My 1985 Charts – July

2nd July 1985

The Beach Boys getcha back on top of the charts after a 9-year break since Good Vibrations topped on reissue in 1976. Despite great singles peaking at 2 in 1968, 1969 and 1979 the one that went all the way was a total flop – but it had that classic surfer harmony sound, and a great song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher, Doris Day’s son. More importantly for me, it was the first record released by the band after the death of Dennis Wilson in a drowning accident, which gave it an added pathos, being as I was and am a huge fan of the Beach Boys. Bad news for Hall & Oates who almost get a second chart-topper, with reactivated Out Of Touch at 2, while Sister Sledge, Prince and Bruce Springsteen all get another new top 10 single to add to their tallies.

Paul Young and Dead Or Alive go up into the top 20, as highest new entry You And Your Heart So Blue is in at 19 for Bucks Fizz, another great single which inexplicably flopped, especially given the general goodwill for Mike Nolan recovering after his near-death band coach crash. Howard Jones gets yet another top 40 track, as Denise LaSalle waves her toot toot in as well, and ex-Undertones vocalist Feargal Sharkey does the same, 7 years on from Teenage Kicks. Toyah also pops into the 40, and Marti Webb’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Ben, while there’s a new entry for Don Henley at 28 with his 1982 chart hit (for me at least) Dirty Laundry, an under-rated fabulously bitter and cynical single – it still wasn’t a hit in the UK, sadly.

New entries outside the 40, The Adventures at 48 with Feel The Raindrops, another great single that flopped for the lads, while at 55 The Cult debut with a classic rock track She Sells Sanctuary, a track with attitude and swagger, just brilliant. At 60, The Damned make a pleasant single, The Shadow Of Love, as they belatedly get some deserved UK singles success, while future UK chart-topper There Must Be An Angel is in at 64 for Eurythmics, by far their most joyous single, if tongue-in-cheek video, and with a bonus Stevie Wonder harmonica solo to boot. Perfect pop. At 72, it’s another early 80’s UK flop back again, though this time Billy Idol actually gets a well-deserved big UK hit out of it: White Wedding is almost as fab as his 1984 number one in my charts – Eyes Without A Face – but this one is Billy at his sneeringest rocktastic best.

http://youtube.com/v/YAZBbZ27xlM

1 ( 3 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 4 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
6 ( 10 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 14 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
8 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
9 ( 11 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
10 ( 13 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen

11 ( 5 ) OBSESSION Animotion
12 ( 29 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
13 ( 9 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
14 ( 18 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
15 ( 8 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
16 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
17 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
18 ( 19 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( NEW ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
20 ( 48 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

21 ( 32 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( 16 ) CALL ME Go West
23 ( 60 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
24 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
25 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
27 ( 31 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
28 ( NEW ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
29 ( 21 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
30 ( 72 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle

http://youtube.com/v/PDBOwPORHGU

31 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
32 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
33 ( 64 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
34 ( 22 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
35 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 40 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
37 ( 46 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
38 ( 63 ) BEN Marti Webb
39 ( 27 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
40 ( 37 ) CRY Godley And Creme

41 ( 33 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
43 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
44 ( 56 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
45 ( 35 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
46 ( 59 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
47 ( 39 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
48 ( NEW ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
49 ( 45 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
50 ( 53 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

http://youtube.com/v/icC6dABqhkw

51 ( 34 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
52 ( 23 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
53 ( 50 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54 ( 41 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( NEW ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
56 ( 58 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 38 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
58 ( 69 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
59 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
60 ( NEW ) THE SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned

http://youtube.com/v/8I8mWG6HlmU

61 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
62 ( 49 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
63 ( 42 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
64 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
65 ( 57 ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
66 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( NEW ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
70 ( 75 ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

71 ( 61 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
72 ( NEW ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
73 ( 70 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
74 ( 68 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
75 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar

http://youtube.com/v/AAZQaYKZMTI

TV 29th Jun-5th Jul
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Cheers
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Ready Steady Go

In my oldies playlist, 2 future 80‘s reissued UK chart entries for Fleetwood Mac’s Hold Me and Lulu’s Shout (hey, when you’re right you’re right) though I’m still waiting on Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ Jill, appropriately Beach Boys-influenced 1967 single.

http://youtube.com/v/ulCFJh55gbc

In the media, I bought Paperback Writer (Beatles) and How Soon Is Now (Smiths), watched The Young Ones and LIfe On Earth, and a crap edition of Top Of The Pops, while at work, my young new cheeky assistant got ever bolder and cheekier as we surveyed the roads of Blandford and Gillingham. It got the stage where I was arguing with him and having to use reason to get him to stop going OTT and making errors in the data. Rang grandma, who was worryingly out of breath.

In the DC Comics Crisis On Infinite Earths megablockbuster series with every superhero on the books and more, they carried out a shock: Supergirl was killed off. Punishment for a flop movie more than likely, but genuinely shocking as superheroes with their own comics who had been around for 30 years just didn’t get killed. It’s sort of killing the golden goose (and so it turned out until the new re-telling TV version which has just debuted 30 years on) as all reinventions of alternative characters using the name were pretty useless and floppy. The repercussions also hit the Legion Of Super Heroes, as she’d been a time-travelling member since I first picked up the comic in 1969, and of course my comic of choice was at it’s peak at this time, creatively and pretty big sales-wise.

9th July 1985

2 weeks for The Beach Boys on top, as I revisit LA (Light Album) in my oldies playing, and a leap to 2 for Dead Or Alive and In Too Deep, and a third top 10 in a row for them. Propaganda hit a new peak of 3 with Duel, and Bucks Fizz are pondering you and your heart so blue at 7, for a 4th year of top 10 tracks, with only the odd single peaking lower down the chart. Paul Young also keeps them coming for over 2 years, as Tomb Of Memories digs it way slowly up.

Huge climbs for The Cult and The Damned into the 20 to challenge the upper chart pop domination, with Tears For Fears fabulous sombre Head Over Heels also scraping into the 20 (and very much under-rated by me at the time), along with Howard Jones more jaunty Life In One Day. Eurythmics joyous classic angels are playing with my heart into the 30, with Sting, Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, and The Adventures all hitting the 40 along with highest new entry, left-wing band Redskins and Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) in at 37. Left-wing politics in music was very much the vogue in 1985, and the video had the bonus of Alexei Sayle, left-wing comedian to underline the point.

New entries: Amazulu return a bit excitable at 46, Glen Frey joins ex and future band mate from The Eagles Don Henley in the chart, at 47, and Adam Ant starts to run out of steam at 49, Vive Le Rock, after a 5-year run. Jaki Graham turns up minus David Grant, and she’s round and round at 60, a good British dancepop track, while OMD are at a lowly 64 with a secret (the secret is they are following up a chart-topper and not doing so well) 5 years on from debut chart-topper Messages. Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has another go at becoming a pop star at 71, covering 1969 Number 1 Dizzy, and peaks a full deserved 70 places lower than either Tommy Roe’s classic original, or Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff’s future UK chart cover version. Supertramp pop in briefly with a cannonball a decade after they started with a classic Dreamer, and The Style Council give a bit of publicity for Milton Keynes, symbol town for blandness in the eighties.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 20 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 8 ) DUEL Propaganda
4 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 19 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 10 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
9 ( 5 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
10 ( 12 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

http://youtube.com/v/C7Eo1IHajGQ

11 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
12 ( 7 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
13 ( 23 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
14 ( 55 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 60 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
16 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
17 ( 13 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
18 ( 11 ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 9 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
20 ( 15 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

http://youtube.com/v/dblor-04xeE

21 ( 14 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
23 ( 18 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 28 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
25 ( 17 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
27 ( 30 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
28 ( 36 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
29 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
30 ( 64 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

31 ( 22 ) CALL ME Go West
32 ( 48 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 26 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
34 ( 24 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
35 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 38 ) BEN Marti Webb
37 ( NEW ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
38 ( 32 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
39 ( 44 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
40 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 27 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
42 ( 34 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
43 ( 58 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
44 ( 40 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 29 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
46 ( NEW ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
47 ( NEW ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
48 ( 41 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
49 ( NEW ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
50 ( 39 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 43 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
52 ( 37 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
53 ( 45 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
54 ( 49 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
55 ( 53 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 69 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
58 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
59 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
60 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

http://youtube.com/v/E30q7pNy0jM

61 ( 42 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
62 ( 47 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
63 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
64 ( NEW ) SECRET OMD
65 ( 50 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
66 ( 59 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
67 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( 52 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
70 ( 72 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

71 ( NEW ) DIZZY The Rock-olas
72 ( 51 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
73 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
74 ( NEW ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
75 ( 63 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

TV 6th-12th July
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Another Audience With Dame Edna
3 Batman: Shame
4 Hill Street Blues
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Lou Grant
7 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
8 Dallas
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Ready Steady Go


At work out in the streets of Blandford Forum, driver Bob noticed young Nick’s tendency to admire himself in any passing mirrors and quipped a great one-liner: “if we put mirrors on all access covers and manholes he wouldn’t miss any” (off the computer survey data list). Bob also fixed our flat tyre on the spot, good for him. I got a lot of stick from Jason, in the other team, and Nick, when they got together, both seemingly-obsessed with my never-mentioned (and none-existent) sex life and persuasion, which wound me up.

At Wimbledon, McEnroe went out, and young lad Becker went through, all a bit of a surprise. Womens final was fave Chrissie Lloyd sadly lost (I saw it as her last chance) to Martina Navratilova who I was also a fan of. 17-year-old Boris Becker amazingly won the men’s final. I bought a new T shirt, and wore it. It’s worth mentioning that because I also wore it to mum’s surprise, as my skinny arms hadn’t seen the light of day (bar the USA holiday in 1979) since 1971, I think! My self-image was skinny.

At 3 in my oldies chart, Ready Steady Go was being repeated 20 years on, a TV show that was the coolest (yes it’s true) on British TV in the mid-60’s, and I was now old enough to have 20-year-old memories, like Sandie Shaw (who I loved as a child) and was now cool all over again thanks to Morrissey. This is a great old clip of a song I’m still waiting to chart…

http://youtube.com/v/-PadwVClZb4

16th July 1985

This was Live Aid week, the huge world concert (lots of local versions to go with the 2 main events at Wembley and Philadelphia) and a host of megastars on show for charity, bullied into it by Bob Geldof for a great cause, to help the starving in Ethiopa as the politicians sat on their arses as always. Band Aid, as a charity, ran for 2 decades, and kept people alive. Cynics (and there were plenty of them) can piss off, I don’t care what everybody’s motives were or weren’t for the concert, the bottom line is it saved lives and Geldof managed to do what politicians wouldn’t. So. In my chart on the day of Live Aid, The Beach Boys topped for a third week with Getcha Back, and played at Live Aid on Saturday13th July with a buncha classic tunes. Eurythmics shoot up to 4, There Must Be An Angel sadly not on show at Live Aid cos Annie had lost her voice, happily they did Net Aid in 1998 and Live8 in the noughties, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

The Damned, years into their career, finally get a top 10 single with the spooky Shadow Of Love at 7, while Howard Jones keeps his tally going with Life In One Day at 10. Adam Ant shoots up to 17 with new track Vive Le Rock, and pisses off viewers at Live Aid by doing it instead of one of his hits. Adam was miffed (and still is) he had only the one song slot, but should have accepted it gracefully and done Stand And Deliver which would have been far more appropriate and memorable: “Your money or your life” would have taken on new meaning. It wasn’t designed to be a plug for the new single, after all. Highest new entry at 20 is Sparks, back with a bang, for a Change, and a gem it is too, floppy yes, but sprawling and adventurous and delightful. 11 years on they may not be charting, but they carry on their own quirky way then and now, and never fail to charm.

Jaki Graham leaps into the 30, round and round, with Glen Frey, Amazulu and Opus (or ‘Opeless as I sometimes called them) all sneak into the 40, while The Conway Brothers arrive with a bit more force, and Billy Idol’s White Wedding finally starts moving and Bill catches the bouquet at 39 from 70. Another early 80’s track pops in at 59, Trans X and the very dated sounding (for 1985 – synth pop had really moved on in leaps and bounds) Living On Video, but it was fine for 1980/1981. Animal Nightlife get another chart entry with a very 1940’s stylee Love Is Just The Great Adventure, Animotion follow-up a fab chart-topper with a much less fab Let Him Go, Tina Turner is back on fire with the theme tune to Mad Max: Thunderdome, We Don’t Need Another Hero, and her best solo record to date, Aretha Franklin’s Freeway Of Love is in at 73, Steve Arrington’s dancin’ at 71, and slipping in with a Stevie Wonder song written for the Jackson 5, Buttercup, it’s Carl Anderson debuting. I say debut – had I allowed movie tracks in my charts (and I wish I had) his version of Superstar, as Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar, would easily have topped my chart in 1973, or later, cos it’s a spine-tingling passionate vocal performance of a brilliant Lloyd-Webber/Rice song. Still an absolute show-stopper, and still waiting to chart it.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 30 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
6 ( 3 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 15 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
8 ( 9 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 10 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
10 ( 13 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

http://youtube.com/v/eD6byRAKXK4

11 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
12 ( 16 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
13 ( 5 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 8 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
16 ( 12 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
17 ( 49 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
18 ( 27 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
19 ( 11 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
20 ( NEW ) CHANGE Sparks

http://youtube.com/v/8ax1lWJfjKk

21 ( 24 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
22 ( 17 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
23 ( 29 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 20 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
25 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
26 ( 28 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
27 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
28 ( 19 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 60 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
30 ( 23 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 22 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 37 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
34 ( 21 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
35 ( 47 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
36 ( 46 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 43 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
38 ( 57 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
39 ( 70 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
40 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( NEW ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
43 ( 31 ) CALL ME Go West
44 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
46 ( 59 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
47 ( 33 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
48 ( 34 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) LET HIM GO Animotion
50 ( 74 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

51 ( 26 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
52 ( 64 ) SECRET OMD
53 ( 39 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
54 ( 45 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
55 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 54 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
58 ( 36 ) BEN Marti Webb
59 ( NEW ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
60 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

http://youtube.com/v/b9xBAtCsCTQ

61 ( 41 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
62 ( 42 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
63 ( 51 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
64 ( 48 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
65 ( 63 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
66 ( 52 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
67 ( NEW ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
68 ( 53 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
69 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
70 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

http://youtube.com/v/dq4aOaDXIfY

71 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
72 ( 61 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
73 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
74 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
75 ( NEW ) BUTTERCUP Carl Anderson

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 Dallas
3 LIVE AID
4 Cheers
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Batman: Shame part 2
7 The Abba Story
8 Lou Grant
9 Top Of The Pops
10 I Dream Of Jeannie

http://youtube.com/v/u7XIL67QSME

OLDIES CHART
1 TUG OF WAR Paul McCartney
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby Stills & Nash
3 LIVING EYES Bee Gees


Overall, I pondered that with only 23 of the UK top 40 in my top 40 it was the worst UK chart since the mid-70’s, while at work, Nick calmed down a bit and had some good talks in the week at lunchtimes, and it was so warm out on the rural Dorset roads I stuck with my T shirts. The boys back in the office, Jason and Nick, teased friendly Terry with a fake phone call, she took it with good nature as I’d tipped her off what they were going to do. On “Wogan” Sparks popped up looking good, and in my appearance I shaved off my moustache – I’d had one since I was in my teens, and it was hard to get used to!

LIVE AID DAY: Bob Geldof rightly demanding money for the cause; The Cars’ Drive recent number one for me was used with footage of the famine, which was immensely powerful, even though it shouldn’t have worked it did. Billy Connolly was in tears. Who wasn’t….!? My personal highlights of the UK end: Boomtown Rats, Bowie, Queen, Elton John (& Kiki & George Michael), Elvis Costello doing All You Need Is Love, and Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, and the collective Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the USA Madonna was the top act for me, but I only managed to stay up till 2am. The finale didn’t record on my video either, doh! I may not have got hold of tickets, but I have seen most of the UK performers since (or before) Live Aid, hey ho.

 

23rd July 1985

Eurythmics get a second chart-topper, a year after 1984 (Sex Crime) did it first, and the life-affirming, tongue-in-cheek There Must Be An Angel is nothing like the dark synths of the former. Dead Or Alive are sadly stuck at 2 for the 3rd week, but the Damned hit 5 as The Cult leap to 6 for a fab bit of Goth Rock double delight. Sparks enter the top 10 with Change, their first in 6 years and 8th in total, as Jaki Graham circles the top 10 round at 11. Simply Red and Feargal Sharkey grab a top 20 spot, and the highest new entry is another Goth goodie, The Cure at 19 with In Between Days, the terrific first single off The Head On The Door and 5 years on from their first top 20.

In at 22, Prince is back, also 5 years on from his debut, with Raspberry Beret, still in his pyschedelic pop period, as Trans X hit the 40, and The Cool Notes enter with the catchy Brit-soul of In Your Car at 29. Tina Turner thunders into the 40, while a bit more low-key OMD have a secret, Style Council divert from Milton Keynes, and Animal Nightlife grab a second top 40. New at 49, The Goonies movie theme tune from Cyndi Lauper – have to say I’ve yet to see the film though, shockingly! Dare Me, demand the Pointer Sisters at 52, on of their better records after 6 years of chart action, though I probably would have charted Yes We Can Can in 1973 if my charts had allowed non-UK-chart singles.

In at 60, UB40 have paired up with Chrissie Hynde, having a Pretenders-break, for a UK chart-topper cover of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe, reggae style. Not got the magic of the original but it wasn’t bad, and it gave them an excuse to tour together in the 90’s, and an excuse for me to go and see both The Pretenders (for the 3rd time) and UB40. At 61, Nik Kershaw I saw in concert the other week (that’s November 2015) and new entry Don Quixote sounded much better than I gave it credit for at the time. At 66 Loose Ends cover Bowie’s 1975 number one Golden Years, plastic Glam soul funk to Brit soul. Divine sneaks in with another camp cover, Twistin’ The Night away, and just above it’s Sting. Actually it’s Dire Straits, but his vocal assist is enough for a featuring credit really, and one of their top tunes in Money For Nothing, and THAT groundbreaking music video and guitar riffs. Also 6 years since first charting, for both.

http://youtube.com/v/TlGXDy5xFlw

1 ( 4 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
5 ( 7 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
6 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
7 ( 5 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 11 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
10 ( 20 ) CHANGE Sparks

11 ( 29 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
12 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
13 ( 18 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
14 ( 17 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
15 ( 26 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
16 ( 9 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
17 ( 15 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 10 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
19 ( NEW ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
20 ( 23 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/scif2vfg1ug

21 ( 12 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( NEW ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
23 ( 16 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
24 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 19 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
26 ( 59 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 37 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
28 ( 38 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
29 ( NEW ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
30 ( 39 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

http://youtube.com/v/4i_z6JOKkVk

31 ( 22 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 24 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
34 ( 67 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 25 ) OBSESSION Animotion
36 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 52 ) SECRET OMD
38 ( 42 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
39 ( 27 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
40 ( 50 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

41 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
42 ( 30 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 49 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
44 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 21 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
46 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
47 ( 34 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
48 ( 31 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
49 ( NEW ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 71 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington

http://youtube.com/v/3IprBx1OlBk

51 ( 35 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
52 ( NEW ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
53 ( 43 ) CALL ME Go West
54 ( 65 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 45 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
57 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
58 ( 48 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
59 ( 47 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
60 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

http://youtube.com/v/bNLJbD_Oitk

61 ( NEW ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
62 ( 57 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 33 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
64 ( 54 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
65 ( 70 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
67 ( 51 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
68 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
69 ( 60 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
70 ( 69 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

71 ( NEW ) GENIE B B & Q
72 ( 64 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie
74 ( NEW ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
75 ( NEW ) TWISTIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY Divine

TV 20th – 26th July
1 The Young Ones: Sick
2 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
3 Cheers
4 The Young Ones: Boring
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show: pilot
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Batman
10 The Phil Silvers Show


At work Nick got inspired to put words and sing to any tunes I come up with on my music computer, I wish I’d taken him up on it really, missed opportunity he would have made a great pop star, sadly my tunes were crap and technology just wasn’t there without big cash in those days to get a decent sound. I would have done better with an electric guitar or piano frankly! Doh! Mum appeared to have a liver infection, at home, which caused me anxiety. On TV Patrick Duffy’s Bobby Ewing got bumped off, pure emotion, pure corn but engrossing and tongue-in-cheek Dallas season climax. It was all downhill from here really…

On saturday we got the bad news that mum’s mum, grandma in Liverpool had gone blind in one eye thanks to a burst blood clot – this was actually a good thing as she had had another minor heart attack the other week and not told us, and would otherwise have likely died. We made plans to go up to Liverpool.

30th July 1985

2 weeks for Eurythmics at 1, and The Cure shoot up to 2 for the second time, with In Between Days. Jaki Graham gets a second top 10, her first solo, and Tina Turner gets her 4th, or 3rd solo, with the Mad Max song. Highest new entry at 10 is the latest in the anniversary reissue and recharting hits for The Beatles – Help! It had made my charts for the first time in 1976 (when it again made the UK singles chart), but had long been a fave since I went to the cinema as a boy of 7 to watch the movie, a glorious colourful light-hearted romp packed with great songs. Culturally, The Beatles were everything in the 60’s, and Help! was only 3 years into their chart career, and yet seemed instantly as if the record had always existed. Tina Turner, just above them, had then-recently done her best to turn the urgent manic begging of the classic original into a self-pitying plodder, so it’s only fair the original should be nipping at her heels with one of her best records. Billy Idol, still looking for a White Wedding, hits the top 20 at long last, as Prince’s Raspberry Beret squeezes in too. Fruity!

Madonna gets both the highest current new entry, with US-12inch B side the excellent Into The Groove mystifyingly never a single, given it’s still Madonna’s biggest UK hit, in at 16, her 7th chart entry since Holiday debuted in the top 10 the previous year – and back again at 19, Madonna having gone from just another female popdisco act, to superstar, allowing her new legion of fans who hadn’t noticed it first time round to buy it again, as it went all the way to 2 in the UK singles chart, behind Into The Groove which hit 1. Quite big then, and having already jumped into a big movie, desperately seeking Susan, didn’t hurt at all! Meanwhile UB40 and Chrissie Hynde make the top 30, as Mainframe enter at 33, with a not-Stranglers 5 Minutes, quite exciting dance track. The Pointer Sisters are still daring me to mention they have made the 40 along with Cyndi Lauper’s Goonies, as a gentle Phil Collins minor UK hit, Take Me Home, enters at 38 outdoing some of his bigger hits for me, cos it’s pretty nice.

Five Star get Let Me Be The One for a second chart entry at 52, and Arrow do the same at 59, with the catchy Long Time. Which leaves follow-ups from The Untouchables, Gary Moore and Broooce and another Born In The USA single, Glory Days.

1 ( 1 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 19 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
3 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
4 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 6 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
6 ( 11 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE Sparks
8 ( 4 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
9 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
10 ( NEW ) HELP! The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/8xqLfz_LPm4

11 ( 15 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
12 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
13 ( 29 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
14 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
15 ( 30 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
16 ( NEW ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
17 ( 5 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
18 ( 22 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
19 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
20 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/52iW3lcpK5M

21 ( 12 ) DUEL Propaganda
22 ( 9 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( 13 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
24 ( 27 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
25 ( 37 ) SECRET OMD
26 ( 26 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 16 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
29 ( 18 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
30 ( 60 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

31 ( 14 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
32 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
33 ( NEW ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
34 ( 52 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 31 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
36 ( 25 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
38 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
39 ( 49 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
40 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

http://youtube.com/v/sRY1NG1P_kw

41 ( 23 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
42 ( 35 ) OBSESSION Animotion
43 ( 28 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
44 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 46 ) CRY Godley And Creme
46 ( 50 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
47 ( 33 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
48 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 66 ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
50 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex

51 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
52 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
53 ( 39 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
54 ( 43 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
55 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
56 ( 38 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
57 ( 41 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
58 ( 74 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
59 ( NEW ) LONG TIME Arrow
60 ( 61 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

http://youtube.com/v/rZE15B8dK7k

61 ( 42 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
62 ( 56 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
63 ( 40 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
64 ( 68 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
65 ( 58 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
66 ( 62 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
67 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
68 ( 48 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
70 ( 47 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 53 ) CALL ME Go West
72 ( 45 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
73 ( NEW ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
74 ( 70 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
75 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) The Untouchables


TV 27th July- 2nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Conscience Of The King
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Batman
8 Taxi
9 Bewitched
10 I Dream Of Jeannie


At home good news about grandma’s blood-clotted eye, she wasn’t blind in it, and it should hopefully improve. Hot sunny weather helped the country roads surveying, and on friday Nick, Bob and I all played pool at lunchtime in a pub, all winning, great fun. Bought Boomtown Rats & Stranglers albums after work, and my brother arrived with Sue & the kids at home, he took the piss out of my moped (but still had a go). Baby Gav was very quiet, Vicki a very noisy active toddler by now. These days I like reminding Vicki of the olden days when chatting about toddler William, who takes after his mum smile.gif

 

 

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My 1980 Charts – July

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1st July 1980

3 weeks on top for OMD, as ELO and ONJ knock on their initialed door at 2. Not to mention PJM at 3. Macca’s 2nd of the year to go top 3, while ELO and Livvie repeat what they did in 1979, and 1978, and ELO did in 1977, 1976, 1973 and 1972 (going top 3). Splodgeness abound into the top 10 (arf!) with two pints of lager, with the Korgis snapping at their heels cos, you know, everybody’s gotta learn sometime, and a second magnificent top 10 for the lads.

Stacey Lattisaw jumps to the top 20 beat from 32, Teena Marie a little behind the groove at 18, and Queen scrape into the top 20 yet again as they continue to fall short of the 10 for 18 months-worth of singles, a far cry from 3 chart-toppers out of 4 in 1974/5. The Sex Pistols and Darts both climb with inferior covers, as Odyssey finally get cracking and Use It Up into the top 30, without wearing it out, and Saxon fly up to 28 in a 747 (feel free to groan at these links) as a bit of pop Nu-Metal agrees with me nicely. We were strangers in the night, but not anything to do with Frank Sinatra’s slightly better song. In at 38, The Blues Band take old song Diddy Wah Diddy into the 40 (not to be confused with Paul Jones Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy, which is a better record, but fresh off Paul Jones’ Knebworth gig wot I saw), and Tavares return after a gap with I Don’t Want You Anymore for a 4th year of hits.

Daryl Hall & John Oates return running from paradise, and their first entry for 3 years, and 4 years on from the gorgeous She’s Gone. The soon-to-be solo Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto debuts as the Yellow Magic Orchestra with a space invaders synth instrumental theme, which was quite catchy, but not one I’ve managed to buy yet, and proving beyond doubt that having a hit record is no guarantee you’ll be able to buy it or stream it decades down the line. New Musik are back with a 4th gem synthpop single, looking for Sanctuary at 53, Carlene Carter covers her dad’s Ring Of Fire at 55, Rupert Holmes extends his run of singles at 66 and The Detroit Spinners do the same at 68 as they cover Sam Cooke’s Cupid, and follow in Johnny Nash’s 1969 shoes in charting it. Janis Ian gets a 3rd chart entry flying too high, as per her previous entry, so much so that she reaches the other side of the sun, and very nice too, though not as memorable as 1975’s heart-breaking At Seventeen.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 9 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
6 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 4 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 23 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
10 ( 5 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

http://youtube.com/v/7o-9_J_Cc2w

11 ( 6 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 19 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
13 ( 20 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 32 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
15 ( 11 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
16 ( 12 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
17 ( 16 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
18 ( 21 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
19 ( 22 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
20 ( 17 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 27 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
23 ( 10 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
24 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 34 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
26 ( 47 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
27 ( 64 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
28 ( 71 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
29 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
30 ( 35 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

http://youtube.com/v/BkKrUz45icE

31 ( 38 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
32 ( 15 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
33 ( 25 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
34 ( 36 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
35 ( 29 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
37 ( 39 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
38 ( NEW ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
39 ( 31 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
40 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares

41 ( 55 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
42 ( 37 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
43 ( 42 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
44 ( 28 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
45 ( 33 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
46 ( 44 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
47 ( 56 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
48 ( NEW ) RUNNING FOR PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
49 ( 40 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
50 ( NEW ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra

http://youtube.com/v/SY-wZTMNQmQ

51 ( 45 ) RAT RACE The Specials
52 ( NEW ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
53 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY New Musik
54 ( 46 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
55 ( NEW ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
56 ( 53 ) CALL ME Blondie
57 ( 51 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
58 ( 73 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
59 ( 49 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
60 ( 66 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer

http://youtube.com/v/aoFOvCZcarU

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
64 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
65 ( 58 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
66 ( NEW ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes
67 ( 41 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
68 ( NEW ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
69 ( 30 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
70 ( 65 ) ATOMIC Blondie

71 ( 52 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 75 ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott
73 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
74 ( 72 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
75 ( 59 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest

TV 21st – 27th June

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 The Outer Limits
3 Wimbledon (friday)
4 Wimbledon ’79
5 Animal Olympics


In my life, in the last full week of June, I was well into watching Wimbledon on TV, Borg and McEnroe both doing well in the first week of play. It was Pete’s 22nd birthday and 2 of our gang decided Pete needed a douse in the bath to celebrate, and tried to enlist me to do some heavy-mob impressions. No amount of cajoling, threats or persuasion convinced me it was a worthy endeavor (I don’t give in to peer-group pressure) so they had a mighty struggle with Pete, who threw up afterwards, before helping the same two give Julie a thoughtful bath too. Teachers all, you know, bar one…..!

College American Studies outside examiner interview on Tuesday before the goodbye’s to other students started gradually. One of my friends got the awful news she’d failed teaching practice, and hadn’t qualified after 3 years, upset and packing to leave the next day or two. Pete’s family were going back to Germany, and he would be joining them unless he got a summer job. I noted that we’d probably never see him again, if I knew Pete (which I did, being my best mate and all at College). So it was. He eventually married a Japanese girl, and moved to Japan, had a son and then lost touch sometime in the late 80’s. TP-failing, though, turned out not so tragic as she is now a Reverend, married to a Reverend, and living in a Parish in Wales. I didn’t like all this gang-breaking-up one bit, not at all, and predicted the next few months (at least) would be very depressing. I didn’t know the half of it….

I kept myself busy writing a fiction story and printing black & white photos in the College darkroom, as everyone gathered in my room wednesday evening for hysterical laughs watching TV. As we gathered Thursday evening I taped-recorded us all chatting and mucking about – and haven’t been able to listen to it since, with my reel-to-reel player having died, it’s a major loss to me that I didn’t convert it to mp3 years ago while it was just about working. I need to find someone to do it for me so I can hear how embarrassing I was at the time.

Friday, grandma and granddad dropped by with mum and dad, on their way through Lincoln, Paul took a few of us for a pub evening, Ian, Bev, Sue, which ended on a sour note thanks to an unfortunate comment, but otherwise was fun, Saturday was snooker (yet more), more bargain bin singles purchases in town, played Ian at tennis which was great fun, he was always a laugh, sorry I’ve lost touch these days. Then team table tennis after eating before an evening at Alan & Helen’s flat, where we had an Alan-guitar singalong and laughs with most of the gang there. From here to another goodbye party at Jo and Elaine’s, but not that many in attendance, so our smaller gang (Ian, Pete, Julie, Jane) just mucked about till 1-ish, and Charades till 2. It was so not a party, it was hilarious.

8th July 1980

The first chart after my final week of College, and it’s Olivia Newton-John getting a second number one (following You’re The One That I Want) and ELO getting a 9th, leaving them behind only The Beatles and Abba for most chart-toppers, though old mucker Roy Wood also totals 9 in various guises, including one with ELO (10538 Overture). Co-incidentally Macca is at 3, and ELO themselves are also at 4 with another Xanadu single, I’m Alive. I over-rated it as I’d managed to get hold of a cut-price copy of the single and they were coming off the back of 3 chart-toppers in a row.

Joan Armatrading gets Me Myself I into the 10, her 2nd, as Stacy Lattisaw gets a jumping first. Saxon, Odyssey and The Hollies all go top 20, Odyssey’s 2nd, The Hollies 7th or so in a 12-year span. Into the top 40 go Yellow Magic Orchestra’s space invaders, Spider, Voyager, The Detroit Spinners and Bad Manners, not to mention classic Bob Marley. Lower down we find the new entries rushing in with many a classic: Kate Bush is back with the sensational video Russian babe of Babooshka, Joy Division debut with the timeless and influential Love Will Tear Us Apart, even though lead singer was already dead, having committed suicide in May. Both tracks remain brilliant. Almost as good: The Undertones bring Wednesday Week in at 74. a melodic gem and a welcome change of pace from the boys, Kim Carnes huskily covers Smokey Robinson to fabulous effect at 68 ahead of her UK breakthrough a year later with an even greater track, and Change debut with the Chic-ish delight of A Lover’s Holiday at 48.

Others: The Rolling Stones have a decent comeback with Emotional Rescue, still in disco groove mode at 57, Sad Cafe have a 5th entry with the terribly titled Nothing Left Toulouse, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett get a second hit 3 years on from Really Free, with the abrupt-change of direction of DK 50-80, a quirky synthrock track that was ahead of it’s time, The Vapors get another entry (News At Ten) and Bill Nelson comes back without Be Bop Deluxe, 4 years after Ships In The Night hit my top 10, now dreaming in colour.

http://youtube.com/v/-yBiTNLuTeo

1 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
3 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
6 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 5 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
8 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 14 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

11 ( 9 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
12 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
13 ( 28 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
14 ( 10 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
15 ( 18 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
16 ( 27 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
17 ( 19 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
18 ( 12 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
19 ( 69 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
20 ( 16 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

21 ( 25 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
22 ( 50 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 31 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
24 ( 26 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
26 ( 15 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
27 ( 34 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
28 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
29 ( 17 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
30 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

31 ( 20 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
32 ( 41 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
33 ( 38 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 52 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
35 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
36 ( 68 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 21 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
38 ( 47 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
39 ( 64 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
40 ( 58 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 48 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
42 ( 22 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
43 ( 23 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
44 ( 43 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
45 ( 39 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 29 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
48 ( NEW ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
49 ( 53 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
50 ( NEW ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush

http://youtube.com/v/6xckBwPdo1c

51 ( 33 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
52 ( 55 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
53 ( 32 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
54 ( 46 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
55 ( NEW ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
56 ( 37 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
58 ( 60 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
59 ( 36 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
60 ( 66 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

http://youtube.com/v/zuuObGsB0No

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 44 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
64 ( 54 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
65 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
66 ( 57 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
67 ( 56 ) CALL ME Blondie
68 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
69 ( NEW ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 45 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie

http://youtube.com/v/W5ADrcHJLFg

71 ( 71 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 73 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson

http://youtube.com/v/FswDoZKFXVc

TV June 28th – 4th July
1 Wimbledon
2 Q9
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork and Mindy
5 Firecreek


On TV the striking BBC staff kept Top Of The Pops off the air for half the summer, which was a bummer, not to mention other TV shows, which, along with a week of partying hard as we all left College, meant I watched hardly any TV, unusually for me in those days. The last single I was playing to death was OMD, and the last single I bought at College was a gatefold sleeve version of Xanadu. I borrowed Julie’s camera flash and went to the Usher Art Gallery and took photos of my work on the wall, allowing myself a bit of sad ego-boosting amongst the crushing comments of the Uni examiners, then tutor Max helped me remove them and the helped shift piano’s and the like. American Studies tutor John Davies praised my writing, suggested further reading to widen my experience and gave me my marks in graph form for each year at College, rising steeply with The Immigrants, and stood up for me in the end results for marks, overall 65% (Grade 1). I always like John Davies and wish I could stayed as enthusiastic for myself as he was on my behalf!

Mum, dad, grandma & granddad dropped by with a new watch for me! I am still wearing it, a dozen batteries later, a scratched clock face, and 35 years on. I do like to take care of stuff! Ian, Sue, Paul Julie & Jane gathered, Alan came by, and off we went in a tie I borrowed from Sue for the goodbye dinner, a lecturer came over to chat to me and made a very unexpected personal comment out of the blue which I’m still not clear on what he saying but I went bright red! That left speeches from the Principal and Union Rep Mark, and then to the bar and union disco for SAVVY, College band of the day, and the final record of the disco was When Will I See You Again. How depressing. Next few days: Tennis, snooker, socialising, some exciting Wimbledon matches (Chris Lloyd beating Navratilova), and conversations on the inhumanity of man amongst all the laughs, and on the last evening we split into two groups, Sue, Bev, Pete, Julie stayed in watching TV, Ian, Jane, Paul, Dave went to a double movie feature: Saturday Night Fever (dull despite the fab music) and Grease (better than first time round) which with it’s final scenes of the ending of High School was sort of saying it all really. We gathered for a chat, and that was it, end of an era, College over, just the goodbye’s and the packing to do. I popped up to Sue’s room, she was as upset as me I think at it all ending, everyone handing in keys, and Pete disappeared in a rush without a proper goodbye. I asked Sue to say goodbye for me, because I kinda knew he wouldn’t be meeting up with the gang after college and that would be the last time I saw him, ever, and which gutted me somewhat. And so it was. Sue was the one that saw me off when Brother and dad came for me and my stuff. “See you in 6 weeks” was my goodbye, it helped knowing we were meeting up but I was fighting back tears the whole way home.

And that was the end of the good times for a decade or so…

 

15th July 1980

2 weeks for Xanadu on top, as I start my 2-years job-search, living and breathing application forms. This had such a negative effect on me that I stay with crappy jobs rather than put in a job application, just to avoid the whole sorry stressful experience. Not a good career move, overall. Music, though, was fab: Macca gets his 2nd number 2 of the year, as Saxon get their first top 10, flying up with 747, Odyssey get a second, using it up and wearing it out, and Teena Marie gets behind the groove and pops up to 9.

Joy Division go up a whopping 50 places to 15 with the classic Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Kate up 33 with a classic babooshka to 17, and classic Marley at 18 with Could You be Loved. That’s a buncha classics! Change have a holiday at 23, and New Musik make it 4 top 40’s in a row as they look for Sanctuary. The Rolling Stones take an Emotional Rescue inside the 40, a funky falsetto groove miles away from their petulant earthy blues chart debut Honky Tonk Women 11 years earlier.

In at 39, Leo Sayer seems to have given up writing his own material, and opts for a great Bobby Vee 60’s oldie, More Than I Can Say, removes the charm and slows it down. Dexy’s make it 3 in a row at 46, There There My Dear! The Whispers cover My Girl, Hot Chocolate enquire about the amount of happiness I’m getting and is it enough, which is polite of them, and to which the answer was and is “No”. A bit of a disappointment for me, though, after No Doubt About It. In at 71, AC/DC get a 3rd entry, with reactivated flop Whole Lotta Rosie, the final Bon Scott vocals hit they had, and a Punk-Metal classic for me. From here on they were more Pomp-Metal. Finally Gene Chandler gets a good soul ballad ebtry at 74, Does She Have A Friend he asks, while Billy Joel is more positive stating (quite rightly) that it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to him at 75, no matter what new name it has. Clever lyrically, tuneful and catchy, as ol’ Billy tended to be when he was in the mood, and 5 years on now from The Piano Man debut.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
5 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
6 ( 13 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
7 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 16 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
9 ( 15 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
10 ( 5 ) CRYING Don McLean

11 ( 7 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
12 ( 4 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
14 ( 17 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
15 ( 65 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
16 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
17 ( 50 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
18 ( 40 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 21 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
20 ( 12 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police

http://youtube.com/v/6_5O-nUiZ_0

21 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
22 ( 23 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
23 ( 48 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 20 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
26 ( 49 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
27 ( 14 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
28 ( 34 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
29 ( 57 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
30 ( 25 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

http://youtube.com/v/Qslqk3IcXK8

31 ( 18 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
32 ( 19 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 38 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
35 ( 36 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 28 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
37 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 26 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
39 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
40 ( 29 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

41 ( 74 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
42 ( 55 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
43 ( 32 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
44 ( 27 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
45 ( 39 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
46 ( NEW ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 41 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
48 ( 44 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
49 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
50 ( 68 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes

http://youtube.com/v/EJm-kG922PI

51 ( 52 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
52 ( 31 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
53 ( 46 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
54 ( 45 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
55 ( 56 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
56 ( 37 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
57 ( 54 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
58 ( 75 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
59 ( 47 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
60 ( 60 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Whispers
64 ( 42 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
65 ( 43 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
66 ( NEW ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
67 ( 51 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
68 ( 73 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
69 ( 69 ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 64 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness

http://youtube.com/v/H2Gwr-VrNFM

71 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
72 ( NEW ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
73 ( 53 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
74 ( NEW ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

http://youtube.com/v/5eAQa4MOGkE

TV 5th-11th July
1 Wimbledon Final
2 Soap
3 Mork and Mindy
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Happy Days
7 Buona Sera Mrs Campbell: film
8 The Banana Splits
9 Are You Being Served
10 Dallas

In the real world I had the delight of standing in line at the Unemployment Office for 2 and a half hours to “sign on” as we used to say, and granddad came round to do some DIY. Grandma and Grandad were moving into their new council house in Mansfield, from Clipstone, which was the end of an era for me – they had only ever lived in the school caretakers house in Clipstone, and all the immediate family in Mansfield were round to help move in and with painting, wallpapering etc. This was followed by granddad getting the news his sister had cancer and 6 months to live, not a good start to a new house.

We also badgered mum into giving in and getting our first state-of-the-art £299 videorecorder (well, dad did at any rate). Tapes £20 for 2 hours!

Rest of the week painting walls and doors at home, as a prelude to the movie of the year, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “A treat! I didn’t guess Darth Vader’s secret and the muppet wasn’t so bad” (as expected, that’ll be Yoda then) “MUCH better than I’d anticipated: not the uniformity of plot-ending of Star Wars, and humour less apparent, therefore not as impressive. BUT effects were brilliant as before plus much originality and the characters weren’t two-dimensional this time” I opined, it was more a series of adventures and chase than an actual plot until half-way through, and I got pissed off at having to wait 3 years for the cliff-hangar resolution, that was a long time!

My top 8 sci-fi movies of all time after viewing?

Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Star Trek
Star Wars
Alien
The Empire Strikes Back
Superman
Planet Of The Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey

That order is substantially different these days and Star Trek, Superman have dropped out of my top 100 entirely, 2001 is classic but not a fave.

22nd July 1980

3 weeks for Xanadu on top but with Abba’s brilliant, adult and sophisticated new ballad in at 2, it looks like The Winner Takes It All imminently. It signalled a new maturity after a pop disco phase, and critically as well as commercially Abba were getting appreciated. About time. Saxon at 3 give metal a boost, while at the lower end Whitesnake and Hawkwind join in. Dexy’s Midnight Runners shoot up 39 places to 7, for 3 out of 3 great singles, and are joined in the top 10 by classic Kate and brilliant Bob.

Change, New Musik, Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols all go top 20 but it’s The Undertones with a Wednesday Week rush to 19 who stand out with one of their best singles. Greedy ELO meanwhile get yet another Xanadu track All Over The World newly in, and while it’s not startlingly different from previous singles it ticks the pleasure box for me and drops in at 27. Diana Ross is back with a Chic-bang at 31, Upside Down in one fell swoop is her best single in 4 years, and by a long way. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards effectively finished being pop stars with Chic, and moved over to writing and producing for bigger stars. Hey presto 35 years on and Nile Rodgers is quite rightly revered. Diana has a dozen years of chart activity, a chart veteran.

In at 30, another new single from The Beach Boys, Santa Ana Winds, pleasant enough, The Whispers go top 40 with My Girl, as Johnny Bristol enters with My Girl 6 years on since his last entry Hang On In There Baby – and it’s a mash-up with My Guy, and Amii Stewart continuing her cover version career. Both songs were conveniently written by Smokey Robinson, as was More Love nestling beautifully at 48 for Kim Carnes. The Gibson Brothers grab a 4th top 40 with Mariana at 40, keeping those fab latin rhythms going strong.

At 51, it’s a remarkable debut for model legend Grace Jones, who oozes style and attitude throughout her career, starting with a Sly & Robbie-produced cover of Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders song Private Life. Slowed-down, half-spoken half-sung, sexy and throbbing, Chrissie gave it the compliment that Grace made it sound like she imagined it would sound. At 69, debuting with a new lead singer (John Foxx having been and gone) in the shape of Midge Ure, then of Slik and Rich Kids fame, it’s Ultravox and Sleepwalking joining the synthpop party, having been early pioneers of it. That leaves The Mo-Dettes covering the Rolling Stones Paint It Black at 70, as the Stones own Emotional Rescue is somewhat higher at 18.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( NEW ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 6 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
4 ( 5 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
5 ( 2 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
6 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
7 ( 46 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 17 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
9 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 4 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

http://youtube.com/v/3ZwWnXuB_eg

11 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 8 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
13 ( 15 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
14 ( 9 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
15 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
16 ( 26 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
17 ( 10 ) CRYING Don McLean
18 ( 29 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
19 ( 41 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
20 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols

http://youtube.com/v/9iw_BE_X9sA

21 ( 11 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 16 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
24 ( 19 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
25 ( 13 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
26 ( 39 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
27 ( NEW ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
28 ( 34 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
30 ( NEW ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/wh3i3vWgPyk

31 ( NEW ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
32 ( 22 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
33 ( 20 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
34 ( 14 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
35 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 25 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
37 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 63 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
39 ( 71 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
40 ( NEW ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers

http://youtube.com/v/4GtyMeEcPPE

41 ( 36 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
42 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
43 ( 27 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
44 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
45 ( 31 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
46 ( 40 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
47 ( 51 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
48 ( 50 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
49 ( 30 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
50 ( 28 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager

http://youtube.com/v/yvLn_qC7QAs

51 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 48 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
53 ( 38 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
54 ( 74 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
55 ( 66 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
56 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
57 ( 75 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
58 ( 47 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
59 ( 68 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
60 ( 53 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( 57 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
64 ( 72 ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
65 ( 55 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
66 ( 42 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
67 ( 58 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 43 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
69 ( NEW ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
70 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes

71 ( NEW ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
72 ( 49 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
73 ( NEW ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( NEW ) SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT Hawkwind
75 ( 54 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

TV 12th – 18th July
1 Rhoda
2 Soap
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Taxi
5 The Outer Limits
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 Ancient Astronauts
9 Hong Kong Beat
10 Space 1999
11 The Pink Panther
12 Happy Days
13 Superstar Profile: Roger Moore
14 Dallas
15 What’s On Wogan

At home, I got rid of some old clothes, which saddened me actually, as it was my teen life going in the bin. Mum found out she had to go into hospital yet again, which was worrying, though I was more happy to be able to give them half my new UB40 £20 a week, and have a bit left over for some new clothes (brown cords trousers). Did my first job application: the CHAD local newspaper (Artist/Visualiser): my expectations would eventually drift downwards and more realistically. My new chart was done on Friday 18th (but is still dated 22nd July as at that time it was still the week-ending date before the new chart was announced on Tuesdays). I think the day I did my chart varied more from here on, but tended to be after Top Of The Pops broadcasts so it could be up-to-date.

 


29th July 1980

Abba get their 14th consecutive number one, and 15th in total, with the sublime The Winner Takes It All, heartbreak perfection. Only The Beatles could claim to be bigger – depending on whether you include a separate Beatles chart in 1976 as bonafide. I sorta do cos most of their career was pre-my-chart and singles and album tracks would have been just as chart-topper-y as Abba’s, who would have had considerably more chart-toppers had I allowed album tracks such as Eagle, Tiger, If It Wasn’t For The Nights and Hole In Your Soul to chart. Diana Ross meanwhile leaps upside to 3, her highest charting since 1976, and highest-charting new material since 1972. Kate Bush gets a 4th top 5, ELO keep the run of top 10 singles running to 5 years, and Change go top 10 too.

Gibson Brothers go top 20, Beach Boys blow up to 20, and Hall & Oates get a first top 20 entry four years on from the brilliant She’s Gone with Running From Paradise, up 39 places after pottering about a bit. Billy Joel adds another top 40 to his list, but it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to me, as The Gap Band turn sitting in a line on the floor into a rowing fad with Oops Upside Your Head entering at 28. Hot Choc hit the 40, Black Sabbath get a 3rd top 40 hit with Neon Knights, a decade since Paranoid premiered, and Grace Jones makes the 40 with her Private Life. Sheena easton debuts, a reality TV star, wholesome and shrill and Scottish, with a not-Dolly-Parton 9 To 5 song which went on to top the charts in the USA under it’s alternate title (in brackets here). Dolly is more famous these days, and Sheena shocked when she moved to the States and went all raunchy in the mid-80’s, but for now we had to make do with a fairly dated bland pop ditty.

Kim Carnes and Gene Chandler finally make the 40 with 2 minor gems that should have been bigger gems, and Racey return with a less chirpy pop song Rest Of Your Life at 47, it wasn’t bad, while a funk classic aiming for Jamaica is in at 54 for Tom Browne. Not the BBC singles UK Radio Chart rundown DJ Tom Browne, though. Pity! Bodysnatchers are back looking for an Easy Life, Roxy Music quip “Oh Yeah”? as they hit a new laid-back low (for me) at 63, and quirky Piranhas debut with 50’s cover, all cockernee-stylee, Tom Hark. Chirpy and catchy. Jacko gets his 5th single off Off The Wall, and it’s mate and future estranged-mate Macca’s song, Girlfriend, in at 66. Not a finest moment for either party, but pleasant enough. Finally, John Foxx joins his ex-bandmates Ultravox, in a Burning Car at 71.

http://youtube.com/v/92cwKCU8Z5c

1 ( 2 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 31 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
4 ( 8 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 7 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
6 ( 27 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
7 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 3 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
9 ( 15 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
10 ( 4 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

http://youtube.com/v/Qqk_6hzbVx4

11 ( 5 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
12 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
13 ( 16 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
14 ( 6 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 40 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 18 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
17 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
18 ( 19 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
19 ( 58 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
20 ( 30 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/4CPZa21DFA8

21 ( 12 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
22 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
23 ( 57 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
24 ( 13 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
25 ( 28 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
26 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
27 ( 17 ) CRYING Don McLean
28 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
29 ( 55 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 23 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

31 ( 11 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
32 ( 14 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
33 ( NEW ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
34 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
35 ( 51 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
36 ( NEW ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
37 ( 38 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 25 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
39 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
40 ( 54 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler

http://youtube.com/v/2xwL-7fKKUE

41 ( 32 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
42 ( 24 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
43 ( 36 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
44 ( 33 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
45 ( 29 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
46 ( 69 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
47 ( NEW ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
48 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
49 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
50 ( 41 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc

http://youtube.com/v/ukCHU5n8Sbg

51 ( 44 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
52 ( 43 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
53 ( 34 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
54 ( NEW ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
55 ( 52 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 20 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
57 ( 45 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
58 ( 59 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
59 ( 46 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
60 ( NEW ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers

61 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
64 ( NEW ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
65 ( 53 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
66 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 71 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
69 ( 60 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 56 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing

71 ( NEW ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
72 ( 70 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes
73 ( 73 ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( 63 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
75 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis

TV 19th-25th July
1 Fawlty Towers
2 Olympics 1980
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Q9
6 Horizon: The Bermuda Triangle
7 Porridge
8 Moviola: Garbo & Gilbert
9 The Good Life
10 Moviola: Scarlett O’Hara
11 Moviola: Marilyn Monroe
12 Space: 1999
13 What’s On Wogan
14 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
15 Fantasy Island

That leaves TV chat – mostly 70’s sitcoms, as it happens, plus the 1980 Olympics, a batch of Hollywood Golden Age greats on Moviola TV Biog miniseries, and also a bit of Spike Milligan. In my life, dad bought me a jacket in Nottingham, I bought myself some Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (even though I couldnt afford them, I had to have them), and mum’s cousin Pauline was out of hospital OK, though family life was tense and terse as mum waited anxiously to go into hospital herself. Various relations came round to visit during the week until mum went in on Sunday, anxious about her operation. To say the least, and so was I.

In the Olympics Duncan Goodhew won gold in the swimming, Ovett vs Coe, Alan Wells, Daley Thompson, loads of UK athletes doing the biz; Peter Sellers died far too young in shock news, I wrote: “A blow, too young, top of career etc. A damn funny man – it’s never fair. No wonder older people are cynical.” As indeed I am now. ON TV show Fantasy Island guest star was Marcia Wallace, of Bob Newhart Show USA fame, who I’d watched live on The Match Game in LA a year earlier – and I had no-one to tell! No-one had heard of her, or cared. I liked her, and she eventually gained TV immortality as Mrs Krabappel in the Simpsons. So now I can tell someone.

My 1975 Charts – July


1st July 1975

The hot summer continues with Captain And Tenille’s irresistibly bouncy version of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together on top, and presiding over a chart packed with cover versions and oldies. To be fair, apart from disco and soul, and the tail-end of glam, there wasn’t a majorly exciting new music scene and I was quite happy to start filling-in with oldies. There are 18 reissues and 6 cover versions, which is half the chart give or take! The highest new entry is one of those classic oldies, as The Shangri-Las get reissued yet again and return at 5 three years after topping my chart on it’s last comeback. This time it wasn’t a UK hit again – until 1976 when a rival reissue also came out and they were combined for chart sales purposes and a third UK hit for the girls. The motorbike death song is still classic.

Syreeta gets a 3rd top 10 in a row, as ex-hubbie’s Stevie Wonder’s Harmour Love gives her a break again. You can clearly hear his vocals on the chorus, enough for a “featuring” credit these days. 1972 obscure classic (I absolutely adore this record these days) Break also breaks – into the 10 for Aphrodite’s Child, as the highest actual new record enters at 11 for T.Rex, Marc Bolan’s biggest hit for 2 years with New York City and a return to my lapsed affections, though his album track Venus Loon should have been a single in 1974 as it was better and more commercial than the previous single or 2. At 12 and 13 it’s a double A side single reissue split for my chart purposes, the Simon & Garfunkel cover at 13 (Feelin’ Groovy) and my preferred Anything Goes at 12 – the 1934 Cole Porter musical had already brought a top 10 cover for Gary Shearston in 1974 (I Get A Kick Out Of You), but this racy-for-the-30’s song actually predated that in my affections since the late 60’s, and it’s flower-power beat-group harmony updating.

Even older than those, Telstar from The Tornadoes was so well-known to me (we had the single from 1966 onwards and I played it to death) to the point that by 1975 it had lost some of it’s shine and only enters at 16, but oh what a classic it is, Joe Meek’s ground-breaking 1962 instrumental was out-of-this-world in sound, so futuristic sounding as all of these odd electronic sounds came out of nowhere and soonly inhabited the world of Doctor Who on TV. It sounds like nothing else, then or now, though Saint Etienne had a fab Telstar-inspired go on You’re In A Bad Way. It would, needless to say, have topped my hypothetical chart for a long run in the 60’s. In at eighteen with a bullet, I obviously was having a larf with Pete Wingfield’s amusing record industry pastiche, which also broke in the States, and in one week actually WAS eighteen with a bullet on the charts to my amusement.

Sister Sledge and Frankie Valli both go top 20, David Essex keeps his top 30 run going with new entry Rolling Stone, though his weakest single to date at 27, while early 60’s classic Sealed With A Kiss is a reissued hit for Bryan Hyland at 28. A great ballad, but not actually one I knew that well during the 60’s, it was revived after doing well in a Radio 1 Top 100 Listeners Fave chart in 1974, but the Hyland song that I was obssessed with in the early 60’s was Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, one of my first ever pop single loves as a nipper. At 33 it’s a fabby disco-soul track the romping High Wire from Linda Carr & The Love Squad, still sounding great to my ears, even if she never had another glorious moment in the pop sun, in her native USA or the UK. Bryan Ferry returns with yet another solo oldies cover, this time a 1938 song known as a Billie Holliday recording, in at 40 but not one of my fave Ferry tracks. Unlike the Linda Lewis scorchingly fast BPM disco track cover of It’s In His Kiss, another 60’s oldie (Betty Everett) I didn’t know at the time. Linda really shows off her range in this definitive cover version of what is better known as The Shoop Shoop Song, still the most exciting version. I was sad to see Linda not getting singer-songwriter success by this time, but this was a great compensation. Cher’s karaoke version, I’m sorry, is plodding in comparison. Love Cher and all that, but….

At 42, another cover version, this time of a Blue Mink flop from 1974 called Get Up, given the Silvia Robinson All-Platinum Records funk treatment and a more catchy title – 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle) – sees the dubiously named Rimshots in my chart where Blue Mink had missed out from lack of radio play (though I did buy the original single in the bargain bins before I even knew it was the same song, because it was Blue Mink). At 46 Olivia’s back before her pop mag freebie flexi track had departed my chart (Follow Me wasn’t as good either as Please Mr Please) and that’s a long bit of chart chat done phew!

http://youtube.com/v/_QNEf9oGw8o

1 ( 7 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
4 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
5 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 3 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 18 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
9 ( 13 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
10 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites

http://youtube.com/v/8yQvi9LWntw

11 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
13 ( NEW ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
14 ( 23 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
15 ( 27 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( NEW ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
17 ( 14 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
18 ( NEW ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
19 ( 8 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
20 ( 22 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno

http://youtube.com/v/sDyWhgWj7Pc

21 ( 12 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
22 ( 11 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
23 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
24 ( 15 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
25 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
26 ( 17 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
27 ( NEW ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
28 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Bryan Hyland
29 ( 9 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
30 ( RE ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/BxpZ5rOMH4U

31 ( 20 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
32 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( NEW ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
34 ( 40 ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees
35 ( 28 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
36 ( 25 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
37 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( 29 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
39 ( 26 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
40 ( NEW ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry

http://youtube.com/v/PVM8Ongdu10

41 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
42 ( NEW ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
43 ( 31 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 32 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
45 ( 33 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
46 ( NEW ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
48 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
49 ( 38 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
50 ( 42 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/qjoRu-r8WiM

Talking of bargain bins, my fave place in Gloucester to get hold of flop records a year or two after flopping for 5p or 10p (well within my limited budget based on babysitting for RAF families for 50p or £1 a night at weekends) was an old-fashioned music-shop off the beaten track on Southgate Street (where actual instruments or TV’s and the like were bought). It had a side-line in non-chart albums and singles – these were catered for quite heavily in those days by HMV, Boots, WHSmiths, Woolworths, not to mention an independent small store in the shopping mall, and a market stall to boot, among others – so it was a bit of a treat to get hold of more obscure stuff from 1974/5. Long-gone decades ago now of course, I note the new (to me) pedestrianised area there still looks like the premises are vacant on google map…shame!

8th July 1975

Back on top for a second week at 1, Ray Stevens is still Misty and outdoes The Streak’s one week on top, but not 1970’s Everything Is Beautiful. Harpers Bizarre take Anything Goes into the top 10, and T.Rex also return to the upper reaches (hooray!). Brian Hyland leaps to 11 with an oldie (yet newie for me) as Sealed With A Kiss gives me new 60’s heart-throb nostalgia sounds. Highest new entry at 17 is novelty record Barbados by Typically Tropical, which went all the way to 1 on the UK singles chart. It was amusing for a couple of weeks and then started to grate, and these days it’s a definite no-no as the singer is most certainly not from Barbados.

From nowhere, and 5 years late, Brotherhood Of Man get a follow-up hit (it was big in Europe, and probably got spins on Radio Luxembourg) and this wasn’t the 1970 United We Stand line-up, this was the Save Your Kisses For Me 1976 vintage line-up (which is still amazingly sporadically touring together), with only Tony Hiller writer/producer the ongoing link. Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby is a bit of cheerful fluff and I still like it a lot more than some of their big hits! In at 30, The Sweet follow-up a great self-penned single with another one, the fab Action, as later covered by Def Leppard, and so good it could have been written by Chinn-Chapman. The boys obviously were paying attention while they turned down tracks that Mud ended up grabbing, and with an eye on the bigger picture.

At 38, US hit Wildfire for Michael Murphey, all about a horse, not a Legion Of Super-Heroes member (sadly), gallops slowly in, while Wigans Ovation follow-up the Skiing In The Snow, at 39, and Per-So-Nal-Ly I rather liked it. At 40 David Cassidy returns after a short break and a new record label (RCA), and a rather famous song. I Write The Songs was written by Bruce Johnstone, sometime Beach Boy, and recorded by Captain & Tenille for their Love Will Keep Us Together album. David beat them to the single hit though – at least in the UK where Darlin’ David was still popular: I’ll be honest, this is still the only version I can tolerate, David had such an idiosyncratic vocal style that he convinces lyrically where other versions sound like mush. Yes, I’m especially pointing the finger at USA singles chart-topper Barry Manilow who took all emotion out of the song, created OTT blandness and had a huge hit where David coulda woulda shoulda. Sorry, Manilow fans, Bazza just couldn’t emote like ol’ Dave. Just like Mandy/Brandy, then. Lastly, in at 47, Elton goes all introverted and serious, a very dark choice of single that didn’t really do the usual business, though in retrospect it’s pretty damn fine – Someone Saved My Life Tonight says it all on the tin.

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 1 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 5 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
5 ( 4 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 12 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
10 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex

http://youtube.com/v/XLx5Vz9lMEc

11 ( 28 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 13 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
14 ( 18 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
15 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( 14 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
17 ( NEW ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
18 ( 9 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
19 ( 16 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
20 ( 42 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots

http://youtube.com/v/pxD3Mbp50YY

21 ( NEW ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
22 ( 17 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
23 ( 30 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 33 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
25 ( 41 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
26 ( 27 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
27 ( 26 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
28 ( 40 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
29 ( 19 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
30 ( NEW ) ACTION The Sweet

http://youtube.com/v/4D3_U_Gx2pc

31 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
32 ( 24 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
33 ( 21 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
34 ( 23 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
35 ( 22 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
36 ( 29 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
37 ( 37 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
39 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( NEW ) I WRITE THE SONGS David Cassidy

http://youtube.com/v/TplnzCcVavE

41 ( 38 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
42 ( 45 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
43 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 36 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 32 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
46 ( 46 ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( NEW ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
48 ( 39 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
49 ( 44 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

In film, Jaws was wowing the USA, turning Stephen Speilberg into a sensation, and sharks into a big baddy, in the UK – it wasn’t. Yes, in those days the UK really was the poor relation. We had to suffer months of hype before it was finally released just before christmas. I am SO happy that is a thing of the past in these internet days, cos it just REALLY pissed me off having to wait for things (and still does, when UK release dates are held-back for downloading music I purposely don’t download them when they finally get released. When it’s on-air on-sale I buy it immediately if it sounds good). Pastiches were in Mad magazine, DC Comics had Superman shark-inspired tales, and rubber sharks were everywhere – and still I waited. And waited. And waited. It was worth it though, a fantastic film and an early christmas present. I didn’t go and pay to see any of the cash-in sequels though, my tolerance and patience only goes so far….

15th July 1975

3 weeks for Ray Stevens at 1, T.Rex get their first top 5 in 2 years, Typically Tropical shockingly go top 5 too with Barbados – shocking to hear the “Captain” of a passenger plane allowing smoking. Times really have changed, these days you choke on recycled air instead. Fort a 4th week, The Bee Gees big comeback record stalls at 6, will Jive Talking ever go top 5? The Sweet get a second consecutive top 10, as they spring into Action, and Linda Lewis disco’s to 10 with a future Cher UK chart-topper. In at 17, Gloria Gaynor gets a 3rd top 20 chart entry following up 2 number one’s with the decent All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’, this time not a disco cover version, but still the highest new entry.

Roy Orbison does a Harper’s Bizarre, and gets 2 new entries from a double-A sided reissued hit, at 21 it’s the childhood major fave woulda-been chart-topper Oh Pretty Woman, and at 22, the torch ballad It’s Over which is one my parents loved (by this time we had his Greatest Hits album) and one which I have come to worship with the passing of the years. There is no way Oh Pretty Woman would have failed to top my charts in 1964, aged 6, so may as well say it’s a comeback to my charts rather than a debut. Roy Orbison, of course, has a perfect voice, and was a brilliant songwriter to boot, no male singer could deliver tortured lost love songs quite like Roy, and even if his career had fallen off the radar in the disco and glam era, he was still loved. It’s Over is genius and would eventually top my charts in later decades.

Bimbo Jet, in at 30, were a French eurosynthdisco act who brought the largely instrumental holiday hit El Bimbo chart action in Europe and the UK, as latin-flavoured as it sounds. It’s still very catchy, and fun, in a good way. Used in The Police Academy films apparently – not that I recall it! Finally, Chris Spedding is in at 48 with the great Motor Bikin’ a glam rock ‘n’ roll revival-sound that wouldn’t have sounded too out of place in the punk era, sounds like The Clash were “influenced” by it to my ears anyway. Chris never quite made it, very sadly, as a solo star, apart from this one hit single, but he was highly regarded in the music biz, and appeared on hit singles and albums for numerous other acts: Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading (Me Myself I), Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds, Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Art Garfunkel, not to mention producer of The Sex Pistols first demo’s. As if all that wasn’t enough he was also a member of The Wombles, on Top Of The Pops, on tour, on record, so in a way this was just a spin-off project!

1 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 10 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
5 ( 17 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 30 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 4 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
10 ( 25 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/5ALD-rI8Q08

11 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
14 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
15 ( 13 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
16 ( 20 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
19 ( 21 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( 24 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad

http://youtube.com/v/nU-USRdFeL4

21 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
22 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
23 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
25 ( 38 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
26 ( 14 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
27 ( 28 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
28 ( 22 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
29 ( 27 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
30 ( NEW ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/8x2tG4X0cdc

31 ( 26 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 16 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
33 ( 18 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
34 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
35 ( 32 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
36 ( 47 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
37 ( 19 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
38 ( 34 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
39 ( 33 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

http://youtube.com/v/QVdG09fQ8Ek

41 ( RE ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
42 ( 36 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 29 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
44 ( 42 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
46 ( 39 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
47 ( RE ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
48 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
49 ( RE ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/7Juz4W9yEYA


On TV, there was a mass-offending paedophile sat in an armchair every Saturday evening, smoking cigars, and trying to fix kids dreams and wishes as a sideshow to his preferred activities, and on the same night a future campaigner on child protection on That’s Life (Hi Esther), so I suppose you could argue the BBC were being even-handed if nothing else. On import the final season of the great Alias Smith And Jones, the brilliant Star Trek, the eternal Bilko (Phil Silvers Show), Top Of The Pops, and The Old Grey Whistle Test were all must-watch for me. On the news Apollo unexpectedly blasted-off for a final time, to take Deke Slayton, Tom Stafford and Vance Brand to a Soviet Soyuz meeting-in-space. As first dates go, it was quite pricey, but it set a trend to this day now that the USA has no manned blast-off’s to space any more and it’s reliant on Russia entirely to get to the Space Station. So, from Communism problems ahead getting in the way, to opening up a joint approach, and of late a frosty relationship that neither can afford to leave, as the costs would be a tad high. Obviously it was a political stunt, rather than anything of import, and money wasted that could have been better spent on actual space science, but hey ho.

There was also The Detectives: actually more of a case of the BBC not committing to regular weekly broadcasts of US cop or private eye shows, so running them less frequently under the header instead. This week Harry O, David Janssen was terrific in this series, second only to The Rockford Files in traditional 70’s cop shows (till Hill Street Blues debuted and changed everything, the format, the style, the quality). No idea what was on ITV (as I watched it much less frequently), other than Man About The House and Rising Damp, and later on in September the debut of Space 1999, Gerry Anderson’s follow-up live action series to the fab UFO with Mission:Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (and ma & pa of Buffy’s Drusilla) which promised much but never really got over the silly premise – the moon gets knocked out of orbit and flies off into the universe, with Moonbase Alpha meeting aliens and other worlds on it’s impossible faster-than-light-speed journey across the galaxy, yet somehow slowing down to a crawl to have some adventures on a regular basis. More importantly, it forced me to choose between watching Doctor Who, or the new series – it was a ratings battle in some UK regions only, and one which Doctor Who won rather conclusively.

22nd July 1975

It’s a Beach Boys summer classic in at 1 for me – Summer of ’69 totally, and one I was mad on then, yet which bizarrely was just a minor American hit despite going top 10 in the UK. Co-written by Brian Wilson and his dad Murray, Break Away most likely flopped due to Capitol Records having the hump as the Boys were leaving the label fed up with American lack of label support for their releases. As it’s a gorgeous melody, great harmonies, and the final Brian Wilson production for some years, that it was a big European hit seems to suggest they were right about Capitol Records. Anyways, hit my 2 in 1969, and 6 years on gives the boys their first chart-topper (I’d already been given the single by friends of my parents, Pete & Jill), and quite right too as The Beach Boys should have had chart-toppers in my pre-chart days.

The Bee Gees join the top 5 ranks, their 8th including Robin’s solo hits (or 6th without), Brian Hyland takes the 1962 oldie into the top 10 too, and highest entry at 9 is yet another 60’s song – this time the Four Seasons Sherry is covered by Adrian Baker, future part-time touring Beach Boy and Four Seasons member (yes ACTUAL original bands). In between he produced Liquid Gold and had hits as Gidea Park with medleys of…yes, Beach Boys and Four Seasons songs. Can’t fault his taste in music, and the falsetto abilities helped the lads on tour no end. Sherry’s not bad, and already at least the 5th Four Seasons cover to go UK top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, where the originals under-performed. The ongoing musical and film success of the boys songs and life story goes some way to making amends. Now, if only The Beach Boys would do the same, their life story is even MORE fraught than mere gangsters and debts, and the songbook is even better. Not likely while the life-story squabbles still go on, though, so it’ll be down to the last man standing…

In at 15, it’s veteran Scot rocker Alex Harvey finally getting his chart breakthrough with a live cover version of (yet again) a 60’s classic, this time Tom Jones UK chart-topper from 1968 – also predating my chart, and also woulda given The Voice a number one in my chart, cos the original is fabulous. This rocky version is slowed-down, quirky, playful and quite different – and also fabulous. In at 24 it’s an actual new song, Sparks get a 5th chart hit in a row with Get In The Swing, another playful post-glam track. In at 27, another oldie, the late Jim Croce (2 years dead by then) had a string of American hits, none of them UK hits, but most of them chart hits for me, starting with Bad Bad Leroy Brown in 1972, and the biggest (and future number one following Guardians Of The Galaxy) Time In A Bottle in 1974, but I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song never charted till now. It’s still sweet-sad. Another big US star was Aussie Helen Reddy, and she also under-performed in the UK, but she’s on her 3rd of the year with Bluebird entering at 30, having had Angie Baby at on already.

In at 41, it’s a massive disco funk classic from K.C. and The Sunshine Band, as That’s The Way (I Like It) makes it 4 out of 4, including 2 number ones in my chart. K.C. never had the same level of success in the UK as the USA, except before they broke, and after they’d had the run of 70’s hits, bizarrely. With this exception. The single is rightly recognised as a major dance anthem 40 years on, even though it took quite a while to chart in the UK it did eventually go top 5, and has been covered loads over the years. The original is perfect though, and my love for KC over-rid the crappy music journalists sniffy attitude of the time, I was most put-out when the History Of Rock series in the 80’s failed to even mention KC never mind give him the credit he deserved, being somewhat regarded as disposable and unworthy, because he was white most likely in part, and being guilty of disco love in part. Phew! Finally, at 46, Susan Cadogan brings some nice reggae back, Love Me Baby following-up the much better Hurts So Good.

http://youtube.com/v/nu1TOLObGK8

1 ( NEW ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
4 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
5 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
6 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
7 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( NEW ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/WqM4nfw6JuI

11 ( 4 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 5 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
14 ( 17 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( NEW ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
16 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( 19 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
18 ( 21 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
20 ( 14 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth

http://youtube.com/v/3C5LngDvkLY

21 ( 9 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
22 ( 20 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
23 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
24 ( NEW ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
25 ( 22 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
26 ( 15 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( NEW ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 24 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
29 ( 46 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
30 ( NEW ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy

http://youtube.com/v/EN1nMpmC0n4

31 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 28 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
33 ( 29 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 25 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
35 ( 32 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
36 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 30 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
38 ( 26 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
39 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
40 ( 35 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/83I9El6C47A

41 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
42 ( 42 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 33 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 41 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
45 ( 36 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) LOVE ME BABY Susan Cadogan
47 ( 37 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
48 ( 38 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 39 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

29th July 1975

It’s yet again another oldie in at 1 as the Summer Of ’69 nostalgia continues with the first record I tried to buy hits number one for the second time, and for the 6th week in total, it’s the awesome In The Year 2525 from Zager And Evans. Such a great futuristic folk track, if a very dim view of the future of Man. Some of the predictions are already here, gulp! Up to 5 it’s Delilah, as covered by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, giving an entire top 6 of oldies or cover versions. Happily up 30 to 11 it’s KC’s latest classic cos that’s the way I like it, and just to prove he had so many songs he could afford to give them away and produce them to boot, in comes George McCrae with his 4th KC hit at 24. It’s Been So Long. Well, actually just a few weeks since he last dropped out of my charts, but this was very much his second best hit after Rock Your Baby hit my top spot.

Linda Carr and David Essex hit the top 20, and in at 37 it’s another oldie, from 1972, and the non-UK-hit debut of Steely Dan, finally getting a chart breakthrough after some near misses with their greatest record, the laid-back smooth west coast jazzrock of Do It Again. Steely Dan and Walter Becker solo very much stuck to this template for their entire career, give or take more or less jazzy versions, but oh my word it’s classy and impeccably produced. Love it. At 38, 53rd and 3rd with a cover of Daddy Dewdrop’s USA hit Chick A Boom. Jonathan King has claimed it’s not a pseudonym for another of his numerous novelty hit records. It sounds like him, and naming a supposed boyband after a gay cruising area in New York City doesn’t convince me otherwise…! In at 45, Rupert Fisher with a cover of Our Day Will Come, a great song, and a version I haven’t heard in 40 years by someone who doesn’t appear much on the net – except to say it was on RSO, home of the Bee Gees, so it was probably a soul MOR version. Maybe! In at 46, Smokey, the latest Chinn-Chapman band, glam was dead, Sweet and Mud had left the fold, and it was straight over to country-rock-flavoured ballads for If You Think You Know How To Love Me, with a tad Rod Stewart vocals from Chris Norman going on.

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1 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 1 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
4 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
5 ( 15 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
7 ( 4 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 9 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 5 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

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11 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 7 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
13 ( 22 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
14 ( 14 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( 6 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
17 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
18 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
20 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex

21 ( 24 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
22 ( 17 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
23 ( 19 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
25 ( 20 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
26 ( 26 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( 27 ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 30 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
29 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
30 ( 37 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

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31 ( 21 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
32 ( 23 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
33 ( 33 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 32 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
35 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
36 ( 35 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
37 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
38 ( NEW ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
39 ( 29 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 40 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

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41 ( 28 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
42 ( 25 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
43 ( 36 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
44 ( 34 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
45 ( NEW ) OUR DAY WILL COME Rupert Fisher
46 ( NEW ) IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME Smokey
47 ( 38 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
48 ( 48 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 49 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 50 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds


So what was I doing in July? Exams were done, the weather was scorching and sunny, so that meant all change, as my days in the 6th form came to a sad end. Unlike the previous school years from 1972/73 and to an extent 74, I was really sad for it to end, I actually enjoyed being at school. Now it was decision time (again) as dad had heard he was being posted back to RAF Swinderby for the 3rd time, and we were beginning a process to get some house-squatting rent-dodging tenants (grandma lived in Liverpool renting with her man and being soft-hearted let some gitty family live in her house for either low rent or no rent, at which point they decided to try and claim the house for themselves. To get over this she signed it over to mum and dad with a view to moving to Mansfield to live in the house we were born in (that’s me, my brother, and mum) when dad left the RAF in 1980. That meant my schooling was yet again buggered up, and with A levels preferable to finding a job that meant I was to be packed up to go to Mansfield in September rather than start back then move again. Basically, my education was a constant mess, constantly changing schools, and having no ongoing mates to grow up with. It was even worse for my brother, who more or less gave up on education from this point onward. For now, though, lazy hazy days of summer, reading DC comics, playing music, playing tennis with Peter Palmer and Ian Galloway (who was applying for the RAF), watching TV and just hanging out basically. I didn’t want to leave Gloucester, to be honest.