My 1995 Charts – February

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5th february 1995

Back up on top for a second week, Tell Me When? Feb. Who? Human League. Annie Lennox’ sublime cover of No More ‘I Love You’s is up to 2, her biggest post-Eurythmics hit, and beating all of their back catalogue bar 2. Not bad. REM meanwhile crush some eyeliner and streak up to 6 to get their biggest hit to date in almost a decade. There’s a couple of cowboys at 10 and 11, Sting and Pato Banton just out-shooting Jimmy Nail as they both go up with a bullet. Arf! (Old US chart chat references for old US chart fans…) Simple Minds are at 9, as the river flows upstream returning them to the higher reaches for the first time in 6 years.

M People and Perfecto go top 20, and The The hit 16 at the speed of light, good thing they saw it coming. Madonna tells herself a bedtime story at 21 and 22, take a bow! Morrissey goes up 10 with Boxers, one of the many many many singles he’s released that he didn’t do in concert this week in Bournemouth. Highest new entry is Lavinia Jones and one of many new entries this week I have utterly forgotten. Any that still sound good will be featured as youtubes. One I DO recall is Adam Ant, wonderfully entering at 36 for a cool 15 years of chart entries.

Climbers into the 40: Vanessa Mae, Cyndi Lauper, China Black, Del Amitri, and two more new hits for Sheryl Crow, who is Strong Enough at 39, and Carter, who are still Unstoppable with a young offender’s mum. Oops! Number 40. Suede just miss out at 41, and a new generation goes doh! as Homer rules in the hottest animated TV show in the world ever makes that a catchphrase with legs. Doh! Best new entry is at 49, the very funktastic Brit boyband pop of MN8, I’ve Got A Little Something For You, a sort of JLS of their day. Second-best new entry are old-faithfuls Sparks, at 57 with a tribute to Charlie Parker giving them 21 years of fab hits.

1 ( 3 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 7 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 4 ) WHATEVER Oasis
4 ( 1 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
5 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 20 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
7 ( 2 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 15 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
10 ( 14 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton

11 ( 26 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
12 ( 23 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
13 ( 33 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
14 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
15 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 61 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
17 ( 13 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
19 ( 8 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
20 ( 11 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 57 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 16 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
23 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
26 ( 36 ) BOXERS Morrissey
27 ( 19 ) CREEP TLC
28 ( 63 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
29 ( 25 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
30 ( 21 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion

31 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( NEW ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
33 ( 71 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
34 ( 29 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
35 ( 40 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
36 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
37 ( 75 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
38 ( 22 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
39 ( NEW ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
40 ( NEW ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

41 ( NEW ) NEW GENERATION Suede
42 ( 37 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 49 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
44 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
45 ( 44 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
46 ( 31 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 50 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
50 ( 39 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters

51 ( 35 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
52 ( 28 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
53 ( 46 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
54 ( 48 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
55 ( 30 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
56 ( NEW ) U WILL KNOW BMU
57 ( NEW ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
58 ( 34 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
59 ( 43 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
60 ( 58 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

61 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( NEW ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
63 ( 27 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) MENTAL PICTURE Jon Secada
66 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( NEW ) AGOLO Angelique Kidgjo

71 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
72 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY Slamm
73 ( NEW ) NOW THEY’LL SLEEP Belly
74 ( 32 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
75 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

In the world, Space Shuttle Discovery launched with Briton Michael Foale on board and spacewalk bound. On a sad note, Richie from the Manic Street Preachers went missing, presumed dead. On TV Star Trek Voyager was running in the USA, and soon in the UK as Sky TV hogged the best US shows before terrestrial TV got them – and there were loads of great ones, the mid-90’s was a golden age for sci-fi/fantasy TV and sitcoms, at least a golden age in the States. The UK lagged far far behind, but there were still gems starting shortly (the brilliant father Ted) and ending (The High Life with future star Alan Cumming, set on board an airline; Bottom with the late great Rik Mayall, and the great Ade Edmondson), not to mention the successful (Mr. Bean).


12th February 1995

Annie Lennox gets her first solo number one, and third in total, doing what The Lover Speaks couldn’t quite do in 1986, taking it all the way to the top. They supported Eurythmics on tour but still couldn’t break through, sadly, as I loved the original version. Annie didn’t forget how good the song was though, thank goodness. Meanwhile rock gets a look-in as REM hit 3, and Simple Minds 4, both under-rated singles. The Pigbag Perfecto reworking hits 7, and also beats the original 1982 version, as Jimmy Nail grabs a 3rd top 10 with the great Paddy McAloon smooth country song (check out the definitive Prefab Sprout version attached), and M People hit 10.

MN8 rocket to 15, leap-frogging all and sundry, proving they do in fact have a little something for me. Jade return, Every Day Of The Week apparently, or at least one day at 16, with a bit of smooth 90’s r’n’b, as Adam Ant goes top 20 ahead of Sheryl Crow. Wonderful! Or at least, pretty good balladry, nothing like his 80’s hits, and not bad at all. At 26, Blackstreet enter, U Blow My Mind very much that SoulIIsoul shuffle beat mucho popular in the 90’s, as Aswad’s cover version belies the title, You’re No Good is in fact pretty good at 27. BoyzIImen and R Kelly enter the top 40 under a pseudonym (BMU Black Men United) along with a host of lesser stars, on a Band Aid-type superstar line-up r’n’b stylee, as Suede scrape in to the 40.

From 41 to 75, Elton John is at 41, can you Believe it? Dramatic balladry, and one of his better latter-day singles, as his voice was getting deeper with the years I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as I used to be, but it suits this one. At 52, a doo-wop version, BoyzIImen styled, of childhood fave Sukiyaki, now with English lyrics and the second cover version to chart, after A Taste Of Honey. None of them is a patch on the original Japanese US Number one from 1963, which finally topped my chart in 2014 50 years late, for Kyu Sakamoto. PJ & Duncan, not yet Ant & Dec, get another hit with Our Radio Rocks, a half decent pop ditty, The Gogo’s reunite, and are welcomed by me at 74, has the whole world lost it’s head? Just me, it seemed. Finally Green day start a long run of hits at 75, a pure Basket Case…

1 ( 2 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 6 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
4 ( 9 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
5 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
6 ( 5 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 10 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
9 ( 11 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 12 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People

11 ( 4 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
12 ( 3 ) WHATEVER Oasis
13 ( 16 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
14 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( 49 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
17 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 30 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
19 ( 36 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
20 ( 39 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow

21 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 32 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
23 ( 15 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 14 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
25 ( 28 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
26 ( NEW ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
27 ( 48 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
28 ( 18 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
29 ( 22 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
30 ( 23 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue

31 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( 20 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
33 ( 35 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
34 ( 19 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
35 ( 25 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
36 ( 56 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
37 ( 27 ) CREEP TLC
38 ( 62 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 43 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
40 ( 41 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

41 ( NEW ) BELIEVE Elton John
42 ( 34 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
43 ( 38 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
44 ( 37 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
45 ( 33 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
46 ( 44 ) STARS China Black
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
49 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
50 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 26 ) BOXERS Morrissey
52 ( NEW ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( 29 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
54 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
55 ( 40 ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
56 ( 53 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
57 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
58 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
59 ( 51 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
60 ( 45 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 60 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
63 ( 67 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
64 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
67 ( 57 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
68 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( 59 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

71 ( 58 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
72 ( 71 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
73 ( NEW ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
74 ( NEW ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
75 ( NEW ) BASKET CASE Green Day

American TV 1995: was brilliant, to be honest. Going on holiday to the States was wonderful, as I got to see the latest episodes of fab shows ahead of their UK showings. Just look at this list of shows: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, X-Files and its writers forgotten (but fab) sci-fi show Space: Above And Beyond, Strange Luck (also forgotten, but a great unusual show based around co-incidences), Seinfeld, Married..With Children (brilliantly low-brow white-collar), Frasier (brilliantly high-brow intellectual), Third Rock From The Sun (brilliantly slapstick and OTT sci-fi comedy), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, The Simpsons at it’s peak, The Drew Carey Show, Friends at it’s peak, the quirky charming Due South, Roseanne, Sliders (cross-dimensions sci-fi), Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, and the fantastically-written, classy Batman: The Animated Series. Quite possibly the best year for US TV ever.


19th February 1995

2 weeks for Annie on top, as Bob Seger’s oldie peaks at 2 much to my surprise. We’ve Got Tonight obviously resonated with me, even more than boyband MN8 at 3! Look at GUN though, up 60 places to 4, far and away their biggest record in my charts, and one I’d forgotten, but it’s pretty fine. Another band called Gun made my top 10 in 1969 with the awesome Race With The Devil. Sting hits 6, and grabs his 2nd-biggest solo hit (after Russians in 1985), while highest new entry is at 15, a cover of Brotherhood Of Man’s 1970 hit United We Stand. Actually it was one of those cheap knock-off identi-kit cover versions by a jobbing musician called Reg Dwight, and it was a pretty good version all in all considering. 25 years on a whole album of Reg’s covers was released, and whaddya know it outperforms his current single Believe. Yes, Elton John!

Paul Young, like everyone else, was also covering classic oldies at the time, this time the Hugh Masekela 60’s song Grazing In The Grass. More to the point he covers the definitive version as done by The Friends Of Distinction, and enters at 24 for 12 years of solo hits. Let’s just not mention Streetband. At 37, the fabulous Sophie B. Hawkins returns with her gorgeous As I Lay Me Down. She’s great. 10CC do an “unplugged” version of their 1975 number one classic, and hit 43 – it’s just not the same without the intricate harmony layering, though! At 48, fantastic, well-remembered, and upbeat – yes it’s The Boo Radleys. Wake up Boo! Mike + The Mechanics return with Over My Shoulder, at 53, and 9 years since they went top 10 with their best single Silent Running, and 21 years since Mike, and Paul Carrack, both charted in Genesis and Ace respectively. At 55, John Lee Hooker shows age is no barrier, as the terrific Chill Out bluesy track enters at 55. He was 78 at the time, and still had it. Which leaves The Smiths re-issue, a good Kirsty macColl newie, Caroline, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi and Luther vandross. Phew! Busy chart!

1 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
3 ( 15 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
4 ( 64 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
6 ( 8 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 3 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
12 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
13 ( 11 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 10 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
17 ( 36 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
18 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
19 ( 12 ) WHATEVER Oasis
20 ( 27 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

21 ( 13 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
22 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 26 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
24 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
25 ( 19 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
26 ( 41 ) BELIEVE Elton John
27 ( 20 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
28 ( 18 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 35 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
30 ( 40 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

31 ( 22 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
32 ( 33 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
33 ( 24 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
34 ( 23 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 25 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
36 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
37 ( NEW ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
38 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 73 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
40 ( 63 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid

41 ( 29 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
42 ( 30 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
43 ( NEW ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
44 ( 48 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
45 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
46 ( 42 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
47 ( 37 ) CREEP TLC
48 ( NEW ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
49 ( 28 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
50 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 46 ) STARS China Black
52 ( 52 ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( NEW ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
54 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
55 ( NEW ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
56 ( NEW ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
57 ( NEW ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 44 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
59 ( 74 ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
60 ( 49 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

61 ( 39 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 32 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
64 ( 34 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
65 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
66 ( 62 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
67 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 56 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
69 ( 58 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
70 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
72 ( NEW ) THE DANCE Garth Brooks
73 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Luther Vandross

What was hot at the cinema this week? The Brady Bunch Movie was! A great piece of fluff, taking the michael out of the 1970 fashions and attitudes of the sitcom of the period, but with Shelley Long from Cheers, and rather surprisingly directed by Betty Thomas, the tough but soft inside Lucy Bates from the great Hill Street Blues. It really IS very funny! In sports Linford Christie grabbed a new 200m World Record.


26th February 1995

A new number one, and it’s pure boyband pop as MN8 take their rather catchy I’ve Got A Little Something For You (such modesty, not like the current braggers!) all the way. Perfecto also try to Reach Up, but stall at 3, still not bad for a grand dance track cover reworking. Highest new entry is Janet Jackson at 7, for a sweet and pleasant 9 years of top 10 hits. Whoops Now! Leaving The Boo Radleys delicious Wake Up Boo up 39 to 9, and yes wake up it’s a beautiful morning feelgood vibes!

At 19, up 20, it’s another surprise top 20 hit for PJ & Duncan, future TV superstars Ant n Dec of course – Our radio Rocks was fun enough, as was another track by a future TV presenter Denise Van Outen, Those 2 Girls shooting up to 28, that’s all I want! In at 20, following up a chart-topper, Human League return with One Man In My Heart, though it’s not Phil singing that line, it’s over to the girls this time for a slight change of sound. At 31, it’s a blockbuster classic announcing it’s arrival, Take That’s Gary Barlow proving for the second time that he really can write a bloody brilliant ballad as well a s a bloody brilliant pop song (Pray), and he’s Back For Good.

At 34, The Tabernacle give us a rousing I Know The Lord, a fab dance toon. The great John Lee Hooker, and Mike and The Mechanics, both make the 40, as another great record I Know enters at 44 for Dionne Farris. At 53, Ye Ke Ye Ke is remixed 7 years on to lesser effect, the original Mory Kante version remains the best version, while at 56 it’s a superstar diva charity collaboration (plus Eric Clapton) as Love Can Build A Bridge for Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry. Others: Springsteen, EMF, Elastica, Alex Party.

1 ( 3 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
2 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
4 ( 4 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 6 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( NEW ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 48 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
10 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail

11 ( 5 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
12 ( 11 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
13 ( 13 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 10 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
15 ( 15 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 18 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
17 ( 16 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
18 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 39 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
20 ( NEW ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League

21 ( 12 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
22 ( 26 ) BELIEVE Elton John
23 ( 29 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
24 ( 37 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
25 ( 19 ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
27 ( 25 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
28 ( 71 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
29 ( 17 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
30 ( 20 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

31 ( NEW ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
32 ( 55 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
33 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
34 ( NEW ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
35 ( 33 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
36 ( 53 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
37 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
38 ( 24 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
39 ( 44 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
40 ( 21 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The

41 ( 36 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
42 ( 41 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
43 ( 42 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
44 ( NEW ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
45 ( 57 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
46 ( 23 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
47 ( 46 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
48 ( 27 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
49 ( 56 ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
50 ( 34 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 40 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
52 ( 32 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
53 ( NEW ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
54 ( 47 ) CREEP TLC
55 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
56 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
57 ( 35 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
58 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
59 ( 74 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) WAKING UP Elastica

61 ( 43 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
62 ( 31 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
63 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
65 ( 60 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 30 ) NEW GENERATION Suede
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 49 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( 68 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Mary Jane Girls
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) PERFECT DAY EMF
75 ( NEW ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen

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My 1990 Charts – February

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4th february 1990

3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…

My 1985 Charts – February

me with bad hairdo

me with bad hairdo


videos here

5th February 1985

It’s…It’s…A Sweet Chart-topper from nowhere, as my love and nostalgia for the manic glam-rockers propels a megamix of their biggest hits on top to give them a 6th number one, following on from 5-in-a-row from Wig Wam Bam in 1972 to Teenage Rampage in 1974. Fab! The originals that is, the megamix has nothing good to add to them, it’s purely an exercise in nostalgia. Meanwhile, a year late, Bruce takes Dancing In The Dark into the top 10, at 7, rather stunningly his first ever, having just missed out with all previous classic singles. King also are have Pride in being at 8, and Bowie gets another at 9, to add to his very long list by this time, since Starman first turned the trick in 1972.

Meanwhile Slade also add another top 20 (Bitch!) to their 14-year-run of them, since Coz I Luv You almost topped my chart in 1971. 14 for 14 years, how apt. Say Yeah? That’s The Limit, jazzfunk smoothstyle at 15, ahead of some noisy Art. Don Henley is driving at great speed with his Deadhead stickers on his cadillac, as The Boys Of Summer surge to 25, as the highest “actual” new track is This House, from Big Sound Authority, very much in a Style Council groove at 30, but they never really broke big sadly. The Colourfield takes Terry Hall back into the top 40, ditto Eurythmics’ Julia, Phil Collins’ Sussidio, and Time Zone’s John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata’s World Destruction.

New entries from Sam Harris at 51, Hearts On Fire, and Flash And The Pan get one of their irregular entries, Midnight Man at 54 giving the Aussies another flash in the pan 7 years on from And The Band Played On. They are always good, and should be better remembered than they are. David Lee Roth meantime feels he can do OK without the Van Halen boys, and covers the Beach Boys’ California Girls. Not that well, actually, though it’s a bit of fun to pop in at 56. MUCH better is 57, and it’s another 70’s pop star making a comeback, as Partridge Family teen idol David Cassidy is back 14 years on from I Think I Love You topping my charts. I still loved his singing style, enough for The Last Kiss to enter on one listen – and with George Michael on backing vocals (also a fan) it had that extra selling point. It’s breathy, builds, and is atmospheric, and I got all misty-eyed to have David back in the spotlight after a gap of 9 years. Aaahhh.

At 66, Mick Jagger finally gets that solo hit as the dancerock of Just Another Night does what Bill Wyman managed 11 years earlier, charting without the rest of the Rolling Stones. A much more succesful, and even more veteran, solo singer singer keeps his looooooooong run of chart entries going at 72. No I don’t remember Heart User much either! Cliff, of course, was there when my charts began in 1968, was there through glam, disco and punk, happily revived during New Wave and New Romantic, and to be honest, had I had been charting as a toddler he would have featured then too, cos I can’t recall a time in my life when there wasn’t Cliff. I hope these current police allegations evaporate, certainly the various prosecuting authorities have seemed far less concerned (than the American authorities) in putting actual terrorists and organised gangs of paedophiles away than they are now chasing juicy expensive celebrity headline cases. I digress. At 75 it’s the Fink brothers chasing some Mutants from Mega-City One. That’ll be a disguised Suggs and Carl from Madness going all clubby Judge Dredd then!

1 ( NEW ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
3 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
8 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
10 ( 8 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

11 ( 5 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
12 ( 19 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 18 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
14 ( 25 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
15 ( 22 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
16 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
17 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
18 ( 9 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
19 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
20 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 11 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
22 ( 14 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
23 ( 24 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
24 ( 27 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
25 ( 67 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
26 ( 15 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
27 ( 39 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
28 ( 10 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
29 ( 40 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( NEW ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority

31 ( 21 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
32 ( 36 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
33 ( 35 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
35 ( 26 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 62 ) JULIA Eurythmics
37 ( 29 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
38 ( 42 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
39 ( 57 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
40 ( 30 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

41 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
42 ( 33 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
43 ( 32 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
44 ( 50 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
45 ( 60 ) “20/20” George Benson
46 ( 34 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
47 ( 28 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
48 ( 65 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 38 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
50 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

51 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
52 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 46 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
54 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
55 ( 45 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
56 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
57 ( NEW ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
58 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( RE ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
60 ( 41 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

61 ( 71 ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
62 ( 48 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
63 ( 72 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
64 ( 56 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 59 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
66 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
67 ( 43 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
68 ( 74 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
69 ( 70 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 66 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
74 ( 63 ) LOUISE Human League
75 ( NEW ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

TV: Feb 2nd – 8th 1985
1 Star Trek: Amok Time
2 Cheers
3 Sleeper: film
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Dallas
9 Spitting Image
10 Bewitched


In the week that Leonard Nimoy died, it’s entirely fitting that I should be reviewing my TV chart for February 1985 when yet another re-run of Star Trek’s Spock highlight episode, Amok Time, was shown. Spock was a major hero of mine from age 11, and Leonard Nimoy equally as much, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye, but if you want to see Leonard at his best, and a great Spock-centric TV episode, this is the one to go for. Spock gets struck by Pon-farr, the irresistible 7-year-mating-itch that becomes unscratchable for Vulcans. This is the one also featuring T’pau, High Priestess of the ceremony, and future UK chart-toppers. true fact. Elsewhere, Cheers and Hill Street Blues were firing on all-cylinders, both of them influentially, and Spitting Image was taking the pee out of politicians and celebrities. I hear it’s on the way back….

In my life: Bob & I had our merry banter on the Dorset highways at work, I decided to get a moped on HP so I could free myself from being a passenger, not quite having enough cash for Bob’s second-hand car and not keen to go into debt. In retrospect that was a big mistake, but hey ho, hindsight is a marvelous thing. Had another argument with the supervisor over his change of plans as to who was out on the road and who was driving, followed by me sulking and us nearly getting hit by a skidding car on the road-bend we were working on, Bob holding back from the bend in the van with warning lights. Kind of reinforced my question really! I got a sort-of apology. Bob & I decided to speed-up the job application exodus among colleagues.

At home family problems I won’t mention (I pretty much never not have family issues), but mum and dad’s friends brought round a sweet little yorkie puppy, which they bought off them, pedigree and all. She was SO nervous being taken away from her mother, shaking like a leaf which upset me. Her name was Picket, in honour of the striking coal miners, of which my brother was one still. She gave mum and dad something good they could mutually focus on together, and did bring some joy, as well as being a constant pain in the arse when she got older for anyone babysitting through all the howling when mum and dad left her at home for any time. Win some lose some.


12th February 1985

2 weeks for Sweet on top as another oldie bangs in at 2, courtesy of a re-entry into the UK top 75 singles chart: Soft Cell and Tainted Love, a number one from 1981, and a genuine synth classic cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul track. It was a classic in 1981, in 1985, and still is. Marc Almond was into his solo career by this time, and Soft Cell alas were no more, as they had some right gems together. I saw Marc live the other year, and he wasn’t overly generous with the back-catalogue classics, which was a pity. Had I known he was going to do that I would have grabbed him in Gran Canaria about 10 years back when he stuck his head in the door of the bar I was sitting in, and suggested a) do your big hits in concert and b) do a cover of I’m Gonna Be Strong.

After meandering up and down the chart for over 2 months Dead Or Alive suddenly rocket up 60 places to 4 with future club classic, and the real start of the big time for Stock Aitken Waterman as producers, You Spin Me Round. The tempo was unbelievably exciting, so frenetic was it. Fab. Not to be outdone, the late great Kirsty MacColl takes her wonderful version of Billy Bragg’s A New England to 5 with a big leap. Leaving Billy Ocean to grab his 4th top 10 hit in 10 years, and Trevor Horn his umpteenth in 10 months, as Art Of Noise hit 10.

The top 20 gets a bit Adult Rock-ish with Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams and Don Henley all entering slowly, and rather less rapidly than they deserved. Flash And The Pan go top 30, as Midnight Man burns the midnight oil just ahead of an optimistic Howard Jones, and a welcome top 40 return from David Cassidy 9 years since the last time. Sam Harris meanwhile has an American hit, and enters my Top 40 with the Motown track Hearts On Fire. Classic Smiths also gets in at 40, How Soon Is Now also under-performing so far, so many great tracks to compete with.

At 47, The Associates return 3 years after topping with the epic Party Fears Two, having a spot of Breakfast, ahead of returning Grandmaster Flash and Kool And The Gang, who confirm to me that that mysterious verb I read in books as a pre-teen, to misle, I misle, they misled me, wasn’t a verb at all, and it was pronounced Miss-Led. Harrumph! Willy Finlayson is a Scottish singer who’s guested with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, and is still a gigging musician, but he closest he got to the charts was in at 68, On The Air Tonight, a laid-back European hit. 4 years on since she immortalised Bette Davis’ eyes, Kim Carnes is also back at 71 with an invitation to dance, while a much less-friendly Killing Joke announce they have love like blood at 74. Ewww! On TV, the BRITS were on, for an evening of awards for Prince and the like, a bit shorter in those days I think. The show, not Prince.

1 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( 8 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
4 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
5 ( 27 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
6 ( 2 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
7 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
8 ( 9 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
9 ( 13 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
10 ( 16 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise

11 ( 5 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
12 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 14 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
14 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
15 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
16 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
17 ( 24 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
18 ( 10 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
19 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
20 ( 25 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley

21 ( 11 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
22 ( 17 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
23 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
24 ( 30 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
25 ( 18 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
26 ( 19 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 54 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
28 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
29 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( 34 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield

31 ( 15 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
32 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 45 ) “20/20” George Benson
35 ( 38 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
36 ( 57 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
37 ( 21 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
38 ( 51 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
39 ( 26 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
40 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
42 ( 39 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 66 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
45 ( 35 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 37 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
47 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST The Associates
48 ( NEW ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
49 ( 56 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
50 ( NEW ) MISLED Kool And The Gang

51 ( 32 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
52 ( 28 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
53 ( 36 ) JULIA Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
55 ( 63 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
56 ( 43 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
57 ( 42 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
58 ( 55 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
59 ( 68 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
60 ( 53 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

61 ( 40 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
62 ( 44 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 47 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
64 ( 50 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
65 ( 72 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
67 ( 69 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( NEW ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
69 ( 75 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers
70 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( NEW ) INVITATION TO DANCE Kim Carnes
72 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Floy Joy
73 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
75 ( NEW ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde

TV Feb 9th to 15th
1 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Television
7 The BRITS
8 Bewitched
9 The Addams Family
10 Top Of The Pops

Work along Dorset highways was much improved, as the boss was off sick, and I was getting all misty eyed for hits from 1973, wishing I could go back and do it right this time (eg, life). That I feel the same about my life generally still is a tad sad, lost opportunities and all that. Hey ho. Put me in the mood, though, for a trip in dad’s car to my old nostalgic haunting ground Gloucester, and Innsworth, where we moved in 1973, en route to Birmingham Bull Ring centre. I was fascinated by the cosmopolitan nature of kids in the comics shop there, and found big cities exciting and also a little daunting. Then I spent the weekend with Sue and Joe in Wolverhampton, catching up on stuff since we’d last met up in 1983. It snowed on and off all weekend, and especially heavily when I drove home, gale force freezing winds making it all a bit treacherous, not helped by unmarked diversions down minor country roads passing many motorists stuck in snowdrifts near Gillingham. Poole, of course, was snow free. It virtually never snows significantly round Poole harbour….


19th February 1985

Dead Or Alive finally get on top, after months of meandering up and down the charts, the longest run to date before getting to number one (excluding reissues and re-entries), and it’s well-deserved for You Spin Me Round. Relax is back again, too, as Frankie Goes To Hollywood enter at 3, or re-enter, depending on how you view it. I see it as a completely new chart run though, it’s a new year, and it originally entered in 1983 before getting to 1 in 1984. Don Henley meanwhile gets his classic Boys Of Summer to 9, as his ex-band-mate Glen Frey enters with The Heat Is On at 69, while The Commodores hit 10, their first non-Lionel song to do that since Machine Gun in 1974.

Highest proper new entry is The Boomtown Rats at 17, and the under-rated A Hold Of Me, one of their best singles in an 8-year run, and certainly not one of their biggest hits outside my charts. Mick Jagger goes top 40, as Prince grabs another double-A-sided hit, amazingly bundling two of the 3 best tracks on Purple Rain together, which means Let’s Go Crazy is back after a short run on it’s own in my charts, and Take Me With U debuts. Crazy is manic rock genius, Take Me With U is almost a non-Prince girlie chorus pop gem, catchy strings and all. Sadly, of course, no youtube videos so you’ll just have to take my word, and buy the album, which is a classic worthy of anyone’s collection.

At 52, one of pop music’s unlikely collaborations, it’s Bill Sharpe of jazz-funk Shakatak and Gary Numan of decreasing commercial-pop-star fame experimental, melody-lite synth music. Well, waddya know, it’s fabulous, a career highlight for both, and high-time it was re-evaluated and pushed again in a film or advert. New Edition are back again, with the twee Mr. Telephone Man, at 56, and 14 years on Shaft returns to my charts – sadly not Isaac Hayes classic though, it’s an 80’s dance cover by Van Twist which pales in comparison even to the forthcoming rival hit cover version. ZZ Top are also back with the rocking Legs – that’ll be shapely lady legs of course, plus hot rod – at 65, while Cyndi Lauper is running out of album tracks to release as singles, Money Changes Everything not being the strongest, in at 70. Junior is back at 75, 3 years after debuting, with yet another Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack hit, and oh yes, there’s a Material Girl Marilyn Monroe wannabee at 73, getting her 5th chart hit. A bit of a departure for disco diva Madonna, can her career survive it? Stay tuned….!

1 ( 4 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( NEW ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 8 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
5 ( 3 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
7 ( 5 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 7 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 20 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
10 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
12 ( 10 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
13 ( 17 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
14 ( 9 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
15 ( 19 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
16 ( 28 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 11 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
19 ( 15 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
20 ( 27 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan

21 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
22 ( 18 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
23 ( 24 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
24 ( 22 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
25 ( 14 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
26 ( 40 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 34 ) “20/20” George Benson
28 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
29 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
30 ( 35 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins

31 ( 13 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
32 ( 36 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 38 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 21 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
36 ( 49 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( 50 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
38 ( 44 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 25 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
40 ( 23 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

41 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
42 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
44 ( 32 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
45 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
46 ( 48 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
47 ( 31 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
48 ( 30 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
49 ( 65 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
50 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 39 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
52 ( NEW ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
53 ( 46 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
54 ( 55 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
55 ( 59 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
56 ( NEW ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
57 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST The Associates
58 ( 68 ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
59 ( 41 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
60 ( 69 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

61 ( 74 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
62 ( 75 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
63 ( NEW ) SHAFT Van Twist
64 ( 60 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
66 ( 56 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
67 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( 58 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
70 ( NEW ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
72 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
74 ( 73 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV Feb 16-22
1 The Young Ones: Nasty
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 An American Werewolf In London: film
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Bewitched
8 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
9 Newhart
10 Top Of The Pops
11 The Addams Family
12 Grange Hill
13 The Bill Cosby Show
14 My World And Welcome To It
15 The Rockford Files


On TV, a great horror movie, An American Werewolf In London, John Landis and state of the art effects, while my fave Doctor Who Patrick Troughton makes his final appearance as guest return with new Doctor Colin Baker (sadly it was a bit gruesome in subject-matter, though compensated for by Frazier Hines returning as Jamie, a little). Oh, and My world And Welcome To It gets it’s final ever broadcast on TV, a great arty gentle sitcom based on the cartoons and humour of James Thurber, with a great cast and long list of guest stars despite lasting only one season in 1969/70, and despite winning two Emmy’s. It was a show I liked a lot in Singapore.

In life, Bob came round for an evening of pop chat, (BRITS awards on the Monday, with Bob Geldof giving politicians what-for no-holds-barred). This was appropriate because I went to my first concert alone: The Boomtown Rats at Poole Arts Centre Feb 14th 1985. A young crowd, male-biased, and late teens, early 20’s, and chose to avoid back-ache standing by getting a seat upstairs. Bob and the Rats did mostly new stuff from the In The Long Grass album, and a sprinkling of hits, the highlights were Someone’s Looking At You, Rat Trap, Drag Me Down, Dave, A Hold Of Me and Elephant’s Graveyard as they set off on a furious pace, despite poor sound quality in a 1hour 20 minute set. The final encore, Do They Know It’s Christmas, was introduced by Bob suggesting anyone who hadn’t bought it “ought to be ashamed of themselves”. Happily I had. Phew! I was very impressed, Bob never let up “carrying the whole shebang with wit and charisma, his new songs sounding good, and just a shame hardly any oldies. The Rats were perfectly wonderful. Energetic, lively show.” I got home at 10.30 and kicked the puppy across the room. Not deliberately, I hasten to add, I just didn’t see her come to welcome me – not used to having a dog in the house!


26th February 1985

2 weeks for Dead Or Alive at 1, as yet another (superior) dance cover of Isaac Hayes classic Shaft pops in at 3, outdoing the original’s peak first time round (second time round it hit 1 on my oldies charts). It’s not bad, but not as good as supercool Isaac obviously. Meanwhile David Cassidy (and George Michael) shoots up to 4, his highest chart position since I’m A Clown hit 3 in 1973, showing he was firmly back emoting a ballad in his own unique endearing style. Howard Jones adds to his growing list of top 10’s, as well, ooh, must be his 6th in a row!

Prince and Mick Jagger go top 20, Hall and Oates, and Sharpe and Numan go top 30, and second highest new entry is Philip’s Bailey and Collins at 37, with Easy Lover. That concludes the list of male duos. Easy Lover was essentially Earth Wind & Fire (Bailey being co-lead-vocalist) done Collins funk style, and was a huge hit, though I’ve never really warmed back to it since I overdosed on it in 1985. Pleasant enough though. Other new entries: The Stranglers are back, 8 years on, Tina Turner covers Ann Peebles, and becomes the second cover to chart, after Eruption’s much-better eurodisco thumper hit my 3 in 1978. Elton also sneaks in, with a ballad, Breaking Hearts tail-ending the album’s run of singles and giving him 14 years of chart activity, consecutive years too.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( NEW ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 32 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
5 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 9 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
7 ( 4 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
8 ( 7 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
9 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
10 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
12 ( 15 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
13 ( 6 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
14 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
15 ( 28 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
16 ( 29 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
17 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 10 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 12 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
20 ( 14 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean

21 ( 13 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
22 ( 11 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
23 ( 19 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
24 ( 18 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
25 ( 27 ) “20/20” George Benson
26 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 ( 52 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 24 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

31 ( 23 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
32 ( 37 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
33 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 22 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( NEW ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
38 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 30 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
40 ( 25 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz

41 ( 65 ) LEGS ZZ Top
42 ( 71 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
43 ( 61 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( 55 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
45 ( 35 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
46 ( 56 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
47 ( 45 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
48 ( 50 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 62 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
50 ( 60 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

51 ( 40 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
52 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
53 ( 39 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
54 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 31 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
56 ( 69 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
57 ( 53 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
58 ( 41 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
59 ( 73 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
60 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 43 ) CAN I Cashmere
62 ( NEW ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
63 ( 51 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
64 ( 49 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
65 ( 59 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
66 ( 70 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 75 ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior
68 ( 68 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 64 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

71 ( NEW ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
72 ( 63 ) SHAFT Van Twist
73 ( 72 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( 46 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
75 ( 74 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

TV 26th Feb – 1st Mar
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Rising Damp
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Bewitched
9 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
10 The Addams Family

At work, our boss supervisor was becoming increasingly paranoid about everyone, mostly because he was useless, and one of the few people I’ve met in my life that I have little sympathy for. Colin and Monic were part of the exodus of employees as others were applying elsewhere for jobs. Madman critcised Bob for being slow, which annoyed him and me. Pot calling kettle. Parents went to Mansfield for the weekend and took the cat and dog. Started my back catalogue trawling for non-succesful USA pop bands of the 60’s buying 20 Greatest Hits of Gary Lewis and The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis, and little-known gems on there too. Played it a lot.

My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

Jon And Vangelis get that chart-topper with the gorgeous, ethereal, gentle synth-friendly I Hear You Now. Jon Anderson had been the voice of 1977 Top 3 Wondrous Stories (with Yes) and Vangelis had been behind the fantastic Aphrodite’s Child belated 1975 biggie Break (though would have charted in 1972, if eligible). Up 30 places to 4, hard on their heels it’s The Specials second Top 10 hit, Too Much Too Young, outdoing even the way better Gangsters. Booker T gets those Green Onions to 6, and the Rats get a 5th consecutive Top 10, and 8th Top 20, as Someone’s Looking At You at 9. New Musik get their first top tenner, clearly Living By Numbers.

There’s a Jazz Carnival parading through the charts to 26, as shhh The Whispers get the highest new entry at 29, And The Beat Goes On, a pretty good soul funk dance groove, though they seemed to be getting more smooth and less funky as disco booms before the Disco Sucks movement killed them all off en masse. At 34, it’s John Foxx, not always a barrel of laughs, ex-Ultravox-man who went solo with initial success before Midge Ure somewhat overshadowed his career. Underpass was OK, though to me it always sounded like Underpants when he sang the chorus. I sent a lampoon cartoon of pet peeves of the time (John Foxx, Doctor Hook etc) to Record Mirror, the Editor actually replied and told me they weren’t very good and perhaps Art College would help. Errr I was doing an art course at College, at the time. Oops! Never mind, I’m now spouting my opinions on the internet and Record Mirror alas is no more.

35? Kool And The Gang, dang, it’s Too Hot. One of their better tracks actually. Barclay James Harvest go top 40, laying their Love On The Line, very nicely. Other newies: Billy Ocean’s back at 47, Are You Ready? I’ve been ready for 6 years of his hits (starting with Scorched Earth stomping fabulousness On The Run)! Don’t recall this one, yoohootube (it’s OK Jacko-stylee disco)! I do recall 51, Captain Beaky, and Keith Michell is back 9 years on from I’ll Give You The Earth, with kiddie classic written by the late Jeremy Lloyd, he of Laugh-In fame, and sitcom scripter a la Are You Being Served. It’s actually pretty good really for a novelty song. Leaving The Shadows back at 56 with an instrumental cover of classic cowboy song Riders In The Sky, a childhood fave with all of it’s yippee-aye-ey’s and fab toon. 5 years on from Eurovision too! Queen, 63, Save Me, quite nice but a bit on the slow slow quick quick slow side. The Selecter prove they aren’t Three Minute Hero’s at 70, their second ska hit, and I regret missing Pauline the other saturday in Southampton, I had to cancel to look after my parents.

1 ( 6 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 34 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
5 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
6 ( 11 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
7 ( 4 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
8 ( 5 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 15 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 18 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik

11 ( 8 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
12 ( 21 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 25 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
15 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 20 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
17 ( 14 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
18 ( 13 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
19 ( 12 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
20 ( 30 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

21 ( 10 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
22 ( 39 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
23 ( 24 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
24 ( 19 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
25 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
26 ( 71 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
27 ( 22 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
28 ( 17 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
30 ( 35 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe

31 ( 26 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
32 ( 23 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
33 ( 38 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
34 ( NEW ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
35 ( 67 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
36 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
37 ( 33 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
38 ( 55 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
39 ( 28 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
40 ( 73 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest

41 ( 29 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
42 ( 27 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
43 ( 40 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
44 ( 42 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
46 ( 36 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
47 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
48 ( 53 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
49 ( 45 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 46 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
52 ( 44 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
53 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
54 ( 48 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
55 ( 41 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
56 ( NEW ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
57 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
58 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
59 ( 37 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
60 ( 72 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers

61 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Queen
64 ( 51 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
65 ( 50 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
66 ( 56 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
67 ( 62 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 60 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
70 ( NEW ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

71 ( 65 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
72 ( 68 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
73 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
74 ( 47 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
75 ( 61 ) RISE Herb Alpert

25th jan – 1st Feb TV chart
1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 Barney Miller
5 MASH
6 Parkinson
7 Mork And Mindy
8 The Rockford Files
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Two Ronnies
11 Parkinson (Wed)
12 Logan’s Run
13 Hart To Hart
14 TISWAS
15 Nationwide (Thurs)
16 Hawaii 5-0
17 The New Avengers
18 My Wife Next Door
19 The Legend Of Hell House (film)
20 Hollywood
21 Chopper Squad
22 If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belguim (film)
23 Film 80
24 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
25 The Muppet Show


In College Life, I was studying Pope and School For Scandal in literature, socialising in my TV bedroom with various friends, and one of my parents fave actor’s Jimmy Durante, or Schnozzel, died. I knew him best for literally kicking the bucket in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Morecombe & Wise’s ongoing “sat at my piano” plastic cup over the nose gag. In artwork I was doing Silver Queen cowboy screen prints (based on Calico ghost-town saloon), The Two Ronnies had the timeless “got any o’s?” sketch on TV, with an “excellent” Parkinson (my quote of the day!) – he had Alan Alda (yay!), Rene Cutforth (who?) and Jimmy Saville (errr…). Yes, well, that one would be interesting to re-view…

On Thursday I was complaining of a dull day. I dream of dull days. I haven’t had a dull day in years, because you only get them when you are content with nothing pressing, nothing urgent, nothing stressful, and that concept died a long time ago in my life. True sad fact. I must have been bored as I marked some kids Maths schoolwork for Paul to save him getting so tired staying up late with loads of marking. Teachers DO work late, it’s true! I quite enjoyed it actually, the power! Friday? Still snow. Chatted in art lectures to mature students, good fun. Dad picked me up and home to Mansfield for the weekend, where brother had got his first home-movie back, with me briefly on it. Apparently, I thought I was “giving my own charming smile”. Oooohh get ‘im! What I really meant was I had a nice smile despite the slightly (and soon to be much) crooked teeth. Yes that American cliche about the Brits is true for me! Bought some tropical fish for my tank, loads of vinyl records, visited Ernie now in “death row” care home (as they called it), and Polish WW2 refugee Renie (Renata Modelefski) popped round to say hello 3 times, now widowed and at a loose end, and lonely. So, yes, Polish people were here long ago and we have a long mutual history. Get over it UKIP-lovers.


12th February 1980

2 weeks for Jon & Vangelis, and The Specials hit number 2 as they hit 1 in the UK singles chart. At 6, The Regents slow climb into the 10 with 7 Teen culminates in a spot of Human League-ish girlie backing singers stylee Top Of The Pops, in a sort of miserable fashion. I could imagine Morrissey covering it, with a few rewritten longer words in there. Queen take a rocket to Save Me, to 21, leapfrogging Jefferson Starship, as the highest new entry is Cliff at 24, with his terrific and dark Carrie, written by BA Robertson and Terry Britten, of Bang Bang and Devil Woman previous songs each respectively. Cliff, with this single, started a long run of quality pop singles for some years without a single duffer amongst them, and his best period really. The Shadows, at 27, on the other hand were coming to the end of their singles career. Doh!

New entries: The Tourists consider it so good to be back home again, at 54, not one of their best, while future UK chart-topper Fern Kinney covers Together We Are Beautiful a 1979 chart entry for Steve Allen (in my charts), and does it way better, her unusual voice and cantering rhythms making it much more commercial. Rocky Sharpe and The Replays return with a cover of the 1963 Ran-Dells American hit, Martian Hop. My brother had played the original as the Ted revival scene was pretty big business in Mansfield, and it had been doing the rounds, sort of Northern Soul-wise (old obscure tracks getting discovered by a new generation). Dave Edmunds also whacks out a cover, this time Singing The Blues the 1950’s Guy Mitchell number one, and in at 74, but definitely going higher it’s Turning Japanese by The Vapors – a fabulous New Wave bit of fun, which is less than PC these days in intent, if not in actual lyric. I can’t possibly say what the subject matter is, but suffice to say it involves a favourite pastime of boys and men sat on their own.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 4 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
6 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
7 ( 9 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
8 ( 5 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
9 ( 10 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
10 ( 8 ) BABE Styx

11 ( 16 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
12 ( 7 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
13 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 20 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
15 ( 34 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
16 ( 11 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
17 ( 23 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
18 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
19 ( 22 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
20 ( 29 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers

21 ( 63 ) SAVE ME Queen
22 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
23 ( 35 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
24 ( NEW ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
25 ( 19 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
26 ( 18 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
27 ( 56 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
29 ( 25 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
30 ( 26 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

31 ( 51 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
32 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
33 ( 38 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
34 ( 30 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
35 ( 24 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
36 ( 21 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
37 ( 31 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
39 ( 47 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
40 ( 70 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

41 ( 36 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
42 ( 32 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
43 ( 37 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
44 ( 60 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
45 ( 44 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 43 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
47 ( 39 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
48 ( 58 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
49 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 33 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
52 ( 41 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
53 ( 40 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
54 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
55 ( 64 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
56 ( 52 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
57 ( 42 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
58 ( 54 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
59 ( NEW ) TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
60 ( NEW ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
64 ( 53 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
65 ( 45 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
66 ( 46 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
67 ( 67 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 66 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
70 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

71 ( 73 ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
72 ( 75 ) RISE Herb Alpert
73 ( 72 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
74 ( NEW ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
75 ( 71 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

Feb 2nd-8th1980
1 MASH
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Blake’s 7
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Two Ronnies
7 The Scalphunters (film)
8 The Goodies
9 Logan’s Run
10 Hart To Hart

11 The Last Of Sheila (film)
12 Film 80
13 Sporting Superstars
14 The New Avengers
15 Wildlife On One
16 The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race
17 What’s On Next
18 My Wife Next Door
19 Parkinson (wed)
20 The Sky At Night

On TV Blake’s 7 was getting better, thanks to the scriptwriting, while the Goodies were doing a pastiche of Close Encounters, I was reading William Golding for English Lit, chatting to friends, and having a dream featuring Danno from Hawaii 5-0, though quite what James MacArthur was doing inside a cave in the dream I have no idea nor memory of! In another one I was golf caddie for 2nd year student Brian – at night. Now I may not have played golf at the time, but I suspected finding balls might be a challenge at night…

In Art Max, my tutor was encouraging me to try for artistic jobs at the course end – I wish I wish I wish I had. Not that there were many about, of course. Meanwhile I had to give my first ever talk on my work, embarrassingly bright red, stuttering, forgot what I was saying, a disaster! I found I can handle Q&A but not giving speeches, and nothing has changed 35 years on! On TV The Two Ronnies my fave song sketch was on( “sod off sod off sod off so duff your cap to me…poor cow poor cow pour cowslip dew into your cup”): classic.


19th February 1980

3 weeks at 1, I Hear You Now, 2 weeks at 2 Too Much Too Young and My Girl 4 weeks at 3. That concludes the top 3 results. The Rats get their 3rd biggest hit at 4, as Synth music makes inroads into the top 10, with John Foxx and Buggles joining New Musik, with Cliff and Jacko giving some veteran quality into the bargain. Queen and Jefferson Starship rock into the 20, and highest of many great new entries is Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s fab Take That Look Off Your Face, from Evita girl Marti Webb showcasing Tell Me On A Sunday. It’s a great song.

At 22, Blondie return with 3rd track off Eat To The Beat, and it’s the best track, Atomic, quite probably their best ever record (and they had already had 3 chart-toppers). More punky, but ab fab. At 34, The Gibson Brothers reactivate first minor hit Cuba, and it sounds even better, love those latin disco rhythms and the chorus is great. 35, I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, Elvis is back. Costello, that is, it’s OK but not one of his greats. Dexy’s debut at 49, as Dance Stance gets moving a bit, and the horn section was a breath of fresh air at the time, 60’s retro soul but kinda rock-based, I loved it.

At 58, Peter Gabriel finally gets a second terrific solo hit as Games Without Frontiers, with added Kate Bush vocals, follows up Solsbury Hill 3 years on. Chuck in Brass Construction and The Flying Lizards making a minor return, and skip on to The Police giving up an old track, So Lonely, coming after 3 chart-toppers in a row, each better than the last, it was the least of their five hits to date, and of course they really sing Sue Lawley, Nationwide presenter. Still good though. At 73, it’s another great amusing and clever record from BA Robertson, Kool In The Kaftan starting the hippie backlash, but also sort of affectionately 60‘s retro in sound and references. BA is a great lyricist, witness Carrie in the top 10 this very week, one of his. Finally, and rather tragically, AC/DC get a second hit as Touch Too Much enters at 75. The following day Bon Scott, great lead singer, was dead from booze abuse. From AC/DC’s point of view the death-inspired Back In Black album and hiring of the ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was the start of a looooong beloved career, and I approved cos I loved a lot of Geordie singles, but for me they just weren’t the same afterwards, Bon was such a great singer, and early AC/DC were sort of punk Led Zep, as opposed to later bombastic Led Zep. Touch Too Much is fantastic.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 7 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 17 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 11 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
7 ( 14 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
8 ( 9 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
9 ( 24 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
10 ( 15 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

11 ( 4 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
12 ( 6 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 8 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
14 ( 21 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 5 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
16 ( 20 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
17 ( 23 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 10 ) BABE Styx
19 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
20 ( 12 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

21 ( NEW ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
22 ( NEW ) ATOMIC Blondie
23 ( 27 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
24 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
25 ( 54 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
26 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
27 ( 18 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
28 ( 40 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
29 ( 25 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
30 ( 33 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 19 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
32 ( 29 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
33 ( 22 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
34 ( NEW ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
35 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
36 ( 59 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
37 ( 32 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
38 ( 60 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
39 ( 28 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
40 ( 48 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

41 ( 26 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
42 ( 44 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
43 ( 30 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
44 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
45 ( 41 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
46 ( 36 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 34 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
48 ( 39 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
49 ( NEW ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
50 ( 45 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 46 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
52 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
53 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 69 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
55 ( 56 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
56 ( 43 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
57 ( 35 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
58 ( NEW ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
59 ( 38 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
60 ( NEW ) TV The Flying Lizards

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 58 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
64 ( 47 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
65 ( 52 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
66 ( NEW ) MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Brass Construction
67 ( RE ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
68 ( NEW ) SO LONELY The Police
69 ( 68 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
70 ( NEW ) FAN MAIL The Dickies

71 ( 57 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
72 ( 70 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
74 ( 63 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
75 ( NEW ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

Feb 9 – 15 TV charts
1 Soap
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH: film
4 Blake’s 7
5 MASH
6 Airport: film
7 Logan’s Run
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Barney Miller
10 Film 80
11 The Goodies
12 The Rockford Files
13 Hawaii 5-0
14 Top Of The Pops
15 Hollywood

In College days, poetry raised it’s head (sigh), a long list of friends dropping by chez John, outside the inner group too, and Hollywood featured Rudolf Valentino and Gloria Swanson – I was fascinated by then-ancient movie stars from long before I was born, it was like looking back in distant history: well, silent movies looked ancient, even if they were only 50 years or so earlier! A bit like a college student looking back to the 60’s now. I’m suddenly old! The Winter Olympics started this week, but it was overshadowed by the sudden death of David Janssen, an actor hero of mine, star of The Fugitive and Harry O, and the narrator of the epic-scaled Centennial mini-series. Only 49, he was just SO cool with that perfectly-phrased gravelly-voice. I was shocked.

Had an American geography exam, sat through a great John Davis lecture afterwards, and Max in Art was encouraging me to frame my latest prints and try and sell some. I had forgotten what a gem of encouragement Max was, given I spent years on the dole anyway I might as well have gone in for art rather than entirely waste my time applying for crap, soul-destroying tedious jobs. If only I knew then what I know now… The weekend I was glum in Mansfield, babysat for my little cousins, rachel letting it out that all of my budgies were dead (donated to Clipstone school) which didn’t make me happier as I was leaned on to get rid of them in the first place. Really, I think it was the realisation that my little glorious bubble-world of College was drawing to a close and I really didn’t like that thought at all.

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26th February 1980

Blondie, boom, Atomic! 4th number one, after Denis, Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl. One of those instances, like Baker Street, where the single edit is the classic version, the album version meanders in the middle and loses the sheer power and urgency of the track, proving conclusively that sometimes less is more. Debbie Harry was never better than on Atomic, and as the world got very nervous about nuclear war just having Atomic as the title (it wasn’t really the hook, it was the only part of the track that wasn’t a hook!) gave it that extra topical zing. At 3 rockabilly rules, buzz buzz a diddle it, parp! Such fun! At the other end of the chart rockabilly future arrives as Shakin’ Stevens brings a Hot Dog into the chart. I would have preferred the much better song with that title by the Archies, mind you.

The Buggles peak at 4 for the second time, John Foxx hits 7, The Whispers 8, and showtune time at 10 with Marti Webb – no, take that look off your face, it’s fab! Peter Gabriel shows no frontiers can hold him back, chanting Jeux Sans Frontiers and beating the competition up to 16 from 58. Little bit of politics nod’s as good as a wink, eh, squire? Call the police! So Lonely? 40 places up to 28 and leapfrogging the Ramones quietly climbing to 30. The late Bon Scott leads AC/DC to 34, Touch Too Much, and The Flying Lizards get a second top 40, TV. Highest new entry, Rainbow are back with another pop metal singalong All Night Long, not quite as good as Since You’ve Been Gone, but Blackmore and Glover equals good enough for Deep Purple.

Hands off – she’s mine, exclaim The Beat at 48. OK, if you say so lads, the prettier face of ska and now not doing covers. Donna Summer’s back on the radio with a sprawling ballad/disco track at 60, Liquid Gold dance themselves dizzy (do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-dizzy!) with a bit of cheesy fun at 66, Joan Armatrading gets Rosie at 73 4 years after her classic Love And Affection, and Iron Maiden announce themselves while Running Free. At 75, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Music, sort of, and I certainly wouldn’t have put money on them churning out much the same stuff for the next 3 decades to a loyal fanbase. Hey ho.

1 ( 22 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 6 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
4 ( 7 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
5 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 9 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
7 ( 10 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
8 ( 16 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
9 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
10 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb

11 ( 4 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
12 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
13 ( 8 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
14 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 25 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
16 ( 58 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
17 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 13 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
19 ( 11 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows

21 ( 28 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
22 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
23 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
24 ( 36 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
25 ( 15 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 20 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
27 ( 18 ) BABE Styx
28 ( 68 ) SO LONELY The Police
29 ( 24 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
30 ( 40 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

31 ( 19 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
32 ( 34 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
33 ( 29 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 75 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
35 ( 49 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
36 ( 32 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 60 ) TV The Flying Lizards
38 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
39 ( 67 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
40 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

41 ( 27 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
42 ( 30 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
43 ( 44 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 33 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
45 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
46 ( 42 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
47 ( 38 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
48 ( NEW ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
49 ( 54 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
50 ( 45 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

51 ( 52 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 51 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 31 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
56 ( 39 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 55 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
58 ( 41 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
59 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) TONIGHT Zane Griff
64 ( 56 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
65 ( 73 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
66 ( NEW ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
67 ( 63 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
68 ( 72 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Chords
70 ( 43 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

71 ( NEW ) HOT DOG Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 69 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
73 ( NEW ) ROSIE Joan Armatrading
74 ( 57 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
75 ( NEW ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

TV feb 16-22
1 Thoroughly Modern Millie: film
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Soap
5 MASH
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake’s 7
8 The Rockford Files
9 Film 80
10 Wonder Woman
11 Barney Miller
12 World’s Apart
13 Parkinson (sat)
14 Police Story
15 The Blue Knight


In lectures, it was Great Expectations, outside lectures it was Blondie in at 3 on the UK charts (hooray!), lotsa socialising and laughs, and good TV (Blake’s 7, Rockford Files etc). I finally got around to developing the Paris art trip negatives, and printing my b&w USA prints in the darkroom. Some snooker, some Winter Olympics, some laughs and then Pete, Julie, Bev & I went to see The Exorcist in the Uni lounge. Some parts were sickening and disturbing, and I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Alien, but the others were more impressed. The ending was quite shocking, though, and it left a disturbing after-memory…

Got my Geog exam results, which were good, and John Davies hinted my grades for American Studies were good for my degree. My expectations were optmistic based on what lecturers were telling me, for a Grade 1. If I’ve learnt anything in life, though, it’s to not bother being optimistic, it just leads to disappointment! The main problem being my tutors all liked me, and outside examiners didn’t know me from Adam. Drama in snooker: Bev wanted to join in on a game Pete, Sue Julie & I were already playing, but she didn’t want to start on the lowest score, which caused conflict and ill feeling, which I don’t deal well with, so I sent all the balls flying forcing a new game. Cue sulks from some parts. Top Of The Pops, I noted, was very good. Saturday evening Paul and Dave drove the gang in two cars to Nottingham for Pauline’s 21st birthday party, much laughter and dancing, I even did the hokey cokey, not something I ever planned to do! I was quite extrovert, for me, had a great time, and we drove back to Lincoln at midnight. On Sunday sci-fi drama with David Janssen in, Marooned, gave me an opportunity to repeat more than once the old gag about a ship carrying blue paint colliding with one carrying red paint, the crew were Marooned….ouch!

My 1975 Charts – February

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4th February 1975

2 weeks for Helen Reddy’s spooky Angie Baby presiding over an inrush of oldies at the top end, as The Tams 1971 UK number one (and my Top 10) reissued 1964 Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me enters at 2, outdoing it’s original chart slot, along with Brandy also from 1971 at 3. Leaving the 1968 UK hit version, my top 10, and also peaking higher second time round, the 1966 classic Motown Isley Brothers track This Old Heart Of Mine at 4. 3rd and 4th time round would be even bigger…! I think the oldies show that even though they weren’t actually THAT old (mostly less than 10 years), that’s really quite a long time ago when you’re a teenager – now of course, tracks less than 10 years old I consider recent!

Northern Soul fun-time at 7 for Footsie (also an oldie), and a brilliant climb up from 50 for John Lennon’s brilliant Number 9 Dream at 9 – almost as if i planned it! John of course has only ever had one flop – Cold Turkey in 1969, because I never got to hear it (it was banned!), and it’s still a bit harrowing. Love Unlimited meanwhile get a second top 20 hit, the luvverley It May be Winter at 15, as BTO replace themselves in the top 20 rolling on down the highway. Highest proper new entry is soul woman Betty Wright, finally getting her UK debut hit 4 years after scoring big in the States with Clean-Up Woman at age 18. I liked her because she said in interviews at the time that she was a comics fan. Shoorah Shoorah at 39 for Betty!

That leaves a 7th hit for Suzi Quatro at 41, who said quite correctly for the time, Your Mama Won’t Like Me – hard to believe loveable Suzi was remotely threatening, but wearing leather seemed to do the trick. At 47, another track I missed out on in 1970, but caught up with now, Joni Mitchell’s 4th hit Big Yellow Taxi. Bit of a famous one! Great too, great lyrics, I still agree with every word. Which just leaves The Trammps naughty Sixty Minute Man follow-up popping in (am I allowed to say that?) at 48. I mean, they talk about going on for 60 minutes as if it’s something impressive, I consider anything less than 2 hours a quickie. Hah!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
4 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 2 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
6 ( 4 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
7 ( 15 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
8 ( 19 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
9 ( 50 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
10 ( 6 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

11 ( 3 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin
12 ( 10 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
13 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
14 ( 7 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
15 ( 30 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 9 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 20 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
19 ( 8 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 36 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive

21 ( 14 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
22 ( 31 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 12 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
24 ( 38 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
25 ( 22 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
26 ( 37 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
27 ( 23 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
28 ( 26 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
29 ( 16 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
30 ( 17 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir

31 ( 11 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
32 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
33 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
34 ( 27 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
35 ( 24 ) JANUARY Pilot
36 ( 21 ) STARDUST David Essex
37 ( 34 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
38 ( 35 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
39 ( NEW ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
40 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens

41 ( NEW ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
42 ( 49 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
43 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU Ringo Starr
44 ( 29 ) PURELY BY COINCIDENCE Sweet Sensation
45 ( 45 ) HOT SOX Sha Na Na
46 ( 42 ) SO LONG Abba
47 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
48 ( NEW ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps
49 ( 40 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
50 ( 41 ) GET DANCIN’ PART 2 Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes


In the world, it was a sad day as a certain M. Thatcher wins the ballot on 4th feb 1975 to become leader of the UK Conservative party, proving that a woman can be just as disastrous as any man for the long-term good of a nation. I’m biased. Based on events since 2008 which can be traced back to her naive belief in the rich and powerful being able to self-govern with honesty, having a concern for the general well-being of the world, and a distinct lack-of-self-interest, I’m also right. They can’t be trusted to do the right thing and need to be accountable at all times to ensure they don’t wreck the world economy. That concludes the end of the party political broadcast on behalf of the Statin’ The Bleedin’ Obvious Party. I thank you.


11th February 1975

3 weeks for Helen and the rest of the top 5 are oldies, which is a shame as John Lennon’s classic 9 Dream would have peaked at 4 otherwise, or 2 if you discount cover versions – yes it was the second highest rated actual only new song in the top 10, just ahead of Syreeta’s Your Kiss Is Sweet, which ironically keeps her husband’s Boogie On Reggae Woman out of the top 10. In at 9, highest new entry is Nottingham’s finest getting a 4th hit, Paper Lace covering Vanity fare’s 1970 top 5 fave of mine, Hitchin’ A Ride. Frank Ifield’s unavailable and obscure version is better though, a fave of mine when I lived in Singapore. Nottingham, happily, now has 2 actual pop stars charting in 2014 and 2015, notably Indiana who’s been solo dancing recently.

It’s a big top 20 climb for Suzi Quatro at 14, Your Mama Won’t Like Me giving Suzi one of her bigger chart peaks with one of her minor UK hits. Queen peak at 22 shockingly, after 2 number ones, but Brian May songs just didn’t connect with me like Freddie’s did. Ignoring Now I’m Here Queen would have had 3 consecutive number ones with Freddie songs, as the next one was an obscure little ditty called Bohemian Rhapsody which I rather loved. Betty Wright goes top 30, hoorah hoorah, just ahead of the highest actual new song at 27, Shame Shame Shame as Shirley & Co bring a bit of All Platinum fun soul disco into the charts: shame on you if you can’t dance too, indeed.

At 28, it’s a bona fide classic, as Cockney Rebel frontman Steve Harley gets top billing and a third chart entry from me, the track that just made the UK sales Top 40 chart for the third time in January 2015, 40 years on (though only scraping into the combined non-sales Top 75 official chart, where apparently pushing 10,000 actual sales isn’t as important as people playing the same records month after month for free and paying nothing): Make Me Smile, as Mae West said, Come Up And See Me sometime. It was ground-breaking in it’s clever use of intermittent silence, melody, and of course Steve Harley’s unique vocal style, previously brilliantly demonstrated on Judy Teen summer of ’74, a top 3 peak from me. Now I just need an excuse to chart the marvellous Sebastian, one I didn’t know at the time.

At 29, another 1968 track, bubblegum pop from Ohio Express that just pre-dated my charts, but which featured on our 16 Big Hits album that I played and played in Singapore in 1969/70. Yummy Yummy Yummy! At 42, bubblegum 1968 again, The Lemon Pipers fab Green Tambourine also debuting belatedly. Quo did as version of this one, so it’s a bit edgier than Ohio Express. At 41, The Hues Corporation get a third chart entry with more of a ballad this time, and hey, I’ll take a melody, too. Rupie Edwards is also back, with identikit follow-up Lego Skanga at 43, not nearly as good as Ire Feelings, but pleasant enough.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 7 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
5 ( 3 ) BRANDY Scott English
6 ( 5 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
7 ( 6 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
8 ( 9 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
9 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
10 ( 8 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta

11 ( 12 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
12 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
13 ( 20 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 41 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
15 ( 10 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
16 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
17 ( 13 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
18 ( 21 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
19 ( 17 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
20 ( 11 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

21 ( 19 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
22 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
23 ( 18 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
24 ( 14 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
25 ( 39 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 24 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
27 ( NEW ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
28 ( NEW ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
29 ( NEW ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
30 ( 26 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows

31 ( 23 ) SUGAR CANDY KISSES Mac And Katie Kissoon
32 ( 25 ) I WON’T DANCE John Henry
33 ( 27 ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT John Holt
34 ( 40 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
35 ( 29 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
36 ( 30 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
37 ( 28 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
38 ( 47 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
39 ( 42 ) MELTING POT Blue Mink
40 ( 48 ) SIXTY MINUTE MAN The Trammps

41 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
42 ( NEW ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
43 ( NEW ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
44 ( 33 ) I CAN HELP Billy Swan
45 ( 32 ) ARE YOU READY TO ROCK Wizzard
46 ( 37 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
47 ( 38 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash
48 ( 34 ) THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Lulu
49 ( 31 ) GOODBYE MY LOVE The Glitter Band
50 ( 35 ) JANUARY Pilot


Drawing to a close on TV any week now it was Frankie Howard’s Up Pompeii special, ooh, no missus, don’t mock, no, ooh, no titter ye not…and so on. I loved Frankie, but it had actually ended in 1970 and just been repeated so much it seemed to have lasted longer. I’m probably the only one to remember his less-good follow-up series from 19730-ish Whoops Baghdad. Not likely to be repeated that one…! Also in it’s last throws The Golden Shot, Bernie The Bolt, and a show that had outstayed it’s welcome pretty much from the moment it started. At the cinema The Towering Inferno was still topping box office charts week after week, it was a blockbuster and a half relative to the overall market. Saturday was my cinema day, in Gloucester, which also gave me opportunities to continue to scour newsagents and second hand book shops like Toby’s for back DC Comics issues and hot new comics, which were back on form and normal sized after DC’s disastrous flirtation with thicker, more expensive comics, stuffed with reissued old stories as fillers to new stories. I know I felt short-changed cos I wasn’t interested (much) in old stories, they didn’t have the pizzaz of 70’s stories. Legion Of Super-Heroes of course was still in revival, looking sexy, but with a new artist in Mike Grell, who was no Dave Cockrum, though not bad. Dave Cockrum’s artwork could inspire the proposed new Warners movie of the Legion as well as it set up the X-Men (essentially the comic he took over at this point).

18th February 1975

4 weeks for Angie Baby, and 3 weeks at 2 for The Tams, leaving highest new entry being a Valentines Day record from Mud – even the picture sleeve was done as if it were a gift from me to you stylee. Lonely This Christmas was the first Mud record to fall short of the top 10 (though it would eventually go all the way), so The Secrets That You Keep puts them back in the top 5 with a gentle ballad bang, I did after all love the lads dearly. It’s also the very final Chinn-Chapman record with Mud, as like The Sweet they abandoned their writer-producers leaving them free to all go their new chart ways.

Shirley & Co go up to 6, as Fox go back up for the umpteenth time in 5 months, to 10, one of the most chaotic chart runs ever for me! Magpie’s Mick Robertson manages a second chart entry to follow-up his number one The Tango’s Over, at 11 with Then I Changed Hands, a reggae-prog-rock fusion and one I haven’t heard for 40 years, quite literally. Youtube comes to my rescue, and it’s rather damn fine. It’s written and produced by Richard Hewson, he of The Rah Band, and arranger of ooh, Beatles, Mary Hopkin, Cliff Richard and all some of their finest moments too. It’s safe to assume I was more Magpie than Blue Peter still, they just addressed you more as teens where Blue Peter talked as if you were about 10. Steve Harley goes up to 12, shockingly it’s chart peak first time round – I think over-saturation may have had something to do with it, and it seemed a bit novelty-ish – though like Mud’s Xmas it would be back to top the charts at a later date, hooray!

New at 19, it’s a 60’s veteran, Mike Berry, who gets a chart debut with a slowed-down moody version of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, a song which had already been top 10 for me in 1972 as covered novelty-style by The Berries (formerly The Rocking Berries 60’s hitmakers). It was also a cover version of Billy Swan’s version from his I Can Help album which would also chart after Mike Berry’s version – I didn’t realise Mike had copied Billy! Mike had to wait another 5 years to make the UK charts again, after serving time on the Are You Being Served sitcom after it was past it’s sell-by date. That was still big on UK TV in 1975, of course, as innuendo still seemed much more racy and daring than it does these in-yer-face days. Who could forget Mrs Slocombe’s poor bedraggled pussy, or Mr Humphrey’s parade of friends, including the busty attractive one who was much happier since the operation?

Big climbs for Hues Corporation and Rupie Edwards, and a new entry for Neil Sedaka at 29, his final ever UK hit single (stunningly considering what was to come after The Queen Of 1964, a clever amusing song about an overage groupie who once had Mick Jagger – she claimed), but in my (and the US) charts it was one of a string of hits going back 3 years chronologically, although 16 years if you count the original release date of 1972 number one Oh Carol, released in 1959 when I was 1 year old. Neil does this one in concert, and it’s great fun. As is the latest Rubettes hit at 30, making it 4 in a row with I Can Do It, a great glam pop romp, which was later murdered brutally by a football team who changed it to We Can Do It…. yes stand up and own up Liverpool FC 1977 – still one of the least-bad ever football records as sung by the squads, there’s so little good competition!

More debuts though: Rupert Holmes, 5 years ahead of his Pina Colada song hit debut in the UK, enters at 34 with the American National Anthem – with a difference! It’s the tune, with amusing classy lyric changes about how American guys try to get a girl to err fall for their charms, Our National Pastime. It’s gentle, witty, clever. At 41, it’s the record that shocked Bowie fans: he enters his plastic soul period backed by Luther Vandross, Young Americans was such an abrupt change from Ziggy and Aladdin many couldn’t cope, and sales dropped, but I thought it was funktastic and way better than any of his 1974 singles – though I now love Rebel Rebel. At 42 it’s another brilliant debut, Supertramp and Dreamer, a seriously unusual single, but SO damn catchy despite not really having a hook you can sing as such, as it belts along at a hectic pace. Fantastic, and still their best single.

At 43, another 60’s goodie, the minor fabulousness that has the same name as a DC superhero that I loved – till she was killed off in Crisis On Infinite Earths 10 or more years later, damn that DC Comics! Supergirl, that’ll be then, who just happened to be one of the Legion Of Super-Heroes as well as Superman’s cousin. I digress, it’s a great 1966 pop charmer and deserved to chart. Meanwhile at 44, The Pearls are back with their 6th chart entry, though they only really had one big UK hit (Guilty), and this non-hit was actually ahead of it’s time. 2 years ahead, give or take, as Tina Charles went on to have a big (slightly shrill) hit with it – Doctor Love.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 9 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
5 ( NEW ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 27 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 4 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) BRANDY Scott English
9 ( 6 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
10 ( 16 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

11 ( NEW ) THEN I CHANGED HANDS Mick Robertson
12 ( 28 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
14 ( 8 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
15 ( 12 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
16 ( 7 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
17 ( 29 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
18 ( 14 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
19 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
20 ( 15 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes

21 ( 10 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
22 ( 11 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
23 ( 41 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
24 ( 43 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
25 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
26 ( 38 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
27 ( 17 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
28 ( 30 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
29 ( NEW ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
30 ( NEW ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes

31 ( 21 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
32 ( 18 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 23 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
34 ( NEW ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
35 ( 42 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 26 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
37 ( 19 ) GERONIMO’S CADILLAC Claire Hamill
38 ( 24 ) STREET CORNER MUSIC Dave Jordan
39 ( 22 ) NOW I’M HERE Queen
40 ( 20 ) CATS IN THE CRADLE Harry Chapin

41 ( NEW ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) DREAMER Supertramp
43 ( NEW ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
44 ( NEW ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
45 ( 34 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS A RAINBOW Ray Stevens
46 ( 35 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
47 ( 36 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
48 ( 37 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
49 ( 46 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
50 ( 47 ) HOLD ME TIGHT Johnny Nash


25th February 1975

5 weeks on top for Helen Reddy, the longest run since Paul McCartney & Wings’ Jet, and the first to do 5 weeks in a row since Mud had Hypnosis on top summer of 73. Paper Lace go 2 places higher than the original Hitchin’ A Ride, at 2, and Shirley and Company take the greta Sylvia Robinson’s song and production into the top 5 2 years after her own sexy Pillow Talk did the same, and 5 years ahead of her Sugar Hill Records bringing rap to the world. Mike Berry just misses out on the 10, as the man who’s version he borrowed Don’t Be Cruel from, enters at 22 with the more novelty track off the album, I’m Her Fool and Billy Swan. The Rubettes and Rupert Holmes get good jumps into the 20, and Neil Sedaka’s Queen of 1964 stays ahead of highest new entry Remember The Days Of The Old School Yard as Linda Lewis gets her 3rd chart entry at 20. It’s a Cat Stevens song, but I prefer Linda’s vocals.

Two soul groups for the price of one at 23, as another Sylvia Robinson sweet soul act enters: Moments and Whatnauts sing about Girls – they like ‘em fat, they like ‘em pretty, they like ‘em any which way, apparently, which is a rather admirably inclusive attitude for the 70’s. Unless they are more Quagmire than is called for. Giggity. At 27, a Northern Soul classic, Dean Parrish’ I’m On My Way, and the last record ever to be played at the then-famous Wigan Casino all-nighters. Dean never really made it in the States, but his minor celebrity in the UK was good enough for Paul Weller and Steve Craddock to want to do more recent stuff with him after decades away from the music biz. Yay! Meanwhile Bowie and Supertramp go top 30, hooray!

At 33 Hello get a follow-up to Tell Him, Games Up, which is reasonable glam rock, and at 36 Ringo Starr’s solo career starts to wind down, rather surprisingly, given it was written for him by Elton John: Snookeroo, it must be said, isn’t either of them at their best though! No No Song, as the odd “I given up drugs” double A side, was even less commercial! In at 43, Average White Band debut sounding very American and funky, with the fab US instrumental number one Pick Up The Pieces, so influential were they in their Arif Mardin-produced “coals to Newcastle” story they ended up being the 15th most-sampled act of all-time: and they are Scottish and white! Showing it’s what’s in the grooves that counts, as they used to say. Finally Hamilton Bohannon debuts, with his very funky South African Man.

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
3 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
4 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
5 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
6 ( 10 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
7 ( 2 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
8 ( 7 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
9 ( 8 ) BRANDY Scott English
10 ( 11 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
13 ( 30 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 34 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 9 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
16 ( 17 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
17 ( 16 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
18 ( 14 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
19 ( 29 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
20 ( NEW ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis

21 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
22 ( NEW ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
23 ( NEW ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
24 ( 41 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
25 ( 15 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
26 ( 42 ) DREAMER Supertramp
27 ( NEW ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 21 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
29 ( 20 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
30 ( 22 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder

31 ( 25 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
32 ( 13 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
33 ( NEW ) GAMES UP Hello
34 ( 18 ) YOUR MAMA WON’T LIKE ME Suzi Quatro
35 ( 35 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( NEW ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
37 ( 26 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
38 ( 43 ) SUPERGIRL Graham Bonney
39 ( 27 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE Smokey 007
40 ( 24 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards

41 ( 28 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
42 ( 44 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
43 ( NEW ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
44 ( NEW ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
45 ( 33 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
46 ( 31 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
47 ( 36 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
48 ( 46 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
49 ( 47 ) HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir
50 ( 48 ) JE T’AIME…MOI NON PLUS Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg