My 1980 Charts – March

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4th March 1980

2 weeks Atomic blasting for Blondie on top, with Peter Gabriel (plus Kate) climbing big-ly to 3 with a bit of political commentary, and Cliff managing another top 5 to add to his list – actually only his 6th in 12 years! The Gibson brothers get another top 10 (Cuba) and The Police make it 5 in a row as So Lonely hits 10. Highest new entry is Sammy Hagar at 18, who has done, it seems, everything for you, and presides over a mini-metal invasion as AC/DC hit 19 and Rainbow return to the 20 a second time with All Night Long.

The Beat return to the 40 with a second single, and Bowie’s back with a bizarre cover of Kurt Weil’s 1927 Alabama Song and a stark cover of his own Space Oddity tucked away on the B side. 36 is quite generous for what you might call Bowie’s least-commercial single outside of Tin Machine. At 43, The Vapors re-enter a bit higher this time, and at 46, the very pleasant Take A Little Rhythm, very US-radio-friendly pop from Ali Thompson. Squeeze have another nail for my heart new at 59, uptempo, clever pop as always, even if they tended not to have big hits from here on.

At 64, a fondly-recalled Canadian new-wave classic for Martha And The Muffins, Echo Beach just seems to have struck a chord with that generation including me. The Detroit Spinners enter at 66 with a cover of a little-known Four Seasons single (at that time) Working My Way Back To You, and they do it justice, on it’s way to the UK number one 7 years after debuting with the fab Could It Be I’m Falling In Love. At 70 it’s Kenny Loggins, and it’s not Footloose (still 4 years in the future), at 71 the absolutely gorgeous Longer, from Dan Fogelberg, gentle, classy, imacculate balladry. The Lambrettas mod-ify 50’s classic Poison Ivy at 72, The Eagles go out on a minor hit, but one of their best singles, I Can’t Tell You Why, a lovely country-rock ballad at 73, and M grab a 3rd chart entry at 75 – that’s the way the money goes!

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 16 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 10 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
7 ( 3 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
8 ( 4 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
9 ( 32 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
10 ( 28 ) SO LONELY The Police

11 ( 7 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
12 ( 8 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
13 ( 24 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
14 ( 15 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
15 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
16 ( 22 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 11 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
18 ( NEW ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
19 ( 34 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
20 ( 40 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

21 ( 12 ) MY GIRL Madness
22 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
23 ( 18 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
24 ( 19 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
25 ( 13 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
26 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
27 ( 30 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
28 ( 39 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
29 ( 21 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
30 ( 48 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat

31 ( 26 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
32 ( 29 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
33 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 66 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
35 ( 20 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
36 ( NEW ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
37 ( 27 ) BABE Styx
38 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
39 ( 23 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
40 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
42 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
43 ( RE ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
44 ( 31 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
45 ( 65 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( NEW ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thompson
47 ( 41 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
48 ( 45 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
49 ( 60 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
50 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 54 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 50 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( NEW ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
56 ( 38 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
57 ( 44 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
58 ( 57 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
59 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
60 ( 75 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 49 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
64 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
65 ( 42 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
66 ( NEW ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
67 ( 64 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
68 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 37 ) TV The Flying Lizards
70 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins

71 ( NEW ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
72 ( NEW ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles
74 ( 46 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M

TV Feb 22-29
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 British Rock and Pop Awards
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Blake’s 7
6 MASH
7 The Rockford Files
8 Film 80
9 Marooned
10 The Two Ronnies

College days, and the usual crowd for chats, quizzes, snooker and lectures. Fab! Had to read out a poem, called Pastoral, which went down rather well in English Lit, surprisingly. I didn’t even get embarrassed once. The new UK charts, I noted, were “excellent”: I stand by that opinion! Kenny Everett & Rockford Files were good on TV. The BRITS (aka British Rock & Pop Awards) were fab: The Police, Boomtown rats, Cliff, Macca, Specials, Gary Numan, Kate Bush. On Thursday I slaughtered all-comers at lunchtime snooker and crowed about it, I must have been giddy at it all as that’s just not me! In art I was working on supasized photos cut up and glued together on raised blocks for a 3D effect. Seemed like a good idea at the time….

The weekend was a hired car, and a group off for another 21st birthday bash (Jane Deacey), with a band playing, and with a group of college girl friends of hers, which would have been in Wolverhampton. Apparently. I actually have no memory of it, which is very sad to contemplate, I seem to have lost a day, even with photos I took – I must have them somewhere, but that might take a bit of researching! We stopped off for Nottingham shopping on the way back to Lincoln, which was eventful: I finally got hold of a copy of Zager & Evans’ In The Year 2525 after 11 years of trying, and also found a copy of a long-lost Legion of Super heroes comic I’d stupidly sold in 1972 – Adventure Comics 375. Hooray! The ten-pin bowling alley was closed, though, so doh! Back in my dorm room, my tape recorder and my record player turntable were on the joint failure, double disaster for me – at least I now had a cassette recorder player as back-up, I do believe in spares as a motto in life….



11th March 1980

3 weeks for Blondie bombing the competition, and Rock With You hits 2 for Michael Jackson. They both have returned to the singles charts in the years since, so I feel justified, yay! I look at the top 10 and I see a complete range of genres and styles that would be inconceivable in the current UK charts – New Wave, disco soul, showtune, carribbean, progrock, metal, reggaerock, synthballad, band pop, MOR pop. Awesome. The Tourists get a second top 10 hit, and AC/DC their first, the fabulous Touch Too Much.

Captain & Tennille return to the 20 for the first time in 4 years, their third trip to date, while the Beat get a second visit, and Liquid Gold a first. The Vapours finally start making moves, to 21, and Echo Beach crashes upwards in waves to 25, just ahead of Scotland’s Ali Thomson, Squeeze, B.A. Robertson and The Detroit Spinners. Few new entries this week, just Secret Affair’s best single at 48, the storming My World (play loud!), Rupert Holmes classy MOR Him at 58 (his 3rd hit) and another ska band debuting at 67 – the ever-fun and loveable Bad Manners, fronted by the unforgettable Buster Bloodvessel, and the tongue-twistingly funtastic Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu. The final new entry is a return for the Brothers Johnson, 3 or 4 years on from the fantastic Strawberry Letter 23, the almost-as-good Stomp. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 4 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
4 ( 9 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
5 ( 3 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
6 ( 10 ) SO LONELY The Police
7 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
8 ( 13 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 14 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

11 ( 20 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
12 ( 28 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
13 ( 5 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
14 ( 30 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 18 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
16 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 7 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
18 ( 34 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
19 ( 8 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
20 ( 11 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

21 ( 43 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
22 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
23 ( 17 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 12 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
25 ( 64 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
26 ( 46 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
27 ( 23 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
28 ( 21 ) MY GIRL Madness
29 ( 59 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
30 ( 24 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

31 ( 66 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
32 ( 22 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
33 ( 36 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
34 ( 32 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
35 ( 31 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
36 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
37 ( 25 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
38 ( 27 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
39 ( 29 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
40 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 55 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
42 ( 40 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
43 ( 42 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 35 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
45 ( 37 ) BABE Styx
46 ( 26 ) SAVE ME Queen
47 ( 38 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
48 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
49 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
50 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

51 ( 39 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( 75 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
56 ( 60 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden
57 ( 72 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
58 ( NEW ) HIM Rupert Holmes
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 58 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 47 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
63 ( 48 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
64 ( 71 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
65 ( 49 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
66 ( 44 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
67 ( NEW ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
68 ( 70 ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins
69 ( 41 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 73 ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles

71 ( 57 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
72 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
74 ( 67 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
75 ( 56 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell

1st-7th march 1980 TV
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Butterflies
6 Holocaust (part 4)
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Chopper Squad
10 Film 80
11 Tomorrow’s World
12 Barney Miller
13 New Maverick
14 Hanging By A Thread
15 Dallas


On TV Kenny Everett was still ruling the comedy world (with a fab assist from Cliff Richard being game for a laugh), followed by ground-breaking madcap sitcom Soap, Blake’s 7 was topping British drama for me, Dallas was building and building towards it’s classic year, and a remake of classic 50’s western Maverick, which made the brilliant James Garner a star, debuts with him returning along with the next generation of Maverick’s.

At college, lectures, snooker, various gang member combo chats as everyone still came, went, stayed, returned from teaching practice, while my world remained static and they revolved around me (from my point of view!) Pete, Ian, Sue, Julie, Paul, Jane, Bev, Alan and lesser peripheral friends. Jane, one night late, stayed to chat, and she’s such a good listener I admitted all my freaky obsessive pop-chart-compiling and other hobbies. Which I now post here!

This was also the week I hypochondriac’d myself to the college matron in the middle of the night with chronic stomache pains, panicking it was appendicitis, when it was most likely stress from running to get a deposit back to the garage we hired the weekend car from, and other stuff, like being faced with talking about looking for gainful employment before long. Wuss! The doctor called it a mild attack of gastro-enteritis. Didn’t feel mild!


18th March 1980

Lots of connections in the new chart, starting off with Daydream Believer entering twice, in at 1 as part of the Monkees EP of 4 big 60’s hits, I’m A Believer (already topped my chart in 1974 reissued), Last Train To Clarksville and A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and also in at 74 as covered by Anne Murray. Both acts are long-time faves, Anne for 10 years since I went mad on Snowbird, and The Monkees since 1967, when their groundbreaking pop group madcap sitcom was a huge fave of mine. I loved all of their records, almost all of them would have hit the top spot in charts I hypothetically might have compiled while passing happy days at RAF Valley on the glorious Isle Of Anglesey, through to RAF Swinderby near Lincoln. By 1974 when I bought their hits albums, there were many many album tracks which would have done the same. So it was only right this should have jumped in at 1, being a UK hit all over again. As John Peel commented on Roundtable at the time, in the late 60’s like most of the hippie rock fraternity and British media, The Monkees were regarded as manufactured and dismissed. By 1980, he admitted they’d dated way better than his beloved hippie records, and to boot had been influential on the next gen of rock stars. They also played their own instruments and wrote their own songs, admittedly after the initial batch of success. All four tracks are 10/10 brilliant, two of them Neil Diamond songs.

Captain And Tennille get a 3rd Top 10, Brothers Johnson stomp their way into it, and The Vapors even turn Japanese to break into the Top 10. Squeeze go up to 19, which lets me mention a future temporary member of Squeeze, Paul Carrack (Tempted), who was to later become a part of Mike + The Mechanics along with Sad Cafe lead singer Paul Young. Sad cafe get a 3rd hit in at 63, my oh my! Just to round it off, Mike himself is in at 70 with a solo entry just one spot of ahead of his band Genesis and their fabulous Turn It On Again. Former member of Genesis Peter gabriel is at 13, and Phil Collins was only months away from a solo classic. That concludes the Genesis Family Tree.

Some good disco at 23, Narada Michael Walden’s Tonight I’m Alright, Earth Wind & Fire at 50 are written in the stone, Suzi Quatro grabs another quick chart entry and Rush debut with classic metal anthem Spirit Of Radio at 56. Babs Dickson is back after a gap, for 4 years of hits with the sweet January February at 60, there’s Bodysnatchers girlgroup ska going Rocksteady at 61, and Jimmy Buffet debuts his Carribbean rock stylee at 62, as the Volcano blows, though it would be Maragaritaville that would become the karaoke classic, and he’s still going strong in Florida, having had a recent US hit with It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere. Pat Benatar also debuts with Heartbreaker, UB40 debut with the first of a very very long run of hits (see this weeks chart as I write March 2015) the double A King and the fantastic Food For Thought. Finally The Dooleys are back with a decent pop track, and Siouxsie has a happy house, and proves it by sounding distinctly unhappy at 75, but always good.

1 ( NEW ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 4 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
4 ( 6 ) SO LONELY The Police
5 ( 12 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
6 ( 11 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
7 ( 3 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
8 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 73 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
10 ( 21 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

11 ( 2 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
12 ( 18 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
13 ( 5 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
14 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
16 ( 31 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
17 ( 13 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
18 ( 25 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
19 ( 29 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
20 ( 9 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists

21 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
22 ( 10 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
23 ( NEW ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
24 ( 33 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
25 ( 17 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
26 ( 48 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
27 ( 22 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
28 ( 64 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
29 ( 15 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
30 ( 58 ) HIM Rupert Holmes

31 ( 19 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
32 ( 20 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
33 ( 23 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 26 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
35 ( 27 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
36 ( 24 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
37 ( 57 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( NEW ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
39 ( 41 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
40 ( 36 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

41 ( 35 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
42 ( 28 ) MY GIRL Madness
43 ( 30 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
44 ( 34 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
45 ( 32 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
46 ( NEW ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
47 ( 67 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
48 ( 42 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
49 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
50 ( NEW ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

51 ( 55 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
52 ( 39 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
53 ( 49 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
55 ( 37 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
56 ( NEW ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
57 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
58 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
60 ( NEW ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson

61 ( NEW ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
62 ( NEW ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
63 ( NEW ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
64 ( 60 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
65 ( 45 ) BABE Styx
66 ( NEW ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
67 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
68 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( NEW ) WARHEAD The UK Subs
70 ( NEW ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford

71 ( NEW ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
72 ( NEW ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
73 ( NEW ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
74 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV 8th Mar – 14th Mar
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH
4 Blake’s 7
5 Butterflies
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film 80
8 Barney Miller
9 The Phil Silvers Show
10 Happy Days
11 Life On Earth
12 Fuzz: film
13 Parkinson: Robert Redford
14 Hollywood
15 Harry O: Such Dust As Dreams Are Made Of

On TV a brilliant Kenny Everett episode, Panorama on the very topical nuclear issues, a growing concern for all sane people, had a discussion with Pete & Ian over whether films can be called good or bad, or whether it’s just a personal response. I say a crap film is crap by any assessment! Jane round to watch Life On Earth, David Attenborough’s ground-breaking series on life, the planet and everything. Fantastic. Had to fight to watch MASH during an evening of Ice Skating finals that everyone had come round to watch, on my TV – funny! Bumped into old schoolmate Pete Lambert in town, chat to catch up on stuff and others from school – one was in a band, some had failed their degree, some were working. I’d missed their company actually, I decided.


25th March 1980

2 weeks on top for the Monkees, track featured this time being Neil Diamond’s under-rated A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and Davy’s terrific vocals atop a classy pop production. Fab. Highest new entry, though, is The Jam, Going Underground at 10 and already outdoing all previous Jam singles bar Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, cos it was fab and they were on fire. The Detroit Spinners get their first top 10 since the reissue of Could It Be I’m Fallin’ In Love in 1977, also their first top 10 in 1973. Rush, literally, rush to 7, from 56 as Spirit Of Radio strikes a chord with me, a metal chord. From one Canadian act to another: Martha & The Muffins also pop in at 8, Echo Beach still fab.

The Bodysnatchers rocket-steady up pronto to 14, ah-hah, ah-hah, as the gorgeous Longer by Dan Fogelberg falls in just behind, and Barbara Dickson also belatedly for March, sings about January february at 25. BA Robertson is back in his Kaftan at 30, after inexplicably dis-robing for a week, and UB40’s sultry stylish reggae is fresh at 32. Bad Manners ne ne na na new new in the top 40 at 35, Genesis Turn it On Again at 39, and Suzi Quatro is at 37, I’ve Never Been In Love she says, I don’t believe you, says I as The Dooleys patrol a bit around about 40. Leaving few new entries, but Gerry Rafferty scrapes in at 75, bringing it home again and his 3rd in the chart, and The Motors return 2 years after Airport topping, Love And Loneliness not quite as classic, but decent enough.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 10 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
4 ( 5 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
5 ( 16 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 9 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
7 ( 56 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 18 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
9 ( 12 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
10 ( NEW ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam

11 ( 3 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 6 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
13 ( 4 ) SO LONELY The Police
14 ( 61 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
15 ( 28 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
16 ( 19 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 7 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
18 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
19 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
20 ( 13 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel

21 ( 23 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
22 ( 11 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
23 ( 26 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
24 ( 15 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
25 ( 60 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
26 ( 17 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
27 ( 30 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
28 ( 50 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire
29 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( RE ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

31 ( 24 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
32 ( 73 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
33 ( 38 ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
34 ( 39 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
35 ( 47 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
36 ( 27 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
37 ( 46 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 20 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
39 ( 71 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
40 ( 72 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
42 ( 35 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
43 ( 40 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 41 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
45 ( 25 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
46 ( 63 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
47 ( 44 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
48 ( 36 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 33 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 69 ) WARHEAD The UK Subs

51 ( 22 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
52 ( 49 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
53 ( 48 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
54 ( 43 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
55 ( 32 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
56 ( 31 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
57 ( 66 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
58 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 54 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 42 ) MY GIRL Madness

61 ( 62 ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
62 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
63 ( 58 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 57 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
65 ( 29 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
66 ( 75 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
67 ( 70 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
68 ( NEW ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
69 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 67 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( NEW ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
72 ( 64 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
73 ( 34 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
74 ( 74 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty

TV 15th – 22nd Mar
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Monte Carlo Or Bust: film
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The Least Of The 9 o’clock News
6 TISWAS
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Blake’s 7
10 Friday Night Saturday Morning
11 Wonder Woman
12 Mork And Mindy
13 Film 80
14 Life On Earth
15 Butterflies
16 Chopper Squad
17 Private Eye
18 British Academy Awards
19 Tomorrow’s World
20 The World About Us


In the real world, it snowed all day on Monday, as I received careers advice on how to get into radio – to be honest it’s still the only job I want to do, and still waiting (but not presenting)! In college, we had a gang snow-ball fight, soon-to-be teachers and me, and it was fun. Oh yes it was! In art I was cutting up my mega Eiffel Tower print, in the UK chart world The Jam entered at 1, first time anyone had done that for 7 years, so that was news. Denise, one of the mature art students gave a talk on her friend Carla Lane – of The Liver Birds and Butterflies sitcom writer fame. Wish I’d tried to get sitcom writing advice through her now, another ambition never realised! At the Uni movie night it was One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, a powerful drama, and I got to get to know better Paul’s new first-year friend Jane, not a shy girl, but likeable. She died within a very few years, which was so tragic and unexpected. I have a photo of her smiling sat on my bed from around this time, my lasting image of her. For some sadistic reason the college decided to hold a 6.45 am fire drill, the gits, so it was an early breakfast on friday. Chatted a lot with Ian who was missing his school days, athletics featuring big for him. He was kinda left out a lot as he was a day student, even though he only lived round the corner that was enough to miss out on a lot of socialising and I think he regretted that for the whole 3 years. Then it was home for easter break, mum and dad fetching me in the car, me reverting back into stroppy morose ungrateful teenager for a weekend in Mansfield with mum, dad, Mark, Sue and my tropical fish and budgies, and babysitting for lil’ cousins Rachel & Lisa saturday night. On Sunday the topic of Christening came up (ie for me), not sure why but maybe related to brothers forthcoming wedding, but in any case I put a firm, and short “No!” boot in the idea of that. Never had been, and it would have been hypocritical to do it now when I had no religious convictions one way or another. Happy to respect others convictions, but my views of the universe are more large-scale and generalised.

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My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

Jon And Vangelis get that chart-topper with the gorgeous, ethereal, gentle synth-friendly I Hear You Now. Jon Anderson had been the voice of 1977 Top 3 Wondrous Stories (with Yes) and Vangelis had been behind the fantastic Aphrodite’s Child belated 1975 biggie Break (though would have charted in 1972, if eligible). Up 30 places to 4, hard on their heels it’s The Specials second Top 10 hit, Too Much Too Young, outdoing even the way better Gangsters. Booker T gets those Green Onions to 6, and the Rats get a 5th consecutive Top 10, and 8th Top 20, as Someone’s Looking At You at 9. New Musik get their first top tenner, clearly Living By Numbers.

There’s a Jazz Carnival parading through the charts to 26, as shhh The Whispers get the highest new entry at 29, And The Beat Goes On, a pretty good soul funk dance groove, though they seemed to be getting more smooth and less funky as disco booms before the Disco Sucks movement killed them all off en masse. At 34, it’s John Foxx, not always a barrel of laughs, ex-Ultravox-man who went solo with initial success before Midge Ure somewhat overshadowed his career. Underpass was OK, though to me it always sounded like Underpants when he sang the chorus. I sent a lampoon cartoon of pet peeves of the time (John Foxx, Doctor Hook etc) to Record Mirror, the Editor actually replied and told me they weren’t very good and perhaps Art College would help. Errr I was doing an art course at College, at the time. Oops! Never mind, I’m now spouting my opinions on the internet and Record Mirror alas is no more.

35? Kool And The Gang, dang, it’s Too Hot. One of their better tracks actually. Barclay James Harvest go top 40, laying their Love On The Line, very nicely. Other newies: Billy Ocean’s back at 47, Are You Ready? I’ve been ready for 6 years of his hits (starting with Scorched Earth stomping fabulousness On The Run)! Don’t recall this one, yoohootube (it’s OK Jacko-stylee disco)! I do recall 51, Captain Beaky, and Keith Michell is back 9 years on from I’ll Give You The Earth, with kiddie classic written by the late Jeremy Lloyd, he of Laugh-In fame, and sitcom scripter a la Are You Being Served. It’s actually pretty good really for a novelty song. Leaving The Shadows back at 56 with an instrumental cover of classic cowboy song Riders In The Sky, a childhood fave with all of it’s yippee-aye-ey’s and fab toon. 5 years on from Eurovision too! Queen, 63, Save Me, quite nice but a bit on the slow slow quick quick slow side. The Selecter prove they aren’t Three Minute Hero’s at 70, their second ska hit, and I regret missing Pauline the other saturday in Southampton, I had to cancel to look after my parents.

1 ( 6 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 34 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
5 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
6 ( 11 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
7 ( 4 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
8 ( 5 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 15 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 18 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik

11 ( 8 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
12 ( 21 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 25 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
15 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 20 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
17 ( 14 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
18 ( 13 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
19 ( 12 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
20 ( 30 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

21 ( 10 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
22 ( 39 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
23 ( 24 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
24 ( 19 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
25 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
26 ( 71 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
27 ( 22 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
28 ( 17 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
30 ( 35 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe

31 ( 26 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
32 ( 23 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
33 ( 38 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
34 ( NEW ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
35 ( 67 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
36 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
37 ( 33 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
38 ( 55 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
39 ( 28 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
40 ( 73 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest

41 ( 29 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
42 ( 27 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
43 ( 40 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
44 ( 42 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
46 ( 36 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
47 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
48 ( 53 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
49 ( 45 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 46 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
52 ( 44 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
53 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
54 ( 48 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
55 ( 41 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
56 ( NEW ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
57 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
58 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
59 ( 37 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
60 ( 72 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers

61 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Queen
64 ( 51 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
65 ( 50 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
66 ( 56 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
67 ( 62 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 60 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
70 ( NEW ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

71 ( 65 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
72 ( 68 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
73 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
74 ( 47 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
75 ( 61 ) RISE Herb Alpert

25th jan – 1st Feb TV chart
1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 Barney Miller
5 MASH
6 Parkinson
7 Mork And Mindy
8 The Rockford Files
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Two Ronnies
11 Parkinson (Wed)
12 Logan’s Run
13 Hart To Hart
14 TISWAS
15 Nationwide (Thurs)
16 Hawaii 5-0
17 The New Avengers
18 My Wife Next Door
19 The Legend Of Hell House (film)
20 Hollywood
21 Chopper Squad
22 If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belguim (film)
23 Film 80
24 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
25 The Muppet Show


In College Life, I was studying Pope and School For Scandal in literature, socialising in my TV bedroom with various friends, and one of my parents fave actor’s Jimmy Durante, or Schnozzel, died. I knew him best for literally kicking the bucket in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Morecombe & Wise’s ongoing “sat at my piano” plastic cup over the nose gag. In artwork I was doing Silver Queen cowboy screen prints (based on Calico ghost-town saloon), The Two Ronnies had the timeless “got any o’s?” sketch on TV, with an “excellent” Parkinson (my quote of the day!) – he had Alan Alda (yay!), Rene Cutforth (who?) and Jimmy Saville (errr…). Yes, well, that one would be interesting to re-view…

On Thursday I was complaining of a dull day. I dream of dull days. I haven’t had a dull day in years, because you only get them when you are content with nothing pressing, nothing urgent, nothing stressful, and that concept died a long time ago in my life. True sad fact. I must have been bored as I marked some kids Maths schoolwork for Paul to save him getting so tired staying up late with loads of marking. Teachers DO work late, it’s true! I quite enjoyed it actually, the power! Friday? Still snow. Chatted in art lectures to mature students, good fun. Dad picked me up and home to Mansfield for the weekend, where brother had got his first home-movie back, with me briefly on it. Apparently, I thought I was “giving my own charming smile”. Oooohh get ‘im! What I really meant was I had a nice smile despite the slightly (and soon to be much) crooked teeth. Yes that American cliche about the Brits is true for me! Bought some tropical fish for my tank, loads of vinyl records, visited Ernie now in “death row” care home (as they called it), and Polish WW2 refugee Renie (Renata Modelefski) popped round to say hello 3 times, now widowed and at a loose end, and lonely. So, yes, Polish people were here long ago and we have a long mutual history. Get over it UKIP-lovers.


12th February 1980

2 weeks for Jon & Vangelis, and The Specials hit number 2 as they hit 1 in the UK singles chart. At 6, The Regents slow climb into the 10 with 7 Teen culminates in a spot of Human League-ish girlie backing singers stylee Top Of The Pops, in a sort of miserable fashion. I could imagine Morrissey covering it, with a few rewritten longer words in there. Queen take a rocket to Save Me, to 21, leapfrogging Jefferson Starship, as the highest new entry is Cliff at 24, with his terrific and dark Carrie, written by BA Robertson and Terry Britten, of Bang Bang and Devil Woman previous songs each respectively. Cliff, with this single, started a long run of quality pop singles for some years without a single duffer amongst them, and his best period really. The Shadows, at 27, on the other hand were coming to the end of their singles career. Doh!

New entries: The Tourists consider it so good to be back home again, at 54, not one of their best, while future UK chart-topper Fern Kinney covers Together We Are Beautiful a 1979 chart entry for Steve Allen (in my charts), and does it way better, her unusual voice and cantering rhythms making it much more commercial. Rocky Sharpe and The Replays return with a cover of the 1963 Ran-Dells American hit, Martian Hop. My brother had played the original as the Ted revival scene was pretty big business in Mansfield, and it had been doing the rounds, sort of Northern Soul-wise (old obscure tracks getting discovered by a new generation). Dave Edmunds also whacks out a cover, this time Singing The Blues the 1950’s Guy Mitchell number one, and in at 74, but definitely going higher it’s Turning Japanese by The Vapors – a fabulous New Wave bit of fun, which is less than PC these days in intent, if not in actual lyric. I can’t possibly say what the subject matter is, but suffice to say it involves a favourite pastime of boys and men sat on their own.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 4 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
6 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
7 ( 9 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
8 ( 5 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
9 ( 10 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
10 ( 8 ) BABE Styx

11 ( 16 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
12 ( 7 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
13 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 20 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
15 ( 34 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
16 ( 11 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
17 ( 23 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
18 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
19 ( 22 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
20 ( 29 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers

21 ( 63 ) SAVE ME Queen
22 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
23 ( 35 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
24 ( NEW ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
25 ( 19 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
26 ( 18 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
27 ( 56 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
29 ( 25 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
30 ( 26 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

31 ( 51 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
32 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
33 ( 38 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
34 ( 30 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
35 ( 24 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
36 ( 21 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
37 ( 31 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
39 ( 47 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
40 ( 70 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

41 ( 36 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
42 ( 32 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
43 ( 37 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
44 ( 60 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
45 ( 44 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 43 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
47 ( 39 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
48 ( 58 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
49 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 33 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
52 ( 41 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
53 ( 40 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
54 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
55 ( 64 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
56 ( 52 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
57 ( 42 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
58 ( 54 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
59 ( NEW ) TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
60 ( NEW ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
64 ( 53 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
65 ( 45 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
66 ( 46 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
67 ( 67 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 66 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
70 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

71 ( 73 ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
72 ( 75 ) RISE Herb Alpert
73 ( 72 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
74 ( NEW ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
75 ( 71 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

Feb 2nd-8th1980
1 MASH
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Blake’s 7
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Two Ronnies
7 The Scalphunters (film)
8 The Goodies
9 Logan’s Run
10 Hart To Hart

11 The Last Of Sheila (film)
12 Film 80
13 Sporting Superstars
14 The New Avengers
15 Wildlife On One
16 The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race
17 What’s On Next
18 My Wife Next Door
19 Parkinson (wed)
20 The Sky At Night

On TV Blake’s 7 was getting better, thanks to the scriptwriting, while the Goodies were doing a pastiche of Close Encounters, I was reading William Golding for English Lit, chatting to friends, and having a dream featuring Danno from Hawaii 5-0, though quite what James MacArthur was doing inside a cave in the dream I have no idea nor memory of! In another one I was golf caddie for 2nd year student Brian – at night. Now I may not have played golf at the time, but I suspected finding balls might be a challenge at night…

In Art Max, my tutor was encouraging me to try for artistic jobs at the course end – I wish I wish I wish I had. Not that there were many about, of course. Meanwhile I had to give my first ever talk on my work, embarrassingly bright red, stuttering, forgot what I was saying, a disaster! I found I can handle Q&A but not giving speeches, and nothing has changed 35 years on! On TV The Two Ronnies my fave song sketch was on( “sod off sod off sod off so duff your cap to me…poor cow poor cow pour cowslip dew into your cup”): classic.


19th February 1980

3 weeks at 1, I Hear You Now, 2 weeks at 2 Too Much Too Young and My Girl 4 weeks at 3. That concludes the top 3 results. The Rats get their 3rd biggest hit at 4, as Synth music makes inroads into the top 10, with John Foxx and Buggles joining New Musik, with Cliff and Jacko giving some veteran quality into the bargain. Queen and Jefferson Starship rock into the 20, and highest of many great new entries is Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s fab Take That Look Off Your Face, from Evita girl Marti Webb showcasing Tell Me On A Sunday. It’s a great song.

At 22, Blondie return with 3rd track off Eat To The Beat, and it’s the best track, Atomic, quite probably their best ever record (and they had already had 3 chart-toppers). More punky, but ab fab. At 34, The Gibson Brothers reactivate first minor hit Cuba, and it sounds even better, love those latin disco rhythms and the chorus is great. 35, I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, Elvis is back. Costello, that is, it’s OK but not one of his greats. Dexy’s debut at 49, as Dance Stance gets moving a bit, and the horn section was a breath of fresh air at the time, 60’s retro soul but kinda rock-based, I loved it.

At 58, Peter Gabriel finally gets a second terrific solo hit as Games Without Frontiers, with added Kate Bush vocals, follows up Solsbury Hill 3 years on. Chuck in Brass Construction and The Flying Lizards making a minor return, and skip on to The Police giving up an old track, So Lonely, coming after 3 chart-toppers in a row, each better than the last, it was the least of their five hits to date, and of course they really sing Sue Lawley, Nationwide presenter. Still good though. At 73, it’s another great amusing and clever record from BA Robertson, Kool In The Kaftan starting the hippie backlash, but also sort of affectionately 60‘s retro in sound and references. BA is a great lyricist, witness Carrie in the top 10 this very week, one of his. Finally, and rather tragically, AC/DC get a second hit as Touch Too Much enters at 75. The following day Bon Scott, great lead singer, was dead from booze abuse. From AC/DC’s point of view the death-inspired Back In Black album and hiring of the ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was the start of a looooong beloved career, and I approved cos I loved a lot of Geordie singles, but for me they just weren’t the same afterwards, Bon was such a great singer, and early AC/DC were sort of punk Led Zep, as opposed to later bombastic Led Zep. Touch Too Much is fantastic.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 7 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 17 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 11 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
7 ( 14 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
8 ( 9 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
9 ( 24 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
10 ( 15 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

11 ( 4 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
12 ( 6 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 8 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
14 ( 21 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 5 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
16 ( 20 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
17 ( 23 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 10 ) BABE Styx
19 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
20 ( 12 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

21 ( NEW ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
22 ( NEW ) ATOMIC Blondie
23 ( 27 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
24 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
25 ( 54 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
26 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
27 ( 18 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
28 ( 40 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
29 ( 25 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
30 ( 33 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 19 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
32 ( 29 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
33 ( 22 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
34 ( NEW ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
35 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
36 ( 59 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
37 ( 32 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
38 ( 60 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
39 ( 28 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
40 ( 48 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

41 ( 26 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
42 ( 44 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
43 ( 30 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
44 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
45 ( 41 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
46 ( 36 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 34 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
48 ( 39 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
49 ( NEW ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
50 ( 45 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 46 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
52 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
53 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 69 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
55 ( 56 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
56 ( 43 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
57 ( 35 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
58 ( NEW ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
59 ( 38 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
60 ( NEW ) TV The Flying Lizards

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 58 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
64 ( 47 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
65 ( 52 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
66 ( NEW ) MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Brass Construction
67 ( RE ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
68 ( NEW ) SO LONELY The Police
69 ( 68 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
70 ( NEW ) FAN MAIL The Dickies

71 ( 57 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
72 ( 70 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
74 ( 63 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
75 ( NEW ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

Feb 9 – 15 TV charts
1 Soap
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH: film
4 Blake’s 7
5 MASH
6 Airport: film
7 Logan’s Run
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Barney Miller
10 Film 80
11 The Goodies
12 The Rockford Files
13 Hawaii 5-0
14 Top Of The Pops
15 Hollywood

In College days, poetry raised it’s head (sigh), a long list of friends dropping by chez John, outside the inner group too, and Hollywood featured Rudolf Valentino and Gloria Swanson – I was fascinated by then-ancient movie stars from long before I was born, it was like looking back in distant history: well, silent movies looked ancient, even if they were only 50 years or so earlier! A bit like a college student looking back to the 60’s now. I’m suddenly old! The Winter Olympics started this week, but it was overshadowed by the sudden death of David Janssen, an actor hero of mine, star of The Fugitive and Harry O, and the narrator of the epic-scaled Centennial mini-series. Only 49, he was just SO cool with that perfectly-phrased gravelly-voice. I was shocked.

Had an American geography exam, sat through a great John Davis lecture afterwards, and Max in Art was encouraging me to frame my latest prints and try and sell some. I had forgotten what a gem of encouragement Max was, given I spent years on the dole anyway I might as well have gone in for art rather than entirely waste my time applying for crap, soul-destroying tedious jobs. If only I knew then what I know now… The weekend I was glum in Mansfield, babysat for my little cousins, rachel letting it out that all of my budgies were dead (donated to Clipstone school) which didn’t make me happier as I was leaned on to get rid of them in the first place. Really, I think it was the realisation that my little glorious bubble-world of College was drawing to a close and I really didn’t like that thought at all.

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26th February 1980

Blondie, boom, Atomic! 4th number one, after Denis, Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl. One of those instances, like Baker Street, where the single edit is the classic version, the album version meanders in the middle and loses the sheer power and urgency of the track, proving conclusively that sometimes less is more. Debbie Harry was never better than on Atomic, and as the world got very nervous about nuclear war just having Atomic as the title (it wasn’t really the hook, it was the only part of the track that wasn’t a hook!) gave it that extra topical zing. At 3 rockabilly rules, buzz buzz a diddle it, parp! Such fun! At the other end of the chart rockabilly future arrives as Shakin’ Stevens brings a Hot Dog into the chart. I would have preferred the much better song with that title by the Archies, mind you.

The Buggles peak at 4 for the second time, John Foxx hits 7, The Whispers 8, and showtune time at 10 with Marti Webb – no, take that look off your face, it’s fab! Peter Gabriel shows no frontiers can hold him back, chanting Jeux Sans Frontiers and beating the competition up to 16 from 58. Little bit of politics nod’s as good as a wink, eh, squire? Call the police! So Lonely? 40 places up to 28 and leapfrogging the Ramones quietly climbing to 30. The late Bon Scott leads AC/DC to 34, Touch Too Much, and The Flying Lizards get a second top 40, TV. Highest new entry, Rainbow are back with another pop metal singalong All Night Long, not quite as good as Since You’ve Been Gone, but Blackmore and Glover equals good enough for Deep Purple.

Hands off – she’s mine, exclaim The Beat at 48. OK, if you say so lads, the prettier face of ska and now not doing covers. Donna Summer’s back on the radio with a sprawling ballad/disco track at 60, Liquid Gold dance themselves dizzy (do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-dizzy!) with a bit of cheesy fun at 66, Joan Armatrading gets Rosie at 73 4 years after her classic Love And Affection, and Iron Maiden announce themselves while Running Free. At 75, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Music, sort of, and I certainly wouldn’t have put money on them churning out much the same stuff for the next 3 decades to a loyal fanbase. Hey ho.

1 ( 22 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 6 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
4 ( 7 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
5 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 9 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
7 ( 10 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
8 ( 16 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
9 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
10 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb

11 ( 4 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
12 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
13 ( 8 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
14 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 25 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
16 ( 58 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
17 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 13 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
19 ( 11 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows

21 ( 28 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
22 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
23 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
24 ( 36 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
25 ( 15 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 20 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
27 ( 18 ) BABE Styx
28 ( 68 ) SO LONELY The Police
29 ( 24 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
30 ( 40 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

31 ( 19 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
32 ( 34 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
33 ( 29 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 75 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
35 ( 49 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
36 ( 32 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 60 ) TV The Flying Lizards
38 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
39 ( 67 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
40 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

41 ( 27 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
42 ( 30 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
43 ( 44 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 33 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
45 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
46 ( 42 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
47 ( 38 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
48 ( NEW ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
49 ( 54 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
50 ( 45 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

51 ( 52 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 51 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 31 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
56 ( 39 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 55 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
58 ( 41 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
59 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) TONIGHT Zane Griff
64 ( 56 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
65 ( 73 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
66 ( NEW ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
67 ( 63 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
68 ( 72 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Chords
70 ( 43 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

71 ( NEW ) HOT DOG Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 69 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
73 ( NEW ) ROSIE Joan Armatrading
74 ( 57 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
75 ( NEW ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

TV feb 16-22
1 Thoroughly Modern Millie: film
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Soap
5 MASH
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake’s 7
8 The Rockford Files
9 Film 80
10 Wonder Woman
11 Barney Miller
12 World’s Apart
13 Parkinson (sat)
14 Police Story
15 The Blue Knight


In lectures, it was Great Expectations, outside lectures it was Blondie in at 3 on the UK charts (hooray!), lotsa socialising and laughs, and good TV (Blake’s 7, Rockford Files etc). I finally got around to developing the Paris art trip negatives, and printing my b&w USA prints in the darkroom. Some snooker, some Winter Olympics, some laughs and then Pete, Julie, Bev & I went to see The Exorcist in the Uni lounge. Some parts were sickening and disturbing, and I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Alien, but the others were more impressed. The ending was quite shocking, though, and it left a disturbing after-memory…

Got my Geog exam results, which were good, and John Davies hinted my grades for American Studies were good for my degree. My expectations were optmistic based on what lecturers were telling me, for a Grade 1. If I’ve learnt anything in life, though, it’s to not bother being optimistic, it just leads to disappointment! The main problem being my tutors all liked me, and outside examiners didn’t know me from Adam. Drama in snooker: Bev wanted to join in on a game Pete, Sue Julie & I were already playing, but she didn’t want to start on the lowest score, which caused conflict and ill feeling, which I don’t deal well with, so I sent all the balls flying forcing a new game. Cue sulks from some parts. Top Of The Pops, I noted, was very good. Saturday evening Paul and Dave drove the gang in two cars to Nottingham for Pauline’s 21st birthday party, much laughter and dancing, I even did the hokey cokey, not something I ever planned to do! I was quite extrovert, for me, had a great time, and we drove back to Lincoln at midnight. On Sunday sci-fi drama with David Janssen in, Marooned, gave me an opportunity to repeat more than once the old gag about a ship carrying blue paint colliding with one carrying red paint, the crew were Marooned….ouch!