My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

It’s a first week on top for the brilliant E=MC2, presiding over a rapid-moving upper-chart and sluggish lower-end. George Michael rockets up to 8 with his gorgeously touching A Different Corner, as 50’s oldie Peter Gunn gives Duane Eddy an updated 80’s top 10, his first since 1975, while Sam Cooke gets his first top 10 with the Jeans-advert oldie, and still definitive version of the much-covered song.

Stevie Wonder is Overjoyed at just missing the top 10, and Queen are magic at 13, with Stevie Nicks making it 2 top 20’s in a row. Heart get that elusive top 40 at last, as Bryan Adams adds to his, and Atlantic Starr leap up. Highest new entry is a Shellshocked New Order, as Tom Waits gruffly enters in the neighbourhood, trombones blazing. Jim Diamond extends his run to 4 years since PhD topped the chart, a-ha get a third, Bronski Beat a 5th-ish, Julian Lennon a 4th (or so), and Jermaine Jackson a 6th or 7th or 8th solo (I can’t be arsed to look it up) but a whole plethora of Jackson 5 tracks on top of that.

1 ( 8 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
2 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 5 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 2 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
8 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
9 ( 22 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke

11 ( 26 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 38 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
14 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
15 ( 11 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
17 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
18 ( 7 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
19 ( 21 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 10 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( 17 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
22 ( 30 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
23 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
24 ( 14 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
25 ( 15 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
26 ( 20 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
27 ( 19 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
28 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( 36 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
30 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears

31 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 24 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
34 ( 40 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
35 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
37 ( 45 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
38 ( 31 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
39 ( 42 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
40 ( 66 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr

41 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 33 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
43 ( 64 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
44 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( 34 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
46 ( 39 ) ELOISE The Damned
47 ( NEW ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
48 ( 43 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 50 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
50 ( 37 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

51 ( 49 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 75 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
55 ( 51 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
56 ( 48 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
57 ( 59 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
58 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
60 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 52 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
62 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
63 ( 57 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
64 ( 61 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
65 ( 68 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
66 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
67 ( NEW ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
68 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
69 ( 71 ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
70 ( 69 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!

71 ( 74 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
72 ( 63 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
74 ( NEW ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ME Jermaine Jackson

1st April Playlist Oldies

1 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos

 

8th April 1986

It’s an utter gem on top as George takes his greatest track to the top for a second solo chart-topper, and a 4th in total (unless you count his contribution to David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss, in which case 5th). It’s a fab top 40, with Queen up to 5 for 12 years of top 5’s, and Bowie’s fab Absolute Beginners gives him 14 years of top 10’s, and 5 years since both of them topped my chart together. The Style Council make it 3 years of top 20’s as Have You Ever Had It Blue whoops up the chart 39 spots, and Sam Fox inexplicably makes my top 20.

It’s Immaterial have the highest new entry with the fab Driving Away From Home in at 21, and the fab Wax debut at 24 with the cruelly-flopped Right Between The Eyes. It’s a terrific pop track with impeccable credentials, being as it’s a joint Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman effort. That’ll be 9 years since Lonely Boy for Andrew, and 20 pre-chart years since teenage Graham wrote a bunch of 60’s classics like Bus Stop, or 14 years since 10CC debuted with chart-topper Donna.

New Order and a-ha both are a bit shellshocked at riding the train into the top 30, and Bryan Ferry cruises smoothly in to boot, also 14 years on since he first did it. Spirit of 72! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were already making great smooth, classy dance tracks, and this week they underlined they were the sound of the mid-80’s dance soul with Janet Jackson debuting with one of theirs, and the SOS Band returning with another cheek to cheek at 36 and 35 proving they The Finest.

Lower down another reggae stalwart debut from Maxi Priest, always smooth n tuneful, a nice soul tune I’d forgotten from Lonnie Hill, a great Simple Minds stormer, and a very Jim Steinman-ish Bonnie Tyler effort. That’ll be because he produced it. If it sounds like Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name (which it totes does) that’ll be because Desmond Child rewrote for them after he wasn’t happy with the original song. Kerching!

Oldies faves of the week, my all-time fave Baker Street, the fab Rod Argent song from late 1971 when I first heard it on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops, and the South African tribal gem from John Kongos of the same time – influenced his sons if no-one else, happily, check out the good recent KONGOS singles.

1 ( 8 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 1 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 2 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 13 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
6 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
9 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 14 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie

11 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
13 ( 12 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 7 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
15 ( 54 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
16 ( 17 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
17 ( 5 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 23 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
19 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
20 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( NEW ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
22 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
24 ( NEW ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( 47 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 68 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
27 ( 18 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
28 ( 43 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
29 ( 34 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
30 ( 37 ) THESE DREAMS Heart

31 ( 26 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
32 ( 25 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
33 ( 24 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
34 ( 40 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( NEW ) THE FINEST SOS Band
36 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
37 ( 22 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
38 ( 49 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
39 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
40 ( 33 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles

41 ( 21 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
42 ( 61 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 27 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
44 ( 38 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
45 ( 29 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
46 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 62 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
48 ( NEW ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
49 ( 66 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
50 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 31 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
52 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 51 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
56 ( 74 ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
57 ( 42 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
58 ( 45 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( 67 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
60 ( 46 ) ELOISE The Damned

61 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
62 ( 57 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
63 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
64 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 39 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
66 ( NEW ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
67 ( 59 ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
68 ( 73 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( 56 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
70 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

71 ( NEW ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
72 ( NEW ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
73 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 55 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 TOKOLOSHE MAN John Kongos

 

15th April 1986

It’s a second week on top for George Michael as Falco and Queen move closer, It’s Immaterial get a fab top 10 worthy slot and Stevie Nicks gets her first solo top 10, though she had already been there before with Dreams, Gypsy and Sara amongst her many classic Mac tracks. Janet Jackson almost makes it a Jam & Lewis top 10, as do Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman waxing lyrical.

Simple Minds rocket into the 20, up 54 places, while the highest new entry is Five Star’s Can’t Wait Another Minute at 28. Bonnie Tyler takes future Bon Jovi smash You Give Love A Bad Name If You Were A Woman into the 40, and Tavares get a decade-old belated new entry with It Only Takes A Minute, never a hit because I never got to hear it first-time round – though it did top my chart in the violin-riff-led version by Jonathan King working under an alias (100 Ton & A Feather) in 1976. Talking of JK, much of the chart was pushed by his No Limits show, and guess what – he’s also back in the pseudonym game covering It’s All In The Game in at 45, giving him 16 years-worth of chart action. Or 21 years if I had been charting in 1965 with kiddie fave Everyone’s Gone To The Moon.

In at 48, it’s another charity effort, a metal band get-together featuring stars like Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Check out the video, I guarantee you will never see a greater show of permed hair in your life in a music video, it’s the Olympic Event of 80’s hairdressing. Icehouse are back, with the fab No Promises – such an under-rated band – as is Sheila E with her latest Prince record, A Love Bizarre. Pretty much a Prince duet and joint songwriting credit. ZZ Top are back with their most touching track, and a fab scifi video, and Billy Ocean adds to his 12 years of hits with one of his most mundane singles. That leaves Gary Glitter and Girlschool, a cover of his 1973 top 10 (in my charts) – I can’t imagine what attracted Gary to want to duet with a band called Girlschool, but I’d suggest sticking to the original or preferably playing the HeadSchool duet Please Don’t Touch instead..

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
4 ( 5 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
5 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
6 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
7 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 21 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
9 ( 12 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
10 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys

11 ( 36 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 8 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
15 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
16 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
17 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 72 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
19 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
20 ( 14 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

21 ( 35 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
24 ( 28 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
25 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 38 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
27 ( 19 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
28 ( NEW ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
29 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
30 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox

31 ( 17 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
32 ( 47 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
33 ( 27 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
34 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 74 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
36 ( 31 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
37 ( NEW ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
38 ( 23 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 48 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
40 ( 32 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares

41 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 29 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
43 ( 33 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 40 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
46 ( 44 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
47 ( 30 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
48 ( NEW ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
49 ( 37 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
50 ( 59 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie

51 ( 45 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
52 ( 43 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 49 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
56 ( 71 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
57 ( 41 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
59 ( 55 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
60 ( 50 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

61 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
62 ( 57 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
63 ( 62 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
64 ( 63 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
65 ( 42 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
66 ( NEW ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
67 ( 46 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 60 ) ELOISE The Damned
69 ( NEW ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
70 ( 52 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

71 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
72 ( NEW ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
73 ( 66 ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
74 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
75 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 GET IT ON T.Rex

 

22nd April 1986

It’s an otherwise hectic chart as George grabs a 3rd week on top, chased suddenly by a 1967 classic released as a single in the USA in 1968 and topped the UK chart in 1969. I Heard It Through The Grapevine made my top 5 that year but never got as high as 2 – with this jeans advert classic replacing the same company’s Sam Cooke track in the top 10. Levi 501’s I think. Everyone was wearing them. I know I was. Nick Kamen getting his kit off in the laundrette was enough for no-one to realise that the songs used were tatty soundalikes, not the originals.

Janet Jackson gets a first top 5, one of many, and Simple Minds keep their hot streak going with another top 10, and Five Star snatch a second in a row. New at 26, Madonna’s low-key debut single off the forthcoming True Blue album is the highest new song, Live To Tell being far and away her best ballad to date, what with being classy and all rather than dirge-like. Hear’n’Aid go top 30, which is ironically what several of the metal members now need after decades of ear abuse. The Grange Hill Cast also enter high – in my defence I enjoyed the show, and it was a good cause, and good advice that no-one heeded as the Aceeeeed generation loomed.

Princess gets another newie, Whitney covers George Benson, replacing jazz subtlety with foghorn volume, 9 years since the original made my top 30, and the ever-good OMD keep the initial-for-group-name flag flying with the sweet If You Leave, and PIL join in with Home giving them 8 years of action, and OMD 6 years. The Force MD’s debut with a nice soul number, and INXS storm in with a debut great, What You Need. Michael Hutchence was one of the great frontmen of all-time, and INXS’ funked-up rock anthems were just fab – I saw them in concert only once, in Bournemouth, but my word that man was a star and the band were rock-funking.

John Cougar is also back, with a goodie, albeit a superfluous Mellencamp – his original decision to drop the surname was the right one. Depeche Mode keep the sombre entries going, Fine Young Cannibals keep The Beat flag flying, and The Bangles get a 3rd top 75. Surprisingly, one of the lower debuts is for an absolute belting classic with a famous video – Sledgehammer, and Peter Gabriel peaking after 9 years of chart action solo, and 12 years including Genesis.

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
3 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
4 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 8 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
6 ( 3 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 18 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
8 ( 6 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
9 ( 4 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
10 ( 28 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star

11 ( 5 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
14 ( 26 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
15 ( 10 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
16 ( 19 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
17 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
19 ( 9 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 13 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

21 ( 14 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
22 ( 17 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 20 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
24 ( 16 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
25 ( 15 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
27 ( 48 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
28 ( 39 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
29 ( 32 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
30 ( 74 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top

31 ( 23 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
32 ( 24 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
34 ( 45 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
35 ( 37 ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
36 ( NEW ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
37 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
38 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
39 ( 29 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
40 ( 27 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

41 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 33 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
43 ( 36 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
44 ( NEW ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess
45 ( NEW ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
46 ( 40 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
47 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
48 ( 30 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
49 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
50 ( 46 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

51 ( 56 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
52 ( 43 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
56 ( NEW ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
57 ( 44 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
58 ( 69 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( NEW ) HOME PIL
60 ( 31 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

61 ( 66 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
62 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
63 ( 42 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
64 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
65 ( NEW ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
66 ( 63 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
67 ( 64 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
68 ( 58 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
70 ( 75 ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

71 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
72 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
73 ( 49 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW LOVE IS Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

Oldies
1 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

 

29th April 1986

It’s a first week on top, making it over 17 years from debut to topping the chart, a new record for Marvin Gaye. Simple Minds get a second top 3, Wax get a first top 10 as a duo, or rather Andrew Gold gets one 9 years after his first, and Graham Gouldman 14 years after his first. The Big Sky bangs right in at 9, giving Kate 4 in a row off The Hounds Of Love album, and 8 years of ’em. a-ha get a 3rd top 10 in a row.

Whitney outdoes George Benson’s original in chart performance as she hits the 20, Maxi Priest gets a first top 20, and Shalamar return A Night To Remember 4 years on from the first time it hit my top 10. From here-on the chart gets mega-volatile as last-week’s deluge of new entries climb, while a deluge of 20 enter this week, meaning loads of tracks plummet, including classics. OMD go top 30 in a big climb, ditto PIL, and Icehouse, as Peter Gabriel swoops into the 40. Newies include Blancmange extending their run to 4 years, The Cure re-doing a great oldie that didn’t hit, as Boys Don’t Cry joins Rough Boys and Bad Boys – the latter giving Miami Sound Machine, or Gloria Estefan as they essentially were by this stage, another chart hit ahead of her actual solo launch. One and the same, same vocalist, same husband writer-producer, same success.

ELO are seriously back for a last time for a few decades (at least with Jeff Lynne), Fuzzbox debut with a longer band name and more of an indie vibe, Elaine Page gets another Chess musical song in my chart, so that’s Benny & Bjorn of Abba making it two – Swedish protogee’s Gemini enter with Just Like That, the 1982 Abba song that was never released in a finished form (though it did top my chart a decade later when a shortened version was released). Ted Chippington amusingly talks a Beatles classic into a laidback entry, Jean-Michel Jarre is another Spirit of 1977 to return, since his debut Oxygene Part VI peaked at 2. Only another 40 years to wait to top my chart (with Cyndi Lauper)…

Patti Labelle has dropped the girls of Lady Marmalade, and the shiny spacesuits, now opting 11 years on for a smooth soul duet with Michael MacDonald, now Doobie-less, and On My Own is just beautifully sad and beautifully sung by both. Annabella covers Peggy Lee’s Fever a decade ahead of Madonna, Doctor & The Medics sneak in with a camp soundalike cover of Spirit In The Sky, 16 years on from the classic Norman Greenbaum, Level 42 start the great period rolling with Lessons In Love, Van Halen are David Lee Roth-less, and a bit toothless for me, and Limahl manages to drag another chart entry out 3 years on from Kajaverygoogooey acrimoniously splitting. Kaja who?

1 ( 2 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 7 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 3 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
8 ( 10 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
9 ( NEW ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
10 ( 16 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha

11 ( 5 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
12 ( 14 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
13 ( 8 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
14 ( 9 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
15 ( 27 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
16 ( 38 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
17 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 28 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( NEW ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
20 ( 11 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
22 ( 45 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
23 ( 26 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
24 ( 61 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
25 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 30 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
27 ( 36 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
28 ( 15 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
29 ( 59 ) HOME PIL
30 ( NEW ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

31 ( 20 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 18 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
33 ( NEW ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( 49 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 23 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
36 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
37 ( 47 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
38 ( NEW ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 65 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
40 ( 44 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

41 ( 34 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
42 ( 22 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
44 ( 31 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
45 ( 25 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
46 ( NEW ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 21 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
48 ( NEW ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
49 ( 62 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
50 ( 24 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder

51 ( 29 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
52 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
53 ( 43 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
54 ( 56 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 39 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
56 ( NEW ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
57 ( 42 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
58 ( 58 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( 46 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
60 ( NEW ) GODSTAR Psychic TV

61 ( 40 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
62 ( NEW ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
63 ( NEW ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 32 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
67 ( NEW ) FEVER Annabella
68 ( 69 ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
70 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
72 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
74 ( NEW ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue

MY March 1986 Charts

4th March 1986

It’s a classic Hounds Of Love barking on top for Kate Bush, her 2nd chart-topper, and presiding over a frantic chart choc-a-bloc with goodies. Sigue Sigue Sputnik shoot it up to 2 from 26, all glammed up with synth riffs, and ELO call America at 4, 24 a 24-place climb for what is 14 years on from topping my chart with 10538 Overture, for around the 20th time making the top 5 – and the final time for 30 years, bar oldies. Billy Joel finally goes top 10 8 years late, Blow Monkeys climb to 13, and some great tracks are treading water due to the leapfrogging going on: Bangles, Mike + The Mechanics (it would top my chart in the 90’s) and many more.

Highest new entry is Culture Club, at 18, with the pleasant Move Away. Looked like they were here for the long haul…errr sadly not, relationships are complex, and substance abuse worse. Pet Shop Boys get the highest climber 59 to 20, and have two tracks in the 40 for the first time. Not for the last time though. Pretty much a regular thing actually for the next 35 years, and then some. At least I banned album tracks, largely, in those days, or else the lads, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince and a few select others would dominate the charts Ed Sheeran style.

In at 24, the title song from the movie Absolute Beginners, David Bowie back on critical form, and the best thing about the movie. sadly Bowie also decided he’d had enough of being great, and it was at best just good until the mid-90’s an the Pet Shop Boys helped make him sound great again for a bit (hit singles-wise) after the Tin Machine career-killer. Whistle kept on buggin’ me – in at 39 with a very familiar riff, oh yes it’s the theme tune to 60’s surreal sitcom Green Acres. Not only one of the greatest TV themes of all time, but the greatest sitcom of the 60’s. Ask Matt Groening…

Grace Jones covers Roxy Music, Bryan Adams keeps the hits swiftly coming, The Stones are back covering Bob & Earl (not very well), and Shaky sneaks in with a song I have utterly forgotten. No idea.

1 ( 6 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 26 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 28 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
6 ( 9 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
7 ( 3 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
8 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 11 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
10 ( 2 ) ELOISE The Damned

11 ( 4 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
12 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
13 ( 23 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
14 ( 7 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 20 ) PAIN Betty Wright
16 ( 13 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
17 ( 10 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
18 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
19 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
20 ( 59 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 14 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
22 ( 15 ) RISE PIL
23 ( 16 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
24 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
25 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
26 ( 62 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
27 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
28 ( 17 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
30 ( 36 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston

31 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 22 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
33 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
34 ( 18 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
35 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 24 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
37 ( 32 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 25 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
39 ( NEW ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
40 ( 27 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics

41 ( 21 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
42 ( 29 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
43 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
44 ( 57 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 51 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
47 ( 43 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
48 ( 44 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
49 ( 63 ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
50 ( 66 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 47 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
52 ( 34 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
53 ( 40 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
54 ( 39 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 37 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
57 ( 73 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
58 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
59 ( 42 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
60 ( NEW ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams

61 ( 75 ) MY CLEOPATRA The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 31 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
63 ( 68 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
66 ( 58 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
67 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
68 ( 70 ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard
69 ( 46 ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
70 ( NEW ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams

71 ( 48 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
72 ( RE ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
73 ( 41 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
74 ( 71 ) DRIVE The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens

4TH MARCH PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SOS Abba

11th March 1986

2 weeks on top for Kate Bush as Blow Monkeys go top 5, digging her scene, and Prince gets The Bangles a top 10 entry and a new entry for himself the same week – he deserves a classic Kiss! Whistle take the Green Acres TV theme into my top 10 (hey I’m a fan!), and the highest new entry is the Rock-in Me Amadeus from Austrian popstar Falco, mostly sung in German, which was something of an achievement in the UK charts. Still is. 1976, The Real Thing finally got a deserved belated UK chart-topper, and a decade on their run of hit singles had tapered off – until the 80’s disco remix mania brought them back, and onto the Radio One Roadshow in Bournemouth starring with….me! Yes I was on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, gaping like a fish, mouth open unable to answer the question “what’s the title of Genesis’ current album?” My mind went blank. “You can’t see me” said Mike helpfully as he touched my arm. “Invisible Touch” screamed the audience. Ah well, at least I won the quiz eventually, got a mug and sweatshirt and got to see The Real Thing backstage.

In at 32, and a gorgeous version of Neil Young’s Only Love Can Break Your Heart from The Mint Juleps. Saint Etienne eventually had a minor hit with same, but this may be the definitive. Stevie Wonder is overjoyed to have his last great single for 32 years enter my chart, while Love Is War is Brilliant, back again, and a year ahead of a UK hit Aussies Mental As Anything pop in at 59 living it up. Siouxsie follows up a chart-topper rather modestly, and The Housemartins debut with sheep. Luckily the Mint Juleps didn’t call themselves The Mint Sauce or it would frightened the little lambs away. A Fox bursts in at the bottom. Boom boom! No, not Basil Brush, the Page 3 pin-up using her attributes up front in a pop career.

1 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 4 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 5 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
5 ( 13 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 8 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
7 ( 12 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
8 ( 11 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 7 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
10 ( 39 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle

11 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 6 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
13 ( 20 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
15 ( 18 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 10 ) ELOISE The Damned
17 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
18 ( 25 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
19 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
20 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

21 ( 29 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
22 ( 9 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
23 ( 33 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
24 ( 27 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 19 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
26 ( NEW ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
27 ( 30 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
28 ( 17 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
29 ( NEW ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
30 ( NEW ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

31 ( 16 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
32 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
34 ( 22 ) RISE PIL
35 ( 21 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
36 ( 58 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
37 ( 15 ) PAIN Betty Wright
38 ( 43 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
39 ( 23 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 37 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 65 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
43 ( 28 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
44 ( 46 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
45 ( 45 ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
47 ( 40 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
48 ( 38 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
49 ( 60 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John

51 ( 34 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
52 ( NEW ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
53 ( 47 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
54 ( 48 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 51 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
57 ( 64 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
58 ( NEW ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
60 ( 42 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

61 ( 41 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
62 ( 44 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
63 ( 63 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
64 ( 70 ) I’M NOT GOING TO LET YOU Colonel Abrams
65 ( 52 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
66 ( 54 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
67 ( NEW ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 75 ) TURNING AWAY Shakin’ Stevens
69 ( NEW ) SHEEP The Housemartins
70 ( 59 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren

71 ( 36 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
72 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
73 ( 66 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
75 ( 67 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 ROCK ON T.Rex
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

18th March 1986

It’s a first week on top for ELO’s 13th and final chart-topper (barring recharting oldies), as it all turns a bit summer of 76 disco with The Real Thing and Tavares side by side, and the Pet Shop Boys get a second top 10 – the days when they would have topped my chart not yet arrived (I certainly love it enough to have a chart-topper out of Love Comes Quickly).

A big leap for The Mint Juleps, and the highest new entry is a Comic Relief single of Cliff covering his 50’s topper for a bit of a laugh. Yes, back in those days he wasn’t regarded as a joke, he joined in with the fun, helped by The Young Ones, which gives ‘hippie” neil (aka actor Nigel Planer) a second top 20. Cliff extends his run to 18 years. Another actor, Aussie US soap star Rick Springfield, pops back to Celebrate Youth a few years after he’d wished he had Jessie’s Girl.

Stevie Nicks gets a second top 30 in a row, Belouis Some a follow-up, and Supertramp arrive like a Cannonball bringing their 11-year-run of entries to a close, give or take. Another 50’s song returns for Duane Eddy, assisting the Art Of Noise’s cover of his superior original, the TV show theme Peter Gunn. That leaves Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne to follow in her dad’s footsteps, and Suzanne Vega, in debuting, while Talk Talk, The Pogues and Dee C. Lee add to their runs and Tom Waits grumbles in at the rear end.

In the oldies scene, I’m still into my Bubblegum TV heroes, bringing a bit of 1970 Sunshine, and the same years’ Laura Nyro sweet gospel harmony cover from The Fifth Dimension – if ever a song needed covering and becoming a huge hit in the States it’s that one in 2018 – and also a bit of Rock with a message, Free’s best record Wishing Well, and boy oh boy do we need that message in 2018 as well.

1 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
3 ( 5 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
4 ( 1 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
6 ( 4 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
7 ( 30 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
8 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
9 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

11 ( 7 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
12 ( 26 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 32 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 9 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
15 ( 17 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
16 ( 19 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 29 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
20 ( 42 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway

21 ( 10 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
22 ( 14 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
23 ( 12 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
24 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
25 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
26 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
27 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
28 ( 16 ) ELOISE The Damned
29 ( NEW ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
30 ( 18 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( 20 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
32 ( 59 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 25 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( 23 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
35 ( 44 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
36 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
37 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
38 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
39 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
40 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

41 ( 21 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
42 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
43 ( 28 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
44 ( 35 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
45 ( 52 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
46 ( 41 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
48 ( 57 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
50 ( 67 ) CANDY MAN Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 27 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
52 ( 34 ) RISE PIL
53 ( 31 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
54 ( 74 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 53 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
57 ( 54 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
58 ( 47 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
59 ( 39 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
60 ( 37 ) PAIN Betty Wright

61 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
62 ( 46 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
63 ( 69 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
64 ( 43 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 48 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY YOU DON’T WANT ME Roseanne Cash
67 ( 51 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
68 ( 50 ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John
69 ( NEW ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
70 ( 60 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

71 ( NEW ) LONDON GIRL The Pogues
72 ( NEW ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 73 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
75 ( NEW ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
3 WISHING WELL Free

25th March 1986

2 weeks on top for ELO as The Real Thing hit the top 3 for the first time, outdoing their original 1976 peak. Cliff & The Comics go top 5 outrageously leapfrogging the brilliant underrated Pet Shop Boys stuck at 9, and Falco enters the top 10, but the biggest news is the fabulous instant top 10 for highest new entry E=MC2, a haunting rhythmic raprock track from Big Audio Dynamite aka Mick Jones from The Clash & friends. I love the rhythm, the lyrics, the snippets from cult movies and the hook. It still sounds like nothing before or since.

Duane Eddy gets his first top 30 entry in 11 years, and Sam Cooke gets his chart debut with Wonderful World, the early 60’s minor UK chart hit much-covered at the time, and now used in a Jeans advert which sent it into overdrive chartwise 24 years late. As poor Sam had been very late for 20 years already, it was long overdue, though I would have preferred his greatest single (see my Playlist Oldies of the week).

Stevie Wonder is top 30, and in a case of “I couldve sworn I never ever liked that track” Sam Fox is at 29 proving my memory has been conveniently rewritten as I don’t rate it much at all these days. Howard Jones gets another top 40, and Queen debut with one of their great tracks from the very dark Highlander movie – quite a contrast to the joy of A Kind Of Magic, one of my mums favourite records. Viola Wills enters at 40 with one I don’t remember, some 7 years after one I do – her cover of Trini Lopez’ Gonna Get Along Without You Now.

Heart finally get a substantial chart entry years late, with the fab These Dreams, and George Michael has a second solo single with the still-heartbreakingly brilliant A Different Corner, understated, sincere and immensely moving, still his greatest creation for me. If anyone had doubts that he was a major talent up to this point, think again. Bryan Ferry keeps the tracks coming 13 years since his first solo, Atlantic Starr smooth in, Roger Daltrey also has 13 years of solo success, and The Style Council have another goodie in at 75. Which leaves Lick The Tins quirky clanky cover of the much-hit-covered Elvis chart-topper, as done last by The Stylistics in 1976.

1 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
3 ( 7 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
5 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 2 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
8 ( NEW ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
9 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 8 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

11 ( 10 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
12 ( 24 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
13 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
14 ( 5 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
15 ( 6 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
16 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
17 ( 26 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
18 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
19 ( 20 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
20 ( 14 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

21 ( 29 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
22 ( 47 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
23 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
24 ( 11 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
25 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
26 ( 45 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
27 ( 15 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
28 ( 50 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( RE ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
30 ( 35 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra

31 ( 22 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 23 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
34 ( 37 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
35 ( 38 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 54 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
37 ( 40 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
38 ( NEW ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
39 ( 28 ) ELOISE The Damned
40 ( NEW ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills

41 ( 21 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 49 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
43 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
44 ( 62 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart
46 ( 31 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
47 ( 41 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
48 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
49 ( 46 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 75 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

51 ( 25 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
52 ( 33 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
53 ( 27 ) IF YOU WERE HERE TONIGHT Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 42 ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 36 ) LOVE IS THE DRUG Grace Jones
57 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 57 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( 56 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
60 ( 44 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 43 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
62 ( NEW ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 58 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
65 ( 63 ) SHEEP The Housemartins
66 ( NEW ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
67 ( 34 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
68 ( 69 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
69 ( 61 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins

71 ( NEW ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
72 ( 72 ) LIVING IN ANOTHER WORLD Talk Talk
73 ( 52 ) RISE PIL
74 ( 64 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
75 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council

Oldies
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
3 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke