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)…

greenland or canada...!

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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