My February 1986 Charts

4th February 1986

3 weeks on top for a-ha, as Eurythmics get their highest charting single since chart-topper There Must Be An Angel, and Diana Ross rockets Bee Gee style up 60 places to 9 with Chain Reaction, for an 18-year run of top 10’s. Madonna ticks off yet another top 10, Five Star get a first, and Russ Ballard has a big climb for Voices, his biggest solo hit and first top 20 as an artist since Argent’s God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You in 1973.

A big top 40 climb for The Costello Show, and Johnny Rotten is the highest new entry as Public Image Limited get an 8-year-span of hits, John Lydon gets 9 years. Madness cover Scritti Politti and are rewarded with an instant top 40 hit outdoing the previous single, their first top 40 failure in 7 years. Talking Heads get a fab follow-up, Arcadia keep the Duran spin-off ball rolling, and Ruby Turner arrives 2 decades ahead of her Jools Holland career with a Staple Singers cover of a 1974 US chart-topper and Popchartfreak top 30.

Simple Minds keep the hits coming, Leo Sayer covers a standard over a decade after The Righteous did the definitive version, and 4 years ahead of Ghost making that classic a reactivated UK chart-topper. Poor Leo, timing is everything. Leo is great live, catch him if you can, even if not a huge fan, well worth it. Early Madonna-producer Jellybean enters a year ahead of his chart breakthroughs, Survivor return with another Rocky song, 4 years later, and it’s not a patch on Tiger. Finally, The Bangles breakthrough with a Prince-song, and it’s quality time with Manic Monday.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 2 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
3 ( 5 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
5 ( 3 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 6 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
7 ( 11 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
8 ( 13 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( 69 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
10 ( 12 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

11 ( 27 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
12 ( 18 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
13 ( 24 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 30 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
15 ( 15 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
16 ( 22 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
17 ( 10 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
18 ( 7 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
19 ( 37 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
20 ( 26 ) ELOISE The Damned

21 ( 8 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
22 ( 9 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
23 ( 23 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
24 ( 16 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
25 ( 52 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
26 ( 40 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
27 ( 14 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
28 ( 19 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
29 ( 17 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
30 ( 36 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown

31 ( 21 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
32 ( 20 ) RUSSIANS Sting
33 ( 33 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
34 ( NEW ) RISE PIL
35 ( 25 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
36 ( 47 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
37 ( NEW ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
38 ( 38 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
39 ( 57 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
40 ( 60 ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri

41 ( 39 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( NEW ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
43 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE Arcadia
44 ( NEW ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
45 ( 44 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
46 ( 45 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
47 ( 31 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
48 ( 34 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
49 ( 43 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
50 ( 58 ) CUT ME DOWN Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

51 ( 28 ) NAUGHTY NAUGHTY John Parr
52 ( 35 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
53 ( 50 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
54 ( 42 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 41 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
57 ( 73 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
58 ( 29 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
59 ( 62 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
60 ( 32 ) TORTURE King

61 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER Zapp
62 ( 53 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
63 ( NEW ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
64 ( 46 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
65 ( 65 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
66 ( NEW ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
67 ( 66 ) DRIVE The Cars
68 ( 64 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
69 ( 75 ) LYING Peter Frampton
70 ( NEW ) SIDEWALK TALK Jellybean

71 ( 68 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( NEW ) BURNING HEART Survivor
73 ( NEW ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
74 ( 51 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
75 ( NEW ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 BOGART Nik Kershaw
2 SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY U2
3 JACKIE Scott Walker

 

11th February 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for a-ha presiding over a volatile chart, Billy Ocean leaping to 2 for a career-best chart position after 12 years of trying, starting from 1974’s Top 5 On The Run (under the pseudonym Scorched Earth, and as good as later gems). Five Star go top 3, Eloise takes the Damned to a career-high after 9 years of trying for a top 5 – and also reactivates the former original chart-topper, still the best version, in my oldies playlist. As does Stevie Nicks going top 20 with I Can’t Wait reactivating an oldie on the playlist. Talk Talk get a first Top 10 in 4 years, since Today did it, and the highest new entry is a new peak for a record that pottered about my chart in 1985 – the awesome Behind The Mask in at 10.

PIL, Clannad, James Bown and Bono all return to the top 20 – except James Brown who does it for the actual first time after 16 years of occasional minor hits, admittedly past his 60’s pre-chart peak. Genesis spin-off project of Mike Rutherford, and featuring the smooth vocals of former Ace vocalist Paul Carrack, gives a fab new entry for Silent Running at 23, 12 years after both first charted. Betty Wright pops back in with her first top 30 in 11 years, Manic Monday rockets into the 40 for The Bangles, Huey Lewis is back yet again with the Back To The Future theme, and John Cougar also climbs high with Smalltown – a song which I co-incidentally saw on The Cleveland Show this week.

Ozzy Osbourne is back 16 years since he went Paranoid with Black Sabbath, but not quite So Tired this time as he tries A Shot In The Dark. Midge has a 4th solo entry a decade since his chart career started with Slik-ness, and Kissing The Pink come back after a 3 year-break from The Last Film.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 11 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
3 ( 10 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
4 ( 7 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
5 ( 20 ) ELOISE The Damned
6 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
7 ( 9 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
8 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( 4 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
10 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

11 ( 3 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
12 ( 6 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
13 ( 5 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
15 ( 2 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
16 ( 19 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
17 ( 33 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
18 ( 34 ) RISE PIL
19 ( 30 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
20 ( 26 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono

21 ( 12 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
22 ( 23 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
23 ( NEW ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
24 ( RE ) PAIN Betty Wright
25 ( 25 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
26 ( 16 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
27 ( 36 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
28 ( 15 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
29 ( 42 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
30 ( 18 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

31 ( 73 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
32 ( 17 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
33 ( 37 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
34 ( 22 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
35 ( 21 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
36 ( 24 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
37 ( NEW ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
38 ( 39 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
39 ( 65 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
40 ( 43 ) THE PROMISE Arcadia

41 ( 44 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
42 ( NEW ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
43 ( 63 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
44 ( 35 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
45 ( 57 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
46 ( 32 ) RUSSIANS Sting
47 ( 29 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
48 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
49 ( 75 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 27 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey

51 ( 41 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
52 ( 45 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
53 ( 40 ) ONLY LOVE Nana Mouskouri
54 ( 70 ) SIDEWALK TALK Jellybean
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 28 ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force
57 ( 72 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
58 ( 46 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
59 ( 53 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
60 ( NEW ) SHOT IN THE DARK Ozzy Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER Zapp
62 ( 49 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
63 ( NEW ) WASTELANDS Midge Ure
64 ( 38 ) WALK OF LIFE Dire Straits
65 ( 48 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
66 ( 66 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
67 ( 47 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
68 ( 69 ) LYING Peter Frampton
69 ( 67 ) DRIVE The Cars
70 ( 68 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha

71 ( 59 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
72 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME LIES Breathe
73 ( 71 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
74 ( 62 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 ELOISE Barry Ryan
2 TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
3 METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Hall & Oates

 

18th February 1986

5 weeks on top for the mighty a-ha, keeping The Damned at 2, the same position the Barry Ryan original reached in the UK chart, and one place lower than it reached in mine. Kate Bush is the highest new entry, outdoing Cloudbusting and making it 3 top 10’s in a row, with the exciting and brilliant Hounds Of Love, candidate for my fave Bush track. PIL get another top 10 3 years on from the last one, 8 years on from the first one, and 9 years on since The Sex Pistols burst onto my charts for Johnny Rotten.

Billy Joel has a double 70’s oldies blast from the past, one having been uncharted at the time (but fab) and the other having been under-appreciated by me in 1978 (Just The Way You Are). 16 is still an under-rating for both songs. Hot Chocolate return for the last time, 16 years on from their amazing run of singles, though not one of their better efforts sadly. Starship and Mr. Mister get quick follow-ups, and the fab Blow Monkeys debut with the equally fab Digging Your Scene, the first CD single I ever bought (OK technically it was a later maxi single featuring a lesser Blow Monkeys single as the lead track, but I bought it for Digging Your Scene). CD’s were on the way…

The mad, glam, and Mad Max-styled Sigue Sigue Sputnik debut with the unusual Love Missile F1-11. I liked it for being different to anything else, and they were having a laugh. It’s a Hi-De-Hi to comic actor Su Pollard not being very amusing in song, and it’s a Heeeere’s Johnny to Prefab Sprout too.

1 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
2 ( 5 ) ELOISE The Damned
3 ( 3 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
4 ( 4 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
5 ( 7 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
6 ( 2 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
7 ( 10 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
8 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
9 ( NEW ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
10 ( 18 ) RISE PIL

11 ( 6 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
12 ( 23 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
13 ( 16 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
14 ( 17 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
15 ( 12 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
16 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
17 ( 9 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
18 ( 11 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
19 ( 29 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
20 ( 24 ) PAIN Betty Wright

21 ( 19 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
22 ( 31 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
23 ( 14 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 13 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
25 ( RE ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
26 ( 15 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 27 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
28 ( 37 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
29 ( 33 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
30 ( 49 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( RE ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
32 ( 21 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
33 ( 28 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
34 ( 39 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
35 ( 42 ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
36 ( 41 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner
37 ( 43 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
38 ( 20 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
39 ( 45 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
40 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate

41 ( 25 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
42 ( 34 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
43 ( 35 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
44 ( 36 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
45 ( 57 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
46 ( 30 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
47 ( 22 ) THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Steve Harley & Sarah Brightman
48 ( 26 ) SATURDAY LOVE Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal
49 ( 32 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
50 ( 60 ) SHOT IN THE DARK Ozzy Osbourne

51 ( 38 ) IF I RULED THE WORLD Kurtis Blow
52 ( 48 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
53 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
54 ( NEW ) SARA Starship
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 75 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
57 ( 51 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
58 ( NEW ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
59 ( NEW ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
60 ( 52 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

61 ( 40 ) THE PROMISE Arcadia
62 ( 66 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Leo Sayer
63 ( 63 ) WASTELANDS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
65 ( 59 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
66 ( NEW ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
67 ( 46 ) RUSSIANS Sting
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
69 ( NEW ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
70 ( 69 ) DRIVE The Cars

71 ( 58 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
72 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
73 ( 70 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
74 ( NEW ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard
75 ( NEW ) JOHNNY JOHNNY Prefab Sprout

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
3 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

 

25th February 1986

Back in at 1, it’s a UK chart re-entry giving me an excuse to rechart 1985’s greatest single, Tears For Fears’ pop masterpiece, giving an oldies theme to the upper chart as Eloise holds at 2, Billy Joel climbs to 11 and Huey Lewis’ Back To The Future song hits a new peak belatedly. In at 5, it’s 1976 top 10 disco classic Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, as it charts all over again. Tavares were early cool disco stars. Yes, disco was cool at it’s best.

Mike + The Mechanics give Mike Rutherford his 4th top 10 (3 with Genesis), and Paul Carrack his first, in 12 years of trying, while Russ Ballard makes it for the first time in 13 years – when Argent took God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me a bit higher. The Blow Monkeys have a massive climb, as I am Digging their Scene, and ditto Sigue Sigue Sputnik who shoot like a missile into the 30 as well, while the highest actual new record is ELO having a go at synths with the fab Calling America – their last hit, far too minor, and the end of the road essentially for the band as a unit. Jeff Lynne of course kept on having success in various guises until resurrecting the name recently – and cue more hits in my charts.

Depeche Mode are stripped back, Frankie is still doing it his way 17 years on from his first chart entry with My Way – though his best songs predated my charts and would have been big. Audrey Hall has a gentle reggae bop again, and future fave band for the next 30 years have a second entry at a modest 59 – the gorgeous Love Comes Quickly, being very different from West End Girls, as were all the next singles for a few years – despite naysayers at the time who had a problem with Neil’s vocals making ludicrous claims that they all sound the same. They all sound like Neil Tennant, yes, but not musically the same.

Aretha and Elton are back – not together, that lies a bit in the future, but more notches in the run of solo singles, while Hipsway, a band that might have been successful, debut with The Honey Thief.

1 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) ELOISE The Damned
3 ( 1 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
4 ( 5 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
5 ( NEW ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
6 ( 9 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
7 ( 3 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
8 ( 12 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 13 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
10 ( 4 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double

11 ( 16 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
12 ( 22 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
13 ( 19 ) AND SHE WAS Talking Heads
14 ( 6 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
15 ( 10 ) RISE PIL
16 ( 25 ) SEX AS A WEAPON Pat Benatar
17 ( 8 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
18 ( 11 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
19 ( 28 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
20 ( 20 ) PAIN Betty Wright

21 ( 15 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
22 ( 7 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
23 ( 66 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
24 ( 29 ) THE SWEETEST GIRL Madness
25 ( 14 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
26 ( 68 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
27 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
28 ( NEW ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
29 ( 17 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
30 ( 30 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle

31 ( 37 ) SANCTIFY YOURSELF Simple Minds
32 ( 24 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 40 ) HEARTACHE NUMBER 9 Hot Chocolate
34 ( 21 ) LIVING IN AMERICA James Brown
35 ( 56 ) ONE STEP Kissing The Pink
36 ( 39 ) HOW WILL I KNOW Whitney Houston
37 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
38 ( 58 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 45 ) BURNING HEART Survivor
40 ( 36 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) Ruby Turner

41 ( 27 ) SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT Fra Lippo Lippi
42 ( 33 ) SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON Todd Rundgren
43 ( 42 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
44 ( 43 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
45 ( NEW ) STRIPPED Depeche Mode
46 ( 59 ) FEMALE INTUITION Mai Tai
47 ( 44 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
48 ( 32 ) LA VIE EN ROSE/ PULL UP TO THE BUMPER Grace Jones
49 ( 23 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Fine Young Cannibals
50 ( 46 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

51 ( NEW ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
52 ( 31 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Drum Theatre
53 ( NEW ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 34 ) SMALLTOWN John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 38 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad featuring Bono
57 ( 64 ) I JUST CAN’T STAND IT Matt Bianco
58 ( 52 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN (THE SEQUEL) Go West
59 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 57 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

61 ( 53 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
62 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
63 ( 69 ) MOON OVER BOURBON STREET Sting
64 ( 35 ) MY MAGIC MAN Rochelle
65 ( NEW ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
66 ( NEW ) CRY TO HEAVEN Elton John
67 ( 60 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
68 ( 72 ) HERE COMES THE MAN Boom Boom Room
69 ( 65 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
70 ( 74 ) STARTING TOGETHER Su Pollard

71 ( 70 ) DRIVE The Cars
72 ( 41 ) PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD The Costello Show (Elvis Costello)
73 ( NEW ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson
74 ( 49 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
75 ( NEW ) MY CLEOPATRA The Flaming Mussolinis

Playlist Oldies
1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 RADANCER Marmalade

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My 1985 Charts – February

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5th February 1985

It’s…It’s…A Sweet Chart-topper from nowhere, as my love and nostalgia for the manic glam-rockers propels a megamix of their biggest hits on top to give them a 6th number one, following on from 5-in-a-row from Wig Wam Bam in 1972 to Teenage Rampage in 1974. Fab! The originals that is, the megamix has nothing good to add to them, it’s purely an exercise in nostalgia. Meanwhile, a year late, Bruce takes Dancing In The Dark into the top 10, at 7, rather stunningly his first ever, having just missed out with all previous classic singles. King also are have Pride in being at 8, and Bowie gets another at 9, to add to his very long list by this time, since Starman first turned the trick in 1972.

Meanwhile Slade also add another top 20 (Bitch!) to their 14-year-run of them, since Coz I Luv You almost topped my chart in 1971. 14 for 14 years, how apt. Say Yeah? That’s The Limit, jazzfunk smoothstyle at 15, ahead of some noisy Art. Don Henley is driving at great speed with his Deadhead stickers on his cadillac, as The Boys Of Summer surge to 25, as the highest “actual” new track is This House, from Big Sound Authority, very much in a Style Council groove at 30, but they never really broke big sadly. The Colourfield takes Terry Hall back into the top 40, ditto Eurythmics’ Julia, Phil Collins’ Sussidio, and Time Zone’s John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata’s World Destruction.

New entries from Sam Harris at 51, Hearts On Fire, and Flash And The Pan get one of their irregular entries, Midnight Man at 54 giving the Aussies another flash in the pan 7 years on from And The Band Played On. They are always good, and should be better remembered than they are. David Lee Roth meantime feels he can do OK without the Van Halen boys, and covers the Beach Boys’ California Girls. Not that well, actually, though it’s a bit of fun to pop in at 56. MUCH better is 57, and it’s another 70’s pop star making a comeback, as Partridge Family teen idol David Cassidy is back 14 years on from I Think I Love You topping my charts. I still loved his singing style, enough for The Last Kiss to enter on one listen – and with George Michael on backing vocals (also a fan) it had that extra selling point. It’s breathy, builds, and is atmospheric, and I got all misty-eyed to have David back in the spotlight after a gap of 9 years. Aaahhh.

At 66, Mick Jagger finally gets that solo hit as the dancerock of Just Another Night does what Bill Wyman managed 11 years earlier, charting without the rest of the Rolling Stones. A much more succesful, and even more veteran, solo singer singer keeps his looooooooong run of chart entries going at 72. No I don’t remember Heart User much either! Cliff, of course, was there when my charts began in 1968, was there through glam, disco and punk, happily revived during New Wave and New Romantic, and to be honest, had I had been charting as a toddler he would have featured then too, cos I can’t recall a time in my life when there wasn’t Cliff. I hope these current police allegations evaporate, certainly the various prosecuting authorities have seemed far less concerned (than the American authorities) in putting actual terrorists and organised gangs of paedophiles away than they are now chasing juicy expensive celebrity headline cases. I digress. At 75 it’s the Fink brothers chasing some Mutants from Mega-City One. That’ll be a disguised Suggs and Carl from Madness going all clubby Judge Dredd then!

1 ( NEW ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
3 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
8 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
10 ( 8 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

11 ( 5 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
12 ( 19 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 18 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
14 ( 25 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
15 ( 22 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
16 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
17 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
18 ( 9 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
19 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
20 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 11 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
22 ( 14 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
23 ( 24 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
24 ( 27 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
25 ( 67 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
26 ( 15 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
27 ( 39 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
28 ( 10 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
29 ( 40 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( NEW ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority

31 ( 21 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
32 ( 36 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
33 ( 35 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
35 ( 26 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 62 ) JULIA Eurythmics
37 ( 29 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
38 ( 42 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
39 ( 57 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
40 ( 30 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

41 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
42 ( 33 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
43 ( 32 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
44 ( 50 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
45 ( 60 ) “20/20” George Benson
46 ( 34 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
47 ( 28 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
48 ( 65 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 38 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
50 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

51 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
52 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 46 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
54 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
55 ( 45 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
56 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
57 ( NEW ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
58 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( RE ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
60 ( 41 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

61 ( 71 ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
62 ( 48 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
63 ( 72 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
64 ( 56 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 59 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
66 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
67 ( 43 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
68 ( 74 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
69 ( 70 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 66 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
74 ( 63 ) LOUISE Human League
75 ( NEW ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

TV: Feb 2nd – 8th 1985
1 Star Trek: Amok Time
2 Cheers
3 Sleeper: film
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Dallas
9 Spitting Image
10 Bewitched


In the week that Leonard Nimoy died, it’s entirely fitting that I should be reviewing my TV chart for February 1985 when yet another re-run of Star Trek’s Spock highlight episode, Amok Time, was shown. Spock was a major hero of mine from age 11, and Leonard Nimoy equally as much, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye, but if you want to see Leonard at his best, and a great Spock-centric TV episode, this is the one to go for. Spock gets struck by Pon-farr, the irresistible 7-year-mating-itch that becomes unscratchable for Vulcans. This is the one also featuring T’pau, High Priestess of the ceremony, and future UK chart-toppers. true fact. Elsewhere, Cheers and Hill Street Blues were firing on all-cylinders, both of them influentially, and Spitting Image was taking the pee out of politicians and celebrities. I hear it’s on the way back….

In my life: Bob & I had our merry banter on the Dorset highways at work, I decided to get a moped on HP so I could free myself from being a passenger, not quite having enough cash for Bob’s second-hand car and not keen to go into debt. In retrospect that was a big mistake, but hey ho, hindsight is a marvelous thing. Had another argument with the supervisor over his change of plans as to who was out on the road and who was driving, followed by me sulking and us nearly getting hit by a skidding car on the road-bend we were working on, Bob holding back from the bend in the van with warning lights. Kind of reinforced my question really! I got a sort-of apology. Bob & I decided to speed-up the job application exodus among colleagues.

At home family problems I won’t mention (I pretty much never not have family issues), but mum and dad’s friends brought round a sweet little yorkie puppy, which they bought off them, pedigree and all. She was SO nervous being taken away from her mother, shaking like a leaf which upset me. Her name was Picket, in honour of the striking coal miners, of which my brother was one still. She gave mum and dad something good they could mutually focus on together, and did bring some joy, as well as being a constant pain in the arse when she got older for anyone babysitting through all the howling when mum and dad left her at home for any time. Win some lose some.


12th February 1985

2 weeks for Sweet on top as another oldie bangs in at 2, courtesy of a re-entry into the UK top 75 singles chart: Soft Cell and Tainted Love, a number one from 1981, and a genuine synth classic cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul track. It was a classic in 1981, in 1985, and still is. Marc Almond was into his solo career by this time, and Soft Cell alas were no more, as they had some right gems together. I saw Marc live the other year, and he wasn’t overly generous with the back-catalogue classics, which was a pity. Had I known he was going to do that I would have grabbed him in Gran Canaria about 10 years back when he stuck his head in the door of the bar I was sitting in, and suggested a) do your big hits in concert and b) do a cover of I’m Gonna Be Strong.

After meandering up and down the chart for over 2 months Dead Or Alive suddenly rocket up 60 places to 4 with future club classic, and the real start of the big time for Stock Aitken Waterman as producers, You Spin Me Round. The tempo was unbelievably exciting, so frenetic was it. Fab. Not to be outdone, the late great Kirsty MacColl takes her wonderful version of Billy Bragg’s A New England to 5 with a big leap. Leaving Billy Ocean to grab his 4th top 10 hit in 10 years, and Trevor Horn his umpteenth in 10 months, as Art Of Noise hit 10.

The top 20 gets a bit Adult Rock-ish with Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams and Don Henley all entering slowly, and rather less rapidly than they deserved. Flash And The Pan go top 30, as Midnight Man burns the midnight oil just ahead of an optimistic Howard Jones, and a welcome top 40 return from David Cassidy 9 years since the last time. Sam Harris meanwhile has an American hit, and enters my Top 40 with the Motown track Hearts On Fire. Classic Smiths also gets in at 40, How Soon Is Now also under-performing so far, so many great tracks to compete with.

At 47, The Associates return 3 years after topping with the epic Party Fears Two, having a spot of Breakfast, ahead of returning Grandmaster Flash and Kool And The Gang, who confirm to me that that mysterious verb I read in books as a pre-teen, to misle, I misle, they misled me, wasn’t a verb at all, and it was pronounced Miss-Led. Harrumph! Willy Finlayson is a Scottish singer who’s guested with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, and is still a gigging musician, but he closest he got to the charts was in at 68, On The Air Tonight, a laid-back European hit. 4 years on since she immortalised Bette Davis’ eyes, Kim Carnes is also back at 71 with an invitation to dance, while a much less-friendly Killing Joke announce they have love like blood at 74. Ewww! On TV, the BRITS were on, for an evening of awards for Prince and the like, a bit shorter in those days I think. The show, not Prince.

1 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( 8 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
4 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
5 ( 27 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
6 ( 2 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
7 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
8 ( 9 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
9 ( 13 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
10 ( 16 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise

11 ( 5 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
12 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 14 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
14 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
15 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
16 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
17 ( 24 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
18 ( 10 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
19 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
20 ( 25 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley

21 ( 11 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
22 ( 17 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
23 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
24 ( 30 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
25 ( 18 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
26 ( 19 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 54 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
28 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
29 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( 34 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield

31 ( 15 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
32 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 45 ) “20/20” George Benson
35 ( 38 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
36 ( 57 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
37 ( 21 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
38 ( 51 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
39 ( 26 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
40 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
42 ( 39 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 66 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
45 ( 35 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 37 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
47 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST The Associates
48 ( NEW ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
49 ( 56 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
50 ( NEW ) MISLED Kool And The Gang

51 ( 32 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
52 ( 28 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
53 ( 36 ) JULIA Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
55 ( 63 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
56 ( 43 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
57 ( 42 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
58 ( 55 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
59 ( 68 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
60 ( 53 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

61 ( 40 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
62 ( 44 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 47 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
64 ( 50 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
65 ( 72 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
67 ( 69 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( NEW ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
69 ( 75 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers
70 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( NEW ) INVITATION TO DANCE Kim Carnes
72 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Floy Joy
73 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
75 ( NEW ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde

TV Feb 9th to 15th
1 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Television
7 The BRITS
8 Bewitched
9 The Addams Family
10 Top Of The Pops

Work along Dorset highways was much improved, as the boss was off sick, and I was getting all misty eyed for hits from 1973, wishing I could go back and do it right this time (eg, life). That I feel the same about my life generally still is a tad sad, lost opportunities and all that. Hey ho. Put me in the mood, though, for a trip in dad’s car to my old nostalgic haunting ground Gloucester, and Innsworth, where we moved in 1973, en route to Birmingham Bull Ring centre. I was fascinated by the cosmopolitan nature of kids in the comics shop there, and found big cities exciting and also a little daunting. Then I spent the weekend with Sue and Joe in Wolverhampton, catching up on stuff since we’d last met up in 1983. It snowed on and off all weekend, and especially heavily when I drove home, gale force freezing winds making it all a bit treacherous, not helped by unmarked diversions down minor country roads passing many motorists stuck in snowdrifts near Gillingham. Poole, of course, was snow free. It virtually never snows significantly round Poole harbour….


19th February 1985

Dead Or Alive finally get on top, after months of meandering up and down the charts, the longest run to date before getting to number one (excluding reissues and re-entries), and it’s well-deserved for You Spin Me Round. Relax is back again, too, as Frankie Goes To Hollywood enter at 3, or re-enter, depending on how you view it. I see it as a completely new chart run though, it’s a new year, and it originally entered in 1983 before getting to 1 in 1984. Don Henley meanwhile gets his classic Boys Of Summer to 9, as his ex-band-mate Glen Frey enters with The Heat Is On at 69, while The Commodores hit 10, their first non-Lionel song to do that since Machine Gun in 1974.

Highest proper new entry is The Boomtown Rats at 17, and the under-rated A Hold Of Me, one of their best singles in an 8-year run, and certainly not one of their biggest hits outside my charts. Mick Jagger goes top 40, as Prince grabs another double-A-sided hit, amazingly bundling two of the 3 best tracks on Purple Rain together, which means Let’s Go Crazy is back after a short run on it’s own in my charts, and Take Me With U debuts. Crazy is manic rock genius, Take Me With U is almost a non-Prince girlie chorus pop gem, catchy strings and all. Sadly, of course, no youtube videos so you’ll just have to take my word, and buy the album, which is a classic worthy of anyone’s collection.

At 52, one of pop music’s unlikely collaborations, it’s Bill Sharpe of jazz-funk Shakatak and Gary Numan of decreasing commercial-pop-star fame experimental, melody-lite synth music. Well, waddya know, it’s fabulous, a career highlight for both, and high-time it was re-evaluated and pushed again in a film or advert. New Edition are back again, with the twee Mr. Telephone Man, at 56, and 14 years on Shaft returns to my charts – sadly not Isaac Hayes classic though, it’s an 80’s dance cover by Van Twist which pales in comparison even to the forthcoming rival hit cover version. ZZ Top are also back with the rocking Legs – that’ll be shapely lady legs of course, plus hot rod – at 65, while Cyndi Lauper is running out of album tracks to release as singles, Money Changes Everything not being the strongest, in at 70. Junior is back at 75, 3 years after debuting, with yet another Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack hit, and oh yes, there’s a Material Girl Marilyn Monroe wannabee at 73, getting her 5th chart hit. A bit of a departure for disco diva Madonna, can her career survive it? Stay tuned….!

1 ( 4 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( NEW ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 8 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
5 ( 3 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
7 ( 5 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 7 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 20 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
10 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
12 ( 10 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
13 ( 17 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
14 ( 9 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
15 ( 19 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
16 ( 28 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 11 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
19 ( 15 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
20 ( 27 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan

21 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
22 ( 18 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
23 ( 24 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
24 ( 22 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
25 ( 14 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
26 ( 40 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 34 ) “20/20” George Benson
28 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
29 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
30 ( 35 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins

31 ( 13 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
32 ( 36 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 38 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 21 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
36 ( 49 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( 50 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
38 ( 44 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 25 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
40 ( 23 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

41 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
42 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
44 ( 32 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
45 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
46 ( 48 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
47 ( 31 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
48 ( 30 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
49 ( 65 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
50 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 39 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
52 ( NEW ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
53 ( 46 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
54 ( 55 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
55 ( 59 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
56 ( NEW ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
57 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST The Associates
58 ( 68 ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
59 ( 41 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
60 ( 69 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

61 ( 74 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
62 ( 75 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
63 ( NEW ) SHAFT Van Twist
64 ( 60 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
66 ( 56 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
67 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( 58 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
70 ( NEW ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
72 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
74 ( 73 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV Feb 16-22
1 The Young Ones: Nasty
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 An American Werewolf In London: film
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Bewitched
8 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
9 Newhart
10 Top Of The Pops
11 The Addams Family
12 Grange Hill
13 The Bill Cosby Show
14 My World And Welcome To It
15 The Rockford Files


On TV, a great horror movie, An American Werewolf In London, John Landis and state of the art effects, while my fave Doctor Who Patrick Troughton makes his final appearance as guest return with new Doctor Colin Baker (sadly it was a bit gruesome in subject-matter, though compensated for by Frazier Hines returning as Jamie, a little). Oh, and My world And Welcome To It gets it’s final ever broadcast on TV, a great arty gentle sitcom based on the cartoons and humour of James Thurber, with a great cast and long list of guest stars despite lasting only one season in 1969/70, and despite winning two Emmy’s. It was a show I liked a lot in Singapore.

In life, Bob came round for an evening of pop chat, (BRITS awards on the Monday, with Bob Geldof giving politicians what-for no-holds-barred). This was appropriate because I went to my first concert alone: The Boomtown Rats at Poole Arts Centre Feb 14th 1985. A young crowd, male-biased, and late teens, early 20’s, and chose to avoid back-ache standing by getting a seat upstairs. Bob and the Rats did mostly new stuff from the In The Long Grass album, and a sprinkling of hits, the highlights were Someone’s Looking At You, Rat Trap, Drag Me Down, Dave, A Hold Of Me and Elephant’s Graveyard as they set off on a furious pace, despite poor sound quality in a 1hour 20 minute set. The final encore, Do They Know It’s Christmas, was introduced by Bob suggesting anyone who hadn’t bought it “ought to be ashamed of themselves”. Happily I had. Phew! I was very impressed, Bob never let up “carrying the whole shebang with wit and charisma, his new songs sounding good, and just a shame hardly any oldies. The Rats were perfectly wonderful. Energetic, lively show.” I got home at 10.30 and kicked the puppy across the room. Not deliberately, I hasten to add, I just didn’t see her come to welcome me – not used to having a dog in the house!


26th February 1985

2 weeks for Dead Or Alive at 1, as yet another (superior) dance cover of Isaac Hayes classic Shaft pops in at 3, outdoing the original’s peak first time round (second time round it hit 1 on my oldies charts). It’s not bad, but not as good as supercool Isaac obviously. Meanwhile David Cassidy (and George Michael) shoots up to 4, his highest chart position since I’m A Clown hit 3 in 1973, showing he was firmly back emoting a ballad in his own unique endearing style. Howard Jones adds to his growing list of top 10’s, as well, ooh, must be his 6th in a row!

Prince and Mick Jagger go top 20, Hall and Oates, and Sharpe and Numan go top 30, and second highest new entry is Philip’s Bailey and Collins at 37, with Easy Lover. That concludes the list of male duos. Easy Lover was essentially Earth Wind & Fire (Bailey being co-lead-vocalist) done Collins funk style, and was a huge hit, though I’ve never really warmed back to it since I overdosed on it in 1985. Pleasant enough though. Other new entries: The Stranglers are back, 8 years on, Tina Turner covers Ann Peebles, and becomes the second cover to chart, after Eruption’s much-better eurodisco thumper hit my 3 in 1978. Elton also sneaks in, with a ballad, Breaking Hearts tail-ending the album’s run of singles and giving him 14 years of chart activity, consecutive years too.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( NEW ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 32 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
5 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 9 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
7 ( 4 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
8 ( 7 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
9 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
10 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
12 ( 15 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
13 ( 6 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
14 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
15 ( 28 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
16 ( 29 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
17 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 10 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 12 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
20 ( 14 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean

21 ( 13 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
22 ( 11 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
23 ( 19 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
24 ( 18 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
25 ( 27 ) “20/20” George Benson
26 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 ( 52 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 24 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

31 ( 23 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
32 ( 37 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
33 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 22 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( NEW ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
38 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 30 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
40 ( 25 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz

41 ( 65 ) LEGS ZZ Top
42 ( 71 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
43 ( 61 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( 55 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
45 ( 35 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
46 ( 56 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
47 ( 45 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
48 ( 50 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 62 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
50 ( 60 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

51 ( 40 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
52 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
53 ( 39 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
54 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 31 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
56 ( 69 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
57 ( 53 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
58 ( 41 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
59 ( 73 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
60 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 43 ) CAN I Cashmere
62 ( NEW ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
63 ( 51 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
64 ( 49 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
65 ( 59 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
66 ( 70 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 75 ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior
68 ( 68 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 64 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

71 ( NEW ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
72 ( 63 ) SHAFT Van Twist
73 ( 72 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( 46 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
75 ( 74 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

TV 26th Feb – 1st Mar
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Rising Damp
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Bewitched
9 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
10 The Addams Family

At work, our boss supervisor was becoming increasingly paranoid about everyone, mostly because he was useless, and one of the few people I’ve met in my life that I have little sympathy for. Colin and Monic were part of the exodus of employees as others were applying elsewhere for jobs. Madman critcised Bob for being slow, which annoyed him and me. Pot calling kettle. Parents went to Mansfield for the weekend and took the cat and dog. Started my back catalogue trawling for non-succesful USA pop bands of the 60’s buying 20 Greatest Hits of Gary Lewis and The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis, and little-known gems on there too. Played it a lot.

My 1985 Charts – January

me with hairdo

me with hairdo

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1st January 1985

Back up to Number One for a second week for Wham! and their classic Last Christmas, while christmas songs elsewhere rise to new peaks: Gary Glitter at 6, Captain Sensible at 22, Queen at 37, Alvin Stardust at 38. Tears For Fears brilliant Shout hits a new peak of 3, as Strawberry Switchblade’s brilliant Since Yesterday hits 4. Alison Moyet gets her 2nd solo top 10, Invisible at 8, and Bob Marley returns to the top 10 Could You Be Loved back in for the first time in over 4 years.

Ashord and Simpson hit a new peak of 16, Paul Young’s changing at 20, and Kim Wilde’s touching 40, but really not much post-christmas movement and only 3 new entries: another quick new one from Stevie Wonder while his last single hangs about in flight, he’s also advising for the new year Don’t Drive Drunk. Good advice at 43. The Art Of Noise re-enter at 66, Close To The Edit all Trevor-Horned-up. Finally, Meatloaf is going Nowhere Fast at 75.


1 ( 2 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 9 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 12 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
5 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
6 ( 7 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 3 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
8 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
9 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head

11 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 20 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
14 ( 18 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 14 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 29 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
17 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
19 ( 15 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
20 ( 26 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

21 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
22 ( 39 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 19 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
24 ( 25 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 16 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 21 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 23 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
28 ( 33 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
29 ( 22 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
30 ( 32 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

31 ( 36 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
32 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
33 ( 35 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
34 ( 27 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 43 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
36 ( 30 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( 40 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
39 ( 24 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 47 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

41 ( 34 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
42 ( 50 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( NEW ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
44 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
45 ( 38 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
46 ( 57 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
47 ( 60 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
48 ( 68 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
49 ( 44 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
50 ( 64 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

51 ( 46 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
52 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
53 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 55 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
55 ( 42 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
56 ( 59 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
57 ( 54 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 45 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
59 ( 51 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
60 ( 56 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

61 ( 52 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
62 ( 49 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 61 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
65 ( 69 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
66 ( RE ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
67 ( 62 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
68 ( 58 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
69 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

71 ( 66 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( 65 ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
74 ( 74 ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( NEW ) NOWHERE FAST Meatloaf

TV: Dec 29 1984 – Jan 4 1985

1. Star Wars: film
2. Superman II: film
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gallipoli: film
5. The Towering Inferno: film
6. The Wizard Of Oz: film
7. Duck Soup: film
8. The Deer Hunter: film
9. Morecambe & Wise Classics
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Diced Carrott
12. Dr. No: film
13. The Incredible Shrinking Woman: film
14. Dallas
15. Kramer vs Kramer: film

TV over the holiday period is pure domination of classic movies, and of course Star Wars is on top, just ahead of Superman II. More surprisingly, quite high is the Australian war movie Gallipoli, one I’ve not seen since I think, and should check out again. In the TV comedian stakes, Dame Edna comes out on top, being as Barry Humphries was at his peak, ahead of Morecambe & Wise and Jasper Carrott.

Christmas in Blidworth turned out to be a series of family arguments, tiffs, sulks and storming-off’s. Happy days. Back to Poole, and some time to myself as I developed a cold from the cold North and stress. New Years Eve was spent with parents on the Marines camp, though they went to a party and I at last said “good riddance” to a rotten year on my own.


8th January 1985

I hit 27 years old with nothing much achieved, and nothing much on the horizon, but at least Wham! have Everything She Wants at number one, as radio flips from playing Last Christmas to the sultry other A side that had been overshadowed so far. In the USA both tracks were released separately and Everything She Wants topped on it’s own merits. In the UK 2-fer-1, hooray! Foreigner go top 5 for the first ever time, Ashford & Simpson go top 10 for the first time as artists, and plenty of tracks go back up or re-enter after the year-end run-downs, but I’ll ignore all of them and look at the new…

Sal Solo’s traditional-hymn-sounding San Damiano is up to 13, Bronski Beat’s actual old It Ain’t Necessarily So is at 20, and highest new entry is an immaculate Bucks Fizz, the recovering Mike Nolan after brain surgery following their coach crash, and one spot ahead of Bobby G’s TV theme. I Hear Talk is one of their best records and picked up a fair bit of good-will at the time, classy and beautifully-produced. Smiley Culture is in at 40, meanwhile, with Police Officer and his Cockney-Jamaican reggae vocal style, ending up influencing later much bigger cockney-rap stars. Smiley killed himself during a police raid in 2011, which sort of removes the upbeat mood somewhat from the record.

60’s and 70’s soul/Philly greats The Intruders have a welcome return at 45 with Who Do You Love, some 11 years since their last chart entry, Win Place Or Show (She’s A Winner). Also starting his chart career in 1974, Billy Ocean confirms his revival as the guitar-riffed funky Loverboy pops in at 48, complete with great aliens video (for the time). Melle Mel appears to have promoted himself to Grandmaster for his solo follow-up to the classic White Lines, Step Off. I think Bud in brilliant blue-collar sitcom Married:With Children also promoted himself to the Grandmaster B some years later, so it must have caught on.


1 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
2 ( 4 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 5 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 13 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
6 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
8 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 16 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

11 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 28 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
14 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 7 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 8 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
18 ( 20 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 30 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

21 ( 19 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
22 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
24 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 40 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
27 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
28 ( 27 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
29 ( 33 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
30 ( 31 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls

31 ( 23 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
33 ( 35 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
34 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 48 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( 43 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
38 ( 32 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
39 ( 29 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( NEW ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

41 ( 36 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( 41 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
44 ( 68 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
45 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 38 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
47 ( 44 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
48 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
49 ( 50 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
50 ( 54 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon

51 ( RE ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
52 ( 49 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
53 ( 47 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
54 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
55 ( 39 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
56 ( 66 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
58 ( 51 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
59 ( 56 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( RE ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 71 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 60 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
65 ( 45 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
66 ( 46 ) WHERE THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
67 ( RE ) AGADOO Black Lace
68 ( 55 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 72 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( RE ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
72 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
73 ( 59 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
74 ( 62 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME GIRL Scary Thieves

TV: Jan 5-11th
1. Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
2. It’ll Be Alright On The Night 4
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gregory’s Girl: film
5. Top Of The Pops
6. Doctor Who
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. The Phil Silvers Show
9. The Addams Family
10. Spitting Image

Back to work for me, still stressed about the driving of my car-share driver and trying to tactfully tell her to slow down, then when that didn’t work tried the more direct “I may have to get alternative arrangements” hinting. Bob at work was good fun, and I generally came to the conclusion I needed to go out and socialise, missing my college friends a LOT, and also I needed to come up with some sort of goals to aim for, including getting my own transport. My first nephew was born the day after my birthday, Gavin just missed it by an hour and a half! Anything to be awkward, though he did hit my Aunty’s birthday, and mum and dad hot-footed up to Mansfield to see him while I verbally snapped at my boss at work. He got his own back, making me work outside in the freezing cold for hours, hands frozen to the computer, to teach me a lesson. I already knew he was a so and so, though, so didn’t learn anything new. He also kept quiet about us needlessly putting in annual leave for New Years Eve, so Bob and I both lost a days pay for nothing. Our fault apparently….


15th January 1985

First new number of 1985 is the fabulous Strawberry Switchblade, there’s nothing not to love about the record, from the girls polka-dot obsessed video and image, to the 80’s-production values on a great melodic song. Upbeat, positive and joyous, I don’t see how anyone can not like it! The only downside is the equally great Shout peaks at 2 for a 2nd Tears For Fears classic falling short at the final hurdle. Or Durdle (Dore) video-wise. Salo Solo does what Classix Nouveau never managed, meanwhile – he gets into the 10!

The charts finally get some action as This Island Earth rocket to 21, Dead Or Alive re-enter even higher after a short break out the chart, with the exciting You Spin Me Round, and Imagination return with Thank You My Love for 4 years of chart entries, it’s pleasant enough. The better stuff is lower down though, as Abba jump in at 31 – well, again it’s Bjorn and Benny, and Chess, and two musical dependables, Barbara Dickson (giving her 9 years since Answer Me hit 2) and Elaine Paige (6 years since Evita), duetting the great I Know Him So Well. It could have been awesome though if the boys had got Frida and Agnetha duetting instead, oh, and just called it an Abba record. Doh!

Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark again, after going top 40 in the summer of 84, Yah Mo B There is also back a year or so on, at 38, for James Ingram and Michael McDonald, while buzz act of January 1985 (ie most-hyped by the record industry) were King, long-hair and coloured Doc Martens. Love And Pride wasn’t bad though, and in at 44, ahead of Eurythmics 1984 movie ballad, Julia, at 52, and Amii Stewart’s return after a gap of 5 years with Friends at 56. Best of all though it’s Bryan Adams giving it some Canadian rock oomph as he debuts at 59 with the frankly wonderful, exciting Run To You, still his best record. Ol’ Bry went on to mega success of course, and mega-hate thanks to THAT record, but if you need convincing he’s all right, take a gander at the guitar work, the shouty growled chorus, and the ominous, frantic mood of this track.

Others: Chaka Khan’s back, Malcolm McLaren’s still in an opera groove, The Colourfield debut (aka Terry Hall’s third band, he just can’t seem to settle down, having left The Specials at their peak, and the Fun Boy Three at their peak. Not a problem with The Colourfield, as they never peaked at anything), and finally Lou Reed pops in briefly with Suzanne some 12 years after taking a much more impressive Walk On The Wild Side.


1 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
2 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
4 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
6 ( 13 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
7 ( 10 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

11 ( 17 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
13 ( 7 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
14 ( 20 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
15 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
19 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus

21 ( 49 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
22 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
23 ( 21 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
24 ( 32 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
25 ( RE ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
29 ( 30 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
30 ( 40 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

31 ( NEW ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
32 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 31 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
34 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
35 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
36 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 27 ) LOUISE Human League
38 ( NEW ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
39 ( RE ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five

41 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
43 ( 48 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
44 ( NEW ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
45 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 29 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
47 ( 28 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
48 ( 51 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
49 ( 50 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
50 ( 38 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

51 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
52 ( NEW ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 33 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
54 ( 44 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
55 ( 37 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
56 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
57 ( 35 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 47 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
59 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
60 ( 74 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

61 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
62 ( 53 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
63 ( 56 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
64 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 67 ) AGADOO Black Lace
67 ( 71 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
68 ( 58 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 52 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( NEW ) CARMEN Malcolm McLaren
74 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
75 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU SUZANNE Lou Reed

Jan 12-18th
1. Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Addams Family
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Avengers
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Doctor Who
8. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
9. Dallas
10. The New Avengers


At work in Dorset, I find I just can’t resist answering back when I don’t agree with someone. Ego? Yes. Plus, I’m right. Snowy roads around Blandford this time, cold but at least sunny outside. I did my charts, happy to see plenty of faves from 1984 that never made it at last getting some UK chart action and Radio 1 airplay. It’s important to me they become hits…! Bob popped round with his new Scirocco car, snazzy, as he left to welcome his mum and dad to Bournemouth, they’d moved down, and I’d get to know them fairly well over the years to my pleasure. Mum and dad bought a Yorkie terrier dog from friends of theirs, and Picket (as she was called) turned out to have a big impact on the family until, and including, the traumatic day she died. On Sunday we went to visit our Singapore friends The Wainwright’s again in Chippenham, where Jamie had morphed into trendy James, and we had a nice National Trust pub meal. It was good to see Doreen laugh a little at old times, but we all wished Dale could have been there. I still get annoyed he missed so much life.


22nd January 1985

Another new number one, it’s the UK/US smash gospel-flavoured rock anthem classic that is I Want To Know What Love Is giving Foreigner a number one 7 years since they first charted. It’s glorious, especially that climactic Jennifer Holliday fade out, she’s the one that did the spine-tingling definitive version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, top 10 in my charts 1982. Highest new entry is Prince – I say new, it’s actually the UK catching up on his 2 minor 1983 hits bundled together, both peaked at 9 in my chart, and together they hit 6, my initial preference was for Little Red Corvette, but 1999 became the main track.

Babs and Elaine overtake the Abba boys other song at 8 and 9, while Amii Stewart’s Friends collectively jump to 14, and Bucks Fizz overhear rumours at 15. The Limit say “yeah” as they enter at 27, a smooth bit of jazz funk, while the rougher side of dance-rock (in comparison, only) takes Billy Ocean’s Loverboy to 24. King aren’t doing quite as well as Prince, as royalty Pride comes after Love. There’s loads of new entries, but let’s not mention Russ Abbott! Especially not when Elvis has a medley of some of his finest moments at 48 – 4 minutes to learn about the fuss: think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra…and then boom! Elvis. Icon.

Some US pop heart-throbs arrive, Corey Hart and the growing-up New Edition, not to mention Phil Collins in a Prince 1999 groove, Sussudio doesn’t fool me, nor is it quite as good. Chicago are back, uninspiring, actually, despite what they say. Heaven 17…and that’s no lie, get a low entry at 72 but it’s not bad, nor is John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata aka Time Zone, punk funking it up synth style. Johnny Rotten was a mere 8 years earlier! Which leaves the jewell in the pop crown, as the much-missed fantastic Kirsty MacColl gets two appearances: her brilliant version of Billy Bragg’s A New England at 61, and Tracey Ullman’s pretty good version of Kirsty’s Terry, Tracey already having wonderfully covered Kirsty’s They Don’t Know.


1 ( 3 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 1 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 6 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
4 ( 2 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
5 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
6 ( NEW ) LITTLE RED CORVETTE/ 1999 Prince
7 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
8 ( 31 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 5 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!

11 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
12 ( 14 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
13 ( 10 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
14 ( 56 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
15 ( 24 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
16 ( 18 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
17 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
20 ( 16 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
22 ( 13 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 21 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
24 ( 43 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
25 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
26 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
27 ( NEW ) SAY YEAH The Limit
28 ( 44 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
29 ( 20 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
30 ( 38 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

31 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 59 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
33 ( 63 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
34 ( 23 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
35 ( 39 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
36 ( 40 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
37 ( 69 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
38 ( 27 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
39 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
40 ( 33 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles

41 ( 28 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
42 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
43 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
44 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
45 ( 42 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
46 ( 35 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
47 ( 30 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture
48 ( NEW ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
49 ( 37 ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder

51 ( NEW ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 46 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
54 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
55 ( 29 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
56 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
57 ( 34 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
58 ( 51 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
59 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
60 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

61 ( NEW ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 50 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
63 ( NEW ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
64 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 48 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
67 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 55 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
70 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 47 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
72 ( NEW ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
73 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
74 ( NEW ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
75 ( NEW ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone

TV 19-25th Jan
1. Star Trek: Operation Annihilate
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. Hill Street Blues
4. Top Of The Pops
5. The Other Side Of The Tracks: Abba
6. The Twilight Zone
7. The New Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Dallas
10. Doctor Who


On TV, Paul Gambaccini’s excellent pop profile show The Other Side Of The Tracks was on with a Benny & Bjorn interview, while Hill Street Blues, Doctor Who and Dallas are the only new dramas still doing it for me. Watched an episode of The Avengers with mum and dad, it was the one they filmed on an RAF base, dad watched Diana Rigg & Patrick Macnee re-do takes quite a few times from his work window. In my work: quite snowy again in the wilds of Dorset, Bob was off ill, on the coldest day in 20 years, culminating in a big-ish friday snowfall, which meant slow bus to work as I marvelled at how quickly the south of England grinds to a halt at the drop of a snowflake. Bournemouth and Poole are still the same, drivers have no idea to how to deal with snow on the road and it quickly slows to walking pace, or they start calling in for the day off work cos it takes a bit longer. Wimps. If they only knew that the northerners at work always talk about them, the snowfall in Dorset is never more than an inch. Of our section, only Paul (from Sheffield) and me (Mansfield/Lincoln) made it in.


29th January 1985

Foreigner hold for a second week as 16 new entries give the chart a real clear-out, though the top end is more sedate, with Bucks Fizz’ I Hear Talk at 4 giving them 4 years of top 5 hits, at least one a year, usually 2. Amii Stewart’s pleasant Friends, and Bronski Beat’s retro It Ain’t Necessarily So grab a top 10 slot before the onslaught lower down – Springsteen outdoes his 1984 chart high at 12, King at 13 are still quite proud, but highest new entry at 16 is the fabulous This Is Not America, David Bowie’s collaboration with Jazz act The Pat Metheny Band and back on form to boot.

At 19, The Commodores are back, minus Lionel Richie, and show they don’t really need him on this classy sad soul tribute to the then-recently late Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson: Nightshift. Slade don’t hang about, a third hit in 3 months, as 7 Year Bitch brings them in at 25 for a singalong chant that never really caught on (probably the title!). Also back for a spot of spelling lesson, M.E.T.H.O.D. of Modern Love gives Hall & Oates yet another great pop entry at 35, while The Honeydrippers cover Phil Phillips’ 50’s doo-wop era classic, Sea Of Love at 36. Who are the Honeydrippers? Heard of Robert Plant? Jimmy Page? Led Zeppelin? Nile Rodgers? He’s had a hit or 2? How about Jeff Beck? Hi Ho Silver Lining? No? Pretty much a supergroup, and all pretty much still very active. It’s terrific, too.

Then there’s two masterpiece classics a bit lower down: The Smiths How Soon Is Now was under-appreciated in the UK charts, and in mine too, at the time, it’s pure genius, the Johnny Marr guitar is especially stunning, but this remains a record to bring joy – as I’m hoping Morrissey will grace us in 2 months when I see him, fingers-crossed. But there’s another: Don Henley had been pretty damn fine with his Dirty laundry and other solo stuff since The Eagles split in 1980, but nothing to match up to One Of These Nights – till now! Boys Of Summer is very 80’s-sounding, great lyrics, great sound, great song, so good, like The Smiths How Soon Is Now, they both had to come back again and chart in the 90’s. 58 and 67 respectively, though, for now.

Others: Howard Jones full of optimism a good 10 years before D:Ream, opining Things Can Only Get Better. Bronski Beat might disagree though. Sheila E’s in at 70, better known as a protege of Prince. Prince had lots of short lithe female protoges: he insisted he preferred the company of women to men, I’m sure that’s the main reason. The Belle Of St Mark is very Prince-sounding, and pretty good. Dan Hartman’s back again; Jermaine Jackson gets another solo hit as brother Michael takes a break from Thriller album tracks to release; The Boomtown Rats have yet another decent single completely ignored, at 75, the good A Hold Of Me from the decent album In The Long Grass.

1 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 15 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 3 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 5 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 4 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
9 ( 14 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
10 ( 12 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

11 ( 7 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
12 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
13 ( 28 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 10 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
15 ( 11 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
16 ( NEW ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
17 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 24 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
19 ( NEW ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
20 ( 30 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
22 ( 27 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
23 ( 33 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 32 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
25 ( NEW ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
26 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 35 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
28 ( 13 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
29 ( 20 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
30 ( 16 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 19 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
33 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
34 ( 25 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
35 ( NEW ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( NEW ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
37 ( 21 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
38 ( 29 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
39 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
40 ( NEW ) CAN I Cashmere

41 ( 23 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
42 ( 63 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
43 ( 44 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
44 ( 59 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
45 ( 34 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
46 ( 42 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
47 ( 48 ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
48 ( 40 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
49 ( 54 ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
50 ( 51 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters

51 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
52 ( 67 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
54 ( 72 ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
55 ( 38 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
56 ( 39 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
57 ( 75 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
58 ( NEW ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( 36 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
60 ( NEW ) “20/20” George Benson

61 ( NEW ) JUST A SHADOW Big Country
62 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
63 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
64 ( 58 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
65 ( NEW ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
66 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
67 ( NEW ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
68 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
69 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( NEW ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

71 ( NEW ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
73 ( 56 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
74 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
75 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats

TV 26 Jan-1st Feb
1. Star Trek: Assignment Earth
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Top Of The Pops
5. Dallas
6. The Addams Family (2 eps)
7. The Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Doctor Who
10. Newhart


On TV, Hill Street Blues still rules the new shows, though sitcom Newhart and it’s great hillbilly and other supporting cast of characters was getting better and better. Bob Newhart is SO funny. Always. Frankie Goes To Hollywood released tickets for Bournemouth gigs this week: sold out. Damn! I didn’t get one. I got a new spiky-gel haircut for £7 (I pay £7 for a haircut 30 years later, bear in mind). Bob took the piss out of it on Monday, calling me a hedgehog. I don’t recall the haircut lasting the week to be honest, and there are no photos in existence, so I’ll just have to put it down to experience, and there was only one more Bad 80’s Hair experience ahead of me (yes, it was a permed nightmare), before I decided once and for all that trendy hairdo’s were not for me. Phew!

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes