My March 1987 Charts

3rd March 1987

It’s straight in on top for a remix of Children Of The Revolution as 1972 and 60’s nostalgia takes a firm hold on me in the absence of any new mighty classics. I missed Marc Bolan terribly by this time, and the record had under-performed first-time round, so now they get a 6th chart-topper keeping off Jackie Wilson’s 1972 big hit reissue of I Get The Sweetest Feeling as I got nostalgic for the music of my teens and childhood. Throw in The Beatles epic anniversary reissue of a previous chart-topper and that’s 80% of my top 5 oldies. I’ll be honest if Mental as Anything and The Jets were at 2 and 3 I would have been over-rating them, though Christians & a-ha have lost out as 4 and 5 would still have been too low..

Big Audio Dynamite rocket in at 27 as V13 is the highest new song, Cyndi covers Marvin Gaye quite nicely and is in at 35, and The Cult get a 3rd top 40. The Beastie Boys get a big climb into the 40, and the Rainmakers debut at 53 with a great song title (and song). Freddie Mercury goes solo again, as he put his heart on his sleeve with his choice of Platters cover – he really was telling the whole world what he had, but no-one realised. Erasure return quickly, and it’s a hugely welcome return from the fab Labi Siffre, absent since 1972, although Madness had made a big hit of his gorgeous It Must Be Love in 1981, 10 years on. This time it’s a South African political commentary, and powerful with it.

1 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
4 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
5 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 3 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 4 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
10 ( 27 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha

11 ( 7 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
12 ( 5 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
13 ( 9 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
14 ( 26 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 11 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 23 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
18 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 10 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 13 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

21 ( 12 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
22 ( 14 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
23 ( 32 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
24 ( 29 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
25 ( 16 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 17 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
27 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
28 ( 20 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
29 ( 19 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
30 ( 22 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

31 ( 21 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
32 ( 59 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
33 ( 36 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
34 ( 46 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
35 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 28 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
37 ( 24 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
38 ( NEW ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
39 ( 54 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
40 ( 53 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

41 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
42 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
43 ( 50 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
45 ( 73 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
46 ( 70 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
47 ( 69 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
48 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
49 ( 57 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
50 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

51 ( 34 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
52 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
53 ( NEW ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
54 ( 31 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 30 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
57 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
60 ( 56 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

61 ( 48 ) CANDY Cameo
62 ( 64 ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
63 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
64 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
65 ( 63 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 71 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 38 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
70 ( 51 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson

71 ( NEW ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
72 ( NEW ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
73 ( NEW ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
74 ( 40 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 THESE DREAMS Heart
3 OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle

 

 

10th March 1987

It’s yet another oldie on top as they take turns, The Beatles replacing T.Rex with their 1967 classic double A that last topped my charts in 1976. Cyndi lauper joins the oldies vibe rocketing up to 10 with her Marvin Gaye cover, making only 3 of the top 10 actually being released on single in 1987 as new songs. Talking of oldies, Boy George shoots into the 20 with his Ken Boothe cover of his reggae cover of the Bread ballad. The Beastie Boys launch nicely into my top 20. Now I may be wrong, and stand to be corrected (if I spot one one day) but this was their one and only top 20 track I think, for me. Mel & Kim get a respectable leap into the 30, Prince enters at 26 with one of his very greatest tracks, Sign O’ The Times – though the line about the rocketship exploding as if the Challenger disaster was in some way responsible for the world’s ills still bugs me.

Bruce Willis also gets a respect-able top 40 climb, as his TV show theme enters at 38 for Al Jarreau – far and away the best hour-long US TV show of the time (hard to call it drama, except during that turgid 3rd season) – and The Rainmakers Let My People Go Go at 31. Alison Moyet enters at 34 with one she didn’t bother doing when I saw her the other week, a goodie regardless, Iggy Pop shades himself lower down the chart, Nick Kamen jumps on the classic soul cover bandwagon (Four Tops), Berlin get a 3rd hit and a 3rd in the chart simultaneously. That won’t last, mark my words! Frankie taper out watching wildlife, Billy Idol starts a good year for him with a good single 9 years on from Generation X, Tina Turner shoves out another album track single, and Genesis do the same.

1 ( 5 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( 3 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
5 ( 1 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 9 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
9 ( 10 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
10 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 24 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
12 ( 14 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
13 ( 17 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
14 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
17 ( 13 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
18 ( 12 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
19 ( 27 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
20 ( 32 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

21 ( 11 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
22 ( 23 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
23 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
24 ( 34 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
25 ( 45 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
26 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
27 ( 47 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
28 ( 38 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
29 ( 20 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
30 ( 33 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama

31 ( 53 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
32 ( 21 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
33 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
34 ( NEW ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
35 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
36 ( 22 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 39 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
38 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
39 ( 46 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
40 ( 28 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

41 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
42 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
43 ( 43 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 36 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
46 ( 30 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
47 ( 72 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
48 ( 44 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
49 ( 63 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
50 ( 31 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

51 ( 29 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
52 ( 75 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
53 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 52 ) HUMAN Human League
55 ( 37 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
56 ( 67 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
57 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 48 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
60 ( 64 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson

61 ( 40 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
62 ( 51 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
63 ( 60 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
64 ( 49 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
65 ( 71 ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 65 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
70 ( NEW ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
72 ( 54 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
73 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
74 ( 41 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis

PLAYLISTED TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Herman’s Hermits
2 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5
3 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono

 

 

17th March 1987

It’s another week, another oldie on top – this time Jackie Wilson makes it third time lucky after I get The Sweetest feeling peaked inside my top 10 in 1972 (4 years after it’s US chart-run), then top 30 in 1975, and finally peaking with a spiffy new video (there were no performances or videos for the track at all for either run). Percy Sledge goes back up to a new peak of 2, but it’s not all oldies, there’s a mass influx of new tracks, including many fab ones, the highest of which is a belated entry for La Isla Bonita (I’d already loved it for months but couldn’t chart it till it was released as a single, due to my daft chart rules), in at 4.

Mel & Kim get a second top 10, Prince an umpteenth with a big climb for his brilliant Sign O’ The Times, and The Beastie Boys also bring some life to a previously stagnant oldies-dominated top 10. Herb Alpert is the first of 2 Jam & Lewis entries, as they make the veteran trumpeter go all 80’s dance – not as unlikely as you might think if you bear in mind that he owned the label Janet Jackson was signed to, who also appears on Herb’s album, and new in at 74 with a Jam & Lewis ballad. That’s Herb’s first chart entry in 7 years and a chart run of 19 years almost (he was high in my first chart in 1968 with This Guy’s In Love).

Aretha’s back with a solo, for 2 in the chart, Ruby Turner covers Chicken Shack aka Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac 18 years on for I’d Rather Go Blind, and there’s a Magician popping up at 34 – from Scottish band Secession, a tune that sounds very familiar, the instrumental riff is SO Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s fab movie theme. Gary Moore’s back, still in rock mode (yawn) his much better Blues period coming in the 90’s. John Farnham gets a debut solo biggie, You’re The Voice on the way to being as big as his top 10 1979 Little River Band vocal for Lonesome Loser, which I bought on holiday in California with student friends after working most of the summer to pay for it.

U2 return with a classic..and I’m bizarrely under-whelmed. Think I was expecting another Pride, not a subdued starter. Club Nouveau enter with a danced-up cover of Bill Wither’s brilliant 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me. To be honest it’s not even as good as Mud’s pretty good cover from 1976. The Pretenders return for an 8th year, Lionel Richie for a 13th year (or 6th year solo), Lone Justice pop in with another forgotten goodie, and Wet Wet Wet take bottom rung with a perfect pop record, all tuneful, bouncy and wistful at the same time. Nothing they did was ever as good, as they decided warbling dreary ballads was the way forward (or godawful covers of 60’s songs), though when they showed restraint and a bit more class they could pull it off.

1 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
3 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
6 ( 10 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 25 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
8 ( 26 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
9 ( 4 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
10 ( 20 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

11 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
12 ( 13 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
13 ( 8 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 27 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 9 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
17 ( 34 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
18 ( 5 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
19 ( 37 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
20 ( 11 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

21 ( 12 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
22 ( 31 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
23 ( 17 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 39 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
26 ( 16 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
27 ( 21 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
29 ( 18 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
30 ( RE ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

31 ( 22 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
32 ( 19 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 23 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
34 ( NEW ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
35 ( 38 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
36 ( 24 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
37 ( 52 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
38 ( 57 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
39 ( 32 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
40 ( 47 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury

41 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
42 ( NEW ) SEVERINA The Mission
43 ( 71 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
44 ( NEW ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
45 ( 69 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
46 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
47 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
48 ( 40 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
49 ( 70 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 73 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner

51 ( 29 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
52 ( 48 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
53 ( 44 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
54 ( 28 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
55 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 54 ) HUMAN Human League
57 ( 75 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
58 ( 35 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
59 ( 46 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
60 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

61 ( 33 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
62 ( NEW ) WILD FRONTIER Gary Moore
63 ( 30 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
64 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
65 ( NEW ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
66 ( 45 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
67 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
70 ( 67 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

71 ( NEW ) MY BABY The Pretenders
72 ( NEW ) SELA Lionel Richie
73 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVE Lone Justice
74 ( NEW ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
2 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
3 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

50’s 60’s 80’s this week. I always did like oldies, even ones older than me laugh.gif

 

 

24th March 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Jackie Wilson as he also tops my playlist of the week with his next single and future chart-topper. Oops gave it away! Madonna hits 2, Bruce Willis gets his only top 10 single, Alison Moyet adds to her list of top 10’s about 8 or 9 to date, and obscure band Secession leap up to 9, hoho that’s Magic! Herb Alpert is top 20, Billy Idol shoots his gun straight into the 20 from outside the 40, his 4th or 5th, Club Nouveau do even better, from doing a 69 they make Lean On Me a third-time top 20 song.

Labi Siffre gets his first top 20 in 15 years, hooray! Highest new entry starts a theme of cover versions, this time charity record Let It Be, The Beatles former twice-chart-topper, from Ferry Aid, while Siouxsie does another cover, Iggy Pop this time (The Passenger), and Fine Young cannibals radically rework Buzzcocks, not so much punk as funk. Dead Or Aliove get the highest new song, keeping the run of success going at 47 with Hooked On Love (at least here if not the UK charts). Janet Jackson gets a huge leap into the top 40, not content to wait awhile at all, Peter Gabriel does a funked up Big Time clone follow-up to his classic Sledgehammer, David Grant keeps his 7-year run going on diminishing returns, ditto The Thompson Twins 4-year-run, Jaki Graham’s 2-year-run, and Smokey Robinson has a come-back after being away a few years, to extend his run to 18 years. Most significant debut, though, is Terence Trent D’Arby one of the key egos, I mean key acts, sorry, of 1987. If You Let Me Stay was a goodie and set him up to be an albums success to boot.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
5 ( 8 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
7 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
8 ( 17 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
9 ( 34 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
10 ( 2 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
13 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 10 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
15 ( 9 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
16 ( 43 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
17 ( 22 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
18 ( 69 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
19 ( 30 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
20 ( 11 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

21 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
22 ( 16 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
23 ( 19 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
24 ( NEW ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
25 ( 18 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
26 ( 37 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
27 ( 12 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
28 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
29 ( 44 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 42 ) SEVERINA The Mission

31 ( 21 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
32 ( 74 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
33 ( 23 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
34 ( 40 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
35 ( 38 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
36 ( 20 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
37 ( 45 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
38 ( 46 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
39 ( 26 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 49 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 36 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
42 ( 65 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
43 ( 64 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
44 ( 39 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 35 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
46 ( 50 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
47 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( 33 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
49 ( 29 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
50 ( NEW ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 31 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
52 ( 57 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
54 ( 51 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 52 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
57 ( 28 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
58 ( 53 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
59 ( 56 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( NEW ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
62 ( NEW ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
63 ( 60 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 71 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 72 ) SELA Lionel Richie
67 ( 47 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( 67 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!

71 ( 48 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
72 ( NEW ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
73 ( 70 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins

Oldies Playlist
1 HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
2 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
3 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas

 

 

31st March 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for the late Jackie Wilson as Prince threatens to get his first chart-topper at 2 with the awesome Sign ‘O The Times. Billy Idol gets a 5th top 10, and Hot Choc remix their 1978 terrific riff-laden Winner back in at 8, top 10 for the second time. Ferry Aid means one Beatle song in, one out, of the 10 and Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 10, one for each decade.

Rod Stewart brings Sailing back into the 20 for the 3rd time, I have no idea why, Tina Turner goes top 40, and Fleetwood Mac drop the first single to their great comeback album Tango In The Night, Big Love at 28. Boy George’s version of Ken Boothe’s cover of Bread’s Everything I Own plummets, as Ken enters at 29 13 years on. U2 finally go top 40, Peter Gabriel grabs another shot at the Big Time too, and FYC return all Buzzcocky, Siouxsie rides along, and The Pretenders also go top 40 for a very much ’78/’79 theme, along with The Whispers coming back new at 48 with 1980 top 10 And The Beat Goes On.

Future 90’s oldie smash, Crazy, from Patsy Cline enters at 50 20-odd years after she died in a plane crash, following a terrific vintage clip on The Tube I think, and veteran 60’s World Music star charter Hugh Masekela is also back with new material keeping the anti-apartheid theme strong in the chart. That leaves Kool & The Gang sneaking in for a last time (probably) and The Stranglers Shakin’ Life A Leaf, probably for the same reason.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 5 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 7 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
4 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 4 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
6 ( 8 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
7 ( 16 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
8 ( NEW ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
9 ( 24 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
10 ( 12 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
13 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
14 ( 18 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
15 ( 19 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
16 ( 17 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
17 ( 9 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
19 ( NEW ) SAILING Rod Stewart
20 ( 30 ) SEVERINA The Mission

21 ( 10 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
22 ( 15 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
23 ( 26 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
24 ( 32 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
25 ( 46 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
26 ( 14 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
27 ( 29 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
29 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
30 ( 20 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

31 ( 42 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
32 ( 62 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
33 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
34 ( 31 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
35 ( 36 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
36 ( 25 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
37 ( 22 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
38 ( 60 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 64 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
40 ( 50 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

41 ( 28 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
42 ( 43 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
43 ( 33 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
44 ( 38 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
45 ( 27 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
46 ( 69 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 44 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY Patsy Cline

51 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
52 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 23 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
54 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 49 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
57 ( 66 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 34 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
59 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
60 ( 56 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna

61 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
63 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 37 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
65 ( 65 ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 48 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
67 ( 54 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
68 ( 40 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 72 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

71 ( 75 ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins
72 ( RE ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
75 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ LIKE A LEAF The Stranglers

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 THING Edwina Biglet & The Miglets
2 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro
3 WEEKEND Alvin Stardust

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My January 1987 Charts

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me with hairdo

6th January 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as Slade get a post-christmas high entry at 2, a new peak for the track 13 years late in one of it’s many festive appearances until I got so sick of it I can’t bear charting it any more. I’ve not gone mad, oldies only made my charts if they made the UK singles chart, at the time, and Slade sneaked in in the published charts over the Christmas period, so the delay is due to that.

Elkie Brooks gets her first top 10 since Sunshine After The Rain a decade earlier, David Cassidy has a live EP of his biggest 70’s UK singles enter at 17, and by this time I was well into 70’s nostalgia, the lead track turning out to be the under-appreciated (by me) version of How Can I Be Sure, now one of my all-time fave records and better even then Dusty’s version (the roiginal 1972 studio version that is, not this live cover).

Little Richard is back with his first ballad to make my charts, 30 years since his heyday predating me never mind my charts! Siouxsie covers This Wheel’s On Fire nicely, albeit not as classic as the original, for 9 years of hits, Swing Out Sister get a soundalike follow-up, UB40 change lead vocalist for the rat in the iamspamspamami Dead Or Alive keep the string of SAW-pop hits coming 2 years on, The Bangles sneak in with a lesser track, and Lou Reed covers Sam n Dave’s Soul Man, and brings along Sam to boot…

1 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
3 ( 4 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 2 ) CANDY Cameo
5 ( 9 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
6 ( 7 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
7 ( 5 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 15 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

11 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
12 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
13 ( 10 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 12 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
15 ( 11 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( NEW ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
18 ( 13 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 18 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 17 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
22 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
23 ( 25 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
24 ( 26 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
25 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
26 ( 27 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
27 ( 32 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
28 ( 22 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
29 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
30 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

31 ( 20 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
32 ( 47 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 23 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
35 ( 40 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
36 ( 28 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
37 ( 24 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
38 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 30 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 50 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 31 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
44 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
45 ( 35 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( NEW ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 39 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
48 ( 55 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
49 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 65 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

51 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 45 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
54 ( 60 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers
55 ( 48 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
58 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
59 ( NEW ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
60 ( 61 ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter

61 ( 54 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
62 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
63 ( 63 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 53 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
65 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 58 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
67 ( NEW ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
68 ( 68 ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 62 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive

71 ( 51 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
72 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
73 ( 72 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
74 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

6th Jan
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 ROCK AND ROLL (Live at the BIC) Gary Glitter
2 MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
3 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

13th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for David Cassidy since 1972 when he had 2 of 3 chart-toppers with The Partridge Family, but my residual affection for his solo singles – none of them topped my chart – is enough for these lesser versions to top my chart in combination by way of compensation in particular for How Can I Be Sure which remains one of my tear-jerking singles in the original version, but which fell short of my top 10 at the time. a-ha keep the top 10’s coming, Paul Simon makes it 2 in a row for the first time in 14 years, and Alison Moyet gets a 4th solo or 7th in total.

A big climb for Siouxsie’s Wheel into the 20, Little Richard goes top 40, and Randy Crawford is the highest new entry 8 years since she had her Streetlife with The Crusaders debut a run of solo follow-ups. In at 44, it’s annoying Jacking sparking off – obviously I quite liked it at first, but it led to dross and this off-spin of House got annoying quickly. Steve Silk Hurley’s minute in the sun. At 53, it’s 5-years since her last hit so it must be Carly Simon: check out the dates: 1972/1977/1982/1987 are all debuts or comebacks regular as clockwork!

In at 58 it’s Drum Theatre who I think supported the Human League who I saw at the Poole Arts Centre (now The Lighthouse, despite not being any such thing) this week, which explains their tracks going back up, and my listing of my fave tracks that night (they were fab, despite me being quite high at the back and having to watch the girls legs only when they sang on a raised platform at the back of the stage) has a lovely co-incidence: Rock & Roll was my top Gary Glitter track the week before for his annual Xmas/New Year gig (it was always hits-packed party-time) and the same song was done good by Phil & co, the Human League being the current regular reliably fab hits-packed party time leading up to christmas most years for the last couple of decades. Happily you can still say you like the Human League.

1 ( 17 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 5 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
5 ( 4 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
7 ( 2 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
8 ( 12 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
9 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
10 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet

11 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
12 ( 6 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
13 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
14 ( 10 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
15 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
17 ( 25 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
18 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
19 ( 46 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 30 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

21 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
22 ( 11 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
23 ( 26 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
24 ( 44 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
25 ( 14 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 18 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
27 ( 22 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 20 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 40 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
30 ( 59 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

31 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 21 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
35 ( 27 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( NEW ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 28 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
38 ( 57 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
39 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
40 ( 50 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

41 ( 34 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
44 ( NEW ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
45 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 48 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
47 ( 36 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
48 ( 67 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
49 ( 31 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
50 ( 37 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush

51 ( 47 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( NEW ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 49 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
58 ( NEW ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 71 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
60 ( 35 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

61 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
62 ( 53 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
63 ( 51 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 70 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
66 ( 62 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
67 ( 75 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
68 ( 58 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69 ( 72 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
70 ( NEW ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope

71 ( 55 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
72 ( 61 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
73 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
74 ( NEW ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
75 ( 73 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

Human League at Poole Arts Centre
1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE)
2 THE LEBANON
3 ROCK AND ROLL

20th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for the highest entry, a remix of Hot Chocolate’s 12-year-old goodie which failed to top my charts first-time round, despite being a huge Hot Choc fan, and becomes a belated 5th number one for them. Lots of yet more 70’s new entries from The Doobie Brothers 1979 top tenner, cashing in on Michael McDonald’s recent big hits, in at 9, Freeez’ remixed 1983 top 10 enters lower down, the late Phil Lynott’s 1980 track is back, Barbara Jones reggae cover of Olivia Newton-John’s 1975 top 30 track sneaks in, Age Of Chance sort-of cover Prince ahead of Art Of Noise, and the chart goes ballistic as 1987 arrives with a bang and 18 new entries, and big climbs into the top 10 for Robbie Nevil, Little Richard and an instant new entry for Aretha & George on a fab duet, Aretha’s best track since her glorious Atlantic days, and George’s best track since his previous record.

Dead Or Alive rocket into the 20, Carly Simon into the 30, and new entries galore between 42 and 75, the most notable being the fab debut of Curioisty Killed The Cat bringing jazzpop into teen idol branding, The Style Council returning, the bouncy pop of The Jets, Rosie Vela’s delicious sultry Magic Smile, The Blow Monkeys brilliant It Doesn’t Have To be This Way (note sax very much the thing in 1987), and another Jack-track for Raze, who would return in a year with the fab Break 4 Love. Stevie Wonder makes it 19 years of charting in my charts, and Kool & The Gang a mere 8 years.

1 ( NEW ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
3 ( 6 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
4 ( 17 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
5 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
6 ( 24 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
7 ( 10 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
8 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( NEW ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

11 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
12 ( 16 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
13 ( 4 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 8 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 19 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 18 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
17 ( 65 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
18 ( 20 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
19 ( 23 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
20 ( 13 ) SOMETIMES Erasure

21 ( 9 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 14 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
23 ( 11 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
24 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
25 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
26 ( 30 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
27 ( 53 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 29 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 12 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
30 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo

31 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 38 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
34 ( NEW ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 44 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
36 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
37 ( 40 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
38 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 ( 26 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 48 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40

41 ( 31 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( NEW ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
43 ( 21 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
44 ( 70 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
45 ( NEW ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
46 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
47 ( 61 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
48 ( 55 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
49 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
50 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council

51 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 73 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
54 ( 74 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
55 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
56 ( 34 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 39 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
60 ( 69 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles

61 ( NEW ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
63 ( 37 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
64 ( 67 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
65 ( NEW ) KISS Age Of Chance
66 ( NEW ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
67 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 54 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
69 ( NEW ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
70 ( NEW ) PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Barbara Jones

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
73 ( NEW ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) WASTELAND The Mission
75 ( NEW ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze

Playlist oldies
1 SECONDS Human League
2 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
3 NIGHT IN THE CITY E.L.O.

27th January 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Choc as Aretha gets her highest chart position since 1971, and her highest to date, and George almost makes it his 5th chart-topper. Dead Or Alive grab yet another top 10 single, having not missed at all since Spin Me Round, and Iggy Pop gets his first ever. Siouxsie adds to her long list of top 10’s over 9 years, and Steve Hurley jacks it up to 14, surprising me at how much I liked it when I thought I didn’t rate it. Memory is such a fickle thing!

Lots of big climbs this week from the rush of new entries last week, and before, including UB40 into the 20, Style Council, Curiosity, Phil Lynott, Rosie Vela into the 40, while new entries from China Crisis, Heaven 17, Red Box and Stevie Winwood extends their runs of entries, but more interesting are the debuts from Georgia Satellites, and Timbuk 3, both goodies. I was clearly into a rock frame of mind when it comes to spinning singles in my bedroom, especially the Wishing Well remix which I’d not charted, having missed it when it came out, but which is fab Free at their best.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 10 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 2 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
4 ( 17 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 4 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 6 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
8 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 12 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
10 ( 15 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

11 ( 5 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
12 ( 16 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
13 ( 18 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
14 ( 35 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
15 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
16 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 7 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
19 ( 40 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
20 ( 26 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 11 ) CANDY Cameo
23 ( 33 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
24 ( 31 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
25 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
27 ( 20 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 22 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
30 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

31 ( 50 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
32 ( 45 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 62 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
36 ( 42 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
37 ( 24 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 44 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 23 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
40 ( 66 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

41 ( 25 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( 38 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
44 ( NEW ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
45 ( 53 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
46 ( 36 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
47 ( 74 ) WASTELAND The Mission
48 ( 39 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
49 ( 60 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
50 ( 64 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

51 ( 29 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
52 ( 46 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
53 ( 54 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
54 ( 37 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
55 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) KISS Age Of Chance
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 69 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys

61 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
63 ( NEW ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
64 ( 73 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
65 ( 43 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
66 ( 51 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 30 ) DREAMING Status Quo

71 ( 63 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
72 ( 75 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
73 ( 68 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE HIGHLIFE AGAIN Stevie Winwood

Oldies Playlist of that week
1 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
3 FIREBALL Deep Purple

My June 1986 Charts

4th June 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

10th June 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

18th June 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

24th June 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1st April Playlist Oldies

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

 

8th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

15th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

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

 

22nd April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

29th April 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My February 1986 Charts

4th February 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

11th February 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

18th February 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES

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

 

25th February 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My January 1986 Charts

7th January 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oldies playlist

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

 

 

14th January 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

21st January 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

28th January 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Oct 1985 Charts

1st October 1985

3 weeks on top for Red Box, as The Style Council rocket up to 2 with the great melody of the otherwise a bit political The Lodgers, their 4th top 3, and Paul Weller’s 4th. Amii Stewart makes the top 10 as airplay starts favouring Light My Fire a bit more (the better track), and Dead Or Alive make it 4 top 10’s in a row, and Billy Idol 3 out of 4.

A-ha shoot up into the top 20 as the classic video starts to get TV plays, Colonel Abrams is trapped just outside the 20, and Jolene takes Strawberry Switchblade and Dolly Parton’s song back into the 40. Marc Bolan is the highest new entry at 36 with a rare early song given a release as his loyal fans kept the T.Rex legend living on. It’s a Brilliant song at 45, a cover of the James Brown 60’s classic done female vocal stylee by the cool future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and ex-Killing Joke and future record producer Youth, drafting in the terrific vocalist JUne Montana. Their A&R Manager was Bill Drummond (the other half of KLF), and they were produced by err Stock Aitken Waterman who also had a hand in the songwriting. It can be NO coincidence that the KLF had a fab song called Kylie Said To Jason, just before the Timelords alter-ego took them to the top of the charts.

14 years of chart entries and Elton is in with his pretty ballad Nikita – yes it is a boys name, wonder if he was trying to tell us something at the time…. Meanwhile Depeche are back, ditto The Cars, Level 42 and Matt Bianco.

1 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 38 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
3 ( 4 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
4 ( 2 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 10 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 21 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 8 ) ANGEL Madonna
8 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
9 ( 40 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
10 ( 22 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
12 ( 14 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
13 ( 12 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
14 ( 11 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
15 ( 7 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
16 ( 5 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
17 ( 20 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
18 ( 37 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
19 ( 13 ) DRIVE The Cars
20 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

21 ( 9 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
22 ( 42 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
23 ( 49 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 17 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
25 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
26 ( 19 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
27 ( 15 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
28 ( 29 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
30 ( 44 ) THE BORDER America

31 ( 18 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
32 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
33 ( 25 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
34 ( 39 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
35 ( 27 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
36 ( NEW ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
37 ( 48 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
38 ( 62 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 36 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
40 ( 61 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo

41 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
42 ( 23 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
43 ( 34 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
44 ( 33 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
45 ( NEW ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 32 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
48 ( 57 ) OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
49 ( 64 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
50 ( 70 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star

51 ( 28 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
52 ( NEW ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 58 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
55 ( 53 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
56 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 46 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
58 ( 30 ) LAVENDER Marillion
59 ( 43 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
60 ( 67 ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis

61 ( 51 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
62 ( 35 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
63 ( RE ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
64 ( 69 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
65 ( NEW ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
66 ( 63 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
67 ( 50 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
68 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
69 ( 60 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad

71 ( 68 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
72 ( 65 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
73 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
74 ( NEW ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
75 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

8th October 1985

It’s a first week on top for Midge Ure, rather appropriately cos I saw him perform this wonderful song last night as I write (14th Oct 2017) heading a triple bill of fab Clare Crogan’s Altered Images, still in fine voice, and ditto The Christians smooth rocksoul. Great to hear them all with more hits than you think you know!

Jennifer Rush powers into the 10, The Smiths make a thorny dash into the 20, and Level 42 have something about going top 40. Highest new entry is the brilliant Trevor Horn-produced Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm, at 44, The Cult follow-up with Rain, Sade keeps the jazzsoul coming, Prince has another psychedelic-soul single off Around The World In A Day, and a classic Simple Minds movie song pops in. One to have a Breakfast Club to.

Woodpeckers From Space? No, I don’t remember it either, but I had fond movies of being in the Micky Mouse club in Singapore (Woody Woodpecker shorts on film shown to RAF kids in Siglap, presumably unable to finance Disney shorts). Certainly no other excuse for charting it. One place higher than Erasure’s debut of a flop single first time round, the former Depeche Mode Vince is also lower than his ex-bandmates. Bobby Womack follows his brother and sister-in-law into my charts, Kaja have dropped the googooo – they needent have bothered – The Alarm are strong at 75, and The Jesus And Mary Chain are just like honey at 74. Sweet.

1 ( 3 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
3 ( 2 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
5 ( 6 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
6 ( 4 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
7 ( 10 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
8 ( 9 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
9 ( 38 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
10 ( 22 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams

11 ( 18 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
12 ( 7 ) ANGEL Madonna
13 ( 8 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
14 ( 20 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
16 ( 11 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
17 ( 12 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
18 ( 25 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
19 ( 49 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
20 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

21 ( 13 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
22 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
23 ( 14 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
24 ( 19 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 24 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
26 ( 17 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
27 ( 15 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
28 ( 30 ) THE BORDER America
29 ( 40 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( 36 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan

31 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
32 ( 50 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
33 ( 26 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
34 ( 64 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
35 ( 54 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
36 ( 37 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
37 ( 21 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
38 ( 75 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
39 ( 32 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
40 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John

41 ( 27 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
42 ( 39 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
43 ( 29 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
44 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
45 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 35 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
47 ( NEW ) RAIN The Cult
48 ( 43 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
49 ( 31 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
50 ( 33 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess

51 ( NEW ) SWEETEST TABOO Sade
52 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
54 ( 44 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
55 ( 65 ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
56 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 70 ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad
59 ( 34 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
60 ( 57 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

61 ( NEW ) POP LIFE Prince
62 ( 68 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
63 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
64 ( 61 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
65 ( 74 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
66 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
67 ( NEW ) WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE Video Kids
68 ( NEW ) WHO NEEDS LOVE LIKE THAT Erasure
69 ( 69 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( 66 ) SO IN LOVE OMD

71 ( NEW ) I WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH Bobby Womack
72 ( 59 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
73 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T DO THAT Kaja
74 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE HONEY The Jesus And Mary Chain
75 ( NEW ) STRENGTH The Alarm

15th October 1985

2 weeks on top for Midge as a-ha challenge at 2. Brilliant vault up to 12 with their utterly different James Brown cover (sung from the point of view of a woman), Jennifer Holliday grabs a second top 20 hit, Grace Jones gets her second top 20 too – 5 years after the first – and ditto The Cult 5 weeks after the first (or so). Simple Minds are the highest of a pile of new tracks as the autumn pre-xmas deluge gets biting, with the great Alive And Kicking. In 1985 Madonna could fart into a microphone and get a hit, and sure enough The Gambler enters at 30, The Three Degrees return after a 5-year gap, Talking Heads after a 4-year gap (with the fab Road To Nowhere), The Clash after a 2-year rest, and The Thompson Twins keep the run of singles coming.

Kate Bush chucks out another winner, the one with the Donald Sutherland video, the great Cloudbusting, following a chart-topper as do The Cars and Godley & Creme. A Miami Vice theme track charts for Jan Hammer, better than the TV show at any rate (though it did have Sheena Easton in it), and some of Duran Duran decide it’s time for an Election Day. Duran without the rhythm oomph, effectively. Modern Talking and Pat Benatar follow-up great singles with much less great tracks….

1 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 11 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 2 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
5 ( 4 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 9 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
7 ( 10 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
8 ( 7 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
9 ( 5 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
12 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
13 ( 12 ) ANGEL Madonna
14 ( 19 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
15 ( 20 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
16 ( 18 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
17 ( 34 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
18 ( 13 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
19 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
20 ( 47 ) RAIN The Cult

21 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
22 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 15 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 16 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
25 ( 40 ) NIKITA Elton John
26 ( 14 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27 ( 32 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 22 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( NEW ) THE GAMBLER Madonna

31 ( 17 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
32 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
33 ( NEW ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
34 ( 25 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
35 ( 26 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
36 ( 61 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( 23 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
38 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
39 ( 27 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
40 ( 51 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

41 ( 30 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
42 ( 33 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
43 ( NEW ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
44 ( NEW ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
45 ( NEW ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
46 ( 39 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
47 ( NEW ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
48 ( 31 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
49 ( NEW ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
50 ( 36 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard

51 ( 35 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
52 ( 62 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 48 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
55 ( 42 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
56 ( 28 ) THE BORDER America
57 ( 65 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
58 ( 46 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
59 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 57 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle

61 ( 37 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
63 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
64 ( 53 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
65 ( 50 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
66 ( NEW ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
67 ( 54 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
68 ( 49 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
69 ( 64 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) GOLDEN BOYS Godley & Creme

71 ( 60 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
72 ( NEW ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 70 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
74 ( NEW ) YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT Modern Talking
75 ( NEW ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar

22nd October 1985

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s timeless Take On Me, as one fab creative video knocks off another one – from Midge’s pin-cushion effect to a-ha’s animation-strip style. Grace JOnes gets her biggest-ever hit as Slave To The Rhythm jumps to 5, and The Clash rocket almost 30 places to 6 for their first top 10 since Bankrobber in 1980. Elton John’s Nikita saunters into the 10 to give Reg 15 consecutive years of top 10 hits, while the highest new entry is Mrs Cretu, German singer Sandra who’s hubbie was to become mega as Enigma (and he often brought in the missus to help): in at 16 Maria Magdalena was a huge European smash (and UK flop) owing more than a bit to Laura Branigan’s Self Control. I recently entered it into the Buzzjack Song Contest as an obscure oldie amongst a host of new tracks and it did spectacularly well with a new younger generation of music fans. It sounds very relevant in 2017, obviously….!

Talking Heads rocket into the 20, ditto Kate Bush (later to be sampled by Utah Saints to great effect), as Bucks Fizz singer Bobby G leads an inrush of ex-group singers to the chart: Roger Daltrey gets 12 years of solo hits, or 16 years including The Who; Sting enters Police-less with a lesser track; Feargal Sharkey gets another solo hit, his best ever record (written by Maria McKee), and I include the classic Teenage Kicks Undertones debut from 1978 in that; Jimmy Somerville pops in with The Communards, a Bronski Beat nevermore, as You Are My World turns out to be the best thing he’s done since Smalltown Boy. It got to be a hit eventually in 1987. 

UB40 enter right into the 40 with one of their great singles 5 years into their non-stop run of hits, and Siouxsie enters with her greatest single 7 years into her career, Cities In Dust still sounds fabulous. Twiggy’s back 9 years on, and Tina Turner keeps the Mad Max coming.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
2 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
5 ( 19 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
6 ( 45 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
7 ( 12 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
8 ( 15 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
9 ( 4 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
10 ( 25 ) NIKITA Elton John

11 ( 8 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
12 ( 7 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
13 ( 20 ) RAIN The Cult
14 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
15 ( 22 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
16 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
17 ( 30 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
18 ( 43 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
19 ( 10 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
20 ( 21 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

21 ( 13 ) ANGEL Madonna
22 ( 9 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
23 ( 49 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
24 ( 14 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
25 ( 18 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
26 ( 33 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
27 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 11 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
29 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
30 ( 16 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela

31 ( 17 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
32 ( 40 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade
33 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
34 ( 47 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
35 ( 66 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
36 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( NEW ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( NEW ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
39 ( 24 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
40 ( 34 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz

41 ( 32 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( NEW ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
43 ( 57 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
45 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
46 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
47 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
48 ( 39 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
49 ( 52 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
50 ( 46 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

51 ( 37 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
52 ( 31 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
53 ( 42 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
54 ( 35 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( NEW ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
58 ( 55 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
59 ( 54 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King

61 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( NEW ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 60 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
64 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
65 ( NEW ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
66 ( NEW ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
67 ( 41 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
68 ( 44 ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
69 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
70 ( 62 ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars

71 ( 58 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
72 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 51 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
74 ( 75 ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey

29th October 2017
A-ha on top in a busy week, for a second week. I don’t have time to run down on returning legends Aretha & Johnny Nash Class of 68, the manic leaps and drops of numerous tracks as Oct 1985 turns out to be magnificently fab.

Stairway To Heaven is the highest new entry, Siouxsie rockets to 2, and OMD are in at 30 (I’m off to see them next week in Southampton).

11 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
12 ( 18 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 17 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
14 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
16 ( 66 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
17 ( 7 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
18 ( 20 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
19 ( 9 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
20 ( 23 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

21 ( 38 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
22 ( 15 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 11 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
24 ( 29 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
25 ( 12 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
26 ( 35 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
27 ( 14 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
28 ( 19 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
29 ( 34 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
30 ( 32 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

31 ( NEW ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
32 ( 25 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
33 ( 21 ) ANGEL Madonna
34 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
35 ( 43 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
36 ( 64 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
37 ( 60 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
38 ( 42 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
39 ( 22 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
40 ( NEW ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

41 ( 41 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( 33 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
43 ( 57 ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
44 ( 24 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
45 ( 40 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
46 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
47 ( 26 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
48 ( 39 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
49 ( NEW ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top
50 ( 28 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

51 ( 30 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
52 ( 75 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
53 ( 31 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
54 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
57 ( 46 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
58 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
59 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTER Marc Almond
60 ( 59 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

61 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( 62 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 48 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
64 ( 63 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 58 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
66 ( 51 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
67 ( NEW ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 53 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
69 ( 65 ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
70 ( NEW ) ROCK ME BABY Johnny Nash

71 ( 52 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
72 ( 54 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
73 ( NEW ) THE WIND OF CHANGE Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
74 ( NEW ) UNCLE SAM Madness
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL A Flock Of Seagulls

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
3 GET DOWN TONIGHT KC & The Sunshine Band