My 1980 Charts – April

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1st April 1980

3 weeks for The Monkees at 1 as The Jam get their biggest hit at 2 and Martha has some beach muffins at 3, both climbing, but not in the climbing league of Genesis who rocket up to 4, Turn It On Again being their second top 5 hit, after Follow You Follow Me peaked at 3. One of those 3 climbers will knock off the Monkees next week! Meanwhile the lovely Longer lingers longingly at 8 for Dan Fogelberg, it deserved higher, and UB40 make the top 20 for the first time with their double A fabbie King and Food For Thought. If anyone had said this new band would have a worldwide career for 2 decades, and beyond, it would have sounded a good bet to take on against it being accurate, they just didn’t seem to have mass appeal in the early days with their laid-back social and political reggae.

Siouxsie And The Banshees have a happy house inside the top 40 for the fourth time, and Stevie Wonder is the highest new entry in a quiet week, at 36 with Outside My Window – presumably not Siouxsie’s Happy House though. Leon Haywood doesn’t push his way into the 40, and I didn’t force that sentence. Honest. Back at 42, 11-year-oldie The Liquidator, the instrumental reggae track is back thanks to the ska revival which referred back to early reggae classics like this one. The Buggles get a 3rd entry with Clean Clean, another forgotten minor goodie at 47, while at 55 Madness are still on a roll with 4th hit Night Boat To Cairo – it’s part of an EP technically, one I bought, but this was the track I loved so I exclude the others and focus on the nutty boys saxtastic ska romp, just brilliant. John Foxx is back again, but No-One’s Driving, another EP, and ditto the main track was the best track. That leaves Dr. Hook still heading downwards in quality and upward in sales, and Bette Bright new at 68 with Hello I Am Your Heart and another on the ska pop train.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 10 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
3 ( 8 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
4 ( 39 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
5 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
6 ( 5 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 15 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
9 ( 3 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
10 ( 6 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson

11 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 14 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 32 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
14 ( 12 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
15 ( 4 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
16 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
18 ( 25 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
19 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
20 ( 13 ) SO LONELY The Police

21 ( 30 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
22 ( 9 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 17 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
24 ( 35 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
25 ( 18 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
26 ( 27 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
27 ( 19 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
28 ( 66 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
30 ( 24 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis

31 ( 20 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
32 ( 21 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
33 ( 22 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
34 ( 46 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
35 ( 26 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
36 ( NEW ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
37 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 36 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
39 ( 68 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
40 ( 28 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

41 ( 31 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 42 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
45 ( 44 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
46 ( 47 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
47 ( NEW ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
48 ( 38 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
49 ( 41 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
50 ( 71 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors

51 ( 52 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
52 ( 53 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
53 ( 57 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
54 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
55 ( NEW ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
56 ( NEW ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
57 ( 45 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 54 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

61 ( 34 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
62 ( 49 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 62 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 64 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 67 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
67 ( 60 ) MY GIRL Madness
68 ( NEW ) HELLO I AM YOUR HEART Bette Bright
69 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( 55 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
72 ( 75 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
73 ( 56 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
74 ( 72 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx

TV 22-28th Mar

1 Parkinson
2 The Outer Limits
3 Blake’s 7
4 Soap
5 The Kenny Everett Video Show
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Barney Miller
9 Tiswas
10 The Phil Silvers Show
11 Life On Earth
12 The Muppet Show
13 The British Eurovision Song Contest
14 Film 80
15 Happy Days
16 Mork And Mindy
17 Dallas
18 Private Eye
19 Hawaii 5-0
20 Wonder Woman


March 25th was a big day for me – at home in Mansfield for holidays, and it was dad’s last day in the RAF, and the end of the main part of my life, really – 22 years of constant moving, always new places, or returning to old places, never anywhere longer than 2 years in one go. Life was never quite the same again for me, and certainly much-less interesting being in civvie street. On TV Kenny Everett and Blake’s 7 were fab. Uncle Tony bought his mate Tony round, sports coach I think for Notts Forest FC or something, I’d not seen him in 5 years (an old RAF mate of dad’s both round to celebrate his joining them in the real world – or offer condolences, depends how you see it).

UK Eurovision song contest was on, I liked one which lost in a tie with the eventual Stephanie De Sykes Guys & Dolls clone winner, and another one I liked did badly (Midnite). Clive James was terrific on Parkinson, sadly Clive is currently terminally ill but battling on, and even better was a new American nutter comic who was “totally HILARIOUS”. His name was Steve Martin, and it was the funniest show I’d seen in ages. I became an instant fan. The wacky Carol Channing was on the Muppets, I always liked her. Did a cartoon of John Foxx to celebrate 2 tracks in my charts, and mum’s cousin Pauline rang with medical problems news, and I hoped it wasn’t serious as it sounded (she got through it all, thankfully). As I was in full 1970 Singapore nostalgia mode, I rescued some table coasters for drinks we bought there which were now tatty and old and in the bin. I still have them.

On saturday, Pete, Helen and Alan, college friends arrived to pick me up to travel to Julie’s for her 21st birthday bash in Camberbach, near Northwich. Her parents house was lovely and large, we took the micke out of poor JUlie sweating from rushing about, how cruel! Sue and Joe, Jane and Dave arrived, the disco started, and a fun evening had by all. Shared a room with the lads overnight, and back to Mansfield on Sunday by bus – at least that was the plan, so much dithering about by others meant it pulled out as we arrived. So I caught one to Derby, then to Mansfield. I arrived mid-chart-show right in the middle of new entry Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, so only got half on tape. Pah!


8th April 1980

The Jam get their first chart-topper as the unstoppable Going Underground shoves off The Monkees, and stops Genesis getting a first number one. Chuck in Madness rocketing up the Cairo aboard a Nightboat to 4, and a third consecutive top 5, and you have a pretty exciting top 4. Not to mention the smooth fab UB40 (soon to be my unemployment signing on UB40-form stylee signature tune) at 5, B.A. Robertson getting a hat-trick of top 10’s in his Kaftan, and the highest new entry at 7 from The Selecter, outdoing even debut On My Radio for a touch of sad melodic ska.

New at 26, Dexy’s second top 40, the classic sax riffs of the brilliant Geno, and their tribute to 60’s soul star Geno Washington. Just behind at 27, The Pretenders are the talk of the town, following up a chart-topper, and grabbing a 4th top 40, as John Foxx drives up to 32 for his 2nd top 40, and David Essex drives in from nowhere at 38 in his silver dream machine, looking like he’s going to overtake John Foxx on a bend. David had the advantage of starring in the movie about car racing, and he tots up a non-stop run of largely fab hits for 7 years. At 54, it’s Blondie in Giorgio Moroder stomping disco film theme mode as Call Me follows Atomic into the charts and Rose Royce are back with Ooh Boy – excuse the grammar when I refer to bands as “they” rather than “it”, I know they are viewed as an entity, but I see them as a group of individuals under a single name, in much the same way as 4 people not in band would be a “they”. So at 57, they are back for 3 years of hits!

Boys Cry, meanwhile, as Liverpool band Original Mirrors are at 61, and Manchester-based 10CC are back 8 years on with 125 at 72 – lotsa numbers, it’s really about one hundred and twenty five beats per minute and dancing. The Undertones keep their run of great chart entries coming as they reminisce about their perfect cousin at 74 and reference the soon-to-be-big Human League, as Judas Priest sneak in at 75 Living After Midnight, though I don’t know how as it wasn’t one I liked much to start with, then grew to hate with airplay. Hey ho!

1 ( 2 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
2 ( 4 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
3 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
4 ( 55 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 13 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 21 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
7 ( NEW ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
8 ( 17 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
9 ( 3 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
10 ( 5 ) ATOMIC Blondie

11 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
12 ( 19 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
13 ( 24 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
14 ( 6 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
15 ( 10 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
16 ( 18 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
17 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
18 ( 8 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
19 ( 9 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
20 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers

21 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
22 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 14 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
24 ( 15 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
25 ( 26 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
26 ( NEW ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
27 ( NEW ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
28 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 20 ) SO LONELY The Police
30 ( 34 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

31 ( 23 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
32 ( 75 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
33 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
34 ( 56 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
35 ( 36 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
36 ( 39 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
37 ( 30 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
38 ( NEW ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
39 ( 31 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
40 ( 29 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 27 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
42 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 47 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
44 ( 33 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
45 ( 35 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
46 ( 53 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
47 ( 38 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
48 ( 44 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 45 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
50 ( 46 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

51 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
52 ( 50 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
53 ( 25 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
54 ( NEW ) CALL ME Blondie
55 ( 51 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 52 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
57 ( NEW ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 32 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden

61 ( NEW ) BOYS CRY Original Mirrors
62 ( 60 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 54 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
67 ( 72 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
70 ( 57 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

71 ( 48 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
72 ( NEW ) 125 10CC
73 ( 49 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
74 ( NEW ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest

TV 29th mar – 5th apr
1 Blake’s 7
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Butterflies
4 The Outer Limits
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Jan And Dean: TV film
7 Question Time
8 Tiswas
9 Film 80
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News
11 Police Story
12 The Muppet Show: Diana Ross
13 Private Eye
14 Life On Earth
15 S.P.Y.

On TV: little bit of politics with Question Time and I raved about one guest, the young black NUS president Trevor Phillips (and future Peter Mandelson mate and controversial policy critic); some kiddie slapstick with Tiswas, a biopic on 60‘s surfer pop duo Jan And Dean, and a classic sci-fi season end Blake’s 7 episode on top. Fab! I had a day in Nottingham, with Aunty Eileen, Uncle Tony, and mum and dad, and bought some DC comics, and got some back issues from the comic shop, and was amazed at how familiar Wonder Woman issue 93 was, considering I’d not read it for 10 years (in Singapore). Got a Leif Garrett picture disc single, I Got You Babe and Telegram Sam, and a pair of jeans that were far too tight to wear when I got them home (I felt obliged to take them after the assistant went up and down ladders about 10 times trying to find a pair that fit me. Idiot!). Watched a Eurovision TV preview of the contest and rated Austria and Luxembourg as bing bang bong oldstyle winners. Happily wrong there…


15th April 1980

Madness get their first chart-topper, as Night Boat To Cairo sails away ahead of the rest for a terrific bit of nutty-boy ska, which is bad news for UB40 stuck at 2. UB40 have never managed to beat this peak position, despite coming close many times, quite probably the most successful act never to top my charts, though lead singer Ali Campbell did at least manage it solo in 1995. Dexy’s Geno leaps into the top 10, outdoing Dance Stance, as another ska track from The Bodysnatchers joins the reggae top 10 party.

Blondie rocket to 11, overtaking Atomic, as American Gigolo dance theme races to the top of the UK and US charts. Into the 20: Siouxsie, The Pretenders, David Essex, not a bad list. At 36, highest new entry is a bit of Bach – better late than never – as Sky do a pumped-up version of Toccata and Fugue, John Williams of the band following-up his 1979 version of The Deer Hunter. Meanwhile, The Undertones go top 40 with their Cuz, ahead of a bunch of new entries: Smokie at 54 doing a reasonable version of the much better Bobby Vee original Take Good Care Of My Baby, as their 5-year-run of singles was about to run out of steam. At 58, Pete Townsend finally gets a solo hit 7 years after Roger Daltrey managed it with Townsend’s own I’m Free and Leo Sayer’s Giving It All away: Rough Boys is his best solo single, still.

Tom Petty has Refugee enter at 61, which extends his run to 3 years, and Graham Gouldman from 10CC has a solo entry from movie Animalympics, and some 14 years since he started his teenage hit-songwriting career for The Hollies and The Yardbirds. Lene Lovich entries seem to be getting smaller, but Billy Joel says it’s for Lene. I mean Leyna. Elvis Costello is in Hi-Fidelity, years before he was in Austin Powers, and Saxon debut with some metal wheels of steel. Sounds like a bumpy ride.

1 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
3 ( 2 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
4 ( 3 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
6 ( 7 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 1 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
8 ( 26 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9 ( 11 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

11 ( 54 ) CALL ME Blondie
12 ( 9 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
13 ( 27 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
14 ( 16 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
15 ( 10 ) ATOMIC Blondie
16 ( 12 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
17 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 14 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
19 ( 13 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
20 ( 38 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

21 ( 17 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
22 ( 25 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
23 ( 15 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
24 ( 30 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
25 ( 34 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
26 ( 19 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
27 ( 20 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
28 ( 43 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
29 ( 32 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
30 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

31 ( 18 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
32 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
33 ( 35 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
34 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
35 ( 46 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
36 ( NEW ) TOCCATA Sky
37 ( 23 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
38 ( 29 ) SO LONELY The Police
39 ( 74 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
40 ( 24 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille

41 ( 31 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
42 ( 36 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
43 ( 37 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
44 ( 39 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
45 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
46 ( 41 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
47 ( 49 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
48 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 47 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
50 ( 51 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

51 ( 50 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
52 ( 44 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
53 ( 45 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 33 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
57 ( 56 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
58 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
59 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

61 ( NEW ) REFUGEE Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
62 ( NEW ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
63 ( 52 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
64 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
66 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
67 ( 62 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU Lene Lovich
69 ( NEW ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
70 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

71 ( 69 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
72 ( 57 ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
73 ( 75 ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest
74 ( NEW ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
75 ( NEW ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon

5-11th April TV
1 Support Your Local Sheriff: film
1 Some Like It Hot: film
1 Soap
4 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows: film
5 Tiswas
6 The Sound Of Music: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Parkinson: Bette Midler
9 The Outer Limits
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News

11 Omnibus: Chuck Jones (Road Runner & co)
12 Barney Miller
13 Butterflies
14 Plaza Suite: film
15 The Risk Business
16 They Shoot Horses Don’t They: film
17 James Burke
18 Dallas
19 Mork And Mindy
20 Bee Gees Special


On TV lots of holiday movie faves, one of them not been on since I think (Where Angels Go Trouble Follows, a comedy nun movie and sort of early Sister Act with the fab Stella Stevens, Susan Saint James and Rosalind Russell, and also Dolores Sutton who actually WAS in Sister Act as well as a nun). Bette Midler was manic and hilarious on Parkinson, while Omnibus gave Road Runner & Wile E Coyote creator Chuck Jones the in-depth appreciation (and well-deserved). On the radio, Ian Dury was on Rosko’s Roundtable reviewing the latest single releases. On classic sitcom Soap, there were flying saucers, possessed babies, an insulting puppet, and more. What’s not to love!?! On saturday kiddies show TISWAS there was John Peel, The Bodysnatchers, The Specials and Cozy Powell. Meanwhile on Dallas, the villainous JR Ewing, as played by the fab Larry Hagman, had me smirking throughout. Dallas always knew it was part-comedy, rival Dynasty mistakingly thought it was a sitcom. Went to see LIfe OF Brian again at the cinema, convinced it was an all-time classic. Malcolm Muggeridge was on TV blasting the movie, calling it inconsequential and that it would be forgotten fairly quickly. “I think it’ll last and outlive him for sure” I ventured correctly, if bitterly. Finally, the second Eurovision preview was on TV, and I tipped Greece and Austria, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. Ireland won, of course, Switzerland 4th.


22nd April 1980

2 weeks for Madness on their Nightboat To Cairo, as Dexy’s and Blondie threaten, 2 UK chart-toppers but only one will top my chart too. Place your bets… Highest new entry is the late great Errol Brown with Hot Chocolate, in at 10 for 10 years of top 10 hits, with the spooky, moody, synthy No Doubt About It, all very much about UFO’s. While I don’t believe for a single second in actual alien visitors (I’ll do an essay on it one day, but basically people don’t really grasp how mindbogglingly MASSIVE the universe is) I do very much love the idea of it, and always will. I love this record, one of their great ones.

The Buggles get a third top 20, clean, cleaning the charts, and Rupert Holmes gets a third top 20, too. Ooh, get Him. In at 19, Macca is back with a bang, the amusing popstar video pastiche (all of them Paul in disguise, including as his young Beatles self) didn’t hurt the delightful riffy, poppy, synthy, catchy Coming Up, a sudden change in direction for his first real solo album in a decade, as Wings had started to get a bit plodding, give or take the odd single. America, though, didn’t know what to make with the new Macca and opted for a Live Wings B-side version as the A side. It’s just not as good, I’m afraid, but that didn’t stop it topping the US Hot 100. Motown’s Jimmy Ruffin is also back after a 5-year lay-off, and ten years after debuting, with his first proper new recording in years, a Robin Gibb song gift as The Bee Gees backlash started to take hold, and they started writing songs for others. The Gibbs, like Jimmy, drifted in and out of fashion, but it made no difference to me whether they sold or didn’t, they were still good throughout, and usually brilliant. Hold On To My Love is merely OK though it was great to have Jimmy back.

Elsewhere: Elvis Costello in the 40 again, lots of dance tracks, The Nolans return with a decent pop song, Phil Lynott leaves Lizzy for a bit again, for a spot of lonely heart letter-writing, The Beach Boys revival helps Oh Darling into the chart, off the new album Keepin’ The Summer Alive (frankly not nearly as good as LA (Light Album), Godley And Creme join their ex-10CC chums in the chart with White Boys, their second entry since leaving the band, and a few spot behind Graham Gouldman’s solo movie track. Finally, at 63, a great storming pop debut from Christopher Cross, and his best record by far, the terrific Ride Like The Wind.

1 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 8 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
4 ( 11 ) CALL ME Blondie
5 ( 4 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
6 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 3 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
8 ( 5 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
9 ( 7 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
10 ( NEW ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 13 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
12 ( 9 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 28 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 20 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 22 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
16 ( 12 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
17 ( 24 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
18 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
19 ( NEW ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
20 ( 15 ) ATOMIC Blondie

21 ( 18 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
22 ( 36 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( 29 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
24 ( 17 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
25 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 14 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
27 ( 25 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
28 ( NEW ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
29 ( 16 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( 39 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones

31 ( 23 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
32 ( 21 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
33 ( 19 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
34 ( 42 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
35 ( 30 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
36 ( 35 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
37 ( 27 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
38 ( 31 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
39 ( 74 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
40 ( 26 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

41 ( 58 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 33 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
43 ( 32 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
45 ( 40 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
46 ( NEW ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 54 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
48 ( 43 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
49 ( 34 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
50 ( 47 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

51 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
52 ( 51 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
53 ( 50 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
54 ( 38 ) SO LONELY The Police
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 69 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
58 ( 59 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 60 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 57 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

61 ( 62 ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
62 ( 41 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
63 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
64 ( 75 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
65 ( 53 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
66 ( NEW ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) ANOTHER MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
68 ( 52 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
70 ( 67 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

71 ( 49 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
72 ( 64 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 44 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
74 ( 65 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
75 ( 66 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

TV 12-18 Apr
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Tiswas
4 Not The 9 O’Clock News
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Outer Limits
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Kelly Monteith
9 Halls Of Anger
10 Barney Miller
11 Whicker’s World
12 Butterflies
13 Taxi
14 Wonder Woman
15 Film 80
16 Young Maverick
17 Dallas
18 Happy Days
19 The Banana Splits
20 James Burke


At home I recorded grandma, down for a week from Liverpool, talking about her ancestors on reel-to-reel. Tragically, after she died in 1989 I couldn’t bring myself to listen to it again, and now the player doesn’t work. I need to find some professional with 4-track facilities to record it for me so I can save it onto CD/DVD. It would be very odd hearing her talk again after all these years.

Oh, and Eurovision Song Contest 1980 on the 19th:

My ratings:

1.Greece (Anna Vissi) and France (Profil) on 90%

3. Italy 89%
4. Ireland 88%
5. UK 87%
6. Netherlands 86%
7. Luxembourg
8. Sweden
9. Belguim
10. Austria
11. Portugal
12. Germany
13. Norway
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Switzerland
17. Spain
18. Morocco
19. Finland

Results?
1. Ireland
2. Germany
3. UK
4. Switzerland
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Austria
9. Luxembourg
10. Sweden
11. France
12. Spain
13. Greece
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Norway
17. Belguim
18. Morocco
19. Finland

So, not too far out, except Greece and France my two faves did badly. Just as well, as Johnny Logan was much better (the winner for Ireland)!


29th April 1980

Dexy’s Midnight Runners take Geno to the top, back in ‘68 in a sweaty club – I was far too young to know Geno Washington, actually, but this punksoul single was fab. Blondie hit 3, Paul McCartney gets into the top 5 solo for the first time since Another Day hit 1 in 1971, though counting Wings singles he’d done it every year since 1971, and 1968 including Beatles singles. He’s still Coming Up with the goods 12 years on, or 17 years on since they would have made my top 5 had I been charting at age 5.

David Essex also gets virtually a top 10 hit each year, as he does it for the 10th time since Rock On debuted in 1973, Silver Dream Racer, though, remains his last really good single, he was merely good from here on. The Pretenders make it 3 top 10’s in a row, The Undertones go top 20, and Pete Townsend goes top 40 with some rough boys, Billy Joel does it too with Leyna, and Smokie with Bobby Vee’s oldie. The Jam, in re-issue fever, get several re-entries in the UK charts and also pop in with 4 older singles, led by Strange Town at 30.

Johnny Logan is in at 29, after his winning Eurovision performance for Ireland, What’s Another Year, though? New Musik get a 4th entry with the catchy This World Of Water, new electronic pop music to my ears, at 42, while Phil Spector helps The Ramones to chart at 53 with my fave Ramones single, Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? No, I’m not that old, but with all the 50’s revivals in the 70’s and 80’s it felt like you were there. Michael Jackson has the 4th single off Off The Wall at 64, and the second best, the actual heart-breaking vocal performance of She’s Out Of My Life, and his most touching vocal since Ain’t No Sunshine in 1972. 2nd hits fro martha And The Muffins, Narada Michael Walden, a welcome return for Average White Band 5 years since Pick Up The Pieces, as the fab Let’s Go Round Again is in at 75, and Kate Bush sneaks in at 71 with the haunting Breathing, complete with nuclear fallout pregnancy video. Yes that old cliched deviant baby topic regularly crops up in pop songs, eh?

1 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
3 ( 4 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 19 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
5 ( 3 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
9 ( 11 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
10 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
12 ( 7 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
13 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
15 ( 17 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
16 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky
17 ( 30 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
18 ( 15 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
19 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
20 ( 18 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

21 ( 28 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
22 ( 39 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
23 ( 20 ) ATOMIC Blondie
24 ( 16 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
25 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 34 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( 21 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
28 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
30 ( NEW ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam

31 ( 26 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
32 ( 56 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
33 ( 31 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
34 ( 24 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
35 ( 47 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
36 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
37 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( 33 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
39 ( 46 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 57 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans

41 ( 32 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
42 ( NEW ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
43 ( 23 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
44 ( 27 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
45 ( 38 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
46 ( 35 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
47 ( 37 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
48 ( 67 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 66 ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
50 ( 40 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

51 ( 63 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
52 ( 50 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
54 ( 48 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( NEW ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
59 ( 53 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
60 ( 52 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

61 ( 69 ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
62 ( 60 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
63 ( 51 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
64 ( NEW ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
65 ( 45 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
66 ( 44 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
67 ( NEW ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 43 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
69 ( 64 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
70 ( NEW ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

71 ( NEW ) BREATHING Kate Bush
72 ( 54 ) SO LONELY The Police
73 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD The Jam
74 ( 36 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

TV 19-25 Apr
1 Soap
2 Terry Wogan Meets JR
3 The Outer Limits
4 Tiswas
5 Eurovision Song Contest
6 Profile: Mel Brooks
7 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance kid: film
8 Barney Miller
9 Taxi
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Not The 9 O’Clock News
12 Life On Earth
13 Love Story: film
14 The Banana Splits
15 Whicker’s World


It was back to College for my final term, which was enormously sad, but it was great to go back to Lincoln and my friends for now though I felt guilty leaving grandma and mum, both wanted me to stay home longer. When we met up for meals some of the girls had new hairdo’s. I made no comment. That’s not always the best course of action, I learned… Ian made a comment, which is worse than making no comment, we both learned.

For studies, read a book on LBJ, quite a unique admirable President in so many ways, then played snooker, chatted much on Eurovision, my new popstar cartoon attempts, and especially with Jane and some in-depth great topics (ie me!). Got an assignment back (“very good”) from English Lit, Max my tutor overheard my giving art advice to a second year (Anne) – I’m afraid I can’t do the whole “deep and significant” artist thing, as it’s just too pretentious for me and I cut through the bull. Anyway Max called me “anarchic”, which I choose to take as a compliment as Max was great!

Sue accused me of looking at pete’s bum as he leaned over the snooker table potting a ball (I wasn’t!) and used it as an excuse to mess with his bum to put him off his shot. I turned red, indignant, though of course Pete did have an attractive botty in tight jeans. Hard to miss them when you play snooker, let’s be honest! Played tennis with Paul’s new girlfriend first year Jenny, and she joined me and the gang for Top Of The Pops in my room. In Art I had to give a lecture on my work, helped by some encouragement from the mature students, and Emma and Jo, then played tennis with Bev – and got beaten. Pah! On the news the Iran situation annoyed me – this one, of course, has just kept on going ever since. On TV Tiswas was hilarious and manic, and packed full of stars, while in Lincoln town I bumped into 2 school teachers from 6th form, Mr Dodd and Mr Cant and in the evening Saturday dave and jane had a Chinese-meal-themed party.

My 1985 Charts – April

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2nd April 1985

2 weeks on top for Cry, and Godley And Creme, as Tears For Fears hit 2 for the third time, and Frankie hit 3 with their Pleasuredome, and looking like the hat-trick of chart-toppers is about the end of it. David Grant and Jaki Graham, meanwhile take Could It Be I’m Falling In Love into the top 10 and match the Detroit Spinners original, while Dream Academy hit 10 with the utterly brilliant Life In A Northern Town. Into the 20? USA For Africa, Sheena Easton, Jermaine Jackson, The Kane Gang, and for the last time with a new single (apart from that xmas song!) Slade call it a day with the Myzsterious Mizster Jones, 14 years, 2 number ones and a long long run of big hits. TV was calling Noddy and he never went back to singing, doh!

China Crisis go top 40, as does Glen Frey snuggling up to former Eagles co-vocalist Don Henley, and ahead of Robert Palmer and Duranies. King join Prince in the 40, and The Damned get a decent return to the 40 6 years since they first did the trick, Grimly Fiendishly. Ditto Sarah Brightman, Pie Jesu-ing at 39, and Strawberry Switchblade return with Let her Go. New entries from cool Brit soul The Cool Notes, Spend The Night at 49, Phil Collins in ballad mode, One More Night at 52, Phyllis Nelson’s soulful great Move Closer at 60, The Smiths with a tribute to Bananarama vocalist Siobhan, Shakespear’s Sister at 75, and 5 years of chart entries for Change at 74.

1 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 2 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
6 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
7 ( 16 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 20 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

11 ( 13 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
12 ( 10 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
14 ( 11 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
15 ( 24 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
16 ( 12 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
17 ( 21 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
18 ( 33 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
19 ( 35 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( 37 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade

21 ( 17 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
22 ( 14 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
23 ( 28 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
24 ( 32 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 22 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
27 ( 15 ) LEGS ZZ Top
28 ( 34 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
29 ( 19 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
30 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition

31 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
32 ( 23 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
33 ( 51 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
34 ( 43 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 58 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
37 ( 31 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
38 ( 70 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
39 ( 41 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
40 ( 59 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

41 ( 26 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
42 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
43 ( 30 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 27 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
46 ( 53 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
47 ( 36 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
48 ( 45 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
49 ( NEW ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( 40 ) STARVATION Starvation

51 ( 46 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
53 ( 39 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
54 ( 42 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
55 ( 62 ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
56 ( 56 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( 49 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
59 ( 55 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
60 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

61 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
62 ( 52 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
63 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
64 ( 60 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
65 ( 61 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
66 ( 68 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
67 ( 65 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
68 ( 54 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
69 ( 74 ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
70 ( 73 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 66 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
73 ( 64 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
74 ( NEW ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
75 ( NEW ) SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 30th Mar-5th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Bomb
2 Cheers
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Newhart
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 Entertainment USA
10 Doctor Who

At the cinema: 2010 A Space Odyssey, based on the fabulous sci-fi sequel novel by Arthur C.Clarke, my hero writer, and following-on from the groundbreaking Kubrick movie 2001, which remains the definitive statement on space exploration realism (albeit with fantasy tagged on). “great effects, intelligent, though-provoking, refreshingly different angle on Soviet/U.S. relations and not overlong. More human relations would have been nice, more Europa (the moon of Jupiter) too, but nitpicking. An entertaining movie, much better than Dune, not as entertaining as Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and Return Of The Jedi, but probably on a par in a different way. More straightforward than 2001, more human, more accessible, I’d rate it higher (for that reason).” I’d still rather watch 2010 than 2001, but 2001 remains a classic and 2010 isn’t, sadly.

At work we got the great news that the boss would be moving over to the other team of surveyors and we were getting a new driver. Hooray! Got rid of him at last, we had a lunchtime drink in a pub in rural Dorset village Childe Okeford where the locals, bar one friendly guy who played pool with us, appeared to have been taken over by alien pods from Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, they said nothing, just sat there and gave the odd mild yokel ooaarrr occasionally. On sunday I bought my first (second-hand) moped from the army camp, and tried to ride it home, it just kept cutting out though and didn’t go above 25 mph, so back for a service. It wasn’t very powerful, but just about got me about in my sports helmet on a pathetic titchy moped. The helmet was a good buy, it turned out though, so who cares what I looked like.


9th April 1985

17 new entries and a new all-time classic number one as Tears For Fears finally get higher than 2 in my chart with the awesome Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Roland Orzabal always said he co-wrote it deliberately as a commercial American hit record, but that does it a disservice – OK it’s more upbeat than previous TFF singles, but oh my word it’s a perfect creation. Almost everything about it is a hook, there are multiple melodies, all great, all hooky, and Curt Smith’s vocals were perfect for the song, light and harmonic to contrast Roland’s darker deeper injections. I got, and still get, goosebumps when I hear it – it’s one of those rare perfect records where it can’t be improved on (witness the less-good Everybody Wants To Run The World a year later), it just sounds so right from start to finish, the sexual chords, the synths, the shuffling beat. Perfection!

Highest new entry at 4 is a mash-up of classic T.Rex singles, the late Marc Bolan having had a majestic run of glam-rock monsters that rated very high on my nostalgia-ometer, and still do. Megarex 1 did the trick for me, and gave T.Rex their first top 5 since Telegram Sam had been reissued in 1982 and hit my number one. Phyllis Nelson moves closer to the 10, up from 60 to 14, Go west slot in behind eyes closed, with a China Crisis on their heels, and the heat is on at 20 as Glen Frey gets his first solo top 20 a decade after hitting 2 with The Eagles.

So, new entry invasion, ABC return at 33, Be Near Me is a good addition to the classy ballads they excel at, while at 35, the American version of a ska invasion that climaxed with No Doubt and Gwen Stefani a decade or so later starts with The Untouchables, and Free Yourself. 70’s funk band War return at 38 10 years on with a slick version of The Young Rascals fabulously cool and laid-back 60’s hit Groovin’, as Sal Solo is at 39 with his follow-up to San Damiano, Music And You. Lower down there’s Howard Jones extending his pop hit run – Look Mama! – at 49, while The Rah Band have their best hit since topping my chart in 1977 with The Crunch, and it’s a jazz-funk smooth sci-fi styled dance goodie, staying just the right side of cheese for me, and in at 50.
At 52, Narada’s back (minus his Michael Walden) after a 5-year gap, in combo with Patti austin for Gimme Gimme Gimme (not to be Abba confused) it’s pop souldance, and at 53 it’s the under-rated fabulous Bangles debut hit Going Down To Liverpool, a cover of a Katrina And The Waves song, with a 60’s flavour and fab harmonies. As if that wasn’t enough my hero Leonard “Spock” Nimoy is in the video. What’s not to love?! Check it out. That’s an order. Should have been big!

Pause for breath, and the invasion continues, as a version of Flower Duet from Lakme adds some classy opera to the chart at 55, thanks to it’s use in advert, and at 56 it’s a future monster American chart-topper from a huge movie, catapulting Simple Minds into world stadium rockers for a while, and critical derision, but Don’t You Forget About Me is a good record anyway. They ain’t the only act going stadium rock either, Eurythmics do the same at 59 – Would I Lie To You? No. Don Henley has a laid-back sunset grill tale at 60, which is also fab, as is the lovely synth instrumental Moments In Love as Art Of Noise return at 65 – if you have 10 minutes to spare check out the gorgeous youtube video and try and work out how you know the tune so well (answer: sampled so often, chill-out compilations etc). That leaves Chris Rea back, Tom Petty back, both 1977/1978 veterans, and Dead Or Alive with a 3rd chart entry. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( NEW ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 10 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
8 ( 6 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 11 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
10 ( 5 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

11 ( 15 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
12 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
14 ( 60 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
15 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 31 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
18 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
19 ( 24 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 33 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
22 ( 18 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
23 ( 21 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 36 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
25 ( 16 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( 14 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
27 ( 38 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
28 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
29 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
30 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams

31 ( 23 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
32 ( 20 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
33 ( NEW ) BE NEAR ME ABC
34 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( NEW ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 22 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 27 ) LEGS ZZ Top
38 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ War
39 ( NEW ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
40 ( 29 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band

41 ( 46 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
42 ( 37 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 32 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 30 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
45 ( 52 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( 26 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
47 ( 39 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
48 ( 28 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
49 ( NEW ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
50 ( NEW ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band

51 ( 48 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
52 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
53 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 40 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
55 ( NEW ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
56 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
57 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 47 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
59 ( NEW ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) DOWN AT THE SUNSET GRILL Don Henley

61 ( 51 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 66 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
64 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
65 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
66 ( 59 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
67 ( 74 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
68 ( NEW ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
69 ( 67 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
70 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
72 ( NEW ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty
73 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
74 ( NEW ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
75 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 6th – 12th Apr
1 Blazing Saddles: film
2 Cheers
3 The Monkees
4 Alias Smith And Jones
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Abba Story
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Cannonball Run: film
9 The Muppet Movie: film
10 The Cosby Show


On TV the final episode of Are You Being Served aired, I was reading Douglas Adams’ Restaurant At The End Of The Universe on the bus to work, and we had a new van driver, big Bob, chatty, sweary, fag-smokey, and amiable. In those days people used to smoke in vans, pubs and the office, which frankly left me with a sort throat, stinking clothes and pissed off with them. Three cheers for the Smoking Ban! Grandma (mum’s mum) was down to stay with me and Aunty Eileen was down en route to my Auntie at Weymouth, fresh after Uncle Tony had moved out, the other half arrived a bit later, granddad (dads dad), Ann, Geoff, and cousins Neil and Claire. Busy day.


16th April 1980

2 weeks for Tears For Fears ruling the world, with T.Rex stalking them at 2. Phyllis Nelson and USA For Africa, 2 UK chart-toppers, make my top 10, while Don Henley goes for a 2nd consecutive top 40, down at the sunset grill, and other big USA hits from Phil Collins and REO Speedwagon join him. Plus Howard Jones, look ma no hands, and Simple Minds famously not forgetting.

Very few new entries, just Sheila E getting a second quick Prince-led hit, The Glamorous Life for her at 60, Robin George, coulda-been rockstar enters at 62 with Heartline, Marilyn’s back again in the cold at 67, and there’s a debut at 68 which is notable: not for DeBarge but for songwriter Diane Warren, one-woman songwriting power-house, Rhythm Of The Night. At 71 Toyah has a last fab pop single, Don’t Fall In Love (I Said) wasn’t one of her biggest hits, but it was one of her best singles. Love comes to Gary Glitter at 74. Yes, well, no comment, bar 13 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 2 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 14 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 11 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
10 ( 7 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

11 ( 10 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
12 ( 9 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
13 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
14 ( 17 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
15 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 24 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
17 ( 29 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
18 ( 13 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 12 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

21 ( 20 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
22 ( 18 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
23 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 33 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
25 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
26 ( 27 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
27 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
28 ( 60 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
29 ( 50 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
30 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

31 ( 21 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
32 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
34 ( 39 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
35 ( 31 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
36 ( 41 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
37 ( 38 ) GROOVIN’ War
38 ( 49 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
39 ( 22 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
40 ( 56 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

41 ( 32 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
42 ( 28 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
43 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
44 ( 62 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
45 ( 74 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
46 ( 37 ) LEGS ZZ Top
47 ( 40 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
48 ( 36 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 52 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
50 ( 54 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

51 ( 42 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
53 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 55 ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
55 ( 51 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
56 ( 72 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
57 ( 43 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
58 ( 67 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
59 ( 65 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
60 ( NEW ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E

61 ( 47 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
62 ( NEW ) HEARTLINE Robin George
63 ( 68 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
64 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
65 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths
66 ( 44 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
67 ( NEW ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
69 ( 46 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 69 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( 73 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

TV 13th-19th Apr
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 The Young Ones: Boring
3 Cheers
4 Star Trek: The Corbomite Manoever
5 Terrahawks: Stu Dapples episode
6 Dallas
7 Taxi
8 Top Of The Pops
9 The Cosby Show
10 The Phil Silvers Show

Grandma was down for a week with me, but didn’t look at all well and spent weekdays on her own while I was at work, all of which worried me. In the van there was a new daily B.O. problem to put up with (not me) which got very wearying eventually. Now reading Douglas Adams’ Life The Universe And Everything. I wrote a computer program designed to input my pop chart position data and automatically generate “sales”. Never did get round to perfecting it as a quick fix, it was more of a glorified calculator. Still, writing simple programs, hey!


23rd April 1985

The unthinkable – Tears For Fears knocked off after only 2 weeks on top, but at least it’s teen faves T.Rex that do it, with a mix of their great EMI singles, Megarex, giving them a 6th chart-topper. After 3 weeks at 3, Frankie get frustratingly close to a 4th number one, but peak no higher than 2, I’m afraid. Pat Benatar battles up to 4, and The Fabs are back with another 20th anniversary oldie, Ticket To Ride in at 6, and the jangly indiepop template was firmly laid down here. The Smiths were the cool band of the day, but they had roots in The Beatles, among others. The Rah Band get their first top 20 entry since The Crunch in 1977, and Diana Ross re-enters with her tribute ballad, Missing You, hitting the top 20 for the first time, and her biggest single in a few years.

Into the 40 go The Bangles down to Liverpool, while the writer enters herself at 50, the still-fab still-played Walking On Sunshine from Katrina And The Waves. Dead Or Alive are into the 40, replacing themselves, and Eurythmics, Art Of Noise and DeBarge join them in the big 40. At 48, Bronski Beat and Marc Almond join forces on a cover of I Feel Love, only 3 years since it was last a hit for Donna Summer. It was a big UK hit, and interesting having two male diva voices, but, yeah, not the game-changing Giorgio Moroder-produced original for me. Talking of male divas, Freddie Mercury gets a second solo hit at 58, I Was Born To Love You being a bit jollier than Love Kills, Chaka Khan is also back, eye to eye with Freddie, Ashford And Simpson have given birth to a new entry at 75, and best of all the synth pop delight of the under-rated Imagination from Belouis Some, in at 68.

1 ( 2 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
2 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
5 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( NEW ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
10 ( 9 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa

11 ( 13 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
12 ( 17 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
13 ( 10 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
14 ( 29 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
15 ( 30 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 11 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
17 ( 40 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
18 ( 38 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
19 ( 14 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( RE ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 12 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
23 ( 24 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
24 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
25 ( 45 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
26 ( 28 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
27 ( 16 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
28 ( 18 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
29 ( 20 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
30 ( 37 ) GROOVIN’ War

31 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 68 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
34 ( 36 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
35 ( 25 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 52 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
38 ( 21 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
39 ( 44 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
40 ( 59 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise

41 ( 31 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
42 ( 56 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
43 ( 33 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
44 ( 49 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
45 ( 63 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
46 ( 22 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
47 ( 60 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
48 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
49 ( 35 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
50 ( NEW ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

51 ( 27 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
52 ( 26 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
53 ( 58 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
54 ( 46 ) LEGS ZZ Top
55 ( 34 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
56 ( 39 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
57 ( 62 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
58 ( NEW ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
59 ( 47 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
60 ( 55 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet

61 ( NEW ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
62 ( 74 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
63 ( 43 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
64 ( 42 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
65 ( 41 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
66 ( 48 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
69 ( 57 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
70 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 72 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 61 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
74 ( 50 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
75 ( NEW ) BABIES Ashford And Simpson

TV 20th-26th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Interesting
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Newhart
8 The Bill Cosby Show
9 Dallas
10 Television


At work, my mate Bob had an interview for another Council, which I knew he’d get and wasn’t looking forward to him leaving, as he very much was the one I got on with – the boss came over from Dorchester to try and persuade him to stay (Bob was applying for a temp post which had more opportunities, so no chance of that). I bemoaned my shit wages (which they were). On Saturday, ailing grandma decided she wanted to go home on Sunday to Liverpool, but still obviously flushed and upset when I picked her up from the NAAFI, as she hated goodbyes even more than I do, I think. It was a 6-hour trip there, obviously not feeling good but not complaining (which worried me even more), and when I left her at home with a neighbour friend, setting off she hinted that she’d like to move down to live with me which put me on the spot and I made excuses about her having no friends (like me) in Poole. You can’t change the past, but it would have been good for her to live with her family and she would certainly have lived longer. I still feel guilty.



30th April 1985

Back up to the top of the chart, quite rightly, for a 3rd week at 1, Everybody Still Wants To Rule The World. Brilliant. Pat Benatar has to make do with the runners-up Battlefield medal, sadly, cos it’s certainly good enough to be on top, as The Beatles Ticket To Ride at 3. Aside from the time in 1976 when the Beatles entire singles back catalogue reissues had to have their own chart (there would have been no room for any new stuff, so it was just a practical solution) that’s the highest-placed Beatles oldie to date.

Lots of new entries, headed by a synthpop American classic, finally catching up with the UK music scene, at 18 it’s Animotion and the fabulous Obsession. One-hit wonders, pretty much, but an actual pop wonder. Kim Wilde returns for the 4th year of continuous chart entries, as she has a Rage To Love at 27. Still good, too. Latin Quarter had a gentle cool reggae rock style, and a great social commentary single in Radio Africa in at 32. It eventually made the UK singles chart in 1986, but I liked it right off and was annoyed it flopped. 46, Divine’s back, camp as ever, but this time destroying a Four Seasons classic. It’s a much better record than You Think You’re A Man, cos the song is a great song, and western pop video theme didn’t hurt, Divine as a right madam. Great fun. Scritti Politti also return, at 60, with a slow reggae dub groove, The Word Girl is cool pop, but then Green Gartside was always cool. New at 65, a debut for Steve Arrington and one of the great 80’s soul dance tracks that by now were incorporating the new synth sounds more than the traditional funk dance set up. Feel So Real is a terrific record. In at 70, Haywoode brings Roses into my chart, and another future UK 1986 hit that shamefully flopped, relatively, first time round.

1 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
3 ( 6 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( 2 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 14 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
9 ( 11 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
10 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 9 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
12 ( 25 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
13 ( 17 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 18 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 22 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
16 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
17 ( 10 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
18 ( NEW ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 12 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
20 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 13 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
22 ( 26 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
23 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
24 ( 16 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
25 ( 33 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
26 ( 48 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
27 ( NEW ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
28 ( 58 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
29 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
30 ( 50 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
32 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
33 ( 47 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
34 ( 23 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
35 ( 24 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 40 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
37 ( 28 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
38 ( 39 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
39 ( 45 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
40 ( 29 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 30 ) GROOVIN’ War
42 ( 27 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
43 ( 41 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
44 ( 61 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
45 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
47 ( 42 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
48 ( 37 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
49 ( 43 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
50 ( 62 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter

51 ( 31 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
52 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
53 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
54 ( 38 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
55 ( 57 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
56 ( 49 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
57 ( NEW ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
58 ( 34 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
59 ( 54 ) LEGS ZZ Top
60 ( NEW ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti

61 ( 68 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
62 ( 60 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
63 ( 56 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
64 ( 59 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
65 ( NEW ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
66 ( NEW ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
67 ( 52 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
68 ( 46 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
69 ( NEW ) PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU Kevin Kitchen
70 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode

71 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 69 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
73 ( 44 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
74 ( NEW ) BABY COME AND GET IT The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston

TV 27th Apr-May 3rd
1 The Young Ones: Flood
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Bob Monkhouse Meets Joan Rivers
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Max Headroom Show
9 Taxi
10 Newhart

On TV, Bob Monkhouse met Joan Rivers and Joan was now into the big comedy league, and Bob was going through a career re-evaluation, from trashy gameshow host, to the comic’s comic, a gag-writer supreme. Max Headroom became the first computer animated TV star (sort of), hosting a new pop music show, a place to see loads of new music videos, hooray! He was also on his way to getting a chart hit before long.

At work, Bob handed his notice in, which was gutting, and a kick up the ass reminder that I needed to start applying for more jobs too. So I did, lab assistant in a school, computer programmer trainee – damn, neither one came in trumps! On the plus side, I finally got all my records listed in an A to Z file as my collection was getting to be quite a size and I couldn’t always recall what records I had or didn’t have tucked away on compilation albums. 2,282 records in my collection. Got an invite to Paul and Sheila’s wedding in Rotherham, the last but one of my college friends to take the plunge, which was great news. I also wrote a song on my music computer this week. It was called Old Song On The Radio. Yes, well, maybe I should have sent it to Eurovision!

Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – My irreverant ratings on the night

Slovenia – Ginger Spice in headphones and a frock. Drum n bass meets a violin, with helium-inspired vocals. I like it!

France – La chanson Francaise elle est marveillieuse. Spelling! Grammar! Ironic title I suspect, but she can belt it out fine and I like it.

Israel – 16 years old, very mature-looking goldenboy with an appealing voice, and I like the bits where the N’Sync-ish dancepop morphs into ethnic hebrew rhythms

Estonia – boy/girl, the song’s not bad actually, but the shaky performance from the male singer knocks it back a tad, and it’s just a bit wishy washy, but good.

UK – flawless vocal performance, great presentation, engaging and different. Fab. Such online hatred for it though from UK fans. Unfairly, at worst it’s forgettably pleasant. I think it’s terrifically retro.

Armenia – Bit of a Greek-Chorus going on (in the Greek Lit sense) costume wise, who all contribute to much wailing. All a bit bizarre!

Lithuania – A skirt of many colours. Another duo. A bit of uptempo country fiddling disguises a bland song. Not very well.

Serbia – Big woman, big voice, big finish. Camp as a row of drama queen tents in a big beats festival. The second half is fab.

Norway – Good singer, pretty tune – till Veronica Lake adds her two-pennorth. Impresses as it goes on actually, pretty good.

Sweden – Great staging, Avicii/Guetta-inspired dancepop taking a leaf out of Loreen’s winning-book. Being easy on the eye doesn’t hurt, either. Bloody excellent!

Cyprus – Euro-fan mate Hass’ interview on youtube with John, ahh he so sweet-natured and sensible. The gentleness of the song, and especially without the obligatory rousing climax, is most welcome.

Australia – Oh I wish they were in it every year! Guy is a fab singer in a Bruno Mars groove, and this is a proper pop song, sounding credible, good quality and a fab performance.

Belgium – Lorde-inspired alternative EDM-pop (genre-wise), inspiringly different and written and sung by a 19-year-old who has a nap half-way through. Unusual, classy, great hook, great staging, good singing. Fab!

Austria – 70’s rock throwbacks in the old sense of the word (poprock) complete with long hair and a song. Where’s a fire extinguisher when you need one. I like it.

Greece – long-hair, female, sparkly dress, it can only be a Celine Dion moment. Let’s wait and see. Oh, yes, here comes that wind-machine and the OTT volume-raising at the end. Pass!

Montenegro – The ethnic instruments, the non-English lyrics, a good singer, and a good song all have to compete with Botoxism. Which will win?

Germany – Cat-suit – is it Selina Kyle? Hate the hair-bun and the winking, though the shuffling souldance groove is most welcome. Wot! Ella Eyre wrote this?! She’s a hot UK songwriter/hitmaker, no wonder it sounded good [NB voters have cloth-ears obviously, the UK could do with using it’s hot young songwriters for Eurovision!]

Poland – Points for perseverance in the face of adversity. I approve of the sentiment and everything about it…but I feel mean finding it a bit forgettable and a bit off-key. Now I feel guilty!

Latvia – FKA-Twigs-inspired (as I’m sure all you trend-followers spotted!) this has credibility and 2015 written all over it, VERY cool and I love it, I love the lack of cliches, the EDM sounds (Electronic dance music is THE sound of the teenies decade) and a great singer.

Romania – a giant-diamond-encrusted scarab beetle seems to have perched on his throat. It’s a worthy song that isn’t sickening, nor is it forgettable, but it’s not a winner, just pleasant.

Spain – Lady In Red. Spanish lady. Then in white. Good singer but not as good as the recorded version, comes over a bit anti-climactic, ironically.

Hungary – Like the astronomy backdrop. Worthy and dreary. A good tune never hurts a message song, and this has not a good tune.

Georgia – Lily Munster in hotpants, crossed with a bit of Hawkwoman. Thumping rock chick drama though. great drums. Striking and a great performance.

Azerbaijan – I hate distracting mimes. The singer thinks he’s Neo in the Matrix. He’s not bad actually, but it’s also worthy and dull.

Russia – Tipped to win despite politics, it’s yet another worthy ballad, but less ploddy and more rousing. A bit shrill for me, I don’t get it’s popularity…

Albania – Another plodding ballad, but this time not worthy. In every sense of the word. I was annoyed this drivel qualified over the fab Denmark in semi 1. So in a strop I called her a shrieking harpy. I suppose I should revise that as it was a bit unfair and I was in a bad mood…

Italy – Il Divo. There are so many of these handsome young male operatic/pop crossover groups on the hotel circuit these days, it’s a virtual Italian industry. Great singers though, they piss over half the so-called singers in the competition. fab!

My rating on the night:

1.Belgium (4th)
2.Sweden (1st)
3.Latvia (6th)
4.Australia (5th)
5.Italy (3rd – or 1st in the televote only, yes they wuz robbed by the panels!)
6.UK (24th)
7.Germany (26th Nul points!)
8.Norway (8th)
9.Israel (9th)
10.Georgia (11th)
11.Serbia (10th)
12.Montenegro (13th)

So how did the others do?
Russia (2nd)
Estonia (7th)
Azerbaijan (12th)

That is officially the most in-tune I have ever been with Eurovision, and UK itunes sales seem to agree with the results, with the notable exception of Italy who are much lower.

My 1975 Charts – April

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1st April 1975

Another US number one tops my chart, and it’s KC’s 2nd number one the frantic, urgent, funky brilliance that is Get Down Tonight, his 3rd song to top my charts after Rock Your Baby and Queen Of Clubs in 1974. Fantastic. Keeping the dance theme going, Wigans’ Ovation ski up to 5, and Jim Gilstrap swings slowly to 7, bookending the sweet Jigsaw Girl, Clifford T. Ward’s biggest hit to date. Peter Skellern leaps to 16, crooning Hold On To Love pleasantly, while Jonathan King is back in one of his alter ego’s Nemo, returning his 1972 chart entry cover of a 1932 very British song with a now dodgy line that got a radio presenter in trouble last year. Pity about that line, cos it’s an amusing cheerful bit of British Depression-era crooning.

In at 24, though, it’s a properly new classic, the amazing gorgeous Lovin’ You from the stunning vocal range of Minnie Ripperton. It almost came over as a novelty song with it’s birdsong arrangement and sentimentality, certainly one I tired of quickly at the time, but which gained terrible pathos when poor Minnie died very young of Cancer a few years afterwards. I like to think of her as a precursor to Mariah Carey, only she knew how to use her range effectively for emotion rather than bluster. At 26, Swedish Sylvia’s back with a mistimed Spanish follow-up song. Ah well, hasta la vista, baby. In at 31 it’s another bonafide classic, the immortal Lady Marmalade from the futuristic silver-suited glam and sassy LaBelle belting out the soulfunk with passion, not least headed by Patti Labelle, who had already been around a while, including a joint album with the fabulous Laura Nyro. A number one record, of course, decades later for All Saints and again for a quartet of divas, neither of them a patch on the original. Not even close. It also had that naughty French line famous from sitcoms involving French characters…

There’s a novelty cover of actor Telly Savalas’ spoken-word cover of Bread’s fab If, a UK number one as Kojak TV cop mania swept the UK. Yin And Yan’s version was much better, amusingly taking the Michael out of an imagined version of Telly’s recording session for the song. It’s a comedy song, essentially, that works as long as you don’t hear it a lot, and it was a UK hit. Syreeta’s 1974 hit returns, and finally up to 44, and in tribute to the late great Errol Brown who died this week, Blue Night is mentioned, an attempt to repeat the success of Emma that didn’t catch on but which sold bucketloads as the B Side to You Sexy Thing when they flipped the record over later in the year. Errol was a hero, a sweet-natured man, and a talent. He never released a bad record, which is how Hot Chocolate managed 15 consecutive years of hits, despite never being an albums band, bar Greatest Hits collections which were enormously popular jewels in the crown more than once.

1 ( 3 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
2 ( 1 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 2 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
4 ( 10 ) DING DINGE DONG Teach-In
5 ( 17 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
6 ( 25 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
7 ( 16 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
8 ( 7 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
9 ( 4 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
10 ( 6 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John

11 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
13 ( 8 ) DREAMER Supertramp
14 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
15 ( 15 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( 35 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
17 ( 21 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
18 ( NEW ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
19 ( 12 ) YOU Geraldine
20 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys

21 ( 26 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
22 ( 27 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
23 ( 34 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
24 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
25 ( 29 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
26 ( NEW ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
27 ( 9 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
28 ( 18 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
29 ( 19 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
30 ( 20 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

31 ( NEW ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
32 ( 22 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
33 ( 28 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
34 ( 30 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
35 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
36 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
37 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
38 ( NEW ) IF Yin and Yan
39 ( NEW ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
40 ( 43 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown

41 ( 23 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
42 ( 39 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
43 ( 38 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
44 ( 48 ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
45 ( 49 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
46 ( NEW ) EXPRESS BT Express
47 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)
48 ( 40 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
49 ( 41 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 42 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters


8th April 1975

Yet another new number one, and it’s the 3rd Eurovision winner to top my charts (after Dana in 1970 and Abba in 1974) as Teach-In from The Netherlands is my clear fave of the contest, a sort of Abba clone in some ways, which made a change from all the ballad singers that usually won. Not weathered as well as Waterloo, of course, but still sounds fun in a Eurovision pub evening (yes they do exist!). That leaves Bobby Goldsboro getting his first top 10 since Summer The First Time peaked at 2 in 1973, as Honey hits 6 7 years late. Peter Skellern also gets his biggest hit as Hold On To Love goes top 10, where 1972’s You’re A Lady only went top 20.

Obviously in a novelty frame of mind, Yin And Yan rocket to 12, If only for a while. Highest new entry is the catchy reggae of Susan Cadogan, cos don’tcha know that it Hurts So Good being at 15? The fantastic Child Of Love spurts in growth to 16, still gives me goosebumps when I play it – let’s be honest never gonna hear it anywhere else ever, certainly not on streaming sites or radio. That’s a loss to the world. That also applies to Ralph McTell at 19, El Progresso not available anywhere, itunes, youtube or streaming. Pity. Sylvia meanwhile hits the top 20 for a 2nd time, while in at 26, it’s a French singer singing in English With Love And Understanding, Gilbert Becaud having a great accent for a quirky, playful ballad. B.T. Express climbs into the top 30 for a bit of funky Express, while new at 36 Al Green is back with another great soul ballad, L.O.V.E. and at 37, Lyn Paul has a solo entry, The New Seekers now in the past, but she has Love. I haven’t heard it for 40 years, and it’s not on the net, so I can’t offer an opinion on it. Pity.

New at 43, one that I have, and it’s a good follow-up to Midnight At The Oasis for Maria Muldaur and her Gringo In Mexico, and The Isley Brothers have a new funk soul Midnight Sky joining their old Motown dance soul This Old Heart Of Mine, in at 44. Pilot get a 4th entry at 47, Call Me Round – OK, you’re round! – Kiki Dee is also back with a 3rd entry and you don’t know, you don’t know, you don’t know How Glad I Am about that. Finally, faves 10CC return with a track that never did it for me lyrically, food based metaphors similes and puns not hitting my spot, though it sounds great musically, but is the least-successful 10CC single to date and only in at 50.

1 ( 4 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
2 ( 1 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
4 ( 3 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 5 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
6 ( 12 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
7 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
8 ( 6 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
9 ( 7 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
10 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John

11 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 38 ) IF Yin and Yan
13 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
14 ( 8 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
15 ( NEW ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
16 ( 45 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
17 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
18 ( 14 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
19 ( 23 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
20 ( 26 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia

21 ( 18 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
22 ( 13 ) DREAMER Supertramp
23 ( 15 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
24 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
25 ( 31 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
26 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
27 ( 21 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
28 ( 22 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
29 ( 46 ) EXPRESS BT Express
30 ( 28 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

31 ( 29 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
32 ( 30 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
33 ( 20 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
34 ( 19 ) YOU Geraldine
35 ( 25 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
36 ( NEW ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
37 ( NEW ) LOVE Lyn Paul
38 ( 33 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
39 ( 34 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
40 ( 35 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams

41 ( 36 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
42 ( 37 ) BRANDY Scott English
43 ( NEW ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
44 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT SKY The isley Brothers
45 ( 49 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
46 ( 48 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
47 ( NEW ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
48 ( 50 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
49 ( NEW ) HOW GLAD I AM The Kiki Dee Band
50 ( NEW ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC


Exams were on the horizon, and revising was the order of the day for the various GCE O Levels I had on the books such as British Constitution, Maths, History, English Lit, Geography, which basically meant sitting in my bedroom listening to Radio 1 while reading coursework books and trying to recall dull facts, tedious dates and even sometimes some interesting stuff. Not that often, of course. Much preferred Radio 1 or my latest issue of DC Comics, the covers were getting pretty sexy again after going off the boil a bit, sexy design-wise that is, being aimed at kids. these days comics are largely aimed at men who enjoy scantily clad women and lots of violence in panel after panel of artwork. Plot and characterization are optional add-ons. Back then, they were everything.


15th April 1975

Bobby Goldsboro gets a number one, 7 years after first being a UK and US hit, and after hitting UK number two twice, in both 1968 and 1975. Unlucky! It’s a mawkish story-song, pretty much out-of-fashion these days, but I was still in a sort of shock following the death of a former classmate in a motor-bike accident, and it just struck a chord for me, and his best mate, too. Susan Cadogan is decidedly more upbeat, even if it Hurts So Good at 5. Highest new entry is another oldie, Helen Reddy’s uncharted female-rights anthem from 1972, I Am Woman, following up her 6 week chart-topper. Another 1968 oldie at 13, it’s 60’s surfer instrumentalists The Ventures with the theme tune to Hawaii Five-0, one of the greatest TV theme tunes of all-time, and the opening fast-paced credit sequence one of the most exciting of all-time, even in this age of rapid-editing.

Two re-issued classics for Jackie Wilson at 14 and 19, though they were actually a double A sided UK hit, having previously charted in 1969 and 1972 top 10‘s separately – but Higher And Higher and I Get The Sweetest Feeling were already 3 years old or so first time round, and this wasn’t the last time, nor the biggest for either to chart. In at 18, a soundalike number one follow-up for Disco Tex and his Sex-o-lettes, who still want to dance – wit choo! Faves Mud also return with their penultimate RAK Records single, having parted ways with Chinn-Chapman, masters of their chart success, with a UK chart-topping singalong version of Buddy Holly’s Oh Boy, and in at 24 for me, though it just didn’t have the same appeal as Chinnychap stuff. Maria Muldaur has a good Gringo jump into the top 30, meanwhile as John Lennon follows-up top 5 classic Number 9 Dream with future UK chart-topper for original singer Ben E. King, a passionate version of Stand By Me, as seen on a terrific rare live performance and interview on Old Grey Whistle Test, for the final time on UK TV I think.

Whiskey Mac never had a hit, but their cover of Jigsaw’s Lost And Found, but Des Dyer co-songwriter from Jigsaw has Eurovision connections in the 80’s after their chart and songwriting career had faded, including being backing singer for Scott Fitzgerald, runner-up by one point to Celine Dion. Doh! This was a sweet female vocal cover though. At 41, the third charting version of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel, 3 years before Elvis gets a reissued hit version, this time it’s Billy Swan getting a third hit, with his original cover version of the 2nd hit version by Mike Berry 3 months earlier. The first hit version was an Elvis-imitating novelty version by The Berries (formerly Rocking Berries) in 1972. As a key part of the record was an imitation of DJ Jimmy Saville it’s safe to say it will never ever be played again anywhere. It had stopped being funny long before that though – by 1973, I think!

At 47, a major talent debuts: Billy Joel’s signature toon The Piano Man. Billy was never in fashion, and usually dismissed as an MOR act by the street-cred fraternity who completely missed the point. The point being that he was classically-trained, his songs were pretty sophisticated, varied, and showed a real love for pop music past. He may have looked like a short boxer, but he was a real Artist with a capital A. He announced his retirement from the pop biz in the early 90’s and has stuck with it pretty much, save a Classical album or two. Oh, yes The Piano Man should have been a hit in the UK, cos it’s terrific. Which leaves Eric Clapton, still in laid-back reggae cover version mode: Swing Low Sweet Chariot, old-time slave song brought up to date, and heading for Rugby-song tradition. It’s a bit dull, actually but in at 50.

1 ( 6 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
2 ( 1 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
3 ( 2 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 5 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
5 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
6 ( 7 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
7 ( 3 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
8 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 8 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward

11 ( 26 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
12 ( NEW ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
13 ( NEW ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
14 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
15 ( 16 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
16 ( 9 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( 20 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
18 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
19 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
20 ( 13 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet

21 ( 14 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
22 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
23 ( 25 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
24 ( NEW ) OH BOY Mud
25 ( 43 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
27 ( 19 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
28 ( 21 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
29 ( 12 ) IF Yin and Yan
30 ( NEW ) STAND BY ME John Lennon

31 ( 29 ) EXPRESS BT Express
32 ( 18 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
33 ( 36 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
34 ( 47 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
35 ( 23 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
36 ( 28 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
37 ( NEW ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
38 ( 30 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
39 ( 31 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
40 ( 32 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

41 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
42 ( 22 ) DREAMER Supertramp
43 ( 24 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
44 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
45 ( 39 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
46 ( 33 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
47 ( NEW ) THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel
48 ( 50 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
49 ( 27 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
50 ( NEW ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton


22nd April 1975

Diddy Hamilton played the new number a lot, and it was featured on Top Of The Pops, and from there straight in at 1 in my charts. It’s pleasant harmony pop, loved the tune, but I seemed to be alone apart from David Hamilton, and no doubt Lelly’s husband Daniel Boone of Beautiful Sunday and Blue Is The Colour fame (well he did write it). David Hamilton opened a new store in Gloucester around this time, just down from the swimming pool and I actually went and stood outside for the novelty of seeing a celebrity. Well, he was in those days. As for the song, I think we’ve all gone instantly mad on a record, inexplicably sometimes, and then got less fond of it quickly – it is, however, quite rare for me to chart a record at one on hearing it once or twice, so Lelly did well.

Disco Tex gets a second straight (so to speak) top 10, as John Lennon does the same at 7, one spot behind. Maria Muldaur grabs a top 20 gringo, and very nice too, though not quite as classic as her oasis, and there’s some new entries outside the 40: The Carpenters tuneful pop follow-up to the Postman, Only Yesterday at 41, Ronnie Lane’s 3rd solo entry with a bizarre 1930‘s Depression-era classic, done in the style of the time. I guess not so bizarre, these days, if you consider the same age-gap would be covering a song from this year!

At 50, following another wiped Top Of The Pops episode appearance, Beano’s very 1975 boyband singalong pop Little Cinderella, and finally at 49, a record that cast giant steps right on down 4 decades later: Kraftwerk bring German techno-pop into the mainstream in a massively influential fashion. Giorgio Moroder had beat them to it (Chicory Tip in 1972) and the first EDM record had already charted in 1972 (Hot Butter’s Popcorn) but this was the one that gave birth to Bowie’s late 70’s synth phase, Gary Numan and a new wave of music in the 80’s, not least for Kraftwerk themselves, beyond pop into hip hop via key 80’s acts like Arthur Baker, and form there you can trace the fragmented roots all over the place except arguably dance (that’s still Giorgio Moroder via Donna Summer). Phew!

1 ( NEW ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
2 ( 3 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3 ( 2 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
4 ( 5 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
5 ( 1 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
6 ( 18 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
7 ( 30 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
8 ( 4 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
9 ( 7 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
10 ( 8 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor

11 ( 15 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
12 ( 12 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
13 ( 6 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
14 ( 14 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
15 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
16 ( 25 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
17 ( 16 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
18 ( 10 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
19 ( 19 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
20 ( 13 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

21 ( 24 ) OH BOY Mud
22 ( 23 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
23 ( 11 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
24 ( 37 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
25 ( 20 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
26 ( 21 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
27 ( 22 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
29 ( 34 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
30 ( 33 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green

31 ( 31 ) EXPRESS BT Express
32 ( 26 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
33 ( 29 ) IF Yin and Yan
34 ( 32 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
35 ( 27 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
36 ( 50 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
37 ( 43 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
38 ( 38 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
39 ( 39 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
40 ( 40 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

41 ( NEW ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
42 ( 28 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
43 ( NEW ) BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? Ronnie Lane
44 ( 47 ) THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel
45 ( 35 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
46 ( 48 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
47 ( 36 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
48 ( 49 ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
49 ( NEW ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( NEW ) LITTLE CINDERELLA Beano


So what fashions was I sporting at 17? Well, long fair hair, acne (always popular with teens as a fashion statement), a black blazer or my brother’s Pilot-style jumper (the group, not the occupation) colourful bars of colour on blue, a Parka with furred hoody, obscenely-tight-crotched flared trousers (hey all lads wore them! Fashion!) which made keeping hands in trouser pockets a necessity at various times, and lastly-but-not-leastly platform shoes carefully designed to catch in the flares periodically and send you lurching forward, or even catch in the spokes of your bike or more commonly the pedals, interrupting forward thrust. Ah, happy days!

gloucester

gloucester


29th April 1975

John Lennon takes Ben E. King’s Stand By Me to the top of my charts a good 12 years before Ben did the same in the UK charts (and mine), it’s a great version (taken from his album of covers) and is his 3rd number one outside The Beatles (Give Peace A Chance in 1969, Happy Xmas War Is Over 1972). Add another 4 Beatles toppers for a total of 7, and he’s just one behind old mucker Macca’s 8 and one ahead of nearest challenger Roy Wood’s 6 in various incarnations. Disco Tex hits 2, one short of Get Dancin’, fair enough as it’s so similar, and Helen Reddy gets a 2nd top 10 in a row, hear me roar she states firmly. She is Woman. After pottering about a bit, Middle Of The Road belatedly make my top 10 with a decent single Hitchin a Ride In The Moonlight had virtually no airplay anywhere though, so it was never going to sell, but it least got them a 6th top 10 in my charts, their first since the first 5 hits in 1971/72, although Talk Of The USA would have hit number one in 1973 had it been eligible.

The big news is a trio of oldies entering straight into the top 10, 2 of them UK reissued chart hits, and one just missing: Mony Mony was a 1968 UK chart-topper for Tommy James And The Shondells, a big USA chart act with a string of hits in the late 60’s and early 70’s, and only one big one in the UK, mystifyingly, cos Tommy James was consistently good and consistently changing music styles, from the sheer exuberant hoarse singalong of Mony Mony to the psychedelic Crimson And Clover, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, and the catchy future UK chart-topper (for Tiffany) I Think We’re Alone Now. Criminally under-rated in the UK, even REM have covered his fab Draggin’ The Line, and it’s high-time some overdue kudos popped up. I, of course, was mad on Mony Mony 7 years earlier, and my dad bought it on a compilation album 12 Big Hits in Singapore in 1969, which I played and played and played. By 1975 it wasn’t quite as fresh as it had been, having also charted in 1974, but still fave enough to enter at 8.

In at 7, 6 years on from nearing the top of my charts, it’s the great first reggae star Desmond Dekker and a slightly different version of his unusual UK 1969 number one, The Israelites. It’s classic, everyone knows it over a certain age (say, 30) and it hit the UK top 10 all over again. At 9, a 1971 Uk top 5 Northern Soul hit, a 1966 US minor hit, and a chart hit again in 1975 for Tami Lynn, the fab chugging I’m Gonna Run Away From You. It was actually pretty fresh to me, as I’d barely heard it before now (being still in Singapore when it charted, and where Northern Soul wasn’t what you’d call big!). Terrific.
Jackie Wilson’s 2 oldies have differing fortunes, Higher and Higher climbing higher, and Sweetest feeling dropping – the former had 60’s nostalgia going for it, the latter was too recent.

LaBelle finally break into the 20, still well under-rated by me, Betty Wright gets a second chart entry, Where Is The Love, and Brenda And The Tabulations enter at 31. That’ll be another mid-60’s Soul hit, One Girl Too Late, and one I’ve not heard in 40 years – till now. Back in a tick…I’m back, it’s sweet and tuneful better than I barely recalled. It’s also not on itunes, though Polly Brown has a soundalike good version available so I’ll buy that instead as she was very much 1975 too. That leaves a funked-up ex-Sly And The family Stone Larry Graham’s version of the Detroit Emeralds 1972/3 top 10 Feel The Need In Me, in at 40, and not a UK hit. Finally, Cher slips in at 50 with a jaunty cover of Fontella Bass’ 60’s soul stomper Rescue Me, but as it’s not as good as the original (in line with most Cher covers) I’ll move on…

1 ( 7 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
3 ( 1 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
4 ( 2 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
5 ( 3 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
6 ( 12 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
7 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
8 ( NEW ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
9 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
10 ( 47 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road

11 ( 11 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
12 ( 14 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
13 ( 4 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
14 ( 5 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 8 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
16 ( 9 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
17 ( 10 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 18 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
19 ( 22 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
20 ( 24 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac

21 ( 21 ) OH BOY Mud
22 ( 13 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
23 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
24 ( 16 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
25 ( 20 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
26 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
27 ( 17 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
28 ( 19 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
29 ( 41 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
30 ( 25 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet

31 ( NEW ) ONE GIRL TOO LATE Brenda And The Tabulations
32 ( 36 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
33 ( 23 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
34 ( 26 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
35 ( 27 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
36 ( 46 ) LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10CC
37 ( 29 ) CALL ME ROUND Pilot
38 ( 28 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
39 ( 49 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
40 ( NEW ) FEEL THE NEED Graham Central Station

41 ( 34 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
42 ( 30 ) L.O.V.E. (LOVE) Al Green
43 ( 43 ) BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? Ronnie Lane
44 ( 38 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
45 ( 39 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
46 ( 40 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
47 ( 37 ) LOVIN’ YOU Minnie Ripperton
48 ( 32 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
49 ( 35 ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
50 ( NEW ) RESCUE ME Cher

My 1970 Charts – April

record plastic bag from Singapore

record plastic bag from Singapore

1970 videos


7th April 1970

It’s a first Eurovision song chart-topper for Dana, All Kinds Of Everything won the first of many victories for Ireland and the pretty teenager with the pretty voice and pretty song. Everybody say aaaahh! I did love it at the time, less so these days though. The UK’s entry has to make do with 4, as Knock Knock Who’s There shockingly fails to go on top after 3 singles in a row to hit my number one. Not so shocking, actually, as it got very little airplay in Singapore, and Dana was always on 2-way Family Favourites. The classic Bridge Over Troubled Water is at 3, and the also classic Spirit In The Sky is up to 8.

New at 17, Blue Mink are back with another good single, Good Morning Freedom, I loved Madeleine Bell and happily caught her on TV the other day talking about her days as Dusty Springfield’s backing vocalist during Dusty’s classic period. The single is SO catchy! At 18, and Stevie is really on a roll, Never Had A Dream Come True is a great single towards the tail-end of his early Motown soul-crooner days, and before he became a serious album’s artist on top of hitmaker of singles. Creedence were also on a roll, Travelling Band being one of their big UK hits, but one I like less than some of their minor UK hits which hit it big in the USA around 1970 and 1971. Always good though.

1 ( 2 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
7 ( 5 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
9 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 17 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
14 ( 20 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb

16 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
17 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
18 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
19 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
20 ( NEW ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival


In Singapore, I had a new friend from an adjacent bungalow to the rear of the house, Robert Gough, who went to the Grammar School at Changi, had a warrant officer dad (all my dad’s mates were low-ranking so this was virtual hob-nobbing with the elite!) and he got sent home to private school in the UK for a while. When it was his birthday I got a real treat in a Katong upstairs restaurant, my first-ever banana split, and some money to spend in the big Robinson’s store in the city – where I got a brand new copy of Action Comics 386, which featured an ageing immortal Superman in a continuing story set in the far future, and a legion Of Super-Heroes back Zap Goes The Legion! which had a fave minor villainess Uli Algor, who plotted to turn their super-powers against the featured legionnaires – she got beaten by a punch. Always poor planners, villains! It was a great evening out though, and of course I still have that comic, still precious to me and in good condition, with the 55 cents Singapore price-tag stamped on it. These things matter when you’re 12 (or 57)!

action-comics-386

At the Oscars, it was Midnight Cowboy, John Wayne (in True Grit, which I loved), and Maggie Smith – sadly, not for Sister Act, that was still nearly 20 years away! On TV I was watching reruns of The Ice Warriors Doctor Who (well re-runs to me, having watched them 2 years earlier in the UK), while the UK was stuck with Jon Pertwee episodes – he just wasn’t the Doctor! I was also watching The Banana Splits which aired just before it, I loved the cool Drooper, the animated cartoons, the crap gags, and especially the theme tune and funky songs. Oldies on TV? Gilligan’s Island, My Favorite Martian, The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, Car 54 Where Are You? and other US 60’s sitcoms. My pop culture is pretty much American pop culture, British sitcoms were dull in comparison. All of ‘em. The first sitcom that appealed to me was just out in the UK – Up Pompeii – and that was very much in the Carry On tradition. Carry On films still came out regularly and played at the RAF Changi cinema – I remember going to see Carry On Loving in 1971 and not getting the “cooking fat” gag for a cat’s name. Cos he spits, I thought, naively!

our TV and fish tank

our TV and fish tank


14th April 1970

2 weeks for Dana on top, and Spirit In The Sky hits 5, but a quiet week overall, just The Band’s Rag Mama Rag at 20 (not even their best single) and The Archies EP at 9: this was an EP mum and dad bought with my own pocket money. I’d asked them to get me The Partridge Family EP – EP’s were quite pricey, but you got 4 good quality tracks as I was mad on the new TV show and songs, but they knew I was also mad on The Archies songs from TV shows, too – I even took to recording them direct from the TV with a hand-held microphone on our reel-to-reel recorder, tinny quality but they also happened to be generally pretty good, and many of them remain unreleased to this day, to my ongoing annoyance. Anyhoo, Sugar Sugar had already topped, but the other tracks were also good, I already knew the theme tune (which was fun) and Bang Shang A Lang was jolly bubblegum pop that had hit the US charts before Sugar Sugar. Of course, I also bought the comics if I had spare cash after grabbing every DC superhero comic I could find from second-hand bookstalls and shops. The cover of the EP (the first I ever bought) is also the one used by the youtube link

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
4 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
8 ( 6 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( NEW ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
10 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
12 ( 13 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
14 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 18 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
17 ( 14 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
18 ( 16 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
19 ( 20 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
20 ( NEW ) RAG MAMA RAG The Band

In the news world, there were 2 major stories around the world, and very much in Singapore too: The Beatles split up! Paul McCartney announced the unthinkable, the fab four were no more, they were an ex-world-conquering-megastar-act. These days we are used to seeing bands fold, even big ones, and even at the height of their success, but back then there had never been a band as big as The Beatles (and never would be again), and they really were rewriting all of the rule books, including ending at the top of their game. For me personally, it all seemed a bit distant (quite literally), and as I’d already loved Give Peace A Chance the prospect of solo Beatles singles seemed to still be a very good thing, and to be honest I’m not sure I (or the media, or anyone else) thought that it would be forever. I just seemed so unlikely that the biggest pop group in the world as far back as I could remember would not be back. Good thing I didn’t know the reality!

The other event was Apollo 13. It gripped the world media over the next 2 weeks, as it lifted-off on it’s doomed (but ultimately heroic) voyage to the moon. Apollo 11 had been Earth-shattering, Apollo 12 was a bit like watching a repeat, only without a camera – the lack of images was a major PR disaster and was the start of the grumbling backlash from critics and taxpayers. Apollo 13 was different. We honestly had no idea what would happen, and I recall one of mum’s friend’s soberly offering an opinion that she thought they would die, which kind of brought it all home how serious the situation was. I can’t do better than suggest watching the Tom Hanks movie Apollo13, that pretty much tells the whole story of Jim Lovell and co, and perfectly captures what 1970 looked like and sounded like, the fashions, the media. My mum was 30-ish and wore mini-skirts, so did her friends. I was mad on the space missions and was gutted when they cancelled them. I cut out colour splash photos of Apollo 14 on the moon, as it got a temporary boost and subsequent missions had the cool Lunar Rover to motor about as well as proper decent colour video pictures. Awesome then, awesome now, and as part of history now taken for granted. I suggest taking a look at the recent high-def images of the moon’s surface, taken from satellite, they are incredible, you can make out every rover trail, footprints and every bit of equipment left on the surface of the moon. They will stay there, barring return visits which look less likely with every passing decade, for centuries, long after all of the crackpot “Moon-landing hoax” money-making charlatans have been forgotten. For every event there is a conspiracy theorist jumping out of the woodwork to get rich on other people’s paranoia and naivety.

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo

mobile brush and carpet man, mum and ahtchoo


21st April 1970

3 weeks for Dana, summertime, wintertime, spring and autumn too, nothing is shifting her, not even The Archies at 3, or Stevie Wonder up to 8. Highest new entry, though, is a personal obscure fave of mine written by blue-eyed soul/gospel singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. She was a fantastic songwriter but never made it as an artist, but her songs were often covered successfully by acts of the time, and especially by The Fifth Dimension, the ultimate sweet soul harmony band. Like contemporaries The Carpenters, considered a bit too MOR and uncool, I think they are long overdue a critical re-appraisal. Save The Country was a social-conscience gospel song with lyrical sentiments that still apply. I’d like to see it covered, modern-stylee, and not just because it evokes strong feel-good nostalgic memories of 1970 Singapore (which it does, the group were often on US variety shows broadcast) or the general music-scene vibes of 1970 (which it should, not being a million miles away from Hair – and their hit version of Aquarius).

Tom Jones is back, 2 years of popchartfreak-hit-making (pah! 2 years! Currently on about 46 years…) and Daughter Of Darkness was one of his more sombre darker-story-songs, and it packed a punch enough. Arguably his last record to do that for, ooh, 18 years. The Hollies meanwhile can’t tell the bottom from the top, not a problem I generally have, and it’s a decent enough pop song (as always). Finally House Of The Rising Sun is back, very famous, one of those songs that always seemed to have existed in pop culture, but not The Animals! No, it’s a hippie prog rock version from Frijid Pink. Alecia Moore might have something to say about that, I’d hazard a guess!

1 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
2 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

6 ( 4 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
8 ( 16 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
9 ( 8 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
12 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink
14 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
15 ( 14 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

16 ( 19 ) TRAVELLIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival
17 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
18 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops
19 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink

the garden plants, me and baby brother

the garden plants, me and baby brother


Back in home-life anecdote vogue, we had local gardeners come round to cut the lawn – not exactly grass in the European sense, the plants had broader leaves and were quite tough under-foot as they needed to be to avoid getting washed away in monsoon rains. The main gardener was usually a Malay man with a couple of kids tagged on, and they planted a few decorative shrubs with pink and white flowers around, one they called the poo-poo tree. Maybe they were having us on, it was quite nice! The garden was quite exposed to the sun at this time, little natural shade, so I was fascinated to see them stick a twig in the ground by the fence and monsoon drain behind it in the front garden facing our fold-out door – the front room had no windows at all, basically the whole frontage just folded into wooden doors that folded inward and opened up the room to the garden (and insects and chit-chat geckos). More fascinating was the twig actually growing rapidly, sprouting leaves, and within a year or 18 months it was shady tree big enough to climb into (at least for me and my brother). I also became interested in growing exotic fast-growing plant-pot plants and seeds outside. Still am. Still do.


28th April 1970

It’s a new entry, the only act that can stop The Archies from topping my chart – yes it’s The Beatles getting a 3rd Number One, all of them Paul McCartney songs, and the Fabs replace themselves in the chart as Let It Be prematurely vacates the UK singles chart but The Long And Winding Road heads to the top of the US chart, and gets plenty of Singapore exposure. Paul wasn’t that keen on the Phil Spector strings arrangement, but I was a huge 12-year-old fan of it, and the climactic emotional build. Sentimental? Absolutely. Mushy? A bit. Brilliant? Too right! It was the end of the Long And Winding Road for The Beatles, and a good one to go out on as much as Let It Be was. Not a UK single of course, like so many classic Beatles tracks, though it did eventually top the UK charts, err for Gareth Gates and Will Young. Better late than never.

The World Cup was apparently a thing in 1970. I say that as I had no inkling about anything to do with it, other than the song Back Home which was listed in the Daily Mirror Top 30 charts when we got a massive bundle of newspapers all glued and packaged together like a telephone book every month or so. At least I got to hear about some of the hits even if not actually hear them. So, in at 18 an actual decent World Cup song, and it’s from the England squad on their way in the summer to not actually winning for a second time in a row. Ne’er mind, sure there’ll be another victory soon, lads…. No? In at 19, a folk singer often on UK TV, Julie Felix does a quick cover of the Simon And Garfunkel album track. I liked Julie, but let’s be honest, not as good as the S&G version. Which leaves The Move returning after a number one in 1969 with Blackberry Way, but with a difference – Roy Wood had inducted his Brummie mate in the band, name of Jeff Lynne, and The Brontosaurus was a monster combo. A bit heavy, not one of my fave Move tracks, but it was essentially the seeds of The Electric Light Orchestra being sown before our eyes. Nobody remembers the Move anymore (sadly), but ELO and Roy Wood are still a bit famous!

1 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
3 ( 1 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel

6 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
7 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 7 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 8 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 17 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 11 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
13 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
14 ( 19 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
15 ( 13 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

16 ( 14 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
17 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( NEW ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
19 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
20 ( NEW ) BRONTOSAURUS The Move

My 1995 Charts – March

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5th March 1995

2 weeks on top for MN8 as Human League leap to 2 with a man in their heart, and The Boo Radleys wake up to the news that they have hit 3. Hooray! Dionne Farris, ex-Arrested Development singer returns solo to the top 10 in one fell swoop where Arrested Development needed a few weeks longer with Tennessee in 1992. Elton John Believes he can still grab a top 10 hit 24 years into his career, and so indeed he can, at 9, and comfortably more than 20+ to date. Which of course leaves PJ & Duncan making number 10 with Our Radio Rocks. No, I’m not quite sure why either!

Sophie B. and The Tabernacle both get deserved top 20 climbs, as does a little obscure ditty by a band called Take That. Back For Good? You can bet on it! The charity collaboration wiv da girls builds a quick chart bridge to 28, and Des’ree enters at 30 with her best record You Gotta Be – it was all diminishing returns from hereon. Mory Kante takes an inferior remix of his 1988 top 3 Ye Ke Ye Ke back into the 40, and the much-missed Kirsty MacColl brings Caroline in just behind at 38. At 40, it’s a debut entry for a massive act. They were huge in the USA, the album sold and sold and sold, and they even had an episode of Friends based around tickets for one of their concerts. Hootie And The Blowfish. Yes, who? They never made it in the UK but had a couple of good singles, Hold My Hand being one, and then pretty much that was that. Hey ho.

Lower down, it’s new entries from Brand New Heavies and Rozalla, both still on a streak of hits, and East 17’s goodie Let It Rain is in at 51.

1 ( 1 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
2 ( 20 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 9 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
4 ( 3 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
5 ( 2 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
6 ( 7 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
7 ( 44 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
8 ( 5 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
9 ( 22 ) BELIEVE Elton John
10 ( 19 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan

11 ( 4 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
12 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
13 ( 6 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
14 ( 10 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
15 ( 24 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
16 ( 34 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
17 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
18 ( 31 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
19 ( 11 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
20 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

21 ( 16 ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
22 ( 37 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
23 ( 14 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
24 ( 13 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
25 ( 36 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
26 ( 32 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
27 ( 28 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
28 ( 56 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
29 ( 17 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
30 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree

31 ( 33 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
32 ( 23 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
33 ( 15 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
34 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
35 ( 26 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
36 ( 29 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
37 ( 53 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
38 ( 45 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
39 ( 21 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
40 ( NEW ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish

41 ( 39 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
42 ( 35 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
43 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
44 ( 42 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
45 ( 43 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
46 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
47 ( 64 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
48 ( 47 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
49 ( NEW ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
50 ( 30 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( NEW ) LET IT RAIN East 17
52 ( 41 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
53 ( 59 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
54 ( 54 ) CREEP TLC
55 ( 40 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
56 ( 50 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
57 ( 55 ) STARS China Black
58 ( RE ) ASK The Smiths
59 ( 38 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
60 ( 60 ) WAKING UP Elastica

61 ( 58 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
62 ( 46 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( RE ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
65 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 74 ) PERFECT DAY EMF
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 49 ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( 69 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( 48 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
75 ( 75 ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen

12th March 1995

A sudden surprise number one from a track that had seemed to have peaked: She’s A River belatedly giving Simple Minds a chart-topper where earlier classics didn’t, notably Up On The Catwalk which came closest. There’s some fab guitar riffing, and it’s an under-rated track as poor ol Jim Kerr by this time was getting some serious stick from rock musos who had turned on him for not sounding like he did 10 or 15 years earlier, and being more U2-ish stadium-sounding. In the age of grunge that was an unforgivable sin. As I’ve never let being out of fashion musically affect my love for a great record, I continued to ignore trendy rock critics and the backlash.
Highest new entry at 8 is Turn On Tune In Cop Out, Freakpower returning to my charts with a track that was a minor UK hit in 1993, very annoyingly, as it’s got great funk-tastic laid-back groovy vibes, maaaan. It’s also Fatboy Slim Norman Cook’s best track to date pre-Fatboy. Sophie B. Hawkins gets her 3rd top 10 track, the lovely As I Lay Me Down hitting 9, and Paul Carrack, the late Paul Young and Mike Rutherford get a good top 20 climb as Mike And The Mechanics, giving 2 of them 21 years of that, and Paul Young 16 years since Sad Cafe debuted. Talking of 21 years of top 20 entries…Sparks leap to 20 with Charlie Parker (sort of) and a new BBC version of the song that launched them This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us.

In the week he was touring (see below) Prince does a medley of hits as promo single, and enters at 24, giving him 15 years worth of chart bothering. East 17, Rozalla, Elastica, Alex Party and Brand New Heavies all go top 40, while an oddity pops in at 33, the great fun Glam Metal Detectives, the theme to the Peter Richardson satire sketch show which was written by 10CC’s Lol Creme and Trevor Horn ex-Buggles and producer supremo. In at 36, progressive house duo Leftfield (featuring Toni Halliday) and Original, following up the John Lydon Open Up. At 44 Duran Duran cover classic Lou Reid a few years before the BBC make it a million seller for everyone except Duran Duran – there’s gratitude for you!

Which leaves Siouxsie and The Banshees returning 17 years in, with Stargazer, Terrorvision, some people say, Prince’s band New Power Generation, Faith No More and Wet Wet Wet, Julia says. I says they are all new entries.

1 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
2 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 3 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
4 ( 1 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
5 ( 6 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
6 ( 4 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
7 ( 7 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
8 ( NEW ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
9 ( 15 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 5 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

11 ( 18 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
12 ( 9 ) BELIEVE Elton John
13 ( 16 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
14 ( 10 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
15 ( 25 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
16 ( 13 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
17 ( 22 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
18 ( 14 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
19 ( 8 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
20 ( 64 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks

21 ( 11 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
22 ( 30 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
23 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
24 ( NEW ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
25 ( 20 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
26 ( 37 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
27 ( 17 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
28 ( 19 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 51 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
30 ( 46 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies

31 ( 24 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
32 ( 23 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
34 ( 31 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
35 ( 49 ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
36 ( NEW ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
37 ( 29 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
38 ( 47 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
39 ( 60 ) WAKING UP Elastica
40 ( 53 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi

41 ( 34 ) WHATEVER Oasis
42 ( 27 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
43 ( 26 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
44 ( NEW ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
45 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
46 ( 32 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
47 ( 35 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
48 ( 44 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
49 ( 45 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
50 ( 43 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant

51 ( 48 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
52 ( 36 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
53 ( 40 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
54 ( 42 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
55 ( 39 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
56 ( NEW ) STARGAZER Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 38 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
58 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
59 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
60 ( 57 ) STARS China Black

61 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
62 ( 52 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
65 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
66 ( NEW ) WILD New Power Generation
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 56 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
69 ( RE ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( NEW ) PUSH THE FEELING ON The Nightcrawlers
72 ( 54 ) CREEP TLC
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) DIGGING THE GRAVE Faith No More
75 ( NEW ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet


This week I went to see Prince again at Wembley Arena. Prince has a reputation for being one of the great live acts. He is. I’d seen him before, so I also knew trying to smuggle a cassette recorder in to get my own crappy quality souvenir was counter-productive – the last time they searched everyone going in and took away any cameras, tapes etc and stored them in the coat-drop with a ticket to collect afterwards. As you can imagine, it took effing forever to get it back afterwards which meant a very late drive back to Dorset. Prince, of course, continues to do his best to avoid keeping a fanbase (rather effectively), acting somewhat like the gulls in Finding nemo: Mine! Mine! Hey, ho, he was great anyway though not as memorable as the Graffiti Bridge tour. Top tracks were 1. 7, 2. LETITGO and 3. LOVE THY WILL BE DONE (the Martika track he wrote for her)


19th March 1995

Human League get their 2nd number one of 1995, and their final (credited) to date with a total of 9, as One Man In My Heart slides sweetly on top. Freak Power Turn On Tune In Drop Out, I mean Cop Out at 2. Sorry that’s a Timothy O’Leary hippie habit. East 17 don’t need an umbrella, they rocket to 3 and are happy to Let It Rain. Take That get their 4th top 10 record as Back For Good continues a slow climb upwards. Duran Duran meanwhile shoot from 44 to 12 on what must have been a Perfect Day for a decent cover version, and the first one to chart – even Lou didn’t chart with it!

Leftfield hit the top 20 with a synthy shuffle, the duo’s Paul Daley now 3 places higher than former bandmates Brand New Heavies latest. Faves of mine 10CC’s new version of I’m Not In Love is back in the 20 for the first time in 20 (years). Also doing it: Des’ree, Cher & co, and Prince, who keeps ahead of his New Power Generation getting wild at 26, both getting a concert boost. Neither are on youtube, so Prince must be behind them. Hey ho. In at 39, the highest new entry is Crash Test Dummies doing quirky XTC cover: I never saw The Ballad OF Peter Pumpkinhead coming, but both versions should have been big. The video has Dumb and Dumber’s Jeff Daniels in it.

A flood of new entries lower down, Simple Minds follow up Hypnotised, a Radiohead classic is High and Dry, the late Aaliyah states Age Is Nothin’ But A Number, probably justifying getting married at 15 to R. Kelly. The courts hold a different view these days. Bomb The Bass and The Stone Roses are back, Clock cover Axel F to keep the 80’s vibe going, while Snap! and the Bucketheads enter with a couple of great dance tracks. Rankin’ Roger’s back with Pato Banton, giving him 16 years of chart entries since The Beat debuted, and 2 Unlimited and Rednex keep the European former UK chart-topper list topped up.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
2 ( 8 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
3 ( 29 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
4 ( 1 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
5 ( 5 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
6 ( 7 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
7 ( 6 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 4 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
9 ( 11 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
10 ( 3 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys

11 ( 10 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
12 ( 44 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
13 ( 9 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
14 ( 12 ) BELIEVE Elton John
15 ( 36 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
16 ( 69 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
17 ( 22 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
18 ( 30 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
19 ( 23 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
20 ( 24 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince

21 ( 14 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
22 ( 17 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
23 ( 15 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
24 ( 16 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
25 ( 13 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
26 ( 66 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
27 ( 19 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
28 ( 38 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
29 ( 18 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
30 ( 20 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks

31 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
32 ( 25 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
33 ( 21 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
34 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
35 ( 26 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
36 ( 31 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
37 ( 58 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
38 ( 34 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
39 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
40 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

41 ( NEW ) REAL LOVE Drizabone
42 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
43 ( 53 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
44 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
45 ( 41 ) WHATEVER Oasis
46 ( NEW ) HIGH AND DRY Radiohead
47 ( 35 ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
48 ( NEW ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
49 ( 42 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
50 ( NEW ) AGE AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A NUMBER Aaliyah

51 ( 48 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
52 ( 49 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
53 ( 51 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( NEW ) AXEL F Clock
55 ( NEW ) ONE TO ONE RELIGION Bomb The Bass
56 ( 43 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
57 ( NEW ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
58 ( NEW ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
59 ( 59 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
60 ( NEW ) TEN STOREY LOVE SONG The Stone Roses

61 ( 50 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
62 ( 60 ) STARS China Black
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
65 ( 64 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
66 ( 65 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 47 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
69 ( NEW ) THE BOMB Bucketheads

70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
71 ( 71 ) PUSH THE FEELING ON The Nightcrawlers
72 ( 54 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
73 ( 75 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
75 ( NEW ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex

In my oldies playlisting I was obsessed with the brilliant original histrionically emotional one-take of Lorraine Ellison’s 60’s classic Stay With Me Baby. Criminally this record has never charted in mine, or the UK, though many more insipid versions have. Go figure…

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26th March 1995

It’s yet another new number one, this time East 17 get their sole topper after not quite managing to Stay Another Day, they decide to Let It Rain. Will the Number One revolving door stop any time soon? Well, it’s a good dancepop record but not a classic, so place your bets… while up to 3 threatening is Leftfield doing something Original, and Take That at 4 looking like they are Back For Good. Up 51 places to 6, Snap get their 3rd big dance single, following on from The Power and Rhythm Is A Dancer in 1990 and 1992. Up 41, Simple Minds get a quick 2nd Top 10 hit at 7, Hypnotised, an altogether more laid back vibe to She’s A River. Duran Duran meantime keep the top 10 span alive with Perfect Day at 8, 14 years since Planet Earth did it first. Finally, at 9, Crash Test Dummies get a third top 10 hit. Mmm mmm mmmm pumpkin. Phew, that’s a bit of a turnover!

Highest new entry is C.B Milton, It’s A Loving Thing at 17, but just behind it’s The Fab Four, a BBC live version of The Shirelles Baby It’s You (a Burt Bacharach toon). OK the sound quality is basic, but the joy of hearing John Lennon over-rides that, as at that time, it’s the first newly-available Beatles single (of unavailable tracks, give or take a Movie Medley) in 25 years. Granted a studio version was available back in 63, but The Beatles in the singles chart is where they still belong, as far as I’m concerned! Meanwhile, Tom Petty, part time Wilbury with The Fabs George Harrison, doesn’t know how it feels to be at 18 – cos he’s in at 26. The UK Eurovision entry goes 90’s in sound, rap Love City groovetastic, and bangs straight in at 27, the highest chart placing for a UK entry in a decade, with the best UK entry in over 20 years, if not ever!
2 Unlimited show they can still rocket up into the 40, and here I go, ahead of some hand holding from Hootie going back up, to 29. There’s a spot of wiggling with the Outhere Brothers new at 31, and some more Rednex pop in at 37, with some clocking at 40 to add a bit of cheese into a chart sandwich. At 45 Mica Paris does a soul cover of U2’s recent classic One, not the first time U2 songs have successfully transformed into soul records, cos soul (like U2) is about wearing your heart on your sleeve, with passion. Mica’s run of singles stretches back to 7 years or so. The Lightning Seeds are meanwhile Marvellous as always, and in at 58, and Boy George returns at 60, Funtime and 13 years of cultured hits. Barry White is also back 22 years on (again) with a song that isn’t an old Dusty Springfield classic – it’s just the title. Londonbeat are also back at 70, and Bryan Adams somewhat dirge-like woman at 74.

1 ( 3 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
2 ( 1 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 15 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
4 ( 9 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
5 ( 2 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
6 ( 57 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 48 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
8 ( 12 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
9 ( 39 ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
10 ( 8 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

11 ( 10 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
12 ( 6 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
13 ( 4 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
14 ( 26 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
15 ( 5 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
16 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
17 ( NEW ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
18 ( NEW ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
19 ( 14 ) BELIEVE Elton John
20 ( 11 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

21 ( 13 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
22 ( 18 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
23 ( 19 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
24 ( 16 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
25 ( 28 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
26 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
27 ( NEW ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
28 ( 64 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
29 ( 43 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
30 ( 17 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree

31 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
32 ( 20 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
33 ( 21 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
34 ( 38 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
35 ( 37 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
36 ( 27 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
37 ( 75 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
38 ( 34 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
39 ( 36 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
40 ( 54 ) AXEL F Clock

41 ( 32 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
42 ( 23 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
43 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
44 ( 29 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
45 ( NEW ) ONE Mica Paris
46 ( 25 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
47 ( 33 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
48 ( 73 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
49 ( 58 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
50 ( 45 ) WHATEVER Oasis

51 ( 30 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
52 ( 40 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
53 ( 52 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 51 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
55 ( 53 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 35 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
57 ( 22 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
58 ( NEW ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
59 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
60 ( NEW ) FUNTIME Boy George

61 ( 42 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
62 ( 44 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
63 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
64 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 59 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 69 ) THE BOMB Bucketheads
67 ( 66 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
68 ( 65 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) I’M JUST YOUR (PUPPET ON A STRING) Londonbeat

71 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( 62 ) STARS China Black
73 ( RE ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
75 ( 74 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

My 1990 Charts – March

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4th March 1990

At 1, it’s the fantastic career-peaking indie synth Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode finally getting that elusive chart-topper 9 years after starting a non-stop run of chart entries, and starting to catch up with former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke’s 2 (with Yazoo – Only You in 1982 – and Erasure – Sometimes in 1986). Talking of fab synth music, the more fab melodic aforesaid Vince is at 2 with his best record, the tuneful Blue Savannah. What were the chances!?

Jumping up to 6, it’s Cliff going all Stock Aitken Waterman in sound again, and a bit of video dancing cos he’s Stronger Than That, but it gives him a sweet non-stop run of top 10 entries for most years since 1968. Tears For Fears get a 7th top 10 in 8 years, and Electribe 101 just miss out on a second at 11. Highest new entry at 19 is JT, accompanied by his Big Family. They sound a little suspiciously like sampled Soul II Soul over some Art Of Noise, actually – well not suspiciously like, to be fair, exactly like. It’s a good shuffling soul track though. Shooting up, as well, it’s a dance anthem from Guru Josh at 31 – To Infinity and beyond! Quirky indierock classic Birdhouse In My Soul enters at 34 for They Might Be Giants, still sounds great.

Bros start to fade in the UK charts, but register in mine with the decent Madly In Love at 39, Jimmy Somerville is reading lips and keeping the hit singles coming fast at 38, these days solo as opposed to Bronski or Communard hits, while Billy joel is going to extremes to get into the top 40. Not one of his key tracks, but I have a new respect for Bill, having seen Elio Pace doing his songbook twice now (including this weekend April 2015), and the versatility of Billy’s songs (classical-inspired as much as poprocksoul inspired) is undeniable, and Elio Pace is great live (NOT a tribute act as such, he’s a working musician touring the songbook for now out of love for Joel).

Lower down and new: Innocence is sweet at 42, Wet Wet Wet a bit gospelly at 47, a mish mash of tracks and artists from the BRITS is at 50, while at 68 Eurythmic Dave Stewart is back with his best solo record 11 years after debuting with The Tourists, in tandem with sax player Candy Dulfer, and Lily Is Here is fab and instrumental. Leaving The Mission seeking deliverance at 75. Wonder if they’ve tried Duelling Banjos…

1 ( 2 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
2 ( 4 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 1 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
4 ( 3 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
5 ( 11 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 29 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
7 ( 9 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
8 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 6 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
10 ( 24 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears

11 ( 34 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
12 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 7 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
15 ( 17 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 10 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 27 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 22 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
20 ( 15 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love

21 ( 19 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
22 ( 13 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 31 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
25 ( 20 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
26 ( 21 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
27 ( 16 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
28 ( 25 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
29 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
30 ( 39 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

31 ( 65 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
32 ( 28 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
33 ( 40 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( NEW ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
35 ( 35 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 23 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
37 ( 32 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
38 ( NEW ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
39 ( NEW ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
40 ( NEW ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

41 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
42 ( NEW ) NATURAL THING innocence
43 ( 36 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
44 ( 30 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
45 ( 38 ) HELLO The Beloved
46 ( 41 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
47 ( NEW ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 75 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists

51 ( 45 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
52 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
55 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
56 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
57 ( 37 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
58 ( 47 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
59 ( 51 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 63 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 66 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
63 ( 57 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
64 ( 60 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
65 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 54 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
67 ( 58 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( NEW ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
69 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 44 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
73 ( 73 ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) DELIVERANCE The Mission

At work, I spent a few days re-checking input surveying data onto a new computer system, while the culprit was off sick – if you want a job doing right…etc. Work 10-pin bowling evening was fab fun, we were all young and keen and enjoyed social activities, hooray! Young Lucy’s new hairdo was a worthy of comment all round, and with news she had got a job with Christchurch Council, sadly, she was great fun. My top 2 singles this very week came on the video screens while we bowled. Came 2nd in two games, pah! I was moaning about my bedroom being full of crap, to my diary, and I’m happy to report that situation hasn’t changed 25 years later – except I now fill 3 rooms with my “crap”, aka records, books, mags, souvenirs, DVDs and hi fi equipment, computers, TV, blu ray and much much much more. In the news the Poll tax was getting everybody wound up, and on TV I was watching a Horizon special on the awesome Voyager spacecrafts accomplishments, and loving Quantum Leap with future Trek captain Scott Bakula. The weekend was spent getting nervous over preparations for a forthcoming American holiday with mum, dad and my little niece and nephew (7 and 5 years old)…

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greenland or canada…!

11th March 1990

In from nowhere it’s a 1989 remix/re-recording of my all-time favourite single, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. In the week I went to Florida for the first time, it just seemed so appropriate as wherever I’ve gone in the world it invariably pops up, albeit less frequently these days. In chart terms though it wasn’t anywhere close to being near my all-time chart-points top, so this was a nice boost for it, even if this version is more lacklustre than the spine-tingling original. That’s bad news for Erasure, who get blocked at 2 instead of being on top with the fab Blue Savannah. Boo! Also a shame for the B52’s classic Love Shack, ultimate party track getting to 3, but it wouldn’t top until the end of the 90’s on re-issue.

Highest new entry at 4 is down to heavy rotation on Orlando pop radio, Janet Jackson’s Escapade, the best track on the fab Rhythm Nation album, and all of the singles huge in the States where the Jam n Lewis sound still ruled. All of the UK singles underperformed though, so by the time they got round to this one in the UK (the 4th) they’d resorted to jangly piano remixes for all her singles from the album to fit in with the dance sounds of UK 1990. They were all inferior to the Jam n Lewis originals, and so it’s they that count in my charts, not the UK cash-in’s. Escapade had one hell of a great melody and laid back dance groove. Not that I was agin new indie dance, as shown by Guru Josh’ big climb to 5, and in at 15 the fantastic Loaded from Primal Scream, sampling The Emotions and all sorts of bits n bobs.

Holding at 17, Marc Almond’s orchestral mini-melodrama A Lover Spurned, his forte let’s be honest. More surprisingly Bros get a rare top 20 track in my charts just ahead of the leaping instrumental delight of Dave Stewart at 19. Up to 30 the lovely chilled-dance grooves of Innocence and Natural Thing, while Belinda’s Runaway Horses gallop into the 40. Let’s not mention Jive Bunny and Shaky though, OK? It Bites, though, get their first top 40 record in 4 years for those still too young to remember Calling All The Heroes. In at 43, it’s Michael Penn and his fab jangly rockpop US hit No Myth. Who he? He’s actor and occasional Madonna hubby Sean Penn’s younger brother that’s who, and it should have been a hit in the UK. I got to hear it on Orlando radio a good bit, hooray, USA radio was pretty cooking then, oldies and pop.

Martika’s back at 46 with Water, while Siouxsie brings her Fury Eyes back a bit higher than the other week at 62, and Sam Brown keeps her run going with a little love at 66. At 70 it’s a rave second summer of love dance remix of the original summer of love Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever, a song that seemed un-coverable, but fitted in nicely with the mood of ’90. The slacker indie rock of under-rated Cowboy Junkies in at 72 as the sun comes up, and the new kids wont go away, as the largely insipid I’ll Be Loving You pops in and out at 73, ahead of Whitesnake at 75, The Deeper The Love still getting them in.

1 ( NEW ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
4 ( NEW ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
5 ( 31 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
6 ( 1 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
7 ( 3 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
8 ( 4 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
10 ( 11 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101

11 ( 6 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
12 ( 7 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
13 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
14 ( 19 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
15 ( NEW ) LOADED Primal Scream
16 ( 9 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
17 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 39 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
19 ( 68 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
20 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 15 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
22 ( 14 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
23 ( 13 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 40 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
25 ( 38 ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 34 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
27 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
28 ( 23 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 ( 22 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
30 ( 42 ) NATURAL THING innocence

31 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
32 ( 20 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
33 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( 50 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
35 ( 21 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
36 ( 26 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
37 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
38 ( NEW ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
39 ( 48 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 60 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

41 ( 28 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
42 ( 37 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
44 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
45 ( 47 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
47 ( 24 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
48 ( 27 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
49 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

51 ( 25 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
52 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 36 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
54 ( 32 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
56 ( 75 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
57 ( 55 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 54 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
59 ( 59 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 44 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

61 ( 57 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
62 ( RE ) FURY EYES The Creatures
63 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 51 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
66 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( 56 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
68 ( 63 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
69 ( 64 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) SUN COMES UP (IT’S TUESDAY MORNING) Cowboy Junkies
73 ( NEW ) I’LL BE LOVING YOU (FOREVER) New Kids On The Block
74 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
75 ( NEW ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

10th March and a 4am rise with 2 sleep-deprived kids, dad driving us to Gatwick, car parking, and running after Gavin & Vicki now well awake. Not kids that sit quietly! Virgin airways flight to Miami 11.45, sat with Gavin while some Irish yuppies joked about bombs sat next to me: not particularly funny in those days! Amazingly, once we were up in the air we headed towards Poole and actually flew over our house!! Told the kids, “where?” they asked not entirely bothered. Virgin: Now That’s What I Call Music 16 pop videos, free earphones, a free mag, MASH TV, The Fabulous Baker Boys movie (yawn!) not to mention ice-flows, snow-covered mountains and assorted dramatic Greenland/northern Canada scenery to look at. Quite exciting! Flew over Martha’s Vineyard, just to rub it in that I’d not got there 6 months earlier, and then a long haul to hot, sticky Miami and customs queuing with irritable parent and kids, Vicki refusing to sleep at any time. Conveniently, the Virgin terminal was as far from the connecting Delta Airwaves terminal as you could get, and the time between the flights limited, so it was a dash, a race, and a stress to get to the plane with minutes to spare. Nice views of Miami, though, as we flew to Orlando International, and even better was the school of whales in the sea.

It was dark as we landed, picked up the large car, and I practiced driving it a bit, before heading for our first toll booths and more by luck spotted our Days Inn motel from the toll road as it was about to merge with the I4. Got the apartment, watched The Golden Girls, and I fell asleep on the fold-out front-room bed about 3am UK time. Busy day. So the first day, Sunday, in Orlando we went to the Florida Mall for a jetlagged easy day, after I’d channel-hopped the radio at breakfast for Mix 105.1 and a host of new pop tracks. Icehouse’s Electric Blue was the first track I heard in Florida. Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was the hot new discovery for me.

The Florida “grass” lawns around the hotel grounds was like Singapore “grass” so I got all nostalgic at the many plant-life similarities, and took some photos of the kids while waiting for the hard-sell travel rep trying to get us to buy theme parks tickets. I was dead sure we could get them cheaper elsewhere (it was) but we bought some anyway. Vicki got flushed and grumpy running round in the heat, but took some good photos of them in sunglasses on the play equipment. They spoke to their mum on the phone a while, then I drove us to the Mall. It was huge, I liked the palm tree entrance (now long-gone) and we ate in the large catering plaza. I found a record store, Janet Jackson’s Escapade video was playing, and I took it as a sign that I needed to buy the 1824 Rhythm Nation CD album – this was cheap by UK standards (under £10). Shockingly, 25 years later, cd’s are still the same price and bargain-cheap compared to inflation. Got myself a Starlog mag and TV Guide as a treat. Back to the motel, ET on a billboard gazing down at our room, advertising the soon-to-open new Universal Studios. Not soon enough for us though, doh!

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida


18th March 1990

In my first full-week-in-Florida chart Erasure knock off my all-time favourite (in non-remixed form) record after one week, giving Baker Street a total not quite up to it’s 1978 run. It’s Erasure’s second chart-topper, the first being Sometimes in 1986. Blue Savannah is far and away my fave of the two, though. Janet Jackson meanwhile is up to 2, Escapade equalling her 1986 track When I Think Of You, and Primal Scream are loaded at 8 and shockingly Bros go top 10 with Madly In Love for their second and last top 10 single (following When Will I Be Famous).

Highest new entry is Cher, Heart Of Stone following up a chart-topper for her at 11, helped no end by making a slightly more thumping rock version of an otherwise identical fabulous Bucks Fizz top 5 track from 1988. Yes, that’s right, Bucks Fizz did it first, subtler and better. Elton, 1989 former number one, is now getting some serious Florida airplay, explaining Sacrifice’s rebound to 12, while also hot in Orlando, Alannah Myles sultry delta blues classic Black Velvet is in at 17 with a bang. Up to 19, and no myth-take, it’th Sean Penn’s younger brother climbing fast, while Billy Joel gets another top 20 as I go to extremes.

At 24, it’s the final single off Like A Prayer as the US-only single is ignored in the UK, Keep It Together was available in several mixes on a mega-cd single – so I bought it along with Cher’s Heart Of Stone album, and similar cd mixes of Depeche Mode, Prince and Erasure. CD singles were still available in the US, but they were about to decline as albums were the product being pushed, only a few dollars more than a single. U.S. Singles sales would be dead within a decade, from a 30-year-period where they sold millions and millions. In at 27, Aerosmith kick themselves out of the 40 with new US hit, Janie’s Got A Gun, a sort of latter-day I Don’t Like Mondays in lyrical subject matter, if not sound. At 29, Roxette are back, just a little bit Dangerous, and huge in the States as follow-up’s to The Look flopped in the UK, at least initially. Jody Watley gets a solo top 30 some decade after arriving with Shalamar, Everything, and Taylor Dayne gets a 3rd top 40 entry with a ballad, Love Will Lead You back, after her fab 1987 dance chart-topper Tell It To My Heart. Finally, The Mission grab another top 40 goth climber, Deliverance!

Lower down, lots more US radio entries, and some old UK hits now getting American airplay go back up or enter, for example Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul. At 54 Expose are back, just like they were in 1987 when I had a West Coast USA holiday, though Tell Me Why’s not as good as When I Look At Him, but they did fit in with the big Florida-based latino dance acts who were about. At 56, Belinda Carlisle’s current US single Summer Rain enters as her less-good UK single Runaway Horses peaks at 33, while Donny Osmond is back at 59, I’ll Be Good To You extending his run of solo singles to 18 years, and still only 32 years old, just like me. It seemed more sophisticated than Puppy Love at the time, but in truth it’s bland where Puppy Love is charming. The B52’s are also back with Roam, current US single as Love Shack is big in the UK, entering here at 63, less quirky but still good. At 67, Paula Abdul is also back with her best single, Opposites Attract, complete with cartoon cat video. At 71, one of music’s unlikely survivors, Paul Carrack has a solo US hit, I Live By The Groove, extending his hit career to 16 years since Ace took How Long from the UK to USA charts. That’s nothing, Chicago had been having US hits since 1970, with only occasional UK success, but What Kind Of Man extends their chart run to 20 years at 72, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt meantime get together for a ballad, and take their career in the US charts back to the 60’s and into the 90’s, while Linda gets a sweet 13 years in my charts since her 60’s hit Different Drum charted. Phil Collins wishes for rain at 74, and Michael Bolton debuts the sound of constipated vocal foghorns at 75. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
2 ( 4 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 5 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 3 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
7 ( 9 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
8 ( 15 ) LOADED Primal Scream
9 ( 18 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
10 ( 6 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

11 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
13 ( 19 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
14 ( 7 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
15 ( 12 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
16 ( 11 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
17 ( NEW ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
18 ( 13 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
19 ( 43 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 24 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

21 ( 10 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
22 ( 14 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
24 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
27 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
28 ( 16 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
29 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Roxette
30 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley

31 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
32 ( 26 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
33 ( 37 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
34 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
35 ( 30 ) NATURAL THING innocence
36 ( 39 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 38 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
38 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 56 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
40 ( 29 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

41 ( 46 ) WATER Martika
42 ( 27 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
43 ( 28 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
44 ( 74 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
45 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 23 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
47 ( 42 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
48 ( 32 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
50 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 31 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
53 ( 36 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
54 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Expose
55 ( 40 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
56 ( NEW ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
57 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 34 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
59 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
60 ( 35 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers

61 ( 41 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 44 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
63 ( NEW ) ROAM The B52’s
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 66 ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( NEW ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
68 ( NEW ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
69 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 55 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K

71 ( NEW ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
73 ( NEW ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
75 ( NEW ) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Michael Bolton


In Orlando, it was theme park time, first up Sea World, as it was just down the road 5 minutes. Not impressed by some dolphins being in a small petting pool on the way in, and I’m not a fan of performing animals so reluctantly watched the various arena shows, though the trainers seemed to genuinely care for the animals. Far more interested, me, in actual birds hanging about for free food. Vicki meanwhile managed to lose the first of several sunglasses and hats (over the 2 weeks). The bored whales, once not performing, made me feel sorry for them penned up in not huge (to them) otherwise empty pools of sea water. The best show of the day was a mime taking the piss out of people walking to seats in the sea lion show. Funny, and accurate. Best bits were the fish in huge tropical reef tanks, as it was a close approximation of a real reef. Watched over the kids while they had an hour going mad on big-scale play equipment, they loved it. Back at the motel, TV: Murphy Brown, Designing Women and my fave Newhart. I Love Bob Newhart.

Next up, long stressfully busy I4 4-lane drive to Busch Gardens near Tampa Bay on the West Coast. Oldies on the radio were great, as I got to hear new-to-me old stuff like The Raiders’ Indian Reservation. A hot roller-coaster and animals theme park, Busch also had me in 2 minds: the rides were fab, the terminally-pacing bored-to-madness animals (especially the elephants) distressing to me. Best thing? Tidal Wave. A water-mega-coaster that drenches anyone crossing a footbridge as it hits the water. Great fun watching people get soaked. I took the kids on a log flume ride, but didn’t say what it would be like. Little Gavin wasn’t bothered, Vicki was old enough to be aware of fear, and sure enough she hated it all the way through, even though it was mild until the big drop at the end. Gav only was bothered by the big drop. They loved telling mum and dad about it afterwards though, whenever we saw it again. I got soaked on a rapids raft ride, from waves of water, before getting a jet of water all over me just to make sure I was 100% wet, poor Gav also got hit by it. My driving licence and traveller’s cheques all got wet and the ink ran. I still have that runny paper licence and it’s still valid!

Next up Disney World a 3rd theme park in 3 days – this is overkill! Vicki was sunburnt from losing her latest hat, and when Hungry Eyes came on the car radio said “it’s Dirty Den!” (her mum loved Dirty Dancing). The 4-day pass cost $106, about the cost of a one-day pass these days, unlike CD’s theme park fees have kept pace with inflation! A ferry-boat ride over to Magic Kingdom on a scorching sunny day – the Car Parks needed trolley rides they were so huge at Disney! I LOVED the monorail, the public transportation of the future that never caught on, more’s the pity, and it joins up Epcot, hotels, and son, around the central huge lake. Main Street Square was as familiarly like Disneyland, as was a lot of Magic Kingdom – only bigger and more spacious. Fantasyland for the kids, through the castle, for a day of standing in line again and again. Once you know the ropes you can plan ahead, get in early, and avoid a lot of that in most theme parks, if you don’t know the ropes you needs lots of patience. Tomorrowland was my fave area, but the queues were an hour for the big rides, so we did the People Mover, and moved over to Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion – once inside it was air conditioned relief from the sticky heat! Vicki got petrified with all the holograms and skeletons and the like. Gav was more interested in what was going on with all the flying ghosts and stuff. Disney Railroad, Pirates Of The Caribbean (cool, hooray!) and finally the Big Thunder Mountain railroad, a shaky rollercoaster ride which the kids didn’t like at all – “the driver’s mad” said Vicki. We had to tell her there wasn’t a driver! Drive back to the motel was in the dark, and TV shows Night Court and Quantum Leap later on.

Kennedy Space Center 1990

Kennedy Space Center 1990


25th March 1990

Janet Jackson gets her first chart topper with the fab Escapade (the US version), knocking Erasure off the top after one week. Bros go top 5. Gasp! I must have been madly in love (I wasn’t!). Dave Stewart gets a top 10 outside of Eurythmics, and Madonna keeps it together long enough to go top 20, along with Aerosmith and Roxette, not to mention Jody Watley and Taylor Dayne, all of them had been there before. Highest new entry is a return for Depeche Mode’s brilliant Personal Jesus at 28, as it’s still big in the States, while a radio play at a Florida McDonald’s car park gives Sinead O’Connor a boost again.

Orlando radio brings in a deluge of tracks, Rod Stewart is back, Starship grab a chart entry with a previous flop, The Bee Gees mellow ballad pops in at 40 (Bodyguard), for 22 years of top 40 entries, and best of all Heart return with their last great single All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a terrific story song with a twist, albeit one with dubious moral behaviour from the lady of the lyric. Lou Gramm of Foreigner has a blue solo hit (blue is the colour of my charts it seems), while Michael Bolton kicks out his own annoying debut hit with a better bellowing follow-up.

1 ( 2 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 9 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
6 ( 12 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
7 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
8 ( 6 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
10 ( 13 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

11 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 17 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
13 ( 8 ) LOADED Primal Scream
14 ( 7 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
15 ( 10 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
16 ( 24 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
17 ( 27 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
18 ( 29 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
20 ( 34 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

21 ( 61 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
22 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 15 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 18 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
30 ( 63 ) ROAM The B52’s

31 ( 21 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
34 ( 44 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 73 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
36 ( 28 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
37 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
38 ( 26 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
39 ( RE ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
40 ( NEW ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

41 ( 36 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
42 ( 32 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
43 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT ENOUGH Starship
44 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHY Expose
45 ( 37 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
46 ( 31 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
47 ( NEW ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
48 ( 33 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
49 ( 35 ) NATURAL THING innocence
50 ( 40 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

51 ( 47 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
52 ( RE ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
55 ( 38 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
56 ( NEW ) WAS IT NOTHING AT ALL Michael Damian
57 ( 72 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
58 ( 59 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
59 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

61 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
62 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
63 ( 39 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
64 ( 43 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
65 ( 74 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
66 ( 50 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
67 ( 68 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
68 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 71 ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
73 ( 56 ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
74 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE LOVE Lou Gramm
75 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Barry Manilow


Back in Florida, we had a trip to downtown Orlando, or “multi-storey yuppie-paradise blocks, banking and the like” as I referred to them. Church Street Station was the only bit of interest, a sort of 19th-century-styled shopping area by a railroad. Happily I found a record store and bought Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits CD, and the kids played in the video arcade.

Next day, Epcot at Disney, which impressed me, especially as you walk in the entrance and see the giant golf-ball-styled building. Inside was Spaceship Earth, a very Disney-50’s view of human history and the future, but sort of nostalgically pleasant for idealised childhood images. I also loved the monorail passing overhead outdoors in amongst the huge individual indoor themed attractions and ponds and fountains and gardens. Very nice. Around the central (huge) lake was a selection of countries of the world, buildings done in the styles of each, and peopled with residents of each: Canada (very Ottawa); London (chip shop and pub); Japan I loved, huge buildings stuffed with oriental trinket mementos, and japanese gardens, pagodas; Morocco reminded me of Tunisia; China I also enjoyed shopping in for Singapore noastalgia, and it looked great; Mexico was an Aztec pyramid, the indoors set as night-time and boat ride of singing happy Mexico as an attraction. Cool air-con inside too, hooray. Other stuff: The Living Seas had a giant aquarium, Universe Of Energy had giant plastic dinosaurs and forgot to mention pollution as it was sponsored co-incidentally by Exxon. And then there was the fab 3D Captain Eo film – Michael Jackson in a sci-fi Star Wars/ Thriller styled short musical. It was naff acting and scriptwise but ended on a good version of Another Part Of You.

Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast (2 or 3 hours drive) was awesome for me, it had a Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttles, and I drove there along to the US top 40 radio countdown. The space shuttle was on the launchpad!! So we bought tickets for a coach tour of NASA, which had a viewing platform to get out and take photos of the space shuttle on the launch pad. In the distance. Also got to stop at the Saturn V rocket (then still outdoors as seen in the Police’s Walking On The Moon pop video). It was huge, but didn’t appear big due to the massive NASA building behind it (so big this can be seen for miles around, used to house the shuttle and rockets) – a few years later it was moved to an indoor building and you got real sense of scale then, you could walk underneath it. Finally, The Dream Is Alive, awesome Imax movie, the quality of the space shots, and late astronauts, was both stunning and sad, awesome and wondrous. I bought a souvenir poster an astronaut on a spacewalk, and smaller ones of Planet earth and the Space Shuttle. Back for Doctor Who on cable TV (Black Orchid), and a new Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Rob Lowe on Saturday Night Live.

Other day trips? Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee, Ron Jon’s Surfshop (megastore), cheap T shirts, and I babysat in the motel with the kids playing on the play equipment. I nipped to the bathroom, only to have Gavin come in screaming: he’d been kicked off the slide by another kid and had what appeared to be a bruised cheek. I calmed him down, soothed the bruise with water and he ran off back to play with me there. I should have been there supervising, so take all the blame. I told him a couple of years back that the mysterious chipped bone he’d had in his cheekbone as long as he could remember was my fault (sort of). It probably would have happened anyway…! Just to round off the evening, dad came out of the toilet having had the runs (food poisoning) all day following a sea food platter meal at Cocoa Beach, and fell slowly to the floor groaning. We thought he was acting and laughed. He wasn’t acting. He hit his chin, and stayed up all night with the TV on, poorly.

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My 2015 Charts May to Aug

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30th August 2015

It’s Niia just edging out Royksopp, and her so lovely Body. Not far behind though there’s a brace of girlies all challenging with big jumps into the 10: Selena Gomez, Foxes and Nerina Pallot. It’s not Nerina’s first time in the top 5 by any means, and as I’m generally a fan I hope it’s not the last time either. The highest new entry at 8 is a bizarrely beautiful track from Kishi Bashi, Japanese American classical violinist with avant-garde electronic tendencies.

Maroon 5 and Jess Glynne both grab another top 10 of several, the very Joan Armatrading-sounding Rationale shoots up to 11 (he may not thank for that comparison though), while the Sugarhill Gang get a 2nd top 20 record at long last. Talking of veteran old skool rap, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis are back with a huge supporting cast, notably Melle Mel making his first appearance in 20 years, and lengthening his run to 31 years since the classic White Lines. Duran Duran (at 5) also covered White Lines in 1995 with a top version with assistance from an original rapper or two. It’s a sprawling show-piece of Mark Ronson-style retro rap delight. No bragging about long they can keep it up and how*, you can hear the words, and no swearing. Just like the cliche-free old days!

(I choose to view “going downtown” as completely innocent in content, as this was certainly nothing Pet Clark had in mind when she went downtown!

Dusty shoots up as the soulful delight of Spooky makes my serious playlist along with former friend and duet partner Cilla’s remixed version of Step Inside Love, a song I loved in 1968 just before my charts started, and written by Paul McCartney for Cilla and her new TV show. Long overdue a chart position by about ooh 47 years. a-ha return too, for a second comeback hit, more uptempo despite the title, Simply Red also pop back with a another to add to the long list, and look see – it’s a Pink Floyd-er getting a new chart entry for the first time in about 20-odd years: Dave Gilmour with a bunch of singing convicts. I’m not kidding….! Oldies: the late Lynn Anderson pops back in 44 years on, as a goodbye tribute, and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer (as previously sampled by Ironik) is back in the UK top 100 sales chart (though not in the made-up chart that most people don’t care about anymore, and don’t even notice) thanks to an advert. Never made my chart in the 70’s, as it was fairly obscure at that time.

1 3 1 3 BODY Niia 290000
2 1 1 5 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 436500
3 15 3 3 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
4 26 4 2 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 83500
5 2 1 9 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 573600
6 25 6 3 BODY TALK Foxes 79550
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 177000
8 NEW 8 1 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 48000
9 11 9 5 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 115400
10 20 10 5 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 91600

11 33 11 2 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 54700
12 5 5 7 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 257700
13 22 13 3 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 69100
14 6 6 6 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 162500
15 4 1 12 SHINE Years And Years 1122450
16 24 16 3 OH MY LOVE The Score 55000
17 12 12 10 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 165200
18 NEW 18 1 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 22000
19 9 9 6 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 187200
20 10 2 9 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 661000

21 8 2 9 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 522950
22 64 22 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 77400
23 19 8 7 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 229250
24 13 5 8 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 277000
25 37 25 3 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 42050
26 16 4 9 WHEN M+A 378400
27 23 10 6 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 159650
28 28 28 4 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 60100
29 17 8 5 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 155200
30 14 14 4 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 85200

31 18 18 6 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 91850
32 34 32 3 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 42900
33 38 33 3 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 40100
34 36 34 3 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 41200
35 35 35 6 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 79000
36 21 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
37 NEW 37 1 THE GATES Young Empires 17300
38 55 38 2 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 28000
39 NEW 39 1 THE WAKE a-ha 17100
40 NEW 40 1 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 17000

41 44 3 9 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 350450
42 NEW 42 1 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 13750
43 30 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 52 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
45 27 18 10 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 154300
46 32 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 58 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
48 66 48 3 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 25900
49 43 2 14 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 618100
50 60 50 3 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 28600

51 47 1 18 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1547500
52 49 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
53 57 53 7 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 57850
54 53 1 17 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 552050
55 54 1 25 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1032950
56 31 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
57 69 57 2 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 16600
58 40 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
59 NEW 59 1 I AM Leona Lewis 10100
60 41 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250

61 39 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
62 61 1 17 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 710300
63 56 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 70 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
65 73 65 3 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 17600
66 NEW 66 1 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 6800
67 74 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 71 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
69 NEW 69 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6200
70 75 70 2 RESTLESS New Order 11000

71 68 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
72 NEW 72 1 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 5400
74 46 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 5000

29 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
42 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
45 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
48 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
50 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200
51 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
59 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
62 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
65 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
67 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
72 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400


23rd August 2015

It’s Royksopp getting their first ever chart-topper after over a decade of not coming close before, and following in the tradition of Norwegian bands like, err a-ha who are also back lower down, and at unofficial position of 76 with new single The Wake – there just aren’t enough chart places for another 20 tracks this week! Somebody explain to me how this brilliant track has not been a hit! American singer Niia meanwhile is at 3 with the gorgeous Body. Here’s a shocking statistic (for me) – the fabulous Gladys Knight has only had 2 previous top 10 songs in my charts, Van McCoy’s Baby Don’t Change Your Mind hit 3 in 1977 and the Bond Theme Licence To Kill hit 7 in 1989, so this classic oldie is long overdue at 6 – If I Were Your Woman hits 6, her 19th chart hit in 43 years and her 2nd biggest hit. What?! So many other oldies of hers could do the same.

Big climbs for Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Foxes, Madcon, Woolf And The Wondershow, eccentric alternative act Ezra Furman, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kylie Minogue getting a second top 40 hit in the same week. New at 26, Nerina Pallot is back philosophising about Rousseau for a 9th year of chart action which includes a number one for herself, and one written for Kylie – Aphrodite, criminally never a single. Down the bottom end of the chart, 2 veterans return relatively quietly after not being together some years: New Order stretch their run of hits (including 2 chart-toppers) to 34 years, and Squeeze have a run of 37 years, with not even a sniff of a number one amongst a quality songbook – Take Me I’m Yours in 1978 came closest when it went top 3.

1 3 1 4 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 321300
2 1 1 8 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 513600
3 12 3 2 BODY Niia 120000
4 2 1 11 SHINE Years And Years 1095450
5 5 5 6 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 222700
6 14 6 5 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 133500
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 127000
8 4 2 8 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 503200
9 9 9 5 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 166200
10 6 2 8 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 641000

11 19 11 4 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 70400
12 22 12 9 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 142200
13 11 5 7 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 258000
14 20 14 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 67200
15 68 15 2 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
16 13 4 8 WHEN M+A 359900
17 8 8 4 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 137000
18 23 18 5 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 73950
19 10 8 6 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 210000
20 40 20 4 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 49600

21 16 16 4 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 74750
22 34 22 2 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 37100
23 15 10 5 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 141250
24 54 24 2 OH MY LOVE The Score 30000
25 71 25 2 BODY TALK Foxes 24550
26 NEW 26 1 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 18500
27 18 18 9 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 141300
28 31 28 3 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 41800
29 33 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
30 30 30 5 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 68900

31 17 17 6 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 106400
32 47 32 2 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 30300
33 NEW 33 1 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 17700
34 61 34 2 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 25100
35 50 35 5 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 61500
36 69 36 2 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 23600
37 70 37 2 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 23300
38 73 38 2 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 22400
39 39 39 3 WATERFALL Vok 39200
40 60 40 5 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 46400

41 25 25 6 ORGAN The Hardkiss 76250
42 21 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
43 26 2 13 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 606000
44 24 3 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 336450
45 32 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
46 41 20 6 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 106000
47 37 1 17 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1535750
48 36 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
49 38 1 11 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 558400
50 58 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200

51 28 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
52 NEW 52 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 11500
53 48 1 16 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 541050
54 49 1 24 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1022150
55 NEW 55 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 10800
56 46 10 18 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 323200
57 57 57 6 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 46600
58 NEW 58 1 I WANT YOU Wrabel 10200
59 42 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
60 67 60 2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 16600

61 56 1 16 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 703100
62 29 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 44 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
64 64 64 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 57900
65 45 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
66 66 66 2 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
68 59 4 19 HOME Max Jury 436650
69 NEW 69 1 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 6200
70 75 70 2 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 11000

71 NEW 71 1 KING GRADES 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400
73 74 73 2 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 10600
74 NEW 74 1 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RESTLESS New Order 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
35 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
43 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
51 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
55 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
62 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
65 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
72 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800


16th August 2015

It’s finally a new number one and it’s Duran Duran, Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers keeping the pressure on for years and years, and toppling them. It’s the Durannies 4th number one, spanning 31 years since their first Wild Boys – appropriately that was produced by Nile Rodgers (and no doubt he would’ve had a featuring credit if they did that in those days). For all their classics, Chic never climbed higher than 2, though Sister Sledge managed it with Lost In Music with a bit of help from Duran Duran on a remix 12” for a reissue of it around about Wild Boys time. They are all Nile Rodgers of course. Duran Duran had 2 more chart-toppers in 1993 so it’s a been a 22-year wait for another one. Janelle Monae almost made the top with fun. and We Are Young, and they did it with the follow-up without her assistance, so it’s only fair she gets one at last too! It’s a great single, sounding both contemporary and yet also sounds like it could have been the follow-up to Wild Boys.

Royksopp get their biggest hit after a decade of trying, the fab I Had This Thing at 3, and Galantis outdo the previous top 10 single, as does Major Lazer at 9. Highest new entry is the cool Niia at 12, a sultry delight, and Jess Glynne leaps up 50 places to 19 for one of her bigger hits, while in at 34 it’s a 33-year-old track being featured in an ad for confused.com with some robots. Apache has already topped my chart as an instrumental oldie for The Shadows, still one of the 3 or 4 oldest records (in terms of year-of-release) dating from 1960, this version came out in 1982 for the Sugarhill Gang, the boys who were ground zero for rap in the charts, Rapper’s Delight hitting the top 10 in 1979, having borrowed Niles Rodgers’ Chic backing track to Good Times for the record. They never really managed to follow it up though, sadly, even with this great track, so belatedly here it is, and at over 35 years wait for a follow-up hit that’s one of the longest waits ever to avoid being a one-chart-hit-wonder.

Other oldies returning: Donovan’s back with the first-time entry for 60’s classic Mellow Yellow (thanks to the Minions soundtrack), though all of his singles would have charted had I been charting before 1968, but he has to make do with a mere 46 years of chart entries. Kylie’s back, with a new (movie) track, giving her 2 at once in the chart, and Natalie Imbruglia is back after ages away for a 17-year run of chart entries. Austastic.

1 4 1 7 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 398600
2 1 1 10 SHINE Years And Years 1030450
3 8 3 3 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 151300
4 2 2 7 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 465200
5 12 5 5 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 162700
6 3 2 7 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 599000
7 15 7 2 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 77000
8 9 8 3 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 114000
9 13 9 4 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 121200
10 11 8 5 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 189000

11 5 5 6 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 226000
12 NEW 12 1 BODY Niia 35000
13 6 4 7 WHEN M+A 334900
14 19 14 4 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 78500
15 10 10 4 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 122000
16 24 16 3 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 55000
17 21 17 5 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 88500
18 26 18 8 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 123000
19 69 19 3 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 33400
20 29 20 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 38200

21 7 4 9 COME AND GET IT John Newman 334950
22 28 22 8 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 107200
23 31 23 4 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 51950
24 16 3 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 323200
25 35 25 5 ORGAN The Hardkiss 62250
26 18 2 12 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 592500
27 30 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
28 14 7 7 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 221300
29 17 17 6 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 113400
30 39 30 4 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 50900

31 72 31 2 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 23500
32 25 25 3 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 54350
33 38 33 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 34900
34 NEW 34 1 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 17600
35 37 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
36 40 36 4 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 47400
37 33 1 16 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1523250
38 32 1 10 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 546300
39 75 39 2 WATERFALL Vok 22100
40 RE 40 3 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 29600

41 20 20 5 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 93250
42 27 10 8 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 204400
43 23 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
44 34 34 4 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 60350
45 43 43 4 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 47700
46 44 10 17 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 312600
47 NEW 47 1 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 12500
48 47 1 15 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 529800
49 48 1 23 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1011150
50 50 50 4 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 44000

51 42 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 45 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
54 NEW 54 1 OH MY LOVE The Score 11000
55 59 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
56 54 1 15 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 695600
57 63 57 5 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 36200
58 60 58 2 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 20200
59 55 4 18 HOME Max Jury 430250
60 65 60 4 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 29400

61 NEW 61 1 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 7500
62 36 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 41 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
64 64 64 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 50800
65 46 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
66 NEW 66 1 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 6800
67 NEW 67 1 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 6600
68 NEW 68 1 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 6400
69 NEW 69 1 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 6200
70 NEW 70 1 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BODY TALK Foxes 5800
72 56 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800
73 NEW 73 1 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 5200
74 NEW 74 1 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 5000

DROP OUTS
22 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
49 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
51 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
61 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
66 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000
71 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
73 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200

9th August 2015

It’s still Years And Years who have been on top for years and years (or 5 weeks) presiding over a static top 3, while Sigala take the Jackson 5 sample of ABC 2 places higher than the original managed 45 years ago. Royksopp celebrate 14 years of chart entries with a top 10 climber, and the late Cilla Black moves up to 9 with If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind, her 7th top 10 and belatedly giving a hat-trick of top 10 singles from 1969 48 years after Surround Yourself With Sorrow peaked at 2. As Cilla enters the sales chart for the 3rd time with her two UK chart-toppers, that’s enough excuse for me to chart them for the 3rd time too and they both enter the top 40 (or re-enter, if you like but I like to count tracks that chart in individual years as separate chart runs).

Kylie notches up 27 years of top 10’s, Jake Shears has 11 years, Niles Rodgers has 37 years thanks to NERVO. Highest new entry is from Benjamin, who appears to be a young Scandipop singer, Young And Reckless sounds like a hit single to me. Gladys Knight gets her first top 20 in 26 years with a 45-year-old soul classic of hers, and Norah Jones is welcomed back into the top 40 along with Danger Mouse. Elsewhere, both Brandon Flowers and Madonna add to their rather large run of entries from their latest albums, just a shame none of them have been big hits because the singles chart is stupidly ignoring anyone who looks more than 16 years old. Hey ho…


1 1 1 9 SHINE Years And Years 915450
2 2 2 6 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 400200
3 3 2 6 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 544000
4 5 4 6 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 228600
5 10 5 5 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 189000
6 6 4 6 WHEN M+A 302900
7 4 4 8 COME AND GET IT John Newman 315200
8 28 8 2 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 66300
9 19 9 2 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 66000
10 13 10 3 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 95000

11 8 8 4 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 147000
12 16 12 4 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 102700
13 15 13 3 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 76200
14 7 7 6 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 203000
15 NEW 15 1 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 27000
16 11 3 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 304200
17 17 17 5 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 95200
18 12 2 11 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 574000
19 40 19 3 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 49500
20 20 20 4 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 79250

21 21 21 4 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 65500
22 9 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
23 14 7 19 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 317250
24 54 24 2 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 30000
25 32 25 2 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 36550
26 26 26 7 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 101000
27 18 10 7 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 190650
28 29 28 7 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 87700
29 NEW 29 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 18200
30 30 30 11 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 154750

31 62 31 3 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 32700
32 22 1 9 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 529100
33 23 1 15 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1505950
34 35 34 3 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 47100
35 58 35 4 ORGAN The Hardkiss 43500
36 24 24 7 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 104500
37 37 37 3 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 42100
38 NEW 38 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 17200
39 55 39 3 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 32900
40 63 40 3 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 30000

41 25 16 5 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 96000
42 27 22 5 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 80950
43 56 43 3 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 34700
44 43 10 16 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 298850
45 41 6 16 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 492500
46 36 3 11 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 474450
47 45 1 14 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 517500
48 46 1 22 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 999050
49 31 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
50 60 50 3 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 32000

51 39 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 34 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
53 42 42 4 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 40500
54 49 1 14 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 685000
55 51 4 17 HOME Max Jury 420150
56 65 56 3 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 23200
57 57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
59 73 59 3 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 20900
60 NEW 60 1 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 10000

61 33 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
63 66 63 4 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 25800
64 64 64 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 43700
65 68 65 3 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 19400
66 50 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 53 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 74 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
69 69 69 2 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 12400
70 70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000

71 75 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
72 NEW 72 1 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 5600
73 52 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 NEW 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WATERFALL Vok 5000

DROP OUTS
44 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
48 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
59 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
61 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
67 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
71 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200


2nd August 2015

4 weeks for Shine, Years and Years look being on top that long, holding off Conrad Sewell at 2, and Duran Duran who go up to 5 for the first time in 20-odd years. In at 19, it’s Cilla Black following her shock death today, very unexpected following on from the great TV series “Cilla” showcasing her singing career and back catalogue. Cilla has been a lovely, likeable mainstay in my life since I was 6 years old, and I will miss her. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind was one I missed at the time it was a UK hit in late 1969, as I was living in Singapore, but one I grew to love after Agnetha Faltskog covered it and took it to number one in my charts a decade ago. Most of Cilla’s greatest hits have already made my charts as oldies, but this one has missed out, so here it is.

Others: Royksopp return at 28, The Maccabees are at 32, and Danger Mouse is back at 54 with the help of Norah Jones – Norah has had 13 years of chart hits, far outdoing her dad Ravi Shankar who had only 5 years of charting from 1969 to 1974, though he did have a chart-topper and she hasn’t yet; Danger Mouse has also topped my chart with Cee-Lo, as Gnarls Barkley, Crazy in 2006, and had a top 5 as part of Broken Bells.

1 1 1 8 SHINE Years And Years 745450
2 3 2 5 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 285200
3 2 2 5 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 459000
4 4 4 7 COME AND GET IT John Newman 265200
5 7 5 5 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 163600
6 5 4 5 WHEN M+A 247900
7 8 7 5 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 174000
8 10 8 3 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 110000
9 14 9 16 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 366000
10 13 10 4 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 129000

11 6 3 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 279200
12 9 2 10 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 552000
13 19 13 2 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 53000
14 11 7 18 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 298000
15 38 15 2 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 44200
16 16 16 3 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 67700
17 18 17 4 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 72200
18 12 10 6 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 172250
19 NEW 19 1 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 21000
20 20 20 3 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 59250

21 26 21 3 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 45750
22 15 1 8 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 511300
23 17 1 14 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1488250
24 25 24 6 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 87100
25 21 16 4 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 82000
26 29 26 6 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 82500
27 22 22 4 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 67200
28 NEW 28 1 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 18300
29 30 29 6 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 69400
30 33 30 10 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 136750

31 37 31 3 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 47500
32 NEW 32 1 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 17800
33 47 33 3 ANNIE Neon Indian 36800
34 23 2 13 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 571700
35 50 35 2 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 29500
36 24 3 10 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 461700
37 61 37 2 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 24800
38 48 38 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 39700
39 27 5 7 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 225800
40 52 40 2 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 28500

41 34 6 15 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 479500
42 59 42 3 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 29250
43 39 10 15 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 285600
44 28 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
45 43 1 13 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 505000
46 42 1 21 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 986750
47 49 47 3 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 35200
48 53 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
49 44 1 13 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 674000
50 55 50 3 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 28600

51 36 4 16 HOME Max Jury 409350
52 32 9 7 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 180550
53 35 3 12 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 469750
54 NEW 54 1 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 11000
55 75 55 2 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 15800
56 56 56 2 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 21200
57 57 57 6 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 61400
58 58 58 3 ORGAN The Hardkiss 26000
59 46 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
60 60 60 2 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 20000

61 31 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
62 62 62 2 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 14800
63 71 63 2 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 13000
64 64 64 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36600
65 72 65 2 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 12600
66 66 66 3 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 18600
67 40 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
68 70 68 2 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 12400
69 NEW 69 1 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 6200
70 69 1 26 SPEED KILLS 10CC 701000

71 RE 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200
73 73 73 2 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 10800
74 74 74 2 CURE Disa 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 5000

DROP OUTS
41 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
51 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
54 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
67 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800

26th July 2015

It’s Years And Years for a 3rd week at one, still keeping the fantastic Tame Impala at 2, and holding off a rising Conrad Sewell with his biggest track to date, Hold Me Up. In a hectic, packed chart it’s a terrific top 20 and all records under-perform except for the record on top, of course. Duran Duran get a cool 34 years of Top 10 singles, not to mention Nile Rodgers extending his run to 37 years as he simultaneously assists NERVO to enter at 19, as the Aussie twin lady DJ’s come back with Kylie in tow, for her 2nd guest vocal of the year (after Giorgio Moroder hit 2 with her help), and Jake Spears gets his first solo credit outside Scissor Sisters for 11 years of top 20 tracks since they hit 1 with Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, not to mention co-writing a number for Kylie, I Believe In You. Phew!

Avicii adds to his run of big singles at 10, as Simon Aldred, and Janelle Monae (with Duran) add to their’s after a bit of a gap. Elsewhere: Galantis, Kove, Sigma have big leaps while Major Lazer enter over themselves, Diplo-matically, and Lianne La Havas, Moncarchy (with a Beloved cover), Carly Rae Jepsen, Rod Stewart, and some ex-boy-band-ers in Aston Merrygold and Nathan Sykes newly pop in for a visit.


1 1 1 7 SHINE Years And Years 575450
2 2 2 4 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 374000
3 5 3 4 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 170200
4 6 4 6 COME AND GET IT John Newman 200200
5 4 4 4 WHEN M+A 192900
6 3 3 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 242200
7 24 7 4 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 103600
8 11 8 4 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 124000
9 9 2 9 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 517000
10 20 10 2 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 62000

11 7 7 17 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 269000
12 10 10 5 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 150250
13 13 13 3 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 87000
14 14 14 15 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 321000
15 8 1 7 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 491800
16 33 16 2 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 42700
17 12 1 13 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1469000
18 18 18 3 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 49200
19 NEW 19 1 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 21000
20 23 20 2 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 39250

21 16 16 3 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 63250
22 26 22 3 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 48800
23 17 2 12 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 554100
24 19 3 9 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 444000
25 25 25 5 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 68100
26 61 26 2 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 26000
27 15 5 6 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 208700
28 28 28 5 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 67250
29 49 29 5 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 64000
30 36 30 5 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 51200

31 21 3 10 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 475650
32 22 9 6 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 169050
33 37 33 9 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 118750
34 29 6 14 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 465500
35 30 3 11 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 458500
36 31 4 15 HOME Max Jury 397600
37 48 37 2 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 29600
38 NEW 38 1 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 17200
39 44 10 14 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 272100
40 45 40 3 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 42000

41 27 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
42 42 1 20 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 974000
43 43 1 12 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 492000
44 41 1 12 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 661900
45 50 45 3 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 35600
46 39 1 16 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 724750
47 66 47 2 ANNIE Neon Indian 19100
48 58 48 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 22500
49 56 49 2 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 22700
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 12000

51 32 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
52 NEW 52 1 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 11500
53 53 53 5 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 41300
54 35 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
55 71 55 2 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 16600
56 NEW 56 1 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 10600
57 57 57 5 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 51000
58 RE 58 2 ORGAN The Hardkiss 15800
59 73 59 2 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 15500
60 NEW 60 1 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson 7500
62 NEW 62 1 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 7400
63 63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
64 67 64 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 29500
65 65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
66 75 66 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 11800
67 72 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800
69 68 1 25 SPEED KILLS 10CC 695000
70 NEW 70 1 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 5800
72 NEW 72 1 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CURE Disa 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 5000

DROP OUTS
34 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
38 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
40 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800
46 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
51 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
54 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
59 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
62 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
64 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
69 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400
74 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350


19th July 2015

A second week for Years And Years on top, with Shine, which may have been cruelly pipped at the post in the UK singles chart, but at least they got a number one album out of it. Conrad Sewell gets his 2nd top 10, and Kacey Musgraves her first, as Pharrell Williams rockets into the 20 screaming Freedom, well over a decade since he first did it with NERD. That includes quite a few biggies along the way… meanwhile highest new entry is Avicii, keeping his run of big singles alive at 20, with uncredited vocal duties from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost, who have previously topped my charts with Mathematics in 2007, before getting the Birdy cover treatment (People Help The People).

In at 23, just ahead of fellow 80’s act Duran Duran’s new single, it’s a-ha with a lush new ballad, Under The Makeup, and an incredible 30 years since they topped my chart with Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV. Lots of new acts and acts following up big hits entering lower down, but in at 75 it’s a childhood fave Happy Together from The Turtles, a fab 1967 single which predates my charts by a year, so it’s about time it was an entry and the new Minions movie features it over the title credits to give me a great excuse. The Turtles did, however, hit my number one in late 1968 with Elenore, so technically speaking that gives them a nice run of singles: 2. While they appeared in the interim as guests on other big name singles as Flo and Eddie (Get It On by T.Rex being just one), and their songs have been covered by Jason Donovan, The Lightning Seeds and Salt ‘n’ Pepa (among others) that means that they by far are the act who have had to wait the longest for a second hit, and a follow-up to a number one (they were the first One-Hit Wonders in my chart) – 46 and a half years. What?!! Surely it was just a couple of decades ago….

1 1 1 6 SHINE Years And Years 405450
2 2 2 3 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 259000
3 3 3 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 187200
4 7 4 3 WHEN M+A 132900
5 20 5 3 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 85200
6 8 6 5 COME AND GET IT John Newman 135200
7 10 7 16 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 232000
8 4 1 6 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 464800
9 5 2 8 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 472000
10 15 10 4 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 115250

11 18 11 3 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 76000
12 6 1 12 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1446000
13 17 13 2 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 55000
14 16 14 14 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 292000
15 11 5 5 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 190300
16 26 16 2 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 43500
17 9 2 11 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 534850
18 74 18 2 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 27200
19 13 3 8 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 425000
20 NEW 20 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (Of Cherry Ghost) 20000

21 12 3 9 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 457750
22 21 9 5 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 151250
23 NEW 23 1 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 19250
24 37 24 3 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 53600
25 33 25 4 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 49350
26 55 26 2 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 29300
27 14 6 6 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 185400
28 35 28 4 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 48950
29 25 6 13 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 447900
30 30 3 10 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 441000

31 28 4 14 HOME Max Jury 380200
32 22 10 5 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 151300
33 NEW 33 1 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 17700
34 64 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
35 19 8 5 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 135900
36 RE 36 4 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 33200
37 48 37 8 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 101050
38 29 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
39 31 1 15 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 712000
40 24 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800

41 39 1 11 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 648650
42 42 1 19 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 960250
43 41 1 11 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 478500
44 23 10 13 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 258000
45 50 45 2 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 25000
46 32 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 36 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
48 NEW 48 1 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 12300
49 49 49 4 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 45800
50 56 50 2 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 22600

51 27 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 34 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
53 66 53 4 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 30050
54 RE 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 43 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
56 NEW 56 1 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 10600
57 59 57 4 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 40600
58 NEW 58 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 10200
59 38 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
60 68 60 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 16400

61 NEW 61 1 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 7500
62 65 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
63 NEW 63 1 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 7200
64 40 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
65 52 17 8 THANK YOU Will Young 114750
66 NEW 66 1 ANNIE Neon Indian 6600
67 71 67 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 22400
68 67 1 24 SPEED KILLS 10CC 688800
69 75 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400

71 NEW 71 1 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHADOW LEV 5600
73 NEW 73 1 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 5400
74 63 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
51 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
53 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
57 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
61 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
69 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400
72 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400


12th July 2015

It’s Years And Years getting a second number one of 2015, equalling Brandon Flowers, with the fab Shine which rockets to the top. They should have been the UK number one but wuz robbed by a few sales by a much lesser record, and it’s going to happen again this week. Hey ho. Tame Impala also get a second of the year – number 2 that is, as Cause I’m A Man follows Feels Like We Only Go Backwards in the runners-up slot. Tame Impala are a positively joyous hotchpotch of old records for me, albeit in an EDM stylee – The Beatles, Hot Chocolate, Mercury Rev all leap out at me, and there’s been one bugging me about Cause I’m A Man – it’s The Delfonics Didn’t I Blow My Mind vocal and melody very much inspiring this one. Fab. Up 35 spots in a top 3 clearout, there’s X Ambassadors and Renegades, a fab track if ever I heard one. If it’s not a UK chart hit I will complain.

Big jumps for Petite Meller finally hitting the 10 after 15 weeks, for John Newman with another top 10, and a top 10 debut for M+A’s lush track. Mmmm. Highest new entry is Sigala sampling dance record Easy Love, which has more than a bit of The Jackson 5’s ABC at 17. Conrad Sewell is also back shooting up to 20, fresh from his previous “featuring” credit with Kygo’s Firestone. Other artists coming back: Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne, Pharrell Williams and Muse.


1 35 1 5 SHINE Years And Years 235450
2 14 2 2 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 144000
3 38 3 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 102200
4 1 1 5 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 416800
5 3 2 7 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 427000
6 2 1 11 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1411000
7 31 7 2 WHEN M+A 67900
8 30 8 4 COME AND GET IT John Newman 80200
9 4 2 10 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 511850
10 65 10 15 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 182000

11 5 5 4 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 163300
12 7 3 8 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 438000
13 11 3 7 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 404000
14 6 6 5 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 167000
15 15 15 3 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 73250
16 16 16 13 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 263000
17 NEW 17 1 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 23000
18 40 18 2 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 39000
19 8 8 4 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 118400
20 74 20 2 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 25200

21 9 9 4 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 131750
22 10 10 4 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 133500
23 17 10 12 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 244750
24 24 9 10 ROADS Lawson 185800
25 21 6 12 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 429700
26 NEW 26 1 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 18500
27 12 9 7 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 210800
28 22 4 13 HOME Max Jury 362300
29 29 29 6 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 71950
30 18 3 9 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 423000

31 25 1 14 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 694900
32 19 19 4 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 69300
33 64 33 3 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 30600
34 20 20 6 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 72500
35 46 35 3 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 30650
36 27 22 6 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 109000
37 37 37 2 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 34600
38 44 38 7 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 75850
39 32 1 10 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 634650
40 43 37 5 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 63600

41 41 1 10 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 465000
42 42 1 18 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 946500
43 33 4 9 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 322700
44 39 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 13 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 26 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
48 48 48 7 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 83750
49 55 49 3 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 33700
50 NEW 50 1 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 12000

51 34 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
52 52 17 7 THANK YOU Will Young 107750
53 36 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
55 NEW 55 1 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 10800
56 NEW 56 1 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 10600
57 50 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 51 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
59 59 59 3 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 30200
60 60 60 3 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 26400

61 45 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 58 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
63 54 10 13 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 207150
64 NEW 64 1 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 7100
65 53 53 3 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 28450
66 70 66 3 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 18800
67 67 1 23 SPEED KILLS 10CC 682400
68 NEW 68 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 6400
69 61 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400

71 75 71 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 15800
72 NEW 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 69 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400
74 NEW 74 1 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Muse 5000

DROP OUTS
47 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
49 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
56 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
66 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
68 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
71 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800


5th July 2015

Back yesterday from a week in the Gran Canaria sun, battery recharging, and last night from seeing the amazing 71-year-old Gladys Knight in concert (see my review), and just now sitting through the last ever UK Top 40 show on a Sunday – I first listened to Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops in September 1968, age 10, and became instantly hooked on the chart show right up to the point when streaming was incorporated into the singles rundown. From then on it became mired in increasing dullness as nothing much ever happened apart from record-company held-back instant number ones. I’ll believe the new On-Air On-Sale World Friday release promises when I see them, but it’s not so much the start of a new era for me, so much as a mercy killing. The chart of course still has a handful of fresh new good singles, but mostly it’s tracks that have long outstayed their welcome, with some that were never welcomed in in the first place. The UK Top 100 sales chart is more interesting and more representative of active music fans, just as it’s always been, as opposed to casual passive music fans content to stick with familiar stuff for months on end.

Thankfully, my charts are more changeable, only Brandon Flowers I Can Change has ironically been around for a 6-week run on top and 10 weeks in my upper rundown. This week he’s replaced by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears cover of Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner, that’s Giorgio’s first ever as a credited lead artist (though of course I Feel Love did it in 1977, and many since as producer or writer), so at 75 years old I reckon that makes him the oldest artist to have a first chart-topper with new product, and a mere 38 year wait since his first chart hit with From Here To Eternity, not to mention a full 43 years since he first had chart action as producer/writer of Chicory Tip and actual synthesisers wrapped up as the main appeal of the hit singles. Pioneer!

Britney, a comparatively recent hit-maker has only 16 years of hits, but it’s a chart span of 16 years of chart-toppers since ..Baby One More Time started the ball rolling. Followed up with Lucky, Toxic and Everytime for her 5th number one in 3 consecutive decades. At 16, oldie of the week is Os Mutantes Portuguese psychedelic rock fabness. Play it on youtube! Madonna scrapes into the 10 from Holiday to Joan Of Arc, 1984 to 2015, and never straying far from it even if her actual new single from the album has yet to chart. Highest new entry is fromTame Impala, giving them 2 in the 20, top-notch varied retro Aus rock, and Holly Johnson like Madonna stretches a run back to 1984 of top 20 tracks. Even more veteran Duran Duran are back with Nile Rodgers at 37, giving the lads 34 years of good singles since Planet Earth, and Nile 37 years since he first charted with Chic, Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah). Hooray!


1 2 1 4 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 351800
2 1 1 10 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1356000
3 3 2 6 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 367000
4 4 2 9 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 466850
5 8 5 3 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 126300
6 14 6 4 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 138000
7 7 3 7 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 403000
8 13 8 3 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 97400
9 10 9 3 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 112000
10 11 10 3 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 114000

11 6 3 6 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 372000
12 9 9 6 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 192400
13 5 5 27 ALFIE Cilla Black 388400
14 NEW 14 1 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 29000
15 23 15 2 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 46250
16 18 16 12 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 238000
17 20 10 11 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 225500
18 15 3 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 405000
19 30 19 3 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 51500
20 33 20 5 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 54900

21 12 6 11 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 410950
22 17 4 12 HOME Max Jury 344000
23 31 23 3 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 49450
24 24 9 9 ROADS Lawson 166800
25 19 1 13 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 677000
26 16 16 5 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 74600
27 27 22 5 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 91600
28 28 28 3 DREAMS Beck 54600
29 46 29 5 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 53750
30 RE 30 3 COME AND GET IT John Newman 32200

31 NEW 31 1 WHEN M+A 17900
32 26 1 9 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 617550
33 22 4 8 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 309200
34 21 11 7 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 184350
35 35 35 4 SHINE Years And Years 65450
36 39 36 4 MONTANA James Taylor 50700
37 NEW 37 1 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 17300
38 NEW 38 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 17200
39 53 39 5 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 51650
40 NEW 40 1 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 17000

41 34 1 9 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 451000
42 41 1 17 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 932750
43 37 37 4 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 46600
44 38 38 6 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 58650
45 25 19 12 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 155200
46 57 46 2 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 23150
47 36 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
48 48 48 6 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 71450
49 45 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
50 29 29 4 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 65200

51 32 20 6 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 91550
52 42 17 6 THANK YOU Will Young 96250
53 58 53 2 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 21450
54 51 10 12 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 199950
55 55 55 2 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 21600
56 40 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
57 NEW 57 1 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 10400
58 52 25 11 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 149700
59 60 59 2 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 20100
60 68 60 2 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 16400

61 44 6 7 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 182650
62 62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
64 71 64 2 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 12900
65 74 20 14 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 140000
66 54 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
67 67 1 22 SPEED KILLS 10CC 675800
68 69 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
69 65 1 24 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 986000
70 70 70 2 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 12000

71 43 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 RE 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800
74 NEW 74 1 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 5200
75 75 75 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 10000

DROP OUTS
47 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
49 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700
56 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
59 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
61 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
64 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
66 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
72 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700


28th June 2015

It’s still Brandon Flowers for a 6th week on top, a run not seen since Keane’s Disconnected did 7 weeks, and one week short of Brandon’s Crossfire! Giorgio Moroder gets a second number 2 of the year, still short of a number one as an act, technically – though of course had producers been given artist credit back in the day may as well say I Feel Love the first actual EDM track (if one ignores the more novelty Hot Butter instrumental Popcorn from 1972) in 1977 was Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer. Let’s be honest, it’s no different from Calvin Harris or David Guetta in any way whatsoever, excepting that Giorgio invented the genre. Britney gets her highest chart placing since Everytime and Toxic topped the chart in succession, while Cilla Black gets yet another oldie top 5 entry, the third in the last year – this time it’s Burt Bacharach’s classic film theme Alfie, which pre-dated my first chart (but which would have been a big chart hit cos I loved Cilla when I wuz a kiddie).

Paul Weller gets another top 10 to add to his long list of ’em, stretching back to 1978 and The Jam, while the highest new entry is from country star Kacey Musgraves, finally getting a biggie in my charts. Holly Johnson has a welcome loooooong overdue top 40 return (say, 25 years or so), though Frankie stuff has charted in the interim many a time. James Taylor also hasn’t troubled my top 40 since the 80’s, most likely – I still have no access to my old chartfile, doh! Meanwhile I saw the classic Rumour’s Fleetwood Mac line-up this week at the O2, and they were fab, fab, fab, so Songbird, the closing track, much-covered pops in. There aren’t many tracks off that album that haven’t made my charts, as each time it enters the UK album chart it gives me another excuse to chart another one. Yay!


1 1 1 9 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1241000
2 5 2 3 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 181800
3 2 2 5 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 282000
4 4 2 8 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 401850
5 20 5 26 ALFIE Cilla Black 356400
6 3 3 5 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 335000
7 6 3 6 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 353000
8 28 8 2 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 66300
9 10 9 5 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 157400
10 16 10 2 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 67000

11 12 11 2 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 72000
12 7 6 10 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 391200
13 36 13 2 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 49400
14 14 14 3 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 83000
15 8 3 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 383000
16 26 16 4 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 56100
17 17 4 11 HOME Max Jury 324500
18 18 18 11 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 213000
19 15 1 12 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 658250
20 24 10 10 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 202500

21 11 11 6 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 166750
22 13 4 7 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 291500
23 NEW 23 1 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 19250
24 9 9 8 ROADS Lawson 147800
25 19 19 11 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 142200
26 21 1 8 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
27 22 22 4 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 73200
28 30 28 2 DREAMS Beck 36300
29 35 29 3 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 53200
30 47 30 2 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 30500

31 48 31 2 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 30200
32 27 20 5 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 79800
33 68 33 4 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 34900
34 31 1 8 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 437000
35 38 35 3 SHINE Years And Years 47950
36 39 36 7 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 83000
37 60 37 3 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 33100
38 69 38 5 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 45400
39 56 39 3 MONTANA James Taylor 33300
40 23 9 7 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 172050

41 41 1 16 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 919000
42 25 17 5 THANK YOU Will Young 84750
43 29 29 8 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 96400
44 34 6 6 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 175150
45 64 45 2 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 20100
46 54 46 4 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 35550
47 40 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
48 49 48 5 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 59150
49 33 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 57 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700

51 50 10 11 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 188950
52 55 25 10 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 139500
53 59 53 4 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 34550
54 43 2 12 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 556500
55 NEW 55 1 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 10800
56 45 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
57 NEW 57 1 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 10200
59 42 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
60 NEW 60 1 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 10000

61 44 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
62 65 62 2 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 14300
63 72 63 2 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 12800
64 70 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
65 62 1 23 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 979800
66 63 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
67 66 1 21 SPEED KILLS 10CC 669200
68 NEW 68 1 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 5800
72 32 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700
73 75 73 2 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 10400
74 74 20 13 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 133000
75 NEW 75 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
46 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
51 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
58 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
61 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
67 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
71 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
73 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400


21st June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers on top for a 5th week, he says he can change but no change here, he’s even seen off himself and Hurts who are at 2 for the their second-biggest hit. I Can Change is now only 2 weeks short of the run on top that Crossfire had. Highest new track is a re-entry for Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears at 5, making a second top 10 appearance for Tom’s Diner (last time was DNA and Suzanne Vega in 1990), a second top 10 for Giorgio in 2015, while his 3rd track with SIA breaks into the 20. Britney gets her highest chart position for a decade, though she has made the top 10 in the interim, most recently with will.i.am, and it extends her run of hits to 17 years.

Talking of long-running female hitmakers, Madonna’s back with another track off her latest album at 12, the fab Joan Of Arc, her 5th top 20 of the year and 31 years of chart entries, she must be pushing closer and closer to 100 hits, as she’s had 75 UK top 75 entries, and quite a number of American-only singles and album tracks and non-hits have charted for me. In at 16, Jack Savoretti has a quick top 20 follow-up with Written In Scars, Paul Weller picks the wrong first single from Saturns Pattern and the one that should have been first is in at 28, Going My Way giving him 38 Style Jam-tastic years of chart entries. Beck’s also back for the first time in years with a great new single, Dreams at 30, for 21 years since he was first a Loser.

Some more Eurovision entries as I belatedly play them more, and that also applies to a bunch of UK top 40 tracks that have been pottering around outside my top 75 for a while. Finally Marvin Gaye’s at 10, but he’s also at 75 – as a song title. It’s not the first time he’s featured in song (Diana Ross, and The Commodores both did it in 1985) though he’s not had his name as the title before. Marvin The Paranoid Android had a hit with Marvin, though. Brain the size of a planet and here I am handing out trivia….or something like that!


1 1 1 8 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1071000
2 4 2 4 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 197000
3 3 3 4 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 280000
4 2 2 7 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 336850
5 RE 5 2 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 66800
6 6 3 5 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 303000
7 7 6 9 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 359200
8 8 3 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 356000
9 15 9 7 ROADS Lawson 128800
10 10 10 4 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 112400

11 11 11 5 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 147000
12 NEW 12 1 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 35000
13 12 4 6 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 272000
14 16 14 2 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 54000
15 9 1 11 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 637200
16 NEW 16 1 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 25000
17 13 4 10 HOME Max Jury 301500
18 19 18 10 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 191000
19 23 19 10 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 123450
20 25 20 25 ALFIE Cilla Black 296400

21 5 1 7 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
22 29 22 3 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 54800
23 14 9 6 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 155050
24 18 10 9 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 182500
25 17 17 4 THANK YOU Will Young 71000
26 63 26 3 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 31100
27 20 20 4 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 62000
28 NEW 28 1 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 18300
29 32 29 7 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 82900
30 NEW 30 1 DREAMS Beck 18000

31 21 1 7 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 419400
32 26 26 5 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 77100
33 36 33 5 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 59900
34 28 6 5 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 161900
35 35 35 2 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 35000
36 NEW 36 1 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 17400
37 37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
38 44 38 2 SHINE Years And Years 30450
39 54 39 6 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 65600
40 48 40 4 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 40500

41 41 1 15 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 905000
42 24 19 7 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 119650
43 22 2 11 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 545500
44 27 27 6 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 66450
45 34 1 11 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 569900
46 30 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
47 NEW 47 1 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 12500
48 NEW 48 1 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 12300
49 50 49 4 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 46850
50 40 10 10 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 177200

51 33 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 NEW 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
54 70 54 3 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 22800
55 42 25 9 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 128000
56 72 56 2 MONTANA James Taylor 16200
57 57 57 5 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 46700
58 38 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
59 67 59 3 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 23300
60 71 60 2 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 15800

61 49 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
62 52 1 22 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 972800
63 53 1 17 KING Years And Years 718800
64 NEW 64 1 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 7100
65 NEW 65 1 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 7000
66 66 1 20 SPEED KILLS 10CC 662600
67 46 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
68 RE 68 3 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 17200
69 74 56 4 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 28200
70 NEW 70 1 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 6000

71 61 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
72 NEW 72 1 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 5600
73 RE 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400
74 RE 20 12 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 127800
75 NEW 75 1 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN (959900) Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
39 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
45 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
47 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
51 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
55 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
58 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000
62 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
68 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
73 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000


14th June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers versus Brandon Flowers for the top spot, but I Can Change just edges out Lonely Town as it returns for a 4th week on top, Lonely Town peaking at 2 so far. Tame Impala hit 3 and Hurts rocket to 4 to claim their biggest of several top 10 singles, bar the number one with Calvin Harris. Kygo remixes Marvin Gaye, and Sexual Healing goes top 10 for the first time since 1982.

Highest new entry at 16? Portuguese 1960’s psychedelic rock classic? Ring a bell? You may know the cover by the Bees, but I prefer the original quirky fab original, having discovered it the other week. So it’s new to me, even though it’s 47 years old or so. Love that guitar riff! Imagine Dragons have some Shots inside the 20, as per usual for them, while among the new entries is James Taylor, singer-songwriter veteran who once upon a time had some Fire and Rain, and noted You’ve Got A Friend back in 1971. Montana is getting plays on Radio 2, for a cool 44 years of new chart entries in my poptastic chartfreak lists.

1 2 1 7 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 901000
2 3 2 6 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 271850
3 4 3 3 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 195000
4 60 4 3 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 82000
5 1 1 6 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 580000
6 5 3 4 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 248000
7 8 6 8 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 309200
8 6 3 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 308000
9 7 1 10 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 610200
10 18 10 3 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 70400

11 13 11 4 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 110000
12 12 4 5 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 240000
13 11 4 9 HOME Max Jury 278500
14 9 9 5 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 135800
15 15 15 6 ROADS Lawson 83800
16 NEW 16 1 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 25000
17 23 17 3 THANK YOU Will Young 52250
18 17 10 8 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 163500
19 20 19 9 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 169000
20 36 20 3 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 43600

21 21 1 6 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 401500
22 22 2 10 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 532000
23 37 23 9 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 102450
24 19 19 6 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 105900
25 27 25 24 ALFIE Cilla Black 276400
26 32 26 4 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 59300
27 29 27 5 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 53200
28 14 6 4 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 144300
29 39 29 2 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 35300
30 24 12 7 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 148200

31 10 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
32 38 32 6 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 64700
33 16 16 8 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 157150
34 28 1 10 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 556900
35 NEW 35 1 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 17500
36 47 36 4 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 42200
37 44 37 4 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 56050
38 40 38 6 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 63000
39 26 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
40 33 10 9 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 165200

41 41 1 14 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 891000
42 25 25 8 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 117200
43 63 43 2 TIME Jungle 20700
44 NEW 44 1 SHINE Years And Years 13250
45 34 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
46 58 46 4 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 40250
47 35 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
48 72 48 3 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 23500
49 59 49 3 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 28000
50 52 50 3 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 34750

51 43 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
52 49 1 21 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 965400
53 50 1 16 KING Years And Years 711600
54 56 54 5 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 48500
55 31 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 45 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
57 57 57 4 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 36300
58 48 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 42 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000

61 69 61 2 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 13700
62 54 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
63 RE 63 2 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 12600
64 64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 RE 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
66 66 1 19 SPEED KILLS 10CC 655800
67 67 67 2 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 13200
68 46 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 53 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
70 71 70 2 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 11800

71 NEW 71 1 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MONTANA James Taylor 5600
73 51 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
74 RE 56 3 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 22000
75 75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000

DROP OUTS
55 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
61 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
65 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
68 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
70 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200
73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800


7th June 2015

Hot Chocolate get their 2nd topper of the year with an oldie, for the late Errol Brown, their first hit from 1970 which I charted but never got it’s just dues as I barely heard it until 1975, due to living In Singapore when it was a hit. I love it, still, and it’s their 8th number one. Brandon Flowers gets knocked down to 2 – but he’s also up to 3 with Lonely Town, his 3rd top 3 of the year, and a previous number one holds at 7, and a 4th goes up to 31. Good thing I haven’t bought the album yet or the chart might get invaded!

Tame Impala sounding like Beatles circa 1966 are at 4, cos it’s fab gear, while Lawson return with a bang hitting the roads at 15. Kygo leapfrogs himself (times 2) as his remix of Marvin Gaye shoots up to 18, 33 years since the original was last in the 20. Highest actual new entry is Jason Derulo at 39, Jungle come back a year after it was last in my chart (with Time, a long enough break for it to qualify as a new hit rather than re-entry: I mean you HAVE to have some point in time to stop calling them re-entries, as it just doesn’t make sense once there are 2 very different chart runs separated by years. Others; Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and John Newman are all back with new hits, with or without the obligatory featuring credit.

1 2 1 5 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 520000
2 1 1 6 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 731000
3 15 3 5 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 156850
4 9 4 2 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 110000
5 3 3 3 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 193000
6 5 3 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 260000
7 7 1 9 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 565200
8 8 6 7 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 259200
9 16 9 4 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 106800
10 11 10 18 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 415500

11 4 4 8 HOME Max Jury 246500
12 6 4 4 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 205000
13 14 13 3 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 73000
14 10 6 3 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 126000
15 RE 15 5 ROADS Lawson 56800
16 17 16 7 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 139450
17 12 10 7 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 141500
18 68 18 2 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 28400
19 24 19 5 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 86900
20 23 20 8 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 148000

21 13 1 5 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 381750
22 19 2 9 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 512500
23 60 23 2 THANK YOU Will Young 29250
24 18 12 6 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 130200
25 30 25 7 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 103450
26 27 26 3 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 43900
27 29 27 23 ALFIE Cilla Black 257650
28 20 1 9 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 539300
29 67 29 4 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 34800
30 34 30 3 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 43000

31 33 31 5 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 76250
32 36 32 3 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 40800
33 22 10 8 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 148200
34 39 34 6 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 71200
35 37 35 7 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 87150
36 69 36 2 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 23600
37 47 37 8 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 83200
38 49 38 5 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 46900
39 NEW 39 1 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 17100
40 50 40 5 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 45800

41 41 1 13 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 877000
42 21 9 8 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 210800
43 28 16 5 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 94150
44 46 44 3 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 38750
45 26 8 11 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 209900
46 25 25 4 SORRY Meg Myers 61800
47 64 47 3 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 24800
48 32 32 3 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 47600
49 44 1 20 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 953900
50 42 1 15 KING Years And Years 700350

51 35 35 3 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 46550
52 53 52 2 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 22750
53 31 11 8 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 154350
54 45 8 9 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 229800
55 43 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
56 56 56 4 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 37500
57 59 57 3 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 25900
58 52 52 3 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 27500
59 71 59 2 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 15900
60 65 60 2 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 17000

61 48 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 40 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
63 NEW 63 1 TIME Jungle 7200
64 NEW 64 1 COME AND GET IT John Newman 7100
65 58 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
66 66 1 18 SPEED KILLS 10CC 649000
67 NEW 67 1 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 6600
68 RE 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
69 NEW 69 1 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 6200
70 74 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200

71 NEW 71 1 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamarr 5800
72 72 72 2 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 11200
73 73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 70 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800
75 63 9 14 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 251000

DROP OUTS
38 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
51 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
54 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
57 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
61 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
75 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000


31st May 2015

3 weeks for Brandon Flowers, I Can Change, but I don’t want to I still love it to bits, fab song, fab Bronski Beat samples and fab Neil Tennant voicemail message in it. Just for the record Pet Shop Boy Neil has featured on other chart-toppers outside the band by Liza Minelli, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, and now Brandon. Of course I love it! Both of them have impeccable taste in music! Brandon now has 3 tracks in the top 15, 4 in the 40.

That leaves the Swedish Eurovision winner up to 3, Heroes, and a very Beatles/John Lennon track I missed the other year as highest new entry at 9 from Australia’s Tame Impala, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. In at 53 it’s a record that dropped out of my charts 43 years ago – and it was already a few years old by then! It’s currently getting a featuring credit for Rod Stewart, though it’s really Python Lee Jackson (Rod didn’t even get a credit as he was hired in for the track before he became famous), and the track using it is not in my chart (A$AP Rocky, and Everyday). I’ll take the original, which was reissued on World Record Store Day a few weeks back, and is thus eligible to chart again.

Others back: Will Young getting all interesting with his new album tracks, Hurts back after a longish gap, Kygo getting a 3rd entry as remixer of the Marvin Gaye soul classic, Imagine Dragons keeping the chart entries coming (though not the UK single), and Holly Johnson is back again. Frankie Says About Time!


1 1 1 5 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 616000
2 2 2 4 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 350000
3 8 3 2 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 133000
4 5 4 7 HOME Max Jury 209500
5 3 3 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 205000
6 4 4 3 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 170000
7 7 1 8 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 515200
8 11 6 6 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 211200
9 NEW 9 1 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 45000
10 6 6 2 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 97000

11 13 11 17 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 373500
12 10 10 6 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 118500
13 9 1 4 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 362000
14 50 14 2 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 41000
15 21 15 4 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 71850
16 22 16 3 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 61800
17 18 17 6 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 114450
18 12 12 5 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 111200
19 15 2 8 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 493000
20 19 1 8 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 521000

21 17 9 7 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 197050
22 14 10 7 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 130500
23 25 23 7 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 128000
24 24 24 4 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 65900
25 28 25 3 SORRY Meg Myers 49050
26 26 8 10 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 196900
27 65 27 2 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 25400
28 16 16 4 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 79650
29 32 29 22 ALFIE Cilla Black 239250
30 30 30 6 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 84700

31 20 11 7 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 143100
32 35 32 2 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 35300
33 36 33 4 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 58350
34 62 34 2 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 25000
35 37 35 2 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 34800
36 72 36 2 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 23000
37 49 37 6 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 69650
38 23 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
39 45 39 5 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 53600
40 27 1 9 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 592150

41 39 1 12 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 863000
42 42 1 14 KING Years And Years 688350
43 43 7 7 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 159000
44 40 1 19 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 941800
45 34 8 8 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 218800
46 46 46 2 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 25500
47 56 47 7 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 65900
48 33 2 8 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 422000
49 63 49 4 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 29700
50 68 50 4 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 28800

51 29 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
52 71 52 2 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 17300
53 NEW 53 1 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 11250
54 38 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 57 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
56 59 56 3 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 26900
57 31 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
58 54 1 17 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 696150
59 73 59 2 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 15500
60 NEW 60 1 THANK YOU Will Young 10000

61 51 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 52 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
63 58 9 13 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 246000
64 74 64 2 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 12300
65 NEW 65 1 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 7000
66 64 1 17 SPEED KILLS 10CC 642200
67 75 67 3 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 16600
68 NEW 68 1 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 6400
69 NEW 69 1 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 6200
70 66 1 24 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 976600

71 NEW 71 1 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 5400
74 NEW 74 1 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
44 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
47 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
53 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400
61 61 2 STATE LINES The Shires 14100
67 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
69 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800


24th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers fantastic I Can Change grabbing a second week at 1, and holding off the mass onslaught of classic Hot Chocolate (Love Is Life peaking at 2 for the second time 45 years on) and Grace’s revamp of You Don’t Own Me, the song hitting the top 3 for the second time this year. Not to mention Jax Jones at 4, two new Eurovision entries from Belgium and Sweden (the winner) inside the top 10, and Max Jury a 21-year-old singer-songwriter currently supporting Rufus Wainwright at 5 with the gorgeous atmospheric Home. Lean On also belatedly goes top 10, as I finally get hooked on Major Lazer’s goodie.

Fair to say my chart is totally dominated by two song contests, Eurovision and online Buzzjack, the UK singles chart now having less and less effect by the week, being as I don’t bother listening to it anymore now that brilliant top 40 sales hits barely scrape into the 75 as the terminally dull months and months runs in the charts of some singles from streaming make it unlistenable. Which will of course make the charts even worse as people hook onto the few new entries late in the day and make them hang around even longer. For example I just bought the Whiz Khalifa single weeks late as I don’t get to hear it much and it took a while to sink in. Ah well, the record industry only has itself to blame….

1 1 1 4 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 446000
2 3 2 3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 235000
3 5 3 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 145000
4 7 4 2 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 115000
5 17 5 6 HOME Max Jury 144500
6 NEW 6 1 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 55000
7 4 1 7 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 465200
8 NEW 8 1 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 48000
9 2 1 3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 330000
10 40 10 5 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 83500

11 6 6 5 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 163200
12 15 12 4 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 89200
13 14 13 16 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 336500
14 10 10 6 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 111000
15 8 2 7 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 472000
16 25 16 3 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 61350
17 13 9 6 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 177300
18 18 18 5 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 91450
19 9 1 7 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 501000
20 11 11 6 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 125200

21 34 21 3 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 44850
22 37 22 2 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 36800
23 20 20 5 ARE YOU READY Texas 80150
24 32 24 3 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 46900
25 27 25 6 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 108750
26 26 8 9 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 178400
27 19 1 8 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 575150
28 50 28 2 SORRY Meg Myers 30300
29 22 14 10 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 227100
30 30 30 5 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 66700

31 16 4 11 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 302100
32 35 32 21 ALFIE Cilla Black 221050
33 12 2 7 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 409700
34 29 8 7 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 205800
35 NEW 35 1 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 17500
36 44 36 3 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 40650
37 NEW 37 1 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 17300
38 23 15 7 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 159700
39 31 1 11 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 849000
40 33 1 18 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 928550

41 21 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
42 39 1 13 KING Years And Years 674600
43 36 7 6 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 145750
44 24 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
45 47 45 4 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 36500
46 NEW 46 1 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo
47 28 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 61 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
49 53 47 5 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 52350
50 NEW 50 1 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 12000

51 59 51 2 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 21850
52 38 38 9 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 106600
53 64 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
54 49 1 16 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 685950
55 55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
56 65 50 6 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 53400
57 68 57 2 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 16800
58 58 9 12 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 238800
59 69 59 2 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 16300
60 60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400

61 67 61 2 STATE LINE The Shires 14100
62 NEW 62 1 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 7400
63 74 63 3 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 17600
64 63 1 16 SPEED KILLS 10CC 635400
65 NEW 65 1 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 57 1 23 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 970600
67 41 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
68 73 68 3 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 16800
69 56 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 71 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800

71 NEW 71 1 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 5800
72 NEW 72 1 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 5200
75 75 75 2 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 10000

DROP OUTS
42 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
45 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
48 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
51 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
54 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
62 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
66 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
70 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000
72 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600


17th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers second number one of the year, his 3rd solo topper, and his 4th in total including the Killers, with the fabulous Bronski Beat sampling I Can Change, which means Jimmy Somerville not only had to wait 31 years to get a number one from his debut Smalltown Boy, he then only had to wait another 3 weeks for a second (sort of) based loosely around said first hit. Hot Chocolate, and the late Errol Brown, get knocked off the top only to go up to join themselves in the top 3 with the 1970 Love Is Life, as they push out Brandon Flowers previous number one to 4. Just to keep the repeat themes going, and the tributes, the late Lesley Gore hit number one a couple of months ago with You Don’t Own me, her fab 60’s defiant girl-power ballad, and now it’s back updated by Grace, the highest new entry at 5.

Jax Jones enters at 7 with a Massive Attack-borrowed riff, the soulful fabulous Yeah Yeah Yeah, the vocal hook sampling Nina Simone’s 50-year-old Be My Husband, which was co-incidentally written by her then-husband. As I’ve given Nina a featuring credit (I always do where the main vocal of a song is a key sample, but not where the hook is more of a template, so nothing for Massive Attack or Jimmy Somerville) that also means she has a 47-year span of new chart entries (she hit number one for me in late 68 with Ain’t Got No..I Got Life, before it took 30-odd years to come back big again). That makes Nina the new record-holder if I discount Paul McCartney as part of The Beatles.

Freemasons get another top 10, having had 2 previous chart-toppers in the noughties, and FFS hit 15, giving Franz Ferdinand their biggest hit in years, and Sparks a run of 41 years of top 20 hits. They hit the top 20 in every decade since topping in 1974. Never huge, but always consistent and always back with interesting stuff. Elsewhere: 4 Brandon tracks in the charts, Leona Lewis is back with one of her better singles, and Quo keep the 1974 theme going as their hit from the spring of 74 returns acoustic and live, Break The Rules, boys!


1 2 1 3 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 276000
2 1 1 2 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 285000
3 6 3 2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 120000
4 3 1 6 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 415200
5 NEW 5 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 60000
6 8 6 4 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 126200
7 NEW 7 1 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 50000
8 4 2 6 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 445000
9 5 1 6 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 480000
10 30 10 5 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 82050

11 19 11 5 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 105200
12 10 2 6 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 392000
13 9 9 5 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 154300
14 14 14 15 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 304500
15 40 15 3 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 54200
16 7 4 10 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 284200
17 17 17 5 HOME Max Jury 84500
18 23 18 4 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 69450
19 11 1 7 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 556750
20 29 20 4 ARE YOU READY Texas 60900

21 12 9 4 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 112250
22 18 14 9 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 208900
23 15 15 6 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 142500
24 13 13 6 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 161500
25 34 25 2 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 36350
26 22 8 8 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 159900
27 28 27 5 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 90000
28 RE 28 4 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 59300
29 16 8 6 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 188200
30 33 30 4 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 48700

31 24 1 10 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 831900
32 59 32 2 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 27900
33 31 1 17 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 911550
34 61 34 2 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 25100
35 38 35 20 ALFIE Cilla Black 203250
36 25 7 5 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 122250
37 NEW 37 1 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 17300
38 49 38 8 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 95100
39 21 1 12 KING Years And Years 660850
40 55 40 4 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 41500

41 20 20 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 34000
42 26 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
44 60 44 2 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 23250
45 27 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
47 70 47 3 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 23500
48 32 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
49 46 1 15 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 674950
50 NEW 50 1 SORRY Meg Myers 12000

51 36 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 42 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
53 47 47 4 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 40250
54 43 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
55 71 55 2 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 16600
56 NEW 56 1 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 10600
57 48 1 22 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 963800
58 52 9 11 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 228600
59 NEW 59 1 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 10100
60 66 60 3 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 22400

61 41 15 10 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 170250
62 72 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
63 62 1 15 SPEED KILLS 10CC 628300
64 NEW 64 1 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 7100
65 50 50 5 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 42800
66 54 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
67 NEW 67 1 STATE LINE The Shires 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 6200
70 57 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000

71 NEW 71 1 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600
73 75 73 2 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 10400
74 74 74 2 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 10400
75 NEW 75 1 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 5000

DROP OUTS
39 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
44 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
51 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
53 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
56 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
58 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
63 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
67 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
73 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400


10th May 2015

It’s Hot Chocolate’s 1977 classic So You Win Again in at 1, in tribute to the late great Errol Brown, one of pop music’s good people, and the lead singer of one of the most consistent acts of the 70’s and half the 80’s. there were so many faves I could have gone for as tribute, but this is the one really that deserves it. It originally peaked at 2 in my chart, even though I adored it, because it came up against a little music-changing ditty called I Feel Love. It was also written by a great songwriter (not Errol this time) Russ Ballard of Argent. The other Errol track was one of his, the first Hot Chocolate hit from 1970 while he was a hit songwriter for Mickie Most, the fantastic Love Is Life, a track I largely missed while living in Singapore, so now I’m paying just dues. It also has a positive message while I’m not feeling at all positive, not helped by the awful General Election result in the UK. So You Win Again just had to top my chart, cos “here I stand the loser” indeed. My very difficult home-caring duties and home-working life is about to become impossible once the Tories get their hatchets going. Not that I get any practical help anyway (though I am eligible for a free cinema ticket to have a night out on the taxpayer, whoopee), but I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it worse. I loathe most politicians and the 2 I had time for both got booted out. Happy days….

All of which overshadows the Brandon Flowers invasion, as all four advance tracks chart, his number one from last week dropping to 3 as new track I Can Change catapults from 70 to 2, and samples Jimmy Somerville heavily, (Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy) as Jimmy is knocked down to 5 himself. Alesso gets another top 10, following Number One Under Control with Calvin Harris and Hurts, and Parson James gets 2 top 40 entries as featured vocalist, one with Kygo (who also has 2 in the 40) and one with Audien. The late Ben E. King also returns to the chart for the 4th time with 1987 chart-topper classic Stand By Me, a song that had previously hit number one as a cover by John Lennon in 1975. What can I say, it’s a great song, and even the timeless Lennon can’t improve on Ben’s original.

Sparks are back in the 40, 41 years on, as FFS with Franz Ferdinand youngsters of only a decade or so, and both having had one previous chart-topper each. Florence is back with a ship to wreck, another goodie inside the top 40, and that’s about that…

1 NEW 1 1 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 170000
2 70 2 2 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 106000
3 1 1 5 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 350200
4 2 2 5 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 397000
5 3 1 5 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 435000
6 NEW 6 1 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 55000
7 4 4 9 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 259200
8 32 8 3 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 71200
9 10 9 4 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 122300
10 5 2 5 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 357000

11 6 1 6 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 535750
12 9 9 3 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 92500
13 13 13 5 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 142500
14 16 14 14 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 275500
15 15 15 5 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 123250
16 14 8 5 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 170000
17 26 17 4 HOME Max Jury 61500
18 18 14 8 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 189400
19 20 19 4 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 68200
20 NEW 20 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 20000

21 17 1 11 KING Years And Years 643750
22 8 8 7 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 141400
23 30 23 3 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 47450
24 12 1 9 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 814000
25 7 7 4 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 104850
26 19 19 7 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 128450
27 29 27 4 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 59600
28 28 28 4 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 71600
29 37 29 3 ARE YOU READY Texas 40900
30 53 30 4 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 40050

31 27 1 16 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 893850
32 11 4 8 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 316100
33 63 33 3 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 30700
34 NEW 34 1 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 17600
35 35 35 5 CURTAINS Last Lynx 79600
36 44 36 4 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 56650
37 38 37 4 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 65000
38 39 38 19 ALFIE Cilla Black 185750
39 21 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
40 58 40 2 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 27200

41 46 15 9 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 162750
42 22 4 8 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 328250
43 64 43 5 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 39000
44 31 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 23 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
46 34 1 14 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 662850
47 52 47 3 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 29000
48 33 1 21 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 953400
49 50 49 7 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 77900
50 55 50 4 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 35800

51 36 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
52 40 9 10 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 218400
53 24 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
54 54 54 3 ROADS Lawson 33000
55 61 55 3 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 24500
56 41 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
57 69 7 14 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 353000
58 42 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
59 NEW 59 1 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 7500
62 60 1 14 SPEED KILLS 10CC 621100
63 25 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 49 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
66 72 66 2 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 12400
67 RE 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 62 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
70 75 70 2 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 5800
72 74 72 3 SHINE ON Simply Red 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
43 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
47 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
51 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
56 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
65 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
71 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
73 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650


3rd May 2015

Brandon Flowers gets his 2nd solo chart-topper and 3rd including The Killers, keeping poor ol’ Will Young at 2. Mumford go top 5, Spada replace themselves in the top 20 and even go top 10 to boot. Giorgio Moroder is also replacing himself lower down the chart, SIA and Kylie swapping places inside the 60 while Britney joins him for a new entry and cover of Suzanne Vega’s DNA version of Tom’s Diner, last in the top 10 25 years ago. Markus Feehily does what Westlife managed once (got into the top 10), but Love Is A Drug is better than Bop Bop Baby.

The top early Eurovision fave from me is Denmark, up to 9, Ali Campbell is back in the 40 35 years after debuting with UB40, ditto Texas but a mere 26 years, while FFS enter inside the 60. Who? It’s Franz Ferdinand and Sparks combining on an album project, Johnny Delusional being very much in the Sparks tradition, quirky now lo these 41 years of love from me.


1 5 1 4 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 265200
2 2 2 4 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 332000
3 1 1 4 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 375000
4 9 4 8 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 209200
5 6 2 4 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 315000
6 3 1 5 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 498750
7 26 7 3 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 86100
8 RE 8 6 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 121900
9 47 9 2 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 57500
10 32 10 3 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 77300

11 4 4 7 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 288300
12 7 1 8 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 795000
13 13 13 4 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 110500
14 8 8 4 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 145000
15 16 15 4 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 96250
16 17 16 13 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 246500
17 11 1 10 KING Years And Years 624000
18 14 14 7 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 167400
19 19 19 6 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 109950
20 39 20 3 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 47200

21 10 10 5 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 115000
22 12 4 7 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 314500
23 22 12 7 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 188750
24 30 24 4 EGO Tove Styrke 51000
25 20 20 9 SUGAR DADDY Spada 149150
26 60 26 3 HOME Max Jury 38500
27 28 1 15 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 875950
28 34 28 3 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 53300
29 50 29 3 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 41200
30 58 30 2 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 28200

31 23 1 11 LOST STARS Adam Levine 650150
32 RE 32 2 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 23200
33 24 1 20 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 941100
34 31 1 13 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 650100
35 37 35 4 CURTAINS Last Lynx 62100
36 15 4 8 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 322650
37 73 37 2 ARE YOU READY Texas 22700
38 40 38 3 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 47700
39 42 39 18 ALFIE Cilla Black 168550
40 36 9 9 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 206900

41 25 25 4 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 68750
42 66 42 3 SHY Stacey Solomon 25550
43 21 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
44 44 44 3 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 39250
45 45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
46 29 15 8 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 148750
47 18 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
48 65 48 4 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 31700
49 38 38 4 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 55800
50 51 50 6 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 65800

51 33 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
52 75 52 2 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 16500
53 72 53 3 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 22050
54 54 54 2 ROADS Lawson 22000
55 63 55 3 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 23800
56 35 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 61 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
58 NEW 58 1 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 10200
59 59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
60 53 1 13 SPEED KILLS 10CC 613700

61 69 61 2 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 13700
62 41 2 14 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 666800
63 71 63 2 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 13000
64 67 64 4 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 25500
65 RE 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 NEW 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 48 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
68 RE 20 10 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 116200
69 49 7 13 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 342600
70 NEW 70 1 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 5600
73 46 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650
74 74 74 2 SHINE ON Simply Red 10400
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 5000

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43 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
55 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
62 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
64 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
68 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800