MY March 1986 Charts

4th March 1986

It’s a classic Hounds Of Love barking on top for Kate Bush, her 2nd chart-topper, and presiding over a frantic chart choc-a-bloc with goodies. Sigue Sigue Sputnik shoot it up to 2 from 26, all glammed up with synth riffs, and ELO call America at 4, 24 a 24-place climb for what is 14 years on from topping my chart with 10538 Overture, for around the 20th time making the top 5 – and the final time for 30 years, bar oldies. Billy Joel finally goes top 10 8 years late, Blow Monkeys climb to 13, and some great tracks are treading water due to the leapfrogging going on: Bangles, Mike + The Mechanics (it would top my chart in the 90’s) and many more.

Highest new entry is Culture Club, at 18, with the pleasant Move Away. Looked like they were here for the long haul…errr sadly not, relationships are complex, and substance abuse worse. Pet Shop Boys get the highest climber 59 to 20, and have two tracks in the 40 for the first time. Not for the last time though. Pretty much a regular thing actually for the next 35 years, and then some. At least I banned album tracks, largely, in those days, or else the lads, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and a few select others would dominate the charts Ed Sheeran style.

In at 24, the title song from the movie Absolute Beginners, David Bowie back on critical form, and the best thing about the movie. sadly Bowie also decided he’d had enough of being great, and it was at best just good until the mid-90’s an the Pet Shop Boys helped make him sound great again for a bit (hit singles-wise) after the Tin Machine career-killer. Whistle kept on buggin’ me – in at 39 with a very familiar riff, oh yes it’s the theme tune to 60’s surreal sitcom Green Acres. Not only one of the greatest TV themes of all time, but the greatest sitcom of the 60’s. Ask Matt Groening…

Grace Jones covers Roxy Music, Bryan Adams keeps the hits swiftly coming, The Stones are back covering Bob & Earl (not very well), and Shaky sneaks in with a song I have utterly forgotten. No idea.

1 ( 6 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 26 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 28 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
6 ( 9 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
7 ( 3 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
8 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 11 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
10 ( 2 ) ELOISE The Damned

11 ( 4 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
12 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
13 ( 23 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
14 ( 7 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 20 ) PAIN Betty Wright
16 ( 13 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
17 ( 10 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
18 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
19 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
20 ( 59 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 14 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
22 ( 15 ) RISE PIL
23 ( 16 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
24 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
25 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
26 ( 62 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
27 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
28 ( 17 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
30 ( 36 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston

31 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 22 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
33 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
34 ( 18 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
35 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 24 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
37 ( 32 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 25 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
39 ( NEW ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
40 ( 27 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

41 ( 21 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
42 ( 29 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
43 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
44 ( 57 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 51 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
47 ( 43 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
48 ( 44 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
49 ( 63 ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
50 ( 66 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 47 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
52 ( 34 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
53 ( 40 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
54 ( 39 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 37 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
57 ( 73 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
58 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
59 ( 42 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
60 ( NEW ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams

61 ( 75 ) MY CLEOPATRA The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 31 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
63 ( 68 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
66 ( 58 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
67 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
68 ( 70 ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard
69 ( 46 ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
70 ( NEW ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams

71 ( 48 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
72 ( RE ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
73 ( 41 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
74 ( 71 ) DRIVE The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens

4TH MARCH PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SOS Abba

11th March 1986

2 weeks on top for Kate Bush as Blow Monkeys go top 5, digging her scene, and Prince gets The Bangles a top 10 entry and a new entry for himself the same week – he deserves a classic Kiss! Whistle take the Green Acres TV theme into my top 10 (hey I’m a fan!), and the highest new entry is the Rock-in Me Amadeus from Austrian popstar Falco, mostly sung in German, which was something of an achievement in the UK charts. Still is. 1976, The Real Thing finally got a deserved belated UK chart-topper, and a decade on their run of hit singles had tapered off – until the 80’s disco remix mania brought them back, and onto the Radio One Roadshow in Bournemouth starring with….me! Yes I was on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, gaping like a fish, mouth open unable to answer the question “what’s the title of Genesis’ current album?” My mind went blank. “You can’t see me” said Mike helpfully as he touched my arm. “Invisible Touch” screamed the audience. Ah well, at least I won the quiz eventually, got a mug and sweatshirt and got to see The Real Thing backstage.

In at 32, and a gorgeous version of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart from The Mint Juleps. Saint Etienne eventually had a minor hit with same, but this may be the definitive. Stevie Wonder is overjoyed to have his last great single for 32 years enter my chart, while Love Is War is Brilliant, back again, and a year ahead of a UK hit Aussies Mental As Anything pop in at 59 living it up. Siouxsie follows up a chart-topper rather modestly, and The Housemartins debut with sheep. Luckily the Mint Juleps didn’t call themselves The Mint Sauce or it would frightened the little lambs away. A Fox bursts in at the bottom. Boom boom! No, not Basil Brush, the Page 3 pin-up using her attributes up front in a pop career.

1 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 4 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
5 ( 13 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
7 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
8 ( 11 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 7 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
10 ( 39 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle

11 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 6 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
13 ( 20 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 18 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 10 ) ELOISE The Damned
17 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
18 ( 25 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
19 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
20 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

21 ( 29 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
22 ( 9 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
23 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
24 ( 27 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
26 ( NEW ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
27 ( 30 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
28 ( 17 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
29 ( NEW ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
30 ( NEW ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

31 ( 16 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
32 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
34 ( 22 ) RISE PIL
35 ( 21 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
36 ( 58 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
37 ( 15 ) PAIN Betty Wright
38 ( 43 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
39 ( 23 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 37 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
43 ( 28 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
44 ( 46 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
47 ( 40 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
48 ( 38 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
49 ( 60 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 34 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
52 ( NEW ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
53 ( 47 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
54 ( 48 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 51 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
57 ( 64 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
58 ( NEW ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
60 ( 42 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

61 ( 41 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
62 ( 44 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
63 ( 63 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( 70 ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams
65 ( 52 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
66 ( 54 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
67 ( NEW ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 75 ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens
69 ( NEW ) SHEEP The Housemartins
70 ( 59 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren

71 ( 36 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
72 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
73 ( 66 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
75 ( 67 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 ROCK ON T.Rex
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

18th March 1986

It’s a first week on top for ELO’s 13th and final chart-topper (barring recharting oldies), as it all turns a bit summer of 76 disco with The Real Thing and Tavares side by side, and the Pet Shop Boys get a second top 10 – the days when they would have topped my chart not yet arrived (I certainly love it enough to have a chart-topper out of Love Comes Quickly).

A big leap for The Mint Juleps, and the highest new entry is a Comic Relief single of Cliff covering his 50’s topper for a bit of a laugh. Yes, back in those days he wasn’t regarded as a joke, he joined in with the fun, helped by The Young Ones, which gives ‘hippie” neil (aka actor Nigel Planer) a second top 20. Cliff extends his run to 18 years. Another actor, Aussie US soap star Rick Springfield, pops back to Celebrate Youth a few years after he’d wished he had Jessie’s Girl.

Stevie Nicks gets a second top 30 in a row, Belouis Some a follow-up, and Supertramp arrive like a Cannonball bringing their 11-year-run of entries to a close, give or take. Another 50’s song returns for Duane Eddy, assisting the Art Of Noise’s cover of his superior original, the TV show theme Peter Gunn. That leaves Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne to follow in her dad’s footsteps, and Suzanne Vega, in debuting, while Talk Talk, The Pogues and Dee C. Lee add to their runs and Tom Waits grumbles in at the rear end.

In the oldies scene, I’m still into my Bubblegum TV heroes, bringing a bit of 1970 Sunshine, and the same years’ Laura Nyro sweet gospel harmony cover from The Fifth Dimension – if ever a song needed covering and becoming a huge hit in the States it’s that one in 2018 – and also a bit of Rock with a message, Free’s best record Wishing Well, and boy oh boy do we need that message in 2018 as well.

1 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 5 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
4 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
6 ( 4 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
7 ( 30 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
8 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

11 ( 7 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
12 ( 26 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 32 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 9 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
15 ( 17 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
16 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 29 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
20 ( 42 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway

21 ( 10 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
22 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
23 ( 12 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
24 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
26 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
27 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
28 ( 16 ) ELOISE The Damned
29 ( NEW ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
30 ( 18 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( 20 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 59 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 25 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( 23 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
35 ( 44 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
36 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
37 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
38 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
39 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
40 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 21 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
42 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
43 ( 28 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
44 ( 35 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
45 ( 52 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
46 ( 41 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
48 ( 57 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 67 ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 27 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
52 ( 34 ) RISE PIL
53 ( 31 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
54 ( 74 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 53 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
57 ( 54 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
58 ( 47 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
59 ( 39 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
60 ( 37 ) PAIN Betty Wright

61 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
62 ( 46 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
63 ( 69 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
64 ( 43 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 48 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU DON’T WANT ME Roseanne Cash
67 ( 51 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
68 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John
69 ( NEW ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
70 ( 60 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

71 ( NEW ) LONDON GIRL The Pogues
72 ( NEW ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 73 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
75 ( NEW ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
3 WISHING WELL Free

25th March 1986

2 weeks on top for ELO as The Real Thing hit the top 3 for the first time, outdoing their original 1976 peak. Cliff & The Comics go top 5 outrageously leapfrogging the brilliant underrated Pet Shop Boys stuck at 9, and Falco enters the top 10, but the biggest news is the fabulous instant top 10 for highest new entry E=MC2, a haunting rhythmic raprock track from Big Audio Dynamite aka Mick Jones from The Clash & friends. I love the rhythm, the lyrics, the snippets from cult movies and the hook. It still sounds like nothing before or since.

Duane Eddy gets his first top 30 entry in 11 years, and Sam Cooke gets his chart debut with Wonderful World, the early 60’s minor UK chart hit much-covered at the time, and now used in a Jeans advert which sent it into overdrive chartwise 24 years late. As poor Sam had been very late for 20 years already, it was long overdue, though I would have preferred his greatest single (see my Playlist Oldies of the week).

Stevie Wonder is top 30, and in a case of “I couldve sworn I never ever liked that track” Sam Fox is at 29 proving my memory has been conveniently rewritten as I don’t rate it much at all these days. Howard Jones gets another top 40, and Queen debut with one of their great tracks from the very dark Highlander movie – quite a contrast to the joy of A Kind Of Magic, one of my mums favourite records. Viola Wills enters at 40 with one I don’t remember, some 7 years after one I do – her cover of Trini Lopez’ Gonna Get Along Without You Now.

Heart finally get a substantial chart entry years late, with the fab These Dreams, and George Michael has a second solo single with the still-heartbreakingly brilliant A Different Corner, understated, sincere and immensely moving, still his greatest creation for me. If anyone had doubts that he was a major talent up to this point, think again. Bryan Ferry keeps the tracks coming 13 years since his first solo, Atlantic Starr smooth in, Roger Daltrey also has 13 years of solo success, and The Style Council have another goodie in at 75. Which leaves Lick The Tins quirky clanky cover of the much-hit-covered Elvis chart-topper, as done last by The Stylistics in 1976.

1 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
3 ( 7 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
8 ( NEW ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
9 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

11 ( 10 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
12 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
13 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 5 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
15 ( 6 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
16 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( 26 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
18 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 20 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
20 ( 14 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

21 ( 29 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
22 ( 47 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
23 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
24 ( 11 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
25 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
26 ( 45 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
27 ( 15 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
28 ( 50 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( RE ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
30 ( 35 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra

31 ( 22 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 23 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
34 ( 37 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
35 ( 38 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 54 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
37 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
38 ( NEW ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
39 ( 28 ) ELOISE The Damned
40 ( NEW ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills

41 ( 21 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
43 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
44 ( 62 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart
46 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
47 ( 41 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
48 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
49 ( 46 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 75 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

51 ( 25 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
52 ( 33 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
53 ( 27 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 42 ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 36 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
57 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 57 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( 56 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
60 ( 44 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 43 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
62 ( NEW ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 58 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
65 ( 63 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
66 ( NEW ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
67 ( 34 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
68 ( 69 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
69 ( 61 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins

71 ( NEW ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
72 ( 72 ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 52 ) RISE PIL
74 ( 64 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
75 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council

Oldies
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
3 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke

 

 

My February 1986 Charts

4th February 1986

3 weeks on top for a-ha, as Eurythmics get their highest charting single since chart-topper There Must Be An Angel, and Diana Ross rockets Bee Gee style up 60 places to 9 with Chain Reaction, for an 18-year run of top 10’s. Madonna ticks off yet another top 10, Five Star get a first, and Russ Ballard has a big climb for Voices, his biggest solo hit and first top 20 as an artist since Argent’s God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You in 1973.

A big top 40 climb for The Costello Show, and Johnny Rotten is the highest new entry as Public Image Limited get an 8-year-span of hits, John Lydon gets 9 years. Madness cover Scritti Politti and are rewarded with an instant top 40 hit outdoing the previous single, their first top 40 failure in 7 years. Talking Heads get a fab follow-up, Arcadia keep the Duran spin-off ball rolling, and Ruby Turner arrives 2 decades ahead of her Jools Holland career with a Staple Singers cover of a 1974 US chart-topper and Popchartfreak top 30.

Simple Minds keep the hits coming, Leo Sayer covers a standard over a decade after The Righteous did the definitive version, and 4 years ahead of Ghost making that classic a reactivated UK chart-topper. Poor Leo, timing is everything. Leo is great live, catch him if you can, even if not a huge fan, well worth it. Early Madonna-producer Jellybean enters a year ahead of his chart breakthroughs, Survivor return with another Rocky song, 4 years later, and it’s not a patch on Tiger. Finally, The Bangles breakthrough with a Prince-song, and it’s quality time with Manic Monday.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 2 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
3 ( 5 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
5 ( 3 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 6 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
7 ( 11 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
8 ( 13 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( 69 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
10 ( 12 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

11 ( 27 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
12 ( 18 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
13 ( 24 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 30 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
15 ( 15 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
16 ( 22 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
17 ( 10 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
18 ( 7 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
19 ( 37 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
20 ( 26 ) ELOISE The Damned

21 ( 8 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
22 ( 9 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
23 ( 23 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
24 ( 16 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
25 ( 52 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
26 ( 40 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
27 ( 14 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
28 ( 19 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
29 ( 17 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
30 ( 36 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown

31 ( 21 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
32 ( 20 ) RUSSIANS Sting
33 ( 33 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
34 ( NEW ) RISE PIL
35 ( 25 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
36 ( 47 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
37 ( NEW ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
38 ( 38 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
39 ( 57 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
40 ( 60 ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri

41 ( 39 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( NEW ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
43 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE Arcadia
44 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
45 ( 44 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
46 ( 45 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
47 ( 31 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
48 ( 34 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
49 ( 43 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
50 ( 58 ) CUT ME DOWN Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

51 ( 28 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
52 ( 35 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
53 ( 50 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
54 ( 42 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 41 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
57 ( 73 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
58 ( 29 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
59 ( 62 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
60 ( 32 ) TORTURE King

61 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER Zapp
62 ( 53 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
63 ( NEW ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
64 ( 46 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
65 ( 65 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
66 ( NEW ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
67 ( 66 ) DRIVE The Cars
68 ( 64 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
69 ( 75 ) LYING Peter Frampton
70 ( NEW ) SIDEWALK TALK Jellybean

71 ( 68 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( NEW ) BURNING HEART Survivor
73 ( NEW ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
74 ( 51 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
75 ( NEW ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 BOGART Nik Kershaw
2 SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY U2
3 JACKIE Scott Walker

 

11th February 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for a-ha presiding over a volatile chart, Billy Ocean leaping to 2 for a career-best chart position after 12 years of trying, starting from 1974’s Top 5 On The Run (under the pseudonym Scorched Earth, and as good as later gems). Five Star go top 3, Eloise takes the Damned to a career-high after 9 years of trying for a top 5 – and also reactivates the former original chart-topper, still the best version, in my oldies playlist. As does Stevie Nicks going top 20 with I Can’t Wait reactivating an oldie on the playlist. Talk Talk get a first Top 10 in 4 years, since Today did it, and the highest new entry is a new peak for a record that pottered about my chart in 1985 – the awesome Behind The Mask in at 10.

PIL, Clannad, James Bown and Bono all return to the top 20 – except James Brown who does it for the actual first time after 16 years of occasional minor hits, admittedly past his 60’s pre-chart peak. Genesis spin-off project of Mike Rutherford, and featuring the smooth vocals of former Ace vocalist Paul Carrack, gives a fab new entry for Silent Running at 23, 12 years after both first charted. Betty Wright pops back in with her first top 30 in 11 years, Manic Monday rockets into the 40 for The Bangles, Huey Lewis is back yet again with the Back To The Future theme, and John Cougar also climbs high with Smalltown – a song which I co-incidentally saw on The Cleveland Show this week.

Ozzy Osbourne is back 16 years since he went Paranoid with Black Sabbath, but not quite So Tired this time as he tries A Shot In The Dark. Midge has a 4th solo entry a decade since his chart career started with Slik-ness, and Kissing The Pink come back after a 3 year-break from The Last Film.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 11 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
3 ( 10 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
4 ( 7 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
5 ( 20 ) ELOISE The Damned
6 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
7 ( 9 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
8 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( 4 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
10 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

11 ( 3 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
12 ( 6 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
13 ( 5 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
15 ( 2 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
16 ( 19 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
17 ( 33 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
18 ( 34 ) RISE PIL
19 ( 30 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
20 ( 26 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono

21 ( 12 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
22 ( 23 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
23 ( NEW ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
24 ( RE ) PAIN Betty Wright
25 ( 25 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
26 ( 16 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
27 ( 36 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
28 ( 15 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
29 ( 42 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
30 ( 18 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

31 ( 73 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
32 ( 17 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
33 ( 37 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
34 ( 22 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
35 ( 21 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
36 ( 24 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
37 ( NEW ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
38 ( 39 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
39 ( 65 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
40 ( 43 ) THE PROMISE Arcadia

41 ( 44 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
42 ( NEW ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
43 ( 63 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
44 ( 35 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
45 ( 57 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
46 ( 32 ) RUSSIANS Sting
47 ( 29 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
48 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
49 ( 75 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 27 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey

51 ( 41 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
52 ( 45 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
53 ( 40 ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri
54 ( 70 ) SIDEWALK TALK Jellybean
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 28 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
57 ( 72 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
58 ( 46 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
59 ( 53 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
60 ( NEW ) SHOT IN THE DARK Ozzy Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER Zapp
62 ( 49 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
63 ( NEW ) WASTELANDS Midge Ure
64 ( 38 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
65 ( 48 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
66 ( 66 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
67 ( 47 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
68 ( 69 ) LYING Peter Frampton
69 ( 67 ) DRIVE The Cars
70 ( 68 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha

71 ( 59 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
72 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME LIES Breathe
73 ( 71 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
74 ( 62 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
3 METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Hall & Oates

 

18th February 1986

5 weeks on top for the mighty a-ha, keeping The Damned at 2, the same position the Barry Ryan original reached in the UK chart, and one place lower than it reached in mine. Kate Bush is the highest new entry, outdoing Cloudbusting and making it 3 top 10’s in a row, with the exciting and brilliant Hounds Of Love, candidate for my fave Bush track. PIL get another top 10 3 years on from the last one, 8 years on from the first one, and 9 years on since The Sex Pistols burst onto my charts for Johnny Rotten.

Billy Joel has a double 70’s oldies blast from the past, one having been uncharted at the time (but fab) and the other having been under-appreciated by me in 1978 (Just The Way You Are). 16 is still an under-rating for both songs. Hot Chocolate return for the last time, 16 years on from their amazing run of singles, though not one of their better efforts sadly. Starship and Mr. Mister get quick follow-ups, and the fab Blow Monkeys debut with the equally fab Digging Your Scene, the first CD single I ever bought (OK technically it was a later maxi single featuring a lesser Blow Monkeys single as the lead track, but I bought it for Digging Your Scene). CD’s were on the way…

The mad, glam, and Mad Max-styled Sigue Sigue Sputnik debut with the unusual Love Missile F1-11. I liked it for being different to anything else, and they were having a laugh. It’s a Hi-De-Hi to comic actor Su Pollard not being very amusing in song, and it’s a Heeeere’s Johnny to Prefab Sprout too.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 5 ) ELOISE The Damned
3 ( 3 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
4 ( 4 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
5 ( 7 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
6 ( 2 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
7 ( 10 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
8 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( NEW ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
10 ( 18 ) RISE PIL

11 ( 6 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
12 ( 23 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
13 ( 16 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
14 ( 17 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
15 ( 12 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
16 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
17 ( 9 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
18 ( 11 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
19 ( 29 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
20 ( 24 ) PAIN Betty Wright

21 ( 19 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
22 ( 31 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
23 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 13 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
25 ( RE ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
26 ( 15 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 27 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
28 ( 37 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
29 ( 33 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
30 ( 49 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
32 ( 21 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
33 ( 28 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
34 ( 39 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
35 ( 42 ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
36 ( 41 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
37 ( 43 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
38 ( 20 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
39 ( 45 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
40 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate

41 ( 25 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
42 ( 34 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
43 ( 35 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
44 ( 36 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
45 ( 57 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
46 ( 30 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
47 ( 22 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
48 ( 26 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
49 ( 32 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
50 ( 60 ) SHOT IN THE DARK Ozzy Osbourne

51 ( 38 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
52 ( 48 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
53 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
54 ( NEW ) SARA Starship
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 75 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
57 ( 51 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
58 ( NEW ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
59 ( NEW ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
60 ( 52 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

61 ( 40 ) THE PROMISE Arcadia
62 ( 66 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
63 ( 63 ) WASTELANDS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
65 ( 59 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
66 ( NEW ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
67 ( 46 ) RUSSIANS Sting
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
69 ( NEW ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
70 ( 69 ) DRIVE The Cars

71 ( 58 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
72 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
73 ( 70 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
74 ( NEW ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard
75 ( NEW ) JOHNNY JOHNNY Prefab Sprout

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
3 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

 

25th February 1986

Back in at 1, it’s a UK chart re-entry giving me an excuse to rechart 1985’s greatest single, Tears For Fears’ pop masterpiece, giving an oldies theme to the upper chart as Eloise holds at 2, Billy Joel climbs to 11 and Huey Lewis’ Back To The Future song hits a new peak belatedly. In at 5, it’s 1976 top 10 disco classic Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, as it charts all over again. Tavares were early cool disco stars. Yes, disco was cool at it’s best.

Mike + The Mechanics give Mike Rutherford his 4th top 10 (3 with Genesis), and Paul Carrack his first, in 12 years of trying, while Russ Ballard makes it for the first time in 13 years – when Argent took God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me a bit higher. The Blow Monkeys have a massive climb, as I am Digging their Scene, and ditto Sigue Sigue Sputnik who shoot like a missile into the 30 as well, while the highest actual new record is ELO having a go at synths with the fab Calling America – their last hit, far too minor, and the end of the road essentially for the band as a unit. Jeff Lynne of course kept on having success in various guises until resurrecting the name recently – and cue more hits in my charts.

Depeche Mode are stripped back, Frankie is still doing it his way 17 years on from his first chart entry with My Way – though his best songs predated my charts and would have been big. Audrey Hall has a gentle reggae bop again, and future fave band for the next 30 years have a second entry at a modest 59 – the gorgeous Love Comes Quickly, being very different from West End Girls, as were all the next singles for a few years – despite naysayers at the time who had a problem with Neil’s vocals making ludicrous claims that they all sound the same. They all sound like Neil Tennant, yes, but not musically the same.

Aretha and Elton are back – not together, that lies a bit in the future, but more notches in the run of solo singles, while Hipsway, a band that might have been successful, debut with The Honey Thief.

1 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) ELOISE The Damned
3 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
4 ( 5 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
6 ( 9 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
7 ( 3 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
8 ( 12 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 13 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
10 ( 4 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double

11 ( 16 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
12 ( 22 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
13 ( 19 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
14 ( 6 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
15 ( 10 ) RISE PIL
16 ( 25 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
17 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
18 ( 11 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
19 ( 28 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
20 ( 20 ) PAIN Betty Wright

21 ( 15 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
22 ( 7 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
23 ( 66 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
24 ( 29 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
25 ( 14 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
26 ( 68 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
27 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
28 ( NEW ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
29 ( 17 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
30 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( 37 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
32 ( 24 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 40 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
34 ( 21 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
35 ( 56 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
36 ( 39 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
37 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
38 ( 58 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 45 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
40 ( 36 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner

41 ( 27 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
42 ( 33 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
43 ( 42 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
44 ( 43 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
45 ( NEW ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 59 ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
47 ( 44 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
48 ( 32 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
49 ( 23 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
50 ( 46 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

51 ( NEW ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
52 ( 31 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
53 ( NEW ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 34 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 38 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
57 ( 64 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
58 ( 52 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
59 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 57 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

61 ( 53 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
62 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
63 ( 69 ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
64 ( 35 ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
65 ( NEW ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
66 ( NEW ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John
67 ( 60 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
68 ( 72 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
69 ( 65 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
70 ( 74 ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard

71 ( 70 ) DRIVE The Cars
72 ( 41 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
73 ( NEW ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
74 ( 49 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) MY CLEOPATRA The Flaming Mussolinis

Playlist Oldies
1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 RADANCER Marmalade

My January 1986 Charts

7th January 1986

It’s new in at 1 with another oldie – the 20 year anniversary reissue recharting Beatles double A side classic, keeping up the run of charting oldies, mostly. That means the actual top new track, West End Girls, has still only had 1 week on top in what otherwise would have been a 6 week-run on top if not for oldies.

A-ha rocket into the top 10 for 2 in a row, The Cars do it for the 3rd time, and Go West shoot into the 20 for the 3rd time. Highest new track is Pat Benatar, while Steve Harley, 12 years on from Judy Teen, teams up with ex-1978 chart-topper Sarah Brightman, now a serious musical star, for the Phantom duet. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis, Dire Straits dig deeper into Brothers In Arms, ABC enter a bit blue, and Grace Jones is besides herself at being a new entry with an old Edith Piaf French classic ballad. Literally. As is kate Bush, literally beside herself.

1 ( NEW ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 22 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
6 ( 4 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
7 ( 6 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 12 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

11 ( 13 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
13 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
14 ( 19 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
15 ( 25 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
16 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
17 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 15 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
19 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 42 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West

21 ( 18 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
22 ( 39 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
23 ( 40 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
24 ( 16 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
25 ( 27 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
26 ( 11 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
27 ( 29 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
28 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 34 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

31 ( 23 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
32 ( 21 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
33 ( 20 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 38 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
35 ( NEW ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 26 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
38 ( 47 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 31 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
40 ( 37 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

41 ( 33 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
42 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
43 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
45 ( 32 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
46 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
47 ( 67 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
48 ( 35 ) OH LOUISE Junior
49 ( 55 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
50 ( 41 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

51 ( 49 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
52 ( 48 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 50 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( 51 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
56 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
57 ( 57 ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( NEW ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
59 ( 59 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( NEW ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 75 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
63 ( 54 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
64 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
65 ( NEW ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
66 ( 52 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
67 ( 61 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
70 ( 58 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda

71 ( 44 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
72 ( NEW ) LA VIE EN ROSE Grace Jones
73 ( 73 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 71 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
75 ( 74 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

Oldies playlist

1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
3 SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

 

14th January 1986

It’s back on top after a break of over a month, to give Pet Shop Boys one week on top in both 1985 and 1986 – it’s unusual for records to do that in my chart, but hey it’s a classic! Even holding off a brand new classic at 2 from a-ha. Go West get a second top 10 and Eurythmics an umpteenth, rare that they didn’t hit my top 10. Broken Wings gets a big climb into the 20, and highest “new” entry is Radio Africa starting the theme of flops becoming hits second time round in 1986, and for this week the trend of loads of re-entries which get called “new” because it’s a new year and I like to see chart runs in different years with as not part of the initial run.

King have yet another top 40 track – who recalled they had so many! Steve Harley and Sarah Brightman both get a first top 40 hit in years, thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber (never hurts to have your hubbie write the songs), and Full Force rocket into the 30 with Alice, hip-hopping away, in mood if not literally. Fine Young Cannibals cover Elvis – Pet Shop Boys please take note! Sade overtakes Slade, new at 45 – that only works if you pronounce Slade as Slahday – and a famous Billy Ocean chart-topper debuts quite low-down: Romancing The Stone was the film, and indeed, at a 2017 Uptown Country Park 80’s festival, Billy in fine voice, I decided to get going as it was getting tough anticipating the rush for the exit as his encore arrived.

Stevie Nicks fabulous I Can’t Wait is new in at 58, as good as a Mac track, 5 Star’s best single is at 61, give or take Rain Or Shine, Alexander O’Neal is in with Cherrelle – he will be back quite a lot, she won’t. Talking of films, Eddie Murphy has a decent stab at a pop career, the recently sad loss of Phil Lynnot brings 19 into the chart, and Timmy Thomas is back for his only other chart entry that wasn’t his awesome 1973 classic Why Can’t We Live Together – as covered by Sade, in fact, on her album but never a single. A Remix would top my chart for Timmy in 1990.

1 ( 3 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 5 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
3 ( 1 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
5 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
6 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
7 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
8 ( 20 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
9 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
10 ( 15 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

11 ( 9 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
12 ( 6 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
13 ( 34 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
14 ( 13 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
15 ( 22 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
16 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
17 ( 23 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
18 ( 10 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
19 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
20 ( 12 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

21 ( 17 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
22 ( 11 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 16 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
25 ( 18 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
26 ( 47 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
27 ( 62 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
28 ( 21 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
29 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
30 ( 24 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney

31 ( 25 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
32 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
33 ( NEW ) TORTURE King
34 ( 58 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
35 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
36 ( 38 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
37 ( 28 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
38 ( 30 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
39 ( 46 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
40 ( 60 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

41 ( 36 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
42 ( 27 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
43 ( 40 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
45 ( NEW ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
47 ( 65 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
48 ( 32 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
49 ( NEW ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
50 ( 26 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

51 ( 41 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
52 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
55 ( 31 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
56 ( 54 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
57 ( 51 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
58 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
59 ( 37 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
60 ( 50 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

61 ( NEW ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
62 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
63 ( 69 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
64 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
65 ( 64 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
67 ( 55 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
68 ( NEW ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
69 ( 72 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
70 ( 33 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN/ MY HOMETOWN Bruce Springsteen

71 ( NEW ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
72 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
73 ( NEW ) THE OAK TREE Morris Day
74 ( NEW ) 19’ Phil Lynnot
75 ( NEW ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 BABY BOOMERANG T.Rex

 

21st January 1986

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s brilliant Sun Always Shines On TV, proper epic pop, and their second chart-topper in a row. Highest new entry is a return for a great flop track from 1985 (theme of the year again and again), Belouis Some’s Imagination at 3, as Mr. Mister make the top 5. Another ’85 flop hits the top 10, for Latin Quarter, Todd Rundgren is back at 23 with his biggest “hit” since the brilliant Hello It’s Me went top 5 12 years earlier, and the equally brilliant I Saw The Light started his chart career in 1972.

Madonna’s back with another minor hit back bigger, 1984’s Borderline, Double’s charming single enters at 31, and Five Star, Grace Jones, and Stevie Nicks all get deserved big leaps into the 40, and it’s a 1979 Rapper’s Return as the one that kick-started a whole genre returns at 44, while fellow early rap pioneer Kurtis Blow finally follows up his Christmas Rapping with If I Ruled The World just over 6 years on.

Drum Theatre were a good support band I saw at the time, and enter at 48, with the great Talk Talk single in at 50, Life’s What You Make It making it 4 years of good singles. James Brown’s last big hit is in with Living In America, a decade on since his last chart entry – though his song is still on my playlist as done by Brilliant. Gloria Estefan does the Conga, though not getting billing yet 2 years on from Dr. Beat, John Cougar is also back 4 years on from Jack And Diane, with extra unnecessary Mellencamp, and Clannad have a fab duet with Bono.

1 ( 2 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
4 ( 9 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
5 ( 13 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
6 ( 3 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
8 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
9 ( 16 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
10 ( 5 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo

11 ( 15 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
12 ( 6 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
13 ( 8 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
14 ( 7 ) RUSSIANS Sting
15 ( 26 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 17 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
17 ( 12 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
18 ( 32 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
19 ( 27 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 11 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess

21 ( 14 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) TORTURE King
23 ( NEW ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
24 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
25 ( 19 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
26 ( 34 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
27 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
28 ( 18 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
29 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
30 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

31 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
32 ( 61 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
33 ( 29 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
34 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 69 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
36 ( 39 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
37 ( 28 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( 40 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 58 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
40 ( 49 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

41 ( 47 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
43 ( 68 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
44 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
45 ( 45 ) IS IT A CRIME Sade
46 ( 43 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
47 ( 41 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
48 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 38 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
50 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

51 ( 31 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
52 ( 30 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 22 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
56 ( 63 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 46 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
58 ( 52 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
59 ( NEW ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
60 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones

61 ( 35 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
62 ( 71 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
63 ( 36 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
64 ( 56 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
65 ( 62 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( NEW ) CONGA Miami Sound Machine
67 ( 65 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
68 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
69 ( 37 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 60 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
72 ( 57 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
73 ( 72 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) ONE NATION Masquerade
75 ( NEW ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright
2 IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Brilliant
3 HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger

 

28th January 1986

2 weeks on top for the classic a-ha shining on, heading a relatively static top 10, though Eurythmics get another top 5 the same week Aretha follows up her Eurythmics top 10 with a solo effort. Five Star get a big climb into the 20, Madonna finally gets Borderline into the 20, and Grace Jones does Edith Piaf chanson and funk both for a big climb. I prefer La Vie En Rose these days.

Top go Alexander O’Neal for the first time, Talk Talk for the 4th time (ish), James Brown for the second time, and Clannad and Bono (U2 having had several over 5 years). New in are The Damned with a decent cover of Barry Ryan’s classic histrionic ambitious epic chart-topper (for me) from 1968, Eloise at 26. At 37, Russ Ballard debuts with Voices, a great obscure track that gives him a solo chart career of 11 years, or 14 years including Argent. In the interim he wrote loads of classic songs like So You Win Again for Hot Chocolate, and Substitute for Clout.

Fra Lippo Lippi overcome a silly name to enter, Elvis Costello hides unsuccessfully behind a pseudonym for an Animals cover, Nana Mouskouri enters with her only ever chart song – though had I been charting in the early 60’s her fabulous Greek-themed White Rose Of Athens would have been big, cos it’s still a fab toon. Divas are the order of the day down the tail-end and playlist, though, as Diana Ross gets a Bee Gees gift and a half for a Chain Reaction smash, Whitney has a hum ho follow-up, and Nancy, Shirley and Abba grab my playlist oldies. Vinyl playlist, though call it Streaming had it been invented. 2 70’s fave acts return: Betty Wright clean-up woman is back 11 years on from Shoorah Shoorah and Where Is The Love, and Peter Frampton has a 10-year span of hits since topping with Show Me The Way – or 19 years had I been charting in 1967 when The Herd emerged with a teen vocalist.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 3 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
3 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
5 ( 8 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
6 ( 9 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
7 ( 4 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
8 ( 7 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
9 ( 6 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
10 ( 11 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

11 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEART Double
12 ( 32 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
13 ( 27 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
14 ( 15 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
15 ( 23 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
16 ( 12 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
17 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
18 ( 35 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
19 ( 19 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
20 ( 14 ) RUSSIANS Sting

21 ( 13 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
22 ( 43 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 26 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
24 ( 50 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
25 ( 17 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
26 ( NEW ) ELOISE The Damned
27 ( 40 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
28 ( 36 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
29 ( 16 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
30 ( 38 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 20 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
32 ( 22 ) TORTURE King
33 ( 39 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
34 ( 21 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
35 ( 18 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
36 ( 59 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
37 ( NEW ) VOICES Russ Ballard
38 ( 41 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
39 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
40 ( 68 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono

41 ( 24 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
42 ( 25 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
43 ( 30 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
44 ( 42 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
46 ( 28 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
47 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
48 ( 48 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
49 ( 33 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
50 ( 46 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey

51 ( 44 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
52 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
53 ( 47 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
54 ( 62 ) PARTY ALL THE TIME Eddie Murphy
55 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) OCEAN BLUE ABC
57 ( 75 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
58 ( NEW ) CUT ME DOWN Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( 34 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri

61 ( 49 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
62 ( RE ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
63 ( 74 ) ONE NATION Masquerade
64 ( 58 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
65 ( 70 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
66 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
67 ( RE ) NEW YORK EYES Nicole with Timmy Thomas
68 ( 64 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
69 ( NEW ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
70 ( 57 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

71 ( 67 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
72 ( NEW ) PAIN Betty Wright
73 ( NEW ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
74 ( 55 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) LYING Peter Frampton

Playlist Oldies of the Week
1 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE Nancy Sinatra
2 AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME Shirley Bassey
3 SOS Abba

My Retro October 1967 Charts

7th October 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for the fab Gibbs and their Massachussets, but it was a close call with the classic Jimmy Webb UK-non-hit, one of the greatest travesty’s in chart history, as Glen Campbell enters at 2 (where Gentle On My Mind peaked) with By The Time I Get To Phoenix. Dave Dee & co enter with their best track, despite a deliberate attempt from Howard & Blaikley to write a song with nonsense lyrics, cos it’s just a brilliant tune and production, and one I was mad on at the time. Very under-rated songwriter-producers, they could tackle multiple genres and make mini-pop-gems out of ’em.

Harry Nilsson gets his first top 10, and not his last, with the gorgeous Without Her – Jack Jones did a good cover, unlikely as it sounds, as I may have said already. New at 17, David McWilliams with another UK chart non-hit travesty, though Marc Almond and Trevor Horn took it into the top 5 in 1992 (and topped my chart), The Days Of Pearly Spencer. Nico enters at 31 with another non-UK-hit gem, in any version: 16-year-old precocious Jackson Browne wrote it, Nico did the first version of dozens, and 5 years ahead of Jackson Browne’s own version seeing the light of day. Mature in the extreme for a teenager, for me the definitive version was recorded in 2008 on Glen Campbell’s brilliant Meet Glen Campbell and should have been a single – it topped my charts and was one of my tracks of the decade, suiting a great singer nearing the end of his life and career more than one starting out.

In at 40, one new to me, Giant Sunflower, girl/boys harmony band sort of Mamas & Papas crossed with Middle Of The Road (in vocal style), and a very minor US chart entry, despite impeccable production credentials from Lou Adler and yet another of the many1967 covers of a Smokey Robinson song (The Miracles did it first). 60’s soul star Chuck Jackson pops in with another goodie new to me (he had many US hits, and his best-known song is I Keep Forgettin’ as covered by Michael McDonald) Shame On Me, funk legend George Clinton is back again for a second chart entry at 52, Gladys & her family are in with a song made immortal by Marvin Gaye (Berry Gordy shelved it and funked it up for a huge US hit), I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Shirley Bassey enters with a song that was all over British TV and radio for years, hugely well-known at the time and one of her signature tunes, Big Spender. The Kinks pop in with a future hit for The Jam, Barbara Randolph does a good Motown cover of a Holland-Dozier-Holland Four Tops song, Scott McKenzie gets a second John Phillips gift (not as good a prezzie this one though), Sandy Posey gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, and finally obscure band The Messengers tackle another Motown song: R. Dean Taylor’s Window Shopping (the only white songwriter on the label at the time, I think), which eventually became a UK single for R. Dean himself in 1974 following There’s A Ghost In My House and Gotta See Jane having Northern Soul chart success. It also charted in my charts then.

1 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 4 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
4 ( 8 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 3 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
6 ( 9 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
7 ( 2 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
8 ( NEW ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
9 ( 5 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
10 ( 16 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson

11 ( 6 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 18 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
14 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
15 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
16 ( 12 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
17 ( NEW ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
18 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 15 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
20 ( 17 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 13 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
22 ( 23 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
23 ( 19 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
24 ( 22 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
25 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
26 ( 14 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
27 ( 37 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
28 ( 29 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
29 ( 25 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
30 ( 27 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods

31 ( NEW ) THESE DAYS Nico
32 ( 26 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
33 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
34 ( 38 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 32 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
36 ( 30 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
37 ( 39 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
38 ( 40 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
39 ( 35 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower

41 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
42 ( 34 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 33 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
44 ( 28 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
45 ( 46 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 54 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
47 ( NEW ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
48 ( 41 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
49 ( 63 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
50 ( 65 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

51 ( 36 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
52 ( NEW ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
53 ( 56 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors
54 ( 43 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
55 ( 51 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
56 ( 52 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
57 ( 42 ) GIMME LITTLE SIGN Brenton Wood
58 ( 49 ) YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN The Turtles
59 ( 48 ) I MAKE A FOOL OF MYSELF Frankie Valli
60 ( 72 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw

61 ( 50 ) TELL HIM Patti Drew
62 ( 69 ) LOVELY RITA The Beatles
63 ( 57 ) RANDY SCOUSE GIT (ALTERNATE TITLE) The Monkees
64 ( 58 ) I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder
65 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( 73 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
67 ( 62 ) SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
68 ( 61 ) SUNNY GOODGE STREET Tom Northcott
69 ( NEW ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
70 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks

71 ( NEW ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
72 ( NEW ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
74 ( 75 ) (LONELINESS MADE ME REALIZE) IT’S YOU THAT I NEED The Temptations
75 ( NEW ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

14th October 1967

A first week at one for Glen Campbell’s brilliant Jimmy Webb Phoenix ballad, the first of a trilogy of Americana Cities-themed classics. Dave Dee and co echo the future Family Dogg hit Way Of Life up to 2, and Gene Pitney makes the top 10, though sadly almost all his great hits predated 1967 so not many more to come. The Bee Gees make it two in the 20, Giant Sunflower blossom into the 20, and Nico’s original of the Jackson Browne classic as done definitively by Glen Campbell (one day) beaks into the 20.

Highest new entry is one of 2 from Dionne Warwick, the movie theme big USA hit Valley Of The Dolls, at 23 ahead of the future Aretha Franklin classic, I Say A Little Prayer, as Aretha peaks at 5 with Carole King’s classic, and Aretha’ sis Erma enters at 37 with future Janis Joplin classic Piece Of My Heart. That leaves second-highest new entry a second song from The Kinks – Autumn Almanac at 26, and a childhood fave – and an anecdote from me: picture it. RAF Valley, Anglesey married quarters, 9 Tro Minfordd, and the song comes on the new BBC radio station. 9-year-old John rushes to the Weekend mag his mum had bought, and digs out the newly-discovered hit-song-lyric-of-the-week published inside: One Autumn Almanac, and sings along. Mum comments impressed about him knowing the lyrics, and young John says he’s reading and singing along. Cue young John cutting them out and saving pop song lyrics from here-on until Disco 45 gets published…

OK, not riveting, but it’s of the time!

Others: Wet Wet Wet are in, oops, I mean the much better original of Love Is All Around, Nancy & Lee are back while Nancy is still in the 40, with a song I assumed was for the First Lady of the USA (Probably not!), Neil D is back again, Val Doonican is in with a lesser song from his repertoire (which I loved as a kid pre-1967) and Bob Seger debuts with a track new to me a full decade before he started with hits proper. Who knew?!

1 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
2 ( 1 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
3 ( 8 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 6 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 3 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
7 ( 10 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
8 ( 5 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
9 ( 7 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
10 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney

11 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
12 ( 17 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
13 ( 9 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
14 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 13 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
16 ( 15 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 40 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
18 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
19 ( 31 ) THESE DAYS Nico
20 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

21 ( 12 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
22 ( 16 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
23 ( NEW ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
24 ( 19 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
25 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( NEW ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
27 ( 24 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
28 ( 26 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
29 ( 23 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
30 ( 21 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move

31 ( 29 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
32 ( 25 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
33 ( 34 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
34 ( 30 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
35 ( 50 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
36 ( 28 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
37 ( NEW ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
38 ( 47 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
39 ( 46 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
40 ( 35 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

41 ( 38 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
42 ( 36 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
43 ( 33 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
44 ( 39 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
45 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
46 ( 32 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
48 ( 42 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 52 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 53 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE The Doors

51 ( 37 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
52 ( 48 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
53 ( 44 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
54 ( 41 ) YOU KEEP RUNNING AWAY The Four Tops
55 ( 60 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
56 ( 43 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Brenda Holloway
57 ( NEW ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
58 ( 71 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
59 ( 65 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
60 ( NEW ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 56 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 55 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell
63 ( 54 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT The Hombres
64 ( 51 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE Traffic
65 ( 66 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
66 ( 69 ) BIG SPENDER Shirley Bassey
67 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL THE GOOD APPLES FALL The Seekers
68 ( 70 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
69 ( 75 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
70 ( 73 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey

71 ( NEW ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
72 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
73 ( NEW ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard
74 ( NEW ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
75 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY WOMAN Neil Diamond

 

21st October 1967

It’s a first week on top for Dave Dee and co and the tuneful fun Zabadak! It won’t be the last time they top my charts…. nor for Nancy Sinatra – who is back in at 7 with the nominal B side of Lady Bird (up inside the 40), but which is the trippy hippy cult classic that is Sand, Lee Hazelwood was definitely on something, but those lyrics are pure poetry. I have managed to get the record played twice on the BBC – first on Simon Mayo’s Radio 1 obscure track with a story, and later on Radio 2’s Brian Mathews Sounds Of The 60’s with the same story: dad bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder in RAF Changi, Singapore in 1970, and I was obsessed with pop music to put it mildly. Dad & I both bought some blank tapes (not cheap) and while we were out at work and school, respectively, mum was at home at our house which was overlooked by the armed guard tower for Changi Prison in lush tropical equatorial Singapore. If a song came on the radio she liked she’d start the tape recording – and then forget to turn it off. So we got all sorts of radio tracks I never knew, including this one (mum loved men with gruff voices and Lee Hazelwood fit that bill perfectly). Sand should be better known.

Another Singapore reel-to-reel track enters at 31 for Felice Taylor, her second Barry White track of the year in my charts, and her first hit (and his), I Feel Love Comin’ On. It was groovy. More tape faves from a fave Disney animation enter lower down – and they would eventually become a mashed-up 90’s hit – The Jungle Book’s Bare Necessities and I Wanna Be Like You. So you see, in 1970 I was discovering and rediscovering 1967 music big-time. In my mind it’s a mash-up of sunny RAF Valley on Anglesey and tropical Singapore at RAF Changi.

Future Vegas act Wayne Newton, though, is new to me, and is in with an early version of Love Of The Common People, future much-covered hit, The Left Banke debut ahead of their later hit classic with cult fave Desiree, while minor tracks for The Four Seasons, Mamas & The Papas, and Tommy James keep up the hit tally.

1 ( 3 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 2 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
4 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
5 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin
6 ( 7 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
7 ( NEW ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
8 ( 6 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
9 ( 10 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 12 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams

11 ( 14 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
12 ( 8 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
13 ( 11 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
14 ( 19 ) THESE DAYS Nico
15 ( 23 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
16 ( 17 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
17 ( 9 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
18 ( 27 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
19 ( 13 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
20 ( 26 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks

21 ( 18 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
22 ( 15 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
23 ( 16 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 20 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
25 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 21 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
27 ( 22 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
28 ( 24 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
29 ( 38 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
30 ( 35 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies

31 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
32 ( 28 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
33 ( 31 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
34 ( 29 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard
35 ( 37 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 32 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
37 ( 60 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
38 ( 30 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
39 ( 34 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
40 ( 47 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick

41 ( 33 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
42 ( 40 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
43 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
44 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 36 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
46 ( 42 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
47 ( 44 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
48 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
49 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
50 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions

51 ( 43 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
52 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
53 ( 58 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph
54 ( 65 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
55 ( NEW ) THE BARE NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
56 ( 41 ) SOUL MAN Sam And Dave
57 ( 52 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
58 ( 70 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
59 ( 53 ) THE LETTER The Box Tops
60 ( 69 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers

61 ( 51 ) PATA PATA Miriam Makeba
62 ( 45 ) AMSTERDAM Scott Walker
63 ( 55 ) YOU’VE NOT CHANGED Sandie Shaw
64 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton
65 ( 46 ) TRY MY WORLD Georgie Fame
66 ( 71 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
67 ( 68 ) DAVID WATTS The Kinks
68 ( 72 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
69 ( NEW ) DESIREE The Left Banke
70 ( 73 ) HEAVY MUSIC PART 1 Bob Seger and The Last Heard

71 ( 61 ) YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (JOHN BARRY MOVIE VERSION) Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 74 ) IF THE WHOLE WORLD STOPPED LOVING Val Doonican
73 ( NEW ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
75 ( NEW ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas

 

8th October 1967

The day before my brothers’ 8th birthday and it’s a new entry at 1 from The Stone Poneys, with a sublime version of Mike Nesmith’s A Different Drum. Not a song I knew at the time (being as it wasn’t a UK hit) but one I got to know and like in 1978 when it finally charted as the other side to Linda Ronstadt’s current cover of Roy Orbison’s Blue Bayou, which was neither anywhere near as good as Roy’s version nor her lead singer oldie. Very Monkees, and just perfect.

Sand goes up to 4, for some hippie psychedelia as Nancy & Lee also go into the 20 with Lady Bird, both are fab. In at 16 a record I loved at the time, Everybody Knows, The Dave Clark 5 at their most tuneful, and one that is very nostalgic for me when I hear it. Another “5” track enters for The 5th Dimension, there’s a great video performance of them doing Paper Cup on US TV (likely The Ed Sullivan Show, they were always on it) all facing each other in a moving circle.

At 24, Brenda & The Tabulations just can’t stay out of my 1967 charts, just love the sweet, melodic singles they put out, if occasionally a little shrill, but endearing. Debuting at 30, it’s Hugo Montenegro who was making a career out of making Sergio Leone spaghetti western soundtracks into pop hits, instrumental, and a year ahead of THE biggie. Dad bought an EP of 4 of them in Singapore which I played to death, including this one.

The Dells enter with a bit of soul passion, as they would with a medley cover of Love Is Blue/I Can Sing A Rainbow 2 years on, and having had a 12 year career already without success. Smokey Robinson is also unable to stay out the 1967 charts, here with the famous I Second That Emotion, or I Second That Emulsion, as Japan almost sang when they turned it into plodding fodder. The Turtles sneak another minor hit in before year-end, ditto The Beach Boys, and a second version of Love Of The Common People enters – for The Everley Brothers! Who knew they were covering future famous songs and still not having hits as their career tailed off!

1 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
2 ( 2 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
3 ( 1 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
4 ( 7 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 3 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
7 ( 10 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
8 ( 6 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
9 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Gene Pitney
10 ( 5 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin

11 ( 15 ) (THEME FROM) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Dionne Warwick
12 ( 14 ) THESE DAYS Nico
13 ( 8 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
14 ( 16 ) WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT GOOD-BYE Giant Sunflower
15 ( 12 ) FROM THE UNDERWORLD The Herd
16 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
17 ( 13 ) THE RAIN, THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills
18 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Bee Gees
19 ( 20 ) AUTUMN ALMANAC The Kinks
20 ( 37 ) LADY BIRD Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

21 ( 29 ) SHAME ON ME Chuck Jackson
22 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE COMIN’ ON Felice Taylor
23 ( 17 ) TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
25 ( 23 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
26 ( 22 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
27 ( 21 ) GET THE MESSAGE Brian Hyland
28 ( 18 ) TAKE A LOOK Aretha Franklin
29 ( 30 ) KING MIDAS IN REVERSE The Hollies
30 ( NEW ) FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra

31 ( 24 ) ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
32 ( 19 ) HOW CAN I BE SURE The Young Rascals
33 ( 26 ) MATHILDE Scott Walker
34 ( 44 ) I WANNA BE LIKE YOU Louis Prima, Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
35 ( 35 ) PIECE OF MY HEART Erma Franklin
36 ( 28 ) LET’S GO TO SAN FRANCISCO The Flowerpot Men
37 ( 33 ) JILL Gary Lewis & The Playboys
38 ( 40 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Dionne Warwick
39 ( 27 ) YOUR PRECIOUS LOVE Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
40 ( 34 ) THE DAY I MET MARIE Cliff Richard

41 ( 43 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND The Troggs
42 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT SHOOTER The Mamas & The Papas
43 ( 32 ) MONTAGUE TERRACE (IN BLUE) Scott Walker
44 ( 55 ) THE BEAR NECESSITIES Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman
45 ( 42 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
46 ( 36 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
47 ( 52 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Gladys Knight & The Pips
48 ( 38 ) FLOWERS IN THE RAIN The Move
49 ( NEW ) OOH I LOVE YOU The Dells
50 ( 53 ) I GOT A FEELING Barbara Randolph

51 ( 46 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
52 ( 54 ) HOMBURG Procol Harum
53 ( 47 ) I FEEL GOOD (I FEEL BAD) The Lewis And Clarke Expedition featuring Mike Nesmith
54 ( 58 ) ARE YOU NEVER COMING HOME Sandy Posey
55 ( 39 ) GET TOGETHER The Youngbloods
56 ( NEW ) PAPER CUP The 5th Dimension
57 ( 51 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
58 ( 48 ) TWELVE THIRTY (YOUNG GIRLS ARE COMING TO THE CANYON) The Mamas & The Papas
59 ( 66 ) NOBODY BUT ME The Human Beinz
60 ( 64 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Wayne Newton

61 ( 41 ) LIGHTNING’S GIRL Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 45 ) HUSH Billy Joe Royal
63 ( 57 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY The Bee Gees
64 ( 69 ) DESIREE The Left Banke
65 ( 68 ) LIKE AN OLD TIME MOVIE Scott McKenzie
66 ( NEW ) I SECOND THAT EMOTION Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
67 ( 75 ) GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY The Mamas & The Papas
68 ( 50 ) IF THIS IS LOVE (I’D RATHER BE LONELY) The Precisions
69 ( 49 ) ALL YOUR GOODIES ARE GONE The Parliaments
70 ( 73 ) WATCH THE FLOWERS GROW The Four Seasons

71 ( NEW ) SHE’S MY GIRL The Turtles
72 ( 60 ) WINDOW SHOPPING The Messengers
73 ( 74 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) WILD HONEY The Beach Boys