My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


12th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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26th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.