My 1990 Charts – February

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4th february 1990

3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…

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My 1994 Charts – October

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2nd October 1994

4 weeks at 1 for mad Pet Shop Boys, holding off a new threat from Corona’s Rhythm Of The Night at 2, then a bunch of girl singers dominate the top 10 except for East 17, Steam-ing up to 7, and Pato Banton Baby Come Back-iing at 9, with the wondrous Saint Etienne huggin my soul at 10, keeping up their top 10 run. Look at 2 Unlimited up 58 places with No-one! No, I don’t remember it either – but I obviously liked it. Madonna I do remember even if she’s only up 27 places to 21. Shhh don’t give away that secret! Elton’s Circle Of Life, of course, everyone knows, up 30 to 29, showing chart positions don’t matter if you’re in a Disney film, new generations pick up on it.

Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones bring some rock into the 40, but highest new entry is the man from Orange Juice and his very classic A Girl Like You: Edwyn Collins. This is another case of, eh?! It took another 6 months to start charting worldwide (and in the UK for it to be a hit), but I loved it the minute I heard it, so justice was eventually done. Whigfield makes my top 40, too – I didn’t recall liking it that much, much it hadn’t started to grate yet obviously. Jamiroquai enters his Space Cowboy phase at 65, and Gloria Estefan is well into her disco retro phase as she covers Vicki Sue Robinson’s Turn The Beat Around. Chuck in a model (Naomi), TV kids show duo (PJ & Duncan aka Ant n Dec), 2 soul divas battling it (Kym and Jocelyn) and two rock greats Neil Young (just vacating my 2014 number one slot after 42 years of waiting) and INXS (brilliant live band), and that completes the chart report.

1 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
5 ( 4 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 5 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 26 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 6 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
9 ( 58 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
10 ( 14 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne

11 ( 9 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
12 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
13 ( 10 ) LETITGO Prince
14 ( 11 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 73 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
16 ( 19 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
17 ( 33 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 15 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
19 ( 8 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
20 ( 16 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart

21 ( 48 ) SECRET Madonna
22 ( 18 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
23 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
24 ( 13 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
25 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( 20 ) WARRIORS Aswad
27 ( 45 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
28 ( 17 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
29 ( 59 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
30 ( 52 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones

31 ( 22 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
32 ( 25 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
33 ( 21 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( NEW ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
36 ( 27 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
38 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
39 ( 46 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
40 ( 32 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

41 ( 28 ) SPEED Billy Idol
42 ( 41 ) SEARCHING China Black
43 ( 30 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
44 ( 34 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun
45 ( 36 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
47 ( 35 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
48 ( NEW ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
49 ( 31 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson
50 ( 37 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff

51 ( 57 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
52 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE GOOD TIMES A House
53 ( 65 ) SURE Take That
54 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 43 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
57 ( 53 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
58 ( NEW ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
60 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr

61 ( 60 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
64 ( 56 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( NEW ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 68 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
69 ( 61 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
70 ( 49 ) PRETEND BEST FRIEND Terrorvision

71 ( NEW ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
72 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
73 ( NEW ) MY HEART Neil Young and Crazy Horse
74 ( NEW ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
75 ( 50 ) FOOTSTEPS Stiltskin

kiwi fruit plant

kiwi fruit plant

9th October 1994

It’s a new number one for Corona and the great dance track Rhythm Of The Night, as recently covered by Bastille. I’ll stick with the original myself, it’s fab. Big leap for Bon Jovi to 4, and their signature ballad Always – not my favourite Bon Jovi record by any means these days, but it seemed good enough at the time. Elton also circles around the top 10, giving him 23 years of regular top 10’s, while 2 Unlimited grab a final top 10 hit, I really must youtube it now!

Highest of only 4 new entries is Ace Of Base at 19, and a Happy Nation applauds their 5th top 20 entry. Aerosmith are back in with Crazy, as it starts to take hold at 26, Heavy D & The Boyz make the 40 with This Is Your Night, as do INXS, Kym & Jocelyn covering ZZ Top, PJ & Duncan, and new at 40 The Pretenders keep the hits coming 15 years on, 977 apparently, though I suspect it’s a few less than that. Sonic Youth are Superstars at 54 covering The Carpenters classic in a fab distorted morose indie-style, and Counting Crows meet the Rain King at 73, for a quiet chart week.

1 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 1 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
4 ( 27 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
8 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
9 ( 29 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
10 ( 15 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited

11 ( 10 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
12 ( 11 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
13 ( 8 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 9 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
15 ( 21 ) SECRET Madonna
16 ( 12 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
17 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
18 ( 16 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
20 ( 13 ) LETITGO Prince

21 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
22 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
23 ( 34 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
24 ( 18 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
25 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
26 ( RE ) CRAZY Aerosmith
27 ( 19 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
28 ( 22 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
29 ( 30 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
30 ( 24 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

31 ( 26 ) WARRIORS Aswad
32 ( 59 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
34 ( 28 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 74 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
36 ( 23 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
37 ( 32 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
38 ( 72 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
39 ( 71 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
40 ( NEW ) 977″ The Pretenders

41 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
42 ( 31 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
43 ( 37 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
44 ( 53 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 42 ) SEARCHING China Black
46 ( 40 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
47 ( 54 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 35 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
49 ( 65 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
50 ( 63 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 39 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
52 ( 38 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
53 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
54 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth
55 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
56 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
57 ( 43 ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
58 ( 48 ) THAT WORD (L.O.V.E.) The Rockmelons
59 ( 57 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
60 ( 41 ) SPEED Billy Idol

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 45 ) ATOMIC (REMIX) Blondie
63 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
65 ( 56 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 47 ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello
69 ( 50 ) UNBREAKABLE The Wonder Stuff
70 ( 44 ) DON’T SAY IT’S OVER Gun

71 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
72 ( 58 ) LOVE AND TEARS Naomi Campbell
73 ( NEW ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( 69 ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
75 ( 49 ) DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Tom Robinson

16th October 1994

2 weeks for Corona fizzing on top, as Edie Brickell and Barry White peak at 2, Good Times indeed for a fab soulful ballad. Elton John goes in Circles Of Life at 5, the latest in a very long list of top 5 singles, and ditto for Madonna in the top 10 as Secret hits 8. INXS’ terrific The Strangest Party shoots up to 12, and really should have been a big hit, instead their career declined steeply and unfairly, not quite fitting into Britpop. Aerosmith, Edwyn Collins and Snap all return to the top 20 with new stuff, as the chart suddenly wakes up with a deluge of new entries.

Highest, in at 22, Sparks enjoy one of their periodic comebacks, 20 years on from This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, they ponder When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’? Right now, it’s Moroder-dance-era-styled fab. Massive Attack enter Sly-ly at 28, just ahead of a charity version of Marvin Gaye’s classic What’s Going On? Let Loose follow up a big pop hit with a decent forgotten pop hit, but not at Seventeen, at 31. Crash Test Dummies bounce back at 37 berating God for shuffling his feet a bit, Pink Floyd are back for the final time (barring 2014 sessions from 1994) and Keep Trackin’ at 50, 15 years after hitting number one with a brick.

China Black following up terrific number one Searching, with terrific melodic follow-up Stars at 51, Oasis sing about ciggies and booze in a T.Rex Get-It-On vibe at 60, how quaint holding up nicotine and drink as alternative solutions to having to work for a living. OK everyone, let’s quit our jobs and get pissed and see how long society lasts! As a record, it’s nowhere near as good as either Get It On, or predecessor Live Together. Over-rated much. The Manics suffer at 69, Aaliyah is still a minor but slides in at 71, and if there ever was a record that annoyed me more than Ciggies n Booze it’s Zombie, in at 74. The gorgeousness of Linger is replaced by repeated harpy calls, a record that with the passage of time only sounds worse. Ouch!

1 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
2 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
3 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
5 ( 9 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 8 ) STEAM East 17
8 ( 15 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 7 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 17 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis

11 ( 5 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
12 ( 35 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
13 ( 14 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
14 ( 19 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
15 ( 12 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
16 ( 26 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
17 ( 10 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
18 ( 13 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 23 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
20 ( 25 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer

21 ( 11 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
22 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
23 ( 16 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
24 ( 39 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
25 ( 20 ) LETITGO Prince
26 ( 18 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
27 ( 22 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
28 ( NEW ) SLY Massive Attack
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
30 ( 21 ) PARK LIFE Blur

31 ( NEW ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
33 ( 24 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
34 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
35 ( 50 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
36 ( 28 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
37 ( NEW ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
38 ( 30 ) FIREWORKS Roxette
39 ( 27 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
40 ( 33 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer

41 ( 31 ) WARRIORS Aswad
42 ( 37 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
43 ( 29 ) YOU GOT ME ROCKING The Rolling Stones
44 ( 44 ) SURE Take That
45 ( 40 ) 977″ The Pretenders
46 ( 49 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
47 ( 47 ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
48 ( 41 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
49 ( NEW ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
50 ( NEW ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd

51 ( NEW ) STARS China Black
52 ( 43 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
53 ( 38 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown
54 ( 45 ) SEARCHING China Black
55 ( 46 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
56 ( 55 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
57 ( 36 ) WE ARE THE PIGS Suede
58 ( 42 ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
59 ( RE ) I’LL MAKE LOVE TO YOU BoyzIIMen
60 ( NEW ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis

61 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
62 ( 59 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
63 ( 53 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
64 ( 63 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 51 ) SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 52 ) WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY KENNETH REM
69 ( NEW ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
70 ( 54 ) SUPERSTAR Sonic Youth

71 ( NEW ) (AT YOUR BEST) YOU ARE LOVE Aaliyah
72 ( 64 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
73 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
74 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE The Cranberries
75 ( NEW ) CAN U FEEL IT Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman

baby pond

baby pond


23rd October 1994:

The charts go insane suddenly, massive leaps, massive new entries, and massive drops under the pressure of 18 new entries, and it’s all great stuff too! Up 50 places from 51 to 1, one of the biggest climbs to the top ever, it’s China Black getting their second chart-topper of the year, the lovely entirely youtube absent Stars, overshadowing Sparks big climb to 3, their biggest hit since 1979. Highest new entry is at 5, and it’s Abba with Just Like That. No, not a Tommy Cooper tribute record, it’s one of the final recordings by Abba only available in the middle of a single track compilation of bits & pieces which were released as part of a box set of rare stuff in 1994. Gemini (the Abba boys proteges after Abba) had already released a version, but the original Abba short version is a cut above, and should have been a single.

New Order’s classic True Faith from 1987 is remixed and still corking, back in at 10, just behind R Kelly and one of his best records, vibing swiftly along entering at 7. Not to be outdone Tom Jones re-invents himself again with the storming If I Only Knew in at 13. Massive Attack, Crash test Dummies and (somehow!) PJ & Duncan/Ant n Dec get into the 20, before some more new entries: Elastica’s terrific Connection is at 30, Amy Grant is back 3 years on from Baby Baby, Say You’ll Be Mine, she says at 33, while Donna Summer’s got a melody of love at 37, 18 years after groaning her way into my charts.

At 38, the Crosby Stills & Nash classic, Teach Your Children, never charted before, pops in courtesy of a version re-recorded by the band along with some country artists (including Alison Krauss) for an AIDS benefit album. Up to 21 the other charity record is for Rwanda and features a wealth of urban and stars of the time, and it’s pretty good. Status Quo are in my current chart with new material (Nov 2014) and 20 years ago they were in at 39 with Sherri Don’t Fail Me Now. 40 years ago they were already 2 years into their chart career with me. No, they don’t all sound the same.

Outside the top 40: Clapton’s back with a ballad at 44, it ain’t no Layla! The Beautiful South, Sting, Janet Jackson all keep the run of hits going while Sheryl Crow debuts her biggie All I Wanna Do at 75. To rub it in, that’s one place lower than Shampoo! Ah, well, it WAS a very busy chart!

1 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
2 ( 1 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
3 ( 22 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
4 ( 5 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
5 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 19 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
8 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
9 ( 2 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White
10 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order

11 ( 12 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
12 ( 3 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
13 ( NEW ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
14 ( 7 ) STEAM East 17
15 ( 14 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
16 ( 28 ) SLY Massive Attack
17 ( 13 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
18 ( 37 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 24 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
20 ( 4 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi

21 ( 29 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
22 ( 9 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
23 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
24 ( 10 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
25 ( 16 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
26 ( 49 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
27 ( 15 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
28 ( 11 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 45 ) 977″ The Pretenders
30 ( NEW ) CONNECTION Elastica

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 20 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
33 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
34 ( 18 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 73 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
36 ( 35 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan
37 ( NEW ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
38 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
39 ( NEW ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
40 ( 44 ) SURE Take That

41 ( 23 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
42 ( 34 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
43 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
44 ( NEW ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
45 ( 26 ) PINEAPPLE HEAD Crowded House
46 ( 17 ) NO-ONE 2 Unlimited
47 ( NEW ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
48 ( 30 ) PARK LIFE Blur
49 ( 36 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
50 ( 33 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

51 ( 21 ) HUG MY SOUL Saint Etienne
52 ( 25 ) LETITGO Prince
53 ( 50 ) KEEP TALKING Pink Floyd
54 ( 46 ) SPACE COWBOY Jamiroquai
55 ( 42 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
56 ( NEW ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
57 ( 60 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
58 ( 40 ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
59 ( 56 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( 38 ) FIREWORKS Roxette

61 ( 32 ) THIS IS YOUR NIGHT Heavy D and The Boyz
62 ( 39 ) LOVE HERE I COME Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
64 ( 69 ) SHE IS SUFFERING Manic Street Preachers
65 ( 52 ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
66 ( NEW ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 64 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( NEW ) OH BABY I Eternal

71 ( NEW ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
72 ( 62 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
73 ( NEW ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
74 ( NEW ) VIVA LES MEGABABES Shampoo
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow

garden..

garden..

30th October 1994

2 weeks on top for China Black, and a new entry at 2 for LWS and GOSP, an obscure rave non-hit with a 30‘s blues vibe, that pushed my buttons oddly – I don’t recall going raving in 1994! Up to 3, higher second-time round, it’s True Faith for New Order. Edwyn Collins drops 2 (for now) but his biggest hit since Orange Juice went top 10 with Rip It Up in 1993 will be back in 1995. Music Relief take What’s Going On into the top 10, following Cyndi Lauper’s version, and preceding Marvin Gaye’s original. Tom Jones gets a span of top 10 hits of exactly 26 years, I Only I Knew that in 1968 when I started charting!

Aerosmith hit a new peak of 11, INXS grab another top 10, Eric Clapton leaps to 16, and Terry Hall re-enters with his own (previous number one) cover version of his Lightning Seeds co-write/sing, at 13 – well it all makes Sense to me! Terrorvision bolt in, screaming Alice, What’s The Matter! I loved Terrorvision consistently, great fun. Sting and Pink Floyd bring some veteran rock into the 40, albeit both mellow, just like Clapton, while Eternal manage to break into the 30 – Oh Baby I don’t know why!

Sheryl Crow rockets to 33, a good dance pop track from The Real McCoy give me another night at 37, Seal bounces back in again with a newborn friend, and Rozalla adds to her diminishing peaking list of follow-ups to Everybody’s Free, with You Never Love The Same Way Twice at 47. Well, I try not to at any rate, can’t speak for Rozalla. REM have some Bang and Blame at 58, Brand New Heavies spend some time at 59, while interesting indie band Grant Lee Buffalo sneak in at 63 with some Mockingbirds, pipping Echobelly, Chris Rea and Foreigner (both School of 1978), and Paul Weller (School of 1977).

1 ( 1 ) STARS China Black
2 ( NEW ) GOSP LWS
3 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH (REMIX) New Order
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
5 ( 5 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
6 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief ’94
7 ( 13 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
8 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
9 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R Kelly
10 ( 11 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS

11 ( 25 ) CRAZY Aerosmith
12 ( 2 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
13 ( RE ) SENSE Terry Hall
14 ( 16 ) SLY Massive Attack
15 ( 4 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
16 ( 44 ) MOTHERLESS CHILD Eric Clapton
17 ( NEW ) ALICE WHAT’S THE MATTER Terrorvision
18 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 8 ) SECRET Madonna
20 ( 9 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians featuring Barry White

21 ( 17 ) BABY COME BACK Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell
22 ( 33 ) SAY YOU’LL BE MINE Amy Grant
23 ( 12 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 14 ) STEAM East 17
25 ( 56 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
26 ( 53 ) KEEP TALKING/ HIGH HOPES Pink Floyd
27 ( 30 ) CONNECTION Elastica
28 ( 32 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap! featuring Summer
29 ( 27 ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
30 ( 70 ) OH BABY I Eternal

31 ( 31 ) SEVENTEEN Let Loose
32 ( 19 ) IF I GIVE YOU MY NUMBER P.J. and Duncan
33 ( 75 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
34 ( 20 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
35 ( 15 ) HAPPY NATION Ace Of Base
36 ( 22 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
37 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
38 ( RE ) NEWBORN FRIEND Seal
39 ( 28 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
40 ( 47 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

41 ( 35 ) RAIN KING Counting Crows
42 ( 26 ) I WANT THE WORLD 2wo Third3
43 ( 24 ) BEST OF MY LOVE C.J. Lewis
44 ( 66 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
45 ( 38 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN The Red Hots
46 ( 23 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
47 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
48 ( 34 ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 40 ) SURE Take That
50 ( 36 ) TURN THE BEAT AROUND Gloria Estefan

51 ( 57 ) CIGARETTES AND ALCOHOL Oasis
52 ( 37 ) MELODY OF LOVE Donna Summer
53 ( 42 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
54 ( 29 ) 977″ The Pretenders
55 ( 43 ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
56 ( 41 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
57 ( 39 ) SHERRI DON’T FAIL ME NOW Status Quo
58 ( NEW ) BANG AND BLAME REM
59 ( NEW ) SPEND SOME TIME Brand New Heavies
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 49 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
62 ( 55 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
63 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRDS Grant Lee Buffalo
64 ( 63 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
65 ( 71 ) PLANET CARAVAN Pantera
66 ( 48 ) PARK LIFE Blur
67 ( 52 ) LETITGO Prince
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE BUT… Echobelly
70 ( 69 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY Chris Rea
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Ultimate Kaos
74 ( NEW ) WHITE LIE Foreigner
75 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE SINKING Paul Weller

NON CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST TRACKS:
1 ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
2 SEBASTIAN Cockney Rebel
3 RAIN RAIN RAIN Ladysmith Black Mambazo

My 1989 Charts – September

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Vermont 1989

3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright

My 1994 Charts – August

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7th August 1994

2 weeks for Youssou n neneh, classic. Another classic at 2, Kissing that Rose and equalling his biggest solo hit Crazy, it’s Seal. A massive leap for the gorgeous Sophie 50 to 5, to give her a 2nd Top 5 hit, and a hat trick of Top 10’s for Enigma in 1994, in at 7 with another laid-back track off their great New Age album. Late in their career, Level 42 join Enigma in their peaceful Top 10 world for 11 years worth of occasional big hits (and lots of lesser ones).

Will Smith’s summer anthem pops back again 3 years on, as do Whitesnake 5 years or so on, while Swing Out Sister show that something good came out of Four Weddings And A Funeral – a lovely cover of the Delfonics 1971 smash La La Means I Love You, and new at 20 as their terrific retro sounds keep on.

Others: Janet Jackson’s back and on and on, Bobby Womack goes Top 40, and entering at 40 it’s the Jesus and Mary Chain and a melodic duet, at 47 Morrissey and Siouxsie duetting Interlude a bit hauntingly, and Quo apparently didnt mean it. Not Sure I believe them, but hey ho, that’s 21 years of hits to date.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
3 ( 2 ) SEARCHING China Black
4 ( 5 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
5 ( 50 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
6 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
7 ( NEW ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
8 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 17 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42

11 ( 7 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
12 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 23 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
14 ( 30 ) BLACK BOX EYC
15 ( 6 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
16 ( 10 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
17 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
18 ( 20 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
19 ( 14 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
20 ( NEW ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
23 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
24 ( 25 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
25 ( 26 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
26 ( 22 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
27 ( NEW ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
29 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 16 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

31 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( 63 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
33 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 39 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
38 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 24 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain

41 ( NEW ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
42 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
43 ( 28 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
44 ( 37 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
45 ( 43 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
46 ( 40 ) TO THE END Blur
47 ( NEW ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
48 ( 33 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
49 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
50 ( NEW ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx

51 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 47 ) WORD UP Gun
53 ( 42 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
54 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
55 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
56 ( 55 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
58 ( 32 ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
59 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 48 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
62 ( 59 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) HIT BY LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
66 ( 73 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
67 ( 65 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
68 ( 44 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
69 ( 45 ) HARD Tom Robinson
70 ( NEW ) I LIFT MY CUP Gloworm

71 ( 68 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
73 ( 72 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 56 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
75 ( NEW ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader

14th August 1994

Enigma’s 3rd of the year, and 4th number one in total. I really did like them back then! To be fair I was expanding my musical horizons to the the world, and so was the record-buying public. If only the current UK music-selling scene could say the same! Sophie at 2 ands she’s Right Beside You, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince second-time round take their growing pop classic back into the 10, and Blur re-enter as a proper single now at 15 with the ever-so-Brit-pop anthem Park Life.

Joe Cocker converts to a double A side and leaps into the 20, for a chart span of 26 years, while joining him is Lulu at 38 to do exactly the same. Terry Hall, solo, at 39, and he’s having 15 years of hits and counting. A cover of the Dream Girls classic from 1982 drops by for Donna Giles at 46, while the Manics Revol in at 52. Eh? Revol? A couple of classics lower down though, Kylie surprises all with a sultry growing up and Confide In Me slides in at 55, with Oasis’ 2nd hit the fabulous Live Forever at 75. Finally, the sweet Lisa Loeb hit is at 67.

1 ( 7 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 5 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 1 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
4 ( 2 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 3 ) SEARCHING China Black
6 ( 4 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
7 ( 10 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
8 ( 6 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 14 ) BLACK BOX EYC
10 ( 17 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince

11 ( 13 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
12 ( 8 ) SHINE Aswad
13 ( 18 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
14 ( 21 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
15 ( RE ) PARK LIFE Blur
16 ( 20 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
17 ( 9 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( 55 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
19 ( 16 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
20 ( 11 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

21 ( 12 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
22 ( 15 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
23 ( 25 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
24 ( 23 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
25 ( 27 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson
26 ( 50 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 29 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
28 ( 26 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
29 ( 40 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
30 ( 19 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

31 ( 35 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
32 ( 24 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
33 ( 57 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
34 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 72 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
36 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 68 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
38 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
39 ( NEW ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
40 ( 22 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

41 ( 32 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
42 ( 28 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
43 ( 31 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
44 ( 39 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
45 ( 41 ) THIS TIME I FOUND LOVE Rozalla
46 ( NEW ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
47 ( 45 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
48 ( 59 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo
49 ( 37 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
50 ( 30 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

51 ( 33 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
52 ( NEW ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
53 ( 38 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
54 ( 46 ) TO THE END Blur
55 ( NEW ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 47 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
60 ( NEW ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

61 ( NEW ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
62 ( 75 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 51 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( NEW ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
68 ( 66 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
69 ( NEW ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
70 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One

71 ( NEW ) TRUE SPIRIT Carleen Anderson
72 ( 67 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 43 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
75 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21st August 1994

2 weeks for Enigma on top as Level 42 get their highest-ever chart placing at 5. Just look at Kylie though, 55 to 6, loving those eastern-sounds, and giving her yet another Top 10 hit, 6 years and counting. The Lightning Seeds also continue their run of Top 10 fabtastic pop singles, Lucky You! Swing Out Sister also break into the 10 for the last time (I think), with their 70’s soul cover.

Highest new entry, though, is a remixed version of the album track Yesterday When I Was Mad, in at 13. What are the chances of it being the 5th Very album track Pet Shop Boys number one? Very good! Morrissey and Siouxsie meanwhile take their Interlude from 58 to 16, that’s 16 years of Top 20’s for Siouxsie and 11 years for Smiler. Lulu spits on both statistics though, joining Joe Cocker on 26 years of Top 20 hits, while Prince grabs another Top 20 as simultaneously album track (and future single) Letitgo enters at 34.

Oasis, though get their first ever Top 20 hit as Live Forever rockets 75 to 18, PJ & Duncan finally break into the 30, and The Bee Gees join the album track listers with Blue Island at 32. Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun isn’t Supermassive, but 52 isn’t bad, and the Rev Al Green duets with country star Lyle Lovett for a new entry at 71. I think that’s all very varied!

1 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
2 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
3 ( 4 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 3 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 7 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
6 ( 55 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 6 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
8 ( 14 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 5 ) SEARCHING China Black
10 ( 16 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister

11 ( 9 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
12 ( 18 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 15 ) PARK LIFE Blur
15 ( 8 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
16 ( 58 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie
17 ( 38 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
18 ( 75 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 12 ) SHINE Aswad
20 ( 27 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

21 ( 10 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
22 ( 11 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
23 ( 31 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
24 ( 13 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
25 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
26 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
27 ( 36 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
28 ( 24 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
29 ( 19 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
30 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

31 ( 22 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
33 ( 35 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
34 ( NEW ) LETITGO Prince
35 ( 39 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
36 ( 23 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
37 ( 34 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
38 ( 28 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
39 ( 61 ) LUCAS WITH THE LID OFF Lucas
40 ( 25 ) AND ON AND ON Janet Jackson

41 ( 29 ) SOMETIMES ALWAYS The Jesus And Mary Chain
42 ( 52 ) REVOL The Manic Street Preachers
43 ( 21 ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
44 ( 46 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
45 ( 32 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
47 ( 44 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 30 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
49 ( 69 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
50 ( 47 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

51 ( NEW ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
52 ( NEW ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
53 ( 33 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
54 ( 37 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
55 ( 54 ) TO THE END Blur
56 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
57 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
58 ( 60 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx
59 ( 40 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sounds Of Blackness

61 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
62 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
63 ( 42 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
64 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 57 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 65 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 41 ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
70 ( 48 ) I DIDN’T MEAN IT Status Quo

71 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME SLIPS AWAY Al Green and Lyle Lovett
72 ( 67 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
73 ( 73 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
74 ( 63 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
75 ( 50 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

28th August 1994

Sophie B. Hawkins gets her one and only chart-topper, but what a corker it is. I still love it to bits, and it really should be a radio classic, or featuring in a 90’s retro megamovie. Sophie was endearingly quirky, and I wish she was still as successful, though she is still active, hooray! Pet Shop Boys of course are mad at 4, and its a hot hot hot new (old) entry as the 10-year-old minor hit comes back bigger and remixed at 9. Prince gets another Top 10 hit and a top 20 hit, though he was using a squiggle and a pompous assertion that he isn’t Prince anymore as a name at various times from 1993 onwards. Way to kill your career Prince!

Ian McNabb (of The Icicle Works) has a 10 year comeback at 25, and just below Edie Brickell’s best single (albeit lesser known) the gorgeous Good Times at 26. Lisa Loeb leaps alliteratively into the 30, and Ice Cube reactivates George Clinton of Funkadelic and Parliament fame with their Bop Gun at 32. Pause for breath, now, cos there’s a whopping 21 new entries clearing out the charts – Roxette’s latest Fireworks explode at 35, driving Aerosmith Crazy at 36 (an album track, and future hit ballad single), while Eurythmic Dave Stewart has a Heart Of Stone at 38, and Cyndi Lauper radically re-invents her 1984 debut hit at 42. Hey Now!! It’s good, but not AS good.

Others: Soundgarden make 39, The Beautiful South make eyes from 44, John Mellencamp is 60, UB40 63, Robert Palmer 72, Aswad 75 keep the hits coming, while comebacks of sorts from Patti Labelle at 73, and newer entries from Shed 7 and Shampoo. Uh oh we’re in trouble!

1 ( 2 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
2 ( 1 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 13 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 6 ) CONFIDE IN ME Kylie Minogue
7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
8 ( 8 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
9 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT (CARNIVAL EDIT) Arrow
10 ( 20 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

11 ( 14 ) PARK LIFE Blur
12 ( 12 ) THE SIMPLE THINGS/ SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
13 ( 5 ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
14 ( 17 ) GOODBYE BABY AND AMEN Lulu
15 ( 10 ) LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU Swing Out Sister
16 ( 9 ) SEARCHING China Black
17 ( 11 ) BLACK BOOK EYC
18 ( 18 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
19 ( 34 ) LETITGO Prince
20 ( 23 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

21 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Duke Baysee
22 ( 15 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
23 ( 21 ) SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
24 ( 19 ) SHINE Aswad
25 ( NEW ) GO INTO THE LIGHT (LOVE SHINES) Ian McNabb
26 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell and The New Bohemians
27 ( 51 ) THIS GENERATION Roachford
28 ( 72 ) STAY (I MISS YOU) Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
29 ( 24 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
30 ( 16 ) INTERLUDE Morrissey and Siouxsie

31 ( 31 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
32 ( NEW ) BOP GUN (ONE NATION) Ice Cube featuring George Clinton
33 ( 28 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
34 ( 30 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
35 ( NEW ) FIREWORKS Roxette
36 ( NEW ) CRAZY Aerosmith
37 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
38 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Dave Stewart
39 ( 52 ) BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden
40 ( 58 ) THE WAY SHE LOVES ME Richard Marx

41 ( 22 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
42 ( NEW ) (HEY NOW) GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
43 ( NEW ) STANDING AT THE ALTAR Margie Cox
44 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST EYES The Beautiful South
45 ( 46 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT SUMMER Atlantic Starr
46 ( 26 ) NO MORE (I CAN’T STAND IT) Maxx
47 ( 62 ) JOKE (I’M LAUGHING) Eddi Reader
48 ( 27 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
49 ( 33 ) WHAT’S UP DJ Miko
50 ( 38 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

51 ( 32 ) BLUE ISLAND The Bee Gees
52 ( 29 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
53 ( 49 ) DO IT Tony Di Bart
54 ( 50 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
55 ( 37 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
56 ( NEW ) 18 STRINGS Tinman
57 ( 35 ) FOREVER J Terry Hall
58 ( 57 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
59 ( 56 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
60 ( NEW ) WILD NIGHT John Mellencamp featuring Me’Shelle Nageocello

61 ( 47 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 55 ) TO THE END Blur
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE MUSIC UB40
64 ( 68 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
65 ( NEW ) GAL WINE Chaka Demus and Pliers
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 44 ) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Donna Giles
68 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 61 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
70 ( NEW ) SPEAKEASY Shed 7

71 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Shampoo
72 ( NEW ) KNOW BY NOW Robert Palmer
73 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT KINDA LOVER Patti Labelle
74 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Sean Maguire
75 ( NEW ) WARRIORS Aswad