My September 1990 Charts

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Me pretending to work. Note desks in those days had no computers, and calculators were huge.

3rd September 1990

It’s George Michael on top for a 1st week with the spine-tingling Praying For Time, so good it was released without a pop video as that would distract from the words, and gives the much-missed George an 8th chart-topper. Betty Boo gets a 2nd solo top 10, and the fab Deee-Lite leap up to 8, with late 60’s psychedelic clothes and imagery that warmed my nostalgic heart. Talking of nostalgia, Talk Talk’s 4-year-old top 10 is back at 10, Life’s What You Make It should have been bigger both times in the UK charts. Maria McKee’s car-race movie theme, and future UK chart-topper that stiffed in the USA, enters at 14, Show Me Heaven, while a huge leap for Bass-o-Matic’s Dizzy-sampling gem from 57 to 16 gives William Orbit early success as both artist and producer, before he settles more for producing the likes of Madonna by the end of the decade.

The lovely Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck enters at 19, and Sonia goes top 20 with an old 60’s fave song, End Of The World is just a marvellous song though I’ll take Skeeter Davis’ version overall. New Kids are top 20 the very week as I type (Nov 2018) they have returned with a long list of 90’s acts into my top 40. Mavis Staples is also around my current charts as she enters with a Prince-supporting Melody Cool at 50. Jason Donovan also has a 60’s oldie song I liked a lot in at 26, Rhythm Of The Rain, DNA climb into the 40, INXS enter with the sadly-titled Suicide Blonde, at 56, S’Express have Nothing To Lose at 48, Richard Marx is back, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler goes solo, and a bonus song (due to a miscount omission of Mariah Carey higher up the chart I discovered 3 weeks later. Fancy forgettin’ her – GTFO as she currently sings in my current chart!) at 76 it’s David Grant back for a Linx-inclusive chart-run of 10 years.

1 ( 5 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 1 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
3 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
5 ( 4 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
6 ( 12 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 2 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
8 ( 21 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
9 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

11 ( 8 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
12 ( 7 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
13 ( 10 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
14 ( NEW ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
15 ( 11 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
16 ( 57 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
17 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
18 ( 35 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
19 ( NEW ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
20 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

21 ( 25 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
22 ( 15 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
23 ( 26 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
24 ( 36 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
25 ( 18 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
26 ( NEW ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
27 ( 16 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
28 ( 19 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
29 ( 23 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
30 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips

31 ( 20 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
32 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
33 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 74 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
35 ( 24 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
36 ( 14 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
37 ( 22 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
38 ( 28 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
39 ( 46 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
40 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 48 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 33 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
45 ( 60 ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake
46 ( 34 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
47 ( 44 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
48 ( NEW ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples

51 ( 43 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
52 ( 47 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
53 ( 31 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
54 ( 29 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
55 ( 32 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
56 ( NEW ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
57 ( 39 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
58 ( 61 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
59 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
60 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
62 ( 37 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
63 ( 54 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
64 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
66 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
67 ( 65 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( 59 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
69 ( NEW ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
70 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher

71 ( 55 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
72 ( NEW ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
73 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
74 ( 69 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
75 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
76 ( NEW ) LIFE ’90 David Grant

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
2 5-7-0-5 City Boy
3 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard

My mate Bob is still pissed-off he had to go to a Uni friend’s wedding and miss the Concert I went to this week at Wembley Stadium: Fleetwood Mac plugging their first Post-Lindsey Buckingham album, but happily including a stash of Buckingham-era greats. Support was Hall & Oates, so a twofer me. The Mac were fab, and having both Stevie & Christine still in the band helped compensate for not having Lindsey. And here I stand 28 years later not buying tickets to the latest Lindsey-free version playing Wembley again in 2019. I’ve seen 2 versions with Lindsey back and Christine missing, and finally got the Big Five all together for the last tour. It’s disappointing they have gone all acrimonious and law-suitey with each other again just when we got Christine back and she and Lindsey had done some good stuff together. But this was a great gig, and these were the highlights….

FLEETWOOD MAC/HALL & OATES AT WEMBLEY STADIUM 1st SEPT 1990

1 GO YOUR OWN WAY Fleetwood Mac
2 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 DON’T STOP Fleetwood Mac
4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac
6 SHE’S GONE Daryl Hall & John Oates
7 MANEATER Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 RHIANNON Fleetwood Mac
9 DREAMS Fleetwood Mac
10 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) Daryl Hall & John Oates

 

 

9th September 1990

It’s 2 weeks on top for George Michael’s brilliant Praying For Time in a quiet week for new entries. Bass-O-Matic aka rhythm track to the first single I ever bought (Dizzy by Tommy Roe) shoots up to 2, Fascinating Rhythm is totally right, while Groove certainly is In The Heart at 3. Maria McKee goes top 10, and quite rightly, with the highest new entry at 12 being a remix of a top 10 Philly Soul classic from 1973 for The Detroit Spinners as we called ’em in the UK. I’d actually forgotten to include Mariah Carey in my chart that week, and added her in later, which pushed everything below 20 down one slot, so I had a top 76 – and in my playlist chart of that week were 2 new album tracks.

I excluded album tracks from my charts back then, but as I have an odd number anyway, I’ve slotted them in at the bottom – they would actually featured much higher, top 20 most likely, but as I can’t prove where they resided in my affection then they just get the mention at 77 and 78 as it’s only fair they get a chart credit: Prince’s 1985 album track on his new Graffiti Bridge album, having caught the tour earlier – with Mavis Staples as support also going up with her Prince-gifted song at 33. Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation album has multiple tracks on the chart, including the new one and best non-single in at 78 for Love Will Never Do Without You, while Black Cat goes top 40. The album is half-terrific. The songs are terrific, the vocal interruption tracks are excruciatingly awful.

Faith No More’s fab Epic enters at 38, INXS, S’Express join Roxette in bringing the letter X into prominence inside the top 40, while another X-Man Maxi Priest has another Lovers Rock message new at 50, Loose Ends make it 5 years of chart entries, World Party not far behind, Adamski doesn’t have a killer follow-up, or does he! Finally Londonbeat are back at 76, giving vocalist Jimmy Helms a sweet 17 years of chart hits, being as he UK hit-charted with Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse, along with a follow-up or two (in my charts, not the UK singles chart): I’ve Been Thinking About You is even better.


1 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 16 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 8 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
6 ( 14 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
7 ( 2 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
8 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 5 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
10 ( 4 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 7 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
12 ( NEW ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
13 ( 10 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
15 ( 13 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( 18 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
17 ( 18 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
18 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
19 ( 23 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
20 ( 21 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey

21 ( 15 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
22 ( 11 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
23 ( 26 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 39 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
25 ( 17 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
26 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
27 ( 48 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
28 ( 34 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
29 ( 25 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
30 ( 33 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 41 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
32 ( 22 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
33 ( 50 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
34 ( 29 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
35 ( 28 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
36 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More
37 ( 20 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
38 ( 56 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
39 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( 38 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 35 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
42 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 27 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
45 ( 30 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
46 ( 31 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
47 ( 73 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
48 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 47 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
50 ( NEW ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest

51 ( 37 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
52 ( 36 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
53 ( 51 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
54 ( 46 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
55 ( 52 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
56 ( 61 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 55 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
58 ( 69 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
59 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
60 ( 59 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

61 ( 44 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
62 ( 72 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
63 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 75 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( 66 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
66 ( 63 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
67 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( 57 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton

71 ( 70 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
72 ( 54 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
73 ( NEW ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
75 ( NEW ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
76 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
77 ( 77 ) THE QUESTION OF U Prince
78 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

PLAYLIST ODLIES/ALBUM TRACKS
1 RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
2 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
3 DAYDREAMING Dusty Springfield
4 LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

 

 

 

16th September 1990

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bass-O-Matic aka William Orbit + Dizzy’s rhythm track (the Tommy Roe actual-first-single-I-ever-bought), it does what it says on the tin rhythm-wise. The Detroit Spinners 1973 Philly soul classic is back in the top 5, The KLF get a first top 20, and the highest new entry is (natch) from the Pet Shop Boys who are so hard. Ironic as ever eh, lads? Lead single off forthcoming album Behaviour, it set up expectations for jolly catchy pop. Oops, so not! Actually, my least fave single from them to date, but everything is relative, I was very much a big fan by then, going to see them on their debut tour and all.

Janet Jackson and INXS have big climbs into the 20, and Bobby Vinton debuts at 20 with the moody early 60’s US hit, Blue Velvet, a UK hit at long last due to the film. A bit of a teen crooner, I knew little about him or the tune till the film, but hey, it’s great! Caron Wheeler gets her own top 40 single, minus Soul II Soul, Londonbeat rocket up to 28, and AC/DC return with one of their best non-Bon-Scott tracks, Thunderstruck at 37 giving them 12 years of chart entries – or 18 years for Brian Johnson including Geordie tracks.

Depeche Mode get a 3rd charting track off the album, World In Your Eyes straight into the 40, off their chart-topper, as Beats International return with Burundi Blues. The Farm debut, chugging along on their Groovy Train, very Madchester in tone, The Christians make it 5 years of chartness, Bell Biv Devoe return to keep the New Edition flag flying 7 years on, but never as high profile as Bobby Brown of course. Red Hot Chili Peppers debut with Higher Ground – the 1973 Stevie Wonder gem – though later in the decade they opt for lower ground (in fact under the bridge), and The Stone Roses pop in quietly with the song of the Madchester movement, Fool’s Gold. Very pleasant and all, but the reverence for it, and them, has always passed me by a bit. Finally, Electribe 101 sneak in at 76 – the extended chart due to me forgetting about Mariah Carey and adding her in afterwards. Punchlines insert here….and I’ll just say that the adoration for Mariah in US chart-terms has also always passed me by too, give or take half-a-dozen tracks.


1 ( 2 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
2 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
3 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
5 ( 12 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 4 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
8 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 7 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 9 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
12 ( 14 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
13 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 26 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
15 ( 16 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
16 ( NEW ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
17 ( 11 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
18 ( 31 ) BLACK CAT Janet Jackson
19 ( 38 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
20 ( NEW ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton

21 ( 28 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 21 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
23 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
25 ( 27 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
26 ( 33 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
27 ( 47 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
28 ( 76 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
29 ( 17 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
30 ( 19 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream

31 ( 29 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
32 ( 18 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
33 ( 22 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
34 ( 36 ) EPIC Faith No More
35 ( 34 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
36 ( 32 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
37 ( NEW ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
38 ( NEW ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 25 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
40 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 20 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
42 ( 35 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( NEW ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
46 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
47 ( 50 ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest
48 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
50 ( 41 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher

51 ( 49 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 24 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
53 ( 37 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
54 ( NEW ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
55 ( 58 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
56 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 53 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
58 ( 55 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
59 ( 45 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
60 ( 59 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( 62 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
62 ( 68 ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
63 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 60 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
65 ( 64 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
67 ( 44 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
68 ( 30 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
70 ( NEW ) HIGHER GROUND Red Hot Chili Peppers

71 ( 75 ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
72 ( 73 ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 46 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
75 ( 51 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
76 ( NEW ) YOU’RE WELCOME Electribe 101

Playlist/ Oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 REPUTATION (album) Dusty Springfield
3 THE DEFINITIVE HIT ALBUM VOL 3 Cliff Richard

 

 

23rd September 1990

It’s a first week on top for Maria McKee, just beating out Deee-Lite who sadly peak at 2. It’s not Maria’s first chart-topper – she also wrote Feargal Sharkey’s fab 1985 cover of A Good Heart, and presides over a hectic chart of 18 new or re-entries, loads of big droppers and climbers, and all because I was in Paris this week with 2 mates, sampling the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, The Louvre and so on. We were sat eating near the Notre Dame and heard a loud bang, like gunfire. When we left I noticed what looked like a whole trail of fresh drops of blood over the footpath on the bridge. Not saying it WAS a shooting, just saying it was a bit odd…

Anyway, that’s why Bananarama re-enter to a new peak with Only Your Love, at 11, it was the song of the holiday for me, along with new track and European hit, What’s A Woman by Vaya Con Dios. Other re-entries are due to that too. Pet Shop Boys are so hard at 5, co-incidentally they are 5 in my current charts still having some Money Business. Consistency. Londonbeat go top 10, and Snap! have the highest new entry with Cult Of Snap, proving they got the power! AC/DC are Thunderstruck to be at 12 in my charts, only Touch Too Much from the Bon Scott days had been higher, a decade before.

Africa, Toto’s 1983 number 2, has proved to be a perennial seller and golden oldie in the 21st century for some reason, appealing to new generations of music fans. I blame Steve Wright playing it week-in week-out on his radio shows for the last 37 years, but at any rate I can claim to be ahead of the game as it comes back at 20. Captain Hollywood debuts, Kim Wilde gets 9 years of top 30 entries at 29 and also is in my current chart at 21 with a spot of Xmas Hope. Consistency. I’m loyal! Another veteran, Billy Idol, pops in 11 years on with LA Woman.

Kylie turns a critical corner, is influenced by INXS’ Michael Hutchence, and revamps herself into a disco diva with the classic Better The Devil You Know in at 33. It’s still SAW behind it, but the adult image and gutsier dance-style is the main reason she’s still hear today getting chart-topping albums and sell-out tours. I didn;t know that then, of course, I just thought it was a great move away from disposable kiddiepop. Don Pablo covers a Doobie Brothers classic, just ahead of a Bananarama much-better cover version and the Doobie’s own better remix, Paul Simon returns with a goodie, The Obvious Child, some 18 years since his first solo, and 21 years since Simon & Garfunkel were high in my charts. Monie Love does a decent cover of a Spinners soul goodie, and MC Hammer actually murders another soul classic. U Can’t Touch This? If only he hadn’t touched Have You Seen Her!

1 ( 4 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
3 ( 1 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
4 ( 2 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
5 ( 16 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
8 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
9 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
10 ( NEW ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!

11 ( RE ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
12 ( 37 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
13 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
14 ( 9 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
15 ( 19 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( 7 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
17 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
18 ( 20 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
19 ( 11 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
20 ( NEW ) AFRICA Toto

21 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
23 ( NEW ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
24 ( 14 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood
26 ( 27 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
27 ( 18 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
29 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
30 ( RE ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

31 ( 17 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
32 ( 34 ) EPIC Faith No More
33 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( 25 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
35 ( 31 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
36 ( 45 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
37 ( 49 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
38 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 35 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
40 ( 22 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

41 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 43 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 24 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 36 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
46 ( 42 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
47 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
49 ( 33 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
50 ( 54 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians

51 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 39 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
53 ( NEW ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 26 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
55 ( NEW ) THEN The Charlatans
56 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Sydney Youngblood
57 ( 46 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
58 ( 74 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( NEW ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan

61 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
62 ( 57 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
63 ( 66 ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
66 ( NEW ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
67 ( 58 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( 30 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
69 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER MC Hammer
70 ( 65 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
72 ( NEW ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 64 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
74 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
75 ( NEW ) LA WOMAN Billy Idol

OLDIES PLAYLIST CHART
1 SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
3 LOVE SHACK The B52’s

 

 

 

30th September 1990

It’s a 2 week on top for Maria McKee as Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet, almost 30 years old, hits the top 10 – a track I’d never heard of before the reissue – and Captain Hollywood can’t stand it that he’s at 10. Keeping up with the plethora of oldies (I’ve ALWAYS liked oldies!) The Animals 25+-year-old classic enters at 16, to give them a second chart entry 18 years after House Of The Rising Sun was a 1972 hit all over again. Monie Love’s cover of The Detroit Spinners 20-year-old hit shoots into the 40, just ahead of The Charlatans Next hit.

Highest new track is Hi Tek 3 featuring the actual voice of Pump Up The Jam, Ya Kid K, in at 34, with Belinda back with an instant top 40, cos We Want The Same Thing – Ms. Carlisle back on form! The Cure drop in with Never enough at 51, for a decade of entries since their debut, The Soup Dragons follow-up with Mother Universe, Cliff covers From A Distance as I demonstrate in my playlist oldies that I prefer his early 70’s tracks, and 1972 Supercop movie theme Superfly is revamped by Curtis Mayfield with added Ice-T. Elton drops in with a lesser track after his monster chart-topper.

1 ( 1 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 5 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 2 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
5 ( 10 ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!
6 ( 4 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
7 ( 6 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
8 ( 9 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
9 ( 18 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
10 ( 25 ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood

11 ( 12 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
12 ( 20 ) AFRICA Toto
13 ( 7 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
14 ( 8 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
15 ( 15 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE The Animals
17 ( 13 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
18 ( 11 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
19 ( 14 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
20 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette

21 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
22 ( 19 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
23 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
24 ( 24 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( 26 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
26 ( 30 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
27 ( 66 ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
28 ( 55 ) THEN The Charlatans
29 ( 22 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
30 ( 40 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

31 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
32 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
33 ( 33 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( NEW ) SPIN THAT WHEEL Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K
35 ( 50 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
36 ( 37 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
37 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
38 ( 23 ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
39 ( NEW ) (WE WANT) THE SAME THING Belinda Carlisle
40 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle

41 ( 41 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 31 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 32 ) EPIC Faith No More
45 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
46 ( 48 ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
47 ( 27 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
50 ( 28 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins

51 ( NEW ) NEVER ENOUGH The Cure
52 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
53 ( 53 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 46 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
55 ( 36 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
56 ( 45 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
57 ( 49 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
58 ( 58 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( 59 ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 43 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

61 ( NEW ) MOTHER UNIVERSE The Soup Dragons
62 ( 61 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
63 ( 72 ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
66 ( 74 ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
67 ( 67 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( NEW ) FROM A DISTANCE Cliff Richard
69 ( 57 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
70 ( 70 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 54 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
72 ( NEW ) SUPERFLY 1990 Curtis Mayfield & Ice-T
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEONE Elton John
74 ( 65 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
75 ( 73 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

playlist oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard
3 TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard

 

My August 1990 Charts

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5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

 

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

 

My 1990 Charts – June

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1990 pop vids


3rd June 1990

2 weeks on top for Talk Talk, well, It’s My chartLife! Dirty Cash grooves brilliantly to 4, and Dusty gets a 4th consecutive top 5 hit, though a hat-trick of previous chart-toppers is a lot to live up to, but she’s got the Reputation if anyone has. In at 6, it’s a 25-year-old Beach Boys summer classic that has popped up on B Sides before, but never charted in it’s own right, and Wouldn’t It Be Nice if it entered at 6? Good, cos it has, giving them 22 years of chart action and another top 10 to add to the lengthening list. Astoundingly, it’s also the first track from the classic album Pet Sounds to make my charts (even allowing for the fact that it predates my charts by 2 years). “Classic” is an over-used word these days, but by any standard Pet Sounds IS Classic with a capital C. It was so groundbreaking that it spurred The Beatles on to up their game to put one over on their main creative rivals of the time – and that led to a little album that quietly slipped out called Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Bee Gees were also in my first ever chart along with the Beach Boys, and The Beatles, so it’s good to see them back in with another new one, Bodyguard, albeit it very laid-back that stiffed in the UK.

Roxette leap into the 20 with It Must Have Been Love, as a new entry from 1970 oldie Venus is remixed and is Shocking Blue back in the charts just ahead of Don Pablo’s Animals re-versioning dance-stylee of the same song, and which they borrow to greater effect. Betty Boo is Doin’ The Do inside the 20, and Gary Moore still got the blues enough to hit 20, leaving Billy Joel heading down The Downeaster Alexa at 23, a spiritual sequel (of sorts, to my ears) to Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald . There’s a Yaaaah! at 29, as D. Shake goes Techno Trance and the brilliant The Only One I Know leaps inside the 40 for The Charlatans. Ditto Black Box and Englandneworder, while The Beloved are having a non-Lauper Time After Time new at 40. That leaves a new entry from Elton John. I say “new” actually Sacrifice was in the chart last week, as it has been since the previous autumn, but it had been reissued after flopping in the UK along with his other flop Healing hands. Both had topped my chart and now are new, technically, together. Elsewhere MC Hammer debuts with a cover of a Rick James classic. I say “cover”. The words are new, and the baggy trousers shout out U Can’t Touch This. He’s a Superfreak I guess!


1 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
5 ( 9 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 7 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
9 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

11 ( 6 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
12 ( 32 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( NEW ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
14 ( 16 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 27 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
16 ( 10 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 13 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
20 ( 25 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore

21 ( 19 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
22 ( 15 ) VOGUE Madonna
23 ( NEW ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
25 ( 20 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
26 ( 21 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
27 ( 38 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
28 ( 35 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
29 ( NEW ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D. Shake
30 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

31 ( 65 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
32 ( 22 ) THE POWER Snap!
33 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
34 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
35 ( 55 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
36 ( 31 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
37 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 24 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
39 ( 36 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
40 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
42 ( 29 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
43 ( 23 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
44 ( 45 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
45 ( 42 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
46 ( 70 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
47 ( 33 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
48 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
49 ( 46 ) LOADED Primal Scream
50 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( RE ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
52 ( 51 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 49 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
54 ( 41 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
55 ( NEW ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
56 ( 52 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 62 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
58 ( 64 ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
59 ( 66 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
60 ( 40 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

61 ( 30 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
62 ( 39 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
63 ( 44 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
66 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
67 ( 47 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
68 ( 71 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
69 ( 58 ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
70 ( 53 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda

71 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 68 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
73 ( 61 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
74 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party

I bought a David Shepherd limited edition artwork of a Dormouse for £57 this week. Still got it, though it should be worth a bit more these days. Bob advised me on that, and let me know that the Fleetwood Mac tickets we’d ordered he’d still pay for his as he now had to go to a mate’s wedding instead. Oops! On Saturday I drove to London to go to my first Comics mart. I sold some comics to 30th Century Comics, who are still going strong in Putney, fanzine friends running the business, and I met fanzine members, but I felt very out of it meeting groups of people who already knew each other and wandered off to look around. For the first time in 20 years I had the very odd experience of talking about comic characters out loud to other human beings!

I chatted to various young members of Apa-247 and heard about previous fanzine Inertron, a Legion fanzine that had become a general comics fanzine when most of the Legion fans broke away after a spat. I found out all the gossip about it. I won’t repeat it here, though I’m sure it would be interesting to do that, sorry! We still meet up 25 years later and older, some have passed away tragically young, but it’s still great meeting up. That’s pretty damn impressive, really, and the only organisation in my life I have joined up with socially and stuck with. As Groucho Marx said, I wouldn’t want to belong to any organisation that would have me as a member. Except comic fans. I bid adieu to everyone though, went to HMV and bought The Mind Robber (my fave 60’s Doctor Who episodes) on video, 20 years since I saw it last and as fresh and familiar as if it were just a few years! I enjoyed myself enough to decide to go to another meeting with the apa fans, so result all round!


10th June 1990

Elton John’s newly-doubled-up Sacrifice and Healing Hands top the chart again together, having done it solo in 1989, as they did in the UK singles chart in 1990 having flopped in 1989. “I told you so” is such a childish phrase….! Elton’s career had been in the doldrums for a few years, but this pushed him right back into the big league again, as he finally got his long-awaited UK singles chart solo number one. These days I much prefer Healing Hands as I overdosed on Sacrifice eventually. Gary Moore gets a second top 10, his first for 5 years, and Roxette grab a 3rd as It Must Have Been Love sneaks up a bit.

The Chimes smoothly slide into the 20, as D-Shake rave it on up, hey Yaaah! Highest new entry is Snap!’s follow-up to The Power, and it’s a Gap Band song 10 years on, Ooops! Just walking behind them, like an Egyptian, The Bangles get a return to the top 40 4 years on from first-time round, Diana Ross returns I’m Still Waiting in remixed form 19 years on, and Chad Jackson hears a drummer go wicked inside the 40, too. Lower down, Bruce Dickinson gets a second solo entry with his Mott The Hoople cover of All The Young Dudes, and The Pretenders pop in briefly at 62, though Chrissie insists she’d Never Do That. Jason Donovan and Bobby Brown are back too, and at 68 it’s a bangin’ dance rave-rap track, The Only Rhyme That Bites, as MC Tunes and 808 State get together over the theme to The Big Country sample to pretty good effect.

1 ( 34 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
3 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
4 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
5 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
8 ( 20 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
9 ( 8 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
10 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette

11 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
12 ( 7 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 15 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
14 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
15 ( 11 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
16 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 9 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
18 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 29 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
20 ( 10 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

21 ( 13 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
22 ( 14 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
23 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 19 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
25 ( 31 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
26 ( 27 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
27 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 22 ) VOGUE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
30 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure

31 ( 26 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
32 ( 25 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( NEW ) OOOPS UP Snap!
34 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 30 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
36 ( 55 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
38 ( 36 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
39 ( 32 ) THE POWER Snap!
40 ( 39 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

41 ( 21 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
42 ( 38 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
43 ( 41 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
44 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
45 ( 46 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
46 ( 24 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
47 ( 51 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
48 ( 45 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
49 ( NEW ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
50 ( 49 ) LOADED Primal Scream

51 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
54 ( 47 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
55 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
56 ( 44 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
57 ( 53 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
58 ( 56 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
60 ( 43 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

61 ( 65 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
62 ( NEW ) NEVER DO THAT The Pretenders
63 ( 57 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 68 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
67 ( 54 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
68 ( NEW ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
69 ( NEW ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
70 ( 48 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas

71 ( 66 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
72 ( 71 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( 63 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO – The Chi-Lites
2. LIGHT MY FIRE – Jose Feliciano
3. MUSIC – John Miles


In my oldies playlist, The Chi-Lites disco classic from 1976 joins John Miles Music, and the 1968 spanish acoustic guitar version of The Doors’ Light My Fire from Jose Feliciano which I loved age 10. Will Young eventually copied this version for a UK 21st Century singles chart topper. In my life, I continued working for Bournemouth Borough Council, but I started my new full-time job as Contracts Monitor for Parks. First up, was checking the grounds maintenance for the local schools, Colleges, Community Arts and Police stations. Played badminton with Peter, won 4-2, for a change. Oh, and I’d officially stopped eating meat by now en route to eventually becoming a vegetarian.


17th June 1990

It’s a rare brand new entry in at 1 from nowhere. Big Fun and Sonia, with a sax assist from Gary Barnacle. This was a charity record for Childline featuring the two most annoying of the pop stars from the Stock Aitken Waterman hit machine, and was written and produced by SAW. Given all of that, it would be a surprise for me to like it a lot. For me to instantly fall in love with the record is a miracle, it’s rare that new tracks do that in my charts, unheard of for acts I’ve been a bit “meh” over. For it to become one of the least-successful charity records is a travesty, it’s pure soul brilliance, heavily-inspired by Junior Walker And The All Stars’ “What Does It Take”. The lyrics match the intended sentiment and the boys and girl give great vocals, and that sax is fantastic. Under-rated much.

Roxette get a 3rd top 5 track, and the B52’s a third as Roam finally hits 5 after months of yo-yo-ing. Betty Boo gets a first top 10 do, and The Chimes take U2’s song back into the 10 3 years on, all soulful. The Charlatans get a first top 20 hit, and the new entry at 16 is a hark back to childhood TV excitement as Thunderbirds Are Go with FAB and MC Parker. Parker?! Yus M’lady! Actually there’s a fair bit of Stingray in there too, so that’s even better for a mash-up of the theme tune dance-stylee. FAB! My faves were Parker, Lady Penelope, Alan and Tintin. The track is both amusing and nostalgic great fun. In at 20, Jeff Lynne has a belated solo single debut after 20 years of hits with The Move and ELO, and it’s pretty good. Every Little Thing sounds like an ELO record, of course. Fine by me cos it’s also fab!

Bruce Dickinson out-peaks every single Iron Maiden single at 23, as his cover of All The Young Dudes pops into the 40, along with another cover – of Sister Sledge’s Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song Thinking Of You – from Maureen Walsh. Kim Wilde calls Time, in at 26, Blow Monkeys spring back at 40, and Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants and MC Hammer all go top 40. New lower down, another Aussie soap star covers Mona, and it’s a good version from Craig McClaghlan, Double Trouble take a 3rd version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore into the 75, Maxi Priest is back with a good new single Close To You, Paul Young covers the Chi_lites 1972 chart-topper Oh Girl, and at 75 Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s top classical tenor covers Puccini’s Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) for the football World Cup and becomes a sensation immortalising the song for the masses for the next 25 years (so far). One of the better football songs, I ponder!


1 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 2 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
4 ( 10 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
6 ( 3 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
7 ( 4 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
8 ( 13 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
9 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
10 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
12 ( 7 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
13 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 25 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
15 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( NEW ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
17 ( 8 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
18 ( 11 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
19 ( 33 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

21 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
22 ( 19 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
23 ( 49 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
24 ( 17 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
25 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
26 ( NEW ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 15 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
29 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 56 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

31 ( 20 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
32 ( 24 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
33 ( 31 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 28 ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( 32 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
36 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( 45 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
38 ( 22 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
39 ( 61 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
40 ( RE ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys

41 ( 38 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 39 ) THE POWER Snap!
43 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
44 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
45 ( 37 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
46 ( 43 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
47 ( 26 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
48 ( 40 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
49 ( NEW ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
50 ( 42 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

51 ( 21 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
52 ( 48 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
53 ( 29 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
54 ( 55 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
55 ( 50 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 68 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
58 ( 60 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
59 ( 51 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
60 ( 53 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

61 ( 54 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
62 ( 57 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
63 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
64 ( 63 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
65 ( 65 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
67 ( 69 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
68 ( 35 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
70 ( 30 ) STAR Erasure

71 ( NEW ) OH GIRL Paul Young
72 ( 59 ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
73 ( NEW ) GIRL TO GIRL The 49‘ers
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti


I was busy hiring Star Trek: The Next Generation first season videos from video shops at this time, it seems unthinkable that a hot new American TV show with a mass cult appeal behind it could remain unaired on British television 3 years on – but that was the times, if the 2 broadcasters passed on it then you were stuffed. Sky TV of course took up the slack eventually which meant you had to pay out anyway and buy a satellite dish. At work, lots of school grounds checking, which meant associating with headmasters and introducing myself. Having joined the fanzine, I mused that my writing style was pretty crap actually, limited vocabulary and it takes SO long to type out a single page of comments and articles! I did some artwork for my fanzine, updating some stuff I’d drawn 13 years earlier.

24th June 1990

2 weeks on top for You’ve Got A Friend as the highest new entry is a 1966 classic from The Rolling Stones, and quite possibly their best record, Paint It, Black, re-issued after featuring in Vietnam War TV series Tour Of Duty, and a chart entry in the UK and chart-topper in the Netherlands. Dark, inventive use of the sitar (shortly after George Harrison brought it into western pop music) and aggressive, it never gets boring, which is why it still periodically enters the UK singles charts. Into the top 10, Don Pablo’s Animals get the 3rd top 10 version of Venus, and Jeff Lynne keeps his run going (for most ELO singles releases, and The Move singles dating back to 1971.

Meanwhile, Diana Ross’ period-common oldies remix (usually with a Soul II Soul shuffle beat) brings I’m Still Waiting back into the 20 for the 3rd time, though the pedestrian dance version isn’t a patch on the lush orchestral original arrangement that hit my top spot in 1976 on re-issue 5 years after first charting. That could also apply to Promised Land and their cover of Something In The Air, the 1969 Thunderclap Newman number one that was also my 3rd ever purchased single. The Bangles actual original version also goes top 20, I’m relieved to say, as they keep on walking like an Egyptian.

In at 31, it’s a charity cover version of the 1949 Hank Snow record Nobody’s Child, though the version I knew was Karen Young’s 1969 hit cover. George Harrison also recorded it with Tony Sheridan and George’s mates John and Paul. Tom Petty is also a new entry at 48 with Yer So Bad, as well as a Wilbury, and ditto Jeff Lynne at 10 and as a Wilbury. MC Tunes vs 808 State hit the 40 along with Maxi Priest, and also Craig McClaghlan, while lower down Bob Geldof gets a solo entry 5 years since his first one, and 13 years after his debut Boomtown Rats entry, but he seems indifferent about it.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
4 ( 4 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 3 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
6 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
7 ( 6 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 18 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
9 ( 7 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
10 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

11 ( 8 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
12 ( 11 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
13 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
14 ( 5 ) ROAM The B52’s
15 ( 12 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
16 ( 19 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
17 ( 45 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
18 ( 10 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
19 ( 21 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Promised Land

21 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
22 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
24 ( 17 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
25 ( 15 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
26 ( 26 ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 39 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
28 ( 43 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
29 ( 29 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 23 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson

31 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD The Traveling Wilburys
32 ( 35 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( 33 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 24 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
35 ( 40 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
36 ( 49 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
37 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
38 ( 57 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
39 ( 28 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
40 ( 69 ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest

41 ( 41 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 32 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
43 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER Snap!
45 ( 31 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
46 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 46 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
48 ( NEW ) YER SO BAD Tom Petty
49 ( 30 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
50 ( 75 ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti

51 ( 22 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
52 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Diana Brown and Barrie K. Sharpe
53 ( 58 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
54 ( 52 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
55 ( 55 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 63 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
58 ( 48 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
59 ( 71 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
60 ( 50 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

61 ( 67 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
62 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
63 ( RE ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party
64 ( 62 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
65 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 59 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
68 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
69 ( 37 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
70 ( NEW ) WHO’S LAW IS IT ANYWAY Guru Josh

71 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY JIMMT BLUE Del Amitri
72 ( NEW ) GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE Bob Geldof
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 61 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
75 ( NEW ) STEP BY STEP New Kids On The Block


In real life, the niece and nephew were back at home with me and their mum, and Vicki said she missed me when they were away (aaah, sweet!). Having wasted my money on an MSX music computer 5 years earlier which was neither one thing nor the other, I opted for a new Amstrad 9512 for the hugely expensive price of £576 – bear in mind they were glorified typewriters in those days and that would be like paying a couple of thousand for one now while on low wages! Ouch!