My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

2 weeks for jazzy Style Council, heading a laid-back upper-chart, matching the sunny summer of ’84, and in contrast to my increasingly low self-worth, depression and feelings of failure, sitting in my lonely bedroom. I hadn’t quite started banging my head on the walls in frustration at my mental state, but it wasn’t far off. Happy days…

The gorgeous Everything But The Girl at 2 give a truly jazzy Top 10, with Sade leaping to 9 to underline it. A bit of raunchy dance was my other main theme of the time, Evelyn Thomas pushing up the bpm’s at 5, and Rod rockin’ it dance-wise with the under-rated Infatuation shooting up to 8. Howard Jones gets a 4th Top 10 in a row, The Smiths get 3 Top 20’s in a row as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Oh how that was my anthem of the time!) shoots up to 16.

Bruce, Chrissie and Nick Heyward all get another Top 20 hit, Bruce’s first for 3 years, and 9 years on from Born To Run’s debut. Highest new entry meanwhile is Madness, uncharacteristically with a ballad, One Better Day at 32, just ahead of newie from Siouxsie and oldie from Jacko – yet another reissued Motown classic to join his other tracks. He was quite big in 1984. Sister Sledge’s oldie also joins him in the 40.

Elsewhere, a classic debut from Bronski Beat, and an outright in-ya-face gay-themed video and song, hi-NRG and fab, Smalltown Boy at 42. TV movie Sgt Matlovich was also a TV first based on a true story of a gay soldier getting booted out of the US Air Force for being gay. Ozzy’s a bit tired at 47, not surprising as he hadn’t stopped partying since Paranoid, 14 years earlier. Gary Glitter makes a comeback on the back of being a big live touring draw. I saw him most Christmas or New Years Eves in the 80’s, and a good time was had by all, it was a massive party. Dance Me Up was the most glam-sounding single he’d done for some years, though not up to the 70’s stuff.

OMD were also back with yet another great single, Talking Loud And Clear at 74, Scritti’s follow-up to a chart-topper, Absolutely at 69, and Spandau go all smooth (and largely bland) at 65 with Only When You Leave. Finally David “Japan” Sylvian has a red guitar at 75. On TV, dropping from last week’s number one, The Young Ones have guest Jennifer Saunders as a murderess (in reality Ade Edmonson’s other half), and I can’t let it go without comment on the tragic passing of Rik Mayall, comedy hero of the 80’s and 90’s, beloved of many of that generation. So sad.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 4 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
3 ( 2 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
4 ( 5 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
5 ( 17 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
6 ( 3 ) THE LEBANON Human League
7 ( 6 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
8 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
9 ( 37 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
10 ( 13 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones

11 ( 7 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
12 ( 15 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
13 ( 10 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 12 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
15 ( 8 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 55 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
17 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 9 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
20 ( 28 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
22 ( 14 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
23 ( 30 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 31 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
25 ( 16 ) ASSASSING Marillion
26 ( 19 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
27 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 20 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
30 ( 44 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl

31 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
32 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
33 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
34 ( 38 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
35 ( 34 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 22 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
37 ( NEW ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
38 ( 36 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 24 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
40 ( NEW ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 32 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
43 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( 29 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
45 ( 23 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
46 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
47 ( NEW ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
48 ( 39 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
49 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
50 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 43 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
52 ( 52 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 42 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
56 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
57 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
58 ( 47 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
59 ( 49 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
60 ( 56 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 64 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 51 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
65 ( NEW ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
66 ( 65 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
67 ( 40 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 60 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
70 ( 70 ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry

71 ( 45 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
72 ( 66 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
73 ( NEW ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
74 ( 62 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian

 

TV
1 Scully
2 The Young Ones: French & Saunders
3 The Addams Family
4 Sgt Matlovich vs The Air Force (TV film)
5 Cheers
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Hill Street Blues
8 Soap
9 Spitting Image
10 The Professionals
11 Film 84 Special: Stephen Spielberg
12 Top Of The Pops
13 Batman
14 Empire
15 WKRP In Cincinatti

 

12th June 1984

3rd and final week on top for The Style Council, as the Top 10 gets volatile. The Smiths rocket up to 2, and Morrissey is still miserable about it. No change there then. Rod gets his biggest hit since Baby Jane as Infatuation goes up to 3, and new in at 7, follow-up to Relax, much-hyped and much-anticipated, it’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the soundtrack to the summer and future classic, Two Tribes, with that memorable video. Bronski Beat, though, beat them to the top 5, bounding up with their smalltown boy to 5, while Sade’s minor hit is a major hit here at 4.

Bruce up to 13, a year ahead of bigger UK success with it, and Madonna’s Borderline in at 50, 3rd hit, and 2 years ahead of her bigger UK hit success with it. Madness keep up their string of Top 20 hits, 5 years without a miss, Change (aka Luther Vandross, at times) enter with the dancetastic Change Of Heart and OMD get 4 years of Top 40 hits at 39.

Other new entries: Billy Idol at 50, with the oddly-titled, yet brilliant, Eyes Without A Face. It was his first real ballad, a million miles away from King Rocker. That’s not a bad thing. Debuting at 64, the fantastic Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and the fabulous Perfect Skin. One of the mysteries of life is Lloyd Cole never having huge success with his jangly indierock. Lastly, at 73, The Mighty Wah! (aka Wah!, Wah! Heat, and Pete Wylie) return chart-bound after a break since their number one Story Of The Blues, with the equally Spector-ish Come Back.

TV? It’s still The Young Ones dominating my TV world, such a shame they didn’t do another series, I know I was soooo sad they didn’t. Also must mention Scully, a UK show set in Liverpool (the setting was close to my heart, as I was still commuting there regularly to pick and return my grandma), it was amusing and well-written drama, and had an Elvis Costello theme tune Turning The Town Red (and he was in it). It fit in nicely with the mood of the times, and the number of Scousers in the chart, not to mention the local Dorset relocated Scouse community enjoying the beach weather. Elvis Costello meanwhile enters at 31 with his most-gorgeous ballad, the heart-melting I Wanna Be Loved, which also meant a lot to me that summer, and the video is juuuust wonderful.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 16 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( 8 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
4 ( 9 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
5 ( 42 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 5 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
7 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
9 ( 3 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
10 ( 2 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl

11 ( 4 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
12 ( 6 ) THE LEBANON Human League
13 ( 17 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 7 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
15 ( 11 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
16 ( 27 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
17 ( 32 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
18 ( 19 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
20 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 12 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
22 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
23 ( 13 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
24 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
26 ( 37 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
27 ( 47 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
28 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
29 ( 14 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
30 ( 55 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
32 ( 22 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 21 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
34 ( 26 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
35 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
36 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
37 ( 24 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
38 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 73 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
40 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( 29 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
43 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
44 ( 43 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 36 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
46 ( 39 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
47 ( 65 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
48 ( 23 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 25 ) ASSASSING Marillion
50 ( NEW ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

51 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
52 ( 34 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
53 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( 51 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
56 ( 69 ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
57 ( 48 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
58 ( 44 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
59 ( 56 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
60 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
65 ( 53 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
66 ( 75 ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian
67 ( 59 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
68 ( 58 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
69 ( 66 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
70 ( 45 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine

71 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
72 ( 68 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
74 ( 64 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
75 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

TV
1 The Young Ones: colds
2 Cheers
3 Scully
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Soap
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Addams Family
8 Bewitched
9 The Young Ones: french & saunders
10 Batman

 

19th June 1984

My pop chart goes frantic, as another influx of classic tracks jostles with a host of big climbers and big fallers. Essentially, in retrospect, it’s fairly obvious depression hit me this week for the first time in my life, I had no idea what it was , how to deal with it, and the Doctor was of no use whatsoever just poo-poohing me to go away and stop bothering him (more or less) as there was nothing wrong with me. There was. I was in a permanent state of misery, life was joyless, and emotions were building up inside me with no outlet except music. Music kept me sane. Ish. My family were starting to notice the change, but as a family there other problems as my brother was looking for work while the pits were on strike and no money, my sister-in-law Sue was pregnant with my nephew, and mum and dad had a busy NAAFI bar and shop to run 7 days a week. My Top 10 says it all, really:

Two Tribes hit the top giving Frankie their second number one, and reflecting CND and east-west tensions of the time, keeping off The Smiths from the top. I think I was so miserable now, heaven knows I couldn’t bear to have it on top. Highest new entry, in at 3, another depressive anthem, the first one from the Human League (and their least successful UK chart hit to date since Dare), but it spoke to me a lot and followed on from 5 consecutive chart-toppers. Elvis Costello gets his biggest-ever hit as I Wanna Be Loved shoots up to 6, another song that meant a lot to me. Just to underline the down-moods, Pretenders get 5 years of Top 10’s with the sad Thin Line, and Madness do the same with the depressing One Better day. Bung in Ozzy’s So Tired at 12, Cyndi’s Time After Time entering at 14 and there wasn’t much to laugh at going on…

Most cheerful or upbeat tracks suffer big falls, and there’s a host of new tracks and a re-entry from Nik Kershaw finally making the Top 20 7 months after debuting. Robin Gibb was very much in solo single form in the absence of the Bee Gees, and the fab Boys Do Fall In Love has a bit more cheer at 23, and Alison Moyet’s moody solo debut Love Resurrection (complete with VERY naughty innuendo) charges in at 26.

A rap classic enters at 41 the awesome White Lines, back in the days when you could rap along to rappers comfortably, learn the words and the intonation meant something. A manic pace, incoherent vocabulary, and misogynistic cliched drivel not required. Even more classic, Prince is back, and When Doves Cry was a departure in sound, percussion-heavy, inventive and brilliantly exciting, in at 57. Party classic Jump (For My Love) is in at 59 for the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner’s classic (and future movie-bio title) What’s Love Got To Do With It is in at 72, while Jim Steinman’s Streets Of Fire movie song enters at 71 for Fire Inc. Phew!

TV, it was still The Young Ones, as we waved goodbye forever this week (bar the single with Cliff), the week when Rik Mayall gets a top 10 hit thanks to goodwill from those like me who they meant a lot to, they really were a generation gap TV show.

1 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( NEW ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 3 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
5 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 31 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
7 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
8 ( 4 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
9 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
10 ( 17 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness

11 ( 18 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 27 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
13 ( 6 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
14 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 12 ) THE LEBANON Human League
16 ( 11 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
17 ( 8 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
18 ( NEW ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
19 ( 26 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
20 ( 25 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

21 ( 15 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
22 ( 10 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
23 ( NEW ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 16 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
27 ( 39 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
28 ( 35 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 9 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
30 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 19 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
32 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 22 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 14 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
35 ( 50 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
36 ( 56 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
37 ( 21 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
38 ( 23 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
39 ( 47 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
40 ( 73 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

41 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
42 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
43 ( 36 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
44 ( 33 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
45 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
46 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
47 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
49 ( 34 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
50 ( 64 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

51 ( 37 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
52 ( 53 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
53 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
55 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
56 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
57 ( NEW ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
58 ( 46 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
59 ( NEW ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
60 ( 43 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
65 ( 42 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
66 ( 55 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
68 ( 57 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
69 ( 51 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
70 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE YOUNG Jim Steinman and Fire Inc

71 ( 52 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
73 ( 69 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE JB’s All Stars
75 ( 67 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

TV
1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition)
2 The Young Ones: final episode
3 The Young Ones: colds
4 Scully
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Rhoda
7 Soap
8 The Addams Family
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Bewitched

 

26th June 1984

Two Tribes two weeks on top. Elvis Costello has to be content with runners-up for the gorgeous I Wanna Be Loved, I’m sad to say that’s the highest he’s ever climbed in my chart in a very long chart career, though that also applies to the UK singles chart (only Oliver’s Army peaked at 2). Rocketing up to 4, and his biggest hit to date, for Billy Idol’s moody and mysterious Eyes Without A Face. Sad songs very much saying so much to me, as Cyndi Lauper gets her 2nd Top 10 with Time After Time, OMD get their 8th top 10, and Sister Sledge their 3rd.

New at 7, reissued Waiting In Vain gives Bob Marley a second top 10 hit with the 1977 classic, one of my fave Marley songs. The Pointer Sisters Jump to 13, Lloyd Cole is perfect at 16, leaping high, and Gary Glitter gets his 10th Top 20 hit. Prince flies high with his crying doves at 21, his 3rd Top 40 hit, and highest new song is Ollie and Jerry’s movie song Breakin’ in at 30. Tina Turner makes the Top 40 for the 3rd time solo (5th in total), and a second top 40 hit for the Bluebells, co-written with Bananarama and a 1980 track recorded by them first, and a future 90’s number one classic, Young At Heart. Barry Blue produced it, too.

The Associates are back, 2 years after their number one, at 49, Squeeze are back (more or less) with Difford & Tillbrook at 59, 6 years after debuting. The Gap Band are jamming at 64, The Jacksons are shocked to get a new entry at 66 with megastars Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger on vocals – well, shocked at how underwhelming it all was all things considered. Marc Almond shows he’s The Boy Who Came Back at 71, Tom Robinson’s back in the old country at 75, appropriately behind Lionel Richie’s old-sounding country song, Stuck On You, a record I ended up loathing. I still can’t bear hearing it, not for any musical reasons, more for the all-too-vivid reminders of how bad I felt, as I developed a lovely new psychological problem (it’s obvious now, but felt real at the time) with the sensation of something stuck in my throat around the top of my back and neck. It was clearly stress-induced, but in those poo-pooing doctors, and no internet, days (to google symptoms) who the hell knew what was wrong. Which starts off even more anxiety and stress and so it snowballs onwards… Anyway, Stuck = stuck in my throat to me, and it made me feel bad after it had been in the charts a few weeks.
1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
3 ( 3 ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 35 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
5 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
6 ( 14 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
7 ( NEW ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
9 ( 27 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
10 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

11 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 4 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
13 ( 59 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
14 ( 7 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
15 ( 8 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
16 ( 50 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 26 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
19 ( 10 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
20 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

21 ( 57 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 15 ) THE LEBANON Human League
23 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 18 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
25 ( 9 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
26 ( 12 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 36 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
28 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 41 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
30 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry

31 ( 16 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
32 ( 21 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
33 ( 17 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
34 ( 13 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
35 ( 40 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
36 ( NEW ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
37 ( 22 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 31 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
39 ( 72 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
40 ( 52 ) BORDERLINE Madonna

41 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 20 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
43 ( 37 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
44 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
45 ( 38 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
46 ( 34 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
47 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
49 ( NEW ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

51 ( 45 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
52 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
53 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
54 ( 44 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
55 ( 39 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 55 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 53 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
59 ( NEW ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
60 ( 48 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

61 ( 49 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
65 ( 62 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
66 ( NEW ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
67 ( 51 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
68 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
69 ( 58 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

71 ( NEW ) THE BOY WHO CAME BACK Marc Almond
72 ( 67 ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
73 ( 73 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 Scully
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Addams Family
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Soap
8 Batman
9 The Professionals
10 Upstairs Downstairs

My 1984 Charts – May

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Bournemouth

 

1st May 1984

My unemployed and increasingly depressed lifestyle started to have an effect on my music tastes around now as nearly all cheerful records drop and moody ones do all the moving, notably Human League’s comeback record The Lebanon, straight in at 1. My fave band since Abba disappeared, they had released 2 singles, both gems, since Dare in 1981 but no sign of an album. In those days 3 years away was a big deal for a pop band. No-one saw the sudden move away from synths and into electric guitars, and few liked the anti-war political message stance of the album’s lead single, but I loved it instantly, a rare case of in at 1, their 5th chart-topper in a row.

Moody Propaganda meantime go up to 2, sell him your soul lyric not very cheerful at all, but brilliant. SOS band’s also beautifully sombre but danceable hit rises to 6 and Sandie Shaw & The Smiths’ Hand In Glove gives them both their 2nd Top 10 hit, 15 years on since the last one for Sandie. Rufus and Chaka at 9, and 2 cheerful pop tunes at 4 (Queen) and 10 (OMD’s 7th top 10) all keeping out Bob Marley at 11.

Lower down, New Order steal up to 20 from 73, Duran go Top 40 with The Reflex, and new hits for Jeffrey Osbourne, the fabulous Womack & Womack’s Love Wars and the lovely Cocteau Twins Dewdrops – and nothing else! TV, though was taking refuge in romcom fantasy horror spoof Love At First Bite, a forgotten goodie starring fave actress Susan Saint James. The Rock n Roll Years series hit 1966 and started to get seriously good. Long in need of repeating and extending to the 90’s and 21st century, the series took the major news events of a year, mixed them with affecting important hits of the year, and showed a few key pop star performances, usually debuts. Quite a powerful mix.

 

1 ( NEW ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 6 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
3 ( 4 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
4 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
6 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 2 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
8 ( 20 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
9 ( 14 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
10 ( 16 ) LOCOMOTION OMD

11 ( 17 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 19 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
13 ( 8 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
14 ( 3 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
15 ( 7 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
16 ( 12 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 25 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
18 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
19 ( 5 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
20 ( 73 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order

21 ( 34 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
22 ( 30 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
23 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
24 ( 15 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
25 ( 18 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
26 ( 24 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
27 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 13 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
29 ( 22 ) LEAVE IT Yes
30 ( 31 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel

31 ( 21 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
32 ( 26 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 23 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
34 ( 50 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
35 ( 47 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
36 ( 27 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
37 ( 74 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costello)
38 ( 33 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
40 ( 44 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk

41 ( 39 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 75 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
43 ( 41 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
44 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
45 ( 40 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
46 ( 51 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
47 ( 32 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
48 ( 37 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
49 ( 55 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
50 ( 36 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard

51 ( 38 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
52 ( 63 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 43 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
55 ( 46 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 48 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
57 ( NEW ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
58 ( 68 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( 45 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 56 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 42 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
64 ( 66 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
65 ( NEW ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
66 ( 57 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
67 ( 64 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
68 ( 71 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
69 ( 49 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
70 ( 70 ) THE FLAME Annabel Lamb

71 ( 54 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 52 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
73 ( 69 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
74 ( 59 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
75 ( 58 ) JUMP Van Halen

TV
1 Love At First Bite (film)
2 Cheers
3 Reamington Steele
4 Soap
5 Rock n Roll Years: 1966
6 Porridge
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Avengers
9 Dallas
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

 

8th May 1984

Eurovision week, and Belle & The Devotions UK entry reaches the lofty heights of 40. No other entries in the chart though, as was the usual case in those days until they had official singles release (usually never). Human League 2 weeks on top, the top 10 shuffles a bit, barring Bob Marley getting his 4th posthumous Top 10, and 7th in total (though 2 of them did it twice, so 9th time). New Order up to 7, Duran at 12, Womacks at 19 up from 57, and Cocteua’s up to 31 from 65. Not one single big hit enters this week though, leaving room for obscure tracks: Edwin Starr’s tribute to late friend Marvin gaye highest new track at 57.

DJ Mike Read tried many times to get a hit, well he sort of got one in my chart at 65, Pink Floyder Roger Waters does a solo weighing up of the pro’s and con’s of thumbing a lift at 66, and the Shillelagh Sisters get their only hit at 67. Jacquie O’Sullivan of the band (sort of folkrockabilly) became better known when she joined Bananarama.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 3 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
4 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
5 ( 8 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
6 ( 11 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
7 ( 20 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
8 ( 10 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
9 ( 2 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
10 ( 5 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

11 ( 12 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
12 ( 34 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
13 ( 23 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
14 ( 17 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
15 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
16 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 7 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
18 ( 21 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 57 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
20 ( 15 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

21 ( 13 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
22 ( 14 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
23 ( 26 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
24 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
25 ( 19 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
26 ( 35 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
27 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 30 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
29 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
30 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

31 ( 65 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 64 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
34 ( 40 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
35 ( 28 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
36 ( 22 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
37 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
38 ( 29 ) LEAVE IT Yes
39 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
40 ( 49 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions

41 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 25 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
43 ( 68 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
44 ( 46 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
45 ( 33 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
46 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 36 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
48 ( 24 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 31 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
50 ( 43 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

51 ( 45 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
52 ( 39 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 52 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
55 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 47 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
57 ( NEW ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
58 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 54 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
60 ( 56 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

61 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 48 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( 59 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
65 ( NEW ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
66 ( NEW ) THE PRO’S AND CON’S OF HITCH-HIKING Roger Waters
67 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MY FREEDOM The Shillelagh Sisters
68 ( 50 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
69 ( 67 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson

71 ( 75 ) JUMP Van Halen
72 ( NEW ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
73 ( 66 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
74 ( NEW ) UPROCK The Rocksteady Crew
75 ( 63 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy

 

TV
1 The Young Ones: Bambi
2 Cheers
3 The Sugarland Express (film)
4 Soap
5 Carrott’s Lib
6 Dallas
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Porridge
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Empire
11 Laurel & Hardy
12 Entertainment USA
13 Addams Family
14 Eurovision Song Contest
15 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

15th May 1984

3 weeks on top for The Lebanon, and 2 at 2 for Automatic, while Duran get the their biggest hit to date at 3 (The Reflex). Womacks go top 10 for the first time (and not the last) while Alvin gets his, ooh, 5th Top 10 in 11 years, and his first for 3 years. It’s a Womble record, essentially. He’s a Mansfield lad though, and our only pop star ever, so have to support him. Elsewhere, 2 Footloose tracks side by side (16, 17) which meant nothing to me as I never went to see it. Billy Joel gets another top 20 hit, the pleasant Longest Time, and highest new entry is a dance cover of a great Detroit Spinners non-hit from 1972, I’ll Be Around.

Hazell Dean debuts with a gay club anthem of the time, Stock Aitken Waterman starting to make themselves chart regulars. That’s about it, actually, below that it’s just shuffling of positions and some bizarre new entries underline nothing much was happening on the music scene for the second week in a row. I mean, Roland Rat? Marillion? Kajagoogoo!? At least Boomtown Rats, Kane Gang, and Melody Makers (Bob Marley’s kids joining him in the chart) add a tad more credibility…

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 12 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 6 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
6 ( 4 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 19 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
8 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
10 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

11 ( 24 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
12 ( 7 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
13 ( 10 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
14 ( 9 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
15 ( 8 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
16 ( 39 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
17 ( 33 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
18 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 28 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 14 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
22 ( 13 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
23 ( 20 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
24 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
25 ( 21 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
26 ( 17 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
27 ( NEW ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
28 ( 23 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
29 ( NEW ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
30 ( 11 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen

31 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
33 ( 22 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
34 ( 25 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
35 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 43 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
37 ( 26 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
38 ( 40 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
39 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
40 ( 44 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King

41 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
42 ( 35 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
43 ( 36 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
44 ( 38 ) LEAVE IT Yes
45 ( 34 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
46 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 45 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
48 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 50 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
50 ( 57 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr

51 ( 42 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
52 ( 47 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 72 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
55 ( 49 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
56 ( 65 ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
57 ( 70 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
58 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
60 ( 51 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw

61 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
62 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( NEW ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
65 ( 52 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
67 ( 60 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
68 ( NEW ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
69 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
70 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson

71 ( NEW ) ASSASSING Marillion
72 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
73 ( NEW ) MET HER ON A RAINT DAY The Melody Makers
74 ( NEW ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
75 ( NEW ) SMALL TOWN CREED The Kane Gang

TV
1 Cheers
2 The Young Ones: Bambi
3 The Young Ones
4 Dallas
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Addams Family
7 Soap
8 Porridge
9 Man About The House
10 Top Of The Pops
11. Avengers
12. Professionals
13. Empire
14. Batman
15. Automan
16. Rockford Files
17. It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
18. Sullivans
19. Entertainment USA
20. 8 Days A week

22nd May 1984

4th and final week on top for The Lebanon, 3rd week at 2 for Automatic, 2nd week at 3 for Reflex. Elsewhere, though, the lethargy is blown apart with 15 substantial new entries headed by Elton John at 10 with Sad Songs, his first single after his Too Low For Zero album success and a run of great singles off it. Pleasant enough, though the video helped it’s high chart placing a bit.

in at 17, an instant success for new jazzy-folk duo Everything But The Girl and their fab ballad Each And Every One, while Wham! shift up a pop gear and start sticking shuttlecocks in pants and gogoing, in at 20 for their 5th hit. Howard Jones gets his 4th, Ultravox their 4th year of chart hits, non-stop, and Chris De Burgh is actually back after his flirtation with a ferryman in 1977, telling us he’s high on emotion. His best record. By far. Not saying a great deal, I grant, but it’s true.

Style Council enter at 35 with the gorgeous, summery You’re The Best Thing, giving Paul Weller 7 years of hits non-stop, while Bruce Springsteen comes back again at 38 and Dancing In The Dark, his best record since Born To Run debuted in my chart in 1975, and certainly his most commercial and he finally gives in and does a great video with both Courtney Cox and some tight jeans. Others new in: Quo (over 10 years of hits), Bananarama, Nick Heyward, Imagination, Eddy Grant (15 years of hits, with the Equals) and a fun movie soundtrack theme song in Romancing The Stone, Helen Terry ex of Culture Club backing singering, Evelyn “No Champaign” King back after 5 years with a new club sound that was hitting big – HiNRG. The BPM’s were set to max and a new genre stretching through to 2014 influences was chartborn.

Finally, Rod’s back, 11 years on from Maggie May and hitting the right dancerock buttons with Infatuation, and Sade’s follow-up to their (or her) debut is even better, sultry jazz was back in fashion. Or cocktail music, if you’re less enamoured of it. On TV, with Dallas only beaten by Cheers, I’m assuming this was the season end JR-shot episode where the scheming bitchy quips and ensuing camp hilarity were flying. I bet it was Kristin….
1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 3 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 7 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
5 ( 8 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
6 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
8 ( 16 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
9 ( 11 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
10 ( NEW ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John

11 ( 5 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 10 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
13 ( 29 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 9 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
15 ( 17 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
16 ( 20 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
17 ( NEW ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
18 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 19 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( NEW ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

21 ( 13 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
22 ( 12 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
23 ( 27 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
24 ( 15 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
25 ( 14 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
26 ( 24 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
27 ( 74 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
28 ( NEW ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
29 ( NEW ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
30 ( 23 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

31 ( NEW ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
32 ( 22 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
34 ( 25 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
35 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
36 ( 71 ) ASSASSING Marillion
37 ( 28 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
38 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
39 ( 26 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
40 ( NEW ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama

41 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( NEW ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
43 ( 21 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
44 ( 57 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
45 ( 69 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
46 ( 42 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
47 ( 32 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
48 ( 50 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
49 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
50 ( 33 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins

51 ( 49 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
52 ( 59 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 64 ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
55 ( 47 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
56 ( 68 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
57 ( NEW ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
58 ( 34 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
59 ( 66 ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
60 ( NEW ) STATE OF LOVE Imagination

61 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 39 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
63 ( 61 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 62 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
65 ( NEW ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
66 ( 44 ) LEAVE IT Yes
67 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
68 ( NEW ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
69 ( 70 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
70 ( 51 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode

71 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
72 ( 52 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ROMANCING THE STONE Eddy Grant
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry
75 ( NEW ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

TV
1 Cheers
2 Dallas
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Scully
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Professionals
8 Twilight Zone
9 Avengers
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Porridge
12 Entertainment USA
13 Empire
14 Spitting Image
15 Batman (film)
16 Rockford Files
17 Upstairs Downstairs
18 8 Days A Week
19 Automan
20 Sullivans

My 1984 Charts – April

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3rd April 1984

A new number one for Scritti Politti, and the fab Wood Beez. The 20-year-old and still Fab Four up to 7, not quite the number one it would have had back in the day, but not bad given the busy music scene. Depeche Mode’s new sound goes down well, as they shoot up to 9, and a new singalong retro chaingang gospel sound for the Thomspon Twins gets them new at 17, just ahead of the African-flavoured Nelson Mandela.

Madonna gets her 2nd Top 20 hit, and Yes their 3rd top 40. New at 33, The Pointer Sisters comeback is a major departure as the girls switch lead singing sister to dramatic effect – one of the deepest female vocals to ever chart, assisted by a very 80’s synthy vibe and lyric. Rufus were also back, 10 years after debuting in my charts, and this time Chaka Khan was getting a soulful credit, long-overdue. The Alan Parsons Project also popped straight into the 40, just so Mike Myers could reference them in Austin Powers 15 years later. Hooray!

TV charting, Hill Street Blues was the TV drama of the day, far-reaching in influence and quality, part comedy, part drama, part soap, and a new “reality” style of filming and very large ongoing cast, all top-notch. Not far behind the hilarious Enid Blyton piss-take 5 Go mad In Dorset, appropriately for me, as that’s where I was, and I was slowly in the process of going mad. Or at least drifting into a very quiet depression for the first time in my life, unaware of what was wrong with me. No job, no friends, 4 years after College and no prospects, no money, no self-respect, feeling like an abject failure. Can’t think why I started spiralling down at all!

Thanks to Thatcher and Scargill, my brother and sister-in-law and baby niece were also to join me soon, as the miner’s strike took it’s toll. You can only spend so long on a picket line before you need money to live, so they moved south like the rest of us while the community back home split into scabs and strikers and ultimately both were sacked by the lovely politicians who showed just how much they appreciated those who kept on working – by treating them no different and closing all the pits despite assurances to the contrary. Happy days. Still, at least we have no industry anymore to trouble all those bankers destroying our economy, eh?

 

1 ( 3 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 1 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
3 ( 2 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
4 ( 4 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
5 ( 8 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
6 ( 10 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
7 ( 15 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
8 ( 5 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
9 ( 37 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
10 ( 16 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo 

11 ( 13 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
12 ( 19 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
13 ( 14 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
14 ( 7 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
15 ( 18 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
16 ( 6 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
17 ( NEW ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
18 ( 33 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
19 ( 11 ) JUMP Van Halen
20 ( 28 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna

21 ( 9 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
22 ( 40 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
23 ( 55 ) LEAVE IT Yes
24 ( 38 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
25 ( 12 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
26 ( 20 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 26 ) JOANNA/ TONIGHT Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
29 ( 29 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
30 ( 21 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

31 ( 17 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
32 ( 27 ) EAT IT Wierd Al Yankowicz
33 ( NEW ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 56 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 25 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
36 ( 30 ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
38 ( 22 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
39 ( NEW ) DON’T ANSWER ME The Alan Parsons Project
40 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan

41 ( 32 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
42 ( 36 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
43 ( 44 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
44 ( 31 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 39 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
46 ( 35 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
47 ( 71 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
48 ( 45 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
49 ( 68 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 49 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 34 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
52 ( 47 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
53 ( 70 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
54 ( 51 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
55 ( 43 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
56 ( 42 ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
57 ( 69 ) THE KID’S AMERICAN Matthew Wilder
58 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 58 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
60 ( 62 ) SHATTERPROOF Billy Bremner

61 ( 60 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
62 ( 46 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( 41 ) MY GUY Tracey Ullman
64 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
65 ( 54 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
66 ( 48 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
67 ( 59 ) TUESDAY SUNSHINE The Questions
68 ( NEW ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
69 ( 73 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
70 ( 50 ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell

71 ( 67 ) S.O.S. ABC
72 ( NEW ) I SCARE MYSELF Thomas Dolby
73 ( NEW ) TV DINNERS ZZ Top
74 ( 75 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
75 ( 64 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder

TV
1 Hill Street Blues
2 MASH
3 Comic Strip Presents: 5 Go Mad In Dorset
4 Cheers
5 Soap
6 Reamington Steele
7 Beverley Hillbillies
8 The Professionals
9 The Munsters
10 The Sullivans
10th April 1984

2 weeks for Green Gartside at 1. Thompson Twins take 2 weeks to get to 2 and hold off Simple Minds who walk the catwalk from 22 to 3. 3 corkers keeping my fab Beatles at 4, who knocks John Lennon himself down. Meanwhile Specials get their first Top 10 in 3 years, and Captain Sensible in 2 years with the poptastic Glad It’s All Over, a world away from the Damned.

The Cure enter at 18, with a staccato-flavoured romp, Propaganda menace their way up to 20, and SOS Band enter at 24, announcing new dance-producers about to rule the roost. Since Chic’s Nile Rodgers came along he had no real competition for Class Soul King Producer (or dance or disco or urban or rnb or whatever be the trendy name of the day) – well now he did, and it be Jam & Lewis, producer-writers of Just Be Good To Me, a future 90’s number one for Norman Cook. The crescendo of synths in the original, however, can not be beaten, a brilliant dance single and the start of many a hit record for Jam & Lewis.

Cameo arrive with a Strange soul record tune, harmony and melody strong and minus codpiece, in at 28 and still their best record. Then there’s a bit of an invasion of new entries: Lulu’s back; The Psychedelic Furs go straight into the 40; Billy Joel’s run of offtakes from An Innocent Man continues; Matt Bianco jazz it up again; Queen, at 59, a bit low for such a great record and video. Yes the one in drag hoovering, the one that killed their American career dead-ish. Middle America not that keen on rock bands being a tad gay.

Sandie Shaw is back. Worth repeating. 2 years on from her BEF single making my charts, Morrissey made her an offer she couldn’t refuse and got her to cover Hand In Glove with The Smiths more or less duetting. Brilliant idea, and seeing long-time fave Sandie writhing on TOTP was an event. Sneaking in below her, Julian Cope, and at 72 the fab Don’t Look Any Further featuring Siedah Garrett, her of Man In The Mirror songwriting fame. Lastly Shalamar enter at 74 just ahead of former Shalamar Jeffery Daniel body-popping in at 75. Who’ll win that chart battle? Who Cares?

1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 17 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
3 ( 22 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
4 ( 7 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
6 ( 18 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
7 ( 2 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
8 ( 9 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
9 ( 5 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
10 ( 24 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible

11 ( 4 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
12 ( 12 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
13 ( 20 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
14 ( 23 ) LEAVE IT Yes
15 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 8 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
17 ( 10 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
18 ( NEW ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
19 ( 6 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
20 ( 53 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

21 ( 13 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
22 ( 14 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
23 ( 16 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
24 ( NEW ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
25 ( 15 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
26 ( 11 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
27 ( 19 ) JUMP Van Halen
28 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
29 ( 25 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
30 ( 26 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 21 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
32 ( 30 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
33 ( 28 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
34 ( 34 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 64 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
36 ( NEW ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
37 ( 40 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
38 ( 49 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
39 ( NEW ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
40 ( RE ) IS THAT SO Lulu

41 ( 31 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
42 ( 43 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
43 ( 32 ) EAT IT Wierd Al Yankowicz
44 ( 29 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
45 ( 42 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
46 ( NEW ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
47 ( 27 ) JOANNA/ TONIGHT Kool And The Gang
48 ( 45 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
49 ( 35 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
50 ( 38 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates

51 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
52 ( 48 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
53 ( 39 ) DON’T ANSWER ME The Alan Parsons Project
54 ( 37 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
55 ( 69 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
56 ( 46 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
57 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
58 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
60 ( 59 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 41 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
62 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
63 ( 61 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
64 ( NEW ) BELIEVIN’ IT ALL Steve Levine
65 ( 36 ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
66 ( NEW ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
67 ( NEW ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
68 ( 52 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVE YOU Rock Goddess
70 ( 44 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

71 ( NEW ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett
73 ( 51 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
74 ( NEW ) DEADLINE U.S.A. Shalamar
75 ( NEW ) AC/DC Jeffrey Daniel

TV
1 Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays
2 Cheers
3 Reamington Steele
4 Soap
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Twilight Zone: Willoughby
8 MASH
9 Professionals
10 Beverley Hillbillies
11 The Wrong Box (film)
12 Munsters
13 Sullivans (3 episodes)
14 Living Planet
15 Some MOthers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

 

17th April 1984

Top Of The Pops was my fave TV show of the week, which shows just how good the music scene was, and explains why my chart was so volatile, dramatic leaps and drops of records that deserved not to fall at all. 3 weeks for Scritti, but a new leap to 2 again, this time for The Cure, all quirky and endearing. Cameo leap to 6, Pointer Sisters, after 12 years, finally get a Top 10 hit. Yay! 1983 John-chart-hit Peter Schilling is back with his Bowie sequel, and 30-years-on I still can’t buy the bloody thing on itunes, much as I want to. So many old tracks still to appear…

Yes, Yes get their 2nd Top 10 hit 7 years on from Wondrous Stories, though Jon Anderson (with Vangelis) topped the chart in between with I Hear You Now. Blancmange new at 23, Queen break free up at 32, OMD locomote in at 36 and The Bluebells lie – new at 40, not Fallin’ at all. Tenuous verbs copyright Popchartfreaktionary. The late Bob Marley starts as he means to go on, proving that his cast-offs, unfinished tracks or album tracks make better singles than most acts new ones, and enters at 46. Nile Rodgers proves he still has it, producing Duran Duran this time, in at 63 with the marvellous Reflex action. Finally, of the one’s worth mentioning, Dolly Parton suggests that Here You Come Again. How rude!

 

1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 18 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
3 ( 2 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
4 ( 10 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
5 ( 6 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
6 ( 28 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
8 ( 3 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
9 ( NEW ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
10 ( 14 ) LEAVE IT Yes

11 ( 8 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
12 ( 7 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
13 ( 9 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
14 ( 20 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
15 ( 13 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
16 ( 11 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
17 ( 24 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
18 ( 5 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
19 ( 4 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
20 ( 19 ) HELLO Lionel Richie

21 ( 35 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
22 ( 16 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
23 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
24 ( 17 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
25 ( 12 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
26 ( 46 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
27 ( 30 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
28 ( 36 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
29 ( 21 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
30 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan

31 ( 34 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 59 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 39 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
34 ( 22 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
35 ( 23 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
36 ( NEW ) LOCOMOTION OMD
37 ( 26 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
38 ( 62 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
39 ( 33 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
40 ( NEW ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells

41 ( 25 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
42 ( 32 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
43 ( 27 ) JUMP Van Halen
44 ( 29 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
45 ( 66 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
46 ( NEW ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
47 ( 38 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 31 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
49 ( NEW ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
50 ( 71 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins

51 ( 42 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
52 ( 51 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
53 ( 48 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
54 ( 52 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
55 ( 55 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
56 ( 45 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
57 ( 57 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
58 ( 41 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
59 ( 67 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
60 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 40 ) IS THAT SO Lulu
62 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( NEW ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
64 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
65 ( 72 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett
66 ( 50 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
67 ( 64 ) BELIEVIN’ IT ALL Steve Levine
68 ( 56 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
69 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
70 ( RE ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins

71 ( NEW ) HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton
72 ( 63 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
73 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
74 ( NEW ) SOUL’S ON FIRE Tracie
75 ( NEW ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk

TV
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Reamington Steele
3 Wogan
4 Cheers
5 Beverley Hillbillies
6 Soap
7 Phil Silvers Show
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Sullivans (3 eps)
10 Avengers

 

24th April 1984

4 weeks for Scritti, and the final week on top of a static upper chart. Holiday season on TV, lots of films, including Mel Gibson’s first and best role in a low-budget Aussie movie, charming it was, Tim. It was all downhill after this. Even better though Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin head a fabulous cast in brilliant comedy western Cat Ballou. Loved it since I first saw it in a cinema on Southport Promenade.

It’s a German-flavoured Top 10 with Propaganda and Peter Schilling in it, and Jonathan King pops in with a cover of Major Tom, spliced together with Space Oddity. Wot a lark! Queen shoot up to 9, 10 years on from their debut in my top 10, OMD chug up to 16, Bob Marley loves us at 17 and Echo & The Bunnymen follow-up the epic Killing Moon with Silver at 19. Sandie Shaw goes Top 20 for the first time in 15 years though, so yip yip yippee.

Other newies: Kool & The Gang and a fairly high entry for one I barely recall! Alvin’s back after 2 years with a new MOR Mike Batt-written ballad. Pleasant but I’ll take earlier Alvin’s and Shane’s. Eurovision makes it mark, with the UK’s retropop entry at 55, Deniece Williams gets a great comeback from Footloose, her first for 6 years or so. Elvis Costello & New Order sneak in a bit low, but not for long..
1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 2 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
3 ( 3 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
4 ( 7 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
5 ( 5 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
6 ( 14 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
7 ( 9 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
8 ( 4 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
9 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
10 ( 6 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo

11 ( 17 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
12 ( 23 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
13 ( 8 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
14 ( 30 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
15 ( 15 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
16 ( 36 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
17 ( 46 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
18 ( 11 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
19 ( NEW ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
20 ( 45 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw

21 ( 13 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
22 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Yes
23 ( 12 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
24 ( 20 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
25 ( 40 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
26 ( 26 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
27 ( 16 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
28 ( 69 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
29 ( 19 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
30 ( NEW ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang

31 ( 33 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
32 ( 18 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
33 ( 22 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
34 ( NEW ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
35 ( 50 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 21 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
37 ( 61 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
38 ( 38 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
39 ( 27 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
40 ( 49 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw

41 ( 39 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
42 ( 29 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
43 ( 34 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
44 ( 75 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
45 ( 31 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 35 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
47 ( 64 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
48 ( 42 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
49 ( 24 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
50 ( 63 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

51 ( NEW ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
52 ( 28 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
53 ( 52 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 25 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( NEW ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
56 ( 54 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
57 ( 51 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
58 ( 43 ) JUMP Van Halen
59 ( 59 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
60 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 37 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( NEW ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
64 ( 53 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
65 ( 47 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
66 ( 70 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
67 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
68 ( NEW ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
69 ( 56 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
70 ( NEW ) THE FLAME Annabel Lamb

71 ( 73 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
72 ( 44 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
73 ( NEW ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
74 ( NEW ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
75 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

 
TV
1 Cheers
2 Tim: Film
3 Cat Ballou: film
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Chariots Of Fire: film
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Avengers
8 Soap
9 Twilight Zone
10 Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex: film
11 Entertainment USA
12 Dallas
13 Sullivans (3 eps)
14 It Ain’t Hot Mum
15 Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: TV film

My 1984 Charts – February

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OMG!!! I had a perm. Well it was the mid-80’s…..!

7th Feb 1984

MY final Mansfield chart and the music scene goes electric with excitement, video in particular affecting my enjoyment of singles – they were getting creatively arty in their own right, and special effects were getting pretty sophisticated. Witness Queen: Brilliant video, brilliant Roger Taylor song and synth clappy sound, the sentiment is nonsense of course, pop music was fabulous. Queen’s first topper since 1981, and fifth since 1974.

My charts, meanwhile go mad with movement, huge climbers, huge drops, and 13 new entries, almost all of which deserve a you tube link. Great stuff, and lookit that awesome Top 7! Madonna! The Killing Moon, brilliance as used in the fab Donnie Darko, from Echo & The Bunnymen, Relax (many times a hit and million seller). Elton’s single flips for Crystal as the main track now, shoulda been a hit and hits 8 here, ABC get a 5th Top 10, and Nik Kershaw gets highest new entry with the fab Wouldn’t It Be Good.

Ultravox go rock, just like Simple Minds, and get an instant Top 20 hit (not always something they managed in synth-vibe), Hot Choc go Top 20, Duran enter at 28 with the New Moon, Shannon dances into the 40, just ahead of The Smiths, Slade rockin bagpipes at 38, and solo Robin Gibb 15 years after his first chart hit, and 29 years before his last. Time flies.

New lower down? Excellent Rockwell (actually Berry “Motown” Gordy’s shirtless son and Michael Jackson) setting up a 21st Century sampled-hit; Nena’s worldwide German hit, for some reason in English Language in the UK; Van Halen’s well-known Jump, just before they lost the plot when David Lee Roth went solo; Madness’ subtle and gorgeous Michael Caine, one of their best records;; The one-hit wonders Swansway with a retro-groove Soul Train (fab); Stewart “Police” Copeland back almost-solo after 6 years, with Stan(ward) Ridgeway, who Camouflaged himself into the charts in 1986.

TV? Like Pixar movies? Well, they use wonderful actors, especially comic actors like Ed Asner (“Up”) from Mary Tyler Moor Show, Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc) here in Soap, John Ratzenberger (every single Pixar film to date) here as Cliff in Cheers. I love US sitcoms, still do. Top of my list this week though, quite rightly back on top after 20 years of love from me, Doctor Who and some Daleks…

1 ( 4 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 1 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 33 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
4 ( 3 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 8 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
6 ( 6 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
8 ( 31 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
9 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
10 ( 21 ) S.O.S. ABC

11 ( 7 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
12 ( 5 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
13 ( 16 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
14 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
15 ( 10 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 37 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
17 ( NEW ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
18 ( 17 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
19 ( 9 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
20 ( 50 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

21 ( 12 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
22 ( 13 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
23 ( 15 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
24 ( 18 ) MY OH MY Slade
25 ( 27 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
26 ( 28 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
27 ( 19 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
28 ( NEW ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
29 ( 32 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
30 ( 36 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby

31 ( 22 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
32 ( 48 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
33 ( 14 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
34 ( 34 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
35 ( 63 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
36 ( 74 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
37 ( 24 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
38 ( NEW ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
39 ( 73 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
40 ( 56 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths

41 ( 20 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 70 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
43 ( 23 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
45 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
46 ( 41 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 47 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
48 ( 29 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
49 ( 60 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
50 ( 40 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm

51 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
52 ( 26 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
53 ( NEW ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
54 ( 55 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
55 ( 66 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
56 ( 54 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
57 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
58 ( 25 ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
59 ( NEW ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 38 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz

61 ( 35 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
62 ( NEW ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( 43 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
64 ( NEW ) JUMP Van Halen
65 ( 46 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
66 ( 49 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
67 ( 71 ) SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
68 ( 64 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
69 ( NEW ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
70 ( 42 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat

71 ( 51 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
72 ( NEW ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
73 ( 68 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
74 ( NEW ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
75 ( NEW ) DON’T BOX ME IN Stewart Copeland and Stanard Ridgeway

TV
1 Doctor Who – Daleks!
2 MASH
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Cheers
5 Comic Strip Presents: Eddie Monsoon
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Soap
8 Whoops Apocalypse
9 Bewitched
10 The Rockford Files
11 Top Of The Pops
12 Chocky
13 Alas Smith And Jones
14 Grange Hill (2)
15 Life On Earth

14th Feb 1984

This was the week I waved goodbye to Mansfield, got in my Austin 1800 (dad’s old car) and drove down south to anew life, most precious records onboard, along with a fish tank full of goldfish (hey I kept tropical fish for 14 years and am proud of it!). The rest of the stuff went by lorry, mum and dad already in Poole, wouldn’t you know it, the car developed engine trouble but limped to the newly-built house and then gave up. I was upset when it went to the scrap yard, not just out of sentiment, I was also stuck on a new housing estate, no buses, no job, no friends and no transport. Suddenly I felt very cut off from my old life…

Musically, lots of new entries, all of them obscure this week in contrast to last week’s influx. Queen reigned again, just keeping off The Killing Moon (damn!), and Madness really do leap up from 69 to 7! Madonna gets her first top 5 hit and one really, honestly, truly would not have put money on her becoming a phenomenon, never mind having 30 years of hits nearly! You never know, eh? Big Country get another Top 10 track, ditto Ultravox, and Kool & The Gang get one of their irregular Top 20 hits with the pleasant Joanna.

Elsewhere Smiths at 22, Nena climbs high, Rockwell was being watched, Van Halen Jump-ed up, and Marillion punched their way to 40 and highest new entry. Poor old Judy, always loathed them actually (the Puppets, not Marillion). Cow-punk newcomers Yip Yip Coyote yee-ha into the charts, the Boomtown Rats chart-hits dwindle in the real charts, but still enter mine, and Bette Midler covers the Rolling Stones and places higher in the charts as both enter. Juan Martin, Spanish flamenco guitarist, sneaks in at the rear with his instrumental (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)…

On TV some Slags! Top my viewing chart, MASH is the first show I watch in Poole, and The Other Side Of The Tracks slips in , perfectly written and presented by the Encyclopedia of Rock and Pop, Paul Gambaccini, a personal hero of mine. By this time he’d already sent me a letter when I’d spotted some typos and missing tracks in the first edition of the Guinness Hit Singles book. I sincerely hope his enforced “garden leave” goes the same way as DLT’s. People’s memories of what may or may not happened 40 years ago is unreliable (according to the jury), especially when there’s the prospect of large sums of cash for the alleged victims (as noted by me)…

1 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 3 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
3 ( 2 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
6 ( 14 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
7 ( 69 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
8 ( 5 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
9 ( 17 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
10 ( 13 ) WONDERLAND Big Country

11 ( 6 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
12 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
13 ( 10 ) S.O.S. ABC
14 ( 16 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
15 ( 36 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
16 ( 32 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
17 ( 29 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
18 ( 15 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 12 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
20 ( 20 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

21 ( 9 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
22 ( 40 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
23 ( 28 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
24 ( 53 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
25 ( 11 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
26 ( 51 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
27 ( 64 ) JUMP Van Halen
28 ( 18 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
29 ( 30 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
30 ( 35 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon

31 ( 21 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
32 ( 38 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
33 ( 34 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
34 ( 26 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
35 ( 24 ) MY OH MY Slade
36 ( 19 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
37 ( 23 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
38 ( 42 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
39 ( 22 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
40 ( NEW ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion

41 ( 31 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
42 ( 74 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
43 ( 39 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
44 ( 49 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
45 ( 37 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
46 ( 27 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
47 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
48 ( NEW ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
49 ( 55 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
50 ( 45 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

51 ( 25 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
52 ( NEW ) DREAM OF THE WEST Yip Yip Coyote
53 ( 44 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
54 ( 41 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
55 ( 47 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
56 ( 33 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
57 ( 56 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 57 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
59 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 54 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths

61 ( NEW ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 62 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( NEW ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
64 ( 43 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
65 ( 48 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
66 ( NEW ) ORGANISE David Grant
67 ( 52 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
68 ( NEW ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
69 ( 50 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
70 ( 68 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman

71 ( 60 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
72 ( NEW ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
73 ( 63 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
74 ( 66 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
75 ( NEW ) LAST FAREWELL Juan Martin

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: Slags
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 MASH
5 Soap
6 The Avengers
7 Chocky
8 Doctor Who
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Grange Hill (2)
11 Bewitched
12 The Other Side Of The Tracks
13 The Phil Silvers Show
14 Barney Miller
15 The Living Planet

21st Feb 1984

So, first chart in Poole and astonishingly here I still sit 30 years on. Where did the years go…?

3rd week for Queen on top, highest new entry from Men At Work with an actual UK flop (I’d bought it as a maxi-pack single with previous hits included), it wasn’t bad though. Nena of the Noine noine Luftballons hits 10, and a great newie emotive ballad and fab video for Howard Jones at 19, just ahead of classy Style Council’s mood-changing new one. My number one TV show that week (Cheers) had a great TV theme which became a minor hit cos, we all wanted to be where everybody knows your name (NORM!).

Dance music had started to get a bit more street urban, and Street Dance body-popped it’s way into the Top 40, Will Powers popped in for the second time, this time without Carly Simon, but still trying to sound like a computer-generated man (despite being decidedly female), and Hall & Oates had yet another Top 40 in a long run. They only sporadically charted in the UK, but as they were consistently good my charts reflected their US success more…

Lower end titbits: UB40 with another reggae cover, The Romantics pop in with a track that Bucks Fizz had a hit with later in the year in the UK (US hit original here though), Mel Brooks Director-actor-comedian-writer of the genius Blazing Saddles & more has an unlikely rap dance novelty hit roughly based on his latest comedy movie, and it’s still fun to listen to! By way of Illustration, and nothing to do with bragging, just note that I’ve seen 25 of this week’s chart acts in concert….in contrast to only 3 of this week’s UK Top 75 (0r 13 of my 75). Booooo!

1 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
2 ( 2 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
3 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
4 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 7 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
6 ( 5 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
7 ( NEW ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
8 ( 26 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
9 ( 9 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
10 ( 24 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena

11 ( 20 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
12 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
13 ( 16 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
14 ( 17 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
15 ( 27 ) JUMP Van Halen
16 ( 30 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
17 ( 8 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
18 ( 22 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
19 ( NEW ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
20 ( NEW ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council

21 ( 38 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
22 ( 12 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
23 ( 23 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
24 ( 13 ) S.O.S. ABC
25 ( 42 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
26 ( 11 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
27 ( 32 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
28 ( NEW ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
29 ( 10 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
30 ( NEW ) STREET DANCE Break Machine

31 ( 19 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
32 ( 63 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
33 ( 29 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
34 ( 18 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 14 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
36 ( 21 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
37 ( 44 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
38 ( 28 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
39 ( 48 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
40 ( NEW ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates

41 ( 15 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
42 ( 25 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
43 ( NEW ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 35 ) MY OH MY Slade
45 ( 40 ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion
46 ( 52 ) DREAM OF THE WEST Yip Yip Coyote
47 ( 41 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
48 ( 37 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
49 ( 49 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
50 ( 47 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 33 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
52 ( 39 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
53 ( 50 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
54 ( 31 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
55 ( 34 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
56 ( 61 ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 36 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
59 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
60 ( 58 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 62 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
62 ( 45 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
63 ( 72 ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
64 ( 66 ) ORGANISE David Grant
65 ( 53 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
66 ( NEW ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
67 ( NEW ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
68 ( 46 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
69 ( 68 ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
70 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks

71 ( 60 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
72 ( RE ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
73 ( 43 ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY MIRANDA Indians In Moscow
75 ( 65 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Bad News
3 MASH
4 Soap
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Reamington Steele
8 Play For Today: Billy
9 Bewitched
10 Doctor Who (2 eps)

28th Feb 1984

All change at the top, Rockwell (and Michael Jackson) on top. As he gets no billing, MJ doesn’t get any credit for this (but it’s his 8th to date). In those days superstars were happy to lend more than a hand as a favour, without getting label credit, and generally without needing songwriting armies too. There are two videos, both a bit spooky, one very 80’s clothes! Howard Jones jumps high to 2, in contrast stylistically, and ditto Break Machine at 5. Hot choc get their final Top 10 single after a long run of 15 consecutive years, more or less.

Very few punk or New Wave bands around by this time, but the Rats go up to 31, Tracey Ullman covers Madness for the highest new entry, Scritti Politti enter with a classic, Green Gartside’s vocals very other-worldly and sweet, the record unusual, and the same could be said of Was (Not Was) a cool American act, almost retro-soul in an 80’s stylee. Tina Turner covers the Beatles, The Beat split and half-reappear as General Public, George McRae’s back after 9 years away, and Roger Daltrey pops in with one of his occasional solo hits (Who?!)

A lot of records drop, most criminally Talk Talk’s classic It’s My Life. Of course it eventually became a hit in the 90’s, but it wasn’t getting a lot of airplay in the UK, I think, as I don’t recall hearing it much… TV-chart increases as I allow video recordings in now. Yes, I owned a (persistently faulty) Betamax machine, and the rubbish Channel 4 reception in Dorset got on my nerves when I wanted to record stuff, and I eventually had to buy loads of VHS tapes to copy over as Betamax was killed off. Booo! To date, I have yet to find time to copy over to DVD all those fab 80’s TV shows and videos. Boooooo!

1 ( 8 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
2 ( 19 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
3 ( 4 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
5 ( 30 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
6 ( 3 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
7 ( 7 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
8 ( 20 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
9 ( 11 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
10 ( 5 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

11 ( 2 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
13 ( 15 ) JUMP Van Halen
14 ( 10 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
15 ( 25 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
16 ( 16 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
17 ( 13 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
18 ( 28 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
19 ( 21 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
20 ( 9 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox

21 ( 32 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
22 ( 12 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
23 ( 14 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
24 ( 40 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
25 ( 27 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
26 ( 23 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
27 ( 17 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
28 ( 39 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
29 ( 18 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
30 ( 37 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

31 ( 56 ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
32 ( 24 ) S.O.S. ABC
33 ( 31 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
34 ( 34 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 22 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
36 ( 61 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
37 ( 33 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
38 ( 66 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
39 ( 26 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
40 ( 64 ) ORGANISE David Grant

41 ( 38 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
42 ( 36 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
43 ( 41 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
44 ( 29 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
45 ( 70 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
46 ( 35 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
47 ( NEW ) MY GUY’S MAD AT ME Tracey Ullman
48 ( 49 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
49 ( NEW ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
50 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 42 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
52 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
53 ( 44 ) MY OH MY Slade
54 ( 47 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
55 ( 53 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
56 ( 59 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
57 ( 67 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
58 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) HELP Tina Turner
60 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 52 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
62 ( 48 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
63 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
64 ( NEW ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
65 ( 62 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
66 ( NEW ) THINK OF LAURA Christopher Cross
67 ( 51 ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
68 ( 63 ) SHE WAS HOT The Rolling Stones
69 ( 72 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
70 ( NEW ) GENERAL PUBLIC General Public

71 ( NEW ) DIN DAA DAA (TROMMERHANZ) George Kranz
72 ( 45 ) PUNCH AND JUDY Marillion
73 ( NEW ) WALKING IN MY SLEEP Roger Daltrey
74 ( 71 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) ONE STEP CLOSER (TO LOVE) George McRae

TV
1 Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (film)
2 Star Trek: Mirror Mirror
3 Cheers
4 Comic Strip Presents: 5 Go Mad On Mescalin
5 MASH
6 The Twilight Zone: Roddy McDowell
7 Soap
8 Mary Tyler Moore Show
9 Bewitched
10 Reamington Steele
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Other Side Of The Tracks: The Pretenders
13 Here’s Lucy
14 The Avengers
15 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
16 Grange Hill
17 Dallas
18 The Beverley Hillbillies
19 Doctor Who (2 eps)
20 The Munsters

1984 Weekly Charts (Pop and TV)

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Corfe Castle Dorset

4th JAN 1984

A new year and my parents were selling the house I was born in, my mother was born in, my brother was born in (Cliff Street Mansfield) which meant I had to get a flat, stay in declining Mansfield just as the pits were on strike and put up with a dead-end factory job, or else jack it in and move South to Poole and join my parents (they were running a NAAFI) and look for a new job, leave my relatives and friends behind. After 4 years of disappointment, 2 years on the dole, 2 in a factory, and no chance of my degree ever looking remotely useful for anything in Mansfield, I took a chance and opted for Dorset.

For now though, it was a wintry hello to the New Year, video-recording classic oldies TV from Channel 4 onto Betamax (oops!), alternative comedy (Comic Strip and Whoops Apocalypse) and not much happening in the charts, save a high new entry from Police (their last-ever single as it happened), newcomer Cyndi Lauper and her fab quirky new toon, and HiNRG camp dance from Be-skirted ample Divine, and a bit of climbing for Lionel Richie and Icicle Works.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
3 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
4 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
5 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
6 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
7 ( 10 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
9 ( NEW ) KING OF PAIN The Police
10 ( 14 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow

11 ( 9 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
12 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
13 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
14 ( 20 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
15 ( 17 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
16 ( 13 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
17 ( 11 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
18 ( NEW ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 22 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
20 ( 15 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

21 ( 16 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
22 ( 28 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
23 ( 19 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
24 ( 21 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 27 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
26 ( 18 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
27 ( 32 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 26 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 24 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
30 ( 37 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson

31 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
32 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
33 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
34 ( 38 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
35 ( 49 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
36 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
37 ( 39 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
38 ( 35 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
39 ( 40 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
40 ( 23 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

41 ( 30 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 43 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
43 ( 74 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( 33 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
45 ( 58 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
46 ( 52 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 42 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
48 ( 45 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
49 ( 61 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
50 ( 34 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward

51 ( 41 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
52 ( 55 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 48 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
56 ( 47 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
57 ( 44 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police
58 ( 63 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
59 ( 54 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
60 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls

61 ( 46 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
62 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
63 ( 64 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
64 ( 72 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
65 ( 51 ) UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT The Rolling Stones
66 ( 60 ) OBLIVIOUS Aztec Camera
67 ( 65 ) WATERFRONT Simple Minds
68 ( 68 ) STEAMHAMMER SAM Interferon
69 ( 57 ) MAXINE Raf Ravenscroft
70 ( 69 ) MAMA Genesis

71 ( NEW ) SHAKE IT UP Divine
72 ( 62 ) THAT’S LOVE THAT IT IS Blancmange
73 ( 67 ) A SOLID BOND IN YOUR HEART The Style Council
74 ( 71 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
75 ( 66 ) TRUE LOVE Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Dirty Movie
3 REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (film)
4 Whoops Apocolypse!
5 MASH
6 Soap
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Bewitched
10 The Goodies
11 The Avengers
12 The Munsters
13 The Dick Van Dyke Show
14 Dallas
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 Reamington Steele
17 A Kick Up The 80’s
18 The Prisoner
19 Doctor Who (2 eps)
20 Grange Hill (2 eps)

11th JAN 1984

Straight in at 2 from nowhere a catchy unexpected bonus from the late John Lennon. Tracks he had been working on before his shocking murder by an evil lunatic, as one of my huge heroes he manged to outdo Beatlemate Paul’s latest UK chart-topping single. Bad news for Paul, as in retrospect his single is the better one. Will either one get to Number one? Tune in…

Massive leap at last for Relax, of course you know it even though it was banned by the BBC in the 80’s, one of the biggest-selling singles of all time in the UK. The Beeb do enjoy getting it wrong sometimes… Of course John, Paul and Frankie are all Scousers, or Liverpool-born as it’s more polite to say these days. My grandma lived in Liverpool until 1989, and I lived there for a year in 1966/67, so I knew it well.

Malcolm McLaren gets another quirky Top 20 hit, Flying Pickets belatedly grab a number 18 place, and two great new entries from Pat Benatar (a year ahead of becoming a hit with her fabulous Battlefield track covered lower down by Smokie’s Chris Norman) and Eurythmics last single off the fab album Touch, the haunting Here Comes The Rain Again. Lower down, ABC‘s S.O.S.(not the Abba track, it‘s a great synthpop ballad) and Shaky & Bonnie (a Welsh 50’s retro-cover doubler) sneak in while the gentle Bird Of Paradise goes Top 40 for Snowy “Thin Lizzy” White.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( NEW ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
4 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
5 ( 9 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
8 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
9 ( 7 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
12 ( 11 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
13 ( 18 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 19 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 10 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
16 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
17 ( 22 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 33 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
19 ( 13 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
20 ( 15 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel

21 ( 17 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
22 ( 14 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
23 ( 16 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
24 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 51 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 20 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
27 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 21 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
29 ( 35 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
30 ( 26 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

31 ( 25 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
32 ( 28 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 49 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
34 ( 23 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
35 ( 57 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
37 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
38 ( 45 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
40 ( 64 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White

41 ( 32 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
42 ( 30 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
43 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( RE ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
45 ( 29 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
48 ( 38 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
49 ( 39 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
50 ( 34 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt

51 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
52 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
53 ( 48 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
54 ( 47 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
56 ( 44 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
57 ( 37 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
58 ( 54 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
59 ( NEW ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
60 ( 40 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
62 ( 42 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
63 ( 51 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 63 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
65 ( 58 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
66 ( 74 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
67 ( NEW ) S.O.S. ABC
68 ( 50 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward
69 ( 55 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
70 ( 56 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
72 ( 60 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 70 ) MAMA Genesis
74 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls
75 ( RE ) ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) Lionel Richie

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Susie
3 MASH
4 The Twilight Zone
5 Bewitched
6 Doctor Who (2 eps)
7 Whoops Apocalypse
8 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Grange Hill (2 eps)
11 Barney Miller
12 Soap
13 The Living Planet
14 The Avengers
15 The Prisoner

18th JAN 1984

John beats Paul 1 and 2, and both beat Frankie at 3 for an all-Scouse Top 3. Eurythmics rocket up to 4 to keep the Top 10 run going, veteran 50’s diva Eartha “Catwoman” Kitt camps it up to 7, Pat Benatar rocks up to 17, with Shaky & Bonnie both rockin’ up a good 1983 to 18. At this point I’ll ignore Roland Rat, I have NO idea what that’s doing in the Top 20! A moment of madness!

Great wistful synthpop new entries from Fiction Factory and China Crisis, a bit of Scot-rock from Big Country, 40’s retro from Kid Creole (as Elbow Bones & The Racketeers) and his gorgeous A Night In New York, and some dirge from a TV show at 75. Better TV was Comic Strip’s A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques, some great Spaghetti Western one-liners in it. “John Paul George and Gringo!” “I think I’m getting a suntan” Trust me, it’s funny in context..

1 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
2 ( 4 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
3 ( 6 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 39 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
7 ( 50 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
9 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 13 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 7 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
13 ( 29 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
14 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 8 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
17 ( 37 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 59 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
19 ( 33 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
20 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang

21 ( 15 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
22 ( 16 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
23 ( 35 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
24 ( NEW ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
25 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 22 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( 20 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
28 ( NEW ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
29 ( 11 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
30 ( 17 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

31 ( 26 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
32 ( 71 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
33 ( 40 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 30 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
35 ( 28 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
36 ( 19 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
37 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
38 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
40 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works

41 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
42 ( 18 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
43 ( 36 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
44 ( 21 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
45 ( 32 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 67 ) S.O.S. ABC
48 ( 34 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
49 ( RE ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
50 ( 55 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth

51 ( 42 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
52 ( 51 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
53 ( 52 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
54 ( 47 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
55 ( 53 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
56 ( 54 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
57 ( 48 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
58 ( 61 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
59 ( 45 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
60 ( 31 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson

61 ( 49 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Big Country
63 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 58 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
65 ( 56 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
67 ( 60 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John
68 ( 62 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
69 ( 65 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
70 ( 70 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
72 ( NEW ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
73 ( NEW ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
74 ( 57 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S LIVING ALRIGHT Joe Fagin

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Young Ones: Bomb
5 Whoops Apocalypse
6 Twilight Zone
7 MASH
8 Doctor Who (2 eps)
9 Bewitched
10 Avengers
11 Soap
12 Grange Hill ( 2 eps)
13 Top Of The Pops
14 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 The Living Planet
17 Chocky
18 A Kick Up The 80’s
19 Hollywood Legends
20 The World At War

25th JAN 1984

Relax gets it’s first week at the top. I had to buy it to get to hear it, but it was such a classic pop record, Trevor Horn’s epic production had notched pop music up and set a new standard. Being a bit naughty, and dragging gay culture into the mainstream didn’t hurt either. This wasn’t a pretty media-friendly version of being gay, this was down n dirty and it was making a point that hadn’t been made before. Flash on 30 years and pop music is much about graphic sex acts and swearwords, but mostly it’s about making cash because sex sells (rather than to be shocking or outrageous). When something becomes the norm it becomes a cliché..

Queen were back with a bang! Not the Queen ewe were used to, this was all synth and Fritz Lang, and was terrific. Freddie had hit a creative block as far as singles were concerned for most of the early 80’s, but happily his bandmates took up the slack and came up with some corkers. Into the Top 40 from nowhere a white dance act strutting her stuff on The Tube, brother dancing behind her and dressed in her own style. She was called Madonna and looked like a one-hit-wonder with a great catchy pop single. I wonder what happened to her?

Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin follow-up It’s My Party into the Top 40 3 years on with a bonafide flop, Matthew Wilder inexplicably breaks into my Top 5 (actually I’d got the single in a bargain bin and it seemed better than it was), China Crisis glide into the Top 10, and Cyndi bops her way in too, at last, whiler new at the lower end a massive classic from Echo & The Bunny men (later used to brilliant effect in movie Donnie Darko) and future 1985 hit (and much-sampled) Yah Mo Be There.

1 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 32 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
7 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( NEW ) RADIO GA GA Queen
9 ( 28 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
10 ( 11 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 13 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
12 ( 6 ) MY OH MY Slade
13 ( 24 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
14 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
15 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
16 ( 18 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
17 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 12 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
19 ( 15 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
20 ( 8 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

21 ( 16 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
22 ( 23 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 62 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
24 ( 21 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 40 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
26 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
28 ( NEW ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
29 ( 50 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
30 ( 19 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat

31 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
32 ( 22 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
33 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 20 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
35 ( 27 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 47 ) S.O.S. ABC
37 ( 31 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
38 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 71 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
40 ( 29 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders

41 ( 34 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
42 ( 49 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
43 ( 39 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
44 ( 66 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
45 ( 36 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 35 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
48 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
49 ( 54 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
50 ( 30 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

51 ( 72 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
52 ( 45 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
53 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 43 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
56 ( 41 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
57 ( 73 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
58 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
59 ( 56 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
60 ( 55 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman

61 ( 44 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
62 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MORE TIME Whitesnake
64 ( 48 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
65 ( NEW ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
66 ( 51 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
67 ( 57 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
68 ( 59 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 42 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
70 ( 64 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club

71 ( NEW ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
72 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
73 ( 69 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
74 ( NEW ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
75 ( NEW ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Twilight Zone
6 Phil Silvers Show
7 MASH
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Whoops Apocalypse
10 Soap
11 Bewitched
12 Chocky
13 Grange Hill (2)
14 Tucker’s Luck
15 Rockford Files
16 Other Side Of The Tracks
17 Avengers
18 Munsters
19 Doctor Who (2)
20 The Living Planet

31st JAN 1984

2nd Week at 1 for Frankie, dance act Madonna climbs quickly to 11, leapfrogging rock chick Pat’s Battlefield. I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say both records return in 1985 and become even bigger hits (in the UK charts and in mine). Meanwhile Icicle Works finally break into the Top 20, and Lionel Ritchie into the 10, and highest new entry is The Pretenders, a single that flopped in the UK but scored with me – I especially loved the whoo-oohs whooping 60’s stylee from something in my childhood that had a haunting effect on me (TV Theme I think) which I’m still struggling to identify!

Thomas Dolby gets another Top 40 hit, Manhattan Transfer get their last, and Hot Chocolate also get their last hit (barring remixes and re-entries) underlining that things were coming to an end in my life too, as I prepared to leave the friendlier north for the indifferent south. Happily The Smiths 2nd hit nestles by the still-strong 1st, Shannon pops in with an important dance stomper (influencing not just Pet Shop Boys but dance music in general), a bit of indie from This Mortal Coil (that’s Indie 80’s style, not an alternative name for “rock or synth-based music” a la 2014), bit of Jazz from Matt Bianco, a solo Bee Gee, a solo Carol Kenyon (she of the stunning vocals in Heaven 17’s Temptation), and Simple Minds firmly moving from Indie to Rock with the fab Speed Your Love To Me.

(Or, moving from Indie to Indie according to 2014 crappy music labelling. Sorry, just annoys me that there are now only 6 or so genres in pop: Pop, Rock, Indie, Dance, Rap, Country and the lines between them are all blurred, confused or mis-labelled. Indie is Rock or Synth or Goth or Alternative; Dance is club, funk, soul, rap; Rap is dance, rap, rock; Pop is dance, country, rap, pop; Country is rock, Rock is Metal, Punk, Goth but not Old-style rock music who are now Indie or country. Yawn.)

1 ( 1 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
4 ( 8 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
5 ( 5 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 9 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
7 ( 3 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
8 ( 13 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
9 ( 11 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
10 ( 10 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 27 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
12 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
13 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
14 ( 25 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
15 ( 6 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
16 ( 23 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
17 ( 14 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
18 ( 12 ) MY OH MY Slade
19 ( 15 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
20 ( 22 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor

21 ( 36 ) S.O.S. ABC
22 ( 19 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
23 ( 18 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
24 ( 24 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 28 ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
26 ( 16 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
27 ( 39 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
28 ( 29 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
29 ( 21 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
30 ( 20 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

31 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
32 ( 44 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
33 ( 74 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
34 ( NEW ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
35 ( 35 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 57 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
37 ( 75 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
38 ( 38 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 37 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
40 ( 51 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm

41 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
42 ( 30 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
43 ( 40 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
44 ( 31 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
45 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
46 ( 32 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
47 ( NEW ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
48 ( NEW ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
49 ( 45 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
50 ( NEW ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

51 ( 43 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
52 ( 65 ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 54 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 49 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
57 ( 41 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
58 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
59 ( 42 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
60 ( NEW ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

61 ( 48 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
62 ( 62 ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
64 ( 60 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
65 ( 47 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
66 ( 71 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
67 ( 55 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 52 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( NEW ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco

71 ( NEW ) SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
72 ( 59 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
74 ( NEW ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) WARRIOR WOMAN Carol Kenyon