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…

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