, which sort of removes the upbeat mood somewhat from the record.

60’s and 70’s soul/Philly greats The Intruders have a welcome return at 45 with Who Do You Love, some 11 years since their last chart entry, Win Place Or Show (She’s A Winner). Also starting his chart career in 1974, Billy Ocean confirms his revival as the guitar-riffed funky Loverboy pops in at 48, complete with great aliens video (for the time). Melle Mel appears to have promoted himself to Grandmaster for his solo follow-up to the classic White Lines, Step Off. I think Bud in brilliant blue-collar sitcom Married:With Children also promoted himself to the Grandmaster B some years later, so it must have caught on.


1 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
2 ( 4 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 5 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 13 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
6 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
8 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 16 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

11 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 28 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
14 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 7 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 8 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
18 ( 20 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 30 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

21 ( 19 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
22 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
24 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 40 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
27 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
28 ( 27 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
29 ( 33 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
30 ( 31 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls

31 ( 23 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
33 ( 35 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
34 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 48 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( 43 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
38 ( 32 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
39 ( 29 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( NEW ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

41 ( 36 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( 41 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
44 ( 68 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
45 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 38 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
47 ( 44 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
48 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
49 ( 50 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
50 ( 54 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon

51 ( RE ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
52 ( 49 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
53 ( 47 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
54 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
55 ( 39 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
56 ( 66 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
58 ( 51 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
59 ( 56 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( RE ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 71 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 60 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
65 ( 45 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
66 ( 46 ) WHERE THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
67 ( RE ) AGADOO Black Lace
68 ( 55 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 72 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( RE ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
72 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
73 ( 59 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
74 ( 62 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME GIRL Scary Thieves

TV: Jan 5-11th
1. Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
2. It’ll Be Alright On The Night 4
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gregory’s Girl: film
5. Top Of The Pops
6. Doctor Who
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. The Phil Silvers Show
9. The Addams Family
10. Spitting Image

Back to work for me, still stressed about the driving of my car-share driver and trying to tactfully tell her to slow down, then when that didn’t work tried the more direct “I may have to get alternative arrangements” hinting. Bob at work was good fun, and I generally came to the conclusion I needed to go out and socialise, missing my college friends a LOT, and also I needed to come up with some sort of goals to aim for, including getting my own transport. My first nephew was born the day after my birthday, Gavin just missed it by an hour and a half! Anything to be awkward, though he did hit my Aunty’s birthday, and mum and dad hot-footed up to Mansfield to see him while I verbally snapped at my boss at work. He got his own back, making me work outside in the freezing cold for hours, hands frozen to the computer, to teach me a lesson. I already knew he was a so and so, though, so didn’t learn anything new. He also kept quiet about us needlessly putting in annual leave for New Years Eve, so Bob and I both lost a days pay for nothing. Our fault apparently….


15th January 1985

First new number of 1985 is the fabulous Strawberry Switchblade, there’s nothing not to love about the record, from the girls polka-dot obsessed video and image, to the 80’s-production values on a great melodic song. Upbeat, positive and joyous, I don’t see how anyone can not like it! The only downside is the equally great Shout peaks at 2 for a 2nd Tears For Fears classic falling short at the final hurdle. Or Durdle (Dore) video-wise. Salo Solo does what Classix Nouveau never managed, meanwhile – he gets into the 10!

The charts finally get some action as This Island Earth rocket to 21, Dead Or Alive re-enter even higher after a short break out the chart, with the exciting You Spin Me Round, and Imagination return with Thank You My Love for 4 years of chart entries, it’s pleasant enough. The better stuff is lower down though, as Abba jump in at 31 – well, again it’s Bjorn and Benny, and Chess, and two musical dependables, Barbara Dickson (giving her 9 years since Answer Me hit 2) and Elaine Paige (6 years since Evita), duetting the great I Know Him So Well. It could have been awesome though if the boys had got Frida and Agnetha duetting instead, oh, and just called it an Abba record. Doh!

Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark again, after going top 40 in the summer of 84, Yah Mo B There is also back a year or so on, at 38, for James Ingram and Michael McDonald, while buzz act of January 1985 (ie most-hyped by the record industry) were King, long-hair and coloured Doc Martens. Love And Pride wasn’t bad though, and in at 44, ahead of Eurythmics 1984 movie ballad, Julia, at 52, and Amii Stewart’s return after a gap of 5 years with Friends at 56. Best of all though it’s Bryan Adams giving it some Canadian rock oomph as he debuts at 59 with the frankly wonderful, exciting Run To You, still his best record. Ol’ Bry went on to mega success of course, and mega-hate thanks to THAT record, but if you need convincing he’s all right, take a gander at the guitar work, the shouty growled chorus, and the ominous, frantic mood of this track.

Others: Chaka Khan’s back, Malcolm McLaren’s still in an opera groove, The Colourfield debut (aka Terry Hall’s third band, he just can’t seem to settle down, having left The Specials at their peak, and the Fun Boy Three at their peak. Not a problem with The Colourfield, as they never peaked at anything), and finally Lou Reed pops in briefly with Suzanne some 12 years after taking a much more impressive Walk On The Wild Side.


1 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
2 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
4 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
6 ( 13 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
7 ( 10 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

11 ( 17 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
13 ( 7 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
14 ( 20 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
15 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
19 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus

21 ( 49 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
22 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
23 ( 21 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
24 ( 32 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
25 ( RE ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
29 ( 30 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
30 ( 40 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

31 ( NEW ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
32 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 31 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
34 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
35 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
36 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 27 ) LOUISE Human League
38 ( NEW ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
39 ( RE ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five

41 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
43 ( 48 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
44 ( NEW ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
45 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 29 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
47 ( 28 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
48 ( 51 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
49 ( 50 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
50 ( 38 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

51 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
52 ( NEW ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 33 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
54 ( 44 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
55 ( 37 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
56 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
57 ( 35 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 47 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
59 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
60 ( 74 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

61 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
62 ( 53 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
63 ( 56 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
64 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 67 ) AGADOO Black Lace
67 ( 71 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
68 ( 58 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 52 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( NEW ) CARMEN Malcolm McLaren
74 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
75 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU SUZANNE Lou Reed

Jan 12-18th
1. Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Addams Family
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Avengers
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Doctor Who
8. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
9. Dallas
10. The New Avengers


At work in Dorset, I find I just can’t resist answering back when I don’t agree with someone. Ego? Yes. Plus, I’m right. Snowy roads around Blandford this time, cold but at least sunny outside. I did my charts, happy to see plenty of faves from 1984 that never made it at last getting some UK chart action and Radio 1 airplay. It’s important to me they become hits…! Bob popped round with his new Scirocco car, snazzy, as he left to welcome his mum and dad to Bournemouth, they’d moved down, and I’d get to know them fairly well over the years to my pleasure. Mum and dad bought a Yorkie terrier dog from friends of theirs, and Picket (as she was called) turned out to have a big impact on the family until, and including, the traumatic day she died. On Sunday we went to visit our Singapore friends The Wainwright’s again in Chippenham, where Jamie had morphed into trendy James, and we had a nice National Trust pub meal. It was good to see Doreen laugh a little at old times, but we all wished Dale could have been there. I still get annoyed he missed so much life.


22nd January 1985

Another new number one, it’s the UK/US smash gospel-flavoured rock anthem classic that is I Want To Know What Love Is giving Foreigner a number one 7 years since they first charted. It’s glorious, especially that climactic Jennifer Holliday fade out, she’s the one that did the spine-tingling definitive version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, top 10 in my charts 1982. Highest new entry is Prince – I say new, it’s actually the UK catching up on his 2 minor 1983 hits bundled together, both peaked at 9 in my chart, and together they hit 6, my initial preference was for Little Red Corvette, but 1999 became the main track.

Babs and Elaine overtake the Abba boys other song at 8 and 9, while Amii Stewart’s Friends collectively jump to 14, and Bucks Fizz overhear rumours at 15. The Limit say “yeah” as they enter at 27, a smooth bit of jazz funk, while the rougher side of dance-rock (in comparison, only) takes Billy Ocean’s Loverboy to 24. King aren’t doing quite as well as Prince, as royalty Pride comes after Love. There’s loads of new entries, but let’s not mention Russ Abbott! Especially not when Elvis has a medley of some of his finest moments at 48 – 4 minutes to learn about the fuss: think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra…and then boom! Elvis. Icon.

Some US pop heart-throbs arrive, Corey Hart and the growing-up New Edition, not to mention Phil Collins in a Prince 1999 groove, Sussudio doesn’t fool me, nor is it quite as good. Chicago are back, uninspiring, actually, despite what they say. Heaven 17…and that’s no lie, get a low entry at 72 but it’s not bad, nor is John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata aka Time Zone, punk funking it up synth style. Johnny Rotten was a mere 8 years earlier! Which leaves the jewell in the pop crown, as the much-missed fantastic Kirsty MacColl gets two appearances: her brilliant version of Billy Bragg’s A New England at 61, and Tracey Ullman’s pretty good version of Kirsty’s Terry, Tracey already having wonderfully covered Kirsty’s They Don’t Know.


1 ( 3 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 1 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 6 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
4 ( 2 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
5 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
6 ( NEW ) LITTLE RED CORVETTE/ 1999 Prince
7 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
8 ( 31 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 5 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!

11 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
12 ( 14 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
13 ( 10 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
14 ( 56 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
15 ( 24 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
16 ( 18 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
17 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
20 ( 16 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
22 ( 13 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 21 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
24 ( 43 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
25 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
26 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
27 ( NEW ) SAY YEAH The Limit
28 ( 44 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
29 ( 20 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
30 ( 38 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

31 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 59 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
33 ( 63 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
34 ( 23 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
35 ( 39 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
36 ( 40 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
37 ( 69 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
38 ( 27 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
39 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
40 ( 33 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles

41 ( 28 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
42 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
43 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
44 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
45 ( 42 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
46 ( 35 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
47 ( 30 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture
48 ( NEW ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
49 ( 37 ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder

51 ( NEW ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 46 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
54 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
55 ( 29 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
56 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
57 ( 34 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
58 ( 51 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
59 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
60 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

61 ( NEW ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 50 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
63 ( NEW ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
64 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 48 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
67 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 55 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
70 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 47 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
72 ( NEW ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
73 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
74 ( NEW ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
75 ( NEW ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone

TV 19-25th Jan
1. Star Trek: Operation Annihilate
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. Hill Street Blues
4. Top Of The Pops
5. The Other Side Of The Tracks: Abba
6. The Twilight Zone
7. The New Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Dallas
10. Doctor Who


On TV, Paul Gambaccini’s excellent pop profile show The Other Side Of The Tracks was on with a Benny & Bjorn interview, while Hill Street Blues, Doctor Who and Dallas are the only new dramas still doing it for me. Watched an episode of The Avengers with mum and dad, it was the one they filmed on an RAF base, dad watched Diana Rigg & Patrick Macnee re-do takes quite a few times from his work window. In my work: quite snowy again in the wilds of Dorset, Bob was off ill, on the coldest day in 20 years, culminating in a big-ish friday snowfall, which meant slow bus to work as I marvelled at how quickly the south of England grinds to a halt at the drop of a snowflake. Bournemouth and Poole are still the same, drivers have no idea to how to deal with snow on the road and it quickly slows to walking pace, or they start calling in for the day off work cos it takes a bit longer. Wimps. If they only knew that the northerners at work always talk about them, the snowfall in Dorset is never more than an inch. Of our section, only Paul (from Sheffield) and me (Mansfield/Lincoln) made it in.


29th January 1985

Foreigner hold for a second week as 16 new entries give the chart a real clear-out, though the top end is more sedate, with Bucks Fizz’ I Hear Talk at 4 giving them 4 years of top 5 hits, at least one a year, usually 2. Amii Stewart’s pleasant Friends, and Bronski Beat’s retro It Ain’t Necessarily So grab a top 10 slot before the onslaught lower down – Springsteen outdoes his 1984 chart high at 12, King at 13 are still quite proud, but highest new entry at 16 is the fabulous This Is Not America, David Bowie’s collaboration with Jazz act The Pat Metheny Band and back on form to boot.

At 19, The Commodores are back, minus Lionel Richie, and show they don’t really need him on this classy sad soul tribute to the then-recently late Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson: Nightshift. Slade don’t hang about, a third hit in 3 months, as 7 Year Bitch brings them in at 25 for a singalong chant that never really caught on (probably the title!). Also back for a spot of spelling lesson, M.E.T.H.O.D. of Modern Love gives Hall & Oates yet another great pop entry at 35, while The Honeydrippers cover Phil Phillips’ 50’s doo-wop era classic, Sea Of Love at 36. Who are the Honeydrippers? Heard of Robert Plant? Jimmy Page? Led Zeppelin? Nile Rodgers? He’s had a hit or 2? How about Jeff Beck? Hi Ho Silver Lining? No? Pretty much a supergroup, and all pretty much still very active. It’s terrific, too.

Then there’s two masterpiece classics a bit lower down: The Smiths How Soon Is Now was under-appreciated in the UK charts, and in mine too, at the time, it’s pure genius, the Johnny Marr guitar is especially stunning, but this remains a record to bring joy – as I’m hoping Morrissey will grace us in 2 months when I see him, fingers-crossed. But there’s another: Don Henley had been pretty damn fine with his Dirty laundry and other solo stuff since The Eagles split in 1980, but nothing to match up to One Of These Nights – till now! Boys Of Summer is very 80’s-sounding, great lyrics, great sound, great song, so good, like The Smiths How Soon Is Now, they both had to come back again and chart in the 90’s. 58 and 67 respectively, though, for now.

Others: Howard Jones full of optimism a good 10 years before D:Ream, opining Things Can Only Get Better. Bronski Beat might disagree though. Sheila E’s in at 70, better known as a protege of Prince. Prince had lots of short lithe female protoges: he insisted he preferred the company of women to men, I’m sure that’s the main reason. The Belle Of St Mark is very Prince-sounding, and pretty good. Dan Hartman’s back again; Jermaine Jackson gets another solo hit as brother Michael takes a break from Thriller album tracks to release; The Boomtown Rats have yet another decent single completely ignored, at 75, the good A Hold Of Me from the decent album In The Long Grass.

1 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 15 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 3 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 5 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 4 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
9 ( 14 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
10 ( 12 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

11 ( 7 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
12 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
13 ( 28 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 10 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
15 ( 11 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
16 ( NEW ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
17 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 24 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
19 ( NEW ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
20 ( 30 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
22 ( 27 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
23 ( 33 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 32 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
25 ( NEW ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
26 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 35 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
28 ( 13 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
29 ( 20 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
30 ( 16 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 19 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
33 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
34 ( 25 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
35 ( NEW ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( NEW ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
37 ( 21 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
38 ( 29 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
39 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
40 ( NEW ) CAN I Cashmere

41 ( 23 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
42 ( 63 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
43 ( 44 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
44 ( 59 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
45 ( 34 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
46 ( 42 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
47 ( 48 ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
48 ( 40 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
49 ( 54 ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
50 ( 51 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters

51 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
52 ( 67 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
54 ( 72 ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
55 ( 38 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
56 ( 39 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
57 ( 75 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
58 ( NEW ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( 36 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
60 ( NEW ) “20/20” George Benson

61 ( NEW ) JUST A SHADOW Big Country
62 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
63 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
64 ( 58 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
65 ( NEW ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
66 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
67 ( NEW ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
68 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
69 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( NEW ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

71 ( NEW ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
73 ( 56 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
74 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
75 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats

TV 26 Jan-1st Feb
1. Star Trek: Assignment Earth
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Top Of The Pops
5. Dallas
6. The Addams Family (2 eps)
7. The Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Doctor Who
10. Newhart


On TV, Hill Street Blues still rules the new shows, though sitcom Newhart and it’s great hillbilly and other supporting cast of characters was getting better and better. Bob Newhart is SO funny. Always. Frankie Goes To Hollywood released tickets for Bournemouth gigs this week: sold out. Damn! I didn’t get one. I got a new spiky-gel haircut for £7 (I pay £7 for a haircut 30 years later, bear in mind). Bob took the piss out of it on Monday, calling me a hedgehog. I don’t recall the haircut lasting the week to be honest, and there are no photos in existence, so I’ll just have to put it down to experience, and there was only one more Bad 80’s Hair experience ahead of me (yes, it was a permed nightmare), before I decided once and for all that trendy hairdo’s were not for me. Phew!

My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.