My December 1986 Charts

2nd December 1986

2 weeks on top for Erasure, as Madonna’s True Blue album delivers the highest new entry at 6 with the fab Open Your Heart. The even-fabber La Isla Bonita is in my playlist as ineligible for my singles-only listings. She also replaces one of her own songs in the top 10 as Nick Kamen drops, and keeps her hot streak of top 10’s going. Bucks Fizz add to their long-list of top 10’s with a warm Christmassy ballad – or at least a cocoa-advert-ey ballad. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones gets another big leap into the 20, and big top 40 leapers include Cameo, Gregory Abbott, Genesis and Cliff & Elton. The late Jackie Wilson is reinvented in plasticine video form and makes fifties biggie Reet Petite about to become the oldest record to top the UK charts – but not mine.

Billy Ocean is big in 1986, so why not remix his first hit from 1976? In at 57, and the Motown-flavoured original still sounds better than most of his 80’s hits these days. Daryl Hall keeps the solo entries coming, also from the Class of ’76 debuts, while George Benson shivers a bit (Winter is here!) and a run of 11 chart years since Supership. Quo can beat that – 1973 they debuted in my charts, and now have 2 in the listings, how greedy! Of course Macca beats the lot of ’em, being as he debuted with The Beatles on top of my first retro charts in 1968 with Hey Jude, and is back with another Press To Play track.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
6 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
7 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
8 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
9 ( 11 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 19 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
12 ( 9 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
13 ( 18 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
14 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 14 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 13 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
19 ( 40 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
20 ( 16 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
23 ( 51 ) CANDY Cameo
24 ( 15 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
25 ( 20 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
26 ( 34 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
27 ( 22 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
28 ( 29 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
29 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
30 ( 27 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 41 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
33 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
34 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
35 ( 25 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
36 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 53 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( 28 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
40 ( 69 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

41 ( 32 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 24 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
43 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
44 ( 31 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 60 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
46 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
47 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
48 ( 44 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
49 ( 36 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
50 ( 71 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
52 ( 45 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
53 ( 61 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
54 ( 66 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
55 ( 50 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
56 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 59 ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
59 ( 42 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
60 ( NEW ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall

61 ( 37 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
62 ( 47 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
63 ( 67 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) CRY Godley & Creme
66 ( NEW ) SHIVER George Benson
67 ( 72 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) DREAMING Status Quo
70 ( 39 ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It

71 ( 73 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
72 ( 43 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
73 ( 65 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
75 ( 70 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

2nd Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES – all future chart-toppers in my charts in 1992, 1987, 2000’s respectively!

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black

 

9th December 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Erasure as Madonna threatens her 3rd chart-topper in a row at 2, and the chart starts to feel a little festive with The Housemartins leaping up to 13 with the Isleys cover, The Ronettes topping my oldies playlist (had I charted oldies in those days that means it would have been invading my top 75), and Chris De Burgh’s 3rd good single entering at 74, a perennial of course these days that never quite got the chart positions you might think. His other 2 good ones are High On Emotion and Don’t Pay The Ferryman.

Europe go top 5, that’ll please Brexiteers aiming for The Final Countdown, while Communards leap right into the top 10 from 32 with one of their very best tracks, So Cold The Night. Gregory Abbot & Jackie Wilson have good leaps into the 20, that’ll be the 3rd time Jackie has done that with oldies starting with Higher & Higher in 1969, I Get The Sweetest feeling in 1972, both of them going top 30 in 1975 as a double A, and now Reet Petite posthumously triggering the same 2 to come back and hit even higher peaks in 1987!!

Highest new entry is a-ha crying wolf, another winner from Morten & the lads yet to put a foot wrong, at 32, as Rod the Mod enters with In My Life at 35 the touching John Lennon Beatles song. As is always the case with Rod covers, bar Oh No Not My Baby and Ooh La La, it’s not as good as the original. Paul Simon’s good Boy In The Bubble is in at 45, giving him 17 years of chart success, 2 more than Rod, and 7 more than Elkie Brooks who returns with her last very good hit, No More The Fool at 62.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 6 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 13 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
5 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 19 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
8 ( 5 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 32 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 10 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
12 ( 8 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
13 ( 45 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 7 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
15 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
16 ( 36 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
17 ( 12 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
18 ( 23 ) CANDY Cameo
19 ( 11 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
20 ( 21 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

21 ( 26 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
22 ( 29 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
23 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
24 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
25 ( 18 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
26 ( 40 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
27 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
28 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
29 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned

31 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
32 ( NEW ) CRY WOLF a-ha
33 ( 27 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
34 ( 22 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( NEW ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( 30 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
38 ( 31 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
39 ( RE ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
40 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 54 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 35 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
44 ( 53 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
45 ( NEW ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
46 ( 25 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
47 ( 60 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
48 ( 39 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
49 ( 66 ) SHIVER George Benson
50 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 28 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
52 ( 51 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
54 ( 69 ) DREAMING Status Quo
55 ( 34 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 74 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
59 ( 52 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
60 ( 42 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek

61 ( 63 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
62 ( NEW ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
63 ( 71 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 55 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
66 ( 67 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 65 ) CRY Godley & Creme
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 48 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
70 ( 47 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood

71 ( 61 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
72 ( 49 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
73 ( 59 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
74 ( NEW ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
75 ( 46 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
2 BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
3 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright

 

16th December 1986

It’s the hat-trick for Madonna, as Open Your Heart gives her 3 chart-toppers in a row, holding The Final Countdown at 2. Cameo get a 3rd top 10, Jackie Wilson ditto, and Genesis a 4th. Daryl Hall makes it solo top40 hits, and Human League does a turnabout and leaps into the 30 after looking perilously like it was heading for the lowest chart position of any track from them (ignoring reissues) since the EP in 1980 debuted and peaked outside the 40. Also Spirit Of ’80 debut acts The Gap Band return, as does chart-topping Dexy’s Midnight Runners now back with a TV theme tune, while 1980 chart-toppers The Pretenders are also back with the lovely Hymn To Her.

Bad Company return for the first time since the mid-70’s, minus vocalist Paul Rodgers, ex-Free lead singer, but some of the band still technically date back to 1970 Free-era, and Mott The Hoople 1972-era. Spitting Image return with a Xmas novelty song. Thankfully, no I don’t remember it either. I can’t imagine it’s worse than their appalling chart-topper. Quo are beside themsleves in the top 40, and Elkie Brooks keeps the 70’s blues rock vibe going just behind them. Meanwhile my oldies chart shows me obviously revisiting December 1971 reel-to-reel tapes, and opting for the rock tracks and ex-Godspell soul singers.

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 4 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
3 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
4 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 18 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 16 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( 23 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
10 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 7 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
12 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
13 ( 15 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
15 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
16 ( 12 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
17 ( 21 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
18 ( 11 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
19 ( 32 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
20 ( 22 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 47 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
22 ( 26 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 19 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
25 ( 17 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
26 ( 25 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
27 ( 72 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
28 ( 42 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
29 ( 45 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
30 ( 20 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 24 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
32 ( 39 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
33 ( 35 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 40 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
36 ( 33 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
37 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
38 ( 36 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
39 ( 54 ) DREAMING Status Quo
40 ( 62 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 38 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 44 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
44 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
45 ( 28 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
46 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
47 ( 49 ) SHIVER George Benson
48 ( 27 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
49 ( 61 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
50 ( 30 ) ANYTHING The Damned

51 ( 58 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
52 ( 31 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
53 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
54 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
55 ( NEW ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
56 ( 43 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 71 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
59 ( 48 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
62 ( 46 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
63 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
64 ( 59 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
65 ( NEW ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
66 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
67 ( 74 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
68 ( 67 ) CRY Godley & Creme
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners

71 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
72 ( 60 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
73 ( NEW ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
74 ( 65 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
75 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Paul Young

Playlist oldies
1 FIREBALL Deep Purple
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT Ronnie Dyson

 

 

23rd December 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for recent Xmas classic Last Christmas, making it the 3rd xmas period in a row it had topped my chart – back in the day I was charting those not-so-old xmas faves year after year if they had made the UK charts at all (to qualify). Without that qualification my charts would have looked like the usual UK Xmas charts, chock full of the classic oldies. I did it first though, starting in Christmas 1974 and onwards, and yes the same songs that still chart. Shaky also charts for the second xmas in a row. Ahead of my time! That explains why I tend not to chart the same ones these days – been doing it for 44 years oops!

Eurythmics get another in a long line of top 10 singles, and Housemartins make it 2, as Jennifer Rush gets some recharting action in the UK singles chart, and thus mine too, a year on. Berlin come back with a good follow-up single that didn’t sell well in the real world, annoyingly, in at 28 and The Gap Band go top 30, and that Spitting Image Xmas song inexplicably climbs to 29. I’m guessing the video was amusing, as I still don’t recall it and can’t be bothered to youtube it.

Macca & The Pretenders keep the top 40’s coming, Paul McCartney making it 18 years and counting. Spoiler: he’s still making my charts 50 years on from Hey Jude. The Pointer Sisters return some 14 years on from first hearing of them (Yes We Can Can), Kool & The Gang keep the decade-long run of hits going blissfully unaware that House Music is about to end all that, Gary Moore is back again, ditto The Stranglers coming to a decade of charting, and James Brown makes his comeback last a bit longer. Not Sex Machine, but hey Get On Up…

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
4 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
6 ( 3 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
7 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 9 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
9 ( 17 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

11 ( 2 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
12 ( 20 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
15 ( 19 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
16 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
17 ( 11 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
18 ( 21 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
19 ( 28 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 18 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

21 ( 16 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 37 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
25 ( 14 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
26 ( 29 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
27 ( 15 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
28 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
29 ( 46 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
30 ( 55 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

31 ( 40 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
32 ( 43 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
33 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 27 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
35 ( 26 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
36 ( 39 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
38 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
39 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 60 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 36 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 71 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
44 ( 25 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
45 ( 31 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
46 ( 42 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 38 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
48 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
49 ( 65 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
50 ( 67 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

51 ( 35 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
52 ( 53 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 58 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
54 ( 44 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
55 ( 32 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
56 ( 61 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( 45 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
60 ( 73 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw

61 ( 56 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
62 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
63 ( 47 ) SHIVER George Benson
64 ( 59 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
66 ( 70 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( NEW ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 68 ) CRY Godley & Creme
70 ( 64 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
73 ( 48 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP James Brown
75 ( NEW ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

Playlist Oldies
1 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

 

30th December 1986

It’s the final chart of 1986 and Madonna is back up on top for a second week on top. Notably Shaky & Chris De Burgh’s christmas classics scraped into the 40 for me, and A Spaceman Came Travelling has peaked higher this christmas in 2018 in my charts than back in the day, while Merry Christmas Everyone was getting a second bite of christmas chart action in a row. Cameo reach a new career chart peak of 2 with Candy, and Gregoray Abbott gets his only moment in the top 10.

Elkie Brooks goes top 20 for the first time in 3 years, 9 years after her first time, Bad Company for the first time in 11 years with This Love, snuggling up to Is This Love, Alison Moyet’s climbing hit. To which the answer from those who hounded her off twitter in 2018 for asking people to be nice to women and listen and support their needs is a resounding “no”. Paul Simon makes it 2 top 20’s in a row for the first time in about 13 years, Elton & Cliff also add to their extensive run of top 20’s, 1971 and 1968 respectively, with a song no-one remembers but which was quite pleasant.

Iggy Pop gets his first ever top 40, 13 years later than one might have expected, but got there in the end. Highest new entry is Eric Clapton’s cover of his bandmate’s non-hit, Behind The Mask was big in my charts for Greg Philinganes, and Eric’s version was pedestrian to my ears, but fine to anyone who hadn’t heard the superior original. Latin Quarter return with a 3rd song, Barclay James Harvest adapt to the end of Prog Rock by charting in the 80’s after stiffing in the 70’s, Vesta Williams has a decent dance song, Go West don’t cover Cyndi, this song has an extra “u”, Lionel Richie tries a ballerina, presumably dancing on the ceiling, and Sheena pops in with a Christmas record no-one has ever heard, except those that have seen Santa Claus: The Movie. As I’ve not heard it in 32 years I can’t comment whether that is fair or not…until I just played it. So 80’s, so dreary. I liked Sheena. The only reason it charted!

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 3 ) CANDY Cameo
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 5 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
5 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
6 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 9 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 10 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
10 ( 16 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott

11 ( 8 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
12 ( 11 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
13 ( 12 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 15 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 31 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
16 ( 19 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( 24 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
18 ( 13 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 26 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

21 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
23 ( 14 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
24 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
25 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
26 ( 29 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
27 ( 30 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
28 ( 20 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
29 ( 32 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
30 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney

31 ( 18 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
32 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
34 ( 40 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 27 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
36 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 62 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
38 ( 35 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 25 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
40 ( 50 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 38 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
44 ( 51 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
46 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
48 ( 45 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
49 ( 48 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
50 ( 56 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

51 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 44 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
54 ( 47 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
55 ( 65 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 60 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
58 ( 54 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
59 ( 53 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
60 ( 75 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

61 ( NEW ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter
62 ( 55 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
63 ( 67 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 43 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
65 ( 72 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
66 ( 66 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 64 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

71 ( NEW ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
72 ( 70 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
73 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Go West
74 ( NEW ) BALLERINA Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD Sheena Easton

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 LIFE’S TOO SHORT Rescue Company No.1
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 IT’S TOO LATE Carole King

My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys, with Berlin’s classic movie theme breathing down their neck at 2, and Lloyd-Webber’s gorgeous Phantom song at 3. Anita Baker finally makes the top 10 with Sweet Love, and Shaky gets a rare top 10. His 4th, but his hit-rate is quite low. Madness chug into the 20, Boo! That’s “Boo!” as in ghostly fright, not an exclamation of displeasure. Kim Wilde also goes top 20 with her Supremes cover, climbing slowly, while Duran notoriously climb faster. Highest new entry is Debbie Harry’s best post-Blondie solo single, French Kissing In The USA, at 22, for 8 years of non-stop success in my charts, and China Crisis are back with the nice Arizona Sky at 26. That under-performed Uk chart-wise sadly.

Mel & Kim get a big climb into the 30, and Erasure, Swing Out Sister and Bon Jovi into the 40 ditto, as the fab emotive, hugging Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush are new at 39. Don’t Give Up is timeless advice. Future cheesy anthem Europe enters at 61. I was heading a Highways team, surveying Dorset roads back in this day, and a few weeks later I had a heated discussion with my young post-grad music student assistant which annoyed me so much it still burns cos I was so sure I was right in my opinion and he was wrong in his assessment that the chart were rubbish and the music disposable destined to be forgotten. “I bet you” I said, “that Berlin and Europe, at the very least, are remembered decades from now”. They had the ring of lasting popularity to me. Nice to be right.

The Cars main man is solo at 62, Madonna gifts a song for the first and last time, to male model Nick Kamen, he of the Levi 501 laundrette strip off advert. In at 70, just ahead of Janet Jackson and a more pedestrian follow-up to a fab single, in Control, another movie song from Kenny Loggins, and a lovely song from Bucks Fizz keeping each other warm, not to mention the cockles of my heart.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 6 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
3 ( 5 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 8 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
5 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
6 ( 9 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
7 ( 17 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
9 ( 10 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
10 ( 13 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 4 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
12 ( 18 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
13 ( 7 ) HUMAN Human League
14 ( 40 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 14 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
17 ( 22 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 30 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
19 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 11 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 12 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
22 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
23 ( 16 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
24 ( 20 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
25 ( 27 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
26 ( NEW ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
27 ( 49 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
28 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
29 ( 25 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
30 ( 36 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 21 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
32 ( 35 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
34 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 51 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
36 ( 53 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
37 ( 39 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
38 ( 59 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
39 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
40 ( 42 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
42 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
43 ( 46 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
44 ( 47 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
45 ( 37 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
46 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
47 ( 74 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
48 ( 31 ) WORD UP Cameo
49 ( 71 ) ASK The Smiths
50 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince

51 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 38 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
54 ( 29 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
55 ( 73 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
56 ( 48 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
58 ( 33 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
59 ( 54 ) CRY Godley & Creme
60 ( 28 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

61 ( NEW ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
62 ( NEW ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
63 ( 55 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
64 ( 70 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
65 ( 69 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
66 ( 65 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 64 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 56 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
69 ( 75 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
70 ( NEW ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen

71 ( NEW ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
73 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) BOAT TO BOLIVIA Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
75 ( NEW ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SAD SWEET DREAMER (REMIX) Sweet Sensation
2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones

 

11th November 1986

It’s a first week on top for Berlin’s movie classic, with Anita Baker looking Sweet at 2. Debbie Harry leaps into the top 5, the first time she has troubled that end of the chart for almost 6 years with Rapture, as Kissing The Pink get a second top 10 3 years on from The Last Film. Bon Jovi’s future classic anthem shoots up to 12 and Swing Out Sister Breakout into the 20. OMD get the highest new entry with the laid back We Love You, as future chart biggie Europe is up 29 places to 32, but is leapfrogged by Nick “Madonna” Kamen at 31. The Smiths, Tina Turner and Cutting Crew all return to the 40.

Eurythmics also go low-key with a sort-of Xmas ballad that everyone has forgotten these days, new at 49, just ahead of Spandau’s comeback after other projects, the Northern Ireland-referencing Through The Barricades. The under-rated Lone Justice enter at 56 with Shelter, though singer Maria McKee would eventually top the UK chart, Greg Abbott’s Shake You Down gets a decent new entry, Human League return with another Jam & Lewis track, this one uptempo, and under-performing considering the track record of all parties concerned in my charts. That also goes for Kate Bush’s Experimental single, and Frankie’s Wasteland, while Boston get a brief one-week return to my charts after, ooh, 9 years away. Ultravox scrape in as their best chart days are well and truly behind them at this point.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 22 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 4 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 12 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
10 ( 6 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

11 ( 5 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
12 ( 38 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
13 ( 11 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
14 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 8 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
16 ( 18 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
19 ( 36 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
20 ( 13 ) HUMAN Human League

21 ( 39 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 26 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 16 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
24 ( 35 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
25 ( 27 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
26 ( 37 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
28 ( 30 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
30 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU OMD

31 ( 70 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
32 ( 61 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
33 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
34 ( 49 ) ASK The Smiths
35 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
36 ( 29 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
37 ( 23 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
38 ( 55 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
39 ( 47 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
40 ( 31 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

41 ( 25 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
42 ( 21 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
43 ( 50 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
44 ( 33 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
45 ( 42 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
47 ( 28 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
48 ( 64 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
50 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet

51 ( 32 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
52 ( 71 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
53 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 62 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
55 ( 45 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
56 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
57 ( 75 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
58 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
59 ( 43 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
60 ( 56 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

61 ( 59 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 51 ) PANIC The Smiths
63 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
64 ( 57 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
65 ( 72 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 63 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
69 ( NEW ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 67 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) AMANDA Boston
73 ( NEW ) JODY Jermaine Stewart
74 ( 73 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
2 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
3 ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter

 

 

18th November 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Berlin as Shaky gets a career-high of 3 in my charts – with one of his most obscure hits! Bon Jovi make it 2 consecutive top 5’s with their signature tune, and Mel & Kim get a first top 10 and get the ball rolling proper on the SAW years of pop dominance. Kim Wilde makes it 5 years of top 10’s and Madness 7 years. Nick Kamen climbs into the 20, and Bucks Fizz shoot up into the 40 – keeping their record of top 40’s 100% in 5 years.

Highest new entry is Womack & Womack keeping up the run of post-Love Wars tracks to chart, at 42 with Soul Love/Soul Man, as Cyndi Lauper leapfrogs herself as True Colors drops like a brick and the good Change Of Heart enters at 51. Cameo are back with Candy, sweet! Phil Fearon is back with another cover, this time the 1968 Showstoppers song Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty, and some substantial goodies enter at the lower end, from Robbie Nevil’s C’Est La Vie, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones terrific The Rain, The Communards best-single to-date So Cold The Night, and also a bunch of lesser entries from Glass Tiger (over-rated), Simple Minds, a Springsteen cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War, Grace Jones, and a superstar duet from Elton and Cliff, who collectively had made the UK charts every year since 1958, and for quite some time after 1986, Elton having non-stop runs from 1971 through 1999, while Cliff had 1958 through 1974. In my charts Elton had a non-stop run from 1971 through to 2002 with new material, or 2004 including oldies.

1 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 12 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 25 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
8 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
10 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 7 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
12 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 24 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
15 ( 19 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
17 ( 11 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
18 ( 31 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
19 ( 13 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
20 ( 10 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

21 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 9 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
24 ( 15 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
25 ( 32 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) HUMAN Human League
28 ( 30 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
29 ( 65 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
30 ( 34 ) ASK The Smiths

31 ( 23 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
32 ( 54 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
33 ( 75 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
34 ( 39 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( 50 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 38 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
37 ( 70 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
38 ( 27 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
39 ( 49 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
40 ( 48 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
42 ( NEW ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
43 ( 29 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
44 ( 56 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
45 ( 36 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
46 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
47 ( 37 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
48 ( 69 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
49 ( 57 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
50 ( 40 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

51 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
52 ( 35 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
53 ( 52 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( NEW ) CANDY Cameo
56 ( 44 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
57 ( 28 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
58 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
59 ( 43 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
60 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League

61 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 60 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
64 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
65 ( 55 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
66 ( NEW ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
67 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
68 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
69 ( 74 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 67 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

71 ( NEW ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
72 ( 62 ) PANIC The Smiths
73 ( NEW ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

Playlist oldies
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

 

 

25th November 1986

It’s a sudden leap to the top spot for Erasure, Sometimes has pottered around climbing slowly for a few weeks, before stopping Debbie Harry getting a solo topper – though Blondie would be back for some more in the 21st century anyway. Vince Clark had already topped with Yazoo’s Only You 4 years earlier, and it wouldn’t be his last chart-topper either. Cyndi Lauper rockets into the top 20 with Change Of Heart, easily outdoing True Colors which was pleasantly dull in comparison, and giving her a 4th top 20.

Highest newie is The Damned, 7 years of chart entries and counting, followed by a 3rd for Fuzzbox, both inside the 40, just behind a leaping Jam & Lewis Human League, and ahead of a cool Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, both climbing fast. Genesis also return with one of their very best singles, Land Of Confusion and it’s Spitting Image video, and the smooth Shake You Down gives Gregory Abbott a debut. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, long a fave from the sitcom Soap, and en route to movie stardom, slips out a whimsical US hit single, You Look Marvellous, done in the style of latin Hollywood movie star Fernando Llamas, and tickles my fancy as I also liked Fernando. The Housemartins cover the Isleys, and instantly outdo them with their accapella version.

Talking of Yazoo, Alison Moyet is also back with a goodie, Is This Love, and Howard Jones & Five Star add to their list, while new in at 75, briefly, it’s Wendy Richard reprising her 1962 smash Come Outside, which I adored as a 4 or 5-year-old and thereafter, though she swaps lead singer from Mike Sarne to Mike Berry who had been hitless for 6 years, but gets 11 years of chart entries since his 1975 cover of Don’t Be Cruel, some 10 years since his 60’s popstar career stalled.

1 ( 14 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 7 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 9 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
9 ( 18 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
10 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 50 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
14 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
15 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
16 ( 11 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
17 ( 28 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
19 ( 29 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
20 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis

21 ( 13 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 17 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
23 ( 16 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
24 ( 32 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
25 ( 20 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
26 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 24 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
28 ( 19 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
29 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
30 ( 37 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
32 ( 27 ) HUMAN Human League
33 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
34 ( 39 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 60 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
37 ( 42 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
38 ( NEW ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 63 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

41 ( 66 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
42 ( 23 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
43 ( 40 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
44 ( 36 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
45 ( 31 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
46 ( 48 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
47 ( 71 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
48 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
50 ( 38 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

51 ( 54 ) CANDY Cameo
52 ( 47 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
53 ( NEW ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 30 ) ASK The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
57 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
58 ( 44 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
59 ( NEW ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
60 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

61 ( 64 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
62 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
63 ( 49 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
67 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 75 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
70 ( 68 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

71 ( NEW ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
72 ( 73 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
73 ( 74 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
74 ( 65 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) COME OUTSIDE Mike Berry & Wendy Richard

Playlist Oldies
1 WHY Donny Osmond
2 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

7th and final week on top for Human (phew!) leaving Madonna at 2, Quo shooting up to 3, or Pet Shop Boys up to 7 to take over next week. Madonna had just had her first chart-topper, Pet Shop Boys 2 of 3, and Quo never ever topped my chart to date. The Monkees get a new track into the 10 for the first time ever, Paul Simon his first since Love Me Like A Rock in 1973, and The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 20’s.

Highest new entry is a stonking Hi-NRG version of the Supremes You Keep Me hanging On to give Kim Wilde her first biggie in a few years, in at 32, while Paul hardcastle takes the new TOTP theme tune in at 40. Red Box are all For America (not really, it’s a slagging off), and Wax are systematic at 59 – but presumably not their car is not hydromatic, nor greased lightning. Shakatak & Gary Numan are back at 71 together again, and two veterans return – James Brown, and Jackson Browne, the man who had Doctor My Eyes back in 1972 before The Jackson 5 covered it.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 18 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 3 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
6 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
7 ( 17 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 16 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
10 ( 12 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

11 ( 10 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
13 ( 15 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
14 ( 30 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
15 ( 7 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
16 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
17 ( 9 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
18 ( 23 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
19 ( 25 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
20 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
22 ( 11 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
23 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
24 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
26 ( 27 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
27 ( 40 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
28 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 19 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi

31 ( 22 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
32 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
33 ( 26 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
34 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
35 ( 34 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
36 ( 38 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
37 ( 52 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
38 ( 51 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
39 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle

41 ( 36 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 46 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
43 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
44 ( RE ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
45 ( 57 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
46 ( 45 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
47 ( 61 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 42 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 63 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
52 ( 31 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
53 ( NEW ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
54 ( 59 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
55 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
56 ( 32 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
57 ( 41 ) HEARTLAND The The
58 ( 56 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( NEW ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 69 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
62 ( 54 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
64 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
65 ( 72 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
66 ( 71 ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
67 ( 66 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 73 ) DREAMER B B & Q
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
70 ( 75 ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

71 ( NEW ) NEW THING FROM LONDON TOWN Sharpe & Numan
72 ( NEW ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
73 ( NEW ) GRAVITY James Brown
74 ( 74 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( 53 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

14th October 1986

It’s Madonna grabbing a second chart-topper and not the Pet Shop Boys who have to make do with 4 for now, their 3rd top 5 (2 of them number 1’s). I love the video for True Blue, Madonna was all 50’s-stylee in love with Sean Penn. Possibly why she excludes the track at every opportunity from compilations and concerts. It’s not as if it’s as awful as Hanky Panky…

The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 10 hits, since Kid became the first, and OMD 6 years after a slow climb with Forever (Live And Die). Red Box rocket up For America and a second top 20, The Bangles get a 3rd, and Chairmen Of The Board do it for the 7th time after a gap of 13 years. Highest new entry is a bit of a classic from Berlin, Take My Breath Away from a film I’ve never seen, Top something or other starring Tom somebody. Probably obscure. New at 34 it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, both debuting for the start of a lengthy chart runs as kids. Not sure what happened to Will someone, I think he went into acting and had some modest success.

The Stranglers are back with Always The Sun, very tuneful and not at all like Peaches some 9 years earlier, in at 47. Kissing The Pink get a 3rd entry, presumably It should have been Kissing The Green as pink is worth 6. Aretha covers the Stones and keeps her 80’s run going, 18 years on, as Boris & Gwen get some follow-up action. Little Richard is also back over 30 years into his career with a good single in Operator, and just above them, sneaking in quietly it’s Erasure with Sometimes. Much lower than it may have been expected to debut given it’s rather fab. Vince thus makes it 5 years of hit songs.

1 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 7 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 8 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 14 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
10 ( 12 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

11 ( 9 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
12 ( 53 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
13 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
14 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
15 ( 11 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
17 ( 16 ) WORD UP Cameo
18 ( 13 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
19 ( 23 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
20 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 18 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
22 ( 15 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 32 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 17 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
25 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
26 ( 25 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
27 ( 22 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
28 ( 40 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
29 ( 37 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
30 ( 45 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha

31 ( 63 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
32 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 27 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( NEW ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
35 ( 21 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
36 ( 31 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
37 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 35 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
39 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
40 ( 33 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 44 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
43 ( 30 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
44 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
45 ( 26 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
46 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
48 ( 46 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
49 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme

51 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
52 ( 38 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
53 ( 47 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
55 ( 49 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
56 ( 34 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
57 ( 72 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 36 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
62 ( 43 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
63 ( 73 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( 65 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
66 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
69 ( 51 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( 57 ) HEARTLAND The The

71 ( NEW ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
72 ( 52 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
73 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERY BEATBOX Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES Erasure
75 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Little Richard

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

21st October 1986

It’s a first week on top for their 3rd chart-topper inside 12 months, as Suburbia seals the Pet Shop Boys as my new fave pop act, closely followed by Madonna as I buy True Blue and get into La Isla Bonita and Jimmy Jimmy in my playlist/oldies chart. I didn’t allow album tracks else both would have charted, La Isla Bonita quite highly some months ahead of its single release. The highest new entry is a Phantom Of The Opera gorgeous ballad, giving Cliff the latest of numerous top 10’s throughout the 18 years he had been charting (and 23 years if I’d charted earlier aged 5). It’s one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s best songs, and also means Sarah Brightman grabs a first top 10 from her hubby since she was a Hot Gossip-fronting Starship Trooper chart-topper 8 years earlier.

In at 13, Bob Geldof’s first solo single, post-Live Aid, was not that wildly received at the time, I rather liked it myself, and it keeps his run of top 20’s going for 9 years including the Rats singles. The Stranglers also keep the Punk ’77 flag flying shooting up Always The Sun into the 20, while Will Smith gets his first top 20. Hands up who thought he’d be a major movie star? No, me neither. About as likely as Sarah Brightman getting into opera and musicals off the back of Starship Trooper.

Talking of actors, Don Johnson has a crack at a singing career while his Miami Vice star is shining. It didn’t work but Heartbeat was quite decent and in at 42. World Party return, as do the post-Lionel Commodores, for a sweet 12 years since Machine Gun debuted. Duran Duran return with a bang after a short break, Notorious at 64, and Prince needs another lover like a hole in the head, apparently, at 66. The Icicle Works string out a 3rd year of chart entries, and Swing Out Sister debut with the fab jazzy 80’s pop of Breakout at 70, as Nik Kershaw and The Mission sneak back in ahead of Alice Cooper returning after a break – he’s Back! 14 years since School’s Out for summer.

This week I saw The Blow Monkeys and Level 42 in concert, fab musicians all. Digging Your Scene was the 1986 track that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye the most. Love it.

1 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
5 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
6 ( 9 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
7 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
8 ( NEW ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 25 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
10 ( 7 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

11 ( 12 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
13 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
14 ( 30 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
15 ( 47 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 11 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
17 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
18 ( 10 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
20 ( 34 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

21 ( 14 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
22 ( 17 ) WORD UP Cameo
23 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 28 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 29 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
26 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
27 ( 13 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28 ( 18 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
29 ( 49 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
30 ( 31 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites

31 ( 26 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
32 ( 24 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
33 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
34 ( 21 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
35 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
36 ( 68 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
37 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
39 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 27 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
43 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
44 ( NEW ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
45 ( 44 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 40 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
47 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
48 ( RE ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
49 ( 38 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
50 ( 65 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner

51 ( 48 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
52 ( 51 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 50 ) CRY Godley & Creme
54 ( 36 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
55 ( 71 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
56 ( 42 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
57 ( 57 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 33 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( NEW ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
60 ( 64 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young

61 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
62 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 63 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( NEW ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
65 ( 35 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
68 ( 55 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
69 ( 74 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
70 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister

71 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
72 ( 53 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
73 ( NEW ) NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
74 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
75 ( NEW ) HE’S BACK Alice Cooper

non-chart playlist
1 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 JIMMY JIMMY Madonna
3 GALAXY T.Rex

 

28th October 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Suburbia as Quo get a 4-week run at 3 stuck behind my top two acts of 1986, The Bangles get a 3rd top 10, Red Box a second and last, and Bob Geldof a first and final solo top 10 – though the Rats had loads over the previous 8 years. Highest new entry (gasp!) is Shaky with a sweet ballad, in one fell swoop beating almost all of his previous singles, bar 2 or 3, in at 13. It’s a 3rd top 20 for entering Doctor & the Medics covering Abba’s 1974 chart-topper with an assist from Roy Wood, his first top 20 (barring Xmas re-entries of you-know-what) for a decade.

Anita Baker’s minor hit of a couple of months earlier finally starts to sell in the UK and shoots back in at 17, Sweet Love, The Mission have a huge climb into the 30, as do Duran Duran, While Cyndi Lauper finally makes the 40 with True Colors after faffing about a few weeks. Jaki Graham gets a 3rd solo top 40, in at 39, and Madness return with their final good record for 12 years, after a non-stop-run of 7 years, in at 40 with the Ghost Train. Good for Halloween of course.

Mel & Kim start-up the SAW pop factory proper, as they debut with Showin’ Out at 49, Bobby G remixes and comes back with a TV theme, Paul McCartney pulls a second single off Press To Play, and Bon Jovi return with a classic bang! Livin’ On A Prayer remains a widely-known anthem, selling well into the 2010’s. Also back: The Housemartins, a windy Bowie (promoting cult Xmas movie, The Snowman), The Smiths Ask for a return while they are still Panic-ing, Tina Turner is Two people, Cutting Crew get a quick follow-up, and The Real Thing sneak in briefly with a song that isn’t a 70’s biggie.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 6 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
5 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
6 ( 9 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
7 ( 4 ) HUMAN Human League
8 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
9 ( 11 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
10 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof

11 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
12 ( 14 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
13 ( NEW ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 7 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 20 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
17 ( RE ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
18 ( 29 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
19 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 25 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope

21 ( 10 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
22 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
23 ( 16 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
24 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 19 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
26 ( 74 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
27 ( 30 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
28 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
29 ( 17 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
30 ( 64 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) WORD UP Cameo
32 ( 36 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
33 ( 42 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
34 ( 55 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
36 ( 72 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 31 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
38 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
39 ( NEW ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
40 ( NEW ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 47 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
43 ( 21 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
44 ( 32 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
45 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 50 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
47 ( 59 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
48 ( 40 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
50 ( 33 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

51 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 70 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
54 ( 53 ) CRY Godley & Creme
55 ( 51 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
56 ( 46 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
57 ( 67 ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
58 ( NEW ) THEME FROM BIG DEAL (REMIX) Bobby G
59 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney

61 ( 44 ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
62 ( 27 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
63 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( 62 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
68 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
69 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
70 ( NEW ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

71 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
72 ( 71 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
74 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
75 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies
1 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
2 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
3 DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

My September 1986 Charts

2nd September 1986

It’s Human League on top for a second week, presiding over a Jam & Lewis top 2, and a big pop week for me: the week I got on Radio 1 on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, backstage with The Real Thing, and the week I bought my first Now That’s What I Call Music which boosted tracks in my chart which were on it. Highest new entry is the brilliant 20th anniversary of Eleanor Rigby (the reason for the high chart position, Yellow Submarine is for completion purposes only by that time, though I loved it as a kid), the Fabs keeping up with the reissues.

Big climbs for Tina Turner, The Communards, The Psychedelic Furs, OMD and Cutting Crew into the 40, with big new tracks entering lower down: You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon back with a biggie to signal classic Graceland; Chairmen Of The Board back with their first fab track in 13 years, having topped my chart in 1973; House arrives proper with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk; Cameo do that much-covered future codpiece classic Word Up; Run DMC innovate a rap/rock combo with Aerosmith, and boost the 70’s rockers back into fashion in the US, and chart success at last in the UK setting up the rest of the decade and the 90’s; INXS’ best early single, the fab Kiss The Dirt; and yet another 1976 disco remix from Tina Charles, which pretty much pushed me into overload saturation for the once-loved disco chart-topper, and I’ve yet to get back to it in the same way.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
3 ( NEW ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
7 ( 6 ) PANIC The Smiths
8 ( 14 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
9 ( 12 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
10 ( 8 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie

11 ( 7 ) CRY Godley & Creme
12 ( 9 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
13 ( 18 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
14 ( 25 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
15 ( 10 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
16 ( 20 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
17 ( 11 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
18 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 23 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
20 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

21 ( 15 ) SHOUT Lulu
22 ( 16 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
23 ( 26 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
24 ( 37 ) HEARTLAND The The
25 ( 32 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
27 ( 29 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
28 ( 19 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
29 ( 39 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
30 ( 54 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
32 ( 57 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 69 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
34 ( 27 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
35 ( 53 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 50 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37 ( 21 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
38 ( 59 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
39 ( 61 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
40 ( 33 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

41 ( 24 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
42 ( 30 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
43 ( 45 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
44 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
45 ( 42 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
46 ( 36 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
47 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
48 ( 40 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
49 ( NEW ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
50 ( NEW ) WORD UP Cameo

51 ( 38 ) THE LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
52 ( 28 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
53 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
54 ( 41 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
55 ( 31 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
56 ( 67 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
57 ( 55 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
58 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
59 ( NEW ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
60 ( 56 ) VENUS Bananarama

61 ( 35 ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
62 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
63 ( 68 ) TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Sam Cooke
64 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 64 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
67 ( 72 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
68 ( 48 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
69 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
70 ( NEW ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

71 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl
72 ( 71 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WAY Run DMC featuring Aerosmith
74 ( 75 ) MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama
75 ( 52 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

 

9th September 1986

3 weeks on top for Human, as my top 10 goes mad, with a massive leap for Killing Joke, far and away their biggest track for me, Adorations at 5, and INXS get a first top 10 with the fab Kiss The Dirt, up a whopping 64 places to 6. The Communards become the 3rd act to get a big hit out of Dont Leave Me This Way at 8, and highest new entry is the title track from Madonna’s fab True Blue album, in at 9.

Big climbs for Frankie, their 5th top 20, Bon Jovi get the first of a few top 20’s, novelty Holiday Rap enters at 16 for some European rapping, Cameo go top 30, and Five Star’s best and most charming record is in at 29, Rain Or Shine. Run DMC rock-et into the 40 helped by that fab video, and Farley takes House into the 40 too. The Ramones are back with some crummy stuff 8 years into their chart career, Amazulu cover Bobby Bloom, Pete Wylie is into diamonds, Elvis Costello makes it 9 years of chart success, Cyndi Lauper pops in with True Colors, not one of my faves of hers if I’m honest, Dead Or Alive make it 2 years and running, Falco makes it a hat trick of hits, and XTC are into grass, presumably having given up on making plans for Nigel after 7 years of trying.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 43 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
6 ( 70 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
7 ( 14 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
9 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
10 ( 5 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

11 ( 7 ) PANIC The Smiths
12 ( 36 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 20 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
14 ( 6 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
15 ( 29 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
16 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
17 ( 10 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
18 ( 9 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
19 ( 24 ) HEARTLAND The The
20 ( 25 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) CRY Godley & Creme
22 ( 8 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
23 ( 12 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
24 ( 13 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
25 ( 39 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
26 ( 33 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
27 ( 15 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 50 ) WORD UP Cameo
29 ( NEW ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
30 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
32 ( 16 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
33 ( 22 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
34 ( 73 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
35 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 38 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
37 ( 26 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
38 ( 23 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
39 ( 58 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
40 ( 21 ) SHOUT Lulu

41 ( 18 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
42 ( 28 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
43 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
44 ( 40 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
45 ( 19 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
46 ( 59 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
47 ( 27 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
48 ( 44 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 45 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 42 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T

51 ( 34 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
52 ( NEW ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
53 ( 64 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
54 ( 56 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( RE ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 37 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
57 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
58 ( 41 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
59 ( 48 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
60 ( NEW ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie

61 ( 53 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
62 ( 31 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
63 ( 49 ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
64 ( 67 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 57 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 46 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
68 ( NEW ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
69 ( 54 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
70 ( NEW ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
72 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
73 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
75 ( NEW ) GRASS XTC

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri
2 IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING Faron Young
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

16th September 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for Human, as Bon Jovi get a first top 5 along with INXS. Run DMC and Aerosmith have a big climb for a first top 10, while Cameo make it a second with Word Up. Big climbs into the 20 for Psychedelic Furs & Five Star, and highest new entry is one-hit wonders Timex Social Club with the great Rumors. Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going strong, and Michael MacDonald takes Sweet Freedom into the 40, Chairmen Of The Board do the same for the first time since Finder’s Keepers in 1973, Pete Wylie adds to his occasional top 40 forays, Paul Simon makes his list longer, and Amazulu keep ’em coming.

UB40 keep the 6-year-run strong as they enter with All I Want To Do, and The Bangles come back strongly walking like an Egyptian. Meat Loaf pairs with Parr for a spot of mercenary chart attacking, Big Country, Talking Heads and Ultravox have minor returns, and Queen’s Highlander anthem Who wants To Live Forever sneaks in quietly.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
5 ( 15 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
6 ( 8 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
7 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 34 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
9 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
10 ( 28 ) WORD UP Cameo

11 ( 5 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
12 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 16 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
14 ( 25 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
15 ( 29 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
16 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
17 ( 36 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
18 ( 13 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
19 ( 20 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
20 ( 11 ) PANIC The Smiths

21 ( 10 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
22 ( 26 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
23 ( 14 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
24 ( 39 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
25 ( 19 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( NEW ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
27 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
28 ( 71 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
29 ( 17 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
30 ( 18 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley & Creme
32 ( 43 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
33 ( 23 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
34 ( 53 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 33 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
36 ( 60 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
37 ( 57 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
38 ( 27 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
39 ( 22 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
40 ( 46 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

41 ( 32 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
42 ( 24 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
43 ( 37 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
44 ( 38 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
45 ( 52 ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
46 ( 44 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
47 ( 55 ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
48 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 40 ) SHOUT Lulu
50 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera

51 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
52 ( 49 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 42 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
54 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
55 ( 47 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
56 ( 45 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
57 ( 72 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
58 ( 41 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
59 ( 64 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
60 ( 31 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range

61 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
62 ( 68 ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
63 ( NEW ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( NEW ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
66 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 74 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
68 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
69 ( 56 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
70 ( 61 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz

71 ( 50 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
72 ( 73 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WILD WILD LIFE Talking Heads
74 ( 59 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
75 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS Hollywood Beyond

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
2 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
3 HERE IT COMES AGAIN The Fortunes

 

23rd September 1986

It’s 5 weeks on top for Human, on track to be my biggest record of 1986, and Five Star get into the top 5 with the lovely Rain Or Shine. Eurythmics get their almost obligatory top 10 in my charts, they rarely fail to make it, and Timex Social Club leap up to 10 for the first and last time with a top 10 track. Outside the top 10 things are very volatile with big drops, big climbers and loads of new entries:

Dead Or Alive continue the run of top 20’s, Paul Simon leaps Al up to 13, for his highest placing in 13 years, House hits my top 20 with the Jackmaster, OMD sneak another top 20, and highest new entry at 20 is a comeback for The Monkees, or rather 2 of them with vocals from Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, and the first Monkees tracks to chart in 6 years, but actually the first new stuff ever to make my charts – as all their previous chart-toppers were reissues of stuff I adored before I began charting in 1968. They most-recently charted with a Paul Weller/Noel Gallagher song in 2017, their best stuff since their heyday 50 years earlier.

Big climbers into the 40 for Meatloaf, Big Country, Falco, Ultravox and The Bangles, all returning from previous hits, while the 20-year-old That’ll Be The Day brings Buddy Holly back into my charts – a semi-regular event over the decades which is pretty good considering they all date from the year I was born or earlier, being as he died around my first birthday. Others extending the runs of hits: Elton John (15 years), Billy Idol (8 years), Billy Joel (11 years), Ashford & Simpson (18 years as writers). Notable newies from Black, with the gorgeous Wonderful Life, Pet Shop Boys entering relatively low with Suburbia, following on from 2 chart-toppers & a top 10 – the B side was equally as good (Paninaro) and should have been the next single instead, but in those days B sides were ineligible for my charts or else it would certainly have topped my chart.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
5 ( 15 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 10 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 8 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
8 ( 19 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
9 ( 14 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
10 ( 26 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club

11 ( 18 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
12 ( 28 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
13 ( 40 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
14 ( 9 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
15 ( 17 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
16 ( 24 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
17 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
18 ( 22 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 6 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
20 ( NEW ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 4 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
22 ( 13 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
23 ( 11 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
24 ( 16 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
25 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 36 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
28 ( 20 ) PANIC The Smiths
29 ( 32 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
30 ( 21 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

31 ( 37 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
32 ( 23 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
33 ( 61 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 63 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
36 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
37 ( NEW ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
38 ( 31 ) CRY Godley & Creme
39 ( 57 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
40 ( 65 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox

41 ( 35 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
42 ( 33 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
43 ( 29 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
44 ( 51 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 30 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
46 ( 59 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
47 ( 68 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
49 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
50 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 39 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
52 ( 46 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
53 ( RE ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 27 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
55 ( 38 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
56 ( 52 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
57 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
58 ( NEW ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
59 ( 49 ) SHOUT Lulu
60 ( NEW ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 50 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
62 ( 41 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
64 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 42 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
66 ( 43 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
67 ( NEW ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( RE ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( NEW ) I WANT EVERYTHING The Godfathers

71 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Luis Gardenas
72 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
74 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
75 ( NEW ) GOOD VIBRATIONS Psychic TV

Oldies
1 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 SECRET LOVE Kathy Kirby
3 RACE WITH THE DEVIL Gun

 

30th September 1986

It’s 6 weeks on top for Human, their longest run at 1, as Big Supreme get a well-deserved top 10 placing in the absence of an actual chart placing in the real world, and The Police try a comeback which goes horribly acrimoniously leaving only the new version of their 1980 number one in at 8 – they really did mean it when they said don’t stand so close to me. Dead Or Alive get a full-set of top 10’s since You spin me Round.

Critics who claimed every Quo song sounded the same (they don’t) had no response to their cover of In The Army Now, sounding nothing like Quo and fab, in at 18. Pet Shop Boys make it 4 top 20’s in a row as Suburbia rockets up to 17, and Elton is still leaping into the 20 15 years on. The Pretenders have an Avengers-themed 60’s moment with the great Don’t Get Me Wrong in at 30, while lower end hits continue to enter for Loose Ends, Julian Cope and his best post-Teardrops Explode single, Howard Jones, Marti Webb, 15 years of Rod Stewart, Paul Young, The Housemartins, and New Order.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 8 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 10 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
6 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 11 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
8 ( NEW ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 7 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
10 ( 12 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive

11 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
13 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
14 ( 15 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
15 ( 16 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
16 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
17 ( 60 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
19 ( 4 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
20 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
22 ( 9 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
23 ( 39 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
24 ( 19 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 31 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
26 ( 21 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
27 ( 29 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
28 ( 17 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
30 ( NEW ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

31 ( 27 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
32 ( 35 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
33 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 24 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
35 ( 36 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
36 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
37 ( 46 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
38 ( 40 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
39 ( 28 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( 53 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News

41 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
42 ( 32 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
43 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
44 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 41 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
46 ( 49 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( 38 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 26 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
52 ( NEW ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
53 ( 23 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
54 ( 42 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
55 ( 57 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
56 ( 52 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
57 ( 73 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
58 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
59 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
60 ( 56 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 68 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
62 ( 37 ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
63 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( NEW ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
65 ( 45 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
66 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
67 ( 67 ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( 55 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
69 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
70 ( 59 ) SHOUT Lulu

71 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
72 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) DREAMER B B & Q
74 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( NEW ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 EMMA Hot Chocolate
3 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
4 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
5 YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND Hot Chocolate

My August 1986 Charts

5th August 1986

It’s the oldest record to top my chart to date at 1 – the 22-year-old Shout, giving Lulu her first chart-topper after 18 years of trying. There are lots of big climbers, big droppers, and new entries in a volatile chart week. Doctor & The Medics make it 2 top 5’s in a row with a big leap, and yes, someone had to like it, Chris De Burgh also goes top 5 here. I loathe the record these days, got sick of hearing it very quickly, and have never gone back to it, it was all those wedding dances that did it…!

Robert Palmer gets his first top 10, Patti Labelle rockets into the 20, and Bruce Hornsby & Jesus & Mary Chain both leap strongly into the 20 too. The Smiths rocket into the 30, along with 2 soul divas in Aretha Franklin & Gwen Guthrie. The highest new entry is Miami Sound Machine, back again with the rather lovely Fallin In Love at 28. Yello have a European Goldrush into the 40, & The Real Thing get a 3rd 70’s remix into my 40, still feeling that force 7 years on. Tim Finn, ex of Split Enz and brother of forthcoming Crowded House ex-Split Enz Neil Finn, gets a solo entry, Prince is close behind, a bit of Boris Gardiner debuting his lover’s rock future UK chart-topper, Basia goes solo of Matt Bianco, Everything But The Girl have another newie, and the fabulous record and future Annie Lennox fabness (supporting Eurythmics on tour as it happens, A Lover Speaks) is No More ‘I Love You’s. Jefferey Osbourne also returns, popping to Soweto.

1 ( 3 ) SHOUT Lulu
2 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
3 ( 24 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 18 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
5 ( 5 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 6 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 2 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
8 ( 15 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
9 ( 4 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
10 ( 10 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
12 ( 30 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
13 ( 9 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
14 ( 8 ) VENUS Bananarama
15 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
16 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
17 ( 51 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
18 ( 11 ) ROSES Haywoode
19 ( 42 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
20 ( 45 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

21 ( 20 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
22 ( 16 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
23 ( 13 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
24 ( 12 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
25 ( 27 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
26 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
27 ( 48 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
28 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
29 ( 39 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
30 ( 74 ) PANIC The Smiths

31 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
32 ( 25 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 19 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
34 ( 65 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
35 ( 21 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
36 ( 28 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
37 ( 29 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
38 ( NEW ) GOLDRUSH Yello
39 ( 22 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
40 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing

41 ( 23 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
42 ( 41 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
43 ( 35 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
44 ( 72 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
45 ( 40 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
46 ( NEW ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
47 ( NEW ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
48 ( 64 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
49 ( 32 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
50 ( 50 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( NEW ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
52 ( 38 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
53 ( 75 ) RED SKY Status Quo
54 ( NEW ) PRIME TIME TV Basia
55 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
56 ( 44 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
57 ( 53 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
58 ( 47 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
59 ( 57 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
60 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
62 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
63 ( 63 ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( 31 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
65 ( 69 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
66 ( 36 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
67 ( 56 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
68 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
69 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
70 ( 70 ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( 43 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
74 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
75 ( 34 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 JACKIE Scott Walker
3 YAMASUKI The Yamasukis

 

12th August 1986

A few weeks since The Supremes oldie hit the top, in comes Diana Ross with her first major solo hit, the definitive OTT cover of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, the Marvin & Tammi oldie, a hit in 1970 while I lived out the country and was blissfully unaware of it until a few years later – I grew to love it more and more over the years until it was a 1986 reissue, giving her a 3rd solo topper, or 5 including The Supremes. The chart is as volatile as last week, tracks shooting up and dropping back, and entering high, such as the highest new track at 8 from the Human league doing Jam & Lewis, the gorgeous Human, and another Jam & Lewis classic for Janet Jackson, When I Think Of You, at 47.

Patti Labelle gets a second top tenner, Oh people at 4, and The Smiths grab one of their occasional top 10’s with the fab Panic up to 9. Bon Jovi debut in my charts with You Give Love A Bad Name, at 51, Jermaine Stewart dances in without having to take his clothes off, Winston Reedy does a good reggae cover of Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks slips in with the understated and utter gorgeousness of Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You, The The sneak in, and somehow Anita Dobson escapes from Eastenders, bungs some lyrics on the theme tune, and got future hubbie Brian May on production duties, hey presto a big UK hit in the year when Angie ruled the Queen Vic.

1 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
2 ( 1 ) SHOUT Lulu
3 ( 5 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
4 ( 16 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
5 ( 3 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 2 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
7 ( 8 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
8 ( NEW ) HUMAN Human League
9 ( 30 ) PANIC The Smiths
10 ( 4 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh

11 ( 12 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
12 ( 6 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
13 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
14 ( 17 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
15 ( 7 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
16 ( 19 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
17 ( 40 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
18 ( 10 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
19 ( 25 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
20 ( 20 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

21 ( 13 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
22 ( 9 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
23 ( 11 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
24 ( 15 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
25 ( 28 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
26 ( 44 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
27 ( 34 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
28 ( 14 ) VENUS Bananarama
29 ( 18 ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( 22 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz

31 ( 23 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
32 ( 51 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
33 ( 29 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
34 ( 48 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
35 ( 53 ) RED SKY Status Quo
36 ( 26 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
37 ( 32 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 38 ) GOLDRUSH Yello
39 ( 24 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
40 ( 46 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn

41 ( 37 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
42 ( 33 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
43 ( 42 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl
45 ( 21 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
46 ( 47 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
47 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
48 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
49 ( 61 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
50 ( 54 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia

51 ( NEW ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
52 ( 65 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
53 ( 31 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
54 ( 45 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
55 ( 73 ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
56 ( 43 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
57 ( 36 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
58 ( 49 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
59 ( 63 ) SO MACHO Sinitta
60 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye

61 ( 35 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
62 ( NEW ) I HAD A FRIEND Rain And Tears
63 ( 62 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
64 ( 55 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
65 ( 57 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
66 ( NEW ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
67 ( NEW ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
68 ( 41 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
69 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
70 ( 69 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

71 ( 52 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
72 ( 58 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
73 ( NEW ) HAS ANYONE WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU Stevie Nicks
74 ( NEW ) HEARTLAND The The
75 ( 67 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
2 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
3 I LOVE ALL OF ME Yoko Ono

 

19th August 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Diana Ross’ 1970 classic, just holding off Human at 2, and a return for Godley & Creme’s 1985 chart-topper Cry, thanks to a re-entry in the UK top 75 validating it. Janet Jackson adds another Jam & Lewis goodie into the 10 as one departs (Robert Palmer), up 41 places for When I Think Of You to 6. Highest new song is in at 12 for Modern Talking, a nice slice of Eurocheese as opposed to a brilliant drink of Hot Chocolate 70’s soul. Likewise, Sophie & Peter Johnson, John Peel faves are in at 28, a new song as opposed to The Turtles classic Happy Together. Melodic 80’s pop ballad, that deserved more.

As did The Big Supreme’s Don’t Walk in at 34, a great pop track better than some of the stuff in the charts, and The Moody Blues’ Your Wildest Dreams keeping the Moody’s in chart hits for 14 years. Lower newies include Depeche Mode asking another question, rhetorical presumably, The Stranglers on holiday in France 9 years on from hanging about on beaches with Peaches, and a debut from Cutting Crew. Bucks Fizz follow-up an epic single with….err a pedestrian cover of a Stephen Stills 1971 minor hit (albeit a great song). The Writing really was On The Wall, sadly. Peter Cetera enters with a movie song even more turgid than any of Chicago’s most turgid of ballad’s, but it sold the film I guess. Tina meanwhile has a low opinion of men – can’t blame her really. Typical Male.

1 ( 1 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
2 ( 8 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( NEW ) CRY Godley & Creme
4 ( 4 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
5 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 47 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
7 ( 9 ) PANIC The Smiths
8 ( 3 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
9 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
10 ( 2 ) SHOUT Lulu

11 ( 6 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
12 ( NEW ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
13 ( 17 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 16 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
15 ( 7 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 19 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
17 ( 14 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
18 ( 34 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
20 ( 26 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall

21 ( 12 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
22 ( 10 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
23 ( 20 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
24 ( 15 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
25 ( 32 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
26 ( 21 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
27 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
29 ( 35 ) RED SKY Status Quo
30 ( 22 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood

31 ( 23 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
32 ( 18 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
33 ( 25 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
34 ( NEW ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
35 ( 52 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
36 ( 40 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
37 ( NEW ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
38 ( 49 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
39 ( 30 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
40 ( 46 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince

41 ( 37 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 28 ) VENUS Bananarama
43 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 31 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
45 ( 51 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
46 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
47 ( 66 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
48 ( 24 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
49 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
50 ( 50 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia

51 ( NEW ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
52 ( 39 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
53 ( 55 ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
54 ( 36 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
55 ( 38 ) GOLDRUSH Yello
56 ( 71 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
57 ( 69 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
58 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
59 ( 73 ) HAS ANYONE WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU Stevie Nicks
60 ( 44 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( 33 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 62 ) I HAD A FRIEND Rain And Tears
63 ( 60 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
64 ( NEW ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
65 ( 63 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 54 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
67 ( 67 ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
68 ( 41 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
70 ( 56 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha

71 ( 70 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
73 ( NEW ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
74 ( 58 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
3 THE LONG MARCH Vangelis

 

25th August 1986

It’s a first week on top for the Jam & Lewis Human League, their 7th chart-topper, while the Jam & Lewis Janet Jackson is up to 3, with Human and When I Think Of You respectively. It’s Janet Jackson’s 2nd top 5. Modern Talking follow-up a chart-topper with a second top 5 hit, Phil Fearon returns to the top 10 for the first time in 2 years with the Tony Etoria minor classic. The Stranglers are nicely inside the top 20 with a leap, followed by Depeche Mode, Prince and Jermaine Stewart inside the 30.

Highest new entry is Eurythmics with a more funkrock anthemic style Thorn In My Side at 32, with The The’s Heartland just behind. Bucks Fizz take the Stephen Stills oldie into the 40 with a mighty bound, while new entries lower down from Killing Joke, Frankie and Psychedelic Furs give a more indie feel to the chart. The Furs is a re-record of an oldie for a movie, I think, and Frankie are Trevor Horn-less, and it shows. Michael MacDonald is back with jolly tune that flopped – till 1987 – and the monster Communards “song of 1986” cover of Harold Melvin’s Don’t Leave Me This Way enters quite low. I’m in a minority in preferring the original over all other versions.

9 years on, Jean-Michel Jarre is back, with a chart-topper still 30 years in the future, OMD have a lovely new entry, Genesis mine Invisible Touch, and Bananarama release one of their less remembered singles.

1 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 1 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
3 ( 6 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
4 ( 12 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 7 ) PANIC The Smiths
7 ( 3 ) CRY Godley & Creme
8 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
9 ( 4 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy

11 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
12 ( 18 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
13 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 25 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
15 ( 10 ) SHOUT Lulu
16 ( 11 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
17 ( 28 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
18 ( 20 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
19 ( 15 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
20 ( 51 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers

21 ( 8 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
22 ( 34 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 36 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
24 ( 17 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
25 ( 47 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
26 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
27 ( 40 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
28 ( 19 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
29 ( 38 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
30 ( 24 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T

31 ( 35 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
32 ( NEW ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
33 ( 26 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
34 ( 69 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
35 ( 37 ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
36 ( 21 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
37 ( NEW ) HEARTLAND The The
38 ( 22 ) THE LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
39 ( 45 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
40 ( 31 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway

41 ( 30 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
42 ( 41 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
45 ( NEW ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
46 ( 39 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( NEW ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
48 ( 32 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
50 ( NEW ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 29 ) RED SKY Status Quo
52 ( 23 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
53 ( 73 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
54 ( 75 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
55 ( 44 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
56 ( 42 ) VENUS Bananarama
57 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
58 ( 33 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
59 ( NEW ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
60 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( 64 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
62 ( 67 ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
63 ( NEW ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
64 ( 63 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 46 ) ROSES Haywoode
67 ( 72 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
68 ( NEW ) TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
70 ( 58 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant

71 ( 71 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
73 ( 66 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
74 ( 50 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia
75 ( NEW ) MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama

Oldies
1 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
2 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

My July 1986 Charts

1st July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz, their longest runner, as they hold off Wham! at 2, and Boys Don’t Cry going top 5 with non-hit I Wanna Be A Cowboy. Bananarama grab a 5th or so top 10, Madonna strides into the 20, and A View From The Hill are talking about a big climb into the 20. Highest new entry at 18 is 1979 top 5 Boogie Wonderland, back again for Earth Wind & Fire & The Emotions.

Steve Winwood has a large leap into the 30 with his Higher Love, and Stan Ridgway is in Camouflage with his goose-bump-inducing story of a ghostly heroic marine in Viet-Nam new at 28 for the former Wall Of Voodoo man, and his joining Stewart Copeland on Don’t Box Me In. Michael McDonald is back, I keep forgettin’ how many tracks he’s charted, but at least dating back to 1979 with The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes. Katrina gets another sunny wave-y hit, I’d advise her to give Eurovision a try when the hits dry up, Gary Numan extends his chart run to 7 years, and Barry Grey enters 17 years belatedly with his theme to Joe 90, puppet-strings-music-maestro, and not for the last time with a Gerry Anderson theme tune.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 7 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 2 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
4 ( 12 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
5 ( 8 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
6 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
8 ( 3 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 13 ) VENUS Bananarama

11 ( 10 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
12 ( 24 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
13 ( 19 ) ROSES Haywoode
14 ( 16 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
15 ( 18 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
16 ( 5 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
17 ( 34 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
19 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 28 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski

21 ( 14 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
22 ( 35 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
23 ( 27 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
24 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( 26 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
26 ( 63 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
27 ( 17 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
28 ( NEW ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
29 ( 15 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
30 ( 33 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen

31 ( 20 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
32 ( 46 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
33 ( 21 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
34 ( 23 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
35 ( 39 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
36 ( 31 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
37 ( 43 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
38 ( 25 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
40 ( 42 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge

41 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
42 ( 30 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
43 ( 36 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
44 ( 50 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
45 ( 40 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
46 ( 38 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
47 ( 66 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
48 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
49 ( 54 ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 59 ) MY GIRL The Temptations

51 ( 41 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
52 ( RE ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
53 ( 48 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
55 ( 47 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
56 ( NEW ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
57 ( 72 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
58 ( 60 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
59 ( 53 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Ready For The World

61 ( 45 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
62 ( 61 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
63 ( 44 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
64 ( 55 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
67 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 64 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) SMILE Audrey Hall
70 ( NEW ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves

71 ( 70 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 56 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
74 ( NEW ) JOE 90 THEME (CLUB MIX) The Barry Grey Orchestra
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
2 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Guys & Dolls

 

8th July 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Fizz, as Bananarama join Wham! in challenging for the top spot – but Madonna grabs a 4th top 5 and speeding up behind her is Stevie Winwood’s Higher Love, his first top 5 as his early stuff predates my charts. The Real Roxanne is Bang Zoom! rapping it to the moon at 9, and Haywoode’s Roses are blooming at last at 10.

Highest new entry is the fab veterans Archie Bell & The Drells, an 80’s variation on their fab 60’s/early 70’s Philly soul sounds. Don’t Let Me Get You Down is their first new hit in a decade, and extends their run to 14 years (or, in my retro charts of 1967/68 which I created 50 years late, 19 years). They topped my chart in 1972 with Here I Go Again. Brilliant! It’s Somebody in at 36 for an early look-in for Youth & the KLF man, as the 15-year-old recording, finally released in 1977, is back again for another try at 37 for Suzy & The Red Stripes – aka Linda McCartney, and her own song Seaside Woman, with a little help from her (Wings) friends. technically she co-wrote Live And Let Die (like this song, the reggae bit) so she had form and it was a nice nose-thumb to the music critics. And of course, a huge American chart-topper with hubbie Paul in the brilliant Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 15 years earlier, but tragically not one I got to hear at the time – though it has since topped my charts.

Rod Stewart is back with a celtic-sounding ballad, Nick Heyward is keeping the minor entries dribbling out, Drum Theatre are back with a song I heard them do in concert. They were good live. Records never really matched the in concert experience though. Warning Will Robinson! Yes, Lady In Red enters with a 69 as the torture of wedding dances for the next decade looms from Chris De Burgh. I’ll take the Ferryman track anyday 9 years earlier, or the Spaceman one. Sam Fox makes it a double top, err 75, It’s Immaterial aren’t quite as endearing when they stop driving away from home, and The Blow Monkeys keep it funky, but less jazzy and memorable than Digging Your Scene.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 10 ) VENUS Bananarama
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
5 ( 12 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
6 ( 26 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
7 ( 3 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
8 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
9 ( 32 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
10 ( 13 ) ROSES Haywoode

11 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
14 ( 7 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
15 ( 11 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
17 ( 22 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
18 ( 14 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 23 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu

21 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
22 ( 15 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 25 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
24 ( 28 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
25 ( 37 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
26 ( 16 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
27 ( 21 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
28 ( NEW ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
29 ( 20 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
30 ( 35 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

31 ( 52 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
32 ( 27 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
33 ( 31 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
34 ( 47 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( 44 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
36 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
37 ( NEW ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
38 ( 36 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 29 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
40 ( 34 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

41 ( 30 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
42 ( 39 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
43 ( 56 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
44 ( 41 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 38 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
46 ( 73 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
47 ( 33 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
48 ( 45 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
49 ( 57 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
50 ( 69 ) SMILE Audrey Hall

51 ( 40 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
52 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
53 ( 24 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( NEW ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
55 ( 43 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
56 ( 53 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
57 ( 42 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 66 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
60 ( 46 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

61 ( 70 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 55 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
63 ( 59 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
64 ( 54 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HOME (IS WHERE THE HEART IS) Drum Theatre
67 ( 64 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
68 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
70 ( NEW ) DO YA DO YA (WANNA PLEASE ME) Samantha Fox

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( NEW ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
73 ( NEW ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( 62 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash
3 ROCK ON T.Rex

 

15th July 1986

It’s a first week on top for Madonna after 2 years of singles coming close – Papa Don’t Preach was a step-up in class right from the get go with the strings intro. This was the track that converted me into a fan, as opposed to an act I liked a lot. Biggest rival is Stevie Winwood at 3 as Higher Love does what it says on the label. Literally. A View From The Hill get the fab No Conversation into the top 10 too.

Linda McCartney gets a solo (ish) top 20 hit as Seaside Woman leaps over the incoming waves – actually Katrina is stalled – leaving a remixed Junior and a re-entered Dhar Braxton to take the highest new-ish spots inside the 40. Brilliant get a 3rd top 20, and the highest actual new track is Paul McCartney’s Press, Macca going dance and booting out his Paperback Writer in the process. Rod Stewart makes it 15 years of top 40’s, Chris De Burgh 4 years, Michael McDonald 7 years, Gary Numan 7 years. And that concludes the Pop Stars Longevity results.

Hollywood Beyond debut, at 40, SOS Band are back again, Van Halen are having big Dreams, Princess is procrastinating, and debuting dubiously asking for a spot of immolation is Willie Colon. His name isn’t pronounced like the body part, that would be silly and childish. No it’s pronounced as in the perfume Cologne. As a product it could well be an untapped market. Billy Bragg is singing an ode to one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops, which is somewhat ironic as Billy’s vocals are on a par with Bob Dylan’s – songs sung better by others. Dollar are back after a gap, with the flop We Walked In Love, a minor gem of a ballad that was under-rated, giving them 8 years of success in my charts – if not actually anywhere else – as a duo, or 11 years including Guys & Dolls tracks. From There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving to We Walked In Love, but David Van Day was already eyeing up Bucks Fizz from below in more ways than one – watch out guys!

1 ( 5 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
3 ( 6 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
4 ( 3 ) VENUS Bananarama
5 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
6 ( 9 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
7 ( 10 ) ROSES Haywoode
8 ( 7 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
9 ( 16 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
10 ( 4 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
13 ( 12 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 17 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
15 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 37 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
17 ( 28 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 36 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
19 ( 14 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
20 ( 13 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics

21 ( 24 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
22 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 31 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
24 ( 20 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
25 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
26 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 21 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
28 ( RE ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
29 ( 54 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
30 ( 35 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

31 ( 23 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
32 ( 69 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
33 ( 50 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
34 ( NEW ) PRESS Paul McCartney
35 ( 27 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
36 ( 32 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
37 ( 43 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

41 ( 30 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
42 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
43 ( 18 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
44 ( 25 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
45 ( 40 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
46 ( 26 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
47 ( 49 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
48 ( 29 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
49 ( 45 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 39 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( NEW ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
52 ( 42 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
53 ( 33 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
54 ( 72 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
55 ( 48 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
56 ( NEW ) DREAMS Van Halen
57 ( 58 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
58 ( 59 ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
59 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
60 ( 56 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 41 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
63 ( 55 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( NEW ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
65 ( NEW ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
66 ( 63 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
68 ( NEW ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
69 ( 62 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
70 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 67 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
73 ( 73 ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
75 ( NEW ) LEVI STUBB’S TEARS Billy Bragg

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 HOLD TIGHT Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert

 

22nd July 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Madonna as some serious Stan-ning is going on – that’s a Camouflage, though, in the top 10, along with Who Killed Cock Robin – oh no that was my toddler poem that mum used to read to me, I loved that poem, one of my earliest memories. It wasn’t the sparrow with his bow & arrow, though. This one is a ballad though, and I’m surprised to see it made my top 10 as my memory of it was “S’OK”.

Macca is Im-press-ed to be top 20, Hollywood Beyond rocket up to 19, Dollar are up a whopping 50 places for their first top 30 entry in 4 years, and UB40 are the highest new entry at 25, singing their own song this time, as opposed to a cover. Unlike Robert Palmer and his good cover of the Jam & Lewis track for Cherrelle, in at 29 with another video lookalike, I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On he claims – I think he very much did mean to, judging by the video models. Lulu is also back, after 4 years away, and with a cover – of her own Shout. The original version started to sell immediately and for chart purposes both were combined. The 1964 teenage original is WAY better…

Also covering himself, sort of, is Jack Bruce, covering the Cream classic I Feel Free, a 60’s classic. I’ve forgotten this version though! Five Star are bangin’ out the quick hit singles, Kirsty MacColl and Chris Rea are both beach bound, Chaka Khan is still getting her I Feel For You boosted follow-up entries, while It Bites lower in the chart: Calling All The Heroes. Heaven knows we need them these days. Finally, my fave of the new tracks, maybe, is Rockin’ With Rita, under-appreciated at the time, but both amusing, and a cracking unusual non-80’s-sounding combo of acts on the Vindaloo label.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 3 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
3 ( 2 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
4 ( 7 ) ROSES Haywoode
5 ( 6 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
6 ( 4 ) VENUS Bananarama
7 ( 21 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 9 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
9 ( 14 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
10 ( 5 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!

11 ( 8 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
12 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
13 ( 18 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
14 ( 16 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
16 ( 34 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
17 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 13 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 40 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
20 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

21 ( 23 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
22 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
23 ( 29 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
24 ( 74 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
25 ( NEW ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 12 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
28 ( 32 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
29 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
30 ( 19 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

31 ( 20 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
32 ( 33 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
33 ( 51 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 25 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( NEW ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
36 ( 27 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 59 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
39 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
40 ( 35 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham

41 ( 24 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
42 ( 36 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
43 ( 47 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
44 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
45 ( 52 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( NEW ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
47 ( 65 ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
48 ( 45 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
49 ( 64 ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
50 ( 30 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 28 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
52 ( 54 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
53 ( 31 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) DREAMS Van Halen
55 ( NEW ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
56 ( 55 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
59 ( 46 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
62 ( 39 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
63 ( NEW ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
64 ( 42 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
65 ( 68 ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 48 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
68 ( 67 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( 43 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
70 ( 41 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

71 ( 53 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
72 ( NEW ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
73 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) ON THE BEACH Chris Rea
75 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)

Playlist Oldies
1 DANIEL Elton John
2 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
3 TONIGHT The Move

 

29th July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as The Real Roxanne peaks at 2 – Bang Zoom, almost at the Moon! Lulu’s Shouts about rocketing almost to the Moon, 22 years late and her highest-charting single since Boom Bang A Bang 17 years earlier. Dollar get a 3rd top 5, and Macca extends his run of top 10’s to 18 years (including The Beatles) or 15 years actual solo. Robert Palmer outdoes Addicted To Love, Chris De Burgh takes a lady in red into the 20, and there’s a deluge of new tracks:

Doctor & The Medics return with their own song, Burn is pretty good at 24. Phil Fearon is back with a cover of the fab 1977 Tony Etoria UK soul minor hit, always under-rated, I Can Prove It – cos I said so! Sandie Shaw is also a 60’s veteran returning with Frederick, a Patti Smith song. Anita Baker debuts with the fab Sweet Love, bringing smooth Jazz into the 86 charts, Bruce Hornsby’s well-remembered The Way It Is is in at 42, Jesus & Mary Chain have Some Candy Talking, sweet fuzzy guitar! An 80’s funk classic is in for Gwen Guthrie, the ever-charting Beach Boys add to the 60’s veterans who were there in my first 1968 chart, Patti Labelle is solo with the lovely Oh People, Sinitta debuts with the trite So Macho (what was I thinking!?), 60’s soul goddess Aretha is also back, 70’s Hall is back with no Oates, Dreamtime, Lionel & Spandau enter with very poor efforts, 60’s Quo are also back, and best of all it’s The Smiths with one of their great singles, Panic.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 5 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
3 ( 35 ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
4 ( 2 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
5 ( 24 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 16 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 6 ) VENUS Bananarama
9 ( 3 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
10 ( 19 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 4 ) ROSES Haywoode
12 ( 9 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
13 ( 10 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
14 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 29 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 11 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
17 ( 8 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 28 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
19 ( 13 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
20 ( 23 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart

21 ( 25 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
22 ( 15 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
23 ( 12 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
24 ( NEW ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
25 ( 18 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( NEW ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 32 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
29 ( NEW ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
30 ( 55 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star

31 ( 38 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
32 ( 20 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
33 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
35 ( 22 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
36 ( 21 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( NEW ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
39 ( 58 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
40 ( 30 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

41 ( 39 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
42 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
43 ( 31 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
44 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
45 ( NEW ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
46 ( 27 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( 40 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
48 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
49 ( 44 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 52 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( 72 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
52 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
53 ( 48 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
54 ( 42 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
55 ( 63 ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
56 ( 45 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
57 ( 56 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
58 ( 75 ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)
59 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO THE RESCUE The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 46 ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
62 ( NEW ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( NEW ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
65 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 43 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
68 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 57 ) HE’S ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
72 ( NEW ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
73 ( 73 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) PANIC The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) RED SKY Status Quo

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 GET ON THE LINE The Archies
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

My June 1986 Charts

4th June 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Jaki Graham reaches a career peak of 2 with Set Me Free, and Tears For Fears Sports Relief-boosted re-record/re-mix pushes Rule The World into my top 10 for the 3rd time in a year. Pete Wylie gets a 3rd top 10, and Grace Jones goes top 10 again 6 years on, just ahead of eyt another classic soul/disco remix entering at 11 – this time Candi Staton’s brilliant 1976 top 3 anthem Young Hearts Run Free. Fellow 1976 remix Can’t Get By Without You also gives The Real Thing a second top 20 of the year.

Falco has Vienna Calling for a 2nd top 20, Nu Shooz shoot into the 30, and Janet Jackson turns Nasty and rockets into the 30 for a second hit. Prince enters at 36 with Mountains, a fab under-rated track in his Paisley period style, as Mantronix debut at 49 – only another 15 years or so to wait for a chart-topper for Kurtis Mantronik though. Freddie Mercury’s Dave Clark musical title track enters just ahead of his own band’s Movie song, at 64, presiding over an influx at the lower end: The Moody Blues are back again for a sweet 16 years of chart entries; Living For The City, probably Stevie Wonder’s greatest record, is covered by DaBooks (formerly Cook Da Books); Freda Payne gets the Bonnie Tyler treatment; The Communards keep the singles coming; a bit of soul dance from Cashflow, a bit of Heavy Rock from AC/DC 8 years into a chart run; and BAD get a second chart entry.

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
5 ( 3 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
6 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
7 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 11 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 10 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
10 ( 15 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

11 ( NEW ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
13 ( 6 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
14 ( 9 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
15 ( 25 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
16 ( 8 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
17 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 31 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 20 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
20 ( 17 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson

21 ( 16 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
22 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
23 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
24 ( 21 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
25 ( 34 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 37 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
27 ( 19 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 75 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
29 ( 27 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
30 ( 24 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

31 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 26 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
33 ( 38 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
34 ( 22 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
35 ( 42 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
36 ( 51 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
37 ( NEW ) MOUNTAINS Prince
38 ( 40 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
39 ( 30 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
40 ( 43 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart

41 ( 29 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
42 ( 59 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 28 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
44 ( 49 ) VENUS Bananarama
45 ( 33 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
46 ( 39 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
47 ( 36 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
48 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
49 ( NEW ) BASSLINE Mantronix
50 ( 58 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru

51 ( 67 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
52 ( 32 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 44 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
54 ( 63 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
55 ( 52 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
56 ( 65 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
57 ( 54 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
58 ( 69 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
59 ( 47 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
60 ( 71 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red

61 ( 57 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
62 ( 53 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
63 ( 70 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
64 ( NEW ) TIME Freddie Mercury
65 ( 56 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
66 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
68 ( 60 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
69 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY DaBooks
70 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
72 ( 74 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
74 ( NEW ) WHO MADE WHO AC/DC
75 ( NEW ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
3 RANDY Blue Mink

 

10th June 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Bucks Fizz rocket up to 4, for 5 years worth of top 5 hits, with new member, local girl round these ‘ere parts Shelley Preston replacing departing Jay Aston. Falco makes it 2 Austrian top 5 German-language hits, that’s a first (and a last) for my charts. The Fab Nu Shooz track with that delicious instrumental track hits 9, just ahead of Sly Fox, still hoping to go all the way – get ready to be disappointed lads!

Highest new entry is a-ha, 4 top 40’s and just pipped on a top 20 at 21, a spacious and epic ballad this time showing they can do sweeping strings beautifully. Bananarama take Venus into the 30, Eurythmics enter at 26 When Tomorrow Comes, a bit flattering for a lesser single I think these days, and Haywoode is back at last with Roses getting the recognition it deserved first time round. In at 30, a beautifully amusing I Wanna Be A Cowboy, complete with the late Metal legend Lemmy in the video.

At 32 it’s the 3rd version (and not the last!) of The Locomotion to chart, as Dave Stewart (not Eurythmics Dave Stewart) and Barbara Gaskin fail to what they did 5 years earlier with It’s My Party (top the UK charts). Little Eva was a reissued top 3 hit in 1972, Grand Funk made my top 30 in 1974, and Kylie wasn’t that far away. Lovebug Starski brings some 80’s novelty horror rap into the charts, Wham! are back for the last official single at 39, The Edge Of Heaven EP, and Prince, Smiths and Big Audio Dynamite all make the 40.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik refers to T.Rex, but essentially repeats the first hit to much-less success and credibility, in at 46, and at 56 Marc Almond is back with a Cher cover, all melodrama, as both do well. Midge Ure slips in The Call Of The Wild, Queen under-perform everywhere with Highlander track Friends Will Be Friends, which remains one of the more memorable ballads they did, Mr. Mister get a 3rd entry, somehow, Suzanne Vega has another goodie Left Of Centre, and finally The Housemartins follow like Sheep, bursting with future success cos it’s Happy Hour!

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 51 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
5 ( 15 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
6 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
7 ( 3 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 23 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
10 ( 12 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 5 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
13 ( 19 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
15 ( 9 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
16 ( 18 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
17 ( 14 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
18 ( 25 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
19 ( 28 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( 16 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald

21 ( NEW ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
22 ( 35 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 13 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
24 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
25 ( 44 ) VENUS Bananarama
26 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
27 ( 37 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
28 ( 10 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
29 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

31 ( 20 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
32 ( NEW ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 26 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
34 ( 58 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
35 ( 24 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
36 ( NEW ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
37 ( 29 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
38 ( 56 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
39 ( NEW ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
40 ( 75 ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

41 ( 30 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
42 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 21 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
45 ( 71 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
46 ( NEW ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
47 ( 32 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
48 ( 22 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
49 ( 54 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 64 ) TIME Freddie Mercury

51 ( 39 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
52 ( 60 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
53 ( 27 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
54 ( 36 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
55 ( 46 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( NEW ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
57 ( 40 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
58 ( 34 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
59 ( 53 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
60 ( 55 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 49 ) BASSLINE Mantronix
62 ( 73 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
63 ( 61 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
64 ( 33 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
65 ( NEW ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
67 ( 41 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
68 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( 38 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

71 ( 57 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
73 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
74 ( 48 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
75 ( NEW ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 HE’S A REBEL The Crystals
2 LONELY MAN The Godfathers
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

18th June 1986

It’s a first week on top for Bucks Fizz Mark 2, giving them a 5th and final chart-topper, as Wham! are shooting up into the 20 for the final time (with a new single), while highest new entry is 1985’s back-again Bangles track, the fab Katrina & The waves cover Going Down To Liverpool – which I did several times a year in those days to pick up my grandma or visit.

Bowie’s back with another movie song – though not exactly in the same musical league as Absolute Beginners, the film is very much better remembered than Ab Beginners – Labyrinth. The Housemartins get a first top 40, and booze it up, while Genesis scrape another 40, and Marc Almond adds to his list too. Madonna also returns with her best record to date, a creative step up, the fab Papa Don’t Preach.

Matt Bianco havent covered Martha Reeves it’s a new jolly tune, 80’s dance chart-topper Dhar Braxton enters, Art Of Noise drag Max Headroom in and the result isn’t quite the same standard as Duane Eddy, but fellow 50’s rocker Little Richard also pops in with a very 50’s-sounding revisit of his old sound. That leaves INXS with a second fab funkrock entry, Listen Like Thieves.

1 ( 4 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 5 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 9 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
6 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
7 ( 6 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
10 ( 7 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel

11 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
12 ( 13 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 16 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
15 ( 12 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
16 ( 21 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
17 ( 39 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
18 ( 26 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
19 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles

21 ( 25 ) VENUS Bananarama
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 27 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
24 ( 17 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
25 ( 18 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
27 ( 15 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
28 ( 20 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
29 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( 34 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths

31 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
32 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 36 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
34 ( 38 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
35 ( NEW ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
36 ( 40 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
37 ( 72 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
38 ( 23 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
39 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
40 ( 56 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond

41 ( 46 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
42 ( 66 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
43 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
44 ( 41 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
45 ( 52 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
46 ( 37 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
47 ( 33 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
48 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 65 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

51 ( 28 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 45 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
53 ( 35 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
54 ( NEW ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
55 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( 54 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
57 ( 44 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
58 ( 51 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
59 ( 48 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
60 ( 62 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow

61 ( 47 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
62 ( 60 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
63 ( 53 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
64 ( 63 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
66 ( 50 ) TIME Freddie Mercury
67 ( NEW ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
68 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( 69 ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( NEW ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom

71 ( 73 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
72 ( 75 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
73 ( NEW ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
74 ( 59 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS

1 GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip
2 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert
3 SAMSON AND DELILAH Middle Of The Road

 

24th June 1986

2 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz as Nu Shooz are kept off the top spot, Sandie Shaw gets her 3rd top 5, Eurythmics keep the top 10’s coming – just two misses since Sweet Dreams – and The Bangles make it 2 Top 10’s, and a-ha 4 in a row. Highest new entry at 16 is the 20th anniversary reissue of Paperback Writer, last charting in 1976 for The Beatles, while The Housemartins get a first top 20, and Prince adds to his already long list of top 20’s dating back to 1999 in 1983 and 1985 and will chart again in 1999 and 2016. Confused?

Madonna’s up 30 with Papa Don’t Preach, to 24, Queen are into the 40, and the fab unknown A View From A Hill single No Conversation is in at 34. El DEBarge goes solo and asks Who’s Johnny? Ask The Teacher! Big Country are one place lower. Real Roxanne is also solo and Bang Zoom – but not To The Moon Alice, one for TV’s Honeymooners fans there, assuming any are still alive. The Temps are in at 59 with future chart-topper My Girl in 1991, and also another 2000’s run, having predated my charts on 60’s runs, but keeping the Motown back catalogue alive.

Stevie Winwood is back, with his greatest solo track Higher Love, Steve Harley is also back to give him 12 years of chart entries, and the late Marvin Gaye is X rated posthumously giving him 17 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 5 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
3 ( 2 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
6 ( 18 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 17 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
8 ( 11 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
9 ( 20 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 16 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha

11 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
12 ( 14 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
13 ( 21 ) VENUS Bananarama
14 ( 6 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
15 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
16 ( NEW ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
18 ( 37 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
19 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
20 ( 23 ) MOUNTAINS Prince

21 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 15 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
24 ( 54 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
25 ( 9 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
26 ( 35 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
27 ( 34 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
28 ( 33 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
29 ( 13 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
30 ( 12 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

31 ( 24 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
32 ( 36 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 42 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
34 ( NEW ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
35 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
36 ( 28 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
37 ( 39 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
38 ( 27 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
39 ( 50 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
40 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye

41 ( 25 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
42 ( NEW ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
43 ( NEW ) THE TEACHER Big Country
44 ( 30 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
45 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
46 ( NEW ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
47 ( 38 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
48 ( 44 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
49 ( 43 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
50 ( 72 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
52 ( 41 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
53 ( 48 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
54 ( RE ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
55 ( 46 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
56 ( 65 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
57 ( 40 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
58 ( 45 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
59 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Temptations
60 ( 67 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton

61 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
62 ( 47 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
63 ( NEW ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
64 ( 62 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
65 ( 64 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( 75 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
67 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 57 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
69 ( 73 ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
70 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

71 ( 58 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
73 ( NEW ) MATCHSTICK FLOTILLA Thrashing Doves
74 ( NEW ) THE WORLD IS RATED X Marvin Gaye
75 ( 71 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies
1 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 SUNSHINE The Archies

My May 1986 Charts

5th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for 1966 classic Motown knocking off classic 1967 Motown from the top spot – Diana Ross & The Supremes must have heard of the Kim Wilde cover forthcoming as it recharted in the lower regions of the UK charts, giving me an opportunity to give the Supremes a 3rd chart-topper, and Diana Ross a 3rd – albeit The Supremes with Nathan Jones/Stoned Love reissue in 1976 and Diana Ross with Surrender in 1971, with both together on 1974’s reissued Baby Love.

Patti Labelle outdoes Lady Marmalade rocketing top 5, and Michael MacDonald outdoes What A Fool Believes ditto, his Doobie Brothers classic, and Frankie Says Oldie as another 1966 classic enters at 10, Strangers In The Night predating my charts, but being loads better than New York New York – So, in other words, Frank Sinatra’s biggest chart hit for me since My Way in 1969.

Highest actual new track is Jaki Graham going it minus David Grant with the fab Set Me Free at 34, while both Elaine Page and Gemini take 2 Abba songs (sort of) into the 40 in the week that waiting another 32 years for an actual new Abba song seemed unthinkably unlikely (in sheer length of time), as opposed to one year ago when it seemed as likely as The Beatles reforming. But there ya go, the great day has come and I don’t care how good or bad it is when it drops – it’s an event that took longer than Free As A Bird’s some 26 years since The Fabs last recorded together.

Others: Johnny Hates Jazz debut a year ahead of chart success, Joan Armatrading makes it 10 years of singles success, Pete Wylie makes it 3 Wah! Years, Nick Heyward Haircut 5 years, Tina Turner 13 mostly-Ike-less Nutbush years with Stevie Wonder’s social classic, and Elton has 2 ballad classics I didn’t rate that much when they first came out suddenly making my playlist oldies: one of them went on to top the charts in the 90’s, as well as reissue hit, one hasn’t yet done that though deserves to.

1 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 63 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
6 ( 5 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
7 ( 9 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 3 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
9 ( 15 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
10 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

11 ( 8 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
12 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 22 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
14 ( 7 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
15 ( 16 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
16 ( 19 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
17 ( 23 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( 14 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
20 ( 30 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

21 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 39 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
23 ( 26 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 10 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
25 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 13 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
27 ( 11 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
28 ( 37 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
29 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
30 ( 12 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

31 ( 20 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
33 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
35 ( 27 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
36 ( 52 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
37 ( 73 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
38 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 48 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 21 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke

41 ( 24 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
42 ( 28 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
43 ( 35 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
45 ( 31 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( 46 ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
48 ( 54 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
49 ( 71 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
50 ( NEW ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( 36 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
52 ( 45 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
53 ( 62 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
54 ( 44 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
55 ( 56 ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 53 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
57 ( 74 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
58 ( 42 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 32 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( 40 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

61 ( NEW ) ALL ‘N’ ALL Joyce Sims
62 ( NEW ) MY FOOLISH HEART Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( NEW ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
64 ( 67 ) FEVER Annabella
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
66 ( 64 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
67 ( 65 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 75 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
69 ( 41 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
70 ( 57 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

71 ( NEW ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
72 ( 60 ) GODSTAR Psychic TV
73 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Tina Turner
74 ( 59 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
75 ( NEW ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 CRYING Don McLean

 

13th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for the 1985 Pan-European chart-topper and UK flop (91), and personal chart top 5 for Sandra. Maria Magdalena was given another reissue chance, given she had been popping and out of my oldies playlist (tracks I love but which have either dropped out of my chart or are not eligible) for a few months, it’s not a surprise for the future Enigma star, with hubby songwriter/producer Michael Cretu.

Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald hit a new peak of 2, Peter Gabriel gets a 3rd top 20 9 years after the first, and a 2nd top 10, the epic Sledgehammer, and OMD keep the run of top 10’s going for 6 years, more or less every single release. Tears For Fears record a Sports Relief version of their still-charting classic and the 2 are combined for my chart purposes and a climb back into the 20 for a third run.

Doctor & The Medics re-enter at 25, Spirit In The Sky being a great fun version of a rock classic, Jaki Graham leaps into the solo top 20 for a first time, Level 42 leap up into the 30, and Aretha’s 1985 Freeway Of Love gets reissued and a much bigger hit out of it (like Sandra), and Pete Wylie grabs a third top 30 since Story Of The Blues started the ball rolling in 1982.

A good new one for Sly Fox, Samantha’s younger brother (HHOK), and Hipsway’s gospel goodie, both top 40, while The B52’s return 7 years on with a reissued Rock Lobster, more famously parodied in Family Guy these days. Quirky in ’79, still quirky in ’86. Still fab. Sandie Shaw is back 2 years on from Morrissey giving her a boost with The Smiths Hand In Glove. This time it’s a great Lloyd Cole cover, and annoyingly Sandie’s not getting a hit out of it, though it had a better try in the 90’s.

Another Brothers In Arms single for Dire Straits, 13 years of chart entries for Status Quo, not even half-way through their 50-year chart career and already getting the p*ss taken out of them. That horrendous novelty song from the man who was The Hee Bee Gee Bees, and which was far worse than any of it’s intended targets (as it was supposed to be) on Spitting Image, somehow became a chart hit. Who the hell bought it?! Funny first time, not funny every time afterwards, and on repeat play brain cells commit mass suicide. Sam Cooke has another oldie entry, not one I loved, not even in the Cat Stevens version, but worth a mention. Finally Robert Palmer returns with his chart anthem, and also one I never loved, at best I enjoyed it, and not a patch on Every Kinda People in 1978, or Some Guys Have All The Luck, among others. The guitar riff is admittedly fab though.

1 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 5 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
3 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
4 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 1 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 22 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
7 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
9 ( 13 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
10 ( 6 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

11 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
12 ( 17 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
13 ( 10 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
14 ( 20 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( 16 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
16 ( 8 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
17 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 34 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
20 ( 28 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s

21 ( 15 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
22 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
23 ( 9 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
24 ( 14 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( RE ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
26 ( 49 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
27 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
28 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
29 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
30 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

31 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
32 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
33 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
34 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
35 ( 19 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
36 ( 39 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
37 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
38 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
39 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
40 ( 27 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

41 ( 26 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
42 ( 31 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
43 ( 48 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
44 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
45 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
46 ( 53 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
47 ( 24 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
48 ( 43 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
49 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
50 ( 61 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims

51 ( 30 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
52 ( 40 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
53 ( 63 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
54 ( 45 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
55 ( 65 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
56 ( 64 ) FEVER Annabella
57 ( 42 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
58 ( 75 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
59 ( 56 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
60 ( RE ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool

61 ( 57 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 71 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
63 ( 68 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
64 ( 36 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
65 ( NEW ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits
66 ( NEW ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
67 ( 35 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
68 ( 52 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
69 ( 66 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
70 ( RE ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

71 ( NEW ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
72 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Sam Cooke
74 ( NEW ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
75 ( 70 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 THIS DIAMOND RING Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3 JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

20th May 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sandra’s European anthem, holding off Peter Gabriel from topping my chart with his brilliant Sledgehammer 3 years after his Genesis mates topped with Mama. Doctor & The Medics take Spirit In The Sky, the song, into the top 5 for a second time after Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 original. Jaki Graham gets a first solo, and third in total, top 10, as Madonna grabs an 8th in two years.

Sandie Shaw rockets up to 12 to give her a 3rd top 20 and a chart span of 17 years, and The B52’s take Rock Lobster back into the top 20 up 30 places 7 years late and a new peak. Aretha gets a 4th top 20 in a row, Pete Wylie gets his 3rd, and ELO their final top 20 in the original line-up. Highest new entry is Icehouse, I Engineer, a fourth top 40 entry, and Joan Armatrading makes it at least 4 top 40’s, while Nick Heyward keeps his run going.

In at 43 it’s new Opportunities for Pet Shop Boys, a spanking new remix of a chart flop letting them make lots of money and a 3rd chart entry, while likeable Owen Paul gets his 5 minutes of fame at 44 and Culture Club bless the female of the species at 47, and that was about that for the band for 12 years or so. Black Uhuru are back, with a train robbery, Cliff is back still rockin’ 18 years on from his chart debut in these parts, ditto Rod still touching love at every opportunity some 15 years on from Maggie May. I recall nothing about Perils Of Plastic, in with Ring A Ding Ding at 70 – though the name was prophetic, they included Steve Nieve of J.Ross Esq, and they sound a bit Culture Club. Mike + The Mechanics are having a miracle, and Amazulu cover The Chi-Lites to lesser effect.

1 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 6 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 2 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
4 ( 3 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
5 ( 25 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
7 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 5 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 18 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
10 ( 12 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna

11 ( 8 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 49 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
13 ( 26 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
14 ( 44 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
15 ( 10 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
16 ( 9 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
17 ( 20 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
18 ( 28 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 30 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
20 ( 29 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 11 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
22 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
23 ( 31 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
25 ( 32 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
26 ( 34 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
27 ( 39 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
28 ( 13 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
29 ( 36 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
30 ( 16 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds

31 ( 19 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
32 ( NEW ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
33 ( 15 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
34 ( 22 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 53 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 43 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
37 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
38 ( 55 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
39 ( 21 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
40 ( 62 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward

41 ( 50 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
42 ( 23 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
43 ( NEW ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 35 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
46 ( 66 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
48 ( 42 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( 27 ) HOME PIL
50 ( 40 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

51 ( 37 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
52 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
53 ( 70 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles
54 ( 48 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
55 ( 58 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
56 ( 60 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
57 ( 38 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
58 ( 41 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
59 ( 71 ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
60 ( 65 ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits

61 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
62 ( 74 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
63 ( 59 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
64 ( 72 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
65 ( NEW ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
66 ( 54 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
67 ( NEW ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
68 ( 52 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
70 ( NEW ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic

71 ( 57 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
72 ( 69 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
74 ( NEW ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
75 ( 75 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

PLAYLIST OLDIES THIS WEEK IN 1986

1 HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 GENIUS OF LOVE Tom Tom Club
3 NEW FRONTIERS Donald Fagen

 

27th May 1986

It’s up 42 places to hit the top spot, giving Pet Shop Boys lots of Opportunities and a second fabulous number one. That’s bad news for Peter Gabriel stuck at 2 with Sledgehammer and no chance of knocking off my increasingly new fave pop stars. The B52’s meanwhile reach a new peak as Rock Lobster finally makes my top 10 7 years late, and Sandie Shaw makes it 3 top 10’s spread over 17 years – though guaranteed she would have topped my chart in 1964 with Always Something There To Remind Me had I been charting at 6 years old, being as I was totally in love with it, the love was long-lasting. 22 years then, 54 years now…

Level 42 grab a rare top 10 with Lessons In Love, Grace Jones reissues Private Life, and the Pretenders cover is back in the top 20 with a bang 6 years on. ZZ Top go untypically ballad-style and extend the top 20’s to 2 years, Miami “Gloria Estefan” Sound Machine get the 2nd of many top 20’s, John Cougar Mellencamp has a second top 20 4 years after Jack & Diane, and Falco gets the highest new song into the chart – Hello? Vienna Calling! At 25!

The Real Thing follow-up their 1976 remixed chart smash with the same 1976 original follow-up (also remixed), and Can’t Get By Without You is back in the top 40. Quo make it 13 years of top 40’s. I saw the band in a club 2 years ago, still good, and was saddened to hear of Eddie Amoo’s passing not long ago. I Can’t Wait enters, but not Stevie Nicks, it’s Nu Shooz with that fab hooky synth noise, Venus enters again, but it’s not the fab Shocking Blue it’s the even fabber Hi-NRG cover by Bananarama, who I saw do it last year with the original trio back together, and they were just fantastic.

At 59, the song that still gives me nightmares, Invisible Touch was the song I did a goldfish impression to when Mike Read asked the name of the current Genesis album on the Radio One Roadshow to me, my first question, my mind went blank, The Real Thing were backstage signing autographs. It’s ingrained in my mind now, though. Happily I got the rest correct. Just finishing reading Phil Collins Not Dead Yet autobiography and he doesn’t mention me. Neither does Johnny Marr in his, even when I saw him with Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Album Hall charity show – see how life is so circular! Cue The Smiths in at 69 with Morrissey’s own Lifelong Statement Of Intent. I saw him again not long ago shortly before his media melt-down as a cartoon character with outrageous and inappropriately misinformed opinions on things his isolated, wealthy lifestyle tax exile status suggests he should keep to himself.

That leaves Simply Red with a reissue of Holding Back The Ears, a shame as I rather like sticky-out ears, not as good as Money’s Too Tight To Mention to my ears, and Janet Jackson turning Nasty. Also not as good as What Have You Done For Me Lately, but Jam & Lewis are never actually less than decent.

1 ( 43 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
4 ( 9 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
7 ( 12 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 3 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
9 ( 4 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
10 ( 13 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

11 ( 19 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
12 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
13 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 6 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
16 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
17 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
18 ( 26 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
19 ( 36 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
20 ( 25 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 32 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
22 ( 29 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
23 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 15 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( NEW ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
27 ( 21 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
28 ( 10 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
29 ( 18 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 22 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush

31 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 20 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( 17 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
34 ( 47 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
35 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 27 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
37 ( 70 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
38 ( 40 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
39 ( 31 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
40 ( 46 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

41 ( 38 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
42 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
43 ( 69 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
44 ( 30 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
45 ( 41 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
46 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( 37 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
48 ( 56 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
49 ( NEW ) VENUS Bananarama
50 ( 53 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

51 ( 62 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
52 ( 48 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
54 ( 28 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
55 ( 64 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
56 ( 45 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
57 ( 54 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
59 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
60 ( 50 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

61 ( 33 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
62 ( 39 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
63 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
64 ( 67 ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
65 ( 74 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
66 ( 63 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
68 ( 58 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
69 ( NEW ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
70 ( 73 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics

71 ( NEW ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
72 ( 42 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
73 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE The Outfield
74 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
75 ( NEW ) NASTY Janet Jackson

Playlist Oldies
1 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
3 TWILIGHT ELO

My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

It’s a first week on top for the brilliant E=MC2, presiding over a rapid-moving upper-chart and sluggish lower-end. George Michael rockets up to 8 with his gorgeously touching A Different Corner, as 50’s oldie Peter Gunn gives Duane Eddy an updated 80’s top 10, his first since 1975, while Sam Cooke gets his first top 10 with the Jeans-advert oldie, and still definitive version of the much-covered song.

Stevie Wonder is Overjoyed at just missing the top 10, and Queen are magic at 13, with Stevie Nicks making it 2 top 20’s in a row. Heart get that elusive top 40 at last, as Bryan Adams adds to his, and Atlantic Starr leap up. Highest new entry is a Shellshocked New Order, as Tom Waits gruffly enters in the neighbourhood, trombones blazing. Jim Diamond extends his run to 4 years since PhD topped the chart, a-ha get a third, Bronski Beat a 5th-ish, Julian Lennon a 4th (or so), and Jermaine Jackson a 6th or 7th or 8th solo (I can’t be arsed to look it up) but a whole plethora of Jackson 5 tracks on top of that.

1 ( 8 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
2 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 5 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 2 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
8 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
9 ( 22 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke

11 ( 26 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 38 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
14 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
15 ( 11 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
17 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
18 ( 7 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
19 ( 21 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 10 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( 17 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
22 ( 30 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
23 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
24 ( 14 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
25 ( 15 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
26 ( 20 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
27 ( 19 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
28 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( 36 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
30 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears

31 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 24 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
34 ( 40 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
35 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
37 ( 45 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
38 ( 31 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
39 ( 42 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
40 ( 66 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr

41 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 33 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
43 ( 64 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
44 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( 34 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
46 ( 39 ) ELOISE The Damned
47 ( NEW ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
48 ( 43 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 50 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
50 ( 37 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

51 ( 49 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 75 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
55 ( 51 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
56 ( 48 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
57 ( 59 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
58 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
60 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 52 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
62 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
63 ( 57 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
64 ( 61 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
65 ( 68 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
66 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
67 ( NEW ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
68 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
69 ( 71 ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
70 ( 69 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!

71 ( 74 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
72 ( 63 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
74 ( NEW ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ME Jermaine Jackson

1st April Playlist Oldies

1 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos

 

8th April 1986

It’s an utter gem on top as George takes his greatest track to the top for a second solo chart-topper, and a 4th in total (unless you count his contribution to David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss, in which case 5th). It’s a fab top 40, with Queen up to 5 for 12 years of top 5’s, and Bowie’s fab Absolute Beginners gives him 14 years of top 10’s, and 5 years since both of them topped my chart together. The Style Council make it 3 years of top 20’s as Have You Ever Had It Blue whoops up the chart 39 spots, and Sam Fox inexplicably makes my top 20.

It’s Immaterial have the highest new entry with the fab Driving Away From Home in at 21, and the fab Wax debut at 24 with the cruelly-flopped Right Between The Eyes. It’s a terrific pop track with impeccable credentials, being as it’s a joint Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman effort. That’ll be 9 years since Lonely Boy for Andrew, and 20 pre-chart years since teenage Graham wrote a bunch of 60’s classics like Bus Stop, or 14 years since 10CC debuted with chart-topper Donna.

New Order and a-ha both are a bit shellshocked at riding the train into the top 30, and Bryan Ferry cruises smoothly in to boot, also 14 years on since he first did it. Spirit of 72! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were already making great smooth, classy dance tracks, and this week they underlined they were the sound of the mid-80’s dance soul with Janet Jackson debuting with one of theirs, and the SOS Band returning with another cheek to cheek at 36 and 35 proving they The Finest.

Lower down another reggae stalwart debut from Maxi Priest, always smooth n tuneful, a nice soul tune I’d forgotten from Lonnie Hill, a great Simple Minds stormer, and a very Jim Steinman-ish Bonnie Tyler effort. That’ll be because he produced it. If it sounds like Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name (which it totes does) that’ll be because Desmond Child rewrote for them after he wasn’t happy with the original song. Kerching!

Oldies faves of the week, my all-time fave Baker Street, the fab Rod Argent song from late 1971 when I first heard it on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops, and the South African tribal gem from John Kongos of the same time – influenced his sons if no-one else, happily, check out the good recent KONGOS singles.

1 ( 8 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 1 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 2 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 13 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
6 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
9 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 14 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie

11 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
13 ( 12 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 7 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
15 ( 54 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
16 ( 17 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
17 ( 5 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 23 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
19 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
20 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( NEW ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
22 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
24 ( NEW ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( 47 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 68 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
27 ( 18 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
28 ( 43 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
29 ( 34 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
30 ( 37 ) THESE DREAMS Heart

31 ( 26 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
32 ( 25 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
33 ( 24 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
34 ( 40 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( NEW ) THE FINEST SOS Band
36 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
37 ( 22 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
38 ( 49 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
39 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
40 ( 33 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles

41 ( 21 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
42 ( 61 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 27 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
44 ( 38 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
45 ( 29 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
46 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 62 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
48 ( NEW ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
49 ( 66 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
50 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 31 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
52 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 51 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
56 ( 74 ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
57 ( 42 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
58 ( 45 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( 67 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
60 ( 46 ) ELOISE The Damned

61 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
62 ( 57 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
63 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
64 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 39 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
66 ( NEW ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
67 ( 59 ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
68 ( 73 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( 56 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
70 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

71 ( NEW ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
72 ( NEW ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
73 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 55 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 TOKOLOSHE MAN John Kongos

 

15th April 1986

It’s a second week on top for George Michael as Falco and Queen move closer, It’s Immaterial get a fab top 10 worthy slot and Stevie Nicks gets her first solo top 10, though she had already been there before with Dreams, Gypsy and Sara amongst her many classic Mac tracks. Janet Jackson almost makes it a Jam & Lewis top 10, as do Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman waxing lyrical.

Simple Minds rocket into the 20, up 54 places, while the highest new entry is Five Star’s Can’t Wait Another Minute at 28. Bonnie Tyler takes future Bon Jovi smash You Give Love A Bad Name If You Were A Woman into the 40, and Tavares get a decade-old belated new entry with It Only Takes A Minute, never a hit because I never got to hear it first-time round – though it did top my chart in the violin-riff-led version by Jonathan King working under an alias (100 Ton & A Feather) in 1976. Talking of JK, much of the chart was pushed by his No Limits show, and guess what – he’s also back in the pseudonym game covering It’s All In The Game in at 45, giving him 16 years-worth of chart action. Or 21 years if I had been charting in 1965 with kiddie fave Everyone’s Gone To The Moon.

In at 48, it’s another charity effort, a metal band get-together featuring stars like Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Check out the video, I guarantee you will never see a greater show of permed hair in your life in a music video, it’s the Olympic Event of 80’s hairdressing. Icehouse are back, with the fab No Promises – such an under-rated band – as is Sheila E with her latest Prince record, A Love Bizarre. Pretty much a Prince duet and joint songwriting credit. ZZ Top are back with their most touching track, and a fab scifi video, and Billy Ocean adds to his 12 years of hits with one of his most mundane singles. That leaves Gary Glitter and Girlschool, a cover of his 1973 top 10 (in my charts) – I can’t imagine what attracted Gary to want to duet with a band called Girlschool, but I’d suggest sticking to the original or preferably playing the HeadSchool duet Please Don’t Touch instead..

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
4 ( 5 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
5 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
6 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
7 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 21 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
9 ( 12 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
10 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys

11 ( 36 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 8 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
15 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
16 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
17 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 72 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
19 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
20 ( 14 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

21 ( 35 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
24 ( 28 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
25 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 38 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
27 ( 19 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
28 ( NEW ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
29 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
30 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox

31 ( 17 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
32 ( 47 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
33 ( 27 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
34 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 74 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
36 ( 31 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
37 ( NEW ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
38 ( 23 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 48 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
40 ( 32 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares

41 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 29 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
43 ( 33 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 40 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
46 ( 44 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
47 ( 30 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
48 ( NEW ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
49 ( 37 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
50 ( 59 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie

51 ( 45 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
52 ( 43 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 49 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
56 ( 71 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
57 ( 41 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
59 ( 55 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
60 ( 50 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

61 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
62 ( 57 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
63 ( 62 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
64 ( 63 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
65 ( 42 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
66 ( NEW ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
67 ( 46 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 60 ) ELOISE The Damned
69 ( NEW ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
70 ( 52 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

71 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
72 ( NEW ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
73 ( 66 ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
74 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
75 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 GET IT ON T.Rex

 

22nd April 1986

It’s an otherwise hectic chart as George grabs a 3rd week on top, chased suddenly by a 1967 classic released as a single in the USA in 1968 and topped the UK chart in 1969. I Heard It Through The Grapevine made my top 5 that year but never got as high as 2 – with this jeans advert classic replacing the same company’s Sam Cooke track in the top 10. Levi 501’s I think. Everyone was wearing them. I know I was. Nick Kamen getting his kit off in the laundrette was enough for no-one to realise that the songs used were tatty soundalikes, not the originals.

Janet Jackson gets a first top 5, one of many, and Simple Minds keep their hot streak going with another top 10, and Five Star snatch a second in a row. New at 26, Madonna’s low-key debut single off the forthcoming True Blue album is the highest new song, Live To Tell being far and away her best ballad to date, what with being classy and all rather than dirge-like. Hear’n’Aid go top 30, which is ironically what several of the metal members now need after decades of ear abuse. The Grange Hill Cast also enter high – in my defence I enjoyed the show, and it was a good cause, and good advice that no-one heeded as the Aceeeeed generation loomed.

Princess gets another newie, Whitney covers George Benson, replacing jazz subtlety with foghorn volume, 9 years since the original made my top 30, and the ever-good OMD keep the initial-for-group-name flag flying with the sweet If You Leave, and PIL join in with Home giving them 8 years of action, and OMD 6 years. The Force MD’s debut with a nice soul number, and INXS storm in with a debut great, What You Need. Michael Hutchence was one of the great frontmen of all-time, and INXS’ funked-up rock anthems were just fab – I saw them in concert only once, in Bournemouth, but my word that man was a star and the band were rock-funking.

John Cougar is also back, with a goodie, albeit a superfluous Mellencamp – his original decision to drop the surname was the right one. Depeche Mode keep the sombre entries going, Fine Young Cannibals keep The Beat flag flying, and The Bangles get a 3rd top 75. Surprisingly, one of the lower debuts is for an absolute belting classic with a famous video – Sledgehammer, and Peter Gabriel peaking after 9 years of chart action solo, and 12 years including Genesis.

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
3 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
4 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 8 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
6 ( 3 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 18 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
8 ( 6 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
9 ( 4 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
10 ( 28 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star

11 ( 5 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
14 ( 26 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
15 ( 10 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
16 ( 19 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
17 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
19 ( 9 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 13 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

21 ( 14 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
22 ( 17 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 20 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
24 ( 16 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
25 ( 15 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
27 ( 48 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
28 ( 39 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
29 ( 32 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
30 ( 74 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top

31 ( 23 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
32 ( 24 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
34 ( 45 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
35 ( 37 ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
36 ( NEW ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
37 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
38 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
39 ( 29 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
40 ( 27 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

41 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 33 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
43 ( 36 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
44 ( NEW ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess
45 ( NEW ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
46 ( 40 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
47 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
48 ( 30 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
49 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
50 ( 46 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

51 ( 56 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
52 ( 43 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
56 ( NEW ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
57 ( 44 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
58 ( 69 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( NEW ) HOME PIL
60 ( 31 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

61 ( 66 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
62 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
63 ( 42 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
64 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
65 ( NEW ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
66 ( 63 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
67 ( 64 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
68 ( 58 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
70 ( 75 ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

71 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
72 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
73 ( 49 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW LOVE IS Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

Oldies
1 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

 

29th April 1986

It’s a first week on top, making it over 17 years from debut to topping the chart, a new record for Marvin Gaye. Simple Minds get a second top 3, Wax get a first top 10 as a duo, or rather Andrew Gold gets one 9 years after his first, and Graham Gouldman 14 years after his first. The Big Sky bangs right in at 9, giving Kate 4 in a row off The Hounds Of Love album, and 8 years of ’em. a-ha get a 3rd top 10 in a row.

Whitney outdoes George Benson’s original in chart performance as she hits the 20, Maxi Priest gets a first top 20, and Shalamar return A Night To Remember 4 years on from the first time it hit my top 10. From here-on the chart gets mega-volatile as last-week’s deluge of new entries climb, while a deluge of 20 enter this week, meaning loads of tracks plummet, including classics. OMD go top 30 in a big climb, ditto PIL, and Icehouse, as Peter Gabriel swoops into the 40. Newies include Blancmange extending their run to 4 years, The Cure re-doing a great oldie that didn’t hit, as Boys Don’t Cry joins Rough Boys and Bad Boys – the latter giving Miami Sound Machine, or Gloria Estefan as they essentially were by this stage, another chart hit ahead of her actual solo launch. One and the same, same vocalist, same husband writer-producer, same success.

ELO are seriously back for a last time for a few decades (at least with Jeff Lynne), Fuzzbox debut with a longer band name and more of an indie vibe, Elaine Page gets another Chess musical song in my chart, so that’s Benny & Bjorn of Abba making it two – Swedish protogee’s Gemini enter with Just Like That, the 1982 Abba song that was never released in a finished form (though it did top my chart a decade later when a shortened version was released). Ted Chippington amusingly talks a Beatles classic into a laidback entry, Jean-Michel Jarre is another Spirit of 1977 to return, since his debut Oxygene Part VI peaked at 2. Only another 40 years to wait to top my chart (with Cyndi Lauper)…

Patti Labelle has dropped the girls of Lady Marmalade, and the shiny spacesuits, now opting 11 years on for a smooth soul duet with Michael MacDonald, now Doobie-less, and On My Own is just beautifully sad and beautifully sung by both. Annabella covers Peggy Lee’s Fever a decade ahead of Madonna, Doctor & The Medics sneak in with a camp soundalike cover of Spirit In The Sky, 16 years on from the classic Norman Greenbaum, Level 42 start the great period rolling with Lessons In Love, Van Halen are David Lee Roth-less, and a bit toothless for me, and Limahl manages to drag another chart entry out 3 years on from Kajaverygoogooey acrimoniously splitting. Kaja who?

1 ( 2 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 7 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 3 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
8 ( 10 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
9 ( NEW ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
10 ( 16 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha

11 ( 5 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
12 ( 14 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
13 ( 8 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
14 ( 9 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
15 ( 27 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
16 ( 38 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
17 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 28 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( NEW ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
20 ( 11 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
22 ( 45 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
23 ( 26 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
24 ( 61 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
25 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 30 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
27 ( 36 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
28 ( 15 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
29 ( 59 ) HOME PIL
30 ( NEW ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

31 ( 20 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 18 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
33 ( NEW ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( 49 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 23 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
36 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
37 ( 47 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
38 ( NEW ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 65 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
40 ( 44 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

41 ( 34 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
42 ( 22 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
44 ( 31 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
45 ( 25 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
46 ( NEW ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 21 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
48 ( NEW ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
49 ( 62 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
50 ( 24 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder

51 ( 29 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
52 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
53 ( 43 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
54 ( 56 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 39 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
56 ( NEW ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
57 ( 42 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
58 ( 58 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( 46 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
60 ( NEW ) GODSTAR Psychic TV

61 ( 40 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
62 ( NEW ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
63 ( NEW ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 32 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
67 ( NEW ) FEVER Annabella
68 ( 69 ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
70 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
72 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
74 ( NEW ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue

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