My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

11th November 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

18th November 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

25th November 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

14th October 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

21st October 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

28th October 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1989 Charts – June

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4th June 1989

The run of one-weekers on top continues as Guns ‘n’ Roses finally get that rock classic to the top, Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine is still an awesome record. Sealed With A Kiss makes my top 10 for the second time, this time for Jason Donovan, but not as high as Brian Hyland’s version. M, meantime also get a second run in the top 10, Popping upwards.

Bananarama’s 1983 goodie is also back, as Cruel Summer ’89 heads into the 20 for the second time, highest new entry at 18, just ahead of Gladys Knight’s Bond theme goodie. That gave her 17 years of top 20 hits. In at 36, Soul II Soul’s 2nd hit is a bonafide classic, Back To Life shuffling it’s way gloriously in as the highest actual “new” new entry.

Big leaps for UB40, up to 32, ever-chartbound in the 80’s and 90’s, well, I will do for you, I daresay. Two great follow-up singles from The Bangles and The Bee Gees enter into the 50, both fell far short of the UK chart positions they deserved, but happily did better here. Meanwhile Prince’s Batman movie theme enters at 60, though it’s more of a montage than a song. Cliff’s back with a Richard Marx song for his 100th single, I think it was. Despite the claim of the lyric it really wasn’t the Best of him. U2 meanwhile scrape in with a track that’s also not even the best track on the album, ballad All I Want Is You, though it’s not bad.

1 ( 6 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
2 ( 4 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
3 ( 1 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
5 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
6 ( 7 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
7 ( 5 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
8 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
9 ( 10 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
10 ( 15 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

11 ( 8 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
12 ( 17 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
13 ( 9 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
14 ( 19 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
15 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 12 ) THE LOOK Roxette
17 ( 24 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
18 ( NEW ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
19 ( 39 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 29 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons

21 ( 13 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
22 ( 14 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
23 ( 27 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
24 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
25 ( 23 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 20 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
27 ( 30 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
28 ( 33 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
29 ( RE ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
30 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue

31 ( 21 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
32 ( 71 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 36 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
34 ( 25 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
35 ( 31 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
36 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 41 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
38 ( 28 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
39 ( 58 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

41 ( 26 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
42 ( 32 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 43 ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( 37 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
46 ( NEW ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 45 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
48 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 60 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
50 ( 46 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 62 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 65 ) THE REAL ME Wasp
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( 42 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
55 ( 54 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
56 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 34 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 70 ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour
60 ( NEW ) BATDANCE Prince

61 ( 38 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
62 ( 69 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
63 ( 52 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 64 ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 61 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
67 ( 72 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 40 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
70 ( NEW ) CRY Waterfront

71 ( NEW ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
72 ( NEW ) POP SINGER John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

 

11th June 1989

A batch of oldies back again, joining the oldies and remixes already in the chart, topped by the Beatles, in at 1 with The Ballad Of John And Yoko for it’s 20th birthday re-issue. First-time round I loved it but it didn’t quite get to the top, although it topped my oldies chart in 1976 when the Beatles re-issue invasion forced me to banish most of them to a separate chart, but justice served anyway at last. Joining the Fabs, Carly Simon’s Chic-tastic Why pops back into the top 10 7 years on. And Why not, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were fab.

In 1989 proper, though, Tone Loc goes Top 10 funkily, while back in 1983 mode the Nana’s improve on first-time round at 8 with their great Cruel Summer. Big climber for The Bee Gees One, up 30 places to 16 ahead of Malcolm McLaren’s waltzing, darling, and Nik Kershaw’s Elisabeth’s Eyes, one of his better singles but the ever-fickle pop-chart had decided he was yesterday’s news by now.

Clannad and Bono duet on a moody Celtic ballad and are rewarded with yet another oldie (1985) re-charting. REM sprint in with some Orange Crush, one of their great early singles, at 38. 10,000 Maniacs were an under-rated band, and the sweet Trouble Me pops in at 73, just behind follow-up singles for Holly Johnson and Transvision Vamp. All the oldies, though, suggest a music scene still gagging for some excitement….

1 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 2 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
4 ( 6 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
5 ( 4 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
6 ( 8 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
7 ( 10 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 18 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
9 ( 14 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
10 ( NEW ) WHY Carly Simon

11 ( 5 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
12 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
13 ( 9 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
14 ( 7 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 23 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 41 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 12 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 11 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
22 ( 16 ) THE LOOK Roxette
23 ( 29 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
24 ( 36 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
25 ( 13 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
26 ( 28 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
27 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
28 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
29 ( 17 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
30 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono

31 ( 20 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
32 ( 31 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
33 ( 21 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
34 ( 37 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
35 ( NEW ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
36 ( NEW ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
37 ( 22 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
38 ( 39 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
39 ( NEW ) ORANGE JUICE REM
40 ( 71 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard

41 ( 35 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
42 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
43 ( 49 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
44 ( 26 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 24 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
46 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
47 ( 27 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
48 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 61 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
50 ( 47 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

51 ( 33 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
52 ( 50 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
53 ( 42 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
55 ( 70 ) CRY Waterfront
56 ( 55 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
57 ( 30 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
58 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 60 ) BATDANCE Prince
60 ( 45 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson

61 ( 38 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
62 ( 34 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
63 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 62 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
65 ( 54 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 67 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( NEW ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
69 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
70 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

71 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
72 ( NEW ) IKO IKO The Belle Stars
73 ( NEW ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde

 

18th June 1989

Things pick up a bit this week, as Madonna goes one higher than classic Like A Prayer managed, getting her 6th Number One in just over 5 years with Express Yourself, a great pop dance track. The Bangles also peaked at 2 with their classic Eternal Flame, but follow-up Be With You rockets to 4 in compensation. Donna Summer meanwhile follows-up her SAW number one with a SAW number 10 for 12 years-worth of them.

Soul II Soul represent the new sound of British Urban soul, shooting to 9 as they come Back To Life. Back to reality? It’s a welcome breath of fresh air, though Danny Wilson also herald in the new sounds a-coming with Second Summer Of Love at 61, 2 years on from Mary’s Prayer. Gladys Knight is the last new Top Tenner, her final Bond fling in her occasional big time hits over 16 years.

Highest new entry is the fabulous Pet Shop Boys at 19, a remixed shortened version of the epic album cover version of a Sterling Void political song. Neil Tennant added in another verse dealing with environmental issues to give a powerful single. PSB nay-sayers, as always, completely miss the point (“they all sound the same”). No they don’t. Pet Shop Boys records cover a wealth of (sometimes eternal) topics, literate, intelligent, inventive, and if you pay attention, no they don’t all sound the same. They just have the same lead singer and are based in dance.

Clannad and Bono go top 20 as U2 stay away from it. Living In A Box have another go with the withdrawn Gatecrashing (following the Hillsborough tragedy), and REM get a Top 20 hit ahead of Prince who suddenly Batdances to 22. The Batusi, I assume. Holly Johnson gets a 3rd Top 40 solo hit, Enya gets another too, and Suzi Quatro pops in at 39 with Baby You’re A Star, her first Top 40 hit in years to give her 16 years of them in the week oldie If You Can’t Give Me Love was my non-chart oldie of the week.

Baby Ford covers T.Rex at 60, Jennifer Rush-es back with Placido Domingo for a bit of class-ical 4 years on from Power Of Love. Then the rockers return, with Queen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Vixen hogging the lower-end new entries, all of them fine, but not classic, rock.

1 ( 3 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
2 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
4 ( 28 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 6 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
6 ( 9 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
7 ( 10 ) WHY Carly Simon
8 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
9 ( 24 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
10 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer

11 ( 4 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
12 ( 5 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
13 ( 17 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 8 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
15 ( 13 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
16 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 30 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
18 ( 11 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
19 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
20 ( 39 ) ORANGE JUICE REM

21 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
22 ( 59 ) BATDANCE Prince
23 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
24 ( 12 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
25 ( 20 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 70 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
27 ( 43 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
28 ( 35 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
29 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
30 ( 68 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson

31 ( 18 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
32 ( RE ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
33 ( 21 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
34 ( RE ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
35 ( 46 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
36 ( 40 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
37 ( 22 ) THE LOOK Roxette
38 ( 71 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
39 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
40 ( 25 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

41 ( 32 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
42 ( 27 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
43 ( 37 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
44 ( 41 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
45 ( 38 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
46 ( 26 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
47 ( 36 ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
48 ( 55 ) CRY Waterfront
49 ( 33 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
50 ( RE ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 29 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
52 ( 50 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
53 ( 34 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
54 ( 42 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
55 ( 54 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
56 ( 52 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 73 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
58 ( 56 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford

61 ( NEW ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
62 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
63 ( NEW ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
64 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
65 ( 31 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 64 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MADE ME Vixen
69 ( 60 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
70 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

71 ( 69 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 53 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
74 ( NEW ) BREAKTHRU Queen
75 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

25th June 1989

It’s a shock new Number One, keeping off my beloved Pet Shop Boys at 2, and it’s Michael Jackson’s Bad album track. Two years on, the album that was my 1987 USA holiday album, along with Pet Shop Boys, Actually, and singles are still coming off it – while the PSB’s are into their next album (and there were plenty more worthy singles on Actually). Librarian Girl, actually it was a sweet superstar-full cameo video that made it excusable, that, and the fact that it had originally been one of my fave tracks on the album. It still felt like an oldie though, which is why it could enter at 1, being as I’d already been very familiar with it for 2 years. It’s also MJ’s 16th chart-topper in various guises in 19 years.

Spirit Of The Forest meanwhile rocket to 3, as an all-star charity record fails to have the same impact as others. A tree-huggers new age wanna-be anthem. That’ll be me then, cos every warning that was given then has come true in spades since. Or, more accurately, in buzzsaws since. Money rules everything and damn the consequences. All those Sting-quipping, Bono-hating, cynical do-nothing-but-whinge-about-those-that-try-to-do-something crap stand-ups can just piss off. The record’s not as good as it’s intentions though, not even with Kate Bush on it. I refer back to the previous weeks Pet Shop Boys song comments, they do it WAY better. Kudos though, to all those involved.

Talking of Bono, he’s back again with U2 as well as Clannad. Bee Gees and Prince get their umpteenth Top 10 hit, the Gibbs being at 2 in my first-ever chart in 1968, but looking for One this time. Talking of Prince, highest new entry is Sheena Easton, 9 years on from being a Modern Girl, and looking very different. 101 is her best record. It should have been massive. Prince wrote and produced it, and it sounds like classic Prince, moody, percussive, building to a climax, and Sheena certainly has one at the end. Fab.

Lots of records upping and downing and back-upping – I have no idea why, to be honest, it looks like I’m all over the place emotionally still. UB40 go top 20, Rufus and Chaka remix it back 5 years on and Ain’t Nobody can argue with that at 26. Baby Ford’s Second-summer-of-love dance version of T.Rex shoots to 33, just behind similarly-titled Danny Wilson’s popfun at 29. At 45, the much-missed great Kirsty Maccoll covers the Kinks Days, and improves on it. Simply Red switch to cha-cha rhythms at 53, while Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat actually quote them at 74. The great Rev. Al Green is back for one of his occasional comebacks outside the church at 63, 18 years on from his great debut. Finally it’s Tin Machine at 71. Eh? David Bowie. 71 is about right….

1 ( NEW ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
2 ( 19 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 34 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
4 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 9 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 22 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 8 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
8 ( 2 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
9 ( 1 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
10 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees

11 ( 29 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
12 ( 3 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
13 ( 17 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 5 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
15 ( 13 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
16 ( NEW ) 101″ Sheena Easton
17 ( 11 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
18 ( 15 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
19 ( 28 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
20 ( 42 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40

21 ( 7 ) WHY Carly Simon
22 ( 12 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
23 ( 32 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
24 ( 6 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
25 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
27 ( 10 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
28 ( 30 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
29 ( 61 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
30 ( 18 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

31 ( 14 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
32 ( 27 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
33 ( 60 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
34 ( 21 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
35 ( 20 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
36 ( 23 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
37 ( 39 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
38 ( 74 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
39 ( 24 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
40 ( 48 ) CRY Waterfront

41 ( NEW ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
42 ( 33 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
43 ( 26 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
44 ( 50 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
45 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
46 ( 44 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 38 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
48 ( 31 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
49 ( 63 ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
50 ( 40 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

51 ( 37 ) THE LOOK Roxette
52 ( 41 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
53 ( NEW ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 57 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
55 ( 52 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
56 ( 55 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 36 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
58 ( 43 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
60 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 56 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
62 ( 58 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( NEW ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 35 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
65 ( NEW ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 45 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( RE ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
69 ( 64 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
70 ( 46 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta

71 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine
72 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 71 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
75 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

My 1989 Charts – May

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7th May 1989

A second and final week on top for the Bee Gees while Stevie Nicks biggest solo hit fires up at 2, closely followed by Transvision Vamp’s 2nd Top 10, and Edelweiss’ novelty Abba tune at 7, and The Cure’s return to the 10 after a few relative failures, gives them 7 Top 10’s and 14 hits in 9 years.

Sam Brown gets her witness to confirm she’s gone from 70 to 14, while Bobby Brown gets a high entry at 20 with the great dance track Every Little Step, only 6 years since he was in New Edition with a voice that hadn’t broken. Macca’s up to 22 putting on a brave face at not being in the 20 yet, while Debbie Gibson is electrifying at 29 (not really!) and Rod just can’t say no at 33 (I think we all knew that already). Cyndi meanwhile drove all night to get to 37 and De La Soul annoyingly just miss the 40 at 41 with me, myself and I. I lie, it was them, not me. Two legends struggle with new singles, Stevie Wonder and Queen, not to mention Morrissey’s not-so interesting drug, leaving PIL disappointed at 61 11 years on from their debut hit. Meanwhile comebacks from ABC and Diana Ross, Animotion’s follow-up to Number One Obsession 3 years late, Bon Jovi, Natalie Cole and Carly Simon all slip in amongst the much superior Manchild from Neneh Cherry, a lovely record.

1 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
2 ( 24 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 2 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
4 ( 8 ) THE LOOK Roxette
5 ( 13 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
6 ( 10 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
7 ( 30 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
8 ( 3 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 16 ) LULLABY The Cure

11 ( 4 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
12 ( 25 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
13 ( 19 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
14 ( 70 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 11 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
16 ( 9 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
17 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
18 ( 7 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
19 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

21 ( 12 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
22 ( 31 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 71 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
25 ( 33 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 21 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
27 ( 39 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
28 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
29 ( 46 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
30 ( 26 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 29 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
32 ( 22 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
33 ( 50 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
34 ( 23 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
35 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
36 ( 27 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 59 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
39 ( 18 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
40 ( 34 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

41 ( 57 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
42 ( 37 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
43 ( 48 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
44 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
46 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
47 ( 45 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
48 ( 40 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
49 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
50 ( 36 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash

51 ( 68 ) LOLLY LOLLY Wendy And Lisa
52 ( 28 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
53 ( 73 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
54 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 51 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
56 ( 49 ) STOP Sam Brown
57 ( 42 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
58 ( 74 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
59 ( 75 ) INTERESTING DRUG Morrissey
60 ( 58 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) MOVE CLOSER Tom Jones
63 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
64 ( 54 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
66 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
67 ( 66 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
68 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 32 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
70 ( NEW ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion

71 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
72 ( NEW ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY Natalie Cole
75 ( RE ) LET THE RIVER RUN Carly Simon

 

14th May 1989

Stevie Nicks gets her only solo Number One, to add to her 2 Fleetwood Mac chart-toppers in 1979 and 1987, though she’d written many that came close for Mac, and deserves more. Bobby Brown steps up to 3, and Chaka Khan takes her 1978 Top 20 hit further second-time round and goes to 4 albeit in plinkety-plonk 1989 stylee, as remixing oldies (and not improving them in retrospect) continues as the rage: witness Style Council’s classic 1983 Long Hot summer at 14, and Gibson Brothers 1979 Que Sera Mi Vida at 18.

Macca goes top 10, Neneh Top 40, and highest proper new entry at 38 is the fab Pink Sunshine giving Fuzzbox two pop gems in a row. Eddy Grant takes his own cover of his song covered and a hit for Rockers Revenge in 1982 in to the Top 40 – Walkin’ On Sunshine, for 20 years of hits.

Flicking through the other new entries though I’m not inspired to wax lyrical on the quality music being produced, or nostalgia tinting my appreciation – frankly, it was a music scene desperately in need of a new youth movement. The old-timers were dominating my chart, give or take the odd OK dance track. Topping the real chart were charity records like Ferry Cross The Mersey, a great 60’s song and fave from my days living in Liverpool. One of my friends has a relative who died at Hillsborough, so I know what it means in Merseyside, and approve of the sentiment.

1 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
2 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
3 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 12 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
5 ( 7 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
6 ( 3 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
7 ( 4 ) THE LOOK Roxette
8 ( 22 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
10 ( 13 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister

11 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
12 ( 6 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
13 ( 8 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( NEW ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
15 ( 9 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 24 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 11 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
18 ( NEW ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
20 ( 27 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz

21 ( 16 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
22 ( 10 ) LULLABY The Cure
23 ( 29 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
25 ( 18 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
26 ( 15 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
27 ( 21 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
28 ( 42 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
29 ( 33 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
30 ( 19 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston

31 ( 26 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
32 ( 71 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
33 ( 23 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 72 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
35 ( 31 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
36 ( 30 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
37 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( NEW ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
39 ( 46 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
40 ( 65 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

41 ( 28 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
42 ( NEW ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
43 ( 34 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
44 ( 32 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
45 ( 44 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
46 ( 49 ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
47 ( 53 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 47 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
49 ( 61 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
50 ( 40 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

51 ( 58 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
52 ( NEW ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
53 ( NEW ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( NEW ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 66 ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
57 ( 41 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
58 ( 45 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
59 ( 36 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
60 ( 55 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison

61 ( 60 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 38 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
63 ( 56 ) STOP Sam Brown
64 ( 63 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Good Good Feeling
66 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
68 ( 67 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
69 ( 68 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
70 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

71 ( 43 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
72 ( NEW ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
75 ( NEW ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens

21st May 1989

Another new number one, Bobby Brown for the first time, while Paul McCartney goes Top 3 not for the first time – but for 21 years to date. The Style Council go Top 5 for the second time with Long Hot Summer, while Gibson Brothers go higher than they did first time round for a third Top 10 hit.

Sealed With A Kiss is back – not the top 5 1975 reissue of the Brian Hyland original, though, it’s an inferior identical Jason Donovan cover nestling cosily next to Kylie at 13. Neneh goes to 15, Fuzzbox 20, and Cappella debut at 27 to kickstart a 90’s dance run of hits. Madonna’s back, and with a great single, expressing herself at 37, showcasing what a great album Like A Prayer is, chock full of great tracks.

Robert Palmer’s in at 39, Malcolm McLaren is waltzing at 47 – he did like mixing his musical styles – and Sinitta butchers another 1975 classic at 51. SAW obviously flicking through Hits of 1975 looking for ideas. Enya waethers some storms in Africa at 70, a pleasant new entry, and The Jacksons are back – minus Michael – sounding more like Janet than Michael. The Bible take a visit to Graceland, in the footsteps of Paul Simon presumably, but their track is pretty good.

1 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
2 ( 1 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 8 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
5 ( 14 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
6 ( 2 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
7 ( 4 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
8 ( 5 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
9 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers

10 ( 7 ) THE LOOK Roxette
11 ( 6 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
12 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
13 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
14 ( 12 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
15 ( 34 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
16 ( 10 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
17 ( 24 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
18 ( 15 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( 9 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 38 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

21 ( 13 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
22 ( 17 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
23 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 52 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
25 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 21 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
27 ( NEW ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
28 ( 19 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
29 ( 67 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
30 ( 39 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

31 ( 25 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
32 ( 20 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
33 ( 40 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
34 ( 26 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
35 ( 42 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
36 ( 49 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
37 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
38 ( 27 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
39 ( NEW ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
40 ( 47 ) FREE Stevie Wonder

41 ( 36 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
42 ( 35 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
43 ( 31 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
44 ( 30 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
45 ( 28 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
46 ( 53 ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
47 ( NEW ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
48 ( 45 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 51 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
50 ( 22 ) LULLABY The Cure

51 ( NEW ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
52 ( 48 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
53 ( 33 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
54 ( RE ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
55 ( 55 ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 32 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
58 ( 44 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
59 ( 50 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
60 ( 74 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc

61 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Reid
62 ( NEW ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
63 ( NEW ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
66 ( 29 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
67 ( NEW ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( NEW ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
69 ( 60 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
70 ( NEW ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya

71 ( 68 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
72 ( 75 ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) AGENT ’00’ SOUL The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

28th May 1989

Another week another new number one, and Paul McCartney’s first to go beyond runners-up spot since Mull Of Kintyre – he’d had at least 5 peak at 2 in between – which makes it an 11-year gap, though it was also his 5th chart-topper since the Beatles split and a minor pop gem. Madonna meanwhile gets another top 5 with a bullet, and Guns ‘n’ Roses classic 1988 single is reissued and comes back with a bang at 6, beating it’s original peak of 12. Yet another remix, yet another oldie hit, this time M and Pop Musik at 15. Happily, it was already synthtastic and the remix didn’t mess it up too much, so 10 years on a hit all over again.

Neneh Cherry and Fuzzbox get 2 top 10’s in a row, Tone Loc gets all funky rocketing up to 19, and Donna Summer meets SAW and follows-up her great topper with I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt at 22. James Bond time = hit single, invariably, and this time Licence To Kill gives Gladys Knight a welcome chart return at 39 for a 17-year run and a great Bond theme tune.

The Beautiful South debut lowly – although it’s really The Housemartins Plus and Minus members (notably minus Norman Cook) – and Youssou N’Dour debuts with Peter Gabriel. One of those three acts would get a 90’s chart-topper. Hint: Senegal. UB40 keep their run of hits up to 9 years non-stop and Led Zep enter. Actually, unlike the fabulous CCS hit version, this version of Whole Lotta Love is a plodding 80’s dance version. 75 is about right…

On the social front I had two concerts this week in 1989: Bananarama live in Southampton, though not the full Siobhan-inclusive line-up, this is the post-SAW version, which meant they had a good 8 years of hits to do, and they did them very well, surpassing my expectations actually. The concert details have faded a bit from memory (and I’m not digging out the notes of the time, will do that someday), but I recall it being camp, dancing-heavy and great fun. Top songs on the night? 1. Venus 2. Cruel Summer 3. Love Truth And Honesty

The other concert was at Wembley Arena, Elton John in concert. It was my sister-in-law’s birthday and she’d never been to a concert so it was a treat for her and for my mum (who’d also never been to one). Elton was having a low period of success (“my last album went cardboard” he quipped) quite undeservedly (he hit the big time again a year later), but he gave a great concert. Nik Kershaw was support, I’d seen him in 1984 when he was a current pop star, now his career was struggling a bit, but it boosted his current single in my charts. The stars were out in force for Elton though (we sat a few rows away from Phil Collin) and he ran through a selection of classic hits, was amusing, and was fabulous. Top 3 tracks? 1. Philadelphia Freedom 2. I’m Still Standing 3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. The last one was a surprise as it’d never been a particular fave of mine…

1 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
2 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 1 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 37 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
5 ( 4 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
6 ( NEW ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
7 ( 15 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
8 ( 6 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
9 ( 5 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
10 ( 20 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

11 ( 12 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
12 ( 10 ) THE LOOK Roxette
13 ( 7 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
14 ( 8 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
15 ( NEW ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
16 ( 13 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
18 ( 9 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 60 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
20 ( 14 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

21 ( 11 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
22 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
23 ( 17 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
24 ( 35 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
25 ( 27 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
26 ( 45 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
27 ( 47 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
28 ( 24 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
29 ( 68 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
30 ( 33 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

31 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
32 ( 18 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
33 ( 51 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
34 ( 16 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
35 ( 30 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
36 ( 39 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
37 ( 22 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
38 ( 29 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
39 ( NEW ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
40 ( 49 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen

41 ( NEW ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
42 ( 26 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
43 ( NEW ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( 19 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
45 ( 42 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
46 ( 41 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 62 ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
48 ( 63 ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
49 ( 54 ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
50 ( 38 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello

51 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
53 ( 28 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
54 ( 52 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
55 ( 31 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
56 ( 70 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( NEW ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
59 ( 36 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
60 ( NEW ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble

61 ( 44 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
62 ( 40 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
63 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
64 ( NEW ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( NEW ) THE REAL ME Wasp
67 ( 67 ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( 65 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 58 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
70 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour

71 ( NEW ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
72 ( NEW ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
73 ( 71 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Love Child Orchestra