My 1980 Charts – May

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6th May 1980

Geno gets a 2nd week on top for Dexy’s, as Paul McCartney gets his 3rd number 2 with Coming Up, and Hot Chocolate go top 5 for the first time in 2 years. Sky and Sad Cafe sneak into the top 10, both with their most successful records, and New Musik shoot up the rapids of their world of water to 11, their 3rd top 40 in a row. Kate Bush is breathing heavily, meanwhile, at 22 after climbing 49 chart places. Phew!

Highest new entry is a 2-year-old track from Don McLean getting some UK chart action after a 5-year gap since the wonderful Wonderful Baby. Crying is an old Roy Orbison hit from before my time, but Don manages the impossible in doing a cover version that is as good as the original Roy version. Slowed-down drastically, it makes the climax even bigger when it comes. So to speak. Fantastic, and over 8 years since Don’s chart debut. The Ramones rock it big into my 30, let’s go! Saxon and Christopher Cross both go top 40 and more Groove-based funk dance tracks enter and climb – clearly, despite the hype in the States, rumours of the death of disco are a bit premature in the UK.

New entries: in at 27, The Beat’s best record, the brilliant Mirror In The Bathroom, the ska groove and the urgent sax both fab backdrops to a great song. At 32, it’s a debut for one of the key 80’s bands, The Cure, all goth New Wave in a Siouxsie kinda way, but a bit more acoustic and synthy both. A Forest was a great single, for me it sounded like nothing else, which is always a bonus. At 51, Man Tran are back and in a dancee-stylee a world away from the 1940’s-era beginnings – what they’d lost in retro charm they’d gained in using the theme tune to the fab Twilight Zone TV series as a backdrop to a disco tune.

At 70, Air Supply debut with the gorgeous ballad Lost In Love, an Aussie band who just went very well on American radio, the delicious melody of this track was just such a delight I still can’t believe this record flopped when the less-good follow-up hit. A good vocal performance didn’t hurt either. In the bottom 5, a clutch of lesser punk-new wave tracks, all a bit late for the punk party, including the old Jam track back again, and not for the last time.

1 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 4 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
3 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 2 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
6 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
8 ( 7 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
9 ( 16 ) TOCCATA Sky
10 ( 15 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

11 ( 42 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
12 ( 14 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
13 ( 12 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
14 ( 11 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
15 ( 17 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
16 ( 8 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
17 ( 29 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 9 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
19 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 21 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston

21 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
22 ( 71 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
23 ( NEW ) CRYING Don McLean
24 ( 35 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
25 ( 53 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
26 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( NEW ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
28 ( 70 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 27 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
30 ( 23 ) ATOMIC Blondie

31 ( 20 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
32 ( NEW ) A FOREST The Cure
33 ( 19 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
34 ( NEW ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 18 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
36 ( 38 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
37 ( 40 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
38 ( 69 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
39 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 51 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross

41 ( 28 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 31 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
43 ( 30 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
44 ( 32 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
45 ( 24 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
46 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( 64 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
48 ( 48 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 33 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
50 ( 45 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg

51 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
52 ( 58 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
53 ( 34 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 56 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
56 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
57 ( 22 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
58 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
59 ( 41 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
60 ( 52 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

61 ( 54 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
62 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
63 ( 36 ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
64 ( 60 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
65 ( 75 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
66 ( 62 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
67 ( 67 ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 47 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
69 ( 46 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
70 ( NEW ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

71 ( NEW ) IN THE CITY The Jam
72 ( NEW ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
73 ( 50 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Chords
75 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects

TV Apr 26 – May 2
1 Tiswas
2 Soap
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Life On Earth
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 Taxi
8 The Outer Limits
9 Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock
10 Wonder Woman


Back in my world, I was still enjoying my random visits from friends on Teaching Practice while I was lecture-based and a bit bored at so much time to myself, especially Ian and Pete getting to go out to the same schools, leaving me feeling left-out. Oh poor me, get over it! I played tennis, snooker, and heard the news Alfred Hitchcock, horror-drama Director-extraordinaire had died. I grew up watching his TV series too, repeated in Singapore, and he was quite the character. I read Animal Farm, ooh little bit of social politics going on, and had an American Studies exam. I drew some animals for school work cards for Sue, and Jane and Pete and myself took the piss out of the piss-poor News At Ten scripts, depressing and trashy.

Mr Davies tried to persuade me to get into playwriting as a career, in Literature, really bigging me up. Pity I give up so easily….! More realistic he suggested teaching Secondary School, journalism and creative writing. I did try journalism and writing to be fair to me, for 2 years, before I realised I was getting nowhere. And so are dreams shattered! One of my school-teachers, Miss Goodrich, had called me “bright” – modesty aside, I am, but I have real flaws of character that stop me achieving. Doh! All that talk of careers gave me a bad night of stomach trouble. On TV the last of the series for Tiswas was a fab highlights episode. I AM bright, honestly, custard pies, flam flingers and celebrities up for a laugh, what’s not to love!

At the cinema, I saw Spielberg’s sprawling College comedy 1941: some good one-liners, some good scenes, impressive sets, but ultimately not in the same league as Animal House as the characters were insane, not rebellious. A lot of the humour came over a bit forced. I opined: “Belushi was a twat, Robert Stack stole the film without trying” and overall I was massively disappointed after my all-time fave film Close Encounters that we got this effort. I haven’t seen it in decades, much like the rest of the world, I think!


13th May 1980

One of my fave bands of the 70’s dabble with a UFO sci-fi-themed atmospheric synth-heavy-ballad – of course it was going to top my chart! Errol was a pop hero of mine, and a throughly ego-free varied talent, No Doubt About It – and this was Hot Chocolate’s 10th year of charting, a 9-year span of number ones, and yet only their 3rd chart-topper to date. Don McLean is up to 4, his highest chart position to date, and New Musik get a second top 10, and The Beat rocket to 10, with that mirror in the bathroom reflecting their achievement. Ouch!

Michael Jackson finally gets moving and She’s Out Of My Life leaps to 13, the fourth top 20 track off Off The Wall, Kate Bush, The Cure and errr Smokie, go top 20. By this stage Smokie had a good 5-year run of singles, few of them classic pop records, but always OK. The Cure were now starting a good run of singles themselves, many of them minor classics. Highest new entry is the VERY familiar theme tune from the brilliant MASH TV show – but the original ‘Suicide Is Painless’ vocal version from the anti-establishment anti-war 1970 movie cult classic, and which was quite old-fashioned easy-listening 60’s sounding but the odd lyrics gave it a depressing edge which I can’t listen to anymore. Not least bearing in mind the suicide of Ritchie from Manic Street Preachers who covered the song. In the movie Painless was a dentist who felt sorry for himself, and they dragged him out of his self-pity attempted suicide with comedy. In the real world, I can’t condone lyrics that might be taken to view it as an option for depression and mental illness.

In at 26, Mystic Merlin, a sort of magic show sultry soul act, I love the vocals and the sexy sax, and the slow-build to a great song with a great chorus climax. Just Can’t Give You Up, I can’t. A cut above most of the dance tracks in the UK chart at the time. In at 38, a great reggae social commentary song from Junior Murvin, Police And Thieves is still delicious, a great vocal, a fab groove, and good lyrics. TV’s Tiswas was a huge fave of mine. I also loved boyhood band fave The Scaffold, 60’s hitmakers of Lily The Pink fame. I can’t excuse The Four Bucketeers novelty hit at 40, though, Chris Tarrant, Bob Carolgees and Sally James, and Scaffold’s John Junkin notwithstanding!

At 44, a huge departure in sound from Jona Lewie, a subdued synth riff backdrop for a semi-novelty lyric that also hit home to shrinking violets like me, who often liked to move out of the front room in parties! Jona was previously known for his alter ego Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs and their retro-sounding Seaside Shuffle Top 3 hit in 1972, accordion-tastic novelty fun, so I was delighted to welcome him back on Top Of The Pops, backed (it became obvious in later years) by Kirsty MacColl.

2 brand new debuts, key bands of the 80’s for me, OMD at 55 with the awesome Messages, an exciting, frantic new synthpop sound that blew me away, it sounded faaaabulous loud. The other synth band had a lower-profile debut with an EP that centred around a synth version of Gary Glitter’s best record (far and away) Rock And Roll. It’s not as classic as the original, but has it’s charm and Phil Oakey was star-in-the-making when he popped up on Top Of The Pops, minus the girls, but plus future Heaven 17 members. It didn’t hurt getting name-checked in The Undertones My Perfect Cousin at 14, either…

Finally, at 70, Prelude were back 6 years on from covering Neil Young’s After The Goldrush a capella, and doing it beautifully. Platinum Blonde was more orthodox folkrockpop for the time, but was pleasant enough. Motorhead get a 3rd entry, as do Matchbox and their Midnite Dynamos, another slice of rockabilly rambling fun, after the fab Buzz Buzz A Diddle It. Look, it’s fun, OK!? Having a laugh! Kirsty MacColl also joined in on a single with them later in their career. Good enough for me! At 74, Boney M sneak in with My Friend Jack. Frank Farian obviously was a fan of obscure 60’s band The Smoke, and to be honest, so was I – my dad had got hold of a bunch of 45rpm singles stamped “Not For Sale” promo copies around 1966/67, and My Friend Jack was one of them, so it was a song I knew well. The psychedelic pop charm of the original was much better than Boney M’s version, though so that’s the version I’m featuring!

1 ( 5 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
4 ( 23 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
7 ( 11 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
8 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
9 ( 8 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
10 ( 27 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

11 ( 7 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
12 ( 9 ) TOCCATA Sky
13 ( 47 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
14 ( 15 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
15 ( 22 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
16 ( 12 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
17 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 19 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 32 ) A FOREST The Cure
20 ( 24 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie

21 ( 13 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
22 ( 10 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
23 ( 14 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
24 ( 16 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
25 ( 18 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
26 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
27 ( 51 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
28 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
30 ( NEW ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin

31 ( 37 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
32 ( 75 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 72 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
34 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
35 ( 30 ) ATOMIC Blondie
36 ( 29 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
38 ( NEW ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
39 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
40 ( NEW ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers

41 ( 25 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
42 ( 21 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
43 ( 31 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
44 ( NEW ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
45 ( 40 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
46 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 43 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
48 ( 52 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
49 ( 36 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( 65 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

51 ( 38 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
52 ( 33 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
53 ( 35 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
54 ( 50 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( NEW ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
56 ( 55 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 54 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
59 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
60 ( 70 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

61 ( 45 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
62 ( 42 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
63 ( 58 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
64 ( 60 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
65 ( 49 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
66 ( 71 ) IN THE CITY The Jam
67 ( 66 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
68 ( 61 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
72 ( NEW ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
73 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
74 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
75 ( 69 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

3rd-9th May TV
1 Soap
2 Tiswas
3 The Outer Limits
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The 9’O Clock News
6 Wonder Woman
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Banana Splits
9 Taxi
10 Whicker’s World


In College, I lost at tennis to Joe, watched aTV tribute to the great James Stewart, and was half-way through John Wayne’s Rio Lobo movie when a newsflash about a hostage siege took over the media, hostages shot, SAS sent in, terrorists shot. All very horrifying. I called in on Alan and Helen one evening, Sue popped down another, Jane on Top Of The Pops thursday for an evenings in-depth discussion on all-sorts, Art lecturer Max took me to get some glass cut for my art prints frames, in his van, above and beyond, what a great lecturer! Back home for the weekend in Mansfield, I bought some 1960’s nostalgia first day covers of Battle Of Hastings and snowmen christmas stamps. It’s cool, honest, to collect stamps. In an alternate universe….

20th May 1980

2 weeks for Hot Chocolate on top, as The Beat hit 3 in the Bathroom. Kate Bush makes it 5 top 10 out of 6 singles, as Breathing the fall-out in at 6 confirms she can do no wrong. Ditto Michael Jackson, a decade of top 10 hits with me, and still only 21, just like Kate. I was six months older, and not having many chart hits…!

Up 49 places to 11, Air Supply’s Lost In Love emotes beautifully upwards, Mystic Merlin abracadabra their way to 13, and in at 20 the highest new entry from Crown Heights Affair, 2 years on from Galaxy Of Love, and now You Gave Me Love, for a massive whooping, guitar riffing, minor disco great. It’s an exciting record, that chorus is just fantastic. In at 23 Roxy Music keep the comeback strong, as they exclaim gently that they are Over You. Well, get you! 8 years of chart entries though, and moving towards classy low-key ballads and wider appeal, but this wasn’t a move I generally approved of, give me early Roxy anyday.

Matchbox rockabilly it up into the 40, and entering at 37 it’s Gazza Numan back with a 4th chart hit, We Are Glass, catchy and synthtastic riffs still on form. At 39, the Average White Band finally get into the 40 with the terrif Let’s Go Round Again, and at 47 The Hollies return for the first time in 6 years with the touching ballad Soldier’s Song – a typically lovely orchestral Mike Batt song, and it was great having Allan Clarke’s vocals back, and giving the lads 12 years of chart entries. Others: Peter Gabriel has no self control, Jermaine Jackson is a little more serious thanks to an assist from Stevie Wonder, a reggae version of the TV western Bonanza theme is a bit of ska fun from Carlos Malcolm, Gerry Rafferty walks Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and there’s a debut entry from Karel Fialka, the catchy The Eyes Have It, emphasis on the “it” – it was to be another 7 years before he got his first proper hit, with a bit of an assist from his own young son, the fab Hey Malcolm!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 10 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
5 ( 3 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
6 ( 15 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
8 ( 5 ) CALL ME Blondie
9 ( 6 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
10 ( 7 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik

11 ( 60 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 9 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
13 ( 30 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 8 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
16 ( 18 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
17 ( 19 ) A FOREST The Cure
18 ( 11 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
19 ( 26 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
20 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

21 ( 31 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
22 ( 12 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
24 ( 27 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
25 ( 40 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
26 ( 44 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
27 ( 14 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
28 ( 38 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
29 ( 39 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
30 ( 33 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts

31 ( 24 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
32 ( 32 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
34 ( 29 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 16 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
36 ( 72 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
37 ( NEW ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
38 ( 21 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
39 ( 50 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
40 ( 23 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 20 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
42 ( 35 ) ATOMIC Blondie
43 ( 25 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
44 ( 36 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
45 ( 22 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
46 ( 34 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
47 ( NEW ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
48 ( 37 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
49 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( NEW ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

51 ( 55 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
52 ( NEW ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
53 ( 47 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
54 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( 59 ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 43 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
59 ( 74 ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
60 ( 58 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 42 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
62 ( NEW ) BONANZA SKA Carlos Malcolm
63 ( 41 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
64 ( 71 ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
65 ( 63 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 64 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 45 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
68 ( NEW ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 67 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( 53 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
73 ( 52 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
74 ( 69 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
75 ( 68 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis


TV May 10th-16th

1 Catch-22: film
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Taxi
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 The Outer Limits
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Class Of 44
10 The Waltons
11 Happy Days
12 Hart To Hart
13 The Pink Panther Show
14 The Sky At Night
15 Tomorrow’s World


In College, I was feeding chicks for Julie, (yes actual baby hens). I played tennis with Jenny, the weather so hot I was forced to roll my shirt sleeves back which caused much comment at tea-time (I never bared my arms in public, the matchstick look would have caused too much mirth). On the sunny grass outside Julie took her chicks out for a spin, and they sheltered under my legs, sooooo cute! On TV The Waltons centered on black prejudice, something I felt strongly about (against it!), and in between stuff it was revision, more revision, and the ending of lectures from some of the duller ones (Hooray!).

In American Studies we had a mock exam paper, one about the Frontier which one wag chose to write about the Swedish frontier, as it wasn’t exactly specified to be the American frontier in the question. Funny, though. Found out my art work was to be put on exhibition in the Steep Hill art gallery for the course-end finale, out of the way and obscure, which didn’t impress me nor Max, my lecturer. We protested. On saturday, it was the big May Ball, so I danced till 1.45 with Sue. I could have danced all night – no not really. Actually I’d forgotten I used to dance at discos, could have sworn I mostly avoided it. The guest band were The Mandy Moreton Band a sort of west coast rock/folk fusion. Music of the night was chart heavy, current dance tracks. Mum and dad dropped by on their way home from Skegness, during a TV show on John Williams/Star Wars, so I was a bit rude trying to watch that.


27th May 1980

3 weeks on top, No Doubt About It, which leaves Don still Crying at 2. Jacko and Kate Bush both go top 5 though, so hooray for good taste! Jona Lewie grabs a top 10 too, evading parties but hitting 6 in my charts. Gary Numan makes it 4 out of 4, as We Are Glass rushes up to 8, hopefully no more in danger of smashing than The Beat’s mirror at 3. The fab Crown Heights Affair is at 10, just behind the MASH theme tune. Rushing into the 40, it’s Karel Fialka, the eyes have IT.

New entries: The Specials are back with a Rat Race, a 4th top 40 in a row, as a million unemployed people were very much not working for the rat race at the time. Not working at all in fact, the economy was not rosy. ELO are at 31 with a Xanadu movie single – they did the soundtrack to the Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John film, but I’m Alive wasn’t one of their best singles. Elton is in laidback mode at 33, with the sweet Little Jeannie, as always bigger in the USA than the UK in those days. At 34 the puntastic Lipps Inc have a good ol’ Funky Town chanting up the charts, catchy and fun, still.

In at 48, The Korgis finally get a decent follow-up to the fab If I Had You, and the even-fabber Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, gentle, emotive and just wonderful. So wonderful it was rehashed by Marc Et Claude, and covered by numerous people, such as Yazz, Baby D and Erasure. The covers keep on coming and show no signs of slowing down. Cos it’s classic, a song that improves with age. At 52, the marvellous Roberta Flack lends her flawless vocal stylings to long-time friend and duet partner the then-recently-late Donny Hathaway. Both of them were great jazz-soul singers, and had won a grammy for the classy and melodic Where Is The Love in 1972, followed by many other awards for Roberta Flack for great solo singles. Donny wasn’t so lucky, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a troubled life, he eventually killed himself in 1979. His 1972 live album is critically rated as one of the best live albums of all-time on some lists, and his final 1973 album lyrically showed his troubled mind. Flack & Hathaway had been working together again, Back Together Again being one of the last songs they recorded before his death, and it was posthumously released to a poignant chart chart success. The circumstances around the recording made it a sad return.

At 53, B.A. Robertson can’t wait for his Kaftan to disappear before he’s back with some witty Shakespeare parody and punning, as the backdrop to an amusing love song. To Be Or Not To Be? Well, that is the question. The answer is B.A. was terrific. Squeeze are busy pulling mussels at 71 before an unavailable, obscure mega-OTT ballad UK-only single drops in at 73. You just can’t buy it unless you have a spare grand for a second-hand copy, and given Grace Slick is such a big, long-term rock-star from The 60’s Jefferson Airplane through 1980’s Jefferson Starship to 1985’s Starship, it’s a mystery to me why I can’t bloody download the show-stopping Dreams. It’s amazing, I want it on my ipod and I’m going to scream and scream until I get my way. Grace, can you please get your finger out, it’s fantastic and the album was a Grammy nominee for heavens sake!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 7 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
6 ( 26 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 4 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 37 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
9 ( 19 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
10 ( 20 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 5 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
13 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 23 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 9 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
16 ( 8 ) CALL ME Blondie
17 ( 12 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
18 ( 24 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
20 ( 15 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

21 ( 10 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
22 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
24 ( 25 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
25 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 18 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
27 ( 72 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
28 ( NEW ) RAT RACE The Specials
29 ( 21 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
30 ( 36 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
33 ( NEW ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
34 ( NEW ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
35 ( 52 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
36 ( 17 ) A FOREST The Cure
37 ( 31 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
38 ( 51 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
39 ( 50 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
40 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky

41 ( 27 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
42 ( 33 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
43 ( 47 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
44 ( 42 ) ATOMIC Blondie
45 ( 40 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( 38 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
47 ( 35 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
48 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
49 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
50 ( 44 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
52 ( NEW ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
53 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
54 ( 62 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 43 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
59 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
60 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 41 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
62 ( 68 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
64 ( 45 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
65 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 30 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
68 ( 46 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
69 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 58 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

71 ( NEW ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE U.K. Subs
73 ( NEW ) DREAMS Grace Slick
74 ( 75 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
75 ( 74 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd


TV May 17th – 23rd

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Outer Limits
5 Taxi
6 Star Wars – John Williams
7 Olivia Newton-John
8 Life On Earth
9 The Banana Splits
10 Question Time


My College lectures were entering their final week, some happily, some very unhappily to be no-more. I had breakfast in the cafeteria with Campion who told me his troubles getting out of Rhodesia to study, and quite emotionally, as things weren’t easy for Black Rhodesians (Zimbabwe these days). He wanted to go to the USA to study and work, I hope he made it.

Some snooker games silliness, and I playfully poked Ian’s stuffed badger round Petes’ room door for a minor laugh. Less amusing were the Miami race riots on the news. I marked some schoolwork for Jane, which I enjoyed. Made a point of attending the Student Union Hustings votes. Voted for all candidates. Legally, I hasten to add, there weren’t many fighting for the posts! On TV the award-winning episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Chuckles The Clown dies. It’s hilarious, based around people’s reaction to the manner of Chuckles death – Chuckles dressed as a giant peanut, an elephant on the same parade tried to shell him. It’s funny trust me, as Mary finds none of the remarks in good taste at all, and then it builds up to the funeral! Youtube it. Ed Asner and Betty White are in it, too, what more do you need!

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My 1975 Charts – May

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6th May 1975

Born this week: David Beckham
Died This week: Moe from the Three Stooges, the last-surviving member

It’s a new old number one of an even older record than it seems: Tami Lyn, with the fab Northern Soul stormer I’m Gonna Run Away From You hit the UK charts all over again 4 years after going top 5, and 9 years after it’s first release in the USA. That’s bad news for Desmond Dekker, peaking at 2 6 years on from it’s original chart run with The Israelites, and for Tommy James and Mony Mony at 3. The real loser though is Disco Tex – if not for all the oldies it would have been a second chart-topper of the year, but to be fair the other three are all much better!

Highest new entry is Save Me by Silver Convention, a German-based lush-strings-disco girl group very much in the mode of Love Unlimited and Barry White. It might be derivative but it’s still a great pop record and should have been bigger – they eventually had big hits in both the UK and the USA, but this was the first and best. Caston & Majors go top 10, while Jackie Wilson gets a second bout Higher And Higher inside the top 10. In at 13, The Sharonettes, a girl group cover of an early 60’s novelty doo-wop song minor hit by The Rivingtons. Later in the year the same song would put a stop to Gary Glitter’s run of UK top 10 hits (he should have learned from this version flopping sales-wise!) but it’s main claim to fame was being used as the basis for Surfer Bird (along with another Rivingtons song The Bird’s The Word) a big U.S. hit in 1963 for The Trashmen (No. 4), and then made huge by Family Guy’s brilliant TV series and a big UK hit in 2010 (No. 3). Well, I liked this version even if no-one else did!

Betty Wright makes the top 20, and Mud scrape in at 20, their lowest single to date, as another Tammy with an old record enters at 19 – the country music standard Stand By Your Man, from Tammy Wynette, finally becoming a UK number one hit 5 years late, and 3 years since Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman came out (see it at 6) and helped make it a bit of an old-fashioned sentiment – but then it appealed to older music fans who were looking back to older styles of music, as disco, glam, rock, reggae, funk, and new-fangled synthesisers (see Kraftwerk) scared the bejeebers out of them. As I never found a style of music I didn’t like, in it is here, and Tammy was on her way to country superstardom that paid back KLF-stylee 18 years later.

Talking of old music styles: The Wombles’ Mike Batt turns his many talents to the 40’s swing orchestra sounds and Fred Astaire-stylee-but-new-song Wombling White Tie And Tails for an unlikely 5th Wombles hit single. It was becoming clear that Mike had no intention of repeating a formulaic sound for the little furry creatures, and he was using it as an excuse to pastiche music loves of the past. Hooray! Great fun. Talking of old-fashioned Tammy’s: there’s another one in at 29, Welsh TV regular Tammy Jones won several weeks of TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and was rewarded with a hit single, Let Me Try Again. Talking of Gary Glitter: in at 35 with Love Like You And Me, and the quality was definitely dropping by now. Slade were also notably not-Glam-rock-tastic to the same degree, in at 36 with the otherwise good Thanks For The Memry. Yes, thanks, lads!

Talking of old-fashioned music styles (part 6): Abba are back at 41, confounding the music press by insisting on having a third UK hit with the singalong I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do. I’ll be honest, it was my least-fave Abba single to date, a bit too singalong for me, but no matter it improved with age and gave them a 5th chart entry (and 6th song) in a year. At 42 Barry Blue still is around, cos we make him happy when he’s Blue – it was a sweet-ish low-key lush ballad but not really the glam-rock-pop or retro-50’s we were used to, and flopped. Ironically, his biggest track in my charts Do You Wanna Dance pops up at 43 – for Joe And Didi – and I’m assuming it’s a cover of the 60’s track of the same name, as there’s no mention of it on the internet and my memory of it is also zero. So here it is now, a mystery track mentioned on the internet for the first time (probably)! At 44, Imagine Me Imagine You – yes Fox finally release another single, as quirky as the first chart-topper, and almost as good.

1 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
2 ( 7 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 8 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
5 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
6 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
7 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
8 ( 11 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
9 ( 3 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
10 ( 12 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

11 ( 4 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 5 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
13 ( NEW ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
14 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 13 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
16 ( 15 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
17 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 20 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
19 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
20 ( 21 ) OH BOY Mud

21 ( 16 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
22 ( 17 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 10 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
24 ( NEW ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
25 ( 22 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
26 ( 18 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
27 ( 39 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
28 ( 32 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
29 ( NEW ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
30 ( 25 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

31 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
32 ( 27 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
33 ( 29 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
34 ( 31 ) ONE GIRL TOO LATE Brenda And The Tabulations
35 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
36 ( NEW ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
37 ( 28 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
38 ( 24 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
39 ( 26 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 34 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra

41 ( NEW ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
42 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
43 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
44 ( NEW ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 35 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 41 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 38 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
48 ( 19 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
49 ( 33 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
50 ( 40 ) FEEL THE NEED Graham Central Station

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13th May 1975

Desmond Dekker finally gets to number one after a week at 2 in 1975 and 3 weeks at 2 in 1969 (with the Aces and the original recording) – The Israelites is such a great ska-reggae breakthrough, semi-novelty in the patois lyrics and vocal style, but Desmond was great. Up to 3, and the top new song, goes Save Me (Silver Convention), as two Tammy/Tami’s nestle inside the top 5, Wynette joining Lyn with an oldie. Talking of oldies, Mungo Jerry return with 1970 number one, the famous In The Summertime, one I loved at 12 years old, and still nostalgically was into at 8, the highest new (old) entry. Yes I was getting very into old music (if you can call 5 years old)!

All these oldies, though, knock back the ground-breaking Autobahn to 10 (it would otherwise be at 3 ignoring covers and reissues), which is a shame for Kraftwerk. The Wombles hit 13 for a bit of White Tie and Tails variety, as Fox shoot up 30 places to 14 with the terrif Imagine Me Imagine You. Abba keep the run of top 40 entries going, they do they do they do they do they do, as Mac And Katie Kissoon keep the brotherly/sisterly love running, Don’t Do It Baby in at 42, and Hot Chocolate make it a non-stop run of chart entries with all their singles since Love Is Life in 1970, as a serious change in sound brings them in at 43 – funky Disco Queen ringing the changes from earlier ballads, soul, and pop. Always did ring in the genre changes did Errol and the boys.

Meanwhile It’s A Miracle at 48 – Barry Manilow charts in my chart with the follow-up to Mandy and flops in the UK singles chart (though not the USA). I’ll be honest, by the time Bazza became a UK chart fixture he was past his best, bar one or two singles. Hey ho. Gladys Knight is in at 49, with her soulful slowed-down cover of Barbra Streisand’s monster film song The Way We Were, which passed me by in 1974 pretty much, along with the UK singles buyer. At 50, Retta Young has a dance hit with Sending Out An SOS – I think it was an All Platinum (Sylvia Robinson label) hit, but not one I’ve heard lo many a year. I liked it enough to remember it though.

1 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
2 ( 1 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 7 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
4 ( 19 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
5 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
7 ( 13 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
8 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
10 ( 27 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk

11 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 8 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
13 ( 24 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
14 ( 44 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
15 ( 12 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
16 ( 9 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
17 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 28 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
19 ( 10 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
20 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy

21 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 16 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
23 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
24 ( 21 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
25 ( 22 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( 36 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
27 ( 35 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
28 ( 33 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
29 ( 37 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern

31 ( 41 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
32 ( 26 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
33 ( 31 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
34 ( 32 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
35 ( 30 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
36 ( 18 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
37 ( 23 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
38 ( 29 ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
39 ( 20 ) OH BOY Mud
40 ( 38 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur

41 ( 42 ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
42 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
43 ( NEW ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
44 ( 39 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
45 ( 45 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 46 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 40 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
48 ( NEW ) IT’S A MIRACLE Barry Manilow
49 ( NEW ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
50 ( NEW ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young


At the movies, Monty Python And The Holy Grail was a must, though it took some getting used to having an actual ongoing plot/setting as opposed to a short sketch. The big moment of course was the aggressive knight (John Cleese) who just kept shouting abuse despite the ongoing loss of his limbs. At school, big exam time, GCE O’ Level revision was in full swing and the winding down of the 6th form life was looming – sadly, for me. For the first time in 4 or 5 years I’d had a year of school life that I enjoyed, no bullies, treated like adults, people mostly getting along. The raising of the school leaving age to 16 had now happened and those who should have left at 15 had gone taking their disinterest with them. Hooray! Life was good, tennis on hot days, comics and pop music were good, money from babysitting continued, and only exams were the main tedium.

On TV: Survivors was the show of the summer, a post-apocalyptic world where most people had been wiped out by disease (and a plot borrowed by many movies since), this was gripping stuff. Rutland Weekend Television was a Python Eric Idle breakaway project, and it was goodbye to long-running TV Western Gunsmoke after 20 years, although it hadn’t been screened in the UK for some time so it kind of passed us by. A Man Called Ironside, disabled rights actual TV detective also finished, and the more recent cult fave Kung Fu died away as the Kung Fu craze also started to die down, most notably following the Goodies Ecky Thump episode, where a poor viewer actually died laughing so hard at it.


20th May 1975

It’s yet another oldie on top, as Mungo Jerry return five years after In The Summertime hit number one. No youtube video though as it’ll be on my 1970 chart soon. I think the HP Sauce ad in the late 70’s killed the song for me forever, which is a shame! If not for the oldies Fox would have grabbed a second chart-topper in 1975, but have to settle for 4 and Imagine Me Imagine You. The Wombles get a second top 10 out of 6 chart hits, not bad! There’s a sudden spate of new entries, Showaddywaddy highest at 13 with a pretty good cover of Eddie Cochran’s posthumous UK chart-topper, Three Steps To Heaven. This, of course, became a career template for them – old rock ‘n’ roll covers.

Best of all, though, is in at 15, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney follows up the huge Band On The Run album with this lead track off Venus And Mars. The summer of ’75 was hot and sunny, and I was eating a lot of Instant Whip to cool down while revising for exams – I used to trot round to the newsagent at Innsworth (near Gloucester) through a garages access road, and someone often used to be playing the album as I passed by, Wings blaring out the window to my great pleasure. The critics weren’t so kind, comparing it to Band On The Run, but this summery sax-driven sauntering melodic harmony track was just gorgeous – Listen To What The Man Said sounded like a Morecambe And Wise “the play wot I wrote” moment of a title, and they sing “says” anyway, and it’s fab. Macca is never far from my charts, any decade you pick.

Talking of Ex-Beatles, Neil Sedaka was starting to happen in the USA charts after being UK based to restore his career and reputation as a songwriter, and he had a US hit with the fantastic The Immigrant, a song about John Lennon’s battle to stay in the States – the authorities regarded him as an undesirable. Tragically not a UK hit, it’s a heartfelt ballad statement, though of course, in hindsight I wish John HAD been deported, the music world could have been very different. Neil still sings this in concert, and he sounds no different from the recorded vocal, he really has a timeless voice. In at 23. At 18, Judy Collins returns for a 3rd chart hit, 5 years after Both Sides Now, with a cover of much-recorded showtune classic Send In The Clowns, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music more recently had Dame Judi Dench singing this classic, but Judy Collins version is pretty flawless vocally, if not emotionally.

Gladys Knight leaps to 20, hang on while I try to remember the way we were…yes that’s right, that long spoken intro segueing into the main actual song. I hope to watching her sing this in 2 weeks time on the day I get back from holiday, as the Pip-less Gladys will be in town and I’ve never had the pleasure. Till then I’ve Got To Use My Imagination, which was her last chart hit here in 1974. Oh I love a good tenuous link! Life is soooooo pleasingly circular sometimes. There’s A Raincoat at 35, no not a dirty mac, he loves you for your mind (not your body) and sounds uncannily like Sparks on this flop track (en route to being in late 70’s band Tonight, apparently), while there’s a Stripper at 36 – not that famous instrumental, no, this is a sombre ballad about a girl who DOES perform for the dirty mac brigade in Soho. Quill who? No idea but it’s on itunes, very unexpectedly!

At 38, Hello get a third hit, this time covering Amen Corner’s 1968 funtastic Bend Me Shape Me (or covering the US cover hit from The American Breed if you are American). The original 1966 version was recorded by The Outsiders, and co-written by Scott English, who’d just been back in my charts with Brandy, the original of the song made famous by Barry Manilow, Mandy. The song more recently featured as a Bender love-interest tune on Futurama, so that’s cool enough for me. Meanwhile, Dutch band The Cats pop back with Be My Day, which sneaked briefly into my chart in 1974, this time at 39, just ahead of The Stylistics Sing Baby Sing at 40, now 3 years of falsetto soul chart entries and counting.

1 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 1 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
4 ( 14 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
5 ( 4 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
6 ( 3 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
7 ( 10 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
8 ( 5 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
9 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
10 ( 13 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles

11 ( 7 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
12 ( 18 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
13 ( NEW ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
14 ( 9 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
15 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
16 ( 12 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
17 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
19 ( 26 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
20 ( 49 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips

21 ( 15 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
22 ( 16 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( NEW ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
24 ( 19 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 29 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
26 ( 42 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
27 ( 21 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
28 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
29 ( 20 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
30 ( 31 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba

31 ( 22 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
32 ( 24 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
33 ( 25 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
34 ( 43 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
35 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
36 ( NEW ) THE STRIPPER Quill
37 ( 30 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
38 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
39 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats
40 ( NEW ) SING BABY SING The Stylistics

41 ( 35 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
42 ( 37 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
43 ( 32 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
44 ( 34 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( 33 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
46 ( 27 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
47 ( 28 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
48 ( 50 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
49 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
50 ( 36 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac


27th May 1975

Silver Convention get a week on top with their debut record, Save Me, and under-rated lush disco track with a great vocal hook and an even better strings section hook. European disco had arrived! Up to 5, Wings are listening carefully for news of Paul McCartney’s 6th top 5 since leaving The Beatles, while straight in at 6 Roy Wood gets his first solo entry for a year, his 4th solo hit, not including 8 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 6 with The Move for a grand total of 19, 2 ahead of Paul McCartney at this time.

New at 15, it’s the start of a long list of cover versions of Four Seasons hits (not including those more or less contemporary during the 60’s): The Proud One is even better than the original version, and one of The Osmonds best singles, it just hits the right balance of harmony and vocal passion, and the song is fantastic. It’s no surprise to me that Jersey Boys became a massive show, The Four Seasons have such a massively great back catalogue of songs and a fascinating rags to riches to rags to riches story. Hey You – it’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive with a 3rd single chart entry, though sadly a flop in the real world it’s in at 18, one ahead of Status Quo, who enter with Roll Over Lay Down, a typically riff-heavy 6th goodie from Quo.

At 41, The Bee Gees return a year on from the soulful Mr. Natural and show they have gone the whole soul-funk hog. Jive Talkin’ gets labelled disco, but it’s more funky than that, and the later falsettos that conquered the world are restrained. It’s a fantastic change in musical direction, very different from their previous 7 years of a dozen chart entries (not to mention several cover hits from The Marbles, Nina Simone and co). White funk vocalists weren’t unknown (see KC/ Average White Band for starters) but it was unheard of for a ballad/pop band to transform a decade into their career into another genre. It was big pop news. It was also a bandwagon that others followed within a few years when it became a huge worldwide hit.

Speedy Keen was the lead vocalist on Thunderclap Newman’s utterly brilliant social themed chart-topper in 1969 (with a hand from Pete Townsend) – that was the 3rd single I ever bought with my own pocket money in Singapore, so I had a bit of nostalgia going for Speedy when he went solo and got a bit of airplay with Someone To Love. It’s a nice ballad, but he never made a success out of his solo career and died young. Jackie Blue, on the other hand, was a huge US hit single, and UK flop inexplicably (it did get some airplay), a sort of bitter-sweet country-harmony pop in the vein of The Eagles, and it’s also a brilliant song that deserves to be better known. Fab. Happily DJ Paul Gambaccini on Radio One was keeping me in touch with the American charts, along with the American Forces Network and DJ Kasey Casem, aka Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

1 ( 6 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
2 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 3 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
5 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
6 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
7 ( 13 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
8 ( 4 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
9 ( 7 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
10 ( 5 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

11 ( 8 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
12 ( 9 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
13 ( 20 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
14 ( 23 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
15 ( NEW ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
16 ( 12 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
17 ( 10 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
18 ( NEW ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
19 ( NEW ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 11 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes

21 ( 18 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
22 ( 22 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( 17 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 21 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
25 ( 14 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
27 ( 16 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
28 ( 34 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
29 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 35 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
32 ( 36 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
33 ( 19 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
34 ( 27 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 28 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
36 ( 45 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
37 ( 33 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
38 ( 32 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
39 ( 31 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 48 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young

41 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
42 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
43 ( 38 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
44 ( 44 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
46 ( NEW ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
47 ( 29 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
48 ( 26 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
49 ( 41 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
50 ( 39 ) BE MY DAY The Cats

My 1970 Charts – May

Me and choc ice and beach

Me and choc ice and beach

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5th May 1970

2 weeks for The Beatles on top as The Long And Winding Road winds on, but in at 2 it’s an instant fave from Christie, Yellow River being a sort of poppier version of Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a very catchy song indeed and often played on Singapore radio. Once upon a time it was very well-known, these days it’s fallen a bit out of favour, but for me it has such strong nostalgia associating with great Singapore days that I still have great fondness for it.

Julie Felix, If I Could, goes top 10, and there is only one more new entry, The Moody Blues have a Question at 18. My question is, why I never rated it enormously when I finally got to hear it once or twice (not a radio fave in Singapore), but it’s grown on me over the years as I got more familiar with it’s Alone Again Or vibe, like most of the Moody’s songs having finally got to see them in concert recently. Still good!

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
3 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 2 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
7 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 19 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
9 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones

11 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 10 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
14 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
15 ( 18 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
16 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
17 ( 16 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
19 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

In world events the Kent University, Ohio shooting of students by troopers shocked the world. The Vietnam War and other such student protests, such as environmentalism, were not looked on kindly by the establishment. The very famous photo of a victim with a woman kneeling over his body affected me, and if anything made me even more anti-violence, pro-peace, and pro-environment, pro-equal-rights and many other pro’s. It all seemed very simple and logical to this 12-year-old that some things were just plain wrong, and using deadly force against students was one of them. Vietnam was a lot closer to home in Singapore, and always loomed large on the news.

At the RAF cinema, which was always a bit behind the times, we weren’t yet watching the big movies A Man Called Horse, but mum and dad went to see when they got hold of a copy, very much in line with the mood of the times as Native Americans were no longer just baddie injuns for cowboys to shoot dead at every opportunity in the movies. The Aristocats also came out, but for some reason we never got to see that one, leaving a Disney hole in my childhood experiences, ditto Bedknobs And Broomsticks. After that, there was only really the next animated movie (Robin Hood) before I stopped altogether until Robin Williams voiced Aladdin 20 years later.


12th May 1970

Yellow River gets it’s first week at number one, fab! Tom Jones is up to 9, keeping his run of top 10 singles of at least one a year intact, and it’s the dramatic Daughter Of Darkness. New at 3, though, it’s a record I was insanely mad on, Honey Come Back was a huge hit for Glen Campbell and even though in retrospect it’s not his best single by any means, it was sweetly touching, tuneful and popular, and I just became obsessed by the hook and by Glen Campbell. Some of mum and dad’s friends had an album by Glen with it on, so I got to hear it when we went round, and this became the album I most wanted for Christmas, so I could get my own copy of the single. When they bought me an Australian mash-up of tracks from his previous two albums I was disappointed to say the least (they couldn’t find a copy), though I’m glad they did as This Is Glen Campbell had Wichita Lineman, Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix and was a bloody timelessly brilliant album – even if I’m probably one of few to own an existing copy of those track-listings.

In at 18, Up The Ladder To The Roof, and The Supremes return without Diana Ross. I’ll be honest, I saw the split as a good thing, Diana Ross solo records were fantastic, and the new Supremes line-up was also fantastic, both were releasing terrific singles throughout the early 70’s. Sadly, public perception is that the Supremes dies without Diana Ross, but that’s not true, they had some classic singles to come, easily among the best, and the new girls (along with Mary Wilson) were great singers – Jean Terrell and Cindy Birdsong. This again was a single I barely heard at all at the time, and didn’t pick up on properly until 1975 on “5 Years Ago” charts on the radio in the UK. I won’t mention the host DJ. He’s already poisoned enough childhood memories for a generation.

1 ( 2 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 8 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
8 ( 4 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
12 ( 15 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 18 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
15 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
16 ( 13 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
17 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
18 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
19 ( 16 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
20 ( 19 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin


19th May 1970

Glen Campbell gets his first number one, Honey Come Back, the only record in the summer of ’70 that I was more mad on is in at 3, Ray Stevens Everything Is Beautiful. Ray up to this point was largely known for novelty hits in the States, but was little-known in the UK even though some of them were rather amusing, such as Gitarzan. He also had dabbled with some straight songs though, like Mr. Businessman, but this gospel-flavoured kiddie-chorused, religious-tinted ballad propelled him into the big league. These days it’s seen as too saccharine to get much airplay, but I care not a jot – for some years into the late 70’s this was my all-time favourite record: the kids chorus start gave me goosebumps, the positive sentiment registered strongly with me, and the big choir finish was music to my ears. Plus it was a big family fave in Singapore, and I just hear it blaring out from the house one exotic sunny tropical morning into the street and garden as dad turned it up loud on the radio. Bliss!

In at 8 another Singapore fave, but one that left me frustrated: Butterscotch and Don’t You Know, one of those White Plains soundalike pop bands featuring songwriters Arnold, Martin and Morrow – who went on to write for Guys And Dolls, Barry Manilow, and others. It had a great tune, but I woke up one morning while dreaming of this song I’d never heard in my life before, as far as I was aware, only to go into the living room and switch the radio on and hear it suddenly coming out of the speakers. Now either I am psychic (nah, just perceptive) or I guess someone in a neighbouring house must have put the radio on accidentally loudly which interrupted my dream enough to wake me up, and I just managed to catch half of it on the radio. Or did I, doo doo doo doo Twilight Zone! Anyway, I sang the tune to myself for weeks and months afterwards but I never did get to hear it again, despite loving it, until I found a copy of the single in 1975, second-hand. Hooray! OK it was dated by then, but still pleasant.

At 15, The Jackson 5 have a soundalike, much-less-good, follow-up to I Want You Back, my least-fave of all their early singles, but hey-ho, still good and marvel at young Michael. In at 18, an instrumental novelty (sort of) the fab Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe, a cover of a Wind featuring Tony Orlando B side (without Tony Orlando), Elton John was involved, Dick James music was involved, and Elton John band musicians were involved. You might say it was Elton John’s breakthrough (on the other tracks which he wrote – his piano was re-recorded for the A side). You might not. I say yes, as Reg was busy singing Top Of The Pops cover album tracks of current hits at the time. Anyway it still sounds great fun and quirky. Finally, at 20, Marvin Gaye is back with a cover of Dion’s recent US hit Abraham Martin And John, done in a soul-style rather than folk-style, a tribute of course to Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and John Kennedy, violently murdered American political leaders.

1 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
4 ( 1 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 4 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana

6 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
9 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

11 ( 8 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
12 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 14 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
15 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5

16 ( 18 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
18 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
19 ( 16 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish

me wallowing beach near Changi 1970ish


26th May 1970

2 weeks for Glen and his Honey on top. Sweet! The Jackson 5 make it 2 consecutive top 10’s, Mr Bloe grooves his way to 10, and The Beach Boys enter at 15 with an old Lead Belly blues song from 1940, Cottonfields being a rather different harmony version and pretty much drawing to a close the Beach Boys classic Capitol years and the hits after an awesome 8 year run. Ahead lay a succession of comebacks over nearly 45 years, some better than others, some solo, some collaborations, some new stuff, some covers, and even after the deaths of 2 of the Wilson Brothers. Not quite as great as the 60’s classics, but never bad.

1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 8 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 5 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
7 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 15 ) ABC The Jackson 5
9 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
10 ( 18 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

11 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 10 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 11 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( 20 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
18 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

In Singapore, the end of term wasn’t far off and English was all about preparing for the end of term play. Mum had to get involved in making a middle-eastern Sinbad-type-frock-smock for me to stand on stage looking and feeling stupid, chanting some lines as part of a chorus, and a couple on my own. Mum and dad travelled over to RAF Seletar one evening to watch it, and I’m sure mum was proud as punch she never criticised only encouraged school stuff I did. It was my first taste of being on stage in front of an audience, a very shy boy, and I made sure it was the last time for another 16 years! My next audience of adoring fans was on national Radio One on the Roadshow in Bournemouth. May as well look an idiot in front of as many folk as possible if you’re going to do it…!

My 1995 Charts – April

fast-disappearing Old Singapore and new Singapore 1995

fast-disappearing Old Singapore and new Singapore 1995



2nd April 1995

Take That get a second chart-topper and it’s their best record, still, the brilliant song that is Back For Good. I seriously didn’t believe Gary Barlow had it in him, as most of his own songs (bar the sublime Pray) just hadn’t impressed me until this one came along. I never let preconceived opinions get in the way though, and was thoroughly convinced by this, their only US hit of significance, and a big UK chart-topper. Simple Minds get a quick number 2 to add to a number 1, and I was Hypnotised enough to rate it. The Beatles get their first “new” single top 10 in 13 years, though I’ll Follow The Sun on the B Side was an actual Beatles song and a better choice for an A side, I thought.

Mica Paris has a big jump to 14 with U2’s One, Rednex inexplicably get a second top 20, as do Love City Groove (for the first and last time) the UK’s Eurovision biggest UK entry since the 70’s, most likely. In at 27, and it’s Bobby Brown’s best record, a remix of Two Can Play That Game belatedly making it big, while Australia’s Tina Arena is in Chains at 28, a great drama ballad. As always, The Lightning Seeds are Marvellous, at 30, and competing with Pet Shop Boys for those one-word very British song titles. We go on Strike at 34, well U sure do anyway, a good dance track, at 36 Massive Attack return with a cover of Karma Chameleon. not. The soulful Brownstone harmonise with passion at 37, If You Love Me, Bitty McLean is Over The River and still having a surprisingly long run of reggae singles charting, Roxette are still vulnerable at 60, Corona go pop with Baby Baby, and Tin Tin Out cover Sandie Shaw (or Dionne Warwick dpending on which Bacharach/David version you regard as the definitive) in a dance-stylee a few years ahead of breaking through with an actual hit.

1 ( 4 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 7 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
3 ( 1 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
4 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
5 ( 3 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
6 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
7 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
8 ( 8 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
9 ( 5 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
10 ( 18 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
11 ( 14 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
12 ( 10 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
13 ( 12 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
14 ( 45 ) ONE Mica Paris
15 ( 15 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
17 ( 13 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
18 ( 37 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
19 ( 19 ) BELIEVE Elton John
20 ( 27 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

21 ( 21 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
22 ( 25 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
23 ( 17 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
24 ( 16 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
25 ( 29 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
26 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
27 ( NEW ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
28 ( NEW ) CHAINS Tina Arena
29 ( 20 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
30 ( 58 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

31 ( 23 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
32 ( 22 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
33 ( 63 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
34 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
35 ( 31 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
36 ( NEW ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
37 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
38 ( 49 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
39 ( 48 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 34 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion

41 ( 36 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
42 ( 24 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
43 ( 28 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
44 ( 39 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
45 ( 38 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
46 ( 30 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
47 ( 40 ) AXEL F Clock
48 ( 32 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
49 ( NEW ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
50 ( 60 ) FUNTIME Boy George

51 ( 33 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
52 ( 50 ) WHATEVER Oasis
53 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 41 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
55 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 54 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
57 ( 44 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
58 ( 43 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
59 ( 47 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
60 ( NEW ) VULNERABLE Roxette

61 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
62 ( 51 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( NEW ) BABY BABY Corona
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 74 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
66 ( 70 ) I’M JUST YOUR (PUPPET ON A STRING) Londonbeat
67 ( 67 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
68 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
69 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Tin Tin Out featuring Espiritu
73 ( 72 ) STARS China Black
74 ( 62 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

poole harbour

poole harbour


9th April 1995

2 weeks Back For Good and Take That still on top, as Crash Test Dummies grab a sudden double A sided single peak of 2, their biggest single and even bigger than XTC’s original top 10 Pumpkinhead. Love City Groove leap to 3, and in one fell swoop is officially the biggest Eurovision entry from the UK since the New Seekers hit 1 in 1972 with Beg Steal Or Borrow. Bobby Brown gets a 3rd top 10 track, and highest new entry is Guaglione, Prez Prado’s 1950’s instrumental hit pushed in a TV advert and becoming a most unlikely hit. Actually, it’s a re-entry as it charted in my charts in January, but with a bit of a gap between.

Grace, Not Over yet, in at 18, one of the great dance records of the 90’s, no less. It just gets better with age, and this wasn’t the last time it would chart by any means, yes it’s that good, passionate, exciting, great production (Paul Oakenfold wasn’t lacking in that department, he was in the band), great tune, great vocal from Patti Low (original singer with the band) who was later blended in with regular jazz singer band member Dominique Atkins on later versions. Let Loose also return, with a good ballad, Best In Me at 30. From memory think they mean bringing out (The Best In Me), rather than, it’s (The Best In Me). 33 and Weezer arrive with a bang and a fantastic Happy Days TV sitcom tribute video to their terrific Buddy Holly. Weezer were consistently good, and consistently under-rated commercially. As with all bands, critics regard being witty as in some way inferior to being intense. It’s not. Both are equally valid.

Terence Trent D’Arby returns at 37 some 8 years on after being a huge new act that never managed to really follow it up, sadly. Corona make the top 40 with Baby Baby, Sleeper drop in on Vegas at 46, and a Duran Duran snippet fires a new entry at 61, Shut Up And Dance, I say, and BoyzIIMen thank me for that at 63.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 7 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
3 ( 20 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
4 ( 2 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 4 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
6 ( 27 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
7 ( 3 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
8 ( RE ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
9 ( 5 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
10 ( 6 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League

11 ( 8 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
12 ( 9 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
13 ( 14 ) ONE Mica Paris
14 ( 11 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
15 ( 10 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
16 ( 30 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 16 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
18 ( NEW ) NOT OVER YET Grace
19 ( 28 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
20 ( 12 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

21 ( 15 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
22 ( 37 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
23 ( 13 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
24 ( 17 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
25 ( 36 ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
26 ( 38 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
27 ( 33 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
28 ( 21 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
29 ( 34 ) U SURE DO Strike
30 ( NEW ) THE BEST IN ME Let Loose

31 ( 19 ) BELIEVE Elton John
32 ( 49 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
33 ( NEW ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
34 ( 25 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
35 ( 18 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
36 ( 24 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
37 ( NEW ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
38 ( 23 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
39 ( 63 ) BABY BABY Corona
40 ( 29 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

41 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
42 ( 35 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
43 ( 40 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
44 ( 22 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
45 ( 39 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) VEGAS Sleeper
47 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
48 ( 41 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
49 ( 31 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
50 ( 44 ) GLORY BOX Portishead

51 ( 45 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 42 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
53 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 52 ) WHATEVER Oasis
55 ( 47 ) AXEL F Clock
56 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
57 ( 46 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
58 ( 56 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
59 ( 48 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
60 ( 65 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams

61 ( NEW ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
62 ( 62 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( NEW ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 43 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
66 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
67 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
69 ( 67 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
70 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( 54 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
73 ( 59 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
74 ( 73 ) STARS China Black
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

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16th April 1995

3 weeks for Take That on top, as Let Loose are looking for the Best In Me at 7, their 3rd top 10 and The Lightning Seeds have an even longer run of top 10 entries and that’s Marvellous, at 9. Brownstone strut into the top 10, too, fabbily, leaving Mary J. Blige chasing fast highest new entry at 13 with the equally soulful attitudinal I’m Goin’ Down, and equally good.

Paul Young’s 60’s cover returns to the 40, Grazing grass as Portishead enter at 29 with some Sour Times. In a quiet week, the only other new entry of note is an early 70’s track from Bob Marley, Keep On Moving, written by Curtis Mayfield and remixed 1995 stylee.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 3 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
3 ( 2 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
4 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 6 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
6 ( 5 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
8 ( 7 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
9 ( 16 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
10 ( 22 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone

11 ( 18 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
12 ( 19 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
13 ( NEW ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
14 ( 8 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
15 ( 13 ) ONE Mica Paris
16 ( 10 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
17 ( 9 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
18 ( 12 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
19 ( 32 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
20 ( 15 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

21 ( 14 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
22 ( 11 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
23 ( 33 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
24 ( 29 ) U SURE DO Strike
25 ( 17 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
26 ( 26 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
27 ( RE ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
28 ( 21 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
29 ( NEW ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
30 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

31 ( 39 ) BABY BABY Corona
32 ( 37 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
33 ( 34 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
34 ( 63 ) I THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
35 ( 24 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
36 ( 23 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
37 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
38 ( 36 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
39 ( 25 ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
40 ( 42 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers

41 ( 28 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
42 ( 31 ) BELIEVE Elton John
43 ( 35 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
44 ( 40 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
45 ( 38 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
46 ( 46 ) VEGAS Sleeper
47 ( 41 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
48 ( 43 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
49 ( 61 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
50 ( 47 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty

51 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 60 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
53 ( 50 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
54 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
55 ( 56 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 44 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
57 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
58 ( 52 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
59 ( 58 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
60 ( 48 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 65 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
62 ( 62 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( 49 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND I WILL NEVER SEE THINGS EYE TO EYE Kingmaker
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 55 ) AXEL F Clock
68 ( NEW ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
69 ( 68 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
70 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 69 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
73 ( 45 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) CALLING OUT YOUR NAME Jimmy Nail
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

Raffles..

Raffles..


23rd April 1995

4 weeks at 1 for Back For Good, as the charts go a little weird. That’s because I went on a 3-week holiday adventure around the world with mum and my brother, booked myself by fax, and multiple plane connections. Consequently current UK chart hits not that much in evidence, and all sorts of odd tracks (mostly American) getting airplay in odd places. So plenty don’t move, drop unexpectedly, or climb after peaking previously. Mary J. Blige goes top 10, Portishead top 20, and highest new entry is MC Saar and The Real McCoy at 15 with Love And Devotion. I wouldn’t put money on it going up though as I heard no UK radio for almost a month and a lot of the hit tracks of those weeks are either unknown or forgotten from lack of hearing them!

In at 20, and overshadowing their own current UK single, it’s BoyzIImen and their previous single On Bended Knee, heard somewhere between Heathrow Airport and Singapore City – I’ve misplaced the holiday diary for the moment so no expanded stories and anecdotes and details. Suffice to say it was a voyage of nostalgia for us, returning to our old house at Bedokville and old haunts around the former RAF Changi , and a very modern metropolitan city much-changed around Orchard Road, hot, humid, sunny. Rather lack0lustre singles take on a false lease of life in such circumstances – which explains BoyzIImen at 20. That’s my excuse anyway!

Annie Lennox, former number one, climbs again after I heard it in an orange juice kiosk on Orchard Road, air-conditioned relief from the humidity, and in at 27 it’s Richard Marx covering a Tom Jones country-music cover from 1967 (at least for me) which was a US hit in 1969 when I lived in Singapore, and the lyrics of which I bought in a songbook of current pop hits sheet music aged 11 or 12. Sometimes life is so circular… Meanwhile Sleeper go top 40, and Mark Morrison debuts in my charts with Crazy at 34, and what looked to be a promising classy Brit soul career.

At 40, it’s 20 fingers and Gillette, Mr. Personality, a eurodance hit that missed in the UK but made it in North America (as a minor hit). Taylor Swift might approve of it’s Toni Basil-esque Mickey rhythms. At 43 TLC return with the naughty Red Light Special, some other US chart ballads, and REM with some strange currencies. In my case, the Singapore dollar. Which I used to buy LOADS of nostalgia-driven souvenirs in Changi Village from a Sikh shop-owner who was about my age, and who excitedly introduced us to his family when we told him we were there in 1969 through 1971, when he was a boy helping his dad run a shack shop. All of the shacks in Changi Village had been knocked down and replaced with brick things, somewhat better to work in, but charmless. I missed all the smells and bustling village that it once was. These days, it was a very quiet hotel stopping place near new Changi International Airport, but off the beaten track. I missed the old Singapore. Remarkably, 24 years on, I still easily found our old house, and school, and swimming pool, everything was as clear as day to me, and still is vivid, despite diversions from new builds, new roads and building out into what was coastal waters.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 2 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
3 ( 3 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
4 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 5 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
6 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 7 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
8 ( 8 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
9 ( 13 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
10 ( 9 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

11 ( 12 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
12 ( 11 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
13 ( 10 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
14 ( 29 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
15 ( NEW ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
16 ( 18 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
17 ( 19 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
18 ( 14 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
19 ( 24 ) U SURE DO Strike
20 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen

21 ( 15 ) ONE Mica Paris
22 ( 23 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
23 ( 16 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
24 ( 28 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
25 ( 32 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
26 ( 44 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
27 ( NEW ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
28 ( 20 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
29 ( 17 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
30 ( 21 ) GET WILD New Power Generation

31 ( 22 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
32 ( 34 ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
33 ( 46 ) VEGAS Sleeper
34 ( NEW ) CRAZY Mark Morrison
35 ( 38 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
36 ( 42 ) BELIEVE Elton John
37 ( 26 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
38 ( 25 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
39 ( 43 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
40 ( NEW ) MR. PERSONALITY 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

41 ( 48 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
42 ( 30 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
43 ( NEW ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
44 ( 59 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
45 ( 35 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
46 ( RE ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
47 ( 31 ) BABY BABY Corona
48 ( NEW ) LOVE OF MY LIFE Fun Factory
49 ( 67 ) AXEL F Clock
50 ( 27 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young

51 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 52 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
53 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( 36 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
55 ( 33 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
56 ( 54 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
57 ( 49 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
58 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ & Duncan
59 ( 57 ) WHATEVER Oasis
60 ( 53 ) GLORY BOX Portishead

61 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( RE ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
63 ( 63 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
64 ( 41 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
65 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
68 ( 61 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
69 ( 73 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
70 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

71 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 69 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
73 ( 72 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
74 ( NEW ) STRANGE CURRENCIES REM
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

Green Island Queensland

Green Island Queensland


30th April 1990

5 weeks on top, Back For Good, Take That preside over a static chart with only returns for some recent records and big climbs for recent biggies that get a renewed lease of life as they crop up on flights, in shops, on TV and seem fresher in the new exotic surroundings. Frankly I was far too busy with days out, jetlag and checking in! Just a quick mention that Crash Test Dummies 1994 track God Shuffled His Feet is back up to 2 second time around, Madonna and Edwyn Collins get big boosts back into the 40, with Pato Banton and Rankin’ Roger, and Richard Marx all adding to their run of top 20 hits. Other than that I’m featuring some oldies I heard on the holiday as video links, as there’s nothing much new to feature.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 3 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
4 ( 5 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
5 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
6 ( 8 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
7 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
8 ( 9 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
9 ( 7 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
10 ( 11 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

11 ( 10 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 15 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
13 ( 13 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
14 ( 12 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
15 ( 22 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
16 ( 16 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
17 ( 14 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
18 ( 37 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
19 ( 27 ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
20 ( 20 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen

21 ( 18 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
22 ( 26 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
23 ( 32 ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
24 ( 19 ) U SURE DO Strike
25 ( 72 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
26 ( 44 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
27 ( 43 ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
28 ( 24 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
29 ( 21 ) ONE Mica Paris
30 ( 17 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean

31 ( 23 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
32 ( 34 ) CRAZY Mark Morrison
33 ( 36 ) BELIEVE Elton John
34 ( 25 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
35 ( 28 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
36 ( 31 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
37 ( 35 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
38 ( 45 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
39 ( 29 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
40 ( 40 ) MR. PERSONALITY 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

41 ( 33 ) VEGAS Sleeper
42 ( 30 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
43 ( 49 ) AXEL F Clock
44 ( 60 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
45 ( 52 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
46 ( 46 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
47 ( 38 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
48 ( 48 ) LOVE OF MY LIFE Fun Factory
49 ( RE ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
50 ( 42 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

51 ( 41 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
52 ( 39 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
53 ( 53 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
55 ( 58 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ & Duncan
56 ( 62 ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
57 ( 56 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
58 ( 54 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
59 ( 59 ) WHATEVER Oasis
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

61 ( 47 ) BABY BABY Corona
62 ( 50 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
63 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 57 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
68 ( 69 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
69 ( 55 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
70 ( 70 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

71 ( 71 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 73 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
73 ( 63 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
74 ( 64 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex


In Singapore: a walk up Mount Faber (on foot, exhausting in the hot sun) and a sweaty cable car ride over to Sentosa (which had aircon hooray!), a boat ride round Singapore harbour (cloudy, but got sunburnt) still as busy with worldwide shipping as it ever was, and some joy with the odd monsoon torrential downpour – no kidding I love warm downpours of rain in the tropics (as long as they aren’t prolonged)! The next step in the holiday was a flight from Changi to Cairns in Australia, with a refuelling stop in Darwin. It was a surprisingly long flight, and Australia is both bigger and further away than you think!

Cairns customs gave us a hard time for the crime of trying to import such vastly hazardous materials through customs as long-life milk (imported to Singapore from Australia, I mean really! Returning it from where it came…?!) Then there was the packets of instant hot chocolate drinks: who knew these were riddled with mad cow disease and that people in the UK were all headed for an old age of slowly dying from it from packets of cocoa. Not to mention the souvenir bamboo coasters we’d bought, which qualified as alien plant products bringing disease into the country. Who knew industrial-processed bamboo was so lethal?! It was reassuring to know that no Australian shops in any way import anything containing bamboo from outside Australia, oh no, that’s 100% for sure. Or food. Or wood. After threats to prosecute us for so flagrantly flouting Australian customs, and their sarcastic, stress-inducing, patronising attitude to tourists where they could have just gently explained and disposed of products, I decided pretty much then and there that I would never go back to Australia. They don’t want my tourist money, and I don’t want the stress, fair exchange. I’ve stuck to that and never been back.

Cairns, though, was a delight, more like Singapore in the 60’s and early 70’s than modern-day Singapore in mood. Largely quiet, far away from the pace of modern life, and locals were friendly and chatty and upfront, which I like. The Barrier Reef was nearby, my brother disappeared for a few days diving, and I took mum to Green Island by boat, and snorkelled happily amongst the coral and fish and golden sands. Bliss. An old steam train trip to Kuranda was like the olden days, and the netted coves of nearby coastal settlements fascinating (to keep out the box jellyfish). I bought some Australian cd’s, some souvenirs, and we stayed in actual ground floor apartment with cooking and fridge and bedrooms and TV so it was much more relaxing than Singapore. I really liked it, just regretted that there was no time to travel the huge distance to Sydney.

My 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

A 2nd week on top for Janet Jackson’s Escapade, as the Florida holiday really causes a mass invasion of US chart hits, and climbs, with Black Velvet the main beneficiary shooting up to 2 for Alannah Myles. There are also some UK chart hits though, led by Snap! debuting at 3 with the classic dance rap of The Power, one of the influential dance tracks of the 90’s. That even manages to outshade the 20th anniversary hit reissue of The Beatles 1970 number one Let It Be, in at 4, and still a classic. Also back, thanks to US radio, Personal Jesus hits a new peak of 6 for Depeche Mode, Cher’s Bucks Fizz cover is at 8, and Taylor Dayne gets a second top 10 hit 2 years on from the brilliant number one Tell It To My Heart, this time it’s a ballad. UB40 also make it 10 years of big hits as their cover of Kingston Town is in at 17, and their best record, just gorgeous.

Heart shoot up 40 places to 14, Candy Flip’s Beatles cover returns at 20, and Jamtronik cover Phil Collins recent single Another Day In Paradise, done shuffle soul dance stylee. They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul go top 40, as do Chicago, 20 years on from debuting with the much better 25 or 6 To 4. Madonna has her US single Keep It Together hitting 7, as her brand new single Vogue enters at 34 – I was sad they didn’t give Keep It Together a UK release immediately after Dear Jessie, it deserved it. In at 35 Jane Child with a good pop single Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Bowie’s Fame is revamped 15 years on and is in at 39 (but no credit for John Lennon, though, annoyingly) – he did co-write it, which helped it hit the US number one in 1975.

A great new entry for The Inspiral Carpets at 41, This Is How It Feels being both current and retro sounding both, the fab Ghetto Heaven has a SoulIISoul vibe for The Family Stand at 44, The Blues Brothers famous movie song enters at 56, while Wilson Philips future famous movie song (Bridesmaids) debuts at 60. Hold On is very harmony-delicious, not surprisingly given the girls were the daughters of Brian Wilson, and John and Michele Philips – that’s The Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas next generation. Prince’s lead track on his maxi-CD The Scandalous Sex Suite enters at 67. I bought 2 copies of it while in Florida, reasoning they would be collectable. Sadly, I left it too long, Prince not that much in demand these days. Ah well. At 68, The Happy Mondays cover the brilliant John Kongos South African tribal-rock He’s Gonna Step On You Again, and turn it into a Madchester laddy dance shuffle. I can’t forgive the melon-twisting add-on though, sorry!

1 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 12 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( NEW ) THE POWER Snap!
4 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
7 ( 16 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
8 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 6 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 20 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

11 ( 7 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
12 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
13 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 54 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
15 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
16 ( 10 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
17 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
18 ( 9 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
19 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
20 ( RE ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

21 ( 5 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
22 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 13 ) LOADED Primal Scream
24 ( 15 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 42 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
26 ( 14 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
27 ( 35 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
28 ( RE ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
29 ( 57 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
30 ( 17 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith

31 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
32 ( 39 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
33 ( 21 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
34 ( NEW ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( NEW ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
36 ( 29 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
37 ( 30 ) ROAM The B52’s
38 ( 23 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
39 ( NEW ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
40 ( 62 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

41 ( NEW ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
42 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
43 ( 26 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
45 ( 52 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 27 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
47 ( 31 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
48 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
49 ( 24 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
50 ( 67 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

51 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
52 ( 38 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
54 ( 33 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
56 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LOVED The Blues Brothers
57 ( NEW ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
58 ( 51 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
59 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips

61 ( 34 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
62 ( NEW ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
63 ( 36 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
64 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
65 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 71 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
67 ( NEW ) SCANDALOUS Prince
68 ( NEW ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
69 ( 60 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( RE ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K

71 ( NEW ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
72 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER The Beloved
73 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
74 ( 50 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) CHIME Orbital

In Florida, we had a day at St. Petersburg on the west coast, visited the pier, took photos of Vicki and Gavin, and some pelicans, and then drove to Treasure Island resort, and it’s fabulous fine-coral-sand wide beaches. On the way back home we heard news on the radio that Gloria Estefan had been in a bus crash, and was critical with a suspected broken back. I was a big fan at the time, so that was very saddening news, and I kept waiting for updates. She eventually recovered, more or less, and wrote a touching song about the trauma.

MGM Studios at Disney World was a blast for the family, all big movie fans, but it seemed smaller, and with more standing in line than other theme parks. The Studio Tour was interesting, exploding lorries, props and famous Film houses, like The Golden Girls, but was a less-good version of the Californian tour. I wore my Batman T shirt, bought in Boston, Mass, a young American mother took a liking to it and wanted to know where she could buy one for her little boy as it was better than the ones on sale in Orlando. I almost got dragged into a movie-set mock-up but refused, to the annoyance of the family. Me so shy! Indiana Jones stuntshow, fab Star Tours Star Wars ride, with R2D2 and C3PO on hand. Best ride of the day.

Other days out: Cypress Gardens with it’s lush gardens, and southern Belles, and aerial platform over a large lake, water ski shows, and now history as it’s long gone, sadly. Magic Kingdom again, and this time I got onto Space Mountain, a roller-coaster ride in the dark, still great. I also treated myself to a Panasonic cassette recorder with radio, so I could tape music direct off American radio, and also the DJ’s which made for a great souvenir over the years, as I recorded all sorts of 90’s future nostalgia and meant I got copies of those more obscure tracks. Then it was goodbye Florida, Gavin’s toy gun not going down very well with US customs – they took it away – and a small plane ride, bumpy, to Miami to catch the Virgin flight home. We flew over Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Miami Beach, which was great. Not great was the mad dash to the far end of the airport, the long wait in line, and the customs again. We were jetlagged before we even got on board. I’ve made sure I never change planes again. Too stressful. Direct flights only!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom


8th April 1990

The Beatles Let It Be gets to number one (again) 20 years since first topping my chart, and holds off The Power. Snap! Madonna gets greedy at 6, with her US remix of Keep It Together, and 7 rocketing upward with Vogue. Madonna was on fire at this time – at least until the soundtrack to Dick Tracy popped out (including Vogue, for some reason). UB40 and Heart go top 10, both of them with their best ever single, so yay! Jane Child climbs into the 20, Bowie does it 2nd time round with Fame remixed, and They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul also go top 20 with their best singles. Lots of quality about!

Into the 40: The fab Family Stand, the wondrous Wilson Philips, The Inspiral Carpets, Whitesnake, and errr, Milli Vanilli. Shhhh! New entries: Janet Jackson has yet another Rhythm Nation single, Alright in at 36 as Escapade drops off the top – at some stage in it’s chart run it changes from it’s original superior Jam & Lewis album mix, and morphs into the now obligatory Italian jangly-piano eurotrash-style house mix – this style pretty much killed off Jam & Lewis as chart forces, rather annoyingly, but that’s the ever-changing dance-music scene for you. At 38, the terrific Jesus Jones return, Real Real Real good as they finally become chart regulars for a while, well deserved, they always had their own sound, and it was one I was very partial to.

Other new entries: Natalie Cole still charting, 15 years on from her debut, though always in the shadow of her timeless dad, this time Wild Women Do. Apparently. It wasn’t bad. At 61, I Found Out The Christians had returned, but Kim Wilde says not, It’s Here, she says, at 64, a nice track that seriously underperformed after her run of big success in 88/89. Times were changing. The Cure have A Picture Of You at 69 for a cool decade of cool hits, and the glorious Kirsty is back briefly wagging the finger at Sonny Jim, who really shouldn’t come the cowboy with her at 74. Finally, Taylor Dayne grabs a second entry with her UK single, I’ll Be Your Shelter, which isn’t as good as the big US ballad hit higher up.

As I’ve featured Let It Be in other charts, though, I’ll instead show Candy Flip’s cover of a Beatles classic, all trip-hop pop at 13: Strawberry Fields Forever.

1 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE POWER Snap!
3 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
5 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 7 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
7 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
8 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 17 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart

11 ( 6 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
12 ( 20 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
13 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
14 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
15 ( 19 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
16 ( 11 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
17 ( 16 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
18 ( 39 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
19 ( 28 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
20 ( 25 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants

21 ( 15 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
22 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 12 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
24 ( 10 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
25 ( 13 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
26 ( 18 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 23 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 44 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
29 ( 32 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
30 ( 40 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

31 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
32 ( 21 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
33 ( 60 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 27 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
35 ( 41 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
36 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
38 ( NEW ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
39 ( 29 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
40 ( 50 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

41 ( 73 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
42 ( 33 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 26 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
44 ( 36 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
45 ( 56 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
46 ( 68 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
47 ( 37 ) ROAM The B52’s
48 ( 57 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
49 ( NEW ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
50 ( 62 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine

51 ( 71 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
54 ( 75 ) CHIME Orbital
55 ( 64 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
56 ( 43 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 30 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
58 ( 66 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
59 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 58 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

61 ( NEW ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
62 ( 38 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
63 ( 49 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
64 ( NEW ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU LOVE ME The 49‘ers
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 61 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( 55 ) WATER Martika
69 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
70 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

71 ( NEW ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic
72 ( NEW ) HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Jason Donovan
73 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
74 ( NEW ) DON’T COME THE COWBOY WITH ME SONNY JIM Kirsty MacColl
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

Back in the UK, from Florida, I was in post-holiday sort-out at home, and new boy Graham joined out team at work, to get some cash as he struggled making ends meet for his girlfriend and kids as a musician in local band the Cropdusters, and getting over some serious hospital operations. We shared a love of music, and got on well. Nephew Gav was off ill from school at home, and kindly passed it on to me. I bemoaned the lack of time to do all the things I needed and wanted to do in my life. I dream of having the time I had spare in those days, these days. That situation remained true throughout my life, there’s never enough hours in a day to do stuff.

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16th April 1990

Snap! have The Power to knock off The Beatles, and a great dance record too, this was the line-up of Snap! I saw in concert at the BIC in Bournemouth. Those riffs are fantastic, and the blending of rap with a sung chorus was the way of the future for dance pop. Or vice versa. Depeche Mode meantime follow-up their chart-topper with the previous brilliance of Personal Jesus from late ’89 coming back bigger and peaking at 2. It’s the girls dominating though, Madonna at 5, Cher at 6 almost equalling the Bucks Fizz original, and Paula Abdul hitting the top 10 along with Jane Child. Opposites Attract says Paula, thinking of her TV American Idol future as the pop career fades in a few years.

Jesus Jones rocket Real Real Real into the 20, Stevie B has a ballad highest entry at 24, Love Me For Life, and Kim Wilde? It’s Here at 28. Deserved to be bigger in the real sales charts and not just in mine. Up to 31, it’s John Belushi and Dan Akroyd and there very famous cult performance as The Blues Brothers, a film that got bigger as time went by, which is why it took the song from the film 11 years to chart as video movies were huge by 1990. I’ve seen tribute versions many times singing live at Universal Studios, Florida, always great fun. The Happy Mondays step on 36, Debbie Harry is Sweet and Low, dancing it up nicely at 37, one of her better solo singles, and Natalie Cole is wild about being one place lower, while Taylor Dayne greedily bags a 2nd top 40 entry in the same week.

New entries: Aerosmith, Rag Doll, another goodie from them; Adam Ant finds he Can’t Set Rules About Love; The Associates have a fever, but not THAT Fever, a new song; Dave Edmunds keeps his run of entries going, notching up 20 years as the King Of Love; Fleetwood Mac claim 21 years, and Save Me pushes a Greatest Hits album; Faith No More arrive from out of nowhere; The Beatles and The Stones are at 74 – sadly not an unheard duet, it’s a new track from House Of Love; Paul Young covers Congregation’s 1971 number 2 Softly Whispering I Love You, but where that was a passionate choral and rock blend, this one is a bit subdued, and the melody mucked about with. I’m fairly traditional when it comes to melody. If the notes aren’t the same, and in the same order, then it’s not the same song. Don’t get me going on the warbling singers who add an additional 20 notes, jazz stylee, where only one exists on the sheet music! Finally, Tol and Tol, a Dutch popchart hit, enters at 68, not sure where I heard it, but it’s not bad at all, and very much not fitting in with the production sounds of 1990. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) THE POWER Snap!
2 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
3 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) VOGUE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
7 ( 4 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
8 ( 19 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child

11 ( 6 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
12 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 38 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 12 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
15 ( 13 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
17 ( 18 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 15 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 16 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik

21 ( 17 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
22 ( 35 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
23 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
25 ( 21 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 28 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
28 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 64 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
30 ( 37 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

31 ( 45 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
32 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
34 ( 46 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
35 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
36 ( 31 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
37 ( 51 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
38 ( 49 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
39 ( 25 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 75 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

41 ( 20 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
42 ( 32 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
43 ( 50 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
44 ( 48 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
45 ( 29 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
46 ( 30 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
47 ( NEW ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
48 ( 34 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
49 ( NEW ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
50 ( 42 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 39 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
52 ( 55 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
53 ( NEW ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
54 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( 58 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
56 ( 71 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 61 ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
58 ( 40 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
59 ( 44 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 60 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 41 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
63 ( 43 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
64 ( 47 ) ROAM The B52’s
65 ( NEW ) FEVER The Associates
66 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 70 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( NEW ) ELENI Tol And Tol
69 ( NEW ) KING OF LOVE Dave Edmunds
70 ( 53 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

71 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
72 ( NEW ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
73 ( NEW ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
74 ( NEW ) BEATLES AND THE STONES The House Of Love
75 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

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the niece n nephew


23rd April 1990

Going back up, and all the way this time, the bluesy swamp-rock brilliant Black Velvet takes Alannah Myles to the top, leapfrogging Madonna, who’s left Voguing at 2, and presides over an all-female top 5. Jane Child is up to 3, Taylor Dayne’s big ballad also reverses as it’s released in the UK and shoots to a new peak of 4, and Cher breaks into the top 5 with her Heart Of Stone. Lower down, Kim Wilde, Wilson Philips and Family Stand all got top 20, and Faith No More rocket to 20, From Out Of Nowhere, frantic and exciting.

Highest new entry is the brilliant Dirty Cash, one of the great dance tracks of 1990 from the Adventures Of Stevie V. Fab. At 67, the very late but still great Jimi Hendrix, still charting 20 years after he died, with Crosstown Traffic. 20 years after it first charted, Hitchin’ A Ride is back for the third version (and the least) from Sinitta, just ahead of Sonia, and a couple of Madonna song titles from Salt ‘n’ Pepa and David Grant. Another borrowed song title from Sydney Youngblood at 75, wraps up a quiet week.

1 ( 7 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
2 ( 5 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 10 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 35 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 6 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
6 ( 1 ) THE POWER Snap!
7 ( 2 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
8 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

11 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
15 ( 11 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
16 ( 29 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
17 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 27 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
19 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
20 ( 72 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

21 ( 16 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
22 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
23 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
24 ( 21 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
25 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
27 ( 37 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
28 ( 25 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
29 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
30 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn

31 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
32 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
33 ( 38 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 24 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
35 ( 32 ) LOADED Primal Scream
36 ( 53 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
37 ( 22 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
38 ( 47 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
39 ( 36 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
40 ( 49 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant

41 ( 33 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
42 ( 34 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
43 ( 30 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
44 ( 68 ) ELENI Tol And Tol
45 ( 43 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
46 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 56 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
48 ( 42 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
49 ( 52 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
50 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 41 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
52 ( 55 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
53 ( 46 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
54 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( NEW ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
56 ( 45 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
57 ( 63 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
58 ( 48 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
59 ( 51 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 44 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
63 ( 71 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
65 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
67 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
69 ( NEW ) COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
70 ( 73 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young

71 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Salt ‘n’ Pepa
72 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
73 ( 75 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE Bad English
75 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood


At the cinema this week in 1990: Look Who’s Talking with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta and the voice of Bruce Willis. Amusing movie about kids, which made me get all aaahhh about Vicki and Gavin so I showed them some of the recent Florida holiday slides on the projector screen till 10pm, which they loved. At work took Graham out on site-visits to help me survey stuff, got to know him well, getting on well too. Peter thrashed me 8-0 at squash, me so crappy, but fun. On TV? Comic Strip: 5 Go Mad In Dorset repeat, a fantastic amusing and accurate piss-take of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, set locally.

sea world

sea world


30th April 1990

Madonna gets her 8th chart-topper as she Vogues her way to the top classily and memorably name-checking classy ladies of the golden era of Hollywood, in one of her best dance records. Heart go back up and grab a 3rd Top 5 single with the fab All I Wanna Do Is make Love To you, Wilson Philips say Hold On a mo at 9, Adam Ant gets a decade of top 40 hits, and David Grant a decade of Top 75 (starting with Linx).

Highest new entry is Seal debuting with his classic killer thumping dance track – actually it says Adamski on the label, but the brilliance is at least owed as much to Seal as it is to Adamski, so he gets a well-deserved credit from me. It was an advance in dance, and still sounds classic where most dance records of 1990 just sound horribly dated. Another that hasn’t aged a jot is at 31, as Dirty Cash – money talks indeed – leaps upwards. Eurythmics are charting at 38 with an Angel – this one presumably not playing with my heart, though, being much more low-key. Soul II Soul shuffle on back at 39 as they cover Les Miserables I Dreamed A Dream. Actually (and happily) not true, this one’s way better, A Dream’s A Dream. 9 years on and Kid Creole is playing with his Coconuts again, ooh, no missus, titter ye not at the Sex Of It. Naughty naughty Monsieur Creole, says Francis. Sorry, had a Frankie Howard moment there..

At 49, Chris Rea returns with yet another great (albeit minor) track off The Road To Hell, Texas. It even has a slide guitar. Distant Cousins follow-up there chart-topping singles flop in the real world, and wear their heart on their sleeve: Boo Hoo Hoo at the injustice, in at 52. Billy Idol has a Cradle of Love at 60, which means 11 years of hits since Generation X had that King Rocker, and entering quietly at 65 it’s Kylie back, with a new dance sound, a new sexy image and a classic pop record that set her on the road to another 25 years of fame and pop brilliance: Better The Devil You Know showed Stock Aitken Waterman still could do great pop, and hinted at a bit of an image hand from her popstar boyfriend Michael Hutchence of INXS. Fab.

Elsewhere: Lisa Stansfield’s back, Norman Cook covers his own minor hit as Beats International, Bruce Dickinson has a solo non-Iron Maiden entry, Morrissey is busy spawning monsters, and All About Eve are turning a bit Scarlet.

1 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
6 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
7 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
8 ( 6 ) THE POWER Snap!
9 ( 14 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
10 ( 7 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode

11 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
12 ( 5 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
13 ( 18 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
14 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
16 ( 20 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
17 ( 16 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
18 ( 15 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
19 ( 23 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
20 ( 19 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

21 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
22 ( 21 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
23 ( 31 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
24 ( 38 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
25 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
27 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
28 ( NEW ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
29 ( 36 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
30 ( 22 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

31 ( 55 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
32 ( 28 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
33 ( RE ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
34 ( 48 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
35 ( 26 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
36 ( 24 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
37 ( 35 ) LOADED Primal Scream
38 ( NEW ) ANGEL Eurythmics
39 ( NEW ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
40 ( NEW ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 39 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
42 ( 30 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
43 ( 27 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
44 ( 53 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
45 ( 68 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
46 ( 43 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
48 ( 34 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
49 ( NEW ) TEXAS Chris Rea
50 ( 29 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers

51 ( 32 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
52 ( NEW ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( 37 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
54 ( 72 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
55 ( 67 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 46 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
59 ( 47 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
60 ( NEW ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 42 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
63 ( 41 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
64 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 64 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( RE ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
69 ( 57 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

71 ( NEW ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
73 ( 56 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
74 ( NEW ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) SCARLET All About Eve

On TV: Top Of The Pops, French And Saunders, Cheers, Roseanne, Aspel, and classic golden oldie movie The Philadelphia Story.