My September 1987 Charts

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1st September 1987

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Pet Shop Boys & Dusty, as Rick Astley climbs to 3, Prince to 7, Elvis brings If I Can Dream back into the top 10 18 years on, and Dionne Warwick gets her 2nd top 10 – she would have had loads more if I’d charted earlier though. Highest new entry is the gorgeous Little Lies, Christine McVie’s best song from Fleetwood Mac’s Tango In The Night, in at 35. In a couple of weeks I’d watch the rural video in a Californian coastal motel as I drifted into a daze after accidentally taking one of my mum’s sleeping pills instead of aspirin. That ruined the next day as I largely felt icky and didn’t appreciate the stunning coastal scenery between San Fransisco and Malibu. Moral: read the packaging.

Chris Rea returns, The Housemartins make it 3 in a row, Carly Simon follows-up her comeback hit, Mick Jagger gets another solo entry 2 years after the last ones, Bon Jovi roll on, Five Star start to lose the spark, and Natalie Cole jumps back into the rundown 12 years on since she debuted – with her late dad due to debut himself by Christmas!

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
4 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
7 ( 10 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 18 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
10 ( 13 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

11 ( 7 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
12 ( 17 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
13 ( 19 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
14 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
15 ( 9 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 12 ) ALONE Heart
18 ( 27 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
19 ( 14 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
20 ( 23 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

21 ( 11 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
22 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
23 ( 33 ) CRAZY Icehouse
24 ( 21 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
25 ( 30 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
26 ( 20 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
27 ( 35 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 40 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
29 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
30 ( 15 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & Waterman

31 ( 39 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
32 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 25 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
34 ( 29 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
36 ( 32 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
37 ( 44 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
38 ( 34 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
39 ( 75 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
40 ( 43 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson

41 ( 46 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 37 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
43 ( 36 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
44 ( 72 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 49 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
46 ( 31 ) CHANGE David Grant
47 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
48 ( RE ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
49 ( 70 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
50 ( 52 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd

51 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
52 ( 51 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
53 ( 41 ) SOLD Boy George
54 ( 53 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
55 ( 48 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
56 ( 45 ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
57 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
58 ( 68 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( 63 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
60 ( 54 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black

61 ( 26 ) DEAR GOD XTC
62 ( 66 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 69 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( NEW ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
66 ( 62 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
67 ( 67 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) LIES Jonathan Butler
69 ( NEW ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
70 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 55 ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
72 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
73 ( NEW ) NEVER SAY GOODBYE Bon Jovi
74 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU’RE READY Five Star
75 ( NEW ) JUMP START Natalie Cole

1st Sept
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony
3 THIRD FINGER LEFT HAND The Pearls

8th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 1987 12″ remix of the 1969 and 1970 chart-topper from The Archies, Sugar Sugar thus grabbing the record for oldest number one to return to the top – for now. Black make it two top 10’s in a row with the sublime Wonderful Life up 6, and Cliff rockets into the top 10 19 years into his chart career, Some People being one of his rather good cool pop tracks as opposed to one of his “oh dear, not weathered-well, that one” tracks. Bowie makes it 2 top 10’s in a row from his latest LP, and The Beach Boys extend their run of top 10’s to 19 years to the week.

Highest new entry is The Bee Gees going Depeche techno, and an abrupt change in sound with the fab You Win Again in at 12 19 years to the week since they also appeared in my first-ever chart. Second highest new entry is also a future UK chart-topper, the fab innovative M/A/R/R/S and Pump Up The Volume at 35, sampling gone mad and the sound of dance future. Little Lies leaps up 20 for Fleetwood Mac, the third top 20 off Tango In The Night, as John Cougar gets his 3rd top 20 in total.

Shaky is in at 40 with a good Supremes cover, Johnny Hates Jazz heroically follow-up at 43, and Madonna’s quality-control dips a bit with Causing A Commotion at 49. Levert at 53, debuting 15 years after The O’Jays were Backstabbing on top of my charts: Lead singer Eddie Levert was dad to two of the band. Thus joining the likes of John & Julian Lennon in trailblazing dads and sons independently in my charts. Cheryl Baker is the 2nd Bucks-Fizz solo charter, with the 1969 Amen Corner chart-topper, and 8 years on from her debut as part of UK Eurovision entrants Coco in those Bad Old Days.

The Communards return, Wendy & Lisa ditto, and sneaking in is the lead track on the brand new album from Michael Jackson – a little ditty called Bad: It would actually have been much higher, but I didn’t allow album tracks in or else this week most of the album (which I bought on vinyl) would have charted, followed next week by another new album clogging up the charts and kicking out at least 15 other records. So I’ve retrospectively given it a number 76, as these days I DO allow album tracks as I should have then. On the grounds that by the time album tracks became singles I’d often long-peaked over them.

1 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 3 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
6 ( 14 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
7 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
8 ( 49 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 13 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys

11 ( 6 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
12 ( NEW ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
13 ( 20 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
14 ( 18 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 8 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
18 ( 10 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
19 ( 22 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
20 ( 27 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

21 ( 17 ) ALONE Heart
22 ( 28 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
23 ( 15 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
24 ( 9 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
25 ( 11 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
26 ( 24 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
27 ( 21 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
28 ( 39 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 19 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
30 ( 37 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( 32 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 26 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 47 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
36 ( 72 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 40 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 50 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
39 ( 33 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
40 ( NEW ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens

41 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
42 ( 38 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
43 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
44 ( 44 ) TOY BOY Sinitta
45 ( 30 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
46 ( 25 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
47 ( 42 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
48 ( 58 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
49 ( NEW ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
50 ( 65 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins

51 ( 48 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
52 ( 23 ) CRAZY Icehouse
53 ( NEW ) CASANOVA Levert
54 ( 52 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
55 ( 69 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 43 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
57 ( 29 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
58 ( 36 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
59 ( 57 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( 31 ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond

61 ( 55 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
62 ( 54 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 59 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
65 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
67 ( 68 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
68 ( 51 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
69 ( 53 ) SOLD Boy George
70 ( NEW ) HALF AS NICE Cheryl Baker

71 ( 45 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
72 ( 75 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) TOMORROW The Communards
75 ( NEW ) WATERFALL Wendy and Lisa
76 ( NEW ) BAD Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 BAD Michael Jackson
2 I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) Hot Chocolate
3 LONELY DAYS The Bee Gees

15th September 1987

It’s a second week on top for the Archies, presiding over my second flight to California – this time with my parents who had never been, but always wanted to go. I just managed to catch the new chart rundown before leaving, so there are some UK new entries – but there’s an invasion of stuff I heard on radio stations on the car stereo, as well as the new Michael Jackson album which I copied onto cassette to play in the car – I didn’t allow album tracks in my charts back then…but the bottom three all would have featured much higher had I not been limited to just listing them for my “playlist” list. So I’ve retospectively given them a slot.

Little Lies climbs fast into the top 3, a big radio hit in the States, and Climie Fisher just sneaks into the top 10, as do The Bee Gees. US radio was amazing back then: stations galore, all with differing records on rotation, DJ’s who seemed professional. I just couldnt understand why the UK had so few radio stations, and still can’t (outside London). It’s almost as if the authorities have a problem with commercial radio…

M/A/R/R/S shoot into the 20, and the highest new entry is Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam at 18, big on LA radio with Lost In Emotion. I found the exact same beach-apartment block I stayed in in 1979 with other Uni friends, which was fab – overlooking the Queen Mary. I was in US TV and radio heaven, what with all the classic 60’s shows on re-run that I hadn’t seen since a kid, stuff like Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island and many more. Huey Lewis also benefits from the radio plays, shooting up to 20, Madonna to 22, and Billy Idol enters at 27 with his fab version of Tommy James & The Shondells brilliant 1968 chart-topper Mony Mony: note this is NOT the weaker live version that was pushed in the UK, this was an all-80’s-production.

The US is some way behind on UK-sourced hits, usually, which means for me a chance to rechart them as they get a new lease of life cruising the highways and byways and sound bigger and fresh again: ABC return with When Smokey Sings at 29, Living In A Box get some 12″ action, as do Pepsi & Shirlie’s Heartache, both debuting in that format, while Swing Out Sister’s Breakout 1986 hit also returns. A hot new track that stiffed in the UK is in at 31 for The Other Ones – Holiday. So appropriate I bought the single, along with Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, in the USA on vinyl.

U2 finally go top 40 where the streets have exotic names, Gary Numan revamps his old car, given a jump start by rising natalie Cole, as the sweet Level 42 It’s Over sneaks in as I leave the UK. Starship follow-up the monster hit, and I go to Disneyland, have a ball on rollercoaster Space Mountain and see the 3D state-of-the-art Sci-fi mini-extravaganza Captain Eo aka Michael Jackson’s wannabe space hero. Great to look at and featuring a half-familiar-sounding song from his album, and one which hasn’t turned up anywhere yet. When he was acting Jacko was embarrassing, when he was singing, fab. I doubt it will be showing anytime this century again, sorry if you missed it!

1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 15 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
5 ( 4 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 10 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 13 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
9 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
10 ( 12 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 7 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
12 ( 5 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
13 ( 6 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
14 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
15 ( 35 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 11 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
17 ( 22 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
18 ( NEW ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 48 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

21 ( 20 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 49 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
24 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
25 ( 18 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
26 ( 21 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( NEW ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 19 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( RE ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
30 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

31 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
32 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
33 ( 41 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
34 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
35 ( NEW ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
38 ( 26 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
39 ( 23 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
40 ( 29 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 27 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
42 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( 25 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
44 ( 40 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
47 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
48 ( 42 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
49 ( 72 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
50 ( 24 ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley

51 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
52 ( 53 ) CASANOVA Levert
53 ( 47 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
54 ( 50 ) ME AND THE FARMER The Housemartins
55 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
56 ( 75 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
57 ( 54 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
58 ( 61 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
59 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU AGAIN Chris Rea
60 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 52 ) CRAZY Icehouse
62 ( 67 ) LIES Jonathan Butler
63 ( 45 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
64 ( 66 ) STUCK ON YOU Dee Lewis
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 65 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( 64 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
68 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Level 42
69 ( 56 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
70 ( NEW ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( 51 ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert featuring Lisa Keith
72 ( 62 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
73 ( NEW ) STOP TO LOVE Luther Vandross
74 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT OVER (TILL IT’S OVER) Starship
76 ( NEW ) WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD/ANOTHER PART OF ME (CAPTAIN EO) Michael Jackson
77 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson

22nd September 1987 California/Nevada Chart

It’s a third week on top for the 1969 chart-topper that featured on oldies stations as we drove the majestic scenery highways of deserts and Canyons – keeping it hot! This was the week that featured the Ghost Town of Calico, Las Vegas gambling, passing the Flintstones Bedrock en route to the Grand Canyon, still jawdropping if you take time to absorb the scale of it, and Death Valley, superhot and complete with Road Runners in Furnace Creek (beep! beep!). Didn’t see any Coyotes though, Wile E or otherwise.

Dionne & Jeffrey rocket back up to a new peak of 5 for the fab Love Power, and Michael Jackson’s Bad is now officially a single and returns at 4 while his 2 future singles climb just outside the 75 (but would have been way higher). M/A/R/R/S make the top 10, as I had it on cassette tape, and big US hit Holiday climbs to 11. Natalie Cole makes it 12 years of top 40 entries (albeit with little in between) & Curiosity’s Misfit is back in the 40 with substantial US radio play, outdoing the weak follow-up at 70.

Oldies returning due to airplay chart plugging include Cutting Crew, Go West and Whitney sneaks in where she hadn’t been thanks to the sunny blue skies. Even turgid ballads sound better in California. US-only hits include Smokey Robinson, now on 18 years of entries, Expose and the fab Let Me Be The One, the sound of Miami dance-future shortly to inspire the Pet Shop Boys, who make do in the meantime with the track 1 off Actually. I’m still annoyed it wasn’t a single: One More Chance was hookily fab.

60’s veterans The Grateful Dead debut with Twist Of Grey, having been talked up on Boys Of Summer’s Dead-Head Stickers lyric, Jellybean goes top 50 ahead the UK catching on to Who Found Who with Lisa Fiorillo, Crowded House follow-up a chart-topper, Laura Branigan returns a bit shattered 4 years on from Gloria, future UK hit Who Will You Run To brings Heart in a bit early, Bob Seger makes it 9 years of minor hits, and Gloria Estefan makes it 3 years of Doctor Beat-ing, just ahead of her exploding big in the UK as a solo act (but really still exactly the same Miami Sound Machine act).


1 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( RE ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 25 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
6 ( 5 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
7 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
8 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
9 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
10 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

11 ( 31 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
12 ( 14 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
13 ( 19 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
14 ( 17 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
15 ( 6 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
17 ( 21 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
18 ( 11 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
19 ( 8 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
20 ( 9 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie

21 ( 24 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
22 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
23 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
24 ( 29 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
25 ( 12 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
26 ( 16 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 23 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
29 ( 30 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
30 ( 20 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
32 ( 28 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
33 ( 49 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
34 ( RE ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
35 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL) Gary Numan
36 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
37 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
38 ( 34 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 52 ) CASANOVA Levert
40 ( 32 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

41 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
43 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
44 ( 51 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
45 ( 33 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
46 ( 55 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
47 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( 56 ) WATERFALLS Wendy and Lisa
49 ( NEW ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 46 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
53 ( 48 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 39 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
56 ( 53 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
57 ( NEW ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
58 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 57 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
62 ( NEW ) TWIST OF GREY The Grateful Dead
63 ( 41 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
64 ( 68 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
67 ( NEW ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
68 ( 45 ) LIVING IN A BOX (12” REMIX) Living In A Box
69 ( NEW ) SHATTERED GLASS Laura Branigan
70 ( 70 ) FREE Curiosity Killed The Cat

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING SO STRONG Crowded House
72 ( NEW ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
73 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
74 ( NEW ) SHAKEDOWN Bob Seger
75 ( NEW ) DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL Whitney Houston
76 ( 77 ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 78 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
78 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

29th September 1987

It’s a first week on top for the fab Little Lies, and Fleetwood Mac’s second chart-topper seven years since the mighty rhythms of Tusk topped my chart, and 19 years since Albatross first charted. Lindsey Buckingham also grabbed an extra one in 1982 with Trouble. Back in the UK after doing San Fransisco Golden Gate & Fisherman’s Wharf, Carmel, the coastal drive down to Santa Barbara and Malibu, and then home to an inrush of hot new UK music, so yet more new entries.

Gary Numan’s 1979 chart-topper as Tubeway Army is back in the top 10 alongside a remixed Cars, ABC’s follow-up hits a new peak of 12, as the previous single is back in the 20, and Shaky leaps up to 16 with his Supremes cover, one of his best singles (granted the competition is about a handful at this point). Highest new entry is from Jan Hammer, hot off the TV show ratings hit episode where Don Johnson marries Sheena Easton. I think.

The Christians return with yet another great single, at 37, Steve Winwood pops in with Valerie – it wasn’t in the same league as Higher Love, but was infinitely better than the annoying cover that topped the 21st century charts as Call On Me. A bit like Kygo isn’t anywhere near as good as the original, Whitney or not. Westworld are back with a ballad goodie that sadly under-performed, a novelty movie spin-off from Full Metal Jacket (that made a mini-legend of the late Ronald Lee Ermey) parades in, Bruce Willis gets a third 60’s cover, and Was (Not Was) get a second chart entry with the big UK hit Walk The Dinosaur – this owed quite a bit to Sly & The Family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher.

Bananarama also get a second goodie SAW-produced hit, Dusty gets a second shared credit as she helps Richard Carpenter to a first chart entry with new material since sister Karen died in 1983. Finally UB40 cover an old Jackson 5 track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
4 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 10 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
6 ( 8 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
7 ( 11 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
8 ( 6 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
9 ( 7 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
10 ( 35 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

11 ( 12 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
12 ( 28 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
13 ( 14 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
14 ( 5 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
15 ( 9 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
16 ( 58 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
17 ( 16 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
18 ( 22 ) CAUSING A COMMOTION Madonna
19 ( 13 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
20 ( 24 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 17 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
22 ( 18 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
23 ( NEW ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 19 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
25 ( 15 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
26 ( 20 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
27 ( 27 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION) Billy Idol
28 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A HERO Johnny Hates Jazz
29 ( 33 ) JUMP START Natalie Cole
30 ( 26 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

31 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
32 ( 25 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
33 ( 21 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
34 ( 36 ) LET’S WORK Mick Jagger
35 ( 29 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
36 ( 39 ) CASANOVA Levert
37 ( NEW ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
38 ( 31 ) ALONE Heart
39 ( 46 ) THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF Carly Simon
40 ( 38 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys

41 ( NEW ) VALERIE Steve Winwood
42 ( 30 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
44 ( 40 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
45 ( 49 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
46 ( 57 ) ONE HEARTBEAT Smokey Robinson
47 ( 47 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
48 ( NEW ) SILVERMAC Westworld
49 ( NEW ) FULL METAL JACKET (I WANNA BE A DRILL INSTRUCTOR) Abigail Mead & Nigel Goulding
50 ( 62 ) TOUCH OF GREY The Grateful Dead

51 ( 51 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SECRET AGENT MAN Bruce Willis
53 ( 53 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
54 ( 59 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
55 ( 34 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
56 ( 52 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
57 ( 67 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 56 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
59 ( 64 ) IT’S OVER Level 42
60 ( 60 ) HUMAN Human League

61 ( 50 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
62 ( 61 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
63 ( NEW ) THAT GIRL Freddie McGregor
64 ( 42 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
65 ( 72 ) WHO WILL YOU RUN TO Heart
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 66 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
68 ( NEW ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
69 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
70 ( NEW ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama

71 ( NEW ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( 43 ) HEARTACHE (12” REMIX) Pepsi and Shirlie
73 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter
74 ( 45 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EAGLE Abba
2 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
3 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

My Retro March 1969 Charts

1st March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Bee Gees in a static top 8, more or less, due to the sheer classicness, though The Beach Boys shoot up to 9, and Colin Blunstone gets a second top 10 of the year. Highest new entry, as usual when they have a new single out, is Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and their final release in a 3-year-run (and more) of under-appreciated varied pop dramas, in at 16. Booker T & The MG’s also enter high with their Johnny Walker lunchtime Top 30 rundown instrumental backing, & The Tempts have an old Motown reissue beating out their new stuff.

Mama Cass does a slightly-more uptempo cover of Harmony Grass’ Move In A Little Closer – and I have to say the version I know best is Mama’s as it was on the budget albums I bought in 1974 and played to death. Jazzrock classic You’ve Made Me So Very Happy also goes top 40, while lower down newies from The Hollies keep the run of hits going for another year, Sorry Suzanne was a fave of the time, Gene Pitney still good with Maria Elena, The Chambers Brothers Slytastic flop Are You Ready (much better than their big hit, I think), Gary Puckett being Gary Puckett, Paul Anka covering 3-time Five Satins 1956 hit, and future BoyzIIMen acapella cover hit in the States, In The Still Of The Night, & Monkees songwriters Boyce & Hart release the theme song to the successful campaign to reduce the voting age to 18.

Meanwhile, wot I liked in 1969 at 11 years old is quite a bit different from how I feel about them 50 years later in quite a few cases…..

1 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
2 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers ( peak 1 )
3 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell ( peak 3 )
4 ( 5 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The Fifth Dimension ( peak 4 )
5 ( 4 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner ( peak 4 )
6 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt ( peak 1 )
7 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner ( peak 1 )
8 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe ( peak 1 )
9 ( 32 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys ( peak 9 )
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone ( peak 10 )

11 ( 16 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison ( peak 11 )
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin ( peak 9 )
13 ( 11 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone ( peak 8 )
14 ( 10 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips ( peak 10 )
15 ( 13 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees ( peak 1 )
16 ( NEW ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ( peak 16 )
17 ( 24 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield ( peak 17 )
18 ( 23 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan ( peak 18 )
19 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye ( peak 1 )
20 ( 15 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas ( peak 7 )

21 ( 14 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( peak 5 )
22 ( 19 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac ( peak 2 )
23 ( 20 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies ( peak 4 )
24 ( 22 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan ( peak 1 )
25 ( 21 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren ( peak 9 )
26 ( 29 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black ( peak 26 )
27 ( 18 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass ( peak 18 )
28 ( NEW ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s ( peak 28 )
29 ( 25 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell ( peak 1 )
30 ( 37 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair ( peak 30 )

31 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations ( peak 31 )
32 ( 26 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies ( peak 4 )
33 ( 35 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw ( peak 33 )
34 ( 31 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick ( peak 18 )
35 ( 39 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles ( peak 35 )
36 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees ( peak 36 )
37 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass ( peak 37 )
38 ( 30 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move ( peak 2 )
39 ( 34 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett ( peak 16 )
40 ( 54 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears ( peak 40 )

41 ( 27 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps ( peak 27 )
42 ( 52 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard ( peak 42 )
43 ( 40 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 1 )
44 ( 56 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles ( peak 44 )
45 ( 28 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson ( peak 28 )
46 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies ( peak 46 )
47 ( 55 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant ( peak 47 )
48 ( 38 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits ( peak 6 )
49 ( 60 ) HAIR The Cowsills ( peak 49 )
50 ( 46 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South ( peak 7 )

51 ( 45 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture ( peak 2 )
52 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers ( peak 3 )
53 ( 64 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers ( peak 53 )
54 ( 43 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann ( peak 5 )
55 ( 33 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes ( peak 29 )
56 ( 57 ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs ( peak 56 )
57 ( 41 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits ( peak 26 )
58 ( 68 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone ( peak 58 )
59 ( NEW ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney ( peak 59 )
60 ( 71 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge ( peak 60 )
61 ( 51 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics ( peak 5 )

62 ( 69 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros ( peak 62 )
63 ( NEW ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson ( peak 63 )
64 ( 73 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas ( peak 64 )
65 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers ( peak 65 )
66 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles ( peak 1 )
67 ( 72 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield ( peak 67 )
68 ( 74 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations ( peak 68 )
69 ( 44 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites ( peak 44 )
70 ( 50 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder ( peak 50 )

71 ( 42 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium ( peak 42 )
72 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ( peak 72 )
73 ( NEW ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka ( peak 73 )
74 ( NEW ) MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY The Spiral Staircase ( peak 74 )
75 ( NEW ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ( peak 75 )

1st Mar Retro-Then

1 ( 1 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

8th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for Glen Campbell’s classic Jimmy Webb song, the third in the trilogy of sweeping Americana, and all 3 chart-toppers. In 2 and a half years of retro charting, Glen has had 13 chart entries – with loads still to come virtually till the day he died. The 5th Dimension beat their previous chart peak of 4 (Stoned Soul Picnic), Dave Dee & co get a 5th top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, and Bob & Earl enter at 10 with the classic Harlem Shuffle. Younger folk expect to hear Jump Around from that intro, a good record but not AS good as Bob & Earl – for an example of how good it is you only need refer to the Rolling Stones pedestrian cover version by way of comparison.

Mama Cass equals Harmony Grass in getting Move In A Little Closer top 20, her 5th of 13 “hits” including Mamas & Papas, while Ray Stevens is back – his 4th entry, but his first reversion back to his earlier (pre-charting) comedy record era – Gitarzan is just great good-natured fun, maybe not endlessly playable, but then novelty records pall quickly on repetition. I’ve never got bored with this one, though, since I bought his Greatest Hits in 1975. At 57, the classy Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine bring their early 60’s ballad back into the charts (so many oldies!), while Gary Lewis returns from his time away in Vietnam after being drafted, with a very good cover of Rhythm Of The Rain – probably with a vocal assist, given the rubbish result when he insisted doing lead vocal without overdubbing. Obviously being the son of Jerry Lewis meant nothing to the Draft Board unless you could pay for a doctor to sign you unfit with Bone-spurs….

In at 52, it’s Eurovision time, Lulu gets the chalice, and I recall watching the 6 songs that were voted for. I think I liked Boom Bang-A-Bang best, though it’s all a little hazy – Poor young Elton John/Bernie Taupin failed to win the vote with I Can’t Go On Living Without You (a better song, probably). Still they did better than Lloyd-Webber/Rice’s King Herod’s Song (with different lyrics) which didn’t make the final 6. Back in those days quality songwriters lined-up to write our entries. These days a dustman can throw one together cos hit production-line songwriters haven’t got time to take away from lucrative collabs with Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Adele & the rest.

My Way enters for ol’ Blue Eyes. As my preference has always been for Nancy, you don’t have to worry about this rattling around my charts for the next 3 years, like the UK charts. Phew! It might be his signature tune, and I liked it a lot at the time, but it’s nowhere near his best record. It is great for fab singers to show off their pipes in karaoke bars though. Grazing In The Grass, a vocal version this time, outdoes Hugh Masekela’s peak of 70, from The Friends Of Distinction, It’s Only Love (yet another future Elvis hit cover) debuts for B.J. Thomas – his 3rd – and King Curtis impressively involves an Allman Brother for his instrumental cover of the still-charting Joe South song.

It’s a 9th entry for Tommy James & co, Sweet Cherry Wine not one I’m that familiar with actually, Jackie Wilson gets another Eugene Record Chi-Lites gift, and Vikki Carr covers Billy Vera’s With Pen In Hand which peaked at 45 in 1968 here. The Foundations get another entry, good but no Buttercup or Baby Now That…and that concludes the spiel!

1 ( 3 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
2 ( 1 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
3 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 3
4 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
5 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
6 ( 16 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 6
7 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
8 ( 11 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 8
9 ( 6 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
10 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 10

11 ( 8 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
12 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
13 ( 18 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 10 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
15 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
16 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
17 ( 13 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
18 ( 31 ) GET READY The Temptations # 18
19 ( 15 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
20 ( 37 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 20

21 ( 28 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 21
22 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
23 ( 30 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 19 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 35 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 25
26 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
27 ( 24 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
28 ( 22 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
29 ( 23 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
30 ( 36 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30

31 ( 21 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
32 ( 26 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
33 ( 25 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
34 ( 29 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
35 ( 40 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
36 ( 42 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 36
37 ( 44 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 37
38 ( 27 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
39 ( 46 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 39
40 ( 32 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

41 ( 34 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
42 ( 33 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
43 ( NEW ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 43
44 ( 53 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 44
45 ( 38 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
46 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 46
47 ( 49 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 47
48 ( 43 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
49 ( 59 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 49
50 ( 47 ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant # 47

51 ( 39 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett # 16
52 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 52
53 ( 65 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 53
54 ( 58 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 60 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 55
56 ( 52 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
57 ( NEW ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 57
58 ( 41 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps # 27
59 ( 64 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
60 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 60

61 ( 63 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 61
62 ( 50 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South # 7
63 ( 51 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture # 2
64 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 64
65 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 65
66 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 66
67 ( 68 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 67
68 ( 72 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 68
69 ( 73 ) IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT Paul Anka # 69
70 ( 75 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 70

71 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 71
72 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 73
74 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) WITH PEN IN HAND Vikki Carr # 75

(# = peak position)

RETRO THEN

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

 

16th March 1969

It’s a first week on top for The 5th Dimension, their first chart-topper, with the Hair Medley, as the title song becomes the 3rd song from the musical to go top 30 for The Cowsills. Highest new entry is in at 10 for Desmond Dekker, outdoing 007 in fell swoop as his famous ska classic out-performs new entries from Stevie Wonder (My Cherie Amour, a fave of mine at the time, as was Desmond’s) and The Who’s Tommy single Pinball Wizard, at 25 and 34 respectively. It’s The Who’s 3rd top 40, and Stevie’s 4th. Pinball Wizard would be back in 1973 for the New Seekers, and top my charts in 1976 for Elton John’s single from the film of Tommy, platform shoes galore.

Both Ray Stevens gets a 3rd top 40 with Gitarzan and The Isley Brothers a 4th with It’s Your Thing. The Trems return with Hello World, their 9th chart entry, as The Flying Burrito Brothers debut with a future Elvis Costello cover. Lulu enters with her Elton John song that failed to get voted in to be the UK entry for Eurovision, and Les Troubadours (etc) sneak in with a song that couldnt in a million years ever chart in these 2-dimensional chart days, yet sold enough after appearing in the film If…., the counter-culture X-Rated Palm D’Ors winner at Cannes. Set in a public school, I remember seeing it for the first time late one evening in the mid-70’s when this track came on. I knew the tune, but didn’t know I knew the tune – if you know what I mean. I got hold of it on a budget “Hits of 1968” vinyl album soon after and it clicked. So what is it? It’s a 1958 Katanga province vocal version and African-styled musical version of a Latin mass originating from the Missa Luba, a Democratic Republic Of Congo religious piece written by Father Guido Haazen, a Belgian Franciscan friar. So now you know….!

 

1 ( 3 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( 1 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 2 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
5 ( 4 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
6 ( 8 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
7 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 7
8 ( 5 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
9 ( 7 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
10 ( NEW ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 10

11 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
12 ( 11 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
13 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
14 ( 12 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
15 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations # 15
16 ( 20 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
17 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
18 ( 14 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
19 ( 25 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
20 ( 21 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 20

21 ( 19 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
22 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
23 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 23
24 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
25 ( NEW ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 25
26 ( 22 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
27 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
28 ( 47 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 28
29 ( 37 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
30 ( 27 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1

31 ( 43 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
32 ( 39 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 32
33 ( 36 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 34
35 ( 34 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
36 ( 29 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
37 ( 57 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 37
38 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
39 ( 44 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 39
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2

41 ( 46 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 41
42 ( 35 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
43 ( 49 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 52 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 44
45 ( 30 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
46 ( 31 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
47 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 47
48 ( 32 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
49 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 49
50 ( 40 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

51 ( 33 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren # 9
52 ( 53 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 52
53 ( 48 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
54 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 54
55 ( 41 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick # 18
56 ( 45 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2
57 ( 67 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 57
58 ( 60 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 58
59 ( 61 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 64 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass # 18
62 ( 66 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 62
63 ( 65 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 63
64 ( 56 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers # 3
65 ( 59 ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) Jamo Thomas # 59
66 ( NEW ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 66
67 ( 68 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( 70 ) L.U.V. (LET US VOTE) Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart # 68
69 ( 73 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 69
70 ( 71 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE B.J. Thomas # 70

71 ( 72 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY King Curtis & The Kingpins featuring Duane Allman # 71
72 ( NEW ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( 42 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw # 33
74 ( 74 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Jackie Wilson # 74
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GO ON LIVING WITHOUT YOU Lulu # 75

wot I liked that week then


1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

 

22nd March 1969

It’s a brand new entry in at 1 for Simon & Garfunkel getting their first, but not last, chart-topper with the epic, moody story-song brilliance that is The Boxer. I learnt the words by heart, and it sets up one of the greatest albums of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water) quite nicely bearing in mind the B side is also new in at 27, the jolly Baby Driver. Our neighbours in Singapore a year or so later, The Overtons, loaned us the album so I could record my fave tracks onto reel-to-reel, and I eventually bought it in 1976 and played it to death.

The Who get a might Tommy climb into the top 10, Stevie Wonder & The Cowsills add to their top 20 list, and The Trems get a high climb to 30, leaving the highest new entry that isn’t a Paul Simon song to Clodagh Rodgers debut hit Come Back & Shake Me at 40, one of two female vocal pop songs I was mad on in April of that year: t’other one is yet to enter. Kenny Young wrote the song, he of Captain Of Your Ship, Under The Boardwalk, and future hits for Fox and Yellow Dog, among many. The Ronettes enter with a future 1972 chart hit for The Pearls – You Came You Saw You Conquered, was one Fluff Freeman plugged on his chart show quite a bit (I recorded the shows in those days, at least in part), and I never knew it was a Ronettes Phil Spector song. Well, he’s on the credits at any rate, more likely it was written by the others: Toni Wine & Irwin Levine. Toni had co-written Groovy Kind Of Love, was about to join The Archies (that’s her singing on Sugar Sugar). She & Irwin went on to write Black Pearl, Candida & What Are You Doing Sunday for Dawn. Toni sang on Knock Three Times too, before they grabbed some backing singers for the rest of their chart career.

Andy Williams beats out the slower Petula Clark version of Happy Heart. Always a bit of a catchy tune that one. James Last wrote it. I’m not kidding! At 63 Johnny Thunder enters with a song I have never heard before, I’m Alive is fuzzy aggressive funkrock, and rather good, Shirley MacLaine & Sammy Davis Jr both enter with tracks from the Sweet Charity film soundtrack, I regularly have seen the movie clips in a Gran Canaria bar called Centre Stage over the last 15 years. Debbie Taylor debuts with another newie to me, a decent soul ballad, The Marbles get a soundalike follow-up, another Brothers Gibb song, and again Graham Bonnet on vocal. Finally lowest newie is Canadian band The Guess Who. Who? Better known as half of Bachman-Turner Overdrive these days (Randy Bachman).


1 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
3 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
4 ( 1 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
5 ( 7 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 5
6 ( 4 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
7 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
8 ( 10 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 8
9 ( 34 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 9
10 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6

11 ( 8 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
12 ( 9 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
14 ( 15 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
16 ( 25 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 16
17 ( 13 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
18 ( 20 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
19 ( 28 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 23 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

21 ( 14 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
22 ( 16 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
23 ( 17 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
24 ( 21 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
25 ( 18 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
26 ( 19 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
27 ( NEW ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 27
28 ( 32 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 22 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
30 ( 49 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 30

31 ( 27 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 24 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
33 ( 26 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
34 ( 30 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
35 ( 29 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
36 ( 37 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 36
37 ( 39 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
38 ( 44 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 38
39 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
40 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 40

41 ( 35 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
42 ( 31 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
43 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 43
44 ( 33 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
45 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 45
46 ( 62 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 46
47 ( 57 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 47
48 ( NEW ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 48
49 ( 36 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
50 ( 54 ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone # 50

51 ( 52 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
52 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
53 ( 38 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas # 7
54 ( 42 ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears # 35
55 ( 63 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 55
56 ( 66 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 56
57 ( 58 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 57
58 ( NEW ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 58
59 ( 59 ) YOU’D BETTER GO Nancy Wilson # 59
60 ( 60 ) DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dusty Springfield # 60

61 ( 53 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
62 ( 45 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees # 30
63 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 63
64 ( NEW ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 64
65 ( 48 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black # 26
66 ( 69 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 66
67 ( 67 ) DON’T GIVE IN TO HIM Gary Puckett & The Union Gap # 67
68 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 68
69 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 69
70 ( 50 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies # 4

71 ( 46 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
72 ( 72 ) SANCTUS (FROM MISSA LUBA) Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 73
74 ( NEW ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 74
75 ( 56 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move # 2

Then charts wot I liked
1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

 

29th March 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Boxer as the B side drives up 12 for Simon & Garfunkel, and Harlem Shuffle moves into runners-up. Highest new entry is the track I was mad on for at least the whole of April 1969, more than any other record about, Mary Hopkin’s 2nd hit, and a gift of a song from Paul McCartney – Goodbye is a record I managed to buy 8 years later, on Apple Records – and in at 9. Desmond Dekker is top 5, and Stevie Wonder top 10, Clodagh Rodgers being a sizeable leap up to 20.

Johnny Nash’s reggae cover of Sam Cooke brings Cupid straight into the 40, while The Ronettes, The Foundations, Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations, Don Partridge & Gene Pitney all find a gap at last to enter the 40. Only The Ronettes are debuts as acts (though they would have topped with Be My Baby, had my charts started earlier). In at 43, it’s another great pop soul song better-known in a later cover – by The Carpenters – the fab Hurting Each Other for Ruby & The Romantics, one-time Our Day Will Come hitsters.

The late great Scott Walker is back with his great version of If You Go Away, 5 years ahead of Terry Jack’s very breathless cover hit, while Percy Sledge returns with Ronnie Milsapp’s Any Day Now, a great song which was tucked away on the B Side of the 2nd single I ever bought (In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley) and one I played to death from September 1969 onwards in Singapore. Elvis’ version is way better, though this one is nice.

Sly & The family Stone & Martha & The Vandellas both knock their current hits out my chart in favour of new ones, The Equals return with Eddy Grant’s slipper-tree. I’ve no idea what that is. Junior Walker is also running back, while there are debuts for some 70’s stalwarts – James Taylor, he of the low-key singer-songwriter folkie with the eyes girls went for, enters with Carolina In My Mind; Tony Orlando, one-time Bless You 60’s popster, and future Dawn headliner, is in with I Was A Boy under a fake name (shades of Colin Blunstone!) and lastly John Stewart, songwriter of Daydream Believer, enters with July You’re A Woman, the original of the less-good Pat Boone version charting in April in the USA. A decade later John’d strike chart Gold.

1 ( 1 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 5 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
3 ( 2 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
4 ( 3 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
5 ( 8 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 5
6 ( 4 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
8 ( 6 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
9 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 9
10 ( 16 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 10

11 ( 7 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
12 ( 27 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 12
13 ( 10 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
14 ( 14 ) GET READY The Temptations # 14
15 ( 12 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
16 ( 11 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
17 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
18 ( 15 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
19 ( 19 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
20 ( 40 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 20

21 ( 18 ) TIME IS TIGHT Booker T & The MG’s # 18
22 ( 30 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes # 22
23 ( 17 ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan # 13
24 ( 48 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 24
25 ( 21 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
26 ( 24 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
27 ( 22 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Mama Cass # 16
28 ( 28 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies # 28
29 ( 38 ) BOOM BANG-A-BANG Lulu # 29
30 ( 20 ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair # 20

31 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield # 15
32 ( 25 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone # 10
33 ( 36 ) PASSING STRANGERS Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine # 33
34 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 43 ) MARIA ELENA (I’M GOING TO WAR) Gene Pitney # 35
36 ( 34 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
37 ( 45 ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge # 37
38 ( 47 ) I’LL TRY SOMETHING NEW Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations # 38
39 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 39
40 ( 46 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations # 40

41 ( 26 ) HEY BULLDOG The Beatles # 19
42 ( 29 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin # 9
43 ( NEW ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 43
44 ( 33 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips # 10
45 ( 41 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
46 ( 56 ) HOT BURRITO #1 (I’M YOUR TOY) Flying Burrito Brothers # 46
47 ( 55 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS The Friends Of Distinction # 47
48 ( 39 ) RHYTHM OF THE RAIN Gary Lewis & The Playboys # 39
49 ( 37 ) IT’S YOUR THING The Isley Brothers # 37
50 ( 58 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 32 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone # 8
52 ( 63 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 52
53 ( 74 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 53
54 ( 57 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra # 54
55 ( 35 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW The Beatles # 29
56 ( 64 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 56
57 ( 49 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies # 4
58 ( 68 ) NEVER GONNA LET HIM KNOW Debbie Taylor # 58
59 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Sammy Davis Jr # 59
60 ( NEW ) IF YOU GO AWAY Scott Walker # 60

61 ( 52 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac # 2
62 ( 66 ) SWEET CHERRY WINE Tommy James & The Shondells # 62
63 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard # 33
64 ( 61 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes # 1
65 ( 51 ) ARE YOU READY The Chambers Brothers # 51
66 ( 73 ) THE WALLS FELL DOWN The Marbles # 66
67 ( NEW ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( NEW ) ANY DAY NOW Percy Sledge # 68
69 ( 42 ) GITARZAN Ray Stevens # 31
70 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WAS A BOY (WHEN YOU NEEDED A MAN) Billy Shields aka Tony Orlando # 71
72 ( NEW ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 72
73 ( NEW ) (WE’VE GOT) HONEY LOVE Martha & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) (I’M A) ROAD RUNNER Junior Walker & The All Stars # 74
75 ( NEW ) JULY YOU’RE A WOMAN John Stewart # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

My Retro July 1968 Charts

6th July 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the epic Last Night In Soho, holding off a challenge from the equally epic Dusty Springfield song I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, my all-time fave Dusty song of many close challengers. Not only are these 2 of my fave songs of 1968, the 60’s, but easily right up there in my all-time list. How much do I love the music of this period? Well, Jackie Wilson enters at only 17 with the brilliant my-actual-chart 1972 top 10, 1975 top 30 and 1987 chart-topper, I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Mama Cass topped my chart in 1997 and is only at 6, Steppenwolf did it in the 90’s and yet can only hold at 18. Just fantastic records all.

In at 34, a song I’ve always loved – but never heard the original before! In comes Jerry Jeff Walker at 34, it’s writer. Robbie Williams did a fab cover, among many like Sammy Davis Jr. Martha Reeves and The O’Jays have good climbs into the 40 as the lower end of the chart is awash with goodies new to me, and familiar both. Tammy Wynette scrapes into the 50 – it did slightly better in 1975 when I only compiled a 50 so that’s a handy yardstick for 1968 retro charts. P.P. Arnold’s good, but not as good as Merrilee Rush’s, version of Angel Of The Morning is in at 58, Bobby Vinton’s good, but not as good as Bully Fury’s, version of Goffin & King’s Halfway To Paradise is in at 68, and The Nice’s ELP-ish (not surprisingly) good, but not as good as the movie soundtrack’s, version of America is at 73, and Otis Redding’s, and just as good as The Black Crowe’s, version of Hard To Handle is at 72.

Some familiar fab soul from The Four Tops enters at 62, and unfamiliar enters at 64 for Curtis Mayfield & chums, and some Stevie “sounding familiar but not” Wonder at 75, leaving just some brand new to me Bubblegum from 1910 Fruitgum Co. at 70. I think I’ve overdosed on Simon Says over the 50 years, cos 1, 2, 3 Red Light sounds much fresher, and makes me feel 10 years old without having ever heard it in 1968. Bizarre!

1 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( NEW ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 3 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 12 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 4 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
8 ( 9 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10 ( 5 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
12 ( 8 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 20 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
15 ( 17 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
16 ( 10 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
17 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
18 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 15 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
20 ( 16 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

21 ( 14 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
22 ( 19 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
23 ( 32 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
24 ( 21 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
25 ( 22 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
26 ( 23 ) NEXT Scott Walker
27 ( 24 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
28 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
30 ( 39 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s

31 ( 25 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
33 ( 31 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
34 ( NEW ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
35 ( 34 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
36 ( 35 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 33 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
38 ( 54 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
39 ( 60 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
40 ( 38 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 36 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
42 ( 30 ) BOY Lulu
43 ( 37 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
44 ( 29 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
45 ( 47 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
46 ( 40 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
47 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 44 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 45 ) VALLERI The Monkees
50 ( 56 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

51 ( 41 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
52 ( 59 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
53 ( 58 ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
54 ( 52 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
55 ( 46 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
56 ( 63 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
57 ( 42 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
58 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
59 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
60 ( 57 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 43 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
62 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
63 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
64 ( NEW ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 67 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
66 ( 75 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 71 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
68 ( NEW ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
69 ( 69 ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( NEW ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 50 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
72 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding
73 ( NEW ) AMERICA The Nice
74 ( 53 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
75 ( NEW ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

 

13th July 1968

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s most fabulous vocal performance and melodramatic song – in my very first retro chart compiled when I got hold of a book of charts in the 70’s – Sept 1968 was my starting point – Dusty was still hanging in the UK charts and so started off at 2 before dropping out as she fell out of the UK charts (strictly based on the UK charts in those days). Most likely she would have had a good 5 chart-toppers by this point had I started earlier. Rival girliepop chanteuse Petula is back again with another of her classic Hatch/Trent tunes in at 4, quite probably my all-time fave of hers give or take Downtown or in recent years the fab cool Cut Copy which topped my chart a few years back. An obsession of mine from Singapore reel-to-reel days, Don’t Give Up is all sweeping strings and stirring melody.

Jackie Wilson enters my top 10 with the ever-recurrent classic, The Moody Blues get a 2nd top 10 with one I didn’t know until recently, and one of The Beach Boys best late-60’s post-Brian tracks is in at 22, Do It Again, nostalgia slipping in for the old surfer days. Tom Jones is also back again with another goodie, at 32, Help Yourself was upbeat and jolly and ol Tom flung ’em out with ease those days. Big climbs into the 40 for The Four Tops, The Toys and P. P. Arnold replacing the original Angel Of the Morning.

A Fleetwood Mac blues classic enters at 42, a future Kirsty MacColl hit enters at 46 for The Kinks – remarkably a record I don’t associate with 1968 at all, just don’t recall it being around then. One I very much DO associate with the Summer of ’68 is Sunshine Girl at 48 for Herman’s Hermits. There was an alternate playground version which ran rampant in the Junior School and area I lived in at the time. It went “Sunshine Girl I’m Looking down your bra, I see 2 round things, I wonder what they are, will you invite me, to squeeze them tightly – not bloody likely, my Sunshine Girl!” You had to be 10 years old, I guess…..

Some fab James Brown, some fab Bill Medley, some good Archie Bell, some good Ray Stevens, and some decent enough Bobby Vancouver, Nancy Sinatra & The Rascals bring them all back into my charts. That leaves a debut from Flavor. Who? No idea but they sound like Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ morphed with bubblegum, and that’s a reasonable reason to chart it.

1 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 5 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 17 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 23 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 7 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
12 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
13 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
14 ( 15 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
15 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 11 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
17 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 9 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
19 ( 14 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
20 ( 19 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 16 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
22 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
23 ( 20 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 22 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
25 ( 21 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
27 ( 25 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
28 ( 24 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
29 ( 34 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
30 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie

31 ( 26 ) NEXT Scott Walker
32 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
33 ( 38 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
34 ( 29 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
35 ( 62 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
36 ( 27 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
37 ( 39 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
38 ( 58 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
39 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 35 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

41 ( 36 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 40 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
44 ( 64 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
45 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
46 ( NEW ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 32 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
48 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 31 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
50 ( 48 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 49 ) VALLERI The Monkees
52 ( 68 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
53 ( 59 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
54 ( 37 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
55 ( 56 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
56 ( 66 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
57 ( 67 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( 46 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
59 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
60 ( 54 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

61 ( 60 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 42 ) BOY Lulu
63 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
64 ( 75 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
65 ( 41 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
66 ( 70 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
67 ( 51 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
70 ( 72 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
72 ( 43 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
73 ( NEW ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GOT TO FREE The Rascals

 

20th July 1968

It’s a second week on top for Dusty in a quiet week for new entries, thankfully, giving great songs a chance to reach at least a chart position that is more deserving than the one’s they are being forced to accept. Most of my top 20 has been, or would have been if reissued, chart-toppers as oldies. It’s not just the sheer volume of great tracks, it’s the variety musically, something that modern streaming-based charts lack. I suspect growing up in an era of innovative new music across a whole spectrum, and coming across music from a wide variety of cultures in Singapore, is the reason i find the one-dimensional nature of the worldwide streaming hits a bit frustrating. Still great records in there, but many more don’t become hits like they used to.

Steppenwolf go top 10, as does Roy Orbison, technically for the first time, though it really isn’t as Pretty Woman would have topped my 6-year-old-me charts for weeks, I was obsessed with it. The Beach Boys go top 20, as is the norm, as they Do It Again, and Andy Williams covers The Impossible Dream, following in the shoes of Glen Campbell, from his then-latest album and a 2017 TV advert backdrop which worked very well. Andy was pure class when he did covers (as he usually did), crooning with style and it’s a great dramatic song and performance.

Fleetwood Mac soar into the 30, and James Brown calms down the funk to my approval, a sort of 50’s retro soul combo which works well as it cries it’s way into the 40. Bill Medley hits the emotional power soul button and leaps up too, as Bobby Vinton’s sweet cover of Halfway To Paradise isn’t far behind. Another week, another Marvin & Tammi new entry, and another great one: one of the big surprises to me of doing these retro charts is just how many hits they had, and how good they were. Pretty much from my 70’s onwards viewpoint it was The bloody Onion Song and that was it, until a few acts started covering them. Outrageous that they should hit big with one of their most annoying records in the UK.

Ray Stevens gets a 2nd chart entry hot on the heels of his serious re-record of Funny Man. Mr. Businessman was a nice spot of social commentary for the time, and still remains ideologically relevant. Canned Heat debut with On The Road Again – one I quite liked at the time, but always had slight problems with the vocal style. I’ve grown to like the late Alan Wilson vocals these days, tragically dead in 1970. Timebox cover the Four Seasons – well, who hasn’t – and Beggin’ went from being quite obscure to being one of their most-famous songs in the 21st century, following Jersey Boys and a Madcon hit cover version. Fab song, this version is decent enough. Patti Drew debuts, groovily, and lastly Nirvana grab a second much-lesser track on the chart. It’s OK but no Rainbow Chaser.

1 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
5 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
8 ( 6 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 13 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
10 ( 12 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

11 ( 7 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
12 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
13 ( 11 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
14 ( 22 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
15 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
17 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
19 ( 18 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
20 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 19 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
22 ( 21 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
23 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 35 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 32 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 29 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
28 ( 42 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 37 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
30 ( 38 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 24 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
32 ( 27 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
33 ( 59 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
34 ( 63 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 28 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
36 ( 30 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
37 ( 31 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 52 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
39 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 25 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

41 ( 44 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
42 ( 34 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
43 ( 26 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
44 ( 36 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
45 ( 48 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 40 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
48 ( 41 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
49 ( 53 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 43 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

51 ( 55 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
52 ( 33 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 56 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
54 ( 50 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 45 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
56 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
57 ( 57 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( NEW ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 51 ) VALLERI The Monkees
60 ( 64 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

61 ( 69 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
62 ( 66 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
63 ( 61 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
64 ( 73 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
65 ( 60 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
66 ( 71 ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 47 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
68 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
70 ( 70 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ Timebox
72 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
73 ( 58 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
74 ( 74 ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PENTECOST HOTEL Nirvana

 

27th July 1968

It’s back up to number one for Last Night In Soho, epic melodrama of the first order, and a record I never get bored with, not ever. 3 weeks on top, and so under-rated (or rather, unknown) in the wider world. When I started this re-charting, I assumed in the final weeks leading up to the point that my own charts started (with Hey Jude) that The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys would be straight in at 1, just as they topped the UK charts. Oops! The actual competition is way harder than that, so the Bee Gees enter at 7 with their classic story of a man on death row (a popular 60’s theme), and The Beach Boys are idling at 10, both records topped my charts in later decades.

One that has never been a reissued classic re-entry is in at 4 for Nilsson, the future Midnight Cowboy classic stiffed almost everywhere this week in 1968 in terms of charts, but Everybody’s Talking is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of all-time, so good the Beautiful South had a good old go at it too in the 90’s. Nilsson’s 2nd top 10, following on from One. Andy Williams cover of The Impossible Dream follows Glen Campbell’s cover into the 20, and The O’Jays get a first top 20, and very much not the last. Big climbs for Marvin & Tammi, as always into the 40, and Ray Stevens’ Mr. Businessman.

New entries lower down for Amen Corner’s High In The Sky, still bold and brassy and uptempo, and one I liked a lot at the time, The Who with Magic Bus, their best track since I Can See For Miles, Deep Purple debut with their hit US cover of Hush, all psychedelic as opposed to blues rock like Billy Joe Royal’s version. Martha Reeves & co drop out the chart – but also enter with I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing, a future UK hit for Betty Boo & Beastmasters, Billie Davis is back and charts a 3rd version of Angel Of The Morning inside the 75, a song that it’s hard to ruin and is open to any interpretation. The Chambers Brothers big (future) Viet-Nam psychedelic anthem pops in, Jackie De Shannon covers The Band and beats them to it, and Sly & co replace Life with M’Lady.

1 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
6 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
9 ( 7 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 14 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 11 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
13 ( 10 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 13 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 9 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
16 ( 12 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
17 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
18 ( 27 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
19 ( 29 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
20 ( 16 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel

21 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
23 ( 18 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
24 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
28 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 19 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
30 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 22 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
32 ( 33 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
33 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 56 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
36 ( 32 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 38 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
38 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
39 ( 31 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
40 ( 41 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

41 ( 36 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
42 ( 35 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
43 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
44 ( NEW ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
45 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 51 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
48 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys

51 ( 47 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
52 ( 48 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
55 ( 44 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
56 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
57 ( 54 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
58 ( 61 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 60 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
60 ( 62 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

61 ( 43 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
62 ( 64 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
63 ( 59 ) VALLERI The Monkees
64 ( NEW ) MAGIC BUS The Who
65 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
66 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
67 ( NEW ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
69 ( 72 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
70 ( 71 ) BEGGIN’ Timebox

71 ( 55 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
72 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
73 ( NEW ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers
74 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
75 ( NEW ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

My 2016 Charts Sep-Dec

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It’s Robbie Williams for a 7th week, I’m still loving the romantic gorgeousness of When You Know, as his current UK sales top 10 Love My Life drops out after peaking at 70. It’s clear which one I prefer! The Weeknd goes up to both 2 and 3, current single at 3, and I hope a future single at 2. Highest new entry in the thankfully-reduced-to-75 chart is at 5, Kaiser Chiefs best single in 7 years, We Stay Together – their 8th top 10, and trailing only their 3 chart-toppers – is oddly constructed, a disco belter, and more of a duet with producers’ Xenomania’s receptionist. She’s great!

Vaults get a second top 10 with Randy Crawford’s 1980 top tenner, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Kylie and Sigma add to their list of top 20’s, and ABC grab their 7th top 40 of 2016, a record for them, and it’s a proper good ol (under-appreciated) Christmas song to join the oldie festive goodies. Barry Gibb gets his first solo top 40 track in over 30 years, Grouplove get a belated second top 40, and new entry with the uplifting fab Good Morning. Kungs’ third top 40 of the year, Betsy’s second, and Imagine Dragons new entry at 40, taken from the unfairly-slagged-off fab movie Passengers – criticisms seem to based on moral issues (which is the whole point of the film) rather than for sci-fi blockbuster expectations. Levitate is their 5th or 6th since their debut chart-topper hit, Radioactive.

Little Mix and Charlie Puth are both back, jointly, on a good track, and The Dave Clark 5 also bring Glad All Over back to my charts for the first time since 1993. The 1964 UK chart-topper ended the Beatles domination of the UK charts over Autumn 1963/New Year 1964, and I loved it as a 6-year-old, and also Dave Clark and co’s thumping drums. Sadly almost all their hits predate my charts (though they would have had many), though they were there early on over autumn 1968 with the top 5 fave The Red Balloon (one Dave seems to have excommunicated from hits packages). The record has charted at 4 in the Uk sales chart (31 on streaming-included) following a Rangers FC campaign.

1 1 1 7 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1190000
2 3 2 5 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 515000
3 4 3 5 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 249400
4 5 4 10 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 327350
5 80 5 2 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 64000
6 6 6 5 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 194750
7 7 3 6 REDBONE Childish Gambino 321400
8 8 8 4 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 176000
9 2 2 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 275000
10 15 10 7 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 148500

11 14 11 4 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 87000
12 17 12 7 MAGNETISED Garbage 123100
13 10 10 7 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 172600
14 13 5 7 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 323000
15 9 6 8 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 281450
16 12 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
17 18 2 15 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 829000
18 20 18 4 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 60500
19 24 19 7 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 131600
20 26 20 5 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 86400

21 11 1 15 HURTS Emeli Sande 1154750
22 19 9 13 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 263000
23 32 14 9 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 160650
24 25 24 9 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 132900
25 35 25 8 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 109700
26 60 26 2 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 28500
27 29 27 7 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 94300
28 23 1 14 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 992750
29 34 29 4 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 53700
30 30 30 4 ALONE Alan Walker 43000

31 37 19 7 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 130000
32 54 32 4 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 37800
33 52 33 7 DAMN Red Rosamond 79900
34 22 1 9 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 786100
35 78 35 2 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 21900
36 16 7 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 175400
37 NEW 37 1 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 17300
38 44 38 4 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 46650
39 66 39 3 WANTED MORE Betsy 28500
40 NEW 40 1 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 17000

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41 31 23 8 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 125350
42 40 1 17 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1079450
43 43 4 14 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 433900
44 33 6 12 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 322800
45 46 45 6 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 55150
46 47 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 36 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 38 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
49 49 49 7 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 57050
50 28 17 7 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 116550

51 39 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 41 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
53 53 53 7 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 37500
54 48 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
55 50 11 10 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 186800
56 57 56 2 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 21000
57 42 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
58 63 55 4 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 30600
59 67 59 4 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 28500
60 62 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600

61 21 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
62 55 5 16 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 400000
63 65 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 58 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
65 NEW 65 1 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 71 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 NEW 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
68 64 6 20 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 482550
69 81 69 2 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 10000
70 69 1 37 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 725600

71 72 71 4 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 22200
72 74 72 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 27700
73 73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
74 84 1 32 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 865250
75 85 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

DROP OUTS
27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
45 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64700
51 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
56 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
59 59 4 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 24700
61 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152250
68 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700
75 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000
76 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 234850
79 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
82 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500
83 75 6 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
86 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

18th December 2016

It’s the pre-christmas chart and Robbie rules for a 6th week, cos I adore the melody and emotion of this spine-tinglingly romantic love song. Robbie always wears his lyric heart on his sleeve, and just touches me enormously, his gift with words is great and Guy Chambers’ melodies heavenly. Robbie needs a slap for not putting it on the album proper, though, unless he has bigger plans for it. Perfectly constructed ballad.The Weeknd still has two top 5 tracks, Coldcut get their 4th top 10, and all the Christmas songs are joined by a new one from ABC, their first, and 7th chart entry this year. 2016 is their best year since 1982 classicness. When they scored a first hit at christmas 1981, just faffing around the lower end of the UK top 75 was a little old minor jolly christmas ditty from The Waitresses, barely even one-minor-hit wonders. Time has been very kind, though, as the song tends to get some annual exposure without ever breaking big. LONG overdue a top 40 visit, we need a campaign to get it there at long last. 14 for me, some 35 years after first cracking my top 40.

Busted have a top 20 climb, Alan Walker a huge leap for a second top 30, while chart returns for Kaiser Chiefs, Barry Gibb, Robin Schulz, David Guetta, Zayn and Taylor Swift set them up for a good start to 2017.

1 1 1 6 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1020000
2 2 2 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 230000
3 3 2 4 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 400000
4 5 4 4 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 159400
5 7 5 9 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 262350
6 8 6 4 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 139750
7 4 3 5 REDBONE Childish Gambino 271400
8 9 8 3 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 128000
9 6 6 7 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 254250
10 13 10 6 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 140600

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1135000
12 21 12 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
13 10 5 6 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 294000
14 32 14 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 50100
15 19 15 6 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 106500
16 12 7 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 158000
17 20 17 6 MAGNETISED Garbage 88100
18 16 2 14 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 806000
19 15 9 12 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 243500
20 38 20 3 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 38500

21 17 17 12 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 162700
22 14 1 8 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 768500
23 18 1 13 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 975450
24 24 24 6 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 110600
25 25 25 8 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 114000
26 28 26 4 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 66400
27 27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
28 22 17 6 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 124450
29 30 29 6 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 75800
30 73 30 3 ALONE Alan Walker 25000

31 23 23 7 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 111350
32 45 14 8 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 141400
33 39 6 11 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309550
34 52 34 3 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 35600
35 35 35 7 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 90950
36 26 6 13 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 277500
37 37 19 6 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 112000
38 34 17 7 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 119000
39 29 8 8 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 262200
40 40 1 16 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1065700

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41 31 6 10 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 294750
42 33 18 8 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 140400
43 42 4 13 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 420400
44 57 44 3 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 29450
45 46 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64750
46 54 46 5 GREGORY’S THEME Basto! 42200
47 50 47 6 ALGA Ignea 51200
48 56 48 6 MAZE Aria 52800
49 51 49 6 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 45050
50 41 11 9 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 176000

51 36 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
52 47 47 6 DAMN Red Rosamond 62300
53 71 53 6 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 26250
54 66 54 3 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 20000
55 48 5 15 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 392700
56 58 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
57 NEW 57 1 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 10400
58 44 4 13 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 371450
59 60 59 3 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 21700
60 NEW 60 1 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 10000

61 49 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152350
62 65 62 4 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 16600
63 55 55 3 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 20400
64 62 6 19 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 476150
65 67 65 8 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 36900
66 77 66 2 WANTED MORE Betsy 11400
67 69 67 3 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 18400
68 53 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
69 68 1 36 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 719600
70 70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700

71 82 71 5 STEREO Courage My Love 15400
72 72 72 3 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 16600
73 61 8 19 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 336400
74 74 74 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 22100
75 76 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000

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76 64 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 43 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 233850
78 NEW 78 1 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 4400
79 63 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
80 NEW 80 1 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs 4000

81 NEW 81 1 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER Zayn & Taylor Swift 3800
82 83 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500

83 75 75 5 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
84 89 1 31 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 863050
85 84 2 15 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 619700
86 97 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 96 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 90 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 100 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 91 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

DROP OUTS

87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400

99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100

11th December 2016

Robbie holds off for a 5th week on top, his longest ever run, just keeping off the late Greg Lake who sadly died last week. His classic christmas song knocked Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of my charts back in xmas 1975 and i was sweet 17. Since then it topped again in the 80s and also a few years back. Fanfare For The Common Man also topped my chart in 1977 and thats back too. The Weeknd joins himself in my top 5, his 3rd of the year and daft punk’s 2nd.

A good climb for noah cyrus equalling her sister miley by getting a top 10, and labrinth’s 5th or 6th. Lots of xmas songs, busted getting a top 40 for the first time in 14 years, and a 6th robbie track in the 100, but not the roy orbison song pretty woman…

1 1 1 5 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 850000
2 NEW 2 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 115000
3 2 2 3 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 315000
4 3 3 4 REDBONE Childish Gambino 221400
5 18 5 3 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 99400
6 6 6 6 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 209250
7 8 7 8 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 202350
8 23 8 3 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 84750
9 12 9 2 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 80000
10 5 5 5 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 262000

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1098000
12 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 133000
13 16 13 5 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 98600
14 4 1 7 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 749000
15 9 9 11 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 222500
16 11 2 13 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 784000
17 42 17 11 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 142950
18 13 1 12 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 956200
19 30 19 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 79500
20 20 20 5 MAGNETISED Garbage 65100

21 51 21 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
22 17 17 5 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 106250
23 29 23 6 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 93450
24 26 24 5 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 91600
25 31 25 7 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 95200
26 15 6 12 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 260100
27 40 27 3 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 45400
28 39 28 3 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 47800
29 14 8 7 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 245100
30 36 30 5 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 57700

31 19 6 9 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 280750
32 84 32 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 21100
33 24 18 7 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 126650
34 21 17 6 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 101800
35 35 35 6 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 73450
36 22 15 9 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 142500
37 27 19 5 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 94700
38 97 38 2 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 18500
39 45 6 10 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 291850
40 38 1 15 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1048700

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41 37 11 8 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 164000
42 33 4 12 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 406900
43 25 7 7 f*** YOU Lily Allen 228250
44 32 4 12 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 361250
45 34 14 7 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 123600
46 46 46 6 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 51750
47 47 47 5 DAMN Red Rosamond 50800
48 48 5 14 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 381900
49 28 16 8 CERTAINTY Temples 144850
50 50 50 5 ALGA Ignea 38600

51 59 51 5 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 32850
52 68 52 2 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 17900
53 61 53 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 18750
54 55 54 4 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 29400
55 88 55 2 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 13200
56 56 56 5 MAZE Aria 40400
57 71 57 2 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 16200
58 65 58 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 27200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
60 77 60 2 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 14600

61 53 8 18 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 331000
62 60 6 18 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 469050
63 43 4 12 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 440250
64 44 10 10 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 194300
65 99 65 3 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 9200
66 89 66 2 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 9000
67 75 67 7 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 29900
68 67 1 35 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 713400
69 72 69 2 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 11800
70 93 70 2 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 7700

71 81 71 5 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 15000
72 74 72 2 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 10800
73 94 73 2 ALONE Alan Walker 7000
74 79 74 5 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 16900
75 78 75 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 16800

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76 76 76 5 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 16000
77 NEW 77 1 WANTED MORE Betsy 4600
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350

81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
82 82 82 4 STEREO Courage My Love 9600
83 83 83 6 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 17900
84 62 2 14 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 616700
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100
87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
89 85 1 30 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 859850
90 92 90 4 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 6800

91 NEW 91 1 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1900
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
96 NEW 96 1 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 1400
97 NEW 97 1 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 1300
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
100 NEW 100 1 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
70 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500
80 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300
91 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
96 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
98 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
100 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

4th December 2016

A fourth week on top for the most romantic record of 2016, it’s just heartwarmingly gorgeous, the lyrics are uplifting and fill a cynical or lonely person with hope, and the melody is to die for. Sang along loudly to it in the car 4 times driving home last night. Fab. Next single Rob! Sadly, neither of my top 2 is on youtube….

Two records that are recent oldies to me enter the top 10 (Adele and Rag’n’bone Man) along with Chainsmokers which is vice versa. In at 12 Sia’s got another winner! The last great track she did was the (eventually) massive Cheap Thrills which hit my top 10 a year ago. Never Give Up isn’t too far from that vein so I hope this one hits too, though being a soundtrack record might hold it back. 15 years she’s been charting now…

Garbage have been charting over 20 years, and are back in my top 20 with a big leap for Magnetised, rockingly good. Kylie & Cliff both have seasonal top 40’s, not for the first time, Cliff now has a whopping 48 years since he first popped into my first ever actual charts wot-i-wrote-down. The BBC are creeping something terrible with him at the mo, having ignored him for years. Hah! Wonder if it’s a court-case related thing….

Lower down: Melinda Marx’ 1965 original of Soft Cell’s What hangs around, as I’ve recently heard it for the first time – never a hit, not available to buy – and the daughter of film comedy legend and hero of mine Groucho Marx. Some Xmas songs, including another new discovery, the original Connie Francis version of the fab version as made more well-known version by Gabriella Cilmi. Busted return for the time in ooh must be 14 years or so.

1 1 1 4 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 680000
2 2 2 2 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 230000
3 4 3 3 REDBONE Childish Gambino 156400
4 3 1 6 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 720000
5 5 5 4 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 220000
6 7 6 5 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 154250
7 16 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 98000
8 14 8 7 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 152350
9 28 9 10 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 195500
10 10 1 12 HURTS Emeli Sande 1061000

11 9 2 12 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 759000
12 NEW 12 1 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 35000
13 12 1 11 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 933200
14 8 8 6 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 227000
15 6 6 11 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 242500
16 20 16 4 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 66600
17 23 17 4 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 66750
18 36 18 2 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 39400
19 11 6 8 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 262850
20 49 20 4 MAGNETISED Garbage 45100

21 17 17 5 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 84200
22 15 15 8 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 125100
23 35 23 2 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 36750
24 18 18 6 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 108850
25 13 7 6 f*** YOU Lily Allen 214750
26 27 26 4 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 72600
27 19 19 4 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 77400
28 21 16 7 CERTAINTY Temples 132650
29 31 26 5 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 74200
30 33 30 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 58500

31 40 31 6 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 76400
32 25 4 11 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 348000
33 29 4 11 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 393150
34 22 14 6 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 110600
35 37 35 5 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 55950
36 52 36 4 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 39700
37 26 11 7 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 150000
38 38 1 14 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1031700
39 47 39 2 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 29600
40 60 40 2 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 27000

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41 24 4 24 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 443850
42 42 18 10 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 129950
43 32 4 11 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 433050
44 34 10 9 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 187200
45 41 6 9 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 274750
46 54 46 5 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 38950
47 56 47 4 DAMN Red Rosamond 38200
48 46 5 13 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 369500
49 44 12 10 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 172250
50 71 50 4 ALGA Ignea 26600

51 NEW 51 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 11750
52 30 30 7 KISS ME Fingertips 107750
53 43 8 17 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 323500
54 39 39 7 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 92950
55 69 55 3 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 18400
56 61 56 4 MAZE Aria 29800
57 45 29 7 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 100850
58 48 2 19 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 604900
59 70 59 4 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 21100
60 58 6 17 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 461650

61 NEW 61 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 7500
62 55 2 13 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 613500
63 50 6 10 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 219800
64 64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
65 75 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 17000
66 51 31 7 DREAMER Coco Morier 74350
67 67 1 34 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 707000
68 NEW 68 1 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 6400
69 73 69 2 GROW UP Olly Murs 11600
70 53 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500

71 NEW 71 1 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 5600
73 68 19 11 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 161300
74 NEW 74 1 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 5200
75 76 75 6 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 23300

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76 87 76 4 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 11200
77 NEW 77 1 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 4600
78 78 78 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 11800
79 80 79 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 11700
80 62 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300

81 89 81 4 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 9200
82 97 82 3 STEREO Courage My Love 6000
83 84 83 5 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 14500
84 NEW 84 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 3200
85 81 1 29 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 857650
86 82 1 30 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1163800
87 NEW 87 1 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 2600
88 NEW 88 1 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 2400
89 NEW 89 1 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 2200
90 94 90 6 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 8300

91 83 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
92 92 92 3 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 4800
93 NEW 93 1 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ALONE Alan Walker 1600
95 95 95 2 WHAT Melinda Marx 3000
96 59 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
97 NEW 97 1 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 1300
98 63 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
99 99 99 2 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 2200
100 90 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

DROP OUTS
57 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
65 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
72 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
74 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
77 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
79 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
85 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
88 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
93 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
96 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
98 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
100 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

28th November 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for the gorgeously romantic Robbie bonus deluxe album track, When You Know. Robbie is one of the under-rated lyricists in pop, witty and romantic and biting whenever he needs each or all, and when he’s paired with a top tunesmith like Guy Chambers he’s unbeatable – funnily enough (and I didn’t check or have any previous inkling) Guy Chambers is back on board on this track. Quality tells.

The Weeknd’s follow-up Daft Punk single enters the 40 (I Feel It Comin’ replacing Starboy in the 40) but that’s shaded by the album track Secrets in my charts, in at 2, equalling his previous peak position. The track is basically a fab rewrite of The Romantics’ American smash Talking In My Sleep, covered very well by Bucks Fizz in the UK, with samples of Tears For Fears fab Pale Shelter. TFF get no “featuring” credit on the track, but as they are clearly singing the hook they do in my book, and peak higher than the original top 5 single.

Highest climber is the SO Prince-at-his-best stylish track from Childish Gambino, Redbone is sultry and delish, and up 64 places to 4. AKA actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, he’s going to play the young Lando Calrissian in the next Han Solo movie. Talented! Fab. Talking of sultry and delish, shooting up to 20, it’s Coldcut getting their first top 20 in 25 years with an assist from Roots Manuva finally getting there after almost 2 decades of minor occasional chart entries.

Rag’n’bone Man is back, thanks to X Factor giving the pan-European smash a profile at long last, the Brighton-based singer-songwriter hit my top 20 back in August and may actually get a UK top 40 Streaming hit months after he had a top 40 sales hit with it. Streaming is so rubbish. I suggest everyone play my charts instead, SO much more interesting and varied tongue.gif Like Noah Cyrus and Labrinth, quirky and yet great, odd drop drop stylee. In one fell swoop Noah has outdone her sis Miley and dad Billie Ray in terms of being interesting. Yay!

1 1 1 3 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 510000
2 NEW 2 1 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 115000
3 2 1 5 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 655000
4 68 4 2 REDBONE Childish Gambino 71400
5 7 5 3 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 160000
6 10 6 10 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 215500
7 12 7 4 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 99250
8 8 8 5 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 198000
9 3 2 11 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 722000
10 5 1 11 HURTS Emeli Sande 1019000

11 6 6 7 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 241850
12 9 1 10 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 901200
13 13 7 5 f*** YOU Lily Allen 196000
14 20 14 6 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 104350
15 15 15 7 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 105600
16 17 16 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 48000
17 25 17 4 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 64450
18 19 18 5 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 89850
19 23 19 3 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 59000
20 52 20 3 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 41600

21 16 16 6 CERTAINTY Temples 114350
22 14 14 5 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 93300
23 35 23 3 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 43750
24 4 4 23 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 429850
25 11 4 10 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 330200
26 18 11 6 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 132700
27 29 27 3 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 54100
28 RE 16 9 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 150500
29 22 4 10 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 375450
30 32 30 6 KISS ME Fingertips 96250

31 26 26 4 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 56000
32 21 4 10 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 419550
33 34 33 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 40500
34 27 10 8 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 173950
35 NEW 35 1 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 17400
37 51 37 4 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 38450
38 28 1 13 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1014500
39 39 39 6 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 81950
40 41 40 5 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 58500

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41 24 6 8 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 261750
42 49 18 9 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 116200
43 31 8 16 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 312250
44 33 12 9 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 160150
45 46 29 6 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 90450
46 40 5 12 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 357200
47 NEW 47 1 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 12500
48 36 2 18 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 594700
49 58 49 3 MAGNETISED Garbage 25100
50 38 6 9 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 212600

51 50 31 6 DREAMER Coco Morier 67550
52 70 52 3 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 22300
53 53 53 3 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 33500
54 56 54 4 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 26200
55 42 2 12 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 606100
56 59 56 3 DAMN Red Rosamond 25700
57 30 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
58 48 6 16 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 451650
59 60 59 4 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 31100
60 NEW 60 1 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 10000

61 61 61 3 MAZE Aria 19200
62 54 54 7 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 41300
63 37 37 6 ON DIRAIT Amir 66500
64 64 64 9 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 42000
65 44 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
67 65 1 33 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 700400
68 43 19 10 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 155900
69 96 69 2 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 7600
70 86 70 3 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 11000

71 73 71 3 ALGA Ignea 14600
72 55 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
73 NEW 73 1 GROW UP Olly Murs 5400
74 57 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
75 75 75 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 10000

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76 79 76 5 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 18300
77 66 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
78 90 78 3 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 7400
79 63 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
80 89 80 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 7500

81 77 1 28 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 854650
82 78 1 29 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1161000
83 72 12 13 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 218550
84 84 84 4 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 11200
85 76 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 69 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
87 88 87 3 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 6400
88 45 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
89 94 89 3 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 5400
90 81 18 11 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 139100

91 91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
92 98 92 2 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 3000
93 62 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
94 97 94 5 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 6300
95 NEW 95 1 WHAT Melinda Marx 1500
96 85 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
97 99 97 2 STEREO Courage My Love 2400
98 82 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
99 NEW 99 1 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

DROP OUTS
67 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
71 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
74 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
80 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000
83 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
87 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
92 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
95 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
100 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000
RE 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100

20th November 2016

It’s an easy second week on top for the gorgeous Robbie album track. Needs to be a single ASAP. When You Know, don’t cha know. The Beach Boys span of top 5 singles reaches 48 years with the fab Pet Sounds track, and Clean Bandit rocket into the 40 at 12, Rockabye, their biggest for some time in my charts. That’s despite Shaggy soundalike Sean Paul being on it! Meanwhile back in at 17 with a former fab big top 3 album track for me, it’s finally out as a single about a year late, but that’s just Water Under The Bridge, at least it’s finally out!

Vaults vault into the 40 with One Day I’ll Fly Away (trampoline!) as the fab original from Randy Crawford also pops in at 75, some 36 years since it flew away out of my charts after peaking at 6. NEIKED get sexual inside the 40, joining the naughty F words from Lily Allen at 13 and Cruel Youth at 100 for a potty mouth chart. Highest new entry proper is Childish Gambino and the cool Redbone. Redbone topped my chart the other year (Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Come And Get Your Love) so I hope they now record a song called Childish Gambino.

1 1 1 2 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 340000
2 2 1 4 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 570000
3 3 2 10 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 677000
4 10 4 22 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 410850
5 5 1 10 HURTS Emeli Sande 977000
6 6 6 6 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 204850
7 7 7 2 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 100000
8 8 8 4 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 150000
9 9 1 9 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 866200
10 12 10 9 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 160500

11 4 4 9 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 311450
12 46 12 3 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 49250
13 11 7 4 f*** YOU Lily Allen 164000
14 16 14 4 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 73800
15 19 15 6 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 78600
16 20 16 5 CERTAINTY Temples 94600
17 NEW 17 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 23000
18 14 11 5 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 114200
19 23 19 4 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 67850
20 22 20 4 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 75350

21 15 4 9 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 401750
22 13 4 9 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 357250
23 25 23 2 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 38000
24 17 6 7 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 247750
25 39 25 3 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 41450
26 27 26 3 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 38100
27 21 10 7 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 156350
28 24 1 12 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 997300
29 35 29 2 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 35700
30 30 30 4 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 71200

31 26 8 15 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 298750
32 32 32 5 KISS ME Fingertips 78250
33 18 12 8 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 146900
34 74 34 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 22800
35 65 35 2 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 24500
36 31 2 17 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 582400
37 37 37 5 ON DIRAIT Amir 59300
38 38 6 8 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 200600
39 40 39 5 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 64850
40 33 5 11 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 344450

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41 43 41 4 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 41500
42 36 2 11 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 595300
43 28 19 9 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 149500
44 50 44 4 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 38650
45 45 45 5 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 44700
46 29 29 5 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 77450
47 47 47 5 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 56800
48 48 6 15 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 441450
49 70 18 8 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 102450
50 34 31 5 DREAMER Coco Morier 55800

51 67 51 3 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 21150
52 59 52 2 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 21600
53 54 53 2 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 22250
54 68 54 6 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 33900
55 42 8 13 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 239200
56 84 56 3 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 15200
57 44 5 13 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 419250
58 92 58 2 MAGNETISED Garbage 13000
59 75 59 2 DAMN Red Rosamond 15100
60 62 60 3 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 21000

61 79 61 2 MAZE Aria 11700
62 51 22 9 ANYMORE Melanie C 109000
63 52 3 13 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 458700
64 69 64 8 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 34900
65 63 1 32 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 693800
66 61 2 14 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 568950
67 58 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
68 NEW 68 1 REDBONE Childish Gambino 6400
69 60 60 4 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 30800
70 76 70 2 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 10800

71 41 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
72 53 12 12 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 215150
73 83 73 2 ALGA Ignea 8800
74 49 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 5000

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76 55 13 12 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 201200
77 72 1 27 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 850850
78 73 1 28 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1157400
79 80 79 4 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 13500
80 82 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000

81 64 18 10 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 137100
82 81 19 16 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 236250
83 71 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
84 88 84 3 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 8000
85 66 15 11 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 168000
86 89 86 2 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 5000
87 56 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
88 96 88 2 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 3800
89 97 89 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 3500
90 100 90 2 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 3000

91 99 91 4 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 5000
92 87 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
94 94 94 2 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 3200
95 NEW 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 1400
97 98 97 4 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 4700
98 NEW 98 1 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 1200
99 NEW 99 1 STEREO Courage My Love 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000

DROP OUTS
57 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
77 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
85 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
93 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
95 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500

13th November 2016

It’s Robbie Williams at 1, straight in with his gorgeous new Deluxe album track (What!? Why is it not the first single, let alone not even on the regular album!?) When You Know. To be honest his last album also had 2 lovely chart-toppers for me that bombed in the dance-heavy singles charts of 2013. Anyway, can’t beat a bit of harp, and it’s his 14th chart-topper since his first in 1998, the rockin’ Let Me Entertain You. Appropriately, the best track on the regular album is also in (at 7) Bruce Lee, essentially a rewrite (can’t fool me!) of ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down, which was also a rewrite of The Beatles’ Back In The USSR. It’s fab anyway, and I also have my tickets to see Robbie live for the first time in almost 20 years next summer at Southampton football ground. So, his 4th top 20, 3rd top 10, of 2016, and his actual official current single is yet to chart for me, being as it’s a bit dreary (so far).

Emeli Sande’s breathing underwater, quite rapidly it seems, swimming into the 20, Haelos grab a second top 40 hit with Earth Not Above, Sigma a 7th, Ratty rockets into the 40, Clean Bandit climb almost 50 places, and at 59 Coldcut are back! It’s been an absence of well over 20 years for the 80’s DJ/Producers who launched both Lisa Stansfield and Yazz with some fab singles. At 74, Vaults are back with a cover of Randy Crawford’s 1980 top 10 ballad, fresh off a John Lewis advert. In at 89, it’s the late Leonard Cohen (there are others queuing up outside the 100) with his most upbeat track, just about, First We Take Manhattan: this charted back in the 80’s for Jennifer Warnes fab version, but ol’ growling Leonard also does a good job too.

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 170000
2 1 1 3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 455000
3 2 2 9 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 592000
4 4 4 8 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 274450
5 3 1 9 HURTS Emeli Sande 917000
6 6 6 5 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 148850
7 NEW 7 1 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 50000
8 10 8 3 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 102000
9 5 1 8 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 821200
10 13 10 21 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 345850

11 7 7 3 f*** YOU Lily Allen 132000
12 16 12 8 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 118500
13 8 4 8 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 337750
14 11 11 4 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 92200
15 9 4 8 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 382000
16 38 16 3 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 44800
17 12 6 6 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 228750
18 15 12 7 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 129200
19 26 19 5 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 51600
20 24 20 4 CERTAINTY Temples 69600

21 14 10 6 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 137950
22 25 22 3 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 55350
23 35 23 3 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 46850
24 20 1 11 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 979000
25 NEW 25 1 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 18750
26 17 8 14 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 280850
27 98 27 2 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 19600
28 19 19 8 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 136000
29 29 29 4 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 64700
30 30 30 3 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 53200

31 18 2 16 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 565000
32 32 32 4 KISS ME Fingertips 60450
33 21 5 10 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 327450
34 31 31 4 DREAMER Coco Morier 43800
35 NEW 35 1 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 17500
36 27 2 10 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 581550
37 37 37 4 ON DIRAIT Amir 42000
38 22 6 7 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 183400
39 72 39 2 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 22700
40 40 40 4 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 47750

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41 28 28 10 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 99600
42 23 8 12 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 228400
43 50 43 3 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 27500
44 39 5 12 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 408850
45 64 45 4 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 31700
46 95 46 2 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 14250
47 54 47 4 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 44300
48 44 6 14 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 429150
49 36 5 8 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 314250
50 57 50 3 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 25400

51 43 22 8 ANYMORE Melanie C 101600
52 45 3 12 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 451500
53 33 12 11 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 209550
54 NEW 54 1 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 11000
55 34 13 11 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 196400
56 46 46 5 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 37050
57 47 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
58 55 36 8 KIDS OneRepublic 91000
59 NEW 59 1 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 10100
60 60 60 3 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 24600

61 51 2 13 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 562150
62 82 62 2 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 11000
63 63 1 31 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 686800
64 56 18 9 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 133300
65 NEW 65 1 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 7000
66 58 15 10 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 165000
67 86 67 2 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 9400
68 68 68 5 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 22900
69 74 69 7 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 27800
70 42 18 7 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 90350

71 48 17 12 YOUTH Glass Animals 162550
72 61 1 26 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 846250
73 69 1 27 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1153000
74 NEW 74 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAMN Red Rosamond 5000

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76 NEW 76 1 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 4800
77 49 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
79 NEW 79 1 MAZE Aria 4200
80 80 80 3 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 9300

81 52 19 15 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 232650
82 84 82 3 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 10000
83 NEW 83 1 ALGA Ignea 3400
84 96 84 2 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 4600
85 77 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 53 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
87 79 1 18 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 767950
88 88 88 2 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 4800
89 NEW 89 1 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 2200
90 92 90 4 A-YO Lady Gaga 6600

91 91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MAGNETISED Garbage 1800
93 78 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
94 NEW 94 1 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 1600
95 NEW 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 1400
97 NEW 97 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 1300
98 99 98 3 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 3400
99 100 99 3 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 3100
100 NEW 100 1 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 1000

DROP OUTS
41 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
62 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
65 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
70 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800
71 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
73 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
75 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550
76 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
81 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
83 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
85 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
87 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900
93 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
97 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300

6th November 2016

2 weeks on top for Abba, or 12 weeks including it’s 1977 run, which is bad news for M83 who go up to 2. Kishi Bashi gets his 3rd track to peak at 4, as ABC leap into the top 10 for the 5th time this year, and the lovely The Love Inside The Love, love it, and the live version on youtube is how I fell in love with it last week. Meanwhile the unknown but fab Scavenger Hunt leap into my top at 6 with River Runs Dry.

Flume fall just short of their 2nd top 10, so far, but a big climb anyway, while the late Kathy Kirby never got a proper chart tribute from me, and this fab OTT diva tune was Kathy at her best. I was MAD on Kathy Kirby when I was 6. Meanwhile, big jumps into the top 40 for the terrific Superwalkers, and the very Pet Shop Boys circa 1988 backing track of Coco Morier. Jean-Michel Jarre gets his 4th top 40 of the year, Amir gets a second in total, Ariana Grande her second of the year, and Emile Sande her 2nd in the same week.

1 1 1 2 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 340000
2 4 2 8 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 507000
3 2 1 8 HURTS Emeli Sande 857000
4 5 4 7 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 209450
5 3 1 7 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 776200
6 23 6 4 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 93850
7 9 7 2 f*** YOU Lily Allen 95000
8 8 4 7 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 305750
9 7 4 7 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 355000
10 50 10 2 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 54000

11 24 11 3 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 63200
12 6 6 5 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 205750
13 20 13 20 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 303850
14 10 10 5 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 118200
15 12 12 6 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 107200
16 35 16 7 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 83500
17 11 8 13 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 262350
18 14 2 15 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 547100
19 19 19 7 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 117700
20 16 1 10 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 960000

21 18 5 9 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 309750
22 13 6 6 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 166200
23 17 8 11 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 214650
24 34 24 3 CERTAINTY Temples 49600
25 39 25 2 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 35850
26 61 26 4 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 30600
27 25 2 9 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 564150
28 36 28 9 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 85600
29 29 29 3 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 46500
30 38 30 2 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 35200

31 66 31 3 DREAMER Coco Morier 26200
32 46 32 3 KISS ME Fingertips 42650
33 27 12 10 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 198300
34 22 13 10 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 185600
35 59 35 2 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 27600
36 21 5 7 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 302150
37 69 37 3 ON DIRAIT Amir 24700
38 87 38 2 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 19800
39 28 5 11 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 395600
40 51 40 3 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 30750

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41 15 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
42 26 18 6 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 84350
43 33 22 7 ANYMORE Melanie C 89850
44 41 6 13 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 416850
45 37 3 11 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 440000
46 64 46 4 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 26450
47 32 19 6 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 91700
48 47 17 11 YOUTH Glass Animals 156440
49 44 9 11 LOST & FOUND BETSY 263200
50 90 50 2 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 14000

51 45 2 12 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 554650
52 42 19 14 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 228850
53 43 16 9 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 150450
54 57 54 3 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 31800
55 55 36 7 KIDS OneRepublic 80800
56 54 18 8 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 126200
57 85 57 2 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 13400
58 53 15 9 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 158200
59 72 59 4 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20600
60 77 60 2 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 14600

61 58 1 25 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 840650
62 40 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
63 63 1 30 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 679600
64 71 64 3 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 18700
65 48 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 70 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 56 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
68 68 68 4 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 16500
69 65 1 26 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1147600
70 74 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800

71 60 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
72 NEW 72 1 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 5600
73 81 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
74 78 74 6 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 21600
75 67 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550

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76 31 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
77 94 77 3 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 7800
78 49 10 11 BOURBON Gallant 233450
79 79 1 17 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 765350
80 97 80 2 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 5300

81 52 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
82 NEW 82 1 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 3600
83 86 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
84 84 84 2 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 6400
85 82 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
86 NEW 86 1 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 2800
87 96 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
88 NEW 88 1 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 2400
89 89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 76 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900

91 NEW 91 1 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 1900
92 95 92 3 A-YO Lady Gaga 4600
93 88 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 80 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
95 NEW 95 1 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 1400
97 NEW 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 1200
99 99 99 2 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 2200
100 100 100 2 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 2000

DROP OUTS
30 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550
62 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
73 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500
83 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
91 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
98 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750

30th October 2016

It’s Abba, newly in and back at 1 over 39 years since Knowing Knowing You completed a 10-week run on top. That puts it clear in 3rd place on the biggest runs at 1, and is there thanks to a limited edition picture disc reissue of all the singles off Arrival on it’s 40th birthday. I adore that album, and this track, and I played it for over a year – I can’t understate how rare it is for me to play albums that much, as close to obsession in music as I get! Another track off it, That’s Me, is also in the 20. The video is attached, I was also mad on that, and Abba, and the record is one of the greatest break-up records of all-time, just genius.

Kishi Bashi meanwhile becomes a current obsession grabbing 4 of my top 20, including a 3rd top 5 with the sprawling ambitious Ode To My Next Life, such a clever musician, he needs discovering ASAP. In at 9, I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby last week, which was OK, sat amongst women of a certain age, when this naughty Lily Allen song popped up. It twice made my chart peaking at 20 in 2009 as an album track that I didn’t own – well now I’ve bought it and can play it properly. For obvious reasons not a single, but it’s terrific, funny and these days I imagine she’s singing it to Nigel Farage, cos that’s exactly how I feel about him. Several million people will be queuing up to make a dancefloor of his grave when he dies many years from now, so I hope they are making preparations for a dancefloor-sized stone floor.

Lower down there’s an ABC mini-invasion of tracks from both The 1982 Lexicon Of Love and 2016 Lexicon Of Love II, as I saw a fab concert this week with full orchestra – reviewed elsewhere. Best track on the new album, Kiss Me Goodbye jumps back into the 20. Bobby Vee sadly died this week, I saw in concert in the 90’s and he was fab, I bought the hits CD. I was too young for his heyday (early 60’s teen idol) but his songs remained popular into the 70’s and 80’s, often covered, and three of ’em finally give him some chart entries in my chart, long overdue, he was the classy end of the 50’s teen idols, and was only 15 when he got his break filling in for Buddy Holly on his fatal tour.

Others: Jean-Michel gets a 4th chart entry this year, and the fab quirky Sebastian Teller duets with him some years after his terrific Eurovision entry. Ph.D’s 1982 chart-topper (in my charts) I Won’t Let You Down is back sampled by Armand Van Helden (also a chart-topper in 1999 with You Don’t Know Me), The Vamps are back, ditto The Chainsmokers (belatedly), Enigma (Sadeness Pt. 2 entering some 26 years after part 1 topped my chart, and 22 years since they had a trio of toppers), and another Emeli Sande new track.

1 NEW 1 1 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 170000
2 2 1 7 HURTS Emeli Sande 772000
3 1 1 6 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 716200
4 3 3 7 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 392000
5 10 5 6 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 144450
6 6 6 4 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 170750
7 7 4 6 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 310000
8 4 4 6 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 257750
9 NEW 9 1 f*** YOU Lily Allen 45000
10 20 10 4 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 89200

11 8 8 12 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 239350
12 34 12 5 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 80200
13 9 6 5 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 146700
14 46 2 14 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 525100
15 5 5 2 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 87000
16 12 1 9 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 940000
17 17 8 10 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 195400
18 21 5 8 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 290000
19 26 19 6 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 96700
20 23 20 19 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 271850

21 11 5 6 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 284750
22 13 13 9 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 168000
23 30 23 3 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 38850
24 63 24 2 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 26200
25 16 2 8 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 545750
26 18 18 5 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 70600
27 15 12 9 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 180600
28 24 5 10 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 378500
29 59 29 2 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 28300
30 32 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550

31 14 9 6 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 210900
32 19 19 5 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 79200
33 22 22 6 ANYMORE Melanie C 76350
34 45 34 2 CERTAINTY Temples 30600
35 37 35 6 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 58500
36 48 36 8 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 67300
37 31 3 10 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 427000
38 NEW 38 1 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 17200
39 NEW 39 1 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 17100
40 RE 40 7 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 79900

41 29 6 12 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 403600
42 42 19 13 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 217350
43 25 16 8 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 139200
44 33 9 10 LOST & FOUND BETSY 251100
45 27 2 11 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 542900
46 49 46 2 KISS ME Fingertips 24850
47 38 17 10 YOUTH Glass Animals 144250
48 39 39 7 GREEN DENM 60800
49 41 10 10 BOURBON Gallant 229050
50 NEW 50 1 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 12000

51 90 51 2 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 13750
52 28 21 5 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 85950
53 43 15 8 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 148000
54 35 18 7 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 115600
55 36 36 6 KIDS OneRepublic 70000
56 47 37 9 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 96000
57 57 57 2 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 20800
58 55 1 24 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 833150
59 NEW 59 1 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 10100
60 56 16 8 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 137200

61 82 61 3 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 12100
62 58 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
63 62 1 29 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 672400
64 73 64 3 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 13700
65 54 1 25 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1141400
66 95 66 2 DREAMER Coco Morier 8300
67 61 14 8 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 123550
68 87 68 3 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 10100
69 98 69 2 ON DIRAIT Amir 7400
70 70 70 3 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 18000

71 71 71 2 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 11600
72 84 72 3 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10500
73 40 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
74 74 74 4 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 16800
75 75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500

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76 50 50 6 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 34900
77 NEW 77 1 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 4600
78 80 78 5 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 16400
79 79 1 16 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 761150
80 65 65 4 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 20000

81 83 81 2 DRUGS Adam Jensen 7200
82 77 1 20 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 691000
83 60 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
84 NEW 84 1 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 3200
85 NEW 85 1 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 3000
86 86 86 5 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 10100
87 NEW 87 1 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 2600
88 64 40 8 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 65800
89 89 89 2 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 NEW 90 1 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 2000

91 52 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
94 94 94 2 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 3200
95 97 95 2 A-YO Lady Gaga 2800
96 99 96 2 TSIER Alyss 2500
97 NEW 97 1 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 1300
98 92 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750
99 NEW 99 1 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 1100
100 NEW 100 1 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 1000

51 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
53 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
66 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
72 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
76 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
78 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
81 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
85 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
88 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
91 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
96 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
100 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

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Portaventura, Spain Oct 2016

23rd October 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Red Sky July in an unchanged top 3, and it’s still juuuuuuust gorgeous. A former buzzjack song contest (BJSC) act of mine at 1 is joined by another act I entered and love, Kishi Bashi getting his 2nd top 5 with Can’t Let Go, Juno, and his 4th top 10 with the mini-epic Ode To My Next Life. Greedy, he’s also grabbed a 5th top 30 and 6th top 40.

Abba are the highest new entry with a deliciously cheesy unofficial remix for the 40th anniversary of classic album Arrival, the album track and B Side to Dancing Queen (so prolific Abba could afford to toss away a brilliant potential A side on a B Side!) That’s Me. It’s topped my chart previously, as has another single off Arrival which will enter next week as there are 4 brand new picture disc singles released for the official 40th anniversary.

Jean-Michel gets his 2nd top 10 of the year, as his Pet Shop Boys duet Brick England gives the boys errr a 5th or 6th top 10 this year, I’m a fan and I’ve lost count! Biggest jump is a whopping 64 places for Scavenger Hunt and a track that was cruelly ignored from the BJSC final, River Runs Dry. The late Kathy Kirby finally gets a top 40 slot some 50-odd years after she would have had quite a few had I done charts then (being as I was a mad-keen 6-year-old for her singles). Top actual new act is Temples, not unlike Tame Impala, and that’s a very good thing, in at 45. Other returning acts: Gaga, Two Door Cinema Club, Maroon 5…..

1 1 1 5 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 631200
2 2 1 6 HURTS Emeli Sande 657000
3 3 3 6 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 327000
4 8 4 5 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 209750
5 NEW 5 1 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 60000
6 10 6 3 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 115750
7 4 4 5 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 260000
8 60 8 11 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 202350
9 6 6 4 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 114700
10 26 10 5 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 84450

11 5 5 5 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 265000
12 7 1 8 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 915000
13 15 13 8 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 148500
14 9 9 5 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 193000
15 12 12 8 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 162200
16 11 2 7 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 527000
17 14 8 9 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 172400
18 18 18 4 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 52100
19 19 19 4 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 61400
20 20 20 3 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 47200

21 13 5 7 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 268000
22 23 22 5 ANYMORE Melanie C 58650
23 27 23 18 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 251850
24 17 5 9 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 360200
25 16 16 7 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 125700
26 32 26 5 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 75700
27 22 2 10 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 529900
28 21 21 4 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 74450
29 24 6 11 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 389600
30 94 30 2 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 19600

31 29 3 9 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 409700
32 34 32 12 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 130550
33 25 9 9 LOST & FOUND BETSY 237850
34 38 34 4 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 45200
35 28 18 6 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 104600
36 36 36 5 KIDS OneRepublic 59200
37 56 37 5 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 41000
38 31 17 9 YOUTH Glass Animals 131750
39 62 39 6 GREEN DENM 48500
40 40 40 7 SPHYNX La Femme 80050

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41 39 10 9 BOURBON Gallant 216950
42 30 19 12 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 203600
43 33 15 7 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 136750
44 44 44 8 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 68700
45 NEW 45 1 CERTAINTY Temples 13000
46 46 2 13 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 496100
47 37 37 8 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 85400
48 50 48 7 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 49900
49 NEW 49 1 KISS ME Fingertips 12100
50 55 50 5 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 30100

51 35 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
52 48 7 12 GEMINI FEED Banks 267300
53 47 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
54 54 1 24 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1134400
55 53 1 23 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 822950
56 42 16 7 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 127200
57 NEW 57 1 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 10400
58 65 58 3 WHITE FLAG Joseph 18300
59 NEW 59 1 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 10100
60 43 20 9 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 104450

61 41 14 7 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 116950
62 61 1 28 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 665200
63 NEW 63 1 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 7200
64 45 40 7 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 63400
65 66 65 3 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 16000
66 72 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 51 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 52 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 49 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
70 70 70 2 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 12000

71 NEW 71 1 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 5800
72 63 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
73 98 73 2 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 6600
74 74 74 3 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 11600
75 80 75 8 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 26500

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76 58 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
77 75 1 19 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 687400
78 67 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
79 64 1 15 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 756950
80 83 80 4 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 12000

81 68 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
82 100 82 2 LOST (AS I AM) Streetwalkers 4600
83 NEW 83 1 DRUGS Adam Jensen 3400
84 93 84 2 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4900
85 79 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
86 91 86 4 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 7300
87 99 87 2 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 3700
88 69 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
89 NEW 89 1 DON’T WANNA NOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 2000

91 85 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
92 81 10 12 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 213550
93 95 93 6 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 8200
94 NEW 94 1 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DREAMER Coco Morier 1500
96 NEW 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
97 NEW 97 1 A-YO Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 ON DIRAIT Amir 1200
99 NEW 99 1 TSIER Alyss 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

DROP OUTS
57 57 5 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
59 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
71 16 8 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
73 4 9 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
76 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
84 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
86 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800
92 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
96 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000

16th october 2016

2 weeks on top for gorgous Red Sky July as Robbie Williams does a double big climb, Russian into the 10 for 20 years of top 10s, as his heavy entertainment shows in the 20! The singles chart streaming teens might not like him but us older folk still do. Lots climbing times 4 for kishi bashi such a varied artist. The weeknd makes it a 3rd or 4th top 10 i think, as bruno rockets into the 20.

Jean-michel snd Pet Shop Boys gets a single release at last and returns at 60, with the highest new entry from Smoove n Turrell is a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1971 2nd hit single You Could’ve Been A Lady.

1 1 1 4 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 461200
2 2 1 5 HURTS Emeli Sande 542000
3 6 3 5 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 242000
4 7 4 4 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 210000
5 5 5 4 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 228000
6 47 6 3 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 69700
7 3 1 7 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 880000
8 10 8 4 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 144750
9 9 9 4 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 164000
10 25 10 2 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 60750

11 4 2 6 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 503000
12 13 13 7 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 135200
13 11 5 6 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 248250
14 8 8 8 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 149400
15 15 15 7 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 116500
16 16 16 6 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 106950
17 12 5 8 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 341200
18 67 18 3 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 30100
19 28 19 3 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 40400
20 63 20 2 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 27200

21 29 29 3 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 56150
22 14 2 9 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 511500
23 33 23 4 ANYMORE Melanie C 210500
24 24 6 10 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 371400
25 20 9 8 LOST & FOUND BETSY 220200
26 42 26 4 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 42550
27 27 27 17 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 232600
28 18 18 5 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 87000
29 19 3 8 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 391700
30 30 19 11 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 189850

31 17 17 8 YOUTH Glass Animals 114550
32 36 36 4 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 57200
33 22 15 6 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 123250
34 34 34 11 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 112750
35 26 26 6 MR. APPLES Madness 85100
36 55 36 4 KIDS OneRepublic 41800
37 39 37 7 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 72900
38 71 38 3 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 27600
39 23 10 8 BOURBON Gallant 202950
40 53 53 6 SPHYNX La Femme 63050

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41 21 14 6 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 109450
42 31 16 6 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 116600
43 35 20 8 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 94450
44 44 44 7 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 55450
45 40 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 56300
46 32 2 12 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 483400
47 64 64 6 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 44500
48 37 7 11 GEMINI FEED Banks 255900
49 38 38 6 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 54200
50 60 60 6 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 37600

51 45 12 9 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 191550
52 46 13 9 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 168250
53 48 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 812150
54 52 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1123400
55 87 55 4 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 18100
56 69 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 23700
57 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
58 66 66 6 TUN UP Sarah Mark 33400
59 41 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
60 RE 60 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 657800
62 62 62 5 GREEN DENM 31400
63 50 2 12 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 509800
64 56 1 14 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 752750
65 99 65 2 WHITE FLAG Joseph 8100
66 89 66 2 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 9000
67 54 1 24 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1030900
68 74 35 8 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 72750
69 58 58 7 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 54000
70 NEW 70 1 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 6000

71 43 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
72 77 72 4 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 16200
73 49 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
74 98 74 2 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 6400
75 68 1 18 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 682800

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76 57 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 51 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 80 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
79 76 1 23 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1165150
80 83 80 7 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 21500

81 73 10 11 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 211750
82 82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
83 87 83 3 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 8000
84 59 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
85 70 1 32 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 806550
86 88 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 91 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 65 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 72 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 92 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800

91 94 91 3 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 4500
92 75 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
93 NEW 93 1 A BIG HUNK O’ LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1700
94 NEW 94 1 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 1600
95 96 95 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 6500
96 81 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 90 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000
98 NEW 98 1 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 1000

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GRACE, BILLY FURY, LADY GAGA, NEIL CHRISTIAN, ARIEL PINK, BLOSSOMS, MAX JURY

9th October 2016

It’s Red Sky July’s subtle and hauntingly gorgeous House Of Cards on top for the first time, though Ally McErlaine has been at 1 many times before as part of Texas. Just edging out the epic banging emotion of Emeli Sande, but it was a very close run thing. Frank Ocean and Beyonce are back in the top 10 with the unavailable (except on the album Blonde) Pink + White. It’s lovely and needs to be a single. NOW Frank!

Highest new entry is the returning hitmaker The Weeknd, joined by the veteran 90’s electronica band Daft Punk, not the first time in my chart for either by a long chalk, but any song called Starboy I’m going to love (in theory) as he’s a super-hero (Star Boy) from the greatest super-hero team of all-time Legion Of Super-Heroes. A band of that name was a John Peel fave, and members Dream Girl, Brainiac 5, Wildfire have featured in song titles, while Karate Kid was nicked for a film, so watch out for Saturn Girl, White Witch, and Princess Projectra one day! Another Princess, Chelsea, make my top 20 along with 80’s dance diva Billie Ray Martin, and Francis And The Lights have a mighty leap from 99 to 28 while also entering at 98 with a third track.

Mel C keeps the lone Spice Girls flag flying as she enters the 40, and KT Tunstall returns to the 40 after a hefty break. Kack Savoretti and Kings Of Leon are back after shorter breaks. Returning to the chart is Bruno Mars, carrying on from his funky Mark Ronson megahit, Robbie Williams has big climbs, and Crystal Waters is also back after a couple of decades or so. Relax!

1 2 1 3 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 291200
2 1 1 4 HURTS Emeli Sande 427000
3 4 1 6 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 830000
4 3 2 5 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 465000
5 5 5 3 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 168000
6 6 6 4 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 157000
7 7 7 3 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 145000
8 30 8 7 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 120400
9 11 9 3 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 119000
10 10 10 3 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 96750

11 9 5 5 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 216250
12 12 5 7 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 318200
13 20 13 6 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 100200
14 8 2 8 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 492000
15 28 15 6 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 89500
16 26 16 5 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 81950
17 25 17 7 YOUTH Glass Animals 96650
18 27 18 4 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 68800
19 13 3 7 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 373600
20 16 9 7 LOST & FOUND BETSY 201400

21 14 14 5 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 95450
22 15 15 5 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 105550
23 17 10 7 BOURBON Gallant 185850
24 18 6 9 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 352400
25 NEW 25 1 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 18750
26 34 26 5 MR. APPLES Madness 67600
27 36 27 16 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 214200
28 99 28 2 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 19400
29 29 29 2 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 36400
30 19 19 10 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 171850

31 21 16 5 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 102850
32 24 2 11 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 470600
33 66 33 3 ANYMORE Melanie C 19900
34 35 34 10 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 95150
35 23 20 7 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 80950
36 40 36 3 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 39400
37 22 7 10 GEMINI FEED Banks 243500
38 57 38 5 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 42000
39 47 39 6 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 55600
40 48 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 43300

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41 50 41 5 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 52800
42 71 42 3 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 23950
43 31 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 126600
44 53 44 6 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 42200
45 37 12 8 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 179800
46 41 13 8 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 156750
47 89 47 2 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 14700
48 44 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 800900
49 32 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 334650
50 39 2 11 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 502600

51 33 13 8 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 140400
52 45 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1112400
53 54 53 5 SPHYNX La Femme 46050
54 46 1 23 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1024300
55 55 55 3 KIDS OneRepublic 24400
56 52 1 13 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 745650
57 38 30 10 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 120150
58 58 58 6 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 47800
59 42 12 12 TROUBLE Offaiah 223400
60 74 60 5 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 25600

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 650300
62 75 62 4 GREEN DENM 24000
63 NEW 63 1 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 7200
64 64 64 5 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 31900
65 43 14 8 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 136500
66 70 66 5 TUN UP Sarah Mark 23200
67 95 67 2 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 8100
68 62 1 17 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 677800
69 72 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 13100
70 51 1 31 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 803550

71 77 71 2 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 10400
72 59 1 20 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1270700
73 49 10 10 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 207950
74 60 35 7 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 66350
75 68 68 8 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 41100

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76 67 1 22 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1160950
77 81 77 3 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 10600
78 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 11800
79 56 43 6 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 65300
80 80 80 4 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 11600

81 65 10 13 HEY Willa 245650
82 88 82 6 CONCRETE Tom Odell 19600
83 83 83 6 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 17500
84 87 84 3 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 7300
85 73 9 12 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 267100
86 86 86 5 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 10900
87 90 87 2 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 4600
88 93 88 5 FLICKER Tori Amos 8400
89 NEW 89 1 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 2200
90 84 6 12 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 222700

91 98 91 3 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 4300
92 NEW 92 1 RELAX Crystal Waters 1800
93 63 55 7 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 47700
94 100 94 2 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 2600
95 69 2 16 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 541200
96 96 96 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 5000
97 97 97 3 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 3800
98 NEW 98 1 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 1200
99 NEW 99 1 WHITE FLAG Joseph 1100
100 85 27 100 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 128800

DROP OUTS
76 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
79 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
82 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
91 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
94 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400

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Ferry Cross The Mersey 2016…

2nd October 2016

It’s a first chart-topper for Emeli Sande and her proper epic Hurts, just holding of massive climber Red Sky July’s 67-place climb to 2 with House Of Cards, their 2nd top 10. Or umpteenth including Alisha’s Attic and Texas singles. I love my top 10 so much this week, it’s holding off a 70’s classic fave as it gets leapfrogged by M83 and Mai Lan’s groovy Go! and Kishi Bashi’s 3rd top 10, Can’t Let Go, Juno. Not content with that he also enters the 40 with the Floyd-ish Who’d You Kill and has another album track entry at 77, with a flaming non-dirge song, despite what the title suggests.

Massive Attack get their biggest hit in a decade or so, into the 20 with the gorgeous The Spoils, and DNCE break into the 20 for a second time with their toothbrush. Highest new entry at 29 is from Travis, grabbing a comeback top 40 with an assist from Josephine Oniyama for nearly 20 years of chart entries, including a chart-topper in the noughties with Selfish Jean – an undeserved flop – and now adding Idlewild. Madness get a sweet 37 years of top 40 songs, and Nancy Sinatra makes it 45 years – though Holly Holy is a 70’s track, written by Neil Diamond, and previously charted in covers from Junior Walker & The All Stars and UB40.

Robbie Williams gets 2 new entries fresh off his new album, and Albert Hammond gets a 2nd and third 1970’s US Top 100 hit new entries in my chart for the first time, though I liked them at the time I only had a top 30 or 50 at the time and loads of great singles never charted. Albert has a new orchestral album of his songs coming out soon (that’s a LOT of hit songs!)

1 2 1 3 HURTS Emeli Sande 312000
2 69 2 2 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 121200
3 3 2 4 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 400000
4 1 1 5 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 745000
5 8 5 2 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 108000
6 15 6 3 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 102000
7 9 7 2 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 95000
8 4 2 7 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 463000
9 5 5 4 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 179250
10 46 10 2 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 54750

11 11 11 2 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 74000
12 7 5 6 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 283200
13 6 3 6 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 352600
14 35 14 4 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 75700
15 18 15 4 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 86050
16 13 9 6 LOST & FOUND BETSY 181400
17 10 10 6 BOURBON Gallant 166600
18 12 6 8 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 333400
19 19 19 9 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 153850
20 22 20 5 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 68200

21 16 16 4 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 84950
22 14 7 9 GEMINI FEED Banks 226200
23 20 20 6 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 63450
24 17 2 10 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 452800
25 31 25 6 YOUTH Glass Animals 73650
26 26 26 4 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 56950
27 27 27 3 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 46800
28 34 28 5 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 62500
29 NEW 29 1 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 18200
30 32 30 6 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 72400

31 24 16 6 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 113100
32 21 4 7 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 322550
33 23 13 7 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 128650
34 48 34 4 MR. APPLES Madness 49100
35 45 35 9 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 77550
36 36 36 15 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 195800
37 25 12 7 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 166800
38 38 30 9 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 109750
39 28 2 10 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 490600
40 75 40 2 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 22000

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41 33 13 7 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 144000
42 29 12 11 TROUBLE Offaiah 213300
43 30 14 7 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 129500
44 44 1 20 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 788600
45 40 1 21 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1100900
46 39 1 22 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1013300
47 57 47 5 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 38500
48 65 48 4 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 26300
49 37 10 9 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 202550
50 50 50 4 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 38800

51 42 1 30 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 797550
52 41 1 12 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 735050
53 62 53 5 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 28950
54 54 54 4 SPHYNX La Femme 34800
55 86 55 2 KIDS OneRepublic 13600
56 43 43 5 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 61100
57 66 57 4 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 24800
58 58 58 5 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 37600
59 47 1 19 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1265100
60 49 35 6 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 61150

61 61 1 25 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 642800
62 59 1 16 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 671400
63 55 55 6 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 46000
64 64 64 4 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 24800
65 53 10 12 HEY Willa 241850
66 73 66 2 ANYMORE Melanie C 12200
67 60 1 21 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1156150
68 68 68 7 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 36100
69 56 2 15 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 539700
70 70 70 4 TUN UP Sarah Mark 16400

71 78 71 2 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 10200
72 97 72 2 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 6900
73 51 9 11 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 264100
74 74 74 4 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 15600
75 71 71 3 GREEN DENM 16600

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76 52 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
77 NEW 77 1 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 4600
78 94 78 3 SCOPE MissingNo 7400
79 63 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
80 91 80 3 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 7600

81 89 81 2 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 6000
82 67 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
83 83 83 5 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 14100
84 84 6 11 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 220700
85 72 27 9 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 127800
86 90 86 4 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 8100
87 95 87 2 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 4100
88 RE 85 5 CONCRETE Tom Odell 13000
89 NEW 89 1 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 2200
90 NEW 90 1 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 2000

91 82 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
93 93 93 4 FLICKER Tori Amos 6000
94 76 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400
95 NEW 95 1 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 1500
96 99 96 3 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 3600
97 RE 97 2 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 2500
98 98 98 2 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 2400
99 NEW 99 1 SEE HER OUT (THAT JUST LIGHT) Francis And The Lights
100 NEW 100 1 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 1000

DROP OUTS
77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
79 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700
81 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
85 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
87 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
96 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

P1070860

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

25th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder for a 4th week on top, still loving my Top 10 finalist in the Buzzjack Song Contest. Talking of, a previous top 10 act for me Kishi Bashi has a new album out, and it’s fab, the official single is in at 46, while 2 tracks pop in lower down, a very Pink Floyd-sounding at 75 and a very Jean-Michel Jarre-sounding (via orchestral avante-garde) at 78. Another BJSC act who flopped are also back, Red Sky July at 69 – former members of Texas and Alisha’s Attic – and I could make comments about British country music being ageist as far as radio plays go, it doesn’t escape my notice that pretty young girlie country tracks get Radio 2 play, and the older, classier country acts, errr, don’t.

Emelie Sande shoots up to 2, so close to nabbing the top spot in a highly active and fabulous chart (for me, at any rate!) and there are 2 brand new debuts inside the top 10, the blues-ish, quirky fab Cobi at 8, and the ballad Keane-like Tom Chaplin at 9. OK it is Keane. The lead singer having his first solo venture, and it’s classic Keane.

In at 11, from 1972, because I saw Albert Hammond in concert in Wimborne this week – he hasn’t toured for 45 years, and moved the States in 1971 from a successful UK pop song hit-writing machine career, to launch his solo and American songwriter career, the former with initial success for 2 years, before he concentrated on songwriting. It Never rains In Southern California is his best single, I had nostalgic tears in my eyes for it, and his other early 70’s singles, only one of which charted in the UK – but not this fab huge American hit which wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time due to floppage. Other songs? Little Arrows, When I Need You, One Moment In Time, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, The Air That I Breathe, among many many others. Great to have him back!

Big jumps for the Kaiser Chiefs into the 20, Billie Ray Martin into the 30, and Mel C leapfrogs herself with her new single. OneRepublic return again, along with a host of 60’s tracks I discovered during AH Gold’s Ultimate 60’s voting. Cat Stevens is new to me, ditto Kathy Kirby’s fab track – I had a few huge pop star faves as a nipper, we’re talking 5 or 6 years old, the biggest 2 were Billy Fury (also in the chart) and Kathy Kirby. Mad on ’em I was.

1 1 1 4 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 680000
2 15 2 2 HURTS Emeli Sande 142000
3 2 2 3 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 315000
4 4 2 6 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 415000
5 6 5 3 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 134250
6 3 3 5 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 320600
7 5 5 5 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 248200
8 NEW 8 1 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 48000
9 NEW 9 1 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 45000
10 10 10 5 BOURBON Gallant 143600

11 NEW 11 1 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 37000
12 8 6 7 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 311400
13 9 9 5 LOST & FOUND BETSY 156400
14 7 7 8 GEMINI FEED Banks 206700
15 20 15 2 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 47000
16 18 16 3 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 65200
17 11 2 9 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 433800
18 25 18 3 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 59050
19 23 19 8 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 132850
20 66 20 5 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 44200

21 12 4 6 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 304750
22 26 22 4 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 48200
23 13 13 6 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 110950
24 16 16 5 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 95200
25 17 12 6 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 149500
26 46 26 3 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 38450
27 60 27 2 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 28400
28 19 2 9 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 473500
29 21 12 10 TROUBLE Offaiah 199550
30 14 14 6 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 116000

31 28 28 5 YOUTH Glass Animals 54900
32 34 32 5 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 54400
33 22 13 6 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 130000
34 40 34 4 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 44200
35 38 35 3 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 46700
36 36 36 14 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 178400
37 27 10 8 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 190450
38 30 30 8 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 92550
39 31 1 21 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1000550
40 33 1 20 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1087900

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41 32 1 11 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 723550
42 24 1 29 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 785800
43 43 43 4 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 50500
44 44 1 19 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 775350
45 50 45 8 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 60050
46 NEW 46 1 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 12750
47 37 1 18 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1255000
48 49 48 3 MR. APPLES Madness 31500
49 35 35 5 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 51150
50 57 50 3 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 26800

51 29 9 10 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 258700
52 52 52 3 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 33200
53 39 10 11 HEY Willa 234850
54 55 54 3 SPHYNX La Femme 23800
55 56 55 5 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 38800
56 45 2 14 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 533500
57 68 57 4 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 26000
58 58 58 4 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 27400
59 54 1 15 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 664000
60 53 1 20 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1149550

61 59 1 24 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 635300
62 74 62 4 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 17700
63 41 30 6 FALL ON ME Kitten 92100
64 65 64 3 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 17700
65 73 65 3 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 14000
66 75 66 3 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 14400
67 48 3 11 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 412700
68 69 68 6 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 29700
69 NEW 69 1 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 6200
70 85 70 3 TUN UP Sarah Mark 10400

71 71 71 2 GREEN DENM 11600
72 47 27 8 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 124900
73 NEW 73 1 ANYMORE Melanie C 5400
74 80 74 3 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 10400
75 NEW 75 1 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 5000

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76 51 13 8 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 136800
77 77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
78 NEW 78 1 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 4400
79 70 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 61 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700

81 72 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
82 42 33 6 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 52350
83 83 83 4 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 10700
84 64 6 10 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 217500
85 84 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
86 NEW 86 1 KIDS OneRepublic 2800
87 63 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 62 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
89 NEW 89 1 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 2200
90 90 90 3 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 5300

91 93 91 2 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 3600
92 97 92 2 XO Kelsea Ballerini 3100
93 95 93 3 FLICKER Tori Amos 4300
94 96 94 2 SCOPE MissingNo 3000
95 NEW 95 1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 1500
96 82 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
97 NEW 97 1 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 1300
98 NEW 98 1 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 1200
99 99 99 2 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 2200
100 100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

DROP OUTS
67 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
76 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
78 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
81 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
86 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
91 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
94 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
98 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200

18th September 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kadie Elder and a static top 5, with a big climb for fab Royksopp and Susanne Sundfor (their second top 10 together). Gallant brings some class soul into the top 10, and highest new entry is at 15 for Emeli Sande, at long last returning to music with a bang, and it Hurts! The Pretenders keep up the run of top 20 singles, Holy Commotion doing what Stop Your Sobbing first did in the spring of 1979. Second highest new entry is also a returning act, M83, with Mai Lan and hot on the heels of a fab Jools Holland show performance.

Glass Animals go top 40, well deserved, and ditto DNCE’s second, Frank Ocean does the same with veteran (by today’s chart standards) Beyonce, her umpteenth, and still not available to buy annoyingly, cos it’s lovely. More returning acts: Empire Of The Sun, like Beyonce previous chart-toppers, though they have done it also as Pnau; Massive Attack; and new in the 40, Princess Chelsea and the fab quirky song about ciggies pros and cons. Well, cons, mostly.

There’s a mountain of climbers lower down, so just to stick to new tracks, Billie Ray Martin grabs another solo entry extending her run back to Electribe 101 days in 1989, and Melanie C is back as guest vocalist on Sons Of Sonix for a sweet 20 years as Spice Girl and solo, including 3 number ones.

1 1 1 3 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 510000
2 2 2 2 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 230000
3 3 3 4 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 265600
4 4 2 5 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 350000
5 5 5 4 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 198500
6 23 6 2 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 74250
7 9 7 7 GEMINI FEED Banks 177700
8 7 6 6 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 276400
9 10 9 4 LOST & FOUND BETSY 124400
10 17 10 4 BOURBON Gallant 101600

11 8 2 8 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 410800
12 6 4 5 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 285000
13 14 13 5 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 91700
14 19 14 5 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 98000
15 NEW 15 1 HURTS Emeli Sande 27000
16 16 16 4 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 76200
17 15 12 5 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 130750
18 29 18 2 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 40200
19 12 2 8 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 455200
20 NEW 20 1 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 20000

21 18 12 9 TROUBLE Offaiah 181350
22 13 13 5 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 112300
23 26 23 7 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 111850
24 11 1 28 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 772050
25 28 25 2 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 37050
26 71 26 3 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 28700
27 21 10 7 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 173150
28 52 28 4 YOUTH Glass Animals 37000
29 22 9 9 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 246950
30 39 30 7 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 75350

31 20 1 20 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 983450
32 25 1 10 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 709550
33 24 1 19 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1070900
34 48 35 4 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 36600
35 42 35 4 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 39050
36 40 36 13 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 161000
37 27 1 17 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1242500
38 50 38 2 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 29200
39 31 10 10 HEY Willa 223600
40 65 40 3 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 26600

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41 30 30 5 FALL ON ME Kitten 84900
42 33 33 5 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 48750
43 46 43 3 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 37250
44 44 1 18 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 762100
45 37 2 13 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 522900
46 63 46 2 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 19950
47 34 27 7 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 119300
48 32 3 10 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 406100
49 64 49 2 MR. APPLES Madness 19200
50 53 50 7 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 47050

51 41 13 7 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 132000
52 58 52 2 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 21700
53 47 1 19 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1139550
54 51 1 14 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 653900
55 90 55 2 SPHYNX La Femme 12800
56 59 56 4 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 28000
57 78 57 2 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 14800
58 70 58 3 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 17200
59 57 1 23 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 627800
60 NEW 60 1 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 10000

61 38 23 5 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 80700
62 35 11 6 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 158900
63 36 15 6 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 120300
64 49 6 9 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 214300
65 82 65 2 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10600
66 55 55 4 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 24200
67 43 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
68 75 68 3 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 15600
69 69 69 5 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 23300
70 72 70 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 14400

71 NEW 71 1 GREEN DENM 5800
72 73 72 3 OLE John Newman 15000
73 94 73 2 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 7000
74 83 74 3 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 10300
75 87 75 2 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 7600

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76 45 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
77 80 77 3 ABER Tobtok 10500
78 81 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 54 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
80 98 80 2 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 5200

81 56 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
82 76 1 23 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 953050
83 88 83 3 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 7300
84 60 23 8 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 95450
85 96 85 2 TUN UP Sarah Mark 4400
86 77 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 74 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 95 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
90 97 90 2 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 3300

91 79 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 93 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
93 NEW 93 1 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 1700
94 85 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
95 99 95 2 FLICKER Tori Amos 2600
96 NEW 96 1 SCOPE MissingNo 1400
97 NEW 97 1 XO Kelsea Ballerini 1300
98 NEW 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200
99 NEW 99 1 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 1100
100 100 100 2 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 2000

DROP OUTS
61 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
66 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
84 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
86 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
91 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750

11th September 2016

It’s a second week on top for the fab Kadie Elder, but any of the top 5 would be a well-deserved chart-topper, as the highest new entry at is Agnes Obel and a hauntingly gorgeous track, sounds Familiar! That leaves RAT BOY stuck at 3 withe the terrific Get Over It and Francis & Bon dropping 2 when they should be on top too. Banks finally breaks into the top 10, and BETSY does it a bit faster.

Petula Clark shoots up into the 20, actually her second biggest hit not counting remixes and reissues, as a trio of dance and urban tracks sneak into the 20: TIEKS, Gallant, & Rag’N’Bone Man. 2nd highest new entry is Royksopp back again with Susanne Sundfor, not the first time they’ve made my charts, Royksopp date back a good 15 years or so and together they have had a top 10. A bit late Jason Derulo enters the top 30 with the bouncy Kiss The Sky, and just look who’s back: Chrissie Hynde has had some recent solo entries and is now back with The Pretenders for a beautiful extension of fab top 40 chart entries dating back 37 years to Stop Your Sobbing. Holy Commotion Batman!

Naxxos enter the 40, DJ Snake does the same, giving Bieber a rare top 40 track in my charts, leaving new entries from Massive Attack, 25 years on from some classic grooves, now a slow-groove with Hope Sandoval at 50, lovely stuff, and another School of ’79 act returns, the ever-reliably British Madness, coming up with a slice of Mr. Apples. Gavin DeGraw drops in occasionally, and he’s a bit Maroon 5-ish this time, while Bakermat pop back, and KT Tunstall has been absent for quite a while, but also has a welcome return. Just creeping into the tail end of the chart are some Big Names: Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga and SIA, all dropping unexpected new singles this week, all of them not bad, but not as epic as might have been hoped on first hearing. I will be playing them more though….! That leaves Tori amos doing what she does best, quirky ballads, Flicker, and there are many tracks in my chart which owe more than a bit to Tori’s unsual style. 25 years of chart entries.

1 1 1 2 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 340000
2 NEW 2 1 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 115000
3 3 3 3 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 180600
4 2 2 4 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 285000
5 5 5 3 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 138500
6 4 4 4 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 250000
7 7 6 5 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 228400
8 8 2 7 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 373800
9 17 9 6 GEMINI FEED Banks 127700
10 20 10 3 LOST & FOUND BETSY 79400

11 6 1 27 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 753050
12 9 2 7 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 434200
13 13 13 4 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 92800
14 35 14 4 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 59700
15 12 12 4 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 107750
16 24 16 3 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 51200
17 27 17 3 BOURBON Gallant 59600
18 19 12 8 TROUBLE Offaiah 161600
19 26 19 4 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 69000
20 10 1 19 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 965550

21 14 10 6 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 154750
22 18 9 8 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 228750
23 NEW 23 1 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 19250
24 15 1 18 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1053200
25 16 1 9 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 691750
26 29 26 6 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 92600
27 25 1 16 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1225200
28 NEW 28 1 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 18300
29 NEW 29 1 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 18200
30 30 30 4 FALL ON ME Kitten 70900

31 39 10 9 HEY Willa 206500
32 21 3 9 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 393800
33 58 33 4 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 35000
34 36 27 6 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 106800
35 11 11 5 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 151500
36 38 15 5 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 113100
37 32 2 12 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 509900
38 23 23 4 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 73200
39 45 39 6 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 57350
40 41 40 12 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 143600

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41 22 13 6 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 122250
42 68 42 3 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 21550
43 28 16 9 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 146750
44 31 1 17 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 748850
45 61 13 10 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 177950
46 54 46 2 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 23750
47 44 1 18 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1128300
48 48 48 3 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 19000
49 37 6 8 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 207200
50 NEW 50 1 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 12000

51 47 1 13 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 642900
52 75 52 3 YOUTH Glass Animals 18700
53 63 53 6 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 35050
54 42 42 4 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 41950
55 72 55 3 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 17400
56 62 56 4 HOME Henri Pfr 22400
57 55 1 22 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 617700
58 NEW 58 1 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 10200
59 73 59 3 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 17400
60 33 23 7 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 92250

61 40 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 34 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MR. APPLES Madness 7100
65 87 65 2 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 9600
66 52 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
69 69 69 4 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 17100
70 100 70 2 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 7000

71 78 71 2 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 10200
72 86 72 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 8400
73 80 73 2 OLE John Newman 9400
74 49 40 7 MOMBASA Stadium X 68350
75 79 75 2 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 9200

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76 67 1 22 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 949450
77 70 32 9 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 82650
78 NEW 78 1 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 4400
79 65 3 17 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 552650
80 91 80 2 ABER Tobtok 5900

81 82 81 4 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 10300
82 NEW 82 1 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 3600
83 93 83 2 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 5100
84 51 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
85 85 85 3 CONCRETE Tom Odell 9000
86 74 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
87 NEW 87 1 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 2600
88 95 88 2 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 3900
89 89 89 3 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 6100
90 NEW 90 1 SPHYNX La Femme 2000

91 66 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 84 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750
93 99 93 2 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 2800
94 NEW 94 1 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TUN UP Sarah Mark 1400
97 NEW 97 1 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FLICKER Tori Amos 1100
100 NEW 100 1 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 1000

DROP OUTS
46 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
53 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
56 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
59 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500
64 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
71 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
76 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
81 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
83 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
88 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
90 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000
92 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
96 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200

4th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder new at one, one of those rare events for my charts – a record new to me by an act new to me that is an instant Number One. It’s fab, and I’d hazard a guess that this Scandipop duo’s name was influenced by the John Wayne movie The Sons Of Katie Elder. I hope so, as in the cast was a boyhood crush of mine, Michael Anderson Junior, so that makes the subject matter a bit appropriate! That means Francis And The Lights and Bon Iver are held off at 2 in a very busy top 5, as rocketing up to 3 and into the 40 is RATBOY and his fab groove, Get Over It. Dua Lipa meanwhile gets a big climb to grab her 2nd top 5 and 2nd in the top 10 and she blows my mind – mwah!

Jesse & Joy take tuneful country ballads into the top 20 with a big leap to 13, and BETSY at 20 takes fab pop dance up there too. To say my top 40 is overcrowded is an understatement, records dropping which should be climbing due to the onrush. Rag’N’Bone Man climbs his bluesy Human into the 40, as does cool veteran Petula Clark, and classy Dominique. New entries lower down include a 60’s golden minor oldie, That’s Nice from the late English one-hit wonder Neil Christian, a very 60’s jolly track that I didn’t know I knew till I heard it the other week, nor did I know Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame played on it. It’s one I enjoyed as a kid without it registering in my consciousness as a named pop star or song title, cos it’s very familiar to me even after a few decades!

That leaves returns for DNCE, Jack Savoretti, John Newman, and most of the all-star cast of Sucker For Pain (Suicide Squad track number 3 in the chart), Barry Gibb back with his first solo entry in 30 years, and now the official longest run of chart hits (The Bee Gees were in my first-ever chart) at 48 years. In the same chart at 1 were The Beatles, who are also back with a live version of Twist & Shout. No band has ever been screamed at by girls ever. It’s a good version for getting the flavour of it, even though the track has already topped my chart when it belatedly entered the UK charts on download – the EP would have charted had EP’s been allowed in 1963. That leaves Bob Marley & Coldplay returning to my chart with previously charted tracks.

Phew!

1 NEW 1 1 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 170000
2 5 2 3 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 220000
3 56 3 2 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 95600
4 4 4 3 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 195000
5 26 5 2 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 78500
6 1 1 26 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 716050
7 6 6 4 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 178400
8 2 2 6 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 325800
9 3 2 6 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 399200
10 7 1 18 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 945550

11 11 11 4 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 134000
12 15 12 3 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 80750
13 37 13 3 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 60800
14 10 10 5 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 135000
15 9 1 17 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1034200
16 8 1 8 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 673000
17 19 17 5 GEMINI FEED Banks 82700
18 18 9 7 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 209250
19 12 12 6 TROUBLE Offaiah 139600
20 36 20 2 LOST & FOUND BETSY 37400

21 14 3 8 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 376000
22 13 13 5 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 108250
23 25 23 3 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 56000
24 63 24 2 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 26200
25 21 1 15 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1206800
26 38 26 3 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 48000
27 29 27 2 BOURBON Gallant 36600
28 16 16 8 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 133250
29 30 29 5 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 74100
30 35 30 3 FALL ON ME Kitten 52900

31 17 1 16 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 735600
32 28 2 11 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 492600
33 23 23 6 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 82250
34 20 20 5 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 93400
35 54 35 3 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 30700
36 27 27 5 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 89200
37 24 6 7 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 195100
38 22 15 4 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 85700
39 33 10 8 HEY Willa 188600
40 47 40 4 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 41900

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41 41 41 11 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 126600
42 50 42 3 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 30950
43 46 43 3 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 38250
44 40 1 17 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1115800
45 53 45 5 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 40250
46 31 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
47 42 1 12 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 631150
48 78 48 2 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 16700
49 49 40 6 MOMBASA Stadium X 63150
50 65 50 3 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 25800

51 32 26 6 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 75050
52 92 52 3 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 14900
53 34 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
54 NEW 54 1 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 11000
55 55 1 21 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 607300
56 70 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
58 73 58 3 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 17300
59 44 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 64 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500

61 43 13 9 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 164950
62 88 62 3 HOME Henri Pfr 11800
63 72 63 5 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 23800
64 57 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
65 51 3 16 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 548450
66 66 32 7 CLOSER Josef Salvat 86600
67 68 1 21 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 944650
68 96 68 2 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 7800
69 86 69 3 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 10900
70 RE 32 8 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 78050

71 52 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
72 100 72 2 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 6600
73 91 73 2 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 7300
74 74 1 19 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 767600
75 89 75 2 YOUTH Glass Animals 7200

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76 48 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
78 NEW 78 1 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OLE John Newman 4000

81 45 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
82 95 82 3 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 6500
83 84 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
84 80 1 20 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 466950
85 85 85 2 CONCRETE Tom Odell 6000
86 NEW 86 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 2800
87 NEW 87 1 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 2600
88 58 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
89 93 89 2 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 3900
90 60 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000

91 NEW 91 1 ABER Tobtok 1900
92 97 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
93 NEW 93 1 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 1700
94 94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
95 NEW 95 1 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 1500
96 75 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 99 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 NEW 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200
99 NEW 99 1 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 1000

DROP OUTS
59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
61 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
67 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
69 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
71 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
76 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
79 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
81 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
90 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050
98 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300

My 1985 Charts – July

2nd July 1985

The Beach Boys getcha back on top of the charts after a 9-year break since Good Vibrations topped on reissue in 1976. Despite great singles peaking at 2 in 1968, 1969 and 1979 the one that went all the way was a total flop – but it had that classic surfer harmony sound, and a great song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher, Doris Day’s son. More importantly for me, it was the first record released by the band after the death of Dennis Wilson in a drowning accident, which gave it an added pathos, being as I was and am a huge fan of the Beach Boys. Bad news for Hall & Oates who almost get a second chart-topper, with reactivated Out Of Touch at 2, while Sister Sledge, Prince and Bruce Springsteen all get another new top 10 single to add to their tallies.

Paul Young and Dead Or Alive go up into the top 20, as highest new entry You And Your Heart So Blue is in at 19 for Bucks Fizz, another great single which inexplicably flopped, especially given the general goodwill for Mike Nolan recovering after his near-death band coach crash. Howard Jones gets yet another top 40 track, as Denise LaSalle waves her toot toot in as well, and ex-Undertones vocalist Feargal Sharkey does the same, 7 years on from Teenage Kicks. Toyah also pops into the 40, and Marti Webb’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Ben, while there’s a new entry for Don Henley at 28 with his 1982 chart hit (for me at least) Dirty Laundry, an under-rated fabulously bitter and cynical single – it still wasn’t a hit in the UK, sadly.

New entries outside the 40, The Adventures at 48 with Feel The Raindrops, another great single that flopped for the lads, while at 55 The Cult debut with a classic rock track She Sells Sanctuary, a track with attitude and swagger, just brilliant. At 60, The Damned make a pleasant single, The Shadow Of Love, as they belatedly get some deserved UK singles success, while future UK chart-topper There Must Be An Angel is in at 64 for Eurythmics, by far their most joyous single, if tongue-in-cheek video, and with a bonus Stevie Wonder harmonica solo to boot. Perfect pop. At 72, it’s another early 80’s UK flop back again, though this time Billy Idol actually gets a well-deserved big UK hit out of it: White Wedding is almost as fab as his 1984 number one in my charts – Eyes Without A Face – but this one is Billy at his sneeringest rocktastic best.

http://youtube.com/v/YAZBbZ27xlM

1 ( 3 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 4 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
6 ( 10 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 14 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
8 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
9 ( 11 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
10 ( 13 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen

11 ( 5 ) OBSESSION Animotion
12 ( 29 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
13 ( 9 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
14 ( 18 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
15 ( 8 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
16 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
17 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
18 ( 19 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( NEW ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
20 ( 48 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

21 ( 32 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( 16 ) CALL ME Go West
23 ( 60 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
24 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
25 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
27 ( 31 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
28 ( NEW ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
29 ( 21 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
30 ( 72 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle

http://youtube.com/v/PDBOwPORHGU

31 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
32 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
33 ( 64 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
34 ( 22 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
35 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 40 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
37 ( 46 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
38 ( 63 ) BEN Marti Webb
39 ( 27 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
40 ( 37 ) CRY Godley And Creme

41 ( 33 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
43 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
44 ( 56 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
45 ( 35 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
46 ( 59 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
47 ( 39 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
48 ( NEW ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
49 ( 45 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
50 ( 53 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

http://youtube.com/v/icC6dABqhkw

51 ( 34 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
52 ( 23 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
53 ( 50 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54 ( 41 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( NEW ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
56 ( 58 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 38 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
58 ( 69 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
59 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
60 ( NEW ) THE SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned

http://youtube.com/v/8I8mWG6HlmU

61 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
62 ( 49 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
63 ( 42 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
64 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
65 ( 57 ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
66 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( NEW ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
70 ( 75 ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

71 ( 61 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
72 ( NEW ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
73 ( 70 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
74 ( 68 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
75 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar

http://youtube.com/v/AAZQaYKZMTI

TV 29th Jun-5th Jul
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Cheers
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Ready Steady Go

In my oldies playlist, 2 future 80‘s reissued UK chart entries for Fleetwood Mac’s Hold Me and Lulu’s Shout (hey, when you’re right you’re right) though I’m still waiting on Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ Jill, appropriately Beach Boys-influenced 1967 single.

http://youtube.com/v/ulCFJh55gbc

In the media, I bought Paperback Writer (Beatles) and How Soon Is Now (Smiths), watched The Young Ones and LIfe On Earth, and a crap edition of Top Of The Pops, while at work, my young new cheeky assistant got ever bolder and cheekier as we surveyed the roads of Blandford and Gillingham. It got the stage where I was arguing with him and having to use reason to get him to stop going OTT and making errors in the data. Rang grandma, who was worryingly out of breath.

In the DC Comics Crisis On Infinite Earths megablockbuster series with every superhero on the books and more, they carried out a shock: Supergirl was killed off. Punishment for a flop movie more than likely, but genuinely shocking as superheroes with their own comics who had been around for 30 years just didn’t get killed. It’s sort of killing the golden goose (and so it turned out until the new re-telling TV version which has just debuted 30 years on) as all reinventions of alternative characters using the name were pretty useless and floppy. The repercussions also hit the Legion Of Super Heroes, as she’d been a time-travelling member since I first picked up the comic in 1969, and of course my comic of choice was at it’s peak at this time, creatively and pretty big sales-wise.

9th July 1985

2 weeks for The Beach Boys on top, as I revisit LA (Light Album) in my oldies playing, and a leap to 2 for Dead Or Alive and In Too Deep, and a third top 10 in a row for them. Propaganda hit a new peak of 3 with Duel, and Bucks Fizz are pondering you and your heart so blue at 7, for a 4th year of top 10 tracks, with only the odd single peaking lower down the chart. Paul Young also keeps them coming for over 2 years, as Tomb Of Memories digs it way slowly up.

Huge climbs for The Cult and The Damned into the 20 to challenge the upper chart pop domination, with Tears For Fears fabulous sombre Head Over Heels also scraping into the 20 (and very much under-rated by me at the time), along with Howard Jones more jaunty Life In One Day. Eurythmics joyous classic angels are playing with my heart into the 30, with Sting, Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, and The Adventures all hitting the 40 along with highest new entry, left-wing band Redskins and Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) in at 37. Left-wing politics in music was very much the vogue in 1985, and the video had the bonus of Alexei Sayle, left-wing comedian to underline the point.

New entries: Amazulu return a bit excitable at 46, Glen Frey joins ex and future band mate from The Eagles Don Henley in the chart, at 47, and Adam Ant starts to run out of steam at 49, Vive Le Rock, after a 5-year run. Jaki Graham turns up minus David Grant, and she’s round and round at 60, a good British dancepop track, while OMD are at a lowly 64 with a secret (the secret is they are following up a chart-topper and not doing so well) 5 years on from debut chart-topper Messages. Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has another go at becoming a pop star at 71, covering 1969 Number 1 Dizzy, and peaks a full deserved 70 places lower than either Tommy Roe’s classic original, or Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff’s future UK chart cover version. Supertramp pop in briefly with a cannonball a decade after they started with a classic Dreamer, and The Style Council give a bit of publicity for Milton Keynes, symbol town for blandness in the eighties.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 20 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 8 ) DUEL Propaganda
4 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 19 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 10 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
9 ( 5 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
10 ( 12 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

http://youtube.com/v/C7Eo1IHajGQ

11 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
12 ( 7 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
13 ( 23 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
14 ( 55 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 60 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
16 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
17 ( 13 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
18 ( 11 ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 9 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
20 ( 15 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

http://youtube.com/v/dblor-04xeE

21 ( 14 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
23 ( 18 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 28 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
25 ( 17 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
27 ( 30 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
28 ( 36 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
29 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
30 ( 64 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

31 ( 22 ) CALL ME Go West
32 ( 48 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 26 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
34 ( 24 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
35 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 38 ) BEN Marti Webb
37 ( NEW ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
38 ( 32 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
39 ( 44 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
40 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 27 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
42 ( 34 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
43 ( 58 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
44 ( 40 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 29 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
46 ( NEW ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
47 ( NEW ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
48 ( 41 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
49 ( NEW ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
50 ( 39 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 43 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
52 ( 37 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
53 ( 45 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
54 ( 49 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
55 ( 53 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 69 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
58 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
59 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
60 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

http://youtube.com/v/E30q7pNy0jM

61 ( 42 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
62 ( 47 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
63 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
64 ( NEW ) SECRET OMD
65 ( 50 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
66 ( 59 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
67 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( 52 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
70 ( 72 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

71 ( NEW ) DIZZY The Rock-olas
72 ( 51 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
73 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
74 ( NEW ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
75 ( 63 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

TV 6th-12th July
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Another Audience With Dame Edna
3 Batman: Shame
4 Hill Street Blues
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Lou Grant
7 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
8 Dallas
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Ready Steady Go


At work out in the streets of Blandford Forum, driver Bob noticed young Nick’s tendency to admire himself in any passing mirrors and quipped a great one-liner: “if we put mirrors on all access covers and manholes he wouldn’t miss any” (off the computer survey data list). Bob also fixed our flat tyre on the spot, good for him. I got a lot of stick from Jason, in the other team, and Nick, when they got together, both seemingly-obsessed with my never-mentioned (and none-existent) sex life and persuasion, which wound me up.

At Wimbledon, McEnroe went out, and young lad Becker went through, all a bit of a surprise. Womens final was fave Chrissie Lloyd sadly lost (I saw it as her last chance) to Martina Navratilova who I was also a fan of. 17-year-old Boris Becker amazingly won the men’s final. I bought a new T shirt, and wore it. It’s worth mentioning that because I also wore it to mum’s surprise, as my skinny arms hadn’t seen the light of day (bar the USA holiday in 1979) since 1971, I think! My self-image was skinny.

At 3 in my oldies chart, Ready Steady Go was being repeated 20 years on, a TV show that was the coolest (yes it’s true) on British TV in the mid-60’s, and I was now old enough to have 20-year-old memories, like Sandie Shaw (who I loved as a child) and was now cool all over again thanks to Morrissey. This is a great old clip of a song I’m still waiting to chart…

http://youtube.com/v/-PadwVClZb4

16th July 1985

This was Live Aid week, the huge world concert (lots of local versions to go with the 2 main events at Wembley and Philadelphia) and a host of megastars on show for charity, bullied into it by Bob Geldof for a great cause, to help the starving in Ethiopa as the politicians sat on their arses as always. Band Aid, as a charity, ran for 2 decades, and kept people alive. Cynics (and there were plenty of them) can piss off, I don’t care what everybody’s motives were or weren’t for the concert, the bottom line is it saved lives and Geldof managed to do what politicians wouldn’t. So. In my chart on the day of Live Aid, The Beach Boys topped for a third week with Getcha Back, and played at Live Aid on Saturday13th July with a buncha classic tunes. Eurythmics shoot up to 4, There Must Be An Angel sadly not on show at Live Aid cos Annie had lost her voice, happily they did Net Aid in 1998 and Live8 in the noughties, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

The Damned, years into their career, finally get a top 10 single with the spooky Shadow Of Love at 7, while Howard Jones keeps his tally going with Life In One Day at 10. Adam Ant shoots up to 17 with new track Vive Le Rock, and pisses off viewers at Live Aid by doing it instead of one of his hits. Adam was miffed (and still is) he had only the one song slot, but should have accepted it gracefully and done Stand And Deliver which would have been far more appropriate and memorable: “Your money or your life” would have taken on new meaning. It wasn’t designed to be a plug for the new single, after all. Highest new entry at 20 is Sparks, back with a bang, for a Change, and a gem it is too, floppy yes, but sprawling and adventurous and delightful. 11 years on they may not be charting, but they carry on their own quirky way then and now, and never fail to charm.

Jaki Graham leaps into the 30, round and round, with Glen Frey, Amazulu and Opus (or ‘Opeless as I sometimes called them) all sneak into the 40, while The Conway Brothers arrive with a bit more force, and Billy Idol’s White Wedding finally starts moving and Bill catches the bouquet at 39 from 70. Another early 80’s track pops in at 59, Trans X and the very dated sounding (for 1985 – synth pop had really moved on in leaps and bounds) Living On Video, but it was fine for 1980/1981. Animal Nightlife get another chart entry with a very 1940’s stylee Love Is Just The Great Adventure, Animotion follow-up a fab chart-topper with a much less fab Let Him Go, Tina Turner is back on fire with the theme tune to Mad Max: Thunderdome, We Don’t Need Another Hero, and her best solo record to date, Aretha Franklin’s Freeway Of Love is in at 73, Steve Arrington’s dancin’ at 71, and slipping in with a Stevie Wonder song written for the Jackson 5, Buttercup, it’s Carl Anderson debuting. I say debut – had I allowed movie tracks in my charts (and I wish I had) his version of Superstar, as Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar, would easily have topped my chart in 1973, or later, cos it’s a spine-tingling passionate vocal performance of a brilliant Lloyd-Webber/Rice song. Still an absolute show-stopper, and still waiting to chart it.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 30 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
6 ( 3 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 15 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
8 ( 9 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 10 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
10 ( 13 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

http://youtube.com/v/eD6byRAKXK4

11 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
12 ( 16 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
13 ( 5 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 8 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
16 ( 12 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
17 ( 49 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
18 ( 27 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
19 ( 11 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
20 ( NEW ) CHANGE Sparks

http://youtube.com/v/8ax1lWJfjKk

21 ( 24 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
22 ( 17 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
23 ( 29 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 20 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
25 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
26 ( 28 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
27 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
28 ( 19 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 60 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
30 ( 23 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 22 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 37 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
34 ( 21 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
35 ( 47 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
36 ( 46 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 43 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
38 ( 57 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
39 ( 70 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
40 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( NEW ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
43 ( 31 ) CALL ME Go West
44 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
46 ( 59 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
47 ( 33 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
48 ( 34 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) LET HIM GO Animotion
50 ( 74 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

51 ( 26 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
52 ( 64 ) SECRET OMD
53 ( 39 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
54 ( 45 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
55 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 54 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
58 ( 36 ) BEN Marti Webb
59 ( NEW ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
60 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

http://youtube.com/v/b9xBAtCsCTQ

61 ( 41 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
62 ( 42 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
63 ( 51 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
64 ( 48 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
65 ( 63 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
66 ( 52 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
67 ( NEW ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
68 ( 53 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
69 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
70 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

http://youtube.com/v/dq4aOaDXIfY

71 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
72 ( 61 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
73 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
74 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
75 ( NEW ) BUTTERCUP Carl Anderson

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 Dallas
3 LIVE AID
4 Cheers
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Batman: Shame part 2
7 The Abba Story
8 Lou Grant
9 Top Of The Pops
10 I Dream Of Jeannie

http://youtube.com/v/u7XIL67QSME

OLDIES CHART
1 TUG OF WAR Paul McCartney
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby Stills & Nash
3 LIVING EYES Bee Gees


Overall, I pondered that with only 23 of the UK top 40 in my top 40 it was the worst UK chart since the mid-70’s, while at work, Nick calmed down a bit and had some good talks in the week at lunchtimes, and it was so warm out on the rural Dorset roads I stuck with my T shirts. The boys back in the office, Jason and Nick, teased friendly Terry with a fake phone call, she took it with good nature as I’d tipped her off what they were going to do. On “Wogan” Sparks popped up looking good, and in my appearance I shaved off my moustache – I’d had one since I was in my teens, and it was hard to get used to!

LIVE AID DAY: Bob Geldof rightly demanding money for the cause; The Cars’ Drive recent number one for me was used with footage of the famine, which was immensely powerful, even though it shouldn’t have worked it did. Billy Connolly was in tears. Who wasn’t….!? My personal highlights of the UK end: Boomtown Rats, Bowie, Queen, Elton John (& Kiki & George Michael), Elvis Costello doing All You Need Is Love, and Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, and the collective Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the USA Madonna was the top act for me, but I only managed to stay up till 2am. The finale didn’t record on my video either, doh! I may not have got hold of tickets, but I have seen most of the UK performers since (or before) Live Aid, hey ho.

 

23rd July 1985

Eurythmics get a second chart-topper, a year after 1984 (Sex Crime) did it first, and the life-affirming, tongue-in-cheek There Must Be An Angel is nothing like the dark synths of the former. Dead Or Alive are sadly stuck at 2 for the 3rd week, but the Damned hit 5 as The Cult leap to 6 for a fab bit of Goth Rock double delight. Sparks enter the top 10 with Change, their first in 6 years and 8th in total, as Jaki Graham circles the top 10 round at 11. Simply Red and Feargal Sharkey grab a top 20 spot, and the highest new entry is another Goth goodie, The Cure at 19 with In Between Days, the terrific first single off The Head On The Door and 5 years on from their first top 20.

In at 22, Prince is back, also 5 years on from his debut, with Raspberry Beret, still in his pyschedelic pop period, as Trans X hit the 40, and The Cool Notes enter with the catchy Brit-soul of In Your Car at 29. Tina Turner thunders into the 40, while a bit more low-key OMD have a secret, Style Council divert from Milton Keynes, and Animal Nightlife grab a second top 40. New at 49, The Goonies movie theme tune from Cyndi Lauper – have to say I’ve yet to see the film though, shockingly! Dare Me, demand the Pointer Sisters at 52, on of their better records after 6 years of chart action, though I probably would have charted Yes We Can Can in 1973 if my charts had allowed non-UK-chart singles.

In at 60, UB40 have paired up with Chrissie Hynde, having a Pretenders-break, for a UK chart-topper cover of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe, reggae style. Not got the magic of the original but it wasn’t bad, and it gave them an excuse to tour together in the 90’s, and an excuse for me to go and see both The Pretenders (for the 3rd time) and UB40. At 61, Nik Kershaw I saw in concert the other week (that’s November 2015) and new entry Don Quixote sounded much better than I gave it credit for at the time. At 66 Loose Ends cover Bowie’s 1975 number one Golden Years, plastic Glam soul funk to Brit soul. Divine sneaks in with another camp cover, Twistin’ The Night away, and just above it’s Sting. Actually it’s Dire Straits, but his vocal assist is enough for a featuring credit really, and one of their top tunes in Money For Nothing, and THAT groundbreaking music video and guitar riffs. Also 6 years since first charting, for both.

http://youtube.com/v/TlGXDy5xFlw

1 ( 4 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
5 ( 7 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
6 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
7 ( 5 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 11 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
10 ( 20 ) CHANGE Sparks

11 ( 29 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
12 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
13 ( 18 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
14 ( 17 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
15 ( 26 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
16 ( 9 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
17 ( 15 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 10 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
19 ( NEW ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
20 ( 23 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/scif2vfg1ug

21 ( 12 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( NEW ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
23 ( 16 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
24 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 19 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
26 ( 59 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 37 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
28 ( 38 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
29 ( NEW ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
30 ( 39 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

http://youtube.com/v/4i_z6JOKkVk

31 ( 22 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 24 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
34 ( 67 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 25 ) OBSESSION Animotion
36 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 52 ) SECRET OMD
38 ( 42 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
39 ( 27 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
40 ( 50 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

41 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
42 ( 30 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 49 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
44 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 21 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
46 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
47 ( 34 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
48 ( 31 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
49 ( NEW ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 71 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington

http://youtube.com/v/3IprBx1OlBk

51 ( 35 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
52 ( NEW ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
53 ( 43 ) CALL ME Go West
54 ( 65 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 45 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
57 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
58 ( 48 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
59 ( 47 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
60 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

http://youtube.com/v/bNLJbD_Oitk

61 ( NEW ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
62 ( 57 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 33 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
64 ( 54 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
65 ( 70 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
67 ( 51 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
68 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
69 ( 60 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
70 ( 69 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

71 ( NEW ) GENIE B B & Q
72 ( 64 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie
74 ( NEW ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
75 ( NEW ) TWISTIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY Divine

TV 20th – 26th July
1 The Young Ones: Sick
2 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
3 Cheers
4 The Young Ones: Boring
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show: pilot
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Batman
10 The Phil Silvers Show


At work Nick got inspired to put words and sing to any tunes I come up with on my music computer, I wish I’d taken him up on it really, missed opportunity he would have made a great pop star, sadly my tunes were crap and technology just wasn’t there without big cash in those days to get a decent sound. I would have done better with an electric guitar or piano frankly! Doh! Mum appeared to have a liver infection, at home, which caused me anxiety. On TV Patrick Duffy’s Bobby Ewing got bumped off, pure emotion, pure corn but engrossing and tongue-in-cheek Dallas season climax. It was all downhill from here really…

On saturday we got the bad news that mum’s mum, grandma in Liverpool had gone blind in one eye thanks to a burst blood clot – this was actually a good thing as she had had another minor heart attack the other week and not told us, and would otherwise have likely died. We made plans to go up to Liverpool.

30th July 1985

2 weeks for Eurythmics at 1, and The Cure shoot up to 2 for the second time, with In Between Days. Jaki Graham gets a second top 10, her first solo, and Tina Turner gets her 4th, or 3rd solo, with the Mad Max song. Highest new entry at 10 is the latest in the anniversary reissue and recharting hits for The Beatles – Help! It had made my charts for the first time in 1976 (when it again made the UK singles chart), but had long been a fave since I went to the cinema as a boy of 7 to watch the movie, a glorious colourful light-hearted romp packed with great songs. Culturally, The Beatles were everything in the 60’s, and Help! was only 3 years into their chart career, and yet seemed instantly as if the record had always existed. Tina Turner, just above them, had then-recently done her best to turn the urgent manic begging of the classic original into a self-pitying plodder, so it’s only fair the original should be nipping at her heels with one of her best records. Billy Idol, still looking for a White Wedding, hits the top 20 at long last, as Prince’s Raspberry Beret squeezes in too. Fruity!

Madonna gets both the highest current new entry, with US-12inch B side the excellent Into The Groove mystifyingly never a single, given it’s still Madonna’s biggest UK hit, in at 16, her 7th chart entry since Holiday debuted in the top 10 the previous year – and back again at 19, Madonna having gone from just another female popdisco act, to superstar, allowing her new legion of fans who hadn’t noticed it first time round to buy it again, as it went all the way to 2 in the UK singles chart, behind Into The Groove which hit 1. Quite big then, and having already jumped into a big movie, desperately seeking Susan, didn’t hurt at all! Meanwhile UB40 and Chrissie Hynde make the top 30, as Mainframe enter at 33, with a not-Stranglers 5 Minutes, quite exciting dance track. The Pointer Sisters are still daring me to mention they have made the 40 along with Cyndi Lauper’s Goonies, as a gentle Phil Collins minor UK hit, Take Me Home, enters at 38 outdoing some of his bigger hits for me, cos it’s pretty nice.

Five Star get Let Me Be The One for a second chart entry at 52, and Arrow do the same at 59, with the catchy Long Time. Which leaves follow-ups from The Untouchables, Gary Moore and Broooce and another Born In The USA single, Glory Days.

1 ( 1 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 19 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
3 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
4 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 6 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
6 ( 11 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE Sparks
8 ( 4 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
9 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
10 ( NEW ) HELP! The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/8xqLfz_LPm4

11 ( 15 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
12 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
13 ( 29 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
14 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
15 ( 30 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
16 ( NEW ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
17 ( 5 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
18 ( 22 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
19 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
20 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/52iW3lcpK5M

21 ( 12 ) DUEL Propaganda
22 ( 9 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( 13 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
24 ( 27 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
25 ( 37 ) SECRET OMD
26 ( 26 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 16 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
29 ( 18 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
30 ( 60 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

31 ( 14 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
32 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
33 ( NEW ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
34 ( 52 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 31 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
36 ( 25 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
38 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
39 ( 49 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
40 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

http://youtube.com/v/sRY1NG1P_kw

41 ( 23 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
42 ( 35 ) OBSESSION Animotion
43 ( 28 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
44 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 46 ) CRY Godley And Creme
46 ( 50 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
47 ( 33 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
48 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 66 ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
50 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex

51 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
52 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
53 ( 39 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
54 ( 43 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
55 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
56 ( 38 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
57 ( 41 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
58 ( 74 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
59 ( NEW ) LONG TIME Arrow
60 ( 61 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

http://youtube.com/v/rZE15B8dK7k

61 ( 42 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
62 ( 56 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
63 ( 40 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
64 ( 68 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
65 ( 58 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
66 ( 62 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
67 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
68 ( 48 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
70 ( 47 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 53 ) CALL ME Go West
72 ( 45 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
73 ( NEW ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
74 ( 70 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
75 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) The Untouchables


TV 27th July- 2nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Conscience Of The King
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Batman
8 Taxi
9 Bewitched
10 I Dream Of Jeannie


At home good news about grandma’s blood-clotted eye, she wasn’t blind in it, and it should hopefully improve. Hot sunny weather helped the country roads surveying, and on friday Nick, Bob and I all played pool at lunchtime in a pub, all winning, great fun. Bought Boomtown Rats & Stranglers albums after work, and my brother arrived with Sue & the kids at home, he took the piss out of my moped (but still had a go). Baby Gav was very quiet, Vicki a very noisy active toddler by now. These days I like reminding Vicki of the olden days when chatting about toddler William, who takes after his mum smile.gif

 

 

My 1980 Charts – July

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1st July 1980

3 weeks on top for OMD, as ELO and ONJ knock on their initialed door at 2. Not to mention PJM at 3. Macca’s 2nd of the year to go top 3, while ELO and Livvie repeat what they did in 1979, and 1978, and ELO did in 1977, 1976, 1973 and 1972 (going top 3). Splodgeness abound into the top 10 (arf!) with two pints of lager, with the Korgis snapping at their heels cos, you know, everybody’s gotta learn sometime, and a second magnificent top 10 for the lads.

Stacey Lattisaw jumps to the top 20 beat from 32, Teena Marie a little behind the groove at 18, and Queen scrape into the top 20 yet again as they continue to fall short of the 10 for 18 months-worth of singles, a far cry from 3 chart-toppers out of 4 in 1974/5. The Sex Pistols and Darts both climb with inferior covers, as Odyssey finally get cracking and Use It Up into the top 30, without wearing it out, and Saxon fly up to 28 in a 747 (feel free to groan at these links) as a bit of pop Nu-Metal agrees with me nicely. We were strangers in the night, but not anything to do with Frank Sinatra’s slightly better song. In at 38, The Blues Band take old song Diddy Wah Diddy into the 40 (not to be confused with Paul Jones Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy, which is a better record, but fresh off Paul Jones’ Knebworth gig wot I saw), and Tavares return after a gap with I Don’t Want You Anymore for a 4th year of hits.

Daryl Hall & John Oates return running from paradise, and their first entry for 3 years, and 4 years on from the gorgeous She’s Gone. The soon-to-be solo Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto debuts as the Yellow Magic Orchestra with a space invaders synth instrumental theme, which was quite catchy, but not one I’ve managed to buy yet, and proving beyond doubt that having a hit record is no guarantee you’ll be able to buy it or stream it decades down the line. New Musik are back with a 4th gem synthpop single, looking for Sanctuary at 53, Carlene Carter covers her dad’s Ring Of Fire at 55, Rupert Holmes extends his run of singles at 66 and The Detroit Spinners do the same at 68 as they cover Sam Cooke’s Cupid, and follow in Johnny Nash’s 1969 shoes in charting it. Janis Ian gets a 3rd chart entry flying too high, as per her previous entry, so much so that she reaches the other side of the sun, and very nice too, though not as memorable as 1975’s heart-breaking At Seventeen.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 9 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
6 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 4 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 23 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
10 ( 5 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

http://youtube.com/v/7o-9_J_Cc2w

11 ( 6 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 19 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
13 ( 20 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 32 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
15 ( 11 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
16 ( 12 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
17 ( 16 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
18 ( 21 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
19 ( 22 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
20 ( 17 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 27 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
23 ( 10 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
24 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 34 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
26 ( 47 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
27 ( 64 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
28 ( 71 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
29 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
30 ( 35 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

http://youtube.com/v/BkKrUz45icE

31 ( 38 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
32 ( 15 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
33 ( 25 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
34 ( 36 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
35 ( 29 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
37 ( 39 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
38 ( NEW ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
39 ( 31 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
40 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares

41 ( 55 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
42 ( 37 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
43 ( 42 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
44 ( 28 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
45 ( 33 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
46 ( 44 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
47 ( 56 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
48 ( NEW ) RUNNING FOR PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
49 ( 40 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
50 ( NEW ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra

http://youtube.com/v/SY-wZTMNQmQ

51 ( 45 ) RAT RACE The Specials
52 ( NEW ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
53 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY New Musik
54 ( 46 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
55 ( NEW ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
56 ( 53 ) CALL ME Blondie
57 ( 51 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
58 ( 73 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
59 ( 49 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
60 ( 66 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer

http://youtube.com/v/aoFOvCZcarU

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
64 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
65 ( 58 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
66 ( NEW ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes
67 ( 41 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
68 ( NEW ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
69 ( 30 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
70 ( 65 ) ATOMIC Blondie

71 ( 52 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 75 ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott
73 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
74 ( 72 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
75 ( 59 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest

TV 21st – 27th June

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 The Outer Limits
3 Wimbledon (friday)
4 Wimbledon ’79
5 Animal Olympics


In my life, in the last full week of June, I was well into watching Wimbledon on TV, Borg and McEnroe both doing well in the first week of play. It was Pete’s 22nd birthday and 2 of our gang decided Pete needed a douse in the bath to celebrate, and tried to enlist me to do some heavy-mob impressions. No amount of cajoling, threats or persuasion convinced me it was a worthy endeavor (I don’t give in to peer-group pressure) so they had a mighty struggle with Pete, who threw up afterwards, before helping the same two give Julie a thoughtful bath too. Teachers all, you know, bar one…..!

College American Studies outside examiner interview on Tuesday before the goodbye’s to other students started gradually. One of my friends got the awful news she’d failed teaching practice, and hadn’t qualified after 3 years, upset and packing to leave the next day or two. Pete’s family were going back to Germany, and he would be joining them unless he got a summer job. I noted that we’d probably never see him again, if I knew Pete (which I did, being my best mate and all at College). So it was. He eventually married a Japanese girl, and moved to Japan, had a son and then lost touch sometime in the late 80’s. TP-failing, though, turned out not so tragic as she is now a Reverend, married to a Reverend, and living in a Parish in Wales. I didn’t like all this gang-breaking-up one bit, not at all, and predicted the next few months (at least) would be very depressing. I didn’t know the half of it….

I kept myself busy writing a fiction story and printing black & white photos in the College darkroom, as everyone gathered in my room wednesday evening for hysterical laughs watching TV. As we gathered Thursday evening I taped-recorded us all chatting and mucking about – and haven’t been able to listen to it since, with my reel-to-reel player having died, it’s a major loss to me that I didn’t convert it to mp3 years ago while it was just about working. I need to find someone to do it for me so I can hear how embarrassing I was at the time.

Friday, grandma and granddad dropped by with mum and dad, on their way through Lincoln, Paul took a few of us for a pub evening, Ian, Bev, Sue, which ended on a sour note thanks to an unfortunate comment, but otherwise was fun, Saturday was snooker (yet more), more bargain bin singles purchases in town, played Ian at tennis which was great fun, he was always a laugh, sorry I’ve lost touch these days. Then team table tennis after eating before an evening at Alan & Helen’s flat, where we had an Alan-guitar singalong and laughs with most of the gang there. From here to another goodbye party at Jo and Elaine’s, but not that many in attendance, so our smaller gang (Ian, Pete, Julie, Jane) just mucked about till 1-ish, and Charades till 2. It was so not a party, it was hilarious.

8th July 1980

The first chart after my final week of College, and it’s Olivia Newton-John getting a second number one (following You’re The One That I Want) and ELO getting a 9th, leaving them behind only The Beatles and Abba for most chart-toppers, though old mucker Roy Wood also totals 9 in various guises, including one with ELO (10538 Overture). Co-incidentally Macca is at 3, and ELO themselves are also at 4 with another Xanadu single, I’m Alive. I over-rated it as I’d managed to get hold of a cut-price copy of the single and they were coming off the back of 3 chart-toppers in a row.

Joan Armatrading gets Me Myself I into the 10, her 2nd, as Stacy Lattisaw gets a jumping first. Saxon, Odyssey and The Hollies all go top 20, Odyssey’s 2nd, The Hollies 7th or so in a 12-year span. Into the top 40 go Yellow Magic Orchestra’s space invaders, Spider, Voyager, The Detroit Spinners and Bad Manners, not to mention classic Bob Marley. Lower down we find the new entries rushing in with many a classic: Kate Bush is back with the sensational video Russian babe of Babooshka, Joy Division debut with the timeless and influential Love Will Tear Us Apart, even though lead singer was already dead, having committed suicide in May. Both tracks remain brilliant. Almost as good: The Undertones bring Wednesday Week in at 74. a melodic gem and a welcome change of pace from the boys, Kim Carnes huskily covers Smokey Robinson to fabulous effect at 68 ahead of her UK breakthrough a year later with an even greater track, and Change debut with the Chic-ish delight of A Lover’s Holiday at 48.

Others: The Rolling Stones have a decent comeback with Emotional Rescue, still in disco groove mode at 57, Sad Cafe have a 5th entry with the terribly titled Nothing Left Toulouse, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett get a second hit 3 years on from Really Free, with the abrupt-change of direction of DK 50-80, a quirky synthrock track that was ahead of it’s time, The Vapors get another entry (News At Ten) and Bill Nelson comes back without Be Bop Deluxe, 4 years after Ships In The Night hit my top 10, now dreaming in colour.

http://youtube.com/v/-yBiTNLuTeo

1 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
3 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
6 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 5 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
8 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 14 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

11 ( 9 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
12 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
13 ( 28 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
14 ( 10 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
15 ( 18 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
16 ( 27 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
17 ( 19 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
18 ( 12 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
19 ( 69 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
20 ( 16 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

21 ( 25 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
22 ( 50 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 31 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
24 ( 26 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
26 ( 15 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
27 ( 34 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
28 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
29 ( 17 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
30 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

31 ( 20 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
32 ( 41 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
33 ( 38 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 52 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
35 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
36 ( 68 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 21 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
38 ( 47 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
39 ( 64 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
40 ( 58 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 48 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
42 ( 22 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
43 ( 23 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
44 ( 43 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
45 ( 39 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 29 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
48 ( NEW ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
49 ( 53 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
50 ( NEW ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush

http://youtube.com/v/6xckBwPdo1c

51 ( 33 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
52 ( 55 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
53 ( 32 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
54 ( 46 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
55 ( NEW ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
56 ( 37 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
58 ( 60 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
59 ( 36 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
60 ( 66 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

http://youtube.com/v/zuuObGsB0No

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 44 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
64 ( 54 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
65 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
66 ( 57 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
67 ( 56 ) CALL ME Blondie
68 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
69 ( NEW ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 45 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie

http://youtube.com/v/W5ADrcHJLFg

71 ( 71 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 73 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson

http://youtube.com/v/FswDoZKFXVc

TV June 28th – 4th July
1 Wimbledon
2 Q9
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork and Mindy
5 Firecreek


On TV the striking BBC staff kept Top Of The Pops off the air for half the summer, which was a bummer, not to mention other TV shows, which, along with a week of partying hard as we all left College, meant I watched hardly any TV, unusually for me in those days. The last single I was playing to death was OMD, and the last single I bought at College was a gatefold sleeve version of Xanadu. I borrowed Julie’s camera flash and went to the Usher Art Gallery and took photos of my work on the wall, allowing myself a bit of sad ego-boosting amongst the crushing comments of the Uni examiners, then tutor Max helped me remove them and the helped shift piano’s and the like. American Studies tutor John Davies praised my writing, suggested further reading to widen my experience and gave me my marks in graph form for each year at College, rising steeply with The Immigrants, and stood up for me in the end results for marks, overall 65% (Grade 1). I always like John Davies and wish I could stayed as enthusiastic for myself as he was on my behalf!

Mum, dad, grandma & granddad dropped by with a new watch for me! I am still wearing it, a dozen batteries later, a scratched clock face, and 35 years on. I do like to take care of stuff! Ian, Sue, Paul Julie & Jane gathered, Alan came by, and off we went in a tie I borrowed from Sue for the goodbye dinner, a lecturer came over to chat to me and made a very unexpected personal comment out of the blue which I’m still not clear on what he saying but I went bright red! That left speeches from the Principal and Union Rep Mark, and then to the bar and union disco for SAVVY, College band of the day, and the final record of the disco was When Will I See You Again. How depressing. Next few days: Tennis, snooker, socialising, some exciting Wimbledon matches (Chris Lloyd beating Navratilova), and conversations on the inhumanity of man amongst all the laughs, and on the last evening we split into two groups, Sue, Bev, Pete, Julie stayed in watching TV, Ian, Jane, Paul, Dave went to a double movie feature: Saturday Night Fever (dull despite the fab music) and Grease (better than first time round) which with it’s final scenes of the ending of High School was sort of saying it all really. We gathered for a chat, and that was it, end of an era, College over, just the goodbye’s and the packing to do. I popped up to Sue’s room, she was as upset as me I think at it all ending, everyone handing in keys, and Pete disappeared in a rush without a proper goodbye. I asked Sue to say goodbye for me, because I kinda knew he wouldn’t be meeting up with the gang after college and that would be the last time I saw him, ever, and which gutted me somewhat. And so it was. Sue was the one that saw me off when Brother and dad came for me and my stuff. “See you in 6 weeks” was my goodbye, it helped knowing we were meeting up but I was fighting back tears the whole way home.

And that was the end of the good times for a decade or so…

 

15th July 1980

2 weeks for Xanadu on top, as I start my 2-years job-search, living and breathing application forms. This had such a negative effect on me that I stay with crappy jobs rather than put in a job application, just to avoid the whole sorry stressful experience. Not a good career move, overall. Music, though, was fab: Macca gets his 2nd number 2 of the year, as Saxon get their first top 10, flying up with 747, Odyssey get a second, using it up and wearing it out, and Teena Marie gets behind the groove and pops up to 9.

Joy Division go up a whopping 50 places to 15 with the classic Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Kate up 33 with a classic babooshka to 17, and classic Marley at 18 with Could You be Loved. That’s a buncha classics! Change have a holiday at 23, and New Musik make it 4 top 40’s in a row as they look for Sanctuary. The Rolling Stones take an Emotional Rescue inside the 40, a funky falsetto groove miles away from their petulant earthy blues chart debut Honky Tonk Women 11 years earlier.

In at 39, Leo Sayer seems to have given up writing his own material, and opts for a great Bobby Vee 60’s oldie, More Than I Can Say, removes the charm and slows it down. Dexy’s make it 3 in a row at 46, There There My Dear! The Whispers cover My Girl, Hot Chocolate enquire about the amount of happiness I’m getting and is it enough, which is polite of them, and to which the answer was and is “No”. A bit of a disappointment for me, though, after No Doubt About It. In at 71, AC/DC get a 3rd entry, with reactivated flop Whole Lotta Rosie, the final Bon Scott vocals hit they had, and a Punk-Metal classic for me. From here on they were more Pomp-Metal. Finally Gene Chandler gets a good soul ballad ebtry at 74, Does She Have A Friend he asks, while Billy Joel is more positive stating (quite rightly) that it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to him at 75, no matter what new name it has. Clever lyrically, tuneful and catchy, as ol’ Billy tended to be when he was in the mood, and 5 years on now from The Piano Man debut.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
5 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
6 ( 13 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
7 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 16 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
9 ( 15 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
10 ( 5 ) CRYING Don McLean

11 ( 7 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
12 ( 4 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
14 ( 17 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
15 ( 65 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
16 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
17 ( 50 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
18 ( 40 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 21 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
20 ( 12 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police

http://youtube.com/v/6_5O-nUiZ_0

21 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
22 ( 23 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
23 ( 48 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 20 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
26 ( 49 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
27 ( 14 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
28 ( 34 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
29 ( 57 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
30 ( 25 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

http://youtube.com/v/Qslqk3IcXK8

31 ( 18 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
32 ( 19 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 38 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
35 ( 36 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 28 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
37 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 26 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
39 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
40 ( 29 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

41 ( 74 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
42 ( 55 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
43 ( 32 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
44 ( 27 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
45 ( 39 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
46 ( NEW ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 41 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
48 ( 44 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
49 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
50 ( 68 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes

http://youtube.com/v/EJm-kG922PI

51 ( 52 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
52 ( 31 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
53 ( 46 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
54 ( 45 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
55 ( 56 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
56 ( 37 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
57 ( 54 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
58 ( 75 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
59 ( 47 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
60 ( 60 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Whispers
64 ( 42 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
65 ( 43 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
66 ( NEW ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
67 ( 51 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
68 ( 73 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
69 ( 69 ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 64 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness

http://youtube.com/v/H2Gwr-VrNFM

71 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
72 ( NEW ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
73 ( 53 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
74 ( NEW ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

http://youtube.com/v/5eAQa4MOGkE

TV 5th-11th July
1 Wimbledon Final
2 Soap
3 Mork and Mindy
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Happy Days
7 Buona Sera Mrs Campbell: film
8 The Banana Splits
9 Are You Being Served
10 Dallas

In the real world I had the delight of standing in line at the Unemployment Office for 2 and a half hours to “sign on” as we used to say, and granddad came round to do some DIY. Grandma and Grandad were moving into their new council house in Mansfield, from Clipstone, which was the end of an era for me – they had only ever lived in the school caretakers house in Clipstone, and all the immediate family in Mansfield were round to help move in and with painting, wallpapering etc. This was followed by granddad getting the news his sister had cancer and 6 months to live, not a good start to a new house.

We also badgered mum into giving in and getting our first state-of-the-art £299 videorecorder (well, dad did at any rate). Tapes £20 for 2 hours!

Rest of the week painting walls and doors at home, as a prelude to the movie of the year, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “A treat! I didn’t guess Darth Vader’s secret and the muppet wasn’t so bad” (as expected, that’ll be Yoda then) “MUCH better than I’d anticipated: not the uniformity of plot-ending of Star Wars, and humour less apparent, therefore not as impressive. BUT effects were brilliant as before plus much originality and the characters weren’t two-dimensional this time” I opined, it was more a series of adventures and chase than an actual plot until half-way through, and I got pissed off at having to wait 3 years for the cliff-hangar resolution, that was a long time!

My top 8 sci-fi movies of all time after viewing?

Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Star Trek
Star Wars
Alien
The Empire Strikes Back
Superman
Planet Of The Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey

That order is substantially different these days and Star Trek, Superman have dropped out of my top 100 entirely, 2001 is classic but not a fave.

22nd July 1980

3 weeks for Xanadu on top but with Abba’s brilliant, adult and sophisticated new ballad in at 2, it looks like The Winner Takes It All imminently. It signalled a new maturity after a pop disco phase, and critically as well as commercially Abba were getting appreciated. About time. Saxon at 3 give metal a boost, while at the lower end Whitesnake and Hawkwind join in. Dexy’s Midnight Runners shoot up 39 places to 7, for 3 out of 3 great singles, and are joined in the top 10 by classic Kate and brilliant Bob.

Change, New Musik, Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols all go top 20 but it’s The Undertones with a Wednesday Week rush to 19 who stand out with one of their best singles. Greedy ELO meanwhile get yet another Xanadu track All Over The World newly in, and while it’s not startlingly different from previous singles it ticks the pleasure box for me and drops in at 27. Diana Ross is back with a Chic-bang at 31, Upside Down in one fell swoop is her best single in 4 years, and by a long way. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards effectively finished being pop stars with Chic, and moved over to writing and producing for bigger stars. Hey presto 35 years on and Nile Rodgers is quite rightly revered. Diana has a dozen years of chart activity, a chart veteran.

In at 30, another new single from The Beach Boys, Santa Ana Winds, pleasant enough, The Whispers go top 40 with My Girl, as Johnny Bristol enters with My Girl 6 years on since his last entry Hang On In There Baby – and it’s a mash-up with My Guy, and Amii Stewart continuing her cover version career. Both songs were conveniently written by Smokey Robinson, as was More Love nestling beautifully at 48 for Kim Carnes. The Gibson Brothers grab a 4th top 40 with Mariana at 40, keeping those fab latin rhythms going strong.

At 51, it’s a remarkable debut for model legend Grace Jones, who oozes style and attitude throughout her career, starting with a Sly & Robbie-produced cover of Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders song Private Life. Slowed-down, half-spoken half-sung, sexy and throbbing, Chrissie gave it the compliment that Grace made it sound like she imagined it would sound. At 69, debuting with a new lead singer (John Foxx having been and gone) in the shape of Midge Ure, then of Slik and Rich Kids fame, it’s Ultravox and Sleepwalking joining the synthpop party, having been early pioneers of it. That leaves The Mo-Dettes covering the Rolling Stones Paint It Black at 70, as the Stones own Emotional Rescue is somewhat higher at 18.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( NEW ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 6 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
4 ( 5 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
5 ( 2 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
6 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
7 ( 46 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 17 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
9 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 4 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

http://youtube.com/v/3ZwWnXuB_eg

11 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 8 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
13 ( 15 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
14 ( 9 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
15 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
16 ( 26 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
17 ( 10 ) CRYING Don McLean
18 ( 29 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
19 ( 41 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
20 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols

http://youtube.com/v/9iw_BE_X9sA

21 ( 11 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 16 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
24 ( 19 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
25 ( 13 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
26 ( 39 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
27 ( NEW ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
28 ( 34 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
30 ( NEW ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/wh3i3vWgPyk

31 ( NEW ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
32 ( 22 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
33 ( 20 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
34 ( 14 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
35 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 25 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
37 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 63 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
39 ( 71 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
40 ( NEW ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers

http://youtube.com/v/4GtyMeEcPPE

41 ( 36 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
42 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
43 ( 27 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
44 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
45 ( 31 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
46 ( 40 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
47 ( 51 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
48 ( 50 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
49 ( 30 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
50 ( 28 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager

http://youtube.com/v/yvLn_qC7QAs

51 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 48 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
53 ( 38 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
54 ( 74 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
55 ( 66 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
56 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
57 ( 75 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
58 ( 47 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
59 ( 68 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
60 ( 53 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( 57 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
64 ( 72 ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
65 ( 55 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
66 ( 42 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
67 ( 58 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 43 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
69 ( NEW ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
70 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes

71 ( NEW ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
72 ( 49 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
73 ( NEW ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( NEW ) SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT Hawkwind
75 ( 54 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

TV 12th – 18th July
1 Rhoda
2 Soap
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Taxi
5 The Outer Limits
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 Ancient Astronauts
9 Hong Kong Beat
10 Space 1999
11 The Pink Panther
12 Happy Days
13 Superstar Profile: Roger Moore
14 Dallas
15 What’s On Wogan

At home, I got rid of some old clothes, which saddened me actually, as it was my teen life going in the bin. Mum found out she had to go into hospital yet again, which was worrying, though I was more happy to be able to give them half my new UB40 £20 a week, and have a bit left over for some new clothes (brown cords trousers). Did my first job application: the CHAD local newspaper (Artist/Visualiser): my expectations would eventually drift downwards and more realistically. My new chart was done on Friday 18th (but is still dated 22nd July as at that time it was still the week-ending date before the new chart was announced on Tuesdays). I think the day I did my chart varied more from here on, but tended to be after Top Of The Pops broadcasts so it could be up-to-date.

 


29th July 1980

Abba get their 14th consecutive number one, and 15th in total, with the sublime The Winner Takes It All, heartbreak perfection. Only The Beatles could claim to be bigger – depending on whether you include a separate Beatles chart in 1976 as bonafide. I sorta do cos most of their career was pre-my-chart and singles and album tracks would have been just as chart-topper-y as Abba’s, who would have had considerably more chart-toppers had I allowed album tracks such as Eagle, Tiger, If It Wasn’t For The Nights and Hole In Your Soul to chart. Diana Ross meanwhile leaps upside to 3, her highest charting since 1976, and highest-charting new material since 1972. Kate Bush gets a 4th top 5, ELO keep the run of top 10 singles running to 5 years, and Change go top 10 too.

Gibson Brothers go top 20, Beach Boys blow up to 20, and Hall & Oates get a first top 20 entry four years on from the brilliant She’s Gone with Running From Paradise, up 39 places after pottering about a bit. Billy Joel adds another top 40 to his list, but it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to me, as The Gap Band turn sitting in a line on the floor into a rowing fad with Oops Upside Your Head entering at 28. Hot Choc hit the 40, Black Sabbath get a 3rd top 40 hit with Neon Knights, a decade since Paranoid premiered, and Grace Jones makes the 40 with her Private Life. Sheena easton debuts, a reality TV star, wholesome and shrill and Scottish, with a not-Dolly-Parton 9 To 5 song which went on to top the charts in the USA under it’s alternate title (in brackets here). Dolly is more famous these days, and Sheena shocked when she moved to the States and went all raunchy in the mid-80’s, but for now we had to make do with a fairly dated bland pop ditty.

Kim Carnes and Gene Chandler finally make the 40 with 2 minor gems that should have been bigger gems, and Racey return with a less chirpy pop song Rest Of Your Life at 47, it wasn’t bad, while a funk classic aiming for Jamaica is in at 54 for Tom Browne. Not the BBC singles UK Radio Chart rundown DJ Tom Browne, though. Pity! Bodysnatchers are back looking for an Easy Life, Roxy Music quip “Oh Yeah”? as they hit a new laid-back low (for me) at 63, and quirky Piranhas debut with 50’s cover, all cockernee-stylee, Tom Hark. Chirpy and catchy. Jacko gets his 5th single off Off The Wall, and it’s mate and future estranged-mate Macca’s song, Girlfriend, in at 66. Not a finest moment for either party, but pleasant enough. Finally, John Foxx joins his ex-bandmates Ultravox, in a Burning Car at 71.

http://youtube.com/v/92cwKCU8Z5c

1 ( 2 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 31 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
4 ( 8 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 7 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
6 ( 27 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
7 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 3 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
9 ( 15 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
10 ( 4 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

http://youtube.com/v/Qqk_6hzbVx4

11 ( 5 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
12 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
13 ( 16 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
14 ( 6 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 40 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 18 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
17 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
18 ( 19 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
19 ( 58 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
20 ( 30 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/4CPZa21DFA8

21 ( 12 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
22 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
23 ( 57 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
24 ( 13 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
25 ( 28 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
26 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
27 ( 17 ) CRYING Don McLean
28 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
29 ( 55 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 23 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

31 ( 11 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
32 ( 14 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
33 ( NEW ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
34 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
35 ( 51 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
36 ( NEW ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
37 ( 38 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 25 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
39 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
40 ( 54 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler

http://youtube.com/v/2xwL-7fKKUE

41 ( 32 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
42 ( 24 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
43 ( 36 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
44 ( 33 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
45 ( 29 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
46 ( 69 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
47 ( NEW ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
48 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
49 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
50 ( 41 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc

http://youtube.com/v/ukCHU5n8Sbg

51 ( 44 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
52 ( 43 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
53 ( 34 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
54 ( NEW ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
55 ( 52 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 20 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
57 ( 45 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
58 ( 59 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
59 ( 46 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
60 ( NEW ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers

61 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
64 ( NEW ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
65 ( 53 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
66 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 71 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
69 ( 60 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 56 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing

71 ( NEW ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
72 ( 70 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes
73 ( 73 ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( 63 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
75 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis

TV 19th-25th July
1 Fawlty Towers
2 Olympics 1980
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Q9
6 Horizon: The Bermuda Triangle
7 Porridge
8 Moviola: Garbo & Gilbert
9 The Good Life
10 Moviola: Scarlett O’Hara
11 Moviola: Marilyn Monroe
12 Space: 1999
13 What’s On Wogan
14 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
15 Fantasy Island

That leaves TV chat – mostly 70’s sitcoms, as it happens, plus the 1980 Olympics, a batch of Hollywood Golden Age greats on Moviola TV Biog miniseries, and also a bit of Spike Milligan. In my life, dad bought me a jacket in Nottingham, I bought myself some Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (even though I couldnt afford them, I had to have them), and mum’s cousin Pauline was out of hospital OK, though family life was tense and terse as mum waited anxiously to go into hospital herself. Various relations came round to visit during the week until mum went in on Sunday, anxious about her operation. To say the least, and so was I.

In the Olympics Duncan Goodhew won gold in the swimming, Ovett vs Coe, Alan Wells, Daley Thompson, loads of UK athletes doing the biz; Peter Sellers died far too young in shock news, I wrote: “A blow, too young, top of career etc. A damn funny man – it’s never fair. No wonder older people are cynical.” As indeed I am now. ON TV show Fantasy Island guest star was Marcia Wallace, of Bob Newhart Show USA fame, who I’d watched live on The Match Game in LA a year earlier – and I had no-one to tell! No-one had heard of her, or cared. I liked her, and she eventually gained TV immortality as Mrs Krabappel in the Simpsons. So now I can tell someone.

My 1975 Charts – July


1st July 1975

The hot summer continues with Captain And Tenille’s irresistibly bouncy version of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together on top, and presiding over a chart packed with cover versions and oldies. To be fair, apart from disco and soul, and the tail-end of glam, there wasn’t a majorly exciting new music scene and I was quite happy to start filling-in with oldies. There are 18 reissues and 6 cover versions, which is half the chart give or take! The highest new entry is one of those classic oldies, as The Shangri-Las get reissued yet again and return at 5 three years after topping my chart on it’s last comeback. This time it wasn’t a UK hit again – until 1976 when a rival reissue also came out and they were combined for chart sales purposes and a third UK hit for the girls. The motorbike death song is still classic.

Syreeta gets a 3rd top 10 in a row, as ex-hubbie’s Stevie Wonder’s Harmour Love gives her a break again. You can clearly hear his vocals on the chorus, enough for a “featuring” credit these days. 1972 obscure classic (I absolutely adore this record these days) Break also breaks – into the 10 for Aphrodite’s Child, as the highest actual new record enters at 11 for T.Rex, Marc Bolan’s biggest hit for 2 years with New York City and a return to my lapsed affections, though his album track Venus Loon should have been a single in 1974 as it was better and more commercial than the previous single or 2. At 12 and 13 it’s a double A side single reissue split for my chart purposes, the Simon & Garfunkel cover at 13 (Feelin’ Groovy) and my preferred Anything Goes at 12 – the 1934 Cole Porter musical had already brought a top 10 cover for Gary Shearston in 1974 (I Get A Kick Out Of You), but this racy-for-the-30’s song actually predated that in my affections since the late 60’s, and it’s flower-power beat-group harmony updating.

Even older than those, Telstar from The Tornadoes was so well-known to me (we had the single from 1966 onwards and I played it to death) to the point that by 1975 it had lost some of it’s shine and only enters at 16, but oh what a classic it is, Joe Meek’s ground-breaking 1962 instrumental was out-of-this-world in sound, so futuristic sounding as all of these odd electronic sounds came out of nowhere and soonly inhabited the world of Doctor Who on TV. It sounds like nothing else, then or now, though Saint Etienne had a fab Telstar-inspired go on You’re In A Bad Way. It would, needless to say, have topped my hypothetical chart for a long run in the 60’s. In at eighteen with a bullet, I obviously was having a larf with Pete Wingfield’s amusing record industry pastiche, which also broke in the States, and in one week actually WAS eighteen with a bullet on the charts to my amusement.

Sister Sledge and Frankie Valli both go top 20, David Essex keeps his top 30 run going with new entry Rolling Stone, though his weakest single to date at 27, while early 60’s classic Sealed With A Kiss is a reissued hit for Bryan Hyland at 28. A great ballad, but not actually one I knew that well during the 60’s, it was revived after doing well in a Radio 1 Top 100 Listeners Fave chart in 1974, but the Hyland song that I was obssessed with in the early 60’s was Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, one of my first ever pop single loves as a nipper. At 33 it’s a fabby disco-soul track the romping High Wire from Linda Carr & The Love Squad, still sounding great to my ears, even if she never had another glorious moment in the pop sun, in her native USA or the UK. Bryan Ferry returns with yet another solo oldies cover, this time a 1938 song known as a Billie Holliday recording, in at 40 but not one of my fave Ferry tracks. Unlike the Linda Lewis scorchingly fast BPM disco track cover of It’s In His Kiss, another 60’s oldie (Betty Everett) I didn’t know at the time. Linda really shows off her range in this definitive cover version of what is better known as The Shoop Shoop Song, still the most exciting version. I was sad to see Linda not getting singer-songwriter success by this time, but this was a great compensation. Cher’s karaoke version, I’m sorry, is plodding in comparison. Love Cher and all that, but….

At 42, another cover version, this time of a Blue Mink flop from 1974 called Get Up, given the Silvia Robinson All-Platinum Records funk treatment and a more catchy title – 7654321 (Blow Your Whistle) – sees the dubiously named Rimshots in my chart where Blue Mink had missed out from lack of radio play (though I did buy the original single in the bargain bins before I even knew it was the same song, because it was Blue Mink). At 46 Olivia’s back before her pop mag freebie flexi track had departed my chart (Follow Me wasn’t as good either as Please Mr Please) and that’s a long bit of chart chat done phew!

http://youtube.com/v/_QNEf9oGw8o

1 ( 7 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
4 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
5 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 3 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 18 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
9 ( 13 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
10 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites

http://youtube.com/v/8yQvi9LWntw

11 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( NEW ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
13 ( NEW ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
14 ( 23 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
15 ( 27 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( NEW ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
17 ( 14 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
18 ( NEW ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
19 ( 8 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
20 ( 22 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno

http://youtube.com/v/sDyWhgWj7Pc

21 ( 12 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
22 ( 11 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
23 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
24 ( 15 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
25 ( 16 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
26 ( 17 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
27 ( NEW ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
28 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Bryan Hyland
29 ( 9 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
30 ( RE ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/BxpZ5rOMH4U

31 ( 20 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
32 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( NEW ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
34 ( 40 ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees
35 ( 28 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
36 ( 25 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
37 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( 29 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
39 ( 26 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
40 ( NEW ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry

http://youtube.com/v/PVM8Ongdu10

41 ( NEW ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
42 ( NEW ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
43 ( 31 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 32 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
45 ( 33 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
46 ( NEW ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( 36 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
48 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
49 ( 38 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
50 ( 42 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/qjoRu-r8WiM

Talking of bargain bins, my fave place in Gloucester to get hold of flop records a year or two after flopping for 5p or 10p (well within my limited budget based on babysitting for RAF families for 50p or £1 a night at weekends) was an old-fashioned music-shop off the beaten track on Southgate Street (where actual instruments or TV’s and the like were bought). It had a side-line in non-chart albums and singles – these were catered for quite heavily in those days by HMV, Boots, WHSmiths, Woolworths, not to mention an independent small store in the shopping mall, and a market stall to boot, among others – so it was a bit of a treat to get hold of more obscure stuff from 1974/5. Long-gone decades ago now of course, I note the new (to me) pedestrianised area there still looks like the premises are vacant on google map…shame!

8th July 1975

Back on top for a second week at 1, Ray Stevens is still Misty and outdoes The Streak’s one week on top, but not 1970’s Everything Is Beautiful. Harpers Bizarre take Anything Goes into the top 10, and T.Rex also return to the upper reaches (hooray!). Brian Hyland leaps to 11 with an oldie (yet newie for me) as Sealed With A Kiss gives me new 60’s heart-throb nostalgia sounds. Highest new entry at 17 is novelty record Barbados by Typically Tropical, which went all the way to 1 on the UK singles chart. It was amusing for a couple of weeks and then started to grate, and these days it’s a definite no-no as the singer is most certainly not from Barbados.

From nowhere, and 5 years late, Brotherhood Of Man get a follow-up hit (it was big in Europe, and probably got spins on Radio Luxembourg) and this wasn’t the 1970 United We Stand line-up, this was the Save Your Kisses For Me 1976 vintage line-up (which is still amazingly sporadically touring together), with only Tony Hiller writer/producer the ongoing link. Kiss Me Kiss Your Baby is a bit of cheerful fluff and I still like it a lot more than some of their big hits! In at 30, The Sweet follow-up a great self-penned single with another one, the fab Action, as later covered by Def Leppard, and so good it could have been written by Chinn-Chapman. The boys obviously were paying attention while they turned down tracks that Mud ended up grabbing, and with an eye on the bigger picture.

At 38, US hit Wildfire for Michael Murphey, all about a horse, not a Legion Of Super-Heroes member (sadly), gallops slowly in, while Wigans Ovation follow-up the Skiing In The Snow, at 39, and Per-So-Nal-Ly I rather liked it. At 40 David Cassidy returns after a short break and a new record label (RCA), and a rather famous song. I Write The Songs was written by Bruce Johnstone, sometime Beach Boy, and recorded by Captain & Tenille for their Love Will Keep Us Together album. David beat them to the single hit though – at least in the UK where Darlin’ David was still popular: I’ll be honest, this is still the only version I can tolerate, David had such an idiosyncratic vocal style that he convinces lyrically where other versions sound like mush. Yes, I’m especially pointing the finger at USA singles chart-topper Barry Manilow who took all emotion out of the song, created OTT blandness and had a huge hit where David coulda woulda shoulda. Sorry, Manilow fans, Bazza just couldn’t emote like ol’ Dave. Just like Mandy/Brandy, then. Lastly, in at 47, Elton goes all introverted and serious, a very dark choice of single that didn’t really do the usual business, though in retrospect it’s pretty damn fine – Someone Saved My Life Tonight says it all on the tin.

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 1 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 5 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
5 ( 4 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 12 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
9 ( 10 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
10 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex

http://youtube.com/v/XLx5Vz9lMEc

11 ( 28 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 13 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
14 ( 18 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
15 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
16 ( 14 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
17 ( NEW ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
18 ( 9 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
19 ( 16 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
20 ( 42 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots

http://youtube.com/v/pxD3Mbp50YY

21 ( NEW ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
22 ( 17 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
23 ( 30 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 33 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
25 ( 41 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
26 ( 27 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
27 ( 26 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
28 ( 40 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
29 ( 19 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
30 ( NEW ) ACTION The Sweet

http://youtube.com/v/4D3_U_Gx2pc

31 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
32 ( 24 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
33 ( 21 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
34 ( 23 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
35 ( 22 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
36 ( 29 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
37 ( 37 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
38 ( NEW ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
39 ( NEW ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( NEW ) I WRITE THE SONGS David Cassidy

http://youtube.com/v/TplnzCcVavE

41 ( 38 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
42 ( 45 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
43 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
44 ( 36 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
45 ( 32 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
46 ( 46 ) FOLLOW ME Olivia Newton-John
47 ( NEW ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
48 ( 39 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
49 ( 44 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

In film, Jaws was wowing the USA, turning Stephen Speilberg into a sensation, and sharks into a big baddy, in the UK – it wasn’t. Yes, in those days the UK really was the poor relation. We had to suffer months of hype before it was finally released just before christmas. I am SO happy that is a thing of the past in these internet days, cos it just REALLY pissed me off having to wait for things (and still does, when UK release dates are held-back for downloading music I purposely don’t download them when they finally get released. When it’s on-air on-sale I buy it immediately if it sounds good). Pastiches were in Mad magazine, DC Comics had Superman shark-inspired tales, and rubber sharks were everywhere – and still I waited. And waited. And waited. It was worth it though, a fantastic film and an early christmas present. I didn’t go and pay to see any of the cash-in sequels though, my tolerance and patience only goes so far….

15th July 1975

3 weeks for Ray Stevens at 1, T.Rex get their first top 5 in 2 years, Typically Tropical shockingly go top 5 too with Barbados – shocking to hear the “Captain” of a passenger plane allowing smoking. Times really have changed, these days you choke on recycled air instead. Fort a 4th week, The Bee Gees big comeback record stalls at 6, will Jive Talking ever go top 5? The Sweet get a second consecutive top 10, as they spring into Action, and Linda Lewis disco’s to 10 with a future Cher UK chart-topper. In at 17, Gloria Gaynor gets a 3rd top 20 chart entry following up 2 number one’s with the decent All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin’, this time not a disco cover version, but still the highest new entry.

Roy Orbison does a Harper’s Bizarre, and gets 2 new entries from a double-A sided reissued hit, at 21 it’s the childhood major fave woulda-been chart-topper Oh Pretty Woman, and at 22, the torch ballad It’s Over which is one my parents loved (by this time we had his Greatest Hits album) and one which I have come to worship with the passing of the years. There is no way Oh Pretty Woman would have failed to top my charts in 1964, aged 6, so may as well say it’s a comeback to my charts rather than a debut. Roy Orbison, of course, has a perfect voice, and was a brilliant songwriter to boot, no male singer could deliver tortured lost love songs quite like Roy, and even if his career had fallen off the radar in the disco and glam era, he was still loved. It’s Over is genius and would eventually top my charts in later decades.

Bimbo Jet, in at 30, were a French eurosynthdisco act who brought the largely instrumental holiday hit El Bimbo chart action in Europe and the UK, as latin-flavoured as it sounds. It’s still very catchy, and fun, in a good way. Used in The Police Academy films apparently – not that I recall it! Finally, Chris Spedding is in at 48 with the great Motor Bikin’ a glam rock ‘n’ roll revival-sound that wouldn’t have sounded too out of place in the punk era, sounds like The Clash were “influenced” by it to my ears anyway. Chris never quite made it, very sadly, as a solo star, apart from this one hit single, but he was highly regarded in the music biz, and appeared on hit singles and albums for numerous other acts: Paul McCartney, Joan Armatrading (Me Myself I), Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds, Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson, Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Art Garfunkel, not to mention producer of The Sex Pistols first demo’s. As if all that wasn’t enough he was also a member of The Wombles, on Top Of The Pops, on tour, on record, so in a way this was just a spin-off project!

1 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
4 ( 10 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
5 ( 17 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
6 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
8 ( 30 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 4 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
10 ( 25 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/5ALD-rI8Q08

11 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 8 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
14 ( 5 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
15 ( 13 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
16 ( 20 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
18 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
19 ( 21 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( 24 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad

http://youtube.com/v/nU-USRdFeL4

21 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
22 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
23 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
24 ( 15 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
25 ( 38 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
26 ( 14 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
27 ( 28 ) YOU GO TO MY HEAD Bryan Ferry
28 ( 22 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
29 ( 27 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
30 ( NEW ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/8x2tG4X0cdc

31 ( 26 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 16 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
33 ( 18 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
34 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
35 ( 32 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
36 ( 47 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
37 ( 19 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
38 ( 34 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
39 ( 33 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

http://youtube.com/v/QVdG09fQ8Ek

41 ( RE ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
42 ( 36 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 29 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
44 ( 42 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 43 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
46 ( 39 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
47 ( RE ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
48 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKIN’ Chris Spedding
49 ( RE ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
50 ( 50 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

http://youtube.com/v/7Juz4W9yEYA


On TV, there was a mass-offending paedophile sat in an armchair every Saturday evening, smoking cigars, and trying to fix kids dreams and wishes as a sideshow to his preferred activities, and on the same night a future campaigner on child protection on That’s Life (Hi Esther), so I suppose you could argue the BBC were being even-handed if nothing else. On import the final season of the great Alias Smith And Jones, the brilliant Star Trek, the eternal Bilko (Phil Silvers Show), Top Of The Pops, and The Old Grey Whistle Test were all must-watch for me. On the news Apollo unexpectedly blasted-off for a final time, to take Deke Slayton, Tom Stafford and Vance Brand to a Soviet Soyuz meeting-in-space. As first dates go, it was quite pricey, but it set a trend to this day now that the USA has no manned blast-off’s to space any more and it’s reliant on Russia entirely to get to the Space Station. So, from Communism problems ahead getting in the way, to opening up a joint approach, and of late a frosty relationship that neither can afford to leave, as the costs would be a tad high. Obviously it was a political stunt, rather than anything of import, and money wasted that could have been better spent on actual space science, but hey ho.

There was also The Detectives: actually more of a case of the BBC not committing to regular weekly broadcasts of US cop or private eye shows, so running them less frequently under the header instead. This week Harry O, David Janssen was terrific in this series, second only to The Rockford Files in traditional 70’s cop shows (till Hill Street Blues debuted and changed everything, the format, the style, the quality). No idea what was on ITV (as I watched it much less frequently), other than Man About The House and Rising Damp, and later on in September the debut of Space 1999, Gerry Anderson’s follow-up live action series to the fab UFO with Mission:Impossible’s Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (and ma & pa of Buffy’s Drusilla) which promised much but never really got over the silly premise – the moon gets knocked out of orbit and flies off into the universe, with Moonbase Alpha meeting aliens and other worlds on it’s impossible faster-than-light-speed journey across the galaxy, yet somehow slowing down to a crawl to have some adventures on a regular basis. More importantly, it forced me to choose between watching Doctor Who, or the new series – it was a ratings battle in some UK regions only, and one which Doctor Who won rather conclusively.

22nd July 1975

It’s a Beach Boys summer classic in at 1 for me – Summer of ’69 totally, and one I was mad on then, yet which bizarrely was just a minor American hit despite going top 10 in the UK. Co-written by Brian Wilson and his dad Murray, Break Away most likely flopped due to Capitol Records having the hump as the Boys were leaving the label fed up with American lack of label support for their releases. As it’s a gorgeous melody, great harmonies, and the final Brian Wilson production for some years, that it was a big European hit seems to suggest they were right about Capitol Records. Anyways, hit my 2 in 1969, and 6 years on gives the boys their first chart-topper (I’d already been given the single by friends of my parents, Pete & Jill), and quite right too as The Beach Boys should have had chart-toppers in my pre-chart days.

The Bee Gees join the top 5 ranks, their 8th including Robin’s solo hits (or 6th without), Brian Hyland takes the 1962 oldie into the top 10 too, and highest entry at 9 is yet another 60’s song – this time the Four Seasons Sherry is covered by Adrian Baker, future part-time touring Beach Boy and Four Seasons member (yes ACTUAL original bands). In between he produced Liquid Gold and had hits as Gidea Park with medleys of…yes, Beach Boys and Four Seasons songs. Can’t fault his taste in music, and the falsetto abilities helped the lads on tour no end. Sherry’s not bad, and already at least the 5th Four Seasons cover to go UK top 10, 3 of them chart-toppers, where the originals under-performed. The ongoing musical and film success of the boys songs and life story goes some way to making amends. Now, if only The Beach Boys would do the same, their life story is even MORE fraught than mere gangsters and debts, and the songbook is even better. Not likely while the life-story squabbles still go on, though, so it’ll be down to the last man standing…

In at 15, it’s veteran Scot rocker Alex Harvey finally getting his chart breakthrough with a live cover version of (yet again) a 60’s classic, this time Tom Jones UK chart-topper from 1968 – also predating my chart, and also woulda given The Voice a number one in my chart, cos the original is fabulous. This rocky version is slowed-down, quirky, playful and quite different – and also fabulous. In at 24 it’s an actual new song, Sparks get a 5th chart hit in a row with Get In The Swing, another playful post-glam track. In at 27, another oldie, the late Jim Croce (2 years dead by then) had a string of American hits, none of them UK hits, but most of them chart hits for me, starting with Bad Bad Leroy Brown in 1972, and the biggest (and future number one following Guardians Of The Galaxy) Time In A Bottle in 1974, but I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song never charted till now. It’s still sweet-sad. Another big US star was Aussie Helen Reddy, and she also under-performed in the UK, but she’s on her 3rd of the year with Bluebird entering at 30, having had Angie Baby at on already.

In at 41, it’s a massive disco funk classic from K.C. and The Sunshine Band, as That’s The Way (I Like It) makes it 4 out of 4, including 2 number ones in my chart. K.C. never had the same level of success in the UK as the USA, except before they broke, and after they’d had the run of 70’s hits, bizarrely. With this exception. The single is rightly recognised as a major dance anthem 40 years on, even though it took quite a while to chart in the UK it did eventually go top 5, and has been covered loads over the years. The original is perfect though, and my love for KC over-rid the crappy music journalists sniffy attitude of the time, I was most put-out when the History Of Rock series in the 80’s failed to even mention KC never mind give him the credit he deserved, being somewhat regarded as disposable and unworthy, because he was white most likely in part, and being guilty of disco love in part. Phew! Finally, at 46, Susan Cadogan brings some nice reggae back, Love Me Baby following-up the much better Hurts So Good.

http://youtube.com/v/nu1TOLObGK8

1 ( NEW ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
2 ( 1 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
4 ( 2 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
5 ( 6 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
6 ( 7 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
7 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( NEW ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis

http://youtube.com/v/WqM4nfw6JuI

11 ( 4 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
12 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
13 ( 5 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
14 ( 17 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( NEW ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
16 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
17 ( 19 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
18 ( 21 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
20 ( 14 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth

http://youtube.com/v/3C5LngDvkLY

21 ( 9 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
22 ( 20 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
23 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
24 ( NEW ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
25 ( 22 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
26 ( 15 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( NEW ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 24 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
29 ( 46 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
30 ( NEW ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy

http://youtube.com/v/EN1nMpmC0n4

31 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex
32 ( 28 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
33 ( 29 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 25 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
35 ( 32 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
36 ( 23 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 30 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet
38 ( 26 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
39 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
40 ( 35 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/83I9El6C47A

41 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
42 ( 42 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
43 ( 33 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
44 ( 41 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
45 ( 36 ) SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
46 ( NEW ) LOVE ME BABY Susan Cadogan
47 ( 37 ) TELSTAR The Tornadoes
48 ( 38 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 39 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds

29th July 1975

It’s yet again another oldie in at 1 as the Summer Of ’69 nostalgia continues with the first record I tried to buy hits number one for the second time, and for the 6th week in total, it’s the awesome In The Year 2525 from Zager And Evans. Such a great futuristic folk track, if a very dim view of the future of Man. Some of the predictions are already here, gulp! Up to 5 it’s Delilah, as covered by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, giving an entire top 6 of oldies or cover versions. Happily up 30 to 11 it’s KC’s latest classic cos that’s the way I like it, and just to prove he had so many songs he could afford to give them away and produce them to boot, in comes George McCrae with his 4th KC hit at 24. It’s Been So Long. Well, actually just a few weeks since he last dropped out of my charts, but this was very much his second best hit after Rock Your Baby hit my top spot.

Linda Carr and David Essex hit the top 20, and in at 37 it’s another oldie, from 1972, and the non-UK-hit debut of Steely Dan, finally getting a chart breakthrough after some near misses with their greatest record, the laid-back smooth west coast jazzrock of Do It Again. Steely Dan and Walter Becker solo very much stuck to this template for their entire career, give or take more or less jazzy versions, but oh my word it’s classy and impeccably produced. Love it. At 38, 53rd and 3rd with a cover of Daddy Dewdrop’s USA hit Chick A Boom. Jonathan King has claimed it’s not a pseudonym for another of his numerous novelty hit records. It sounds like him, and naming a supposed boyband after a gay cruising area in New York City doesn’t convince me otherwise…! In at 45, Rupert Fisher with a cover of Our Day Will Come, a great song, and a version I haven’t heard in 40 years by someone who doesn’t appear much on the net – except to say it was on RSO, home of the Bee Gees, so it was probably a soul MOR version. Maybe! In at 46, Smokey, the latest Chinn-Chapman band, glam was dead, Sweet and Mud had left the fold, and it was straight over to country-rock-flavoured ballads for If You Think You Know How To Love Me, with a tad Rod Stewart vocals from Chris Norman going on.

http://youtube.com/v/WiuaaJVcxSk

1 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager And Evans
2 ( 1 ) BREAK AWAY The Beach Boys
3 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
4 ( 3 ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tennille
5 ( 15 ) DELILAH The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
6 ( 10 ) IT’S IN HIS KISS Linda Lewis
7 ( 4 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
8 ( 8 ) ACTION The Sweet
9 ( 9 ) SHERRY Adrian Baker
10 ( 5 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

http://youtube.com/v/qYFmdRCIW1U

11 ( 41 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 7 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Brian Hyland
13 ( 22 ) HIGH WIRE LInda Carr And The Love Squad
14 ( 14 ) ALL I NEED IS YOUR SWEET LOVIN’ Gloria Gaynor
15 ( 6 ) ANYTHING GOES Harpers Bizarre
16 ( 12 ) 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
17 ( 11 ) NEW YORK CITY T.Rex
18 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
19 ( 13 ) BARBADOS Typically Tropical
20 ( 31 ) ROLLING STONE David Essex

21 ( 24 ) GET IN THE SWING Sparks
22 ( 17 ) KISS ME KISS YOUR BABY Brotherhood Of Man
23 ( 19 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( NEW ) IT’S BEEN SO LONG George McCrae
25 ( 20 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
26 ( 26 ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
27 ( 27 ) I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG Jim Croce
28 ( 30 ) BLUEBIRD Helen Reddy
29 ( 16 ) 7654321 (BLOW YOUR WHISTLE) The Rimshots
30 ( 37 ) EL BIMBO Bimbo Jet

http://youtube.com/v/P9N8PCWzLYQ

31 ( 21 ) LEADER OF THE PACK The Shangri-Las
32 ( 23 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
33 ( 33 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
34 ( 32 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
35 ( 39 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
36 ( 35 ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
37 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan
38 ( NEW ) CHIC-A-BOOM 53rd And 3rd
39 ( 29 ) PER-SO-NAL-LY Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 40 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker

http://youtube.com/v/tgYuLsudaJQ

41 ( 28 ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
42 ( 25 ) IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
43 ( 36 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
44 ( 34 ) WILDFIRE Michael Murphey
45 ( NEW ) OUR DAY WILL COME Rupert Fisher
46 ( NEW ) IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW HOW TO LOVE ME Smokey
47 ( 38 ) EIGHTEEN WITH A BULLET Pete Wingfield
48 ( 48 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
49 ( 49 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
50 ( 50 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds


So what was I doing in July? Exams were done, the weather was scorching and sunny, so that meant all change, as my days in the 6th form came to a sad end. Unlike the previous school years from 1972/73 and to an extent 74, I was really sad for it to end, I actually enjoyed being at school. Now it was decision time (again) as dad had heard he was being posted back to RAF Swinderby for the 3rd time, and we were beginning a process to get some house-squatting rent-dodging tenants (grandma lived in Liverpool renting with her man and being soft-hearted let some gitty family live in her house for either low rent or no rent, at which point they decided to try and claim the house for themselves. To get over this she signed it over to mum and dad with a view to moving to Mansfield to live in the house we were born in (that’s me, my brother, and mum) when dad left the RAF in 1980. That meant my schooling was yet again buggered up, and with A levels preferable to finding a job that meant I was to be packed up to go to Mansfield in September rather than start back then move again. Basically, my education was a constant mess, constantly changing schools, and having no ongoing mates to grow up with. It was even worse for my brother, who more or less gave up on education from this point onward. For now, though, lazy hazy days of summer, reading DC comics, playing music, playing tennis with Peter Palmer and Ian Galloway (who was applying for the RAF), watching TV and just hanging out basically. I didn’t want to leave Gloucester, to be honest.