My 2017 Charts Jul-Sep

13th August 2017

It’s the late great Glen Campbell at 1, spearheading a posthumous invasion of old tracks and one new one. Galveston hit my number 2 when I was doing my first occasional chart dabblings age 10 and 11, this one was summer of ’69, and a Jimmy Webb classic. It was also on the first pop album my parents bought for me, so it’s pretty appropriate that Galveston now takes the record for longest-wait to top my charts, over 48 years, on his 12th chart-topper.

Second-highest charting Glen song is his most recent number one for me, 2014, and his single off his last EP with lyrics that break the heart with his inverted alzheimers love-song to his wife, knowing he soon wouldn’t remember her – I’m Not Gonna Miss You is high emotion. Even without Glen’s death it would be a busy chart – there are loads bubbling-under – so big climbs for Kungs new track up from 62 to 4 with some help for Olly Murs, equalling their huge hit from last year, Kylie gets another number 2 to add to her long list, and Dragonette get a first top 10 up to 8.

Empire Of The Sun have had previous top 10’s, but not for a while, and ditto Coldplay (but who never have a long break away). Highest new song is Train at 19, also top 10 regulars, though they have to climb to the top, while DJ Licious is in at 25. Rednex get a third top 40 some 17 years late on it’s original release and 23 years since the last one. Pink is back, following her top 10 (here only) earlier this year with SIA, and Danni Minogue joins her sister in the chart for the first time since they did that xmas duet track together a couple of years ago. It’s 26 years since she debuted.

1 NEW 1 1 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 170000
2 5 2 4 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 203600
3 1 1 5 TRUE FEELING Galantis 445000
4 62 4 2 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 72400
5 NEW 5 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 60000
6 4 4 5 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 264000
7 3 1 7 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 820000
8 30 8 2 DARTH VADER Dragonette 66000
9 14 9 5 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 130450
10 11 10 4 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 108750

11 2 1 4 NUMB Linkin Park 492000
12 20 12 4 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 84700
13 10 10 4 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 117000
14 7 7 5 MR SANDMAN Syml 162800
15 6 4 6 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 243800
16 8 8 6 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 201000
17 22 17 6 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 105100
18 18 18 4 RAIN The Script 84400
19 NEW 19 1 DRINK UP Train 21000
20 NEW 20 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 20000

21 9 1 6 DREAMS Grace Slick 464750
22 21 17 6 TOO MUCH Blondie 106050
23 15 3 9 THE MAN The Killers 430250
24 19 19 4 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 63800
25 NEW 25 1 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 18750
26 26 26 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 65000
27 60 27 3 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 38400
28 17 5 7 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 261300
29 13 10 5 GENEVE John Otway 162200
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 18000

31 36 31 3 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 45900
32 12 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
33 16 16 7 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 133150
34 34 34 6 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 85300
35 35 35 7 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 98050
36 23 1 9 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 705650
37 61 37 2 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 24800
38 25 4 13 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 466050
39 28 14 12 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 210950
40 33 33 5 CHAMELEON Pnau 82750

41 42 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
42 31 1 14 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1166150
43 29 6 11 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 309650
44 32 23 7 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 117400
45 50 45 4 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 37600
46 NEW 46 1 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 12750
47 NEW 47 1 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 12500
48 48 48 3 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 34800
49 39 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
50 58 50 3 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 28000

51 NEW 51 1 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 11750
52 41 11 15 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 247900
53 38 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
54 NEW 54 1 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 11000
55 52 1 22 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 872050
56 44 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
57 NEW 57 1 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 10400
58 45 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
59 53 1 11 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 590350
60 NEW 60 1 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 10000

61 46 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
62 NEW 62 1 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 7400
63 NEW 63 1 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
65 NEW 65 1 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 7000
66 27 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
67 NEW 67 1 REIMS RL Grime 6600
68 68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
69 NEW 69 1 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 6200
70 NEW 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 5800
72 69 1 42 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1121300
73 NEW 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO HORSES Garbage 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
37 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
40 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400
43 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
47 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
49 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
51 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
59 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
63 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
70 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000
71 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

 

 

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Copenhagen for a City Denmark break

6th August 2017

It’s the joyful hook-driven pop flop of Galantis for one week only on top, knocking off the late Chester B from Linkin Park after a 2-week run. I can say one-week-only as the late great Glen Campbell died after I had finished this chart (running late due to a Salou, Spain break), and a host of his classics are in the itunes chart today – and in mine on Sunday.

Here for now, though, Zoot Woman takes Kylie back into the top 10 after being absent a year or two, for a whopping and frankly unbelievable almost 30 years since she was so lucky for the first time! TLC get a second top 10 of the year, and a second time for Sunny, the song. Boney M did it 40 years back. Big climbs for Coldplay into the 20 spanning the 21st century, and OMD, 37 years since Messages first did it.

The Weeknd keeps his run of big hits going, 5 years or so into his chart career here, and highest new entry is Dragonette, and a Star wars-related song. Darth Vader follows where Meco started 40 years ago when his disco theme to the debut movie topped my charts. Finally Rednex appear again after a chart break of well over 20 years. Swedish yee-haws all round.

1 3 1 4 TRUE FEELING Galantis 360000
2 1 1 3 NUMB Linkin Park 455000
3 2 1 6 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 770000
4 5 4 4 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 209000
5 27 5 3 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 88600
6 4 4 5 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 216800
7 9 7 4 MR SANDMAN Syml 133800
8 13 8 5 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 186000
9 7 1 5 DREAMS Grace Slick 445000
10 16 10 3 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 85000

11 26 11 3 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 66750
12 6 3 5 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 278500
13 10 10 4 GENEVE John Otway 144000
14 20 14 4 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 85450
15 8 3 8 THE MAN The Killers 411000
16 23 16 6 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 115450
17 11 5 6 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 243000
18 18 18 3 RAIN The Script 62400
19 45 19 3 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 44800
20 36 20 3 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 49700

21 17 17 5 TOO MUCH Blondie 86550
22 19 19 5 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 82100
23 15 1 8 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 688250
24 24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
25 14 4 12 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 448850
26 30 26 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 46500
27 12 12 3 IN THE END Linkin Park 80400
28 28 14 11 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 193850
29 21 6 10 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 296150
30 NEW 30 1 DARTH VADER Dragonette 18000

31 22 1 13 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1152400
32 41 23 6 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 104150
33 38 33 4 CHAMELEON Pnau 65750
34 34 34 5 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 67700
35 35 35 6 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 80550
36 56 36 2 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 28000
37 RE 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
38 25 5 12 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 476950
39 49 39 5 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 51700
40 RE 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400

41 37 11 14 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 236400
42 42 42 14 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 163050
43 31 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
44 39 2 12 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 586050
45 29 29 7 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 84600
46 32 29 5 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 76350
47 55 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
48 58 48 2 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 22500
49 40 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
50 65 50 3 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 24600

51 48 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
52 52 1 21 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 861250
53 53 1 10 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 580250
54 54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 63 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 47 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
58 71 58 2 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 16000
59 66 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
60 60 60 2 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 20000

61 NEW 61 1 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 7500
62 NEW 62 1 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 7400
63 43 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 62 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 NEW 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 33 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
68 74 68 2 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 11600
69 68 1 41 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1115700
70 NEW 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000

71 61 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 69 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 NEW 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

DROP OUTS
44 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
51 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
57 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
59 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
64 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
67 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
70 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200
73 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400

30th July 2017

yes, it’s a second week for the much missed Linkin Park singer, Numb holds on and keeps some Buzzjack Song Contest entries out of the top 3 (KING PLAGUE’s Ave Maria rework, and Union’s hook-filled pop goodie) and holds off from Galantis, grabbing a top 3 for the first time, and quite why it’s not getting saturation airplay is a mystery to me.

John Otway gets a first top 10 after 40 years of trying, and Syml does what The Chordettes failed to do last year – grab a top 10 – although as an oldie The Chordettes had a tougher time of it. TLC make it 2 in a row top 20’s, Blondie also grab another, The Script their top 20 first for 3 or 4 years, ditto Empire Of The Sun, and Kasabian also ditto.

Coldplay, Lana Del Ray, Stevie Nicks, Kylie Minogue and The Weeknd are all familiar top 40 returnees, and all have topped my chart, some of them many many times.

1 1 1 2 NUMB Linkin Park 340000
2 2 1 5 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 685000
3 6 3 3 TRUE FEELING Galantis 190000
4 5 4 4 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 161800
5 10 5 3 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 144000
6 3 3 4 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 243500
7 4 1 4 DREAMS Grace Slick 400000
8 8 3 7 THE MAN The Killers 384000
9 19 9 3 MR SANDMAN Syml 83800
10 12 10 3 GENEVE John Otway 112000

11 7 5 5 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 220000
12 15 12 2 IN THE END Linkin Park 62000
13 13 9 4 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 138000
14 9 4 11 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 430100
15 11 1 7 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 669000
16 30 16 2 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 43000
17 22 17 4 TOO MUCH Blondie 66800
18 27 18 2 RAIN The Script 40400
19 36 19 4 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 62600
20 25 20 3 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 56450

21 20 6 9 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 277950
22 17 1 12 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1134500
23 16 16 5 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 90450
24 24 24 8 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 123800
25 18 5 11 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 459750
26 53 26 2 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 29750
27 58 27 2 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 28600
28 14 14 10 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 175550
29 35 29 6 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 71600
30 60 30 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 28000

31 21 2 14 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 791650
32 29 29 4 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 63600
33 23 15 8 ROULETTE Katy Perry 128350
34 37 34 4 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 50100
35 40 35 5 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 63050
36 48 36 2 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 29700
37 26 11 13 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 222400
38 39 38 3 CHAMELEON Pnau 48050
39 38 2 11 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 572800
40 42 40 3 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 53050

41 34 23 5 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 86350
42 43 42 13 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 149300
43 28 13 10 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 201100
44 31 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
45 55 45 2 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23800
46 46 46 4 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 48000
47 32 18 7 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 129500
48 45 2 15 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 812450
49 59 49 4 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 34600
50 50 50 4 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 35600

51 33 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
52 52 1 20 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 849750
53 41 1 9 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 569000
54 69 54 2 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 17200
55 56 55 5 KING KONG Icarus 49800
56 NEW 56 1 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 10600
57 51 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
58 NEW 58 1 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 10200
59 61 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
60 NEW 60 1 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 10000

61 57 13 15 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 279200
62 62 1 19 CHARIOTS Paper Route 800100
63 66 63 3 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 20800
64 65 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
65 72 65 2 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 12600
66 75 66 2 ALIVE Ben Haenow 11800
67 RE 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
68 68 1 40 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1109500
69 67 1 17 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 792800
70 RE 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200

71 NEW 71 1 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 5800
72 74 72 2 FRONTLINE The Selecter 10800
73 NEW 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
47 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
49 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
54 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
63 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
70 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200
71 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
73 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900

23rd July 2017

In the week of the tragic loss of Chester Bennington, I had to finally give the epic Numb the love I didn’t give at the time, 14 years ago (I was in a bad place that year and couldnt cope with depressing music) – it only peaked at 30 in my charts, and it took the Jay-Z mash-up to take it to 15 on a long chart run to see what I’d missed. So, 16 years after In The End hit 7 in my charts (and re-enters at 15 here), Faint did ditto a few years later, and Steve Aoki took A Light That Never Comes to 5 4 years ago, Linkin Park finally get a number one here, knocking off the still-superb Adam Lambert track.

The Union climb fast into the top 5, Syml into the top 20, and the highest new new entry, as opposed to older tracks, is from The Script at 27 – it never rains on Danny, it seems, but hey, for TLC it’s Sunny – a fab reworking of the 1966 Bobby Hebb classic (who features on the track along with an Earth Wind & Fire sample – September). Last in my charts courtesy of Boney M 40 years ago! OMD got top 40, along with a host of returnees, but they also have another new track in at 55 – the new album title track, The Punishment of Luxury, while The Weeknd makes it 5 in a row off Starboy, Rockin’ in at 48.

Coldplay at back with a goodie at 53, Miracles, and Kylie is also back for her 31st year of chart hits here, assisting Zoot Woman at 58, as Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks assists Lana Del Ray on her 3rd of the year, nicel leapfrogging her two Mac compadres in the process for 41 years of charting. Enrique’s Latin smash also enters at last (I’ve given in, I’m bound to hear it next week on a Spanish theme park family break), and gives him 18 years-worth of hits, loads of ’em. You want longevity though? The Selecter have been away for a while, since their 2-tone heyday – Pauline Black has always popped up here and there over the years in the media or touring, but they haven’t troubled my charts since 1980, or solo Pauline since 1982’s Shoorah Shoorah – so a gap of 35 years, that’s one of the longest gaps ever for a returning act with new material.

1 NEW 1 1 NUMB Linkin Park 170000
2 1 1 4 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 570000
3 3 3 3 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 188500
4 2 1 3 DREAMS Grace Slick 350000
5 22 5 3 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 96800
6 7 6 2 TRUE FEELING Galantis 105000
7 5 5 4 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 183000
8 8 3 6 THE MAN The Killers 336000
9 6 4 10 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 401100
10 10 10 2 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 84000

11 4 1 6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 642000
12 12 12 2 GENEVE John Otway 70000
13 9 9 3 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 106000
14 17 14 9 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 157250
15 NEW 15 1 IN THE END Linkin Park 27000
16 27 16 4 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 71200
17 11 1 11 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1115000
18 13 5 10 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 441000
19 32 19 2 MR SANDMAN Syml 38800
20 14 6 8 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 258200

21 16 2 13 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 773750
22 35 22 3 TOO MUCH Blondie 43800
23 15 15 7 ROULETTE Katy Perry 110650
24 24 24 7 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 104800
25 33 25 2 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 36450
26 21 11 12 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 205100
27 NEW 27 1 RAIN The Script 18400
28 19 13 9 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 196600
29 38 29 3 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 45800
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 18000

31 20 20 7 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 79200
32 18 18 6 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 117000
33 34 33 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 62800
34 23 23 4 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 72350
35 45 35 5 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 53400
36 49 36 3 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 41600
37 58 37 3 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 32500
38 26 2 10 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 555700
39 42 39 2 CHAMELEON Pnau 30850
40 44 40 4 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 45550

41 25 1 8 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 557750
42 48 42 2 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 36050
43 43 43 12 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 135550
44 28 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
45 36 2 14 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 800150
46 53 46 3 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 35250
47 29 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
48 NEW 48 1 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 12300
49 30 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
50 71 50 3 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 23600

51 31 15 10 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 172950
52 52 1 19 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 838250
53 NEW 53 1 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 11250
54 37 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
55 NEW 55 1 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 10800
56 56 56 4 KING KONG Icarus 39000
57 46 13 14 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 271700
58 NEW 58 1 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 10200
59 69 59 3 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 22500
60 NEW 60 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 10000

61 62 61 3 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 22300
62 51 1 18 CHARIOTS Paper Route 792700
63 55 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
65 73 65 3 JUMP Death Team 17800
66 66 66 2 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 13600
67 57 1 16 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 786600
68 68 1 39 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1103100
69 NEW 69 1 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 6200
70 74 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200

71 50 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
72 NEW 72 1 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 5600
73 39 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900
74 NEW 74 1 FRONTLINE The Selecter 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALIVE Ben Haenow 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300
41 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
47 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
54 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
59 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800
61 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
63 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
65 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
67 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000
72 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
75 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

16th July 2017

Adam Lambert returns to the top for a second week, pushing off Grace Slick’s classic obscurity after only one week on top. UNKLE do a fab Lee Hazelwood impression, plus cinematic arrangement and leapfrog the man himself with his 50-years-old classic. The highest new entry is Galantis, with a killer pop tune and hook. Instant fave, and a return to the top 10 for them, at 7. It’s Ave Maria – trip-hop style – in at 10, and just lovely for King Plague, who has a very catchy name – Belaruse female musician apparently, though info is hard to come by.

In at 12, 40-years-old, it’s an orchestral wonder from John Otway, dating from the time of his first appearance in my chart with Wild Willy Barrett, Really Free. Geneve is still lovely, even without a Willy. Scissor Sisters have had 5 chart-toppers since debuting with one of ’em in 2004, Comfortably Numb, and last made the top 20 in 2012 with Let’s Have A Kiki. Good to have them back, albeit guesting.

Syml fronts band Barcelona (where I’ll be popping through in 2 weeks – the city that is), and hails from Seattle, which accounts for the sultry moody version of the 50’s pop classic that recently charted here for the Chordettes, which brings back magic memories of the 50’s for me – via Back To The Future of course, I’m not that old! Ditto the current advert-song from Tony Dallara, a fab vintage Italian croon almost as old as The Chordettes.

Empire Of The Sun return, and so do Pnau. Nick Littlemore features in both bands. Pnau have topped my charts with their Elton John sampling tracks, and the other Empire member topped my charts as a member of The Sleepy Jackson. There’s another Nancy & Lee classic entering (as a Tammy Wynette duet cover they made the definitive version of) – but this one is Tammy covering herself from 1973 with hubbie George Jones, a version that is new to me, a lovely country duet of My Elusive Dreams.

1 2 1 3 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 455000
2 1 1 2 DREAMS Grace Slick 285000
3 26 3 2 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 103500
4 3 1 5 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 605000
5 8 5 3 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 133000
6 4 4 9 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 356100
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE FEELING Galantis 50000
8 5 3 5 THE MAN The Killers 288000
9 14 9 2 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 74000
10 NEW 10 1 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 42000

11 7 1 10 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1092000
12 NEW 12 1 GENEVE John Otway 35000
13 9 5 9 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 419000
14 6 6 7 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 238200
15 16 15 6 ROULETTE Katy Perry 91400
16 10 2 12 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 754000
17 20 17 8 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 128250
18 22 18 5 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 99200
19 13 13 8 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 178300
20 28 20 6 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 61300

21 11 11 11 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 186600
22 37 22 2 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 36800
23 27 23 3 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 54750
24 24 24 6 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 85800
25 12 1 7 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 543750
26 18 2 9 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 538500
27 34 27 3 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 46200
28 15 10 10 AVERDAVGI Agy 219100
29 17 7 10 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 403200
30 30 30 5 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 77600

31 19 15 9 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 161200
32 NEW 32 1 MR SANDMAN Syml 17800
33 NEW 33 1 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 17700
34 35 34 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 45100
35 66 35 2 TOO MUCH Blondie 24300
36 25 2 13 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 787150
37 38 37 5 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 63750
38 57 38 2 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 27600
39 21 13 10 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 202500
40 40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300

41 23 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
42 NEW 42 1 CHAMELEON Pnau 13750
43 44 43 11 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 122050
44 59 44 3 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 28550
45 52 45 4 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 35900
46 33 13 13 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 261300
47 32 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
48 NEW 48 1 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 12300
49 49 49 2 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 24200
50 31 5 13 HURRICANE Drones Club 457350

51 36 1 17 CHARIOTS Paper Route 785300
52 48 1 18 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 826750
53 53 53 2 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 22500
54 41 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
55 42 3 14 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 525600
56 56 56 3 KING KONG Icarus 28400
57 47 1 15 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 780000
58 75 58 2 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 15200
59 39 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 50 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800

61 29 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
62 62 62 2 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 14800
63 43 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
64 64 64 3 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 21300
65 45 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
66 NEW 66 1 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 6800
67 63 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
68 67 1 38 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1096700
69 69 69 2 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 12400
70 70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000

71 71 71 2 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 11600
72 51 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
73 73 73 2 JUMP Death Team 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 5200
75 61 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

DROP OUTS
46 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
58 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
60 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600
65 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
68 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
72 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
74 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900

 

9th July 2017

For the second week in a row, and the third chart-topper in a row, it’s new at one – this time for Grace Slick’s 1980 worldwide flop (but a minor chart hit for me) which I rediscovered a few years back and fell in love with big time, so around a 37 wait to reach the top of my charts. It was close though, as Adam lambert is still strong. Liam Gallagher gets 2 consecutive top 10’s – it’s like the old Oasis days!

After 10 weeks Despacito hits a new peak of 11, slow climbing which is appropriate given the title, and as a watched a large of crowd of English London Pride attendees swaying along in the street and not being able to sing the lyrics, it made even more sense why it’s so popular. In at 14, another one that suddenly made sense to me once I heard it properly, French Montana being the highest new track to enter with Unforgettable, a great record.

Down t’bottom end, Blondie grab a 3rd chart entry of 2017, getting very close to 40 years of chart hits here, while Martine Mcutcheon is back 16 years since she last troubled my charts, and LeAnn Rimes a nearly as long 14 years. I do enjoy unexpected comebacks!

1 NEW 1 1 DREAMS Grace Slick 170000
2 1 1 2 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 285000
3 2 1 4 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 540000
4 4 4 8 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 301100
5 3 3 4 THE MAN The Killers 240000
6 8 6 6 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 209200
7 5 1 9 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1055000
8 16 8 2 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 73000
9 9 5 8 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 387000
10 7 2 11 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 729000

11 17 11 10 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 166850
12 6 1 6 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 525000
13 14 13 7 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 157300
14 NEW 14 1 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 29000
15 10 10 9 AVERDAVGI Agy 200800
16 20 16 5 ROULETTE Katy Perry 64400
17 11 7 9 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 385000
18 12 2 8 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 520000
19 15 15 8 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 143300
20 29 20 7 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 105250

21 13 13 9 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 185400
22 19 19 4 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 77200
23 25 23 6 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 81100
24 34 24 5 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 66800
25 24 2 12 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 769750
26 NEW 26 1 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 18500
27 39 27 2 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 35500
28 35 28 5 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 41300
29 18 18 7 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 103700
30 36 30 4 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 59600

31 23 5 12 HURRICANE Drones Club 445350
32 32 32 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 71200
33 26 13 12 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 248550
34 58 34 2 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 27800
35 60 35 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 27500
36 27 1 16 CHARIOTS Paper Route 773550
37 NEW 37 1 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 17300
38 46 38 4 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 46450
39 40 39 3 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 41100
40 43 40 4 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 42300

41 21 9 9 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 266550
42 28 3 13 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 514800
43 22 16 10 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 139200
44 44 44 10 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 108550
45 31 5 11 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 352700
46 33 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
47 38 1 14 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 769600
48 47 1 17 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 815250
49 NEW 49 1 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 12100
50 45 5 16 LOST ON YOU LP 500800

51 41 28 8 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 109850
52 68 52 3 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 22900
53 NEW 53 1 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 11250
54 54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
56 63 56 2 KING KONG Icarus 17800
57 NEW 57 1 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
59 74 59 2 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 15300
60 62 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600

61 52 5 16 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 471700
62 NEW 62 1 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 7400
63 57 34 13 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 174600
64 64 64 2 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 14200
65 48 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
66 NEW 66 1 TOO MUCH Blondie 6800
67 65 1 37 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1090300
68 49 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
69 NEW 69 1 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 6200
70 70 70 3 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 18000

71 NEW 71 1 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUMP Death Team 5400
74 61 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 5000

DROP OUTS
30 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500
37 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
42 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
53 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
55 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
59 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
66 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
69 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
71 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
75 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

2nd July 2017

In from nowhere it’s Adam Lambert with his ambitious and fabulous Two Fux, far and away his best ever record (and he’s had a few goodies). In rhythm it reminds me of a 90’s gem from ex-New Kid On The Block Jordan Knight’s 1998 number 2 (here) Give It To Me, but it is sassier and more swirling. Adam’s been having occasional entries here since 2010, so at long last a biggie. That means The Killers get close but no cigar, The Man is great, much better than the ever present Mr Brightside which is outselling it in the UK charts and within 50,000 sales (not streaming) of a million! I just don’t get it!

Second highest new entry is a 2nd top 20 track for Liam Gallagher, one of his best ballads, Chinatown at 16. Katy Perry rockets into the 20 with Roulette as Swish swish stays ahead, and a new entry for Calvin Harris featuring her at 58 gives her 5 consecutive tracks on the list. My rules won’t be amended to exclude artists with more than 3….

Imelda gets a 2nd top 20 of the year, QOTSA get a first one ever, and in at 39 Shania Twain is back and jolly as ever after a gap of 13 years, she topped my chart in 1999 though That Don’t Impress Me Much as much as almost 20 years of chart-spanning. Rufus Wainwright covers a Beatles classic, used on a TV advert, while Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons add to the long run of chart entries, the Foo’s covering 20 years, Imagine Dragons 5 or 6 years.

1 NEW 1 1 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 170000
2 1 1 3 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 455000
3 5 3 3 THE MAN The Killers 180000
4 6 4 7 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 236100
5 4 1 8 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1005000
6 3 1 5 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 490000
7 2 2 10 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 687000
8 10 8 5 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 154200
9 9 5 7 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 342000
10 11 10 8 AVERDAVGI Agy 173800

11 7 7 8 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 362000
12 8 2 7 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 498000
13 14 13 8 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 165650
14 17 14 6 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 125300
15 19 15 7 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 122300
16 NEW 16 1 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 25000
17 20 17 9 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 129850
18 29 18 6 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 85500
19 24 19 3 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 57700
20 63 20 4 ROULETTE Katy Perry 39400

21 13 9 8 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 252550
22 16 16 9 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 125700
23 15 5 11 HURRICANE Drones Club 427450
24 12 2 11 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 751000
25 40 25 5 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 61850
26 26 13 11 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 230850
27 25 1 15 CHARIOTS Paper Route 756150
28 21 3 12 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 501050
29 30 29 6 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 85250
30 31 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500

31 23 5 10 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 339700
32 38 32 4 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 53400
33 22 10 11 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 250650
34 45 34 4 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 47800
35 50 35 4 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 23000
36 36 36 3 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 41600
37 18 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
38 27 1 13 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 757100
39 NEW 39 1 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 17100
40 65 40 2 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 24000

41 28 28 7 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 98100
42 34 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
43 66 43 3 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 25300
44 46 44 9 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 95300
45 41 5 15 LOST ON YOU LP 488800
46 59 46 3 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 29250
47 47 1 16 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 802950
48 52 48 4 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 38600
49 32 27 5 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 76200
50 54 50 5 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 48500

51 51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
52 42 5 15 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 464200
53 35 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
54 33 18 8 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 115100
55 37 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 49 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
57 53 34 12 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 167400
58 NEW 58 1 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 10200
59 39 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
60 NEW 60 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 10000

61 57 1 21 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1352700
62 69 62 2 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 13600
63 NEW 63 1 KING KONG Icarus 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 7100
65 64 1 36 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1083700
66 48 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
68 75 68 2 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 11400
69 71 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
70 70 70 2 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 12000

71 43 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 56 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
74 NEW 74 1 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 9 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 170450
58 25 10 THE CURE Lady Gaga 137200
60 36 7 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 91000
61 24 6 PAPER Svala 94500
62 20 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 144900
67 50 5 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 42400
68 5 14 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 383400
72 72 2 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 10800
74 1 15 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 690900

My 2017 Charts – Jan to March

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Leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street..it’s George Formby in Gran Canaria!

26th March 2017

It’s that flop classic from January 1968 on top, the beloved (by oldies) Alone Again Or from the cult band Love. It’s dark and New Wave-y in a hippie psychedelic tuneful way and ahead of it’s time. The top 20 though is full of activity and new entries, starting with 2 album tracks from Spoon and Gorillaz at 5 and 6. Far be it from me to tell artists what they should release as singles – OK strike that, just do as I say and release them as singles! I’ll raise that one for Take That as well, up to 10 with the official single Giants, but the next-best album track is in at 27, and it’s a New Day. Bung in London Grammar with the lovely album track Truth Is A Beautiful Thing doing what the first single off the new album didn’t do – inspire me to buy it.

LP do well in Europe, and about time they caught on here, in at 12, just behind the interestingly Prodigy-with-a-tune of Paper Route. Leonard Cohen’s fab dance remix of his last album title track is still as dark as one might expect, but a groove to boot, and up to 24. Pink and Sia get further top 40’s, Stargate-assisted, to add to their long runs, both won’t be far short of 20 years before long. Steps are back! Actually they popped back into my top 10 a few years back with a flop, but nice, ballad, but are back on pure late 90’s pop-cheese form at 64. Diane Warren take note of the tune…

It’s a 60’s party at the bottom end, as The Beatles chart another Abbey Road album track. What’s the difference between the UK chart and my chart? The album tracks in my chart are by different acts and all deserve to be singles, and the album tracks in the UK charts are by the same two acts, and errr, don’t. The Hollies are also in with their 1972 US hit, and UK mini-hit, but which was excluded from my top 20 of the time (I only included official top 30 singles) but would otherwise have been a biggish hit for me. So the new meh-ish Kong movie gives me an opportunity to set a wrong to right and chart it properly now. It’s essentially The Hollies doing a very good Creedence Clearwater Revival impression, and will be joined next week by the real thing, also in the same movie with an uncharted chart.

1 2 1 2 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 285000
2 1 1 7 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1039250
3 6 3 2 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 140000
4 4 3 6 TOI ET MOI Paradis 407000
5 NEW 5 1 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 60000
6 NEW 6 1 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 55000
7 3 2 7 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 485200
8 5 5 8 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 265600
9 7 4 7 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 250000
10 16 10 6 GIANTS Take That 140550

11 NEW 11 1 CHARIOTS Paper Route 37000
12 NEW 12 1 LOST ON YOU LP 35000
13 8 5 10 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 474250
14 15 11 7 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 168900
15 19 15 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 83200
16 18 16 4 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 72700
17 14 12 6 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 148300
18 12 6 8 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 270750
19 9 2 10 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 610000
20 10 10 6 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 136350

21 11 1 9 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 731750
22 22 22 2 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 39000
23 13 5 5 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 176850
24 38 24 2 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 36200
25 25 25 4 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 59800
26 26 26 5 LOVE Lana Del Ray 84100
27 NEW 27 1 NEW DAY Take That 18400
28 30 28 2 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 36300
29 17 17 2 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 41200
30 20 8 10 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 268250

31 21 8 8 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 215250
32 32 32 3 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 52800
33 54 33 2 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 28700
34 NEW 34 1 ON MY MIND Disciples 17600
35 23 17 5 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 96900
36 36 36 4 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 63000
37 65 37 2 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 24300
38 NEW 38 1 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 17200
39 NEW 39 1 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 17100
40 42 40 4 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 54400

41 27 1 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1275400
42 43 42 3 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 38750
43 28 28 6 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 94700
44 31 1 20 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2040900
45 24 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
46 61 46 2 HOME Schwarz 20250
47 29 8 9 MOVE Saint Motel 233700
48 37 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
49 39 39 3 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 46200
50 51 50 2 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 23750

51 49 1 22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 953100
52 45 2 18 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 963900
53 40 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
54 35 4 12 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 349050
55 34 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
56 56 56 2 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 21200
57 46 4 23 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 689300
58 33 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
59 NEW 59 1 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 10100
60 63 60 2 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 17200

61 67 61 2 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 14100
62 64 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
64 NEW 64 1 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 7100
65 41 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
66 68 66 2 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 13200
67 69 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
68 NEW 68 1 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 6400
69 72 69 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 16800
70 70 70 2 iT Christine And The Queens 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 5800
72 48 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
73 NEW 73 1 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 5400
74 44 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850
75 NEW 75 1 BECAUSE The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
47 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
52 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
55 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
57 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600
62 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
66 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
71 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
73 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

 

19th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 5th week on top, just holding off the highest new entry at 2 from obscure 60’s hippie band Love, and their classic non-hit Alone Again Or. The Damned eventually took the song into the charts in the 80’s with a fine cover, but the original is the best! Nancy Sinatra holds at 5, and The Beatles enter at 75 with an Abbey Road classic album track, The End. Back into the UK album top 30, it gives me an excuse to chart it at long last. Frankly, if Ed “yawnsome” Sheeran can hog the entire singles chart with his tedious album tracks, then I see no reason for the whole of Abbey Road to take up my entire top 16 as well – but I’m not that boring, and I’ve never allowed any act to take over my chart wholesale. Not even The Beatles when their entire collection of singles were reissued hits in 1976 – I gave them their own chart.

There’s an oldie a few years old I missed at at 6 from Future Islands, and an oldie top 10 from 1984 in it’s non-charted German-language version at 17, joined by another 1984 hit (actually a 1979 B side classic, originally) that I heard in a nightclub on Friday in tribute to the late Joni Sledge – Thinking Of You in at 30. Joining in the depressing “late” party, one of Leonard Cohen’s last recordings is in remix form in at 38, with another Sister Sledge and Chuck Berry due next week. sad….

1 1 1 6 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 869250
2 NEW 2 1 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 115000
3 2 2 6 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 435200
4 3 3 5 TOI ET MOI Paradis 342000
5 5 5 7 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 217600
6 NEW 6 1 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 55000
7 4 4 6 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 205000
8 7 5 9 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 442250
9 6 2 9 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 589000
10 18 10 5 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 116350

11 9 1 8 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 712000
12 10 6 7 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 248750
13 8 5 4 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 157600
14 12 12 5 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 125300
15 11 11 6 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 139900
16 16 16 5 GIANTS Take That 98550
17 NEW 17 1 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 23000
18 22 18 3 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 47700
19 29 19 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 56200
20 15 8 9 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 250250

21 13 8 7 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 197350
22 NEW 22 1 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 19500
23 17 17 4 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 79400
24 14 14 7 FUN Blondie 131000
25 37 25 3 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 41050
26 31 26 4 LOVE Lana Del Ray 65600
27 19 1 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1261400
28 30 28 5 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 81200
29 24 8 8 MOVE Saint Motel 221200
30 NEW 30 1 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 18000

31 21 1 19 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2027650
32 38 32 2 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 35000
33 20 7 11 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 325000
34 34 34 4 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 60200
35 28 4 11 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 338050
36 36 36 3 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 45600
37 33 8 11 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 309700
38 NEW 38 1 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 17200
39 40 39 2 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 34100
40 27 5 9 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 286900

41 23 23 5 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 79250
42 44 42 3 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 37400
43 52 43 2 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 25000
44 26 26 4 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 67650
45 39 2 17 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 952400
46 46 4 22 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 678900
47 32 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
48 54 48 5 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 41300
49 48 1 21 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 941350
50 56 50 2 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 22600

51 NEW 51 1 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 11750
52 35 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 57 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
54 NEW 54 1 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 11000
55 50 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
56 NEW 56 1 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 10600
57 43 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 49 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 63 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600

61 NEW 61 1 HOME Schwarz 7500
62 45 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
63 NEW 63 1 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 7200
64 71 64 3 PINNACLE Tone Damli 18300
65 NEW 65 1 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 7000
66 47 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
67 NEW 67 1 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 6200
70 NEW 70 1 iT Christine And The Queens 6000

71 66 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
72 75 72 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 10600
73 74 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 55 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 NEW 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
25 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
41 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
51 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
53 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
59 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400
61 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
67 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 1300
68 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350
72 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550

 

12th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 4th week, still fabulous despite strong competition from Little Big Town at 2. Blondie add to their list of top 20 tracks, and Jack Savoretti rockets up to 22 to give him quite the string of top 40 entries over the last couple of years – sadly only in my charts, not the UK official chart. Texas get a big climb into the 40 and highest new entries are from Little Mix and Louisa Johnson. Finally The Pretenders get a sneak in with a Pet Shop Boy. That’s a whopping total of 70 years of charting added together!

1 1 1 5 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 699250
2 2 2 5 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 350200
3 3 3 4 TOI ET MOI Paradis 277000
4 10 4 5 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 155000
5 9 5 6 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 157600
6 4 2 8 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 544000
7 7 5 8 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 394250
8 5 5 3 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 125600
9 6 1 7 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 675000
10 11 6 6 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 213750

11 14 11 5 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 112900
12 15 12 4 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 96300
13 8 8 6 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 177600
14 24 14 6 FUN Blondie 112000
15 12 8 8 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 230250
16 20 16 4 GIANTS Take That 73550
17 23 17 3 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 60150
18 18 18 4 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 74350
19 13 1 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1243000
20 16 7 10 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 307300

21 17 1 18 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2009750
22 69 22 2 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 25700
23 27 23 4 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 65250
24 19 8 7 MOVE Saint Motel 203000
25 21 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
26 26 26 3 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 54400
27 22 5 8 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 269900
28 25 4 10 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 320550
29 40 29 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 35200
30 33 30 4 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 62900

31 32 31 3 LOVE Lana Del Ray 47100
32 31 14 8 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 166950
33 29 8 10 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 292400
34 42 34 3 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 42600
35 28 17 8 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 156900
36 55 36 2 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 28200
37 75 37 2 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 22300
38 NEW 38 1 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 17200
39 39 2 16 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 939400
40 NEW 40 1 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 17000

41 30 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 47 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
43 34 7 12 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 330500
44 57 44 2 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 23650
45 45 45 3 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 36200
46 37 4 21 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 666150
47 38 24 5 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 84900
48 48 1 20 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 929250
49 41 19 9 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 158650
50 46 4 10 SOUL FREE George Michael 305000

51 36 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
52 NEW 52 1 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 11500
53 44 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
54 66 54 4 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 29000
55 49 9 13 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 246750
56 NEW 56 1 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 10600
57 65 57 3 NO MATTER Frances 23800
58 59 58 2 PARADISE My First Band 20300
59 51 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 62 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400

61 56 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 54 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
63 70 63 3 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 18600
64 64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 67 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
66 63 5 18 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 482600
67 68 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 13000
68 50 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 53 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350

71 73 71 2 PINNACLE Tone Damli 11200
72 43 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 61 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550
74 NEW 74 1 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 5000

DROP OUTS
35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
52 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
58 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
71 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
74 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500

 

5th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry’s faaaaaantastic single still on top for the third week, now I’ve seen the new video as good as that BRITS show she did. The nearest challenger is Little Big Town’s lovely version of a song generously donated by Taylor Swift, one of her best songs. So gorgeous Stevie Nicks could have written it. That leaves a big climb to 5 for Chainsmokers and Coldplay, not the first time for either of them, and extending Coldplay’s run of top 10’s to 17 years.

Imelda May has a first ever top 10, after coming close many times, while Black Tears also gives Jeff Beck his first top 10 since, err, his first top 10 in 1972 with his 1967 classic party hit Hi Hi Silver Lining. Hope it was worth the 45 year wait Jeff! Nancy Sinatra gets yet another oldie in my top 10, with her advert song, while Johnny Cash (another 60’s veteran, albeit late in his case) has an advert-boosted (movie Logan) return to my chart for the 4th time for his awesome Nine Inch Nails cover, Hurt. In at 30.

Above and Beyond grab another top 10, Take That a top 20 24 years on from their first, Lana Del Ray has another top 40 entry, and Alison Krauss is back with 2 new (oldie covers) entries 20 years on from her first entries which was also a bluegrass cover. These are more lush country than bluegrass but her voice is still topnotch on the Glen Campbell cover Gentle On My Mind, and the Brenda Lee cover Losing You. Finally, Texas sneak in for a run of 28 years of chart entries, yay Sharlene!

1 1 1 4 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 529250
2 5 2 4 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 235200
3 3 3 3 TOI ET MOI Paradis 192000
4 2 2 7 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 489000
5 34 5 2 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 77600
6 4 1 6 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 630000
7 7 5 7 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 344250
8 12 8 5 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 145600
9 14 9 5 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 97600
10 16 10 4 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 90400

11 6 6 5 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 171750
12 8 8 7 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 203250
13 9 1 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1222000
14 27 14 4 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 75900
15 18 15 3 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 61300
16 11 7 9 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 287300
17 13 1 17 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1990000
18 21 18 3 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 52350
19 10 8 6 MOVE Saint Motel 184000
20 37 20 3 GIANTS Take That 48550

21 17 4 9 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 273850
22 15 5 7 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 251500
23 31 23 2 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 37150
24 29 24 5 FUN Blondie 83000
25 25 4 9 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 302250
26 36 26 2 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 35900
27 38 27 3 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 46000
28 20 17 7 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 139400
29 23 8 9 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 274700
30 NEW 30 1 HURT Johnny Cash 18000

31 19 14 7 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 149150
32 57 32 2 LOVE Lana Del Ray 28200
33 40 33 3 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 44900
34 28 7 11 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 317000
35 35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
36 22 22 6 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 88300
37 30 4 20 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 653400
38 24 24 4 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 72400
39 33 2 15 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 922300
40 NEW 40 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 17000

41 39 19 8 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 146550
42 53 42 2 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 25000
43 26 16 7 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 133700
44 42 21 7 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 121100
45 58 45 2 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 23200
46 44 4 9 SOUL FREE George Michael 293000
47 52 47 17 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 121000
48 48 1 19 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 916950
49 49 9 12 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 235950
50 32 32 6 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 80100

51 51 18 9 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 144800
52 41 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
53 43 31 5 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 66350
54 45 18 8 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 130500
55 NEW 55 1 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 10800
56 54 1 25 HURTS Emeli Sande 1308150
57 NEW 57 1 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 10400
58 47 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
59 NEW 59 1 PARADISE My First Band 10100
60 60 60 3 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 30000

61 46 37 6 PLAY THAT SONG Train 68150
62 65 62 2 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 14400
63 59 5 17 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 476000
64 64 64 4 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 27400
65 68 65 2 NO MATTER Frances 13400
66 70 66 3 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 18000
67 69 67 3 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 18200
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 6200
70 73 70 2 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 11400

71 66 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 NEW 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
73 NEW 73 1 PINNACLE Tone Damli 5400
74 62 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500
75 NEW 75 1 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 5000

DROP OUTS
50 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700
55 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
61 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
63 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
67 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
71 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
74 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

 

26th February 2017

It’s an easy 2nd week on top the legend Katy Perry after that BRITS performance, just fab! That’s bad news for Dua Lipa stuck at 2 again, though she has had a recent chart-topper as compensation. French band Paradis shoot smoothly up to 3, classy. John Mayer replaces himself in the top 10, meanwhile with a groovy, jazzy number. Talking of groovy, jazzy numbers, Thundercat is in at 53 (wasn’t he a cartoon kids show?) with the help of 70’s jazz-rockers Michael “Doobie Brothers” McDonald & Kenny “Loggins & Messina” Loggins. Both popped into my charts in 1979 and through the 80’s.

Thanks to that car ad, Nancy Sinatra drives up rapidly over the speed limit to 14 with that fab 60’s movie theme tune. I’m following the liberal rights activist and cool legend on twitter, find myself agreeing with everything she posts, and adore the best of her music to boot. Big jumps for Nussy, Fenech-Soler, and REOL, while new in at 34 Chainsmokers & Coldplay launch an unexpected duet at the BRITS, and it’s pretty good.

Marc Almond is back on Radio 2 promoting his new single and hits album, and it’s good to see him back again lengthening his chart run to 36 years. Lana Del Ray is also back, Love to Lana, ditto Frances, and James “comedy name” Blunt, who now has a Jeremy to take all the heat off him.

1 1 1 3 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 359250
2 2 2 6 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 424000
3 18 3 2 TOI ET MOI Paradis 107000
4 3 1 5 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 575000
5 6 5 3 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 120200
6 10 6 4 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 134750
7 5 5 6 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 294250
8 12 8 6 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 168250
9 4 1 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1190000
10 8 8 5 MOVE Saint Motel 163000

11 7 7 8 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 262300
12 15 12 4 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 97600
13 11 1 16 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1967000
14 50 14 4 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 52600
15 9 5 6 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 232000
16 30 16 3 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 48400
17 13 4 8 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 254100
18 48 18 2 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 34300
19 14 14 6 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 131250
20 17 17 6 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 121100

21 56 21 2 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 30350
22 27 22 5 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 70900
23 23 8 8 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 256500
24 24 24 3 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 55200
25 19 4 8 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 283500
26 16 16 6 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 120200
27 35 27 3 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 46900
28 20 7 10 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 299400
29 32 29 4 FUN Blondie 64000
30 21 4 19 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 636100

31 NEW 31 1 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 17900
32 40 32 5 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 68100
33 26 2 14 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 905200
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 17600
35 38 35 9 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 117300
36 NEW 36 1 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 17400
37 53 37 2 GIANTS Take That 28550
38 57 38 2 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 27600
39 25 19 7 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 132550
40 58 40 2 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 27200

41 33 33 5 BABY Bakermat 74300
42 28 21 6 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 107850
43 31 31 4 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 55100
44 22 4 8 SOUL FREE George Michael 280250
45 34 18 7 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 119500
46 37 37 5 PLAY THAT SONG Train 60650
47 29 29 7 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 103100
48 47 1 18 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 904650
49 44 9 11 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 223850
50 36 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700

51 42 18 8 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 133050
52 54 52 16 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 108500
53 NEW 53 1 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 11250
54 51 1 24 HURTS Emeli Sande 1297550
55 39 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 43 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
57 NEW 57 1 LOVE Lana Del Ray 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 10200
59 52 5 16 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 468800
60 60 60 2 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 20000

61 46 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
62 41 30 6 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 61300
63 64 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
64 67 64 3 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 20300
65 NEW 65 1 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 7000
66 66 3 17 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 554550
67 45 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
68 NEW 68 1 NO MATTER Frances 6400
69 73 69 2 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 11600
70 74 70 2 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 11200

71 69 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
73 NEW 73 1 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 5400
74 71 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 NEW 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

DROP OUTS
49 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
55 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
59 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
61 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
65 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
70 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400
72 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
75 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

 

19th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry on top of my chart in her second week, and for the first time in 5 years, her 3rd chart-topper with the fab Chained To The Rhythm. Skip Marley meanwhile, as rap assister, equals his grand-dad Bob in topping my chart. Gulp! Grandad!

Little Big Town rocket up from 74 to 6 with the lovely country song Better Man, Saint Motel get a 2nd top 10, and Walk Off The Earth a 3rd. Imelda May and Jeff Beck return to the top 20 a few years since their first foray, Lilac Wine, both sultry blues fabness, and highest new entry is the cool grooves of French band (I assume) Paradis, in at 18.

Above And Beyond grab a 3rd top 40, a Kate Bush cover version dance stylee enters the 40 for Just Us, and Train get a 9th top 40 entry in my charts. I rather like them more than the UK public do! Take That are back again, as Giants, Corinne Bailey Rae covers Coldplay very nicely to give her a 9th chart entry in 12 years. The Scientist peaked at 20 in my charts, though it’s become something of a Coldplay standard in the years since. Finally, the late Peter Skellern gets a couple of tribute entries 45 years on from his debut in my chart with You’re A Lady.

1 23 1 2 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 189250
2 3 2 5 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 309000
3 1 1 4 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 510000
4 2 1 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1145000
5 6 5 5 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 244250
6 74 6 2 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 60200
7 7 7 7 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 225300
8 12 8 4 MOVE Saint Motel 121000
9 5 5 5 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 205000
10 24 10 3 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 79750

11 8 1 15 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1935000
12 16 12 5 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 120250
13 4 4 7 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 231100
14 15 14 5 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 110250
15 28 15 3 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 62600
16 18 16 5 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 101700
17 17 17 5 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 101100
18 NEW 18 1 TOI ET MOI Paradis 22000
19 9 4 7 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 264750
20 10 7 9 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 281100

21 14 4 18 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 618100
22 11 4 7 SOUL FREE George Michael 267000
23 13 8 7 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 237250
24 38 24 2 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 36200
25 19 19 6 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 115450
26 20 2 13 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 887500
27 31 27 4 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 51400
28 21 21 5 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 94100
29 32 29 6 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 90600
30 73 30 2 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 23400

31 39 31 3 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 41600
32 40 32 3 FUN Blondie 45800
33 37 33 4 BABY Bakermat 60300
34 22 18 6 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 106500
35 54 35 2 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 28500
36 26 26 5 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 81700
37 42 37 4 PLAY THAT SONG Train 47900
38 41 38 8 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 99800
39 25 16 10 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 174100
40 44 40 4 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 50300

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41 30 30 5 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 53900
42 35 18 7 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 121300
43 29 4 10 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 398700
44 33 9 10 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 211750
45 34 27 7 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 115200
46 27 27 6 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 87450
47 46 1 17 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 892350
48 NEW 48 1 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 12300
49 36 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
50 70 50 3 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 23600

51 48 1 23 HURTS Emeli Sande 1286550
52 47 5 15 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 458700
53 NEW 53 1 GIANTS Take That 11250
54 55 54 15 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 97000
55 45 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
56 NEW 56 1 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 10600
57 NEW 57 1 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 10400
58 NEW 58 1 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 10200
59 43 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
60 NEW 60 1 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 10000

61 56 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 58 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
64 64 64 4 GOODBYE 2NE1 27000
65 49 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
66 51 3 16 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 547750
67 67 67 2 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 13200
68 68 68 3 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 18200
69 57 6 20 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 418800
70 52 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400

71 61 2 23 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 946950
72 66 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

DROP OUTS
50 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900
53 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
59 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050
63 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
65 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
69 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
71 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

 

 

12th February 2016

2 weeks on top for Captain Cuts, as Dua Lipa gets a 3rd top 5, jumping up to 3. Into the top 20 goes Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, Stevie’s first top 20 with new material since 1981 – yes he’s been rubbish for 3 decades, having spent 20 stunningly brilliant years before that. Ariana’s 5th top 20 in the last 3 years, by contrast, including a number one. Dua and Stevie also have number ones on their list.

Highest new entry is Katy Perry back with an instant bang at 23, I’ve missed her self-induced surfer-boarding Orlando holiday break (give or take Rise), and she has also previous chart-topper form. Just to make me feel old, she’s borrowed Bob Marley’s grandson. I can remember when former chart-topper Bob was fresh and young, and I was even fresher and younger. Jamiroquai shoot up to 31, though JK has yet to top my charts he’s come close a few times.

That leaves Imagine Dragons (former chart-toppers) getting a second track on the list, Goldfrapp getting a fiurst top 40 in 4 years (former chart-toppers) and Blondie’s first top 40 in 3 years – having had oodles of chart-toppers since debut Denis did the trick nearly 40 years ago. I’m nothing if not loyal to former chart-toppers!

1 1 1 3 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 425000
2 2 1 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1080000
3 9 3 4 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 194000
4 5 4 6 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 199100
5 8 5 4 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 160000
6 6 6 4 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 184250
7 7 7 6 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 175300
8 3 1 14 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1898000
9 4 4 6 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 243750
10 10 7 8 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 261800

11 11 4 6 SOUL FREE George Michael 247500
12 15 12 3 MOVE Saint Motel 73000
13 12 8 6 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 218000
14 14 4 17 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 598350
15 16 15 4 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 81250
16 17 16 4 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 85250
17 26 17 4 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 78100
18 24 18 4 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 76700
19 20 19 5 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 96700
20 13 2 12 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 869000

21 28 21 4 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 75800
22 18 18 5 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 88900
23 NEW 23 1 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 19250
24 25 24 2 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 37750
25 21 16 9 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 157000
26 29 26 4 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 64300
27 30 27 5 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 74700
28 37 28 2 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 35600
29 19 4 9 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 385200
30 33 30 4 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900

31 59 31 3 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 33000
32 34 32 5 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 72400
33 27 9 9 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 198500
34 35 27 6 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 102200
35 32 18 6 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 107550
36 23 4 12 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 470400
37 45 37 3 BABY Bakermat 42600
38 NEW 38 1 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 17200
39 67 39 2 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 23700
40 54 40 2 FUN Blondie 28000

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41 43 41 7 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 82600
42 53 42 3 PLAY THAT SONG Train 30600
43 22 19 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 72400
44 66 44 3 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 33300
45 52 45 3 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 35750
46 46 1 16 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 879850
47 47 5 14 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 447200
48 41 1 22 HURTS Emeli Sande 1274800
49 38 3 13 REDBONE Childish Gambino 495500
50 55 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900

51 40 3 15 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 540950
52 36 7 8 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 240400
53 44 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
54 NEW 54 1 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 11000
55 57 55 14 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 86000
56 39 39 3 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 39200
57 56 6 19 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 412600
58 64 55 3 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 28100
59 61 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 42 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050

61 50 2 22 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 941150
62 62 62 4 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 26800
63 48 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
64 69 64 3 GOODBYE 2NE1 19900
65 68 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
66 65 1 24 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1152450
67 NEW 67 1 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 6600
68 73 68 2 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 11800
69 71 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
70 72 70 2 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 11600

71 70 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 63 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
73 NEW 73 1 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 5200
75 75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

DROP OUTS
31 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
51 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
58 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
60 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750
74 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200

 

5th February 2017

It’s Ryan Rabin on top and at number 10! Who? Oh he’s in both Captain Cuts and Grouplove, and Captain Cuts is an LA based songwriting/production trio, with quite a few artist credits to back them up. Love Like We Used To is a fab pop record, helped by vocalist Nateur. George Michael meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 with Faith album cut Hand To Mouth popping upwards to 5. Meanwhile Starley and a John Mayer album track enter the top 10.

Saint Motel rocket into the top 20, their 2nd big hit here, as they Move from 54 to 15. Crystal Waters gets her first top 20 entry in 20 years, with Hifi Sean, and highest new entry, with their 4th top 40, is Walk Off The Earth, and new toon, Fire In My Soul in at 25. Lady Antebellum grab another top 40, and back together a couple of years after Lilac Wine did the biz in my charts, it’s Imelda May with a new image, and guitar legend Jeff Beck, on the sultry Black Tears. Jeff first charted 45 years ago in my charts with party classic Hi Ho Silver Lining.

Bakermat’s Baby is a re-imaging of Don’t Leave Me This Way, the Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes much-covered 70’s classic, here at 45, but it’s not the only re-imagining, there’s a very cheeky one at 53 for Train. I thought it was an old Train hit on first hearing, as the tune was so familiar. Not so. In fact it’s new lyrics stuffed over the top of this 1938, 80-year-old, much-covered Hoagy Carmichael standard…

I’ll be honest, it’s one of those songs I knew quite well but didn’t know I knew – you know the sort, hear it on telly, in films, in adverts, but you never really notice. It’s fab. Train’s new song is not bad, either and gives them a run of over 15 years in my charts. Former chart-toppers Goldfrapp are also back, now into a second-decade of hits, as is Elbow, with a longer run, and Depeche Mode, an incredible 36-years of chart entries, and last but not least Blondie, 39 years and counting. Phew! That’s nothing. Nancy Sinatra’s 60’s film theme has been used in a car advert, so I’m charting Last Of The Secret Agents for the first time, because I missed it first-time round, being as even I wasn’t charting 50 years ago. Hard to believe I know….

1 3 1 2 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 255000
2 1 1 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 965000
3 2 1 13 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1850000
4 5 4 5 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 198750
5 14 5 5 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 134100
6 6 6 3 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 129250
7 12 7 5 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 125300
8 13 8 3 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 100000
9 9 9 3 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 109000
10 7 7 7 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 219800

11 4 4 5 SOUL FREE George Michael 210500
12 8 8 5 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 186000
13 10 2 11 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 849000
14 17 4 16 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 569350
15 54 15 2 MOVE Saint Motel 38000
16 36 16 3 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 54150
17 21 17 3 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 60250
18 34 18 4 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 69400
19 11 4 8 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 367000
20 20 20 4 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 75700

21 16 16 8 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 138250
22 19 19 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 58900
23 15 4 11 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 453000
24 30 24 3 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 54700
25 NEW 25 1 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 18750
26 27 26 3 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 55100
27 26 9 8 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 180800
28 24 24 3 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 56050
29 38 29 3 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 45800
30 39 30 4 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 56300

31 32 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
32 23 18 5 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 90050
33 50 33 3 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900
34 37 34 4 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 54600
35 47 27 5 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 84600
36 22 7 7 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 228900
37 NEW 37 1 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 17300
38 28 3 12 REDBONE Childish Gambino 483400
39 52 39 2 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 28600
40 25 3 14 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 529200

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41 35 1 21 HURTS Emeli Sande 1262500
42 31 3 11 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 449050
43 43 43 6 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 68600
44 33 13 9 WANTED MORE Betsy 156600
45 48 45 2 BABY Bakermat 25300
46 45 1 15 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 867100
47 40 5 13 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 434700
48 29 16 10 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 167200
49 49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
50 41 2 21 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 933650

51 42 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
52 53 52 2 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 22750
53 72 53 2 PLAY THAT SONG Train 16850
54 NEW 54 1 FUN Blondie 11000
55 56 55 5 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 48900
56 51 6 18 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 402200
57 60 57 13 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 75200
58 18 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
59 75 59 2 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 15100
60 46 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750

61 63 61 2 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 14700
62 69 62 3 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 19400
63 59 59 3 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 22900
64 55 55 2 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 17900
65 57 1 23 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1145650
66 44 44 2 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 20050
67 NEW 67 1 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 6600
68 73 68 3 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 17200
69 67 67 2 GOODBYE 2NE1 12800
70 65 65 3 MERCY Shawn Mendes 19600

71 71 71 3 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 16600
72 NEW 72 1 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
58 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
61 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
64 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
66 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
68 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
70 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500
74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600

 

 

29th January 2017

5 weeks at 1 for George Michael’s 1986 4 weeker on top, for a grand total of 9 weeks, total classic. Soul Free is up to 4, Cowboys & Angels at 5, giving 3 top 5 entries for the late great man, and Hand To Mouth just outside. All 3 should be well-known, but aren’t. Highest new entry the fab pop hooks of Captain Cuts, in at 3 with Love Like we Used To, leapfrogging Tamer’s big climb to 6, and a haunting track with a great guitar solo.

Dua Lipa makes it 3 top 10’s in 12 months, Starley has a big climb to 12, Pete Tong and Right Said Fred keep the 90’s alive inside the top 20, while Beyonce finally gets a top 40 track off her acclaimed album. At 48, Bakermat are back with a reimagining cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way, at least the 4th version to chart here. Train and Saint Motel are back, as is Jamiroquai – back after 6 years away, and getting on for 25 years since debuting.

1 1 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 850000
2 2 1 12 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1765000
3 NEW 3 1 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 85000
4 5 4 4 SOUL FREE George Michael 173500
5 13 5 4 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 133750
6 23 6 2 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 74250
7 10 7 6 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 177800
8 9 8 4 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 151000
9 24 9 2 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 64000
10 6 2 10 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 817000

11 4 4 7 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 346000
12 35 12 4 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 75300
13 20 13 2 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 52000
14 19 14 4 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 74100
15 7 4 10 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 433750
16 17 16 7 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 118500
17 11 4 15 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 540350
18 3 3 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 24500
19 27 19 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 39400
20 28 20 3 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 55700

21 26 21 2 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 37250
22 8 7 6 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 211500
23 18 18 4 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 72250
24 25 24 2 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 37750
25 12 3 13 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 512200
26 15 9 7 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 162400
27 29 27 2 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 36600
28 22 3 11 REDBONE Childish Gambino 466200
29 16 16 9 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 154900
30 33 30 2 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 35700

31 14 3 10 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 435300
32 34 32 5 RAIN Status Quo 82150
33 21 13 8 WANTED MORE Betsy 143350
34 37 34 3 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 47400
35 30 1 20 HURTS Emeli Sande 1248500
36 51 36 2 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 29150
37 47 37 3 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 37000
38 57 38 2 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 27600
39 54 39 3 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 38300
40 38 5 12 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 422200

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41 36 2 20 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 921650
42 31 8 9 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 302650
43 49 43 5 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 55100
44 NEW 44 1 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 13250
45 43 1 14 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 854350
46 50 46 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 24750
47 32 27 4 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 67100
48 NEW 48 1 BABY Bakermat 12300
49 65 49 2 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 19100
50 58 50 2 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 22200

51 44 6 17 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 391600
52 NEW 52 1 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 11500
53 NEW 53 1 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 11250
54 NEW 54 1 MOVE Saint Motel 11000
55 NEW 55 1 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 10800
56 59 56 4 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 38100
57 55 1 22 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1138650
58 40 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
59 72 59 2 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 15700
60 62 60 12 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 64800

61 39 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 63 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
63 NEW 63 1 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 7200
64 66 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
65 67 65 2 MERCY Shawn Mendes 13600
66 64 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
67 NEW 67 1 GOODBYE 2NE1 6600
68 70 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
69 71 69 2 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 12000
70 61 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500

71 75 71 2 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 10800
72 NEW 72 1 PLAY THAT SONG Train 5600
73 73 73 2 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 10800
74 74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600
75 NEW 75 1 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 5000

DROP OUTS
41 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
45 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
48 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
52 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
56 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
60 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800
68 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950

22nd January 2017

It’s a 4th week on top for A Different Corner, equalling it’s first run in 1986 for a total of 8 weeks on top. It’s still heartbreaking, and George has 3 in the top 5, 4 in the 10, 5 in the 20, 6 in the 40. His more upbeat tracks and bigger hits, for the most part, have dropped out of my chart leaving only his very classic ballads and great album tracks that fit in with my mood over his loss – all should have been been hit singles, and ooze pure class.

That leaves Ed Sheeran and Grouplove to sneak into the top 10, and 21 new entries headed by John Mayer, yet to break big but he does well in my charts, the highest being his very Randy Newman-esque You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me, with his jazzy Moving On And Getting Over at 26, both fresh out. There’s a host of very different new tracks shooting straight into the top 40: shuffle alternative of Tamer at 23, Dua Lipa’s 4th top 40 in a row with Be The One at 24, Crystal Fighters poppy Good Girls at 26, Pete Tong’s cover of a former chart-topper for Fatboy Slim (in these charts) Right Here Right Now at 27, and Faith in at 29 – not the famous George Michael hit (which is lower) no this is an actual new Stevie Wonder track that is good! It’s from a movie (Sing) and features Ariana Grande, giving him a first top 40 with new material in 12 years, and most likely his best new track in 30 years. Stevie now has a span of a bit under 49 years in my charts.

The Dead South enter at 33, a Canadian alt-country band and there’s a fab video to go with it, Beyonce enters lower down with yet another Lemonade track, but she must be coming up on 18 years of hits, while Data and Picard bring Star Trek into my charts again (not for the first time) as Pogo does a mash-up of Next Gen samples quite effectively, his second chart entry. The first Star Trek track to make my charts a disco cover of the original TV series theme tune by the Charles Randolph Orchestra in 1976. Finally, at 75, Arcade Fire return after a long gap – but not as long as their guest vocalist Mavis Staples, last doing it with the help of Prince in the early 90’s when I saw her supporting the man at Wembley Arena. Mavis first charted here in 1972 with her sisters and dad, as The Staple Singers went top 3 with I’ll Take You There.

1 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 680000
2 2 1 11 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1650000
3 3 3 4 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 223000
4 7 4 6 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 309000
5 11 5 3 SOUL FREE George Michael 108500
6 5 2 9 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 775000
7 4 4 9 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 406750
8 9 7 5 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 192000
9 12 9 3 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 103000
10 14 10 5 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 127800

11 8 4 14 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 517350
12 6 3 12 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 493450
13 17 13 3 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 73750
14 10 3 9 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 417400
15 16 9 6 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 143900
16 20 16 8 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 136700
17 22 17 6 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 93500
18 23 18 3 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 53000
19 28 19 3 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 45100
20 NEW 20 1 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 20000

21 13 13 7 WANTED MORE Betsy 125650
22 15 3 10 REDBONE Childish Gambino 447900
23 NEW 23 1 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 19250
24 NEW 24 1 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 19000
25 NEW 25 1 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 18500
27 NEW 27 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 18400
28 36 28 2 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 35700
29 NEW 29 1 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 18200
30 24 1 19 HURTS Emeli Sande 1231000

31 19 8 8 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 288900
32 27 27 3 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 54600
33 NEW 33 1 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 17700
34 34 34 4 RAIN Status Quo 64350
35 38 35 3 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 40300
36 26 2 19 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 907650
37 47 37 2 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 29800
38 35 5 11 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 405200
39 29 29 5 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 73250
40 54 40 6 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 56000

41 30 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 25 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
43 42 1 13 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 841350
44 44 6 16 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 379850
45 31 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
47 63 47 2 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 19700
48 33 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
49 49 49 4 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 41600
50 NEW 50 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 12000

51 NEW 51 1 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 11750
52 32 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 72 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
54 58 54 2 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 21200
55 50 1 21 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1128250
56 51 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
57 NEW 57 1 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 10200
59 60 59 3 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 27500
60 40 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800

61 NEW 61 1 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 64 62 11 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 54800
63 NEW 63 1 RIVER Bishop Briggs 7200
64 53 1 18 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1037150
65 NEW 65 1 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 7000
66 75 66 2 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 11800
67 NEW 67 1 MERCY Shawn Mendes 6600
68 52 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 21 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950
70 NEW 70 1 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 5800
72 NEW 72 1 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 5400
74 73 1 41 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 747400
75 NEW 75 1 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
18 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
37 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
39 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
41 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
43 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
45 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
48 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
55 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
59 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
61 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
65 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000
71 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
74 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050

 

15th January 2017

3 weeks on top (7 in total) for A Different Corner, as the late much-missed George Michael also has many other tracks shooting up my charts, notably the sombre and powerful Praying For Time, up to 3 after topping my chart in 1990. George was very much a man with a social conscience, and a way with words and melody, on top of his flawless vocals. That would also apply to Hand To Mouth, a 1987 album track easily good enough to be a single, and up to 28 at long last becoming the top 40 “hit” it always should have been (I disallowed album tracks from 1976 onwards until the 21st century – a foolish decision! – so I have spent opportunities since giving lost great album tracks a second chance, and sadly George’s death at least allows great tracks like the groovy Soul Free and the very minor hit Cowboys And Angels (gorgeous for every laid-back and moody 9 minutes or so) to get proper chart positions.

It’s a new peak for Noah Cyrus and Labrinth at 4, a big climb for Lukas Graham, and an instant top 40 new entry shock comeback from Right Said Fred – in the list of most-unlikely returns to impress me, the lads would have figured quite highly on my list! Putting aside the awful novelty big hits they had (bar I’m Too Sexy which was quite clever), they had some very decent pop dance tracks, a couple of them making my top 10. Happily Sweet Treats is in that vein, and gives them a run of new hits over 25 years. As does Testify at 47 for guest vocalist Crystal Waters, Hifi Sean doing the twiddly bits. At 58, another of those multi-artist tracks featuring X Ambassadors, and Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa, all having made my top 10 previously, but not the lead act – hello to Alex Da Kid. The video is excellent.

That leaves 2 re-entries for the sadly late Peter Sarstedt, both from 1969, both I loved as an 11-year-old and I learnt all the lyrics to Where Do You Go To – I used to cut them out of a magazine mum bought (I think it was called Weekend, and they published one pop song a week – the first one I discovered was Autumn Almanac by The Kinks in 1967!). I saw Peter and his two solo hit-making brothers in concert together (Eden Kane and Robin Sarstedt) back in the 90’s and good they were too.

1 1 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 510000
2 2 1 10 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1535000
3 12 3 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 138000
4 10 4 8 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 356750
5 5 2 8 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 720000
6 3 3 11 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 458450
7 4 4 5 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 244000
8 6 4 13 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 480350
9 7 7 4 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 144000
10 11 3 8 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 388400

11 52 11 2 SOUL FREE George Michael 48500
12 17 12 2 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 58000
13 15 13 6 WANTED MORE Betsy 105900
14 18 14 4 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 85800
15 13 3 9 REDBONE Childish Gambino 428400
16 9 9 5 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 116900
17 25 17 2 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 41750
18 19 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
19 14 8 7 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 271000
20 23 20 7 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 111700

21 8 8 3 FASTLOVE George Michael 102750
22 24 22 5 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 70500
23 51 23 2 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 31000
24 22 1 18 HURTS Emeli Sande 1213000
25 16 10 10 MAGNETISED Garbage 208850
26 21 2 18 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 890250
27 27 27 2 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 36800
28 71 28 2 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 24100
29 29 29 4 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 56150
30 33 30 7 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 65300

31 31 18 7 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 118300
32 34 29 7 ALONE Alan Walker 96600
33 20 20 11 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 166900
34 36 34 3 RAIN Status Quo 46750
35 26 5 10 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 388000
36 NEW 36 1 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 17400
37 49 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
38 72 38 2 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 22800
39 42 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
40 61 40 7 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 65800

41 32 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
42 41 1 12 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 827850
43 28 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
44 37 6 15 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 366600
45 35 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
46 50 46 3 FAITH George Michael 32250
47 NEW 47 1 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 12500
48 38 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
49 55 49 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 29500
50 47 1 20 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1117450

51 39 17 10 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 157700
52 46 33 10 DAMN Red Rosamond 121850
53 48 1 17 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1030050
54 54 54 5 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 39000
55 45 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 30 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 63 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
58 NEW 58 1 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 10200
59 44 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
60 62 60 2 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 17400

61 43 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 59 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
63 NEW 63 1 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 7200
64 68 64 10 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 47400
65 67 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 56 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 75 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000

71 53 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
72 NEW 72 1 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 5600
73 73 1 40 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 742200
74 65 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050
75 NEW 75 1 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 5000

DROP OUTS
40 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250
57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
60 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700
64 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
70 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000
74 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600

 

8th January 2017

It’s George Michael for a second week on top, and 6th week in total, with the gorgeous A Different Corner. Meanwhile, although he’s had a few tracks which have already had good chart runs drop out this week, he still has new entries from lesser hits and album tracks, and some climbers, Fast Love going top 10 some 20 years after hitting number one, and Praying For Time up to 12 27 years after topping my chart. Quo also go up with a couple or three tracks.

10 weeks on, Clean Bandit reach a new peak of 3 with Rockabye, easily their best single, and Imagine Dragons grab a second top 10 after topping my chart with Radioactive just over 4 years ago. Barry Gibb gets his first ever solo top 10 after Bee Gee-ing to the top on many occasions over 48 years. Highest new entry is, gasp!, Ed Sheeran. Didn’t see that one coming, though borrowing Sia’s Cheap Thrills rhythm didn’t hurt the appeal of Shape Of You for me, in at 17. His other new single is nowhere, as it was a bit meh on first hearing. Eddie very rarely makes my top 20, and usually it’s the uptempo ones when he does.

Grouplove shoot into the 20, David Guetta & Robin Schulz, and Little Mix and Charlie Puth into the 30, and in at 27 it’s Tom Odell’s biggest hit since Real Love, Silhouette in at 27. Charlie XCX rockets into the 40, while Lukas Graham enter lower down, a second hit fo them, and also for Dami Im scraping in, alongside Yoko Ono, who is making a habit of remix dance hits, covering her old songs. Hell In Paradise made my top 10 in 1985, her second biggest solo hit, and a fab video.

1 1 1 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 340000
2 2 1 9 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1420000
3 11 3 10 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 403450
4 4 4 4 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 194000
5 3 2 7 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 660000
6 7 4 12 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 432350
7 13 7 3 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 99000
8 12 8 2 FASTLOVE George Michael 83000
9 16 9 4 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 91900
10 6 6 7 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 291750

11 5 3 7 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 346400
12 30 12 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 53000
13 8 3 8 REDBONE Childish Gambino 401400
14 9 8 6 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 250000
15 27 15 5 WANTED MORE Betsy 73900
16 10 10 9 MAGNETISED Garbage 190100
17 NEW 17 1 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 23000
18 35 18 3 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 56800
19 34 19 2 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 38600
20 22 20 10 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 149200

21 17 2 17 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 871750
22 21 1 17 HURTS Emeli Sande 1194000
23 25 23 6 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 91700
24 54 24 4 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 51000
25 NEW 25 1 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 18750
26 14 5 9 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 370500
27 NEW 27 1 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 18400
28 15 10 9 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 193800
29 46 29 3 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 37950
30 24 24 4 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 65500

31 18 18 6 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 100400
32 19 14 11 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 199450
33 62 33 6 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 47300
34 29 29 6 ALONE Alan Walker 78800
35 26 10 9 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 208600
36 51 36 2 RAIN Status Quo 29150
37 44 6 14 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 353350
38 36 9 15 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 297600
39 48 17 9 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 145950
40 23 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250

41 41 1 11 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 814100
42 45 42 9 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 83800
43 20 20 11 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 166400
44 28 20 7 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 117950
45 32 32 6 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 68600
46 33 33 9 DAMN Red Rosamond 110350
47 43 1 19 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1105450
48 42 1 16 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1018800
49 56 49 2 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 22700
50 61 50 2 FAITH George Michael 19500

51 NEW 51 1 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 11750
52 NEW 52 1 SOUL FREE George Michael 11500
53 37 19 9 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 160150
54 65 54 4 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 28000
55 67 55 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 17400
56 39 27 9 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 122000
57 57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 73 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
59 49 4 16 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 456100
60 RE 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700

61 55 55 6 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 48900
62 NEW 62 1 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 7400
63 70 63 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 13200
64 59 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
65 38 38 6 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 70850
66 66 66 2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 13600
67 RE 53 4 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 31750
68 69 68 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 40300
69 RE 69 7 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 26400
70 NEW 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 5600
73 71 1 39 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 736800
74 50 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600
75 NEW 75 1 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 5000

DROPPING OUT:
31 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
40 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150
47 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
52 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
58 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
60 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800
63 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
68 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
72 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

 

1st January 2017

It’s George Michael entering at 1, following his tragically sudden and too-young death. In a year of shocking deaths of classic fave pop stars, most notably David Bowie and Prince, George’s is up there for me, I’ve been a fan for 20 years, pretty much since day one and A Different Corner was his most perfect, most heart-breaking and most tender and beautiful. It made me cry at the time and still does, as it returns over 30 years on for a 5th week on top. His 90’s great Fastlove also enters at 12, but there are loads of Wham! and George tracks lower down, and waiting outside the 75 to enter, as soon as a space emerges (I don’t want to go back to a Top 100, it’s too much hard work!).

Just to make it harder, the loveable Rick Parfitt also died over Christmas, Quo have long been a rock biz under-appreciated fun rock band – that’s why they lasted for 50 years! Plenty of Quo tracks could have charted, but George takes priority, so it’s the very best tracks only, led by 1986 gem In The Army Now, and forgotten goodie Rain from 1976. My chart is becoming increasingly sad, as there’s also Greg Lake, Bobby Vee and Leonard Cohen in the chart as losses from 2016.

In new music, no new entries at all. Not one. Garbage grab that top 10 for 20 years of ’em, Imagine Dragons have a big climb with the Passengers movie song, and Barry Gibb takes his span of top 20 hits to an unbeatable 48 years and 4 months, being as the Bee Gees featured in my first chart, his new solo track is pretty and tuneful. Highest climber is Little Mix and Charlie Puth, just outside the 40 thanks to the oldies.

1 NEW 1 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 170000
2 1 1 8 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1305000
3 2 2 6 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 600000
4 5 4 3 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 129000
5 3 3 6 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309400
6 6 6 6 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 249750
7 4 4 11 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 377350
8 7 3 7 REDBONE Childish Gambino 369400
9 8 8 5 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 221000
10 12 10 8 MAGNETISED Garbage 165100

11 15 6 9 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 318450
12 NEW 12 1 FASTLOVE George Michael 35000
13 40 13 2 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 49000
14 14 5 8 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 352000
15 10 10 8 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 175500
16 35 16 3 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 46900
17 17 2 16 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 852000
18 18 18 5 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 82500
19 23 14 10 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 181650
20 24 20 10 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 152900

21 21 1 16 HURTS Emeli Sande 1174500
22 25 22 9 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 129200
23 9 2 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 294259
24 26 24 3 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 47500
25 29 25 5 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 72450
26 13 10 8 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 191100
27 39 27 4 WANTED MORE Betsy 46900
28 20 20 6 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 104700
29 30 29 5 ALONE Alan Walker 61200
30 NEW 30 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 18000

31 11 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
32 32 32 5 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 55600
33 33 33 8 DAMN Red Rosamond 97600
34 NEW 34 1 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 17600
35 37 35 2 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 34800
36 22 9 14 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 280400
37 19 19 8 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 148900
38 38 38 5 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 63850
39 27 27 8 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 111400
40 45 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150

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41 34 1 10 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 800100
42 28 1 15 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1006500
43 42 1 18 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1092950
44 44 6 13 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 336050
45 49 45 8 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 70050
46 65 46 2 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 19750
47 31 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
48 50 17 8 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 128850
49 43 4 15 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 446000
50 36 7 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 187400

51 NEW 51 1 RAIN Status Quo 11750
52 53 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 41 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
54 56 54 3 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 32000
55 58 55 5 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 41400
56 NEW 56 1 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 10600
57 NEW 57 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 10400
58 NEW 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
59 59 59 5 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 38600
60 55 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800

61 NEW 61 1 FAITH George Michael 7500
62 71 62 5 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 29600
63 NEW 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 62 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
65 69 65 3 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 17000
66 NEW 66 1 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 6800
67 NEW 67 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
69 72 69 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 33900
70 NEW 70 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 6000

71 70 1 38 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 731400
72 68 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
73 NEW 73 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 5400
74 74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

DROP OUTS
16 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
46 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
51 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
54 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
57 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
60 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600
61 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
63 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
66 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
75 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

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My 1980 Charts – May

Pete not keen on his sandwich

Pete not keen on his sandwich

1980 buzzjack youtube links


6th May 1980

Geno gets a 2nd week on top for Dexy’s, as Paul McCartney gets his 3rd number 2 with Coming Up, and Hot Chocolate go top 5 for the first time in 2 years. Sky and Sad Cafe sneak into the top 10, both with their most successful records, and New Musik shoot up the rapids of their world of water to 11, their 3rd top 40 in a row. Kate Bush is breathing heavily, meanwhile, at 22 after climbing 49 chart places. Phew!

Highest new entry is a 2-year-old track from Don McLean getting some UK chart action after a 5-year gap since the wonderful Wonderful Baby. Crying is an old Roy Orbison hit from before my time, but Don manages the impossible in doing a cover version that is as good as the original Roy version. Slowed-down drastically, it makes the climax even bigger when it comes. So to speak. Fantastic, and over 8 years since Don’s chart debut. The Ramones rock it big into my 30, let’s go! Saxon and Christopher Cross both go top 40 and more Groove-based funk dance tracks enter and climb – clearly, despite the hype in the States, rumours of the death of disco are a bit premature in the UK.

New entries: in at 27, The Beat’s best record, the brilliant Mirror In The Bathroom, the ska groove and the urgent sax both fab backdrops to a great song. At 32, it’s a debut for one of the key 80’s bands, The Cure, all goth New Wave in a Siouxsie kinda way, but a bit more acoustic and synthy both. A Forest was a great single, for me it sounded like nothing else, which is always a bonus. At 51, Man Tran are back and in a dancee-stylee a world away from the 1940’s-era beginnings – what they’d lost in retro charm they’d gained in using the theme tune to the fab Twilight Zone TV series as a backdrop to a disco tune.

At 70, Air Supply debut with the gorgeous ballad Lost In Love, an Aussie band who just went very well on American radio, the delicious melody of this track was just such a delight I still can’t believe this record flopped when the less-good follow-up hit. A good vocal performance didn’t hurt either. In the bottom 5, a clutch of lesser punk-new wave tracks, all a bit late for the punk party, including the old Jam track back again, and not for the last time.

1 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 4 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
3 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 2 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
6 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
8 ( 7 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
9 ( 16 ) TOCCATA Sky
10 ( 15 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

11 ( 42 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
12 ( 14 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
13 ( 12 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
14 ( 11 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
15 ( 17 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
16 ( 8 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
17 ( 29 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 9 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
19 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 21 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston

21 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
22 ( 71 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
23 ( NEW ) CRYING Don McLean
24 ( 35 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
25 ( 53 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
26 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( NEW ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
28 ( 70 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 27 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
30 ( 23 ) ATOMIC Blondie

31 ( 20 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
32 ( NEW ) A FOREST The Cure
33 ( 19 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
34 ( NEW ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 18 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
36 ( 38 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
37 ( 40 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
38 ( 69 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
39 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 51 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross

41 ( 28 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 31 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
43 ( 30 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
44 ( 32 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
45 ( 24 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
46 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( 64 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
48 ( 48 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 33 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
50 ( 45 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg

51 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
52 ( 58 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
53 ( 34 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 56 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
56 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
57 ( 22 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
58 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
59 ( 41 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
60 ( 52 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

61 ( 54 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
62 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
63 ( 36 ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
64 ( 60 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
65 ( 75 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
66 ( 62 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
67 ( 67 ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 47 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
69 ( 46 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
70 ( NEW ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

71 ( NEW ) IN THE CITY The Jam
72 ( NEW ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
73 ( 50 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Chords
75 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects

TV Apr 26 – May 2
1 Tiswas
2 Soap
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Life On Earth
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 Taxi
8 The Outer Limits
9 Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock
10 Wonder Woman


Back in my world, I was still enjoying my random visits from friends on Teaching Practice while I was lecture-based and a bit bored at so much time to myself, especially Ian and Pete getting to go out to the same schools, leaving me feeling left-out. Oh poor me, get over it! I played tennis, snooker, and heard the news Alfred Hitchcock, horror-drama Director-extraordinaire had died. I grew up watching his TV series too, repeated in Singapore, and he was quite the character. I read Animal Farm, ooh little bit of social politics going on, and had an American Studies exam. I drew some animals for school work cards for Sue, and Jane and Pete and myself took the piss out of the piss-poor News At Ten scripts, depressing and trashy.

Mr Davies tried to persuade me to get into playwriting as a career, in Literature, really bigging me up. Pity I give up so easily….! More realistic he suggested teaching Secondary School, journalism and creative writing. I did try journalism and writing to be fair to me, for 2 years, before I realised I was getting nowhere. And so are dreams shattered! One of my school-teachers, Miss Goodrich, had called me “bright” – modesty aside, I am, but I have real flaws of character that stop me achieving. Doh! All that talk of careers gave me a bad night of stomach trouble. On TV the last of the series for Tiswas was a fab highlights episode. I AM bright, honestly, custard pies, flam flingers and celebrities up for a laugh, what’s not to love!

At the cinema, I saw Spielberg’s sprawling College comedy 1941: some good one-liners, some good scenes, impressive sets, but ultimately not in the same league as Animal House as the characters were insane, not rebellious. A lot of the humour came over a bit forced. I opined: “Belushi was a twat, Robert Stack stole the film without trying” and overall I was massively disappointed after my all-time fave film Close Encounters that we got this effort. I haven’t seen it in decades, much like the rest of the world, I think!


13th May 1980

One of my fave bands of the 70’s dabble with a UFO sci-fi-themed atmospheric synth-heavy-ballad – of course it was going to top my chart! Errol was a pop hero of mine, and a throughly ego-free varied talent, No Doubt About It – and this was Hot Chocolate’s 10th year of charting, a 9-year span of number ones, and yet only their 3rd chart-topper to date. Don McLean is up to 4, his highest chart position to date, and New Musik get a second top 10, and The Beat rocket to 10, with that mirror in the bathroom reflecting their achievement. Ouch!

Michael Jackson finally gets moving and She’s Out Of My Life leaps to 13, the fourth top 20 track off Off The Wall, Kate Bush, The Cure and errr Smokie, go top 20. By this stage Smokie had a good 5-year run of singles, few of them classic pop records, but always OK. The Cure were now starting a good run of singles themselves, many of them minor classics. Highest new entry is the VERY familiar theme tune from the brilliant MASH TV show – but the original ‘Suicide Is Painless’ vocal version from the anti-establishment anti-war 1970 movie cult classic, and which was quite old-fashioned easy-listening 60’s sounding but the odd lyrics gave it a depressing edge which I can’t listen to anymore. Not least bearing in mind the suicide of Ritchie from Manic Street Preachers who covered the song. In the movie Painless was a dentist who felt sorry for himself, and they dragged him out of his self-pity attempted suicide with comedy. In the real world, I can’t condone lyrics that might be taken to view it as an option for depression and mental illness.

In at 26, Mystic Merlin, a sort of magic show sultry soul act, I love the vocals and the sexy sax, and the slow-build to a great song with a great chorus climax. Just Can’t Give You Up, I can’t. A cut above most of the dance tracks in the UK chart at the time. In at 38, a great reggae social commentary song from Junior Murvin, Police And Thieves is still delicious, a great vocal, a fab groove, and good lyrics. TV’s Tiswas was a huge fave of mine. I also loved boyhood band fave The Scaffold, 60’s hitmakers of Lily The Pink fame. I can’t excuse The Four Bucketeers novelty hit at 40, though, Chris Tarrant, Bob Carolgees and Sally James, and Scaffold’s John Junkin notwithstanding!

At 44, a huge departure in sound from Jona Lewie, a subdued synth riff backdrop for a semi-novelty lyric that also hit home to shrinking violets like me, who often liked to move out of the front room in parties! Jona was previously known for his alter ego Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs and their retro-sounding Seaside Shuffle Top 3 hit in 1972, accordion-tastic novelty fun, so I was delighted to welcome him back on Top Of The Pops, backed (it became obvious in later years) by Kirsty MacColl.

2 brand new debuts, key bands of the 80’s for me, OMD at 55 with the awesome Messages, an exciting, frantic new synthpop sound that blew me away, it sounded faaaabulous loud. The other synth band had a lower-profile debut with an EP that centred around a synth version of Gary Glitter’s best record (far and away) Rock And Roll. It’s not as classic as the original, but has it’s charm and Phil Oakey was star-in-the-making when he popped up on Top Of The Pops, minus the girls, but plus future Heaven 17 members. It didn’t hurt getting name-checked in The Undertones My Perfect Cousin at 14, either…

Finally, at 70, Prelude were back 6 years on from covering Neil Young’s After The Goldrush a capella, and doing it beautifully. Platinum Blonde was more orthodox folkrockpop for the time, but was pleasant enough. Motorhead get a 3rd entry, as do Matchbox and their Midnite Dynamos, another slice of rockabilly rambling fun, after the fab Buzz Buzz A Diddle It. Look, it’s fun, OK!? Having a laugh! Kirsty MacColl also joined in on a single with them later in their career. Good enough for me! At 74, Boney M sneak in with My Friend Jack. Frank Farian obviously was a fan of obscure 60’s band The Smoke, and to be honest, so was I – my dad had got hold of a bunch of 45rpm singles stamped “Not For Sale” promo copies around 1966/67, and My Friend Jack was one of them, so it was a song I knew well. The psychedelic pop charm of the original was much better than Boney M’s version, though so that’s the version I’m featuring!

1 ( 5 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
4 ( 23 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
7 ( 11 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
8 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
9 ( 8 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
10 ( 27 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

11 ( 7 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
12 ( 9 ) TOCCATA Sky
13 ( 47 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
14 ( 15 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
15 ( 22 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
16 ( 12 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
17 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 19 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 32 ) A FOREST The Cure
20 ( 24 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie

21 ( 13 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
22 ( 10 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
23 ( 14 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
24 ( 16 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
25 ( 18 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
26 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
27 ( 51 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
28 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
30 ( NEW ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin

31 ( 37 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
32 ( 75 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 72 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
34 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
35 ( 30 ) ATOMIC Blondie
36 ( 29 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
38 ( NEW ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
39 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
40 ( NEW ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers

41 ( 25 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
42 ( 21 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
43 ( 31 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
44 ( NEW ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
45 ( 40 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
46 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 43 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
48 ( 52 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
49 ( 36 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( 65 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

51 ( 38 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
52 ( 33 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
53 ( 35 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
54 ( 50 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( NEW ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
56 ( 55 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 54 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
59 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
60 ( 70 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

61 ( 45 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
62 ( 42 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
63 ( 58 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
64 ( 60 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
65 ( 49 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
66 ( 71 ) IN THE CITY The Jam
67 ( 66 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
68 ( 61 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
72 ( NEW ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
73 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
74 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
75 ( 69 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

3rd-9th May TV
1 Soap
2 Tiswas
3 The Outer Limits
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The 9’O Clock News
6 Wonder Woman
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Banana Splits
9 Taxi
10 Whicker’s World


In College, I lost at tennis to Joe, watched aTV tribute to the great James Stewart, and was half-way through John Wayne’s Rio Lobo movie when a newsflash about a hostage siege took over the media, hostages shot, SAS sent in, terrorists shot. All very horrifying. I called in on Alan and Helen one evening, Sue popped down another, Jane on Top Of The Pops thursday for an evenings in-depth discussion on all-sorts, Art lecturer Max took me to get some glass cut for my art prints frames, in his van, above and beyond, what a great lecturer! Back home for the weekend in Mansfield, I bought some 1960’s nostalgia first day covers of Battle Of Hastings and snowmen christmas stamps. It’s cool, honest, to collect stamps. In an alternate universe….

20th May 1980

2 weeks for Hot Chocolate on top, as The Beat hit 3 in the Bathroom. Kate Bush makes it 5 top 10 out of 6 singles, as Breathing the fall-out in at 6 confirms she can do no wrong. Ditto Michael Jackson, a decade of top 10 hits with me, and still only 21, just like Kate. I was six months older, and not having many chart hits…!

Up 49 places to 11, Air Supply’s Lost In Love emotes beautifully upwards, Mystic Merlin abracadabra their way to 13, and in at 20 the highest new entry from Crown Heights Affair, 2 years on from Galaxy Of Love, and now You Gave Me Love, for a massive whooping, guitar riffing, minor disco great. It’s an exciting record, that chorus is just fantastic. In at 23 Roxy Music keep the comeback strong, as they exclaim gently that they are Over You. Well, get you! 8 years of chart entries though, and moving towards classy low-key ballads and wider appeal, but this wasn’t a move I generally approved of, give me early Roxy anyday.

Matchbox rockabilly it up into the 40, and entering at 37 it’s Gazza Numan back with a 4th chart hit, We Are Glass, catchy and synthtastic riffs still on form. At 39, the Average White Band finally get into the 40 with the terrif Let’s Go Round Again, and at 47 The Hollies return for the first time in 6 years with the touching ballad Soldier’s Song – a typically lovely orchestral Mike Batt song, and it was great having Allan Clarke’s vocals back, and giving the lads 12 years of chart entries. Others: Peter Gabriel has no self control, Jermaine Jackson is a little more serious thanks to an assist from Stevie Wonder, a reggae version of the TV western Bonanza theme is a bit of ska fun from Carlos Malcolm, Gerry Rafferty walks Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and there’s a debut entry from Karel Fialka, the catchy The Eyes Have It, emphasis on the “it” – it was to be another 7 years before he got his first proper hit, with a bit of an assist from his own young son, the fab Hey Malcolm!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 10 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
5 ( 3 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
6 ( 15 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
8 ( 5 ) CALL ME Blondie
9 ( 6 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
10 ( 7 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik

11 ( 60 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 9 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
13 ( 30 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 8 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
16 ( 18 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
17 ( 19 ) A FOREST The Cure
18 ( 11 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
19 ( 26 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
20 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

21 ( 31 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
22 ( 12 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
24 ( 27 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
25 ( 40 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
26 ( 44 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
27 ( 14 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
28 ( 38 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
29 ( 39 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
30 ( 33 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts

31 ( 24 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
32 ( 32 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
34 ( 29 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 16 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
36 ( 72 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
37 ( NEW ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
38 ( 21 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
39 ( 50 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
40 ( 23 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 20 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
42 ( 35 ) ATOMIC Blondie
43 ( 25 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
44 ( 36 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
45 ( 22 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
46 ( 34 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
47 ( NEW ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
48 ( 37 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
49 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( NEW ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

51 ( 55 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
52 ( NEW ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
53 ( 47 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
54 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( 59 ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 43 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
59 ( 74 ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
60 ( 58 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 42 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
62 ( NEW ) BONANZA SKA Carlos Malcolm
63 ( 41 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
64 ( 71 ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
65 ( 63 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 64 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 45 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
68 ( NEW ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 67 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( 53 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
73 ( 52 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
74 ( 69 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
75 ( 68 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis


TV May 10th-16th

1 Catch-22: film
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Taxi
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 The Outer Limits
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Class Of 44
10 The Waltons
11 Happy Days
12 Hart To Hart
13 The Pink Panther Show
14 The Sky At Night
15 Tomorrow’s World


In College, I was feeding chicks for Julie, (yes actual baby hens). I played tennis with Jenny, the weather so hot I was forced to roll my shirt sleeves back which caused much comment at tea-time (I never bared my arms in public, the matchstick look would have caused too much mirth). On the sunny grass outside Julie took her chicks out for a spin, and they sheltered under my legs, sooooo cute! On TV The Waltons centered on black prejudice, something I felt strongly about (against it!), and in between stuff it was revision, more revision, and the ending of lectures from some of the duller ones (Hooray!).

In American Studies we had a mock exam paper, one about the Frontier which one wag chose to write about the Swedish frontier, as it wasn’t exactly specified to be the American frontier in the question. Funny, though. Found out my art work was to be put on exhibition in the Steep Hill art gallery for the course-end finale, out of the way and obscure, which didn’t impress me nor Max, my lecturer. We protested. On saturday, it was the big May Ball, so I danced till 1.45 with Sue. I could have danced all night – no not really. Actually I’d forgotten I used to dance at discos, could have sworn I mostly avoided it. The guest band were The Mandy Moreton Band a sort of west coast rock/folk fusion. Music of the night was chart heavy, current dance tracks. Mum and dad dropped by on their way home from Skegness, during a TV show on John Williams/Star Wars, so I was a bit rude trying to watch that.


27th May 1980

3 weeks on top, No Doubt About It, which leaves Don still Crying at 2. Jacko and Kate Bush both go top 5 though, so hooray for good taste! Jona Lewie grabs a top 10 too, evading parties but hitting 6 in my charts. Gary Numan makes it 4 out of 4, as We Are Glass rushes up to 8, hopefully no more in danger of smashing than The Beat’s mirror at 3. The fab Crown Heights Affair is at 10, just behind the MASH theme tune. Rushing into the 40, it’s Karel Fialka, the eyes have IT.

New entries: The Specials are back with a Rat Race, a 4th top 40 in a row, as a million unemployed people were very much not working for the rat race at the time. Not working at all in fact, the economy was not rosy. ELO are at 31 with a Xanadu movie single – they did the soundtrack to the Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John film, but I’m Alive wasn’t one of their best singles. Elton is in laidback mode at 33, with the sweet Little Jeannie, as always bigger in the USA than the UK in those days. At 34 the puntastic Lipps Inc have a good ol’ Funky Town chanting up the charts, catchy and fun, still.

In at 48, The Korgis finally get a decent follow-up to the fab If I Had You, and the even-fabber Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, gentle, emotive and just wonderful. So wonderful it was rehashed by Marc Et Claude, and covered by numerous people, such as Yazz, Baby D and Erasure. The covers keep on coming and show no signs of slowing down. Cos it’s classic, a song that improves with age. At 52, the marvellous Roberta Flack lends her flawless vocal stylings to long-time friend and duet partner the then-recently-late Donny Hathaway. Both of them were great jazz-soul singers, and had won a grammy for the classy and melodic Where Is The Love in 1972, followed by many other awards for Roberta Flack for great solo singles. Donny wasn’t so lucky, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a troubled life, he eventually killed himself in 1979. His 1972 live album is critically rated as one of the best live albums of all-time on some lists, and his final 1973 album lyrically showed his troubled mind. Flack & Hathaway had been working together again, Back Together Again being one of the last songs they recorded before his death, and it was posthumously released to a poignant chart chart success. The circumstances around the recording made it a sad return.

At 53, B.A. Robertson can’t wait for his Kaftan to disappear before he’s back with some witty Shakespeare parody and punning, as the backdrop to an amusing love song. To Be Or Not To Be? Well, that is the question. The answer is B.A. was terrific. Squeeze are busy pulling mussels at 71 before an unavailable, obscure mega-OTT ballad UK-only single drops in at 73. You just can’t buy it unless you have a spare grand for a second-hand copy, and given Grace Slick is such a big, long-term rock-star from The 60’s Jefferson Airplane through 1980’s Jefferson Starship to 1985’s Starship, it’s a mystery to me why I can’t bloody download the show-stopping Dreams. It’s amazing, I want it on my ipod and I’m going to scream and scream until I get my way. Grace, can you please get your finger out, it’s fantastic and the album was a Grammy nominee for heavens sake!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 7 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
6 ( 26 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 4 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 37 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
9 ( 19 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
10 ( 20 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 5 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
13 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 23 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 9 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
16 ( 8 ) CALL ME Blondie
17 ( 12 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
18 ( 24 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
20 ( 15 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

21 ( 10 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
22 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
24 ( 25 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
25 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 18 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
27 ( 72 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
28 ( NEW ) RAT RACE The Specials
29 ( 21 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
30 ( 36 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
33 ( NEW ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
34 ( NEW ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
35 ( 52 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
36 ( 17 ) A FOREST The Cure
37 ( 31 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
38 ( 51 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
39 ( 50 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
40 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky

41 ( 27 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
42 ( 33 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
43 ( 47 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
44 ( 42 ) ATOMIC Blondie
45 ( 40 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( 38 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
47 ( 35 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
48 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
49 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
50 ( 44 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
52 ( NEW ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
53 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
54 ( 62 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 43 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
59 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
60 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 41 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
62 ( 68 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
64 ( 45 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
65 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 30 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
68 ( 46 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
69 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 58 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

71 ( NEW ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE U.K. Subs
73 ( NEW ) DREAMS Grace Slick
74 ( 75 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
75 ( 74 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd


TV May 17th – 23rd

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Outer Limits
5 Taxi
6 Star Wars – John Williams
7 Olivia Newton-John
8 Life On Earth
9 The Banana Splits
10 Question Time


My College lectures were entering their final week, some happily, some very unhappily to be no-more. I had breakfast in the cafeteria with Campion who told me his troubles getting out of Rhodesia to study, and quite emotionally, as things weren’t easy for Black Rhodesians (Zimbabwe these days). He wanted to go to the USA to study and work, I hope he made it.

Some snooker games silliness, and I playfully poked Ian’s stuffed badger round Petes’ room door for a minor laugh. Less amusing were the Miami race riots on the news. I marked some schoolwork for Jane, which I enjoyed. Made a point of attending the Student Union Hustings votes. Voted for all candidates. Legally, I hasten to add, there weren’t many fighting for the posts! On TV the award-winning episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Chuckles The Clown dies. It’s hilarious, based around people’s reaction to the manner of Chuckles death – Chuckles dressed as a giant peanut, an elephant on the same parade tried to shell him. It’s funny trust me, as Mary finds none of the remarks in good taste at all, and then it builds up to the funeral! Youtube it. Ed Asner and Betty White are in it, too, what more do you need!

My 1980 Charts – April

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1st April 1980

3 weeks for The Monkees at 1 as The Jam get their biggest hit at 2 and Martha has some beach muffins at 3, both climbing, but not in the climbing league of Genesis who rocket up to 4, Turn It On Again being their second top 5 hit, after Follow You Follow Me peaked at 3. One of those 3 climbers will knock off the Monkees next week! Meanwhile the lovely Longer lingers longingly at 8 for Dan Fogelberg, it deserved higher, and UB40 make the top 20 for the first time with their double A fabbie King and Food For Thought. If anyone had said this new band would have a worldwide career for 2 decades, and beyond, it would have sounded a good bet to take on against it being accurate, they just didn’t seem to have mass appeal in the early days with their laid-back social and political reggae.

Siouxsie And The Banshees have a happy house inside the top 40 for the fourth time, and Stevie Wonder is the highest new entry in a quiet week, at 36 with Outside My Window – presumably not Siouxsie’s Happy House though. Leon Haywood doesn’t push his way into the 40, and I didn’t force that sentence. Honest. Back at 42, 11-year-oldie The Liquidator, the instrumental reggae track is back thanks to the ska revival which referred back to early reggae classics like this one. The Buggles get a 3rd entry with Clean Clean, another forgotten minor goodie at 47, while at 55 Madness are still on a roll with 4th hit Night Boat To Cairo – it’s part of an EP technically, one I bought, but this was the track I loved so I exclude the others and focus on the nutty boys saxtastic ska romp, just brilliant. John Foxx is back again, but No-One’s Driving, another EP, and ditto the main track was the best track. That leaves Dr. Hook still heading downwards in quality and upward in sales, and Bette Bright new at 68 with Hello I Am Your Heart and another on the ska pop train.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 10 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
3 ( 8 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
4 ( 39 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
5 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
6 ( 5 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 15 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
9 ( 3 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
10 ( 6 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson

11 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 14 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 32 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
14 ( 12 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
15 ( 4 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
16 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
18 ( 25 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
19 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
20 ( 13 ) SO LONELY The Police

21 ( 30 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
22 ( 9 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 17 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
24 ( 35 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
25 ( 18 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
26 ( 27 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
27 ( 19 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
28 ( 66 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
30 ( 24 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis

31 ( 20 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
32 ( 21 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
33 ( 22 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
34 ( 46 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
35 ( 26 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
36 ( NEW ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
37 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 36 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
39 ( 68 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
40 ( 28 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

41 ( 31 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 42 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
45 ( 44 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
46 ( 47 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
47 ( NEW ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
48 ( 38 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
49 ( 41 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
50 ( 71 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors

51 ( 52 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
52 ( 53 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
53 ( 57 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
54 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
55 ( NEW ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
56 ( NEW ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
57 ( 45 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 54 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

61 ( 34 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
62 ( 49 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 62 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 64 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 67 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
67 ( 60 ) MY GIRL Madness
68 ( NEW ) HELLO I AM YOUR HEART Bette Bright
69 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( 55 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
72 ( 75 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
73 ( 56 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
74 ( 72 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx

TV 22-28th Mar

1 Parkinson
2 The Outer Limits
3 Blake’s 7
4 Soap
5 The Kenny Everett Video Show
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Barney Miller
9 Tiswas
10 The Phil Silvers Show
11 Life On Earth
12 The Muppet Show
13 The British Eurovision Song Contest
14 Film 80
15 Happy Days
16 Mork And Mindy
17 Dallas
18 Private Eye
19 Hawaii 5-0
20 Wonder Woman


March 25th was a big day for me – at home in Mansfield for holidays, and it was dad’s last day in the RAF, and the end of the main part of my life, really – 22 years of constant moving, always new places, or returning to old places, never anywhere longer than 2 years in one go. Life was never quite the same again for me, and certainly much-less interesting being in civvie street. On TV Kenny Everett and Blake’s 7 were fab. Uncle Tony bought his mate Tony round, sports coach I think for Notts Forest FC or something, I’d not seen him in 5 years (an old RAF mate of dad’s both round to celebrate his joining them in the real world – or offer condolences, depends how you see it).

UK Eurovision song contest was on, I liked one which lost in a tie with the eventual Stephanie De Sykes Guys & Dolls clone winner, and another one I liked did badly (Midnite). Clive James was terrific on Parkinson, sadly Clive is currently terminally ill but battling on, and even better was a new American nutter comic who was “totally HILARIOUS”. His name was Steve Martin, and it was the funniest show I’d seen in ages. I became an instant fan. The wacky Carol Channing was on the Muppets, I always liked her. Did a cartoon of John Foxx to celebrate 2 tracks in my charts, and mum’s cousin Pauline rang with medical problems news, and I hoped it wasn’t serious as it sounded (she got through it all, thankfully). As I was in full 1970 Singapore nostalgia mode, I rescued some table coasters for drinks we bought there which were now tatty and old and in the bin. I still have them.

On saturday, Pete, Helen and Alan, college friends arrived to pick me up to travel to Julie’s for her 21st birthday bash in Camberbach, near Northwich. Her parents house was lovely and large, we took the micke out of poor JUlie sweating from rushing about, how cruel! Sue and Joe, Jane and Dave arrived, the disco started, and a fun evening had by all. Shared a room with the lads overnight, and back to Mansfield on Sunday by bus – at least that was the plan, so much dithering about by others meant it pulled out as we arrived. So I caught one to Derby, then to Mansfield. I arrived mid-chart-show right in the middle of new entry Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, so only got half on tape. Pah!


8th April 1980

The Jam get their first chart-topper as the unstoppable Going Underground shoves off The Monkees, and stops Genesis getting a first number one. Chuck in Madness rocketing up the Cairo aboard a Nightboat to 4, and a third consecutive top 5, and you have a pretty exciting top 4. Not to mention the smooth fab UB40 (soon to be my unemployment signing on UB40-form stylee signature tune) at 5, B.A. Robertson getting a hat-trick of top 10’s in his Kaftan, and the highest new entry at 7 from The Selecter, outdoing even debut On My Radio for a touch of sad melodic ska.

New at 26, Dexy’s second top 40, the classic sax riffs of the brilliant Geno, and their tribute to 60’s soul star Geno Washington. Just behind at 27, The Pretenders are the talk of the town, following up a chart-topper, and grabbing a 4th top 40, as John Foxx drives up to 32 for his 2nd top 40, and David Essex drives in from nowhere at 38 in his silver dream machine, looking like he’s going to overtake John Foxx on a bend. David had the advantage of starring in the movie about car racing, and he tots up a non-stop run of largely fab hits for 7 years. At 54, it’s Blondie in Giorgio Moroder stomping disco film theme mode as Call Me follows Atomic into the charts and Rose Royce are back with Ooh Boy – excuse the grammar when I refer to bands as “they” rather than “it”, I know they are viewed as an entity, but I see them as a group of individuals under a single name, in much the same way as 4 people not in band would be a “they”. So at 57, they are back for 3 years of hits!

Boys Cry, meanwhile, as Liverpool band Original Mirrors are at 61, and Manchester-based 10CC are back 8 years on with 125 at 72 – lotsa numbers, it’s really about one hundred and twenty five beats per minute and dancing. The Undertones keep their run of great chart entries coming as they reminisce about their perfect cousin at 74 and reference the soon-to-be-big Human League, as Judas Priest sneak in at 75 Living After Midnight, though I don’t know how as it wasn’t one I liked much to start with, then grew to hate with airplay. Hey ho!

1 ( 2 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
2 ( 4 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
3 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
4 ( 55 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 13 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 21 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
7 ( NEW ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
8 ( 17 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
9 ( 3 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
10 ( 5 ) ATOMIC Blondie

11 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
12 ( 19 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
13 ( 24 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
14 ( 6 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
15 ( 10 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
16 ( 18 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
17 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
18 ( 8 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
19 ( 9 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
20 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers

21 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
22 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 14 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
24 ( 15 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
25 ( 26 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
26 ( NEW ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
27 ( NEW ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
28 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 20 ) SO LONELY The Police
30 ( 34 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

31 ( 23 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
32 ( 75 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
33 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
34 ( 56 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
35 ( 36 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
36 ( 39 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
37 ( 30 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
38 ( NEW ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
39 ( 31 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
40 ( 29 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 27 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
42 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 47 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
44 ( 33 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
45 ( 35 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
46 ( 53 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
47 ( 38 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
48 ( 44 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 45 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
50 ( 46 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

51 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
52 ( 50 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
53 ( 25 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
54 ( NEW ) CALL ME Blondie
55 ( 51 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 52 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
57 ( NEW ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 32 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden

61 ( NEW ) BOYS CRY Original Mirrors
62 ( 60 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 54 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
67 ( 72 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
70 ( 57 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

71 ( 48 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
72 ( NEW ) 125 10CC
73 ( 49 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
74 ( NEW ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest

TV 29th mar – 5th apr
1 Blake’s 7
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Butterflies
4 The Outer Limits
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Jan And Dean: TV film
7 Question Time
8 Tiswas
9 Film 80
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News
11 Police Story
12 The Muppet Show: Diana Ross
13 Private Eye
14 Life On Earth
15 S.P.Y.

On TV: little bit of politics with Question Time and I raved about one guest, the young black NUS president Trevor Phillips (and future Peter Mandelson mate and controversial policy critic); some kiddie slapstick with Tiswas, a biopic on 60‘s surfer pop duo Jan And Dean, and a classic sci-fi season end Blake’s 7 episode on top. Fab! I had a day in Nottingham, with Aunty Eileen, Uncle Tony, and mum and dad, and bought some DC comics, and got some back issues from the comic shop, and was amazed at how familiar Wonder Woman issue 93 was, considering I’d not read it for 10 years (in Singapore). Got a Leif Garrett picture disc single, I Got You Babe and Telegram Sam, and a pair of jeans that were far too tight to wear when I got them home (I felt obliged to take them after the assistant went up and down ladders about 10 times trying to find a pair that fit me. Idiot!). Watched a Eurovision TV preview of the contest and rated Austria and Luxembourg as bing bang bong oldstyle winners. Happily wrong there…


15th April 1980

Madness get their first chart-topper, as Night Boat To Cairo sails away ahead of the rest for a terrific bit of nutty-boy ska, which is bad news for UB40 stuck at 2. UB40 have never managed to beat this peak position, despite coming close many times, quite probably the most successful act never to top my charts, though lead singer Ali Campbell did at least manage it solo in 1995. Dexy’s Geno leaps into the top 10, outdoing Dance Stance, as another ska track from The Bodysnatchers joins the reggae top 10 party.

Blondie rocket to 11, overtaking Atomic, as American Gigolo dance theme races to the top of the UK and US charts. Into the 20: Siouxsie, The Pretenders, David Essex, not a bad list. At 36, highest new entry is a bit of Bach – better late than never – as Sky do a pumped-up version of Toccata and Fugue, John Williams of the band following-up his 1979 version of The Deer Hunter. Meanwhile, The Undertones go top 40 with their Cuz, ahead of a bunch of new entries: Smokie at 54 doing a reasonable version of the much better Bobby Vee original Take Good Care Of My Baby, as their 5-year-run of singles was about to run out of steam. At 58, Pete Townsend finally gets a solo hit 7 years after Roger Daltrey managed it with Townsend’s own I’m Free and Leo Sayer’s Giving It All away: Rough Boys is his best solo single, still.

Tom Petty has Refugee enter at 61, which extends his run to 3 years, and Graham Gouldman from 10CC has a solo entry from movie Animalympics, and some 14 years since he started his teenage hit-songwriting career for The Hollies and The Yardbirds. Lene Lovich entries seem to be getting smaller, but Billy Joel says it’s for Lene. I mean Leyna. Elvis Costello is in Hi-Fidelity, years before he was in Austin Powers, and Saxon debut with some metal wheels of steel. Sounds like a bumpy ride.

1 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
3 ( 2 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
4 ( 3 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
6 ( 7 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 1 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
8 ( 26 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9 ( 11 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

11 ( 54 ) CALL ME Blondie
12 ( 9 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
13 ( 27 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
14 ( 16 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
15 ( 10 ) ATOMIC Blondie
16 ( 12 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
17 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 14 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
19 ( 13 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
20 ( 38 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

21 ( 17 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
22 ( 25 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
23 ( 15 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
24 ( 30 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
25 ( 34 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
26 ( 19 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
27 ( 20 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
28 ( 43 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
29 ( 32 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
30 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

31 ( 18 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
32 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
33 ( 35 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
34 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
35 ( 46 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
36 ( NEW ) TOCCATA Sky
37 ( 23 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
38 ( 29 ) SO LONELY The Police
39 ( 74 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
40 ( 24 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille

41 ( 31 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
42 ( 36 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
43 ( 37 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
44 ( 39 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
45 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
46 ( 41 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
47 ( 49 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
48 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 47 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
50 ( 51 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

51 ( 50 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
52 ( 44 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
53 ( 45 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 33 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
57 ( 56 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
58 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
59 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

61 ( NEW ) REFUGEE Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
62 ( NEW ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
63 ( 52 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
64 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
66 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
67 ( 62 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU Lene Lovich
69 ( NEW ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
70 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

71 ( 69 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
72 ( 57 ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
73 ( 75 ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest
74 ( NEW ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
75 ( NEW ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon

5-11th April TV
1 Support Your Local Sheriff: film
1 Some Like It Hot: film
1 Soap
4 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows: film
5 Tiswas
6 The Sound Of Music: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Parkinson: Bette Midler
9 The Outer Limits
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News

11 Omnibus: Chuck Jones (Road Runner & co)
12 Barney Miller
13 Butterflies
14 Plaza Suite: film
15 The Risk Business
16 They Shoot Horses Don’t They: film
17 James Burke
18 Dallas
19 Mork And Mindy
20 Bee Gees Special


On TV lots of holiday movie faves, one of them not been on since I think (Where Angels Go Trouble Follows, a comedy nun movie and sort of early Sister Act with the fab Stella Stevens, Susan Saint James and Rosalind Russell, and also Dolores Sutton who actually WAS in Sister Act as well as a nun). Bette Midler was manic and hilarious on Parkinson, while Omnibus gave Road Runner & Wile E Coyote creator Chuck Jones the in-depth appreciation (and well-deserved). On the radio, Ian Dury was on Rosko’s Roundtable reviewing the latest single releases. On classic sitcom Soap, there were flying saucers, possessed babies, an insulting puppet, and more. What’s not to love!?! On saturday kiddies show TISWAS there was John Peel, The Bodysnatchers, The Specials and Cozy Powell. Meanwhile on Dallas, the villainous JR Ewing, as played by the fab Larry Hagman, had me smirking throughout. Dallas always knew it was part-comedy, rival Dynasty mistakingly thought it was a sitcom. Went to see LIfe OF Brian again at the cinema, convinced it was an all-time classic. Malcolm Muggeridge was on TV blasting the movie, calling it inconsequential and that it would be forgotten fairly quickly. “I think it’ll last and outlive him for sure” I ventured correctly, if bitterly. Finally, the second Eurovision preview was on TV, and I tipped Greece and Austria, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. Ireland won, of course, Switzerland 4th.


22nd April 1980

2 weeks for Madness on their Nightboat To Cairo, as Dexy’s and Blondie threaten, 2 UK chart-toppers but only one will top my chart too. Place your bets… Highest new entry is the late great Errol Brown with Hot Chocolate, in at 10 for 10 years of top 10 hits, with the spooky, moody, synthy No Doubt About It, all very much about UFO’s. While I don’t believe for a single second in actual alien visitors (I’ll do an essay on it one day, but basically people don’t really grasp how mindbogglingly MASSIVE the universe is) I do very much love the idea of it, and always will. I love this record, one of their great ones.

The Buggles get a third top 20, clean, cleaning the charts, and Rupert Holmes gets a third top 20, too. Ooh, get Him. In at 19, Macca is back with a bang, the amusing popstar video pastiche (all of them Paul in disguise, including as his young Beatles self) didn’t hurt the delightful riffy, poppy, synthy, catchy Coming Up, a sudden change in direction for his first real solo album in a decade, as Wings had started to get a bit plodding, give or take the odd single. America, though, didn’t know what to make with the new Macca and opted for a Live Wings B-side version as the A side. It’s just not as good, I’m afraid, but that didn’t stop it topping the US Hot 100. Motown’s Jimmy Ruffin is also back after a 5-year lay-off, and ten years after debuting, with his first proper new recording in years, a Robin Gibb song gift as The Bee Gees backlash started to take hold, and they started writing songs for others. The Gibbs, like Jimmy, drifted in and out of fashion, but it made no difference to me whether they sold or didn’t, they were still good throughout, and usually brilliant. Hold On To My Love is merely OK though it was great to have Jimmy back.

Elsewhere: Elvis Costello in the 40 again, lots of dance tracks, The Nolans return with a decent pop song, Phil Lynott leaves Lizzy for a bit again, for a spot of lonely heart letter-writing, The Beach Boys revival helps Oh Darling into the chart, off the new album Keepin’ The Summer Alive (frankly not nearly as good as LA (Light Album), Godley And Creme join their ex-10CC chums in the chart with White Boys, their second entry since leaving the band, and a few spot behind Graham Gouldman’s solo movie track. Finally, at 63, a great storming pop debut from Christopher Cross, and his best record by far, the terrific Ride Like The Wind.

1 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 8 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
4 ( 11 ) CALL ME Blondie
5 ( 4 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
6 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 3 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
8 ( 5 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
9 ( 7 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
10 ( NEW ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 13 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
12 ( 9 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 28 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 20 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 22 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
16 ( 12 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
17 ( 24 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
18 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
19 ( NEW ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
20 ( 15 ) ATOMIC Blondie

21 ( 18 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
22 ( 36 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( 29 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
24 ( 17 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
25 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 14 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
27 ( 25 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
28 ( NEW ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
29 ( 16 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( 39 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones

31 ( 23 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
32 ( 21 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
33 ( 19 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
34 ( 42 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
35 ( 30 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
36 ( 35 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
37 ( 27 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
38 ( 31 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
39 ( 74 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
40 ( 26 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

41 ( 58 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 33 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
43 ( 32 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
45 ( 40 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
46 ( NEW ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 54 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
48 ( 43 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
49 ( 34 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
50 ( 47 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

51 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
52 ( 51 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
53 ( 50 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
54 ( 38 ) SO LONELY The Police
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 69 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
58 ( 59 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 60 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 57 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

61 ( 62 ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
62 ( 41 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
63 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
64 ( 75 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
65 ( 53 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
66 ( NEW ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) ANOTHER MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
68 ( 52 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
70 ( 67 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

71 ( 49 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
72 ( 64 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 44 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
74 ( 65 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
75 ( 66 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

TV 12-18 Apr
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Tiswas
4 Not The 9 O’Clock News
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Outer Limits
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Kelly Monteith
9 Halls Of Anger
10 Barney Miller
11 Whicker’s World
12 Butterflies
13 Taxi
14 Wonder Woman
15 Film 80
16 Young Maverick
17 Dallas
18 Happy Days
19 The Banana Splits
20 James Burke


At home I recorded grandma, down for a week from Liverpool, talking about her ancestors on reel-to-reel. Tragically, after she died in 1989 I couldn’t bring myself to listen to it again, and now the player doesn’t work. I need to find some professional with 4-track facilities to record it for me so I can save it onto CD/DVD. It would be very odd hearing her talk again after all these years.

Oh, and Eurovision Song Contest 1980 on the 19th:

My ratings:

1.Greece (Anna Vissi) and France (Profil) on 90%

3. Italy 89%
4. Ireland 88%
5. UK 87%
6. Netherlands 86%
7. Luxembourg
8. Sweden
9. Belguim
10. Austria
11. Portugal
12. Germany
13. Norway
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Switzerland
17. Spain
18. Morocco
19. Finland

Results?
1. Ireland
2. Germany
3. UK
4. Switzerland
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Austria
9. Luxembourg
10. Sweden
11. France
12. Spain
13. Greece
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Norway
17. Belguim
18. Morocco
19. Finland

So, not too far out, except Greece and France my two faves did badly. Just as well, as Johnny Logan was much better (the winner for Ireland)!


29th April 1980

Dexy’s Midnight Runners take Geno to the top, back in ‘68 in a sweaty club – I was far too young to know Geno Washington, actually, but this punksoul single was fab. Blondie hit 3, Paul McCartney gets into the top 5 solo for the first time since Another Day hit 1 in 1971, though counting Wings singles he’d done it every year since 1971, and 1968 including Beatles singles. He’s still Coming Up with the goods 12 years on, or 17 years on since they would have made my top 5 had I been charting at age 5.

David Essex also gets virtually a top 10 hit each year, as he does it for the 10th time since Rock On debuted in 1973, Silver Dream Racer, though, remains his last really good single, he was merely good from here on. The Pretenders make it 3 top 10’s in a row, The Undertones go top 20, and Pete Townsend goes top 40 with some rough boys, Billy Joel does it too with Leyna, and Smokie with Bobby Vee’s oldie. The Jam, in re-issue fever, get several re-entries in the UK charts and also pop in with 4 older singles, led by Strange Town at 30.

Johnny Logan is in at 29, after his winning Eurovision performance for Ireland, What’s Another Year, though? New Musik get a 4th entry with the catchy This World Of Water, new electronic pop music to my ears, at 42, while Phil Spector helps The Ramones to chart at 53 with my fave Ramones single, Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? No, I’m not that old, but with all the 50’s revivals in the 70’s and 80’s it felt like you were there. Michael Jackson has the 4th single off Off The Wall at 64, and the second best, the actual heart-breaking vocal performance of She’s Out Of My Life, and his most touching vocal since Ain’t No Sunshine in 1972. 2nd hits fro martha And The Muffins, Narada Michael Walden, a welcome return for Average White Band 5 years since Pick Up The Pieces, as the fab Let’s Go Round Again is in at 75, and Kate Bush sneaks in at 71 with the haunting Breathing, complete with nuclear fallout pregnancy video. Yes that old cliched deviant baby topic regularly crops up in pop songs, eh?

1 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
3 ( 4 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 19 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
5 ( 3 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
9 ( 11 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
10 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
12 ( 7 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
13 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
15 ( 17 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
16 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky
17 ( 30 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
18 ( 15 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
19 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
20 ( 18 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

21 ( 28 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
22 ( 39 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
23 ( 20 ) ATOMIC Blondie
24 ( 16 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
25 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 34 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( 21 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
28 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
30 ( NEW ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam

31 ( 26 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
32 ( 56 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
33 ( 31 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
34 ( 24 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
35 ( 47 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
36 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
37 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( 33 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
39 ( 46 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 57 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans

41 ( 32 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
42 ( NEW ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
43 ( 23 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
44 ( 27 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
45 ( 38 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
46 ( 35 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
47 ( 37 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
48 ( 67 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 66 ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
50 ( 40 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

51 ( 63 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
52 ( 50 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
54 ( 48 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( NEW ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
59 ( 53 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
60 ( 52 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

61 ( 69 ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
62 ( 60 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
63 ( 51 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
64 ( NEW ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
65 ( 45 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
66 ( 44 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
67 ( NEW ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 43 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
69 ( 64 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
70 ( NEW ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

71 ( NEW ) BREATHING Kate Bush
72 ( 54 ) SO LONELY The Police
73 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD The Jam
74 ( 36 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

TV 19-25 Apr
1 Soap
2 Terry Wogan Meets JR
3 The Outer Limits
4 Tiswas
5 Eurovision Song Contest
6 Profile: Mel Brooks
7 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance kid: film
8 Barney Miller
9 Taxi
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Not The 9 O’Clock News
12 Life On Earth
13 Love Story: film
14 The Banana Splits
15 Whicker’s World


It was back to College for my final term, which was enormously sad, but it was great to go back to Lincoln and my friends for now though I felt guilty leaving grandma and mum, both wanted me to stay home longer. When we met up for meals some of the girls had new hairdo’s. I made no comment. That’s not always the best course of action, I learned… Ian made a comment, which is worse than making no comment, we both learned.

For studies, read a book on LBJ, quite a unique admirable President in so many ways, then played snooker, chatted much on Eurovision, my new popstar cartoon attempts, and especially with Jane and some in-depth great topics (ie me!). Got an assignment back (“very good”) from English Lit, Max my tutor overheard my giving art advice to a second year (Anne) – I’m afraid I can’t do the whole “deep and significant” artist thing, as it’s just too pretentious for me and I cut through the bull. Anyway Max called me “anarchic”, which I choose to take as a compliment as Max was great!

Sue accused me of looking at pete’s bum as he leaned over the snooker table potting a ball (I wasn’t!) and used it as an excuse to mess with his bum to put him off his shot. I turned red, indignant, though of course Pete did have an attractive botty in tight jeans. Hard to miss them when you play snooker, let’s be honest! Played tennis with Paul’s new girlfriend first year Jenny, and she joined me and the gang for Top Of The Pops in my room. In Art I had to give a lecture on my work, helped by some encouragement from the mature students, and Emma and Jo, then played tennis with Bev – and got beaten. Pah! On the news the Iran situation annoyed me – this one, of course, has just kept on going ever since. On TV Tiswas was hilarious and manic, and packed full of stars, while in Lincoln town I bumped into 2 school teachers from 6th form, Mr Dodd and Mr Cant and in the evening Saturday dave and jane had a Chinese-meal-themed party.

My 1980 Charts – March

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4th March 1980

2 weeks Atomic blasting for Blondie on top, with Peter Gabriel (plus Kate) climbing big-ly to 3 with a bit of political commentary, and Cliff managing another top 5 to add to his list – actually only his 6th in 12 years! The Gibson brothers get another top 10 (Cuba) and The Police make it 5 in a row as So Lonely hits 10. Highest new entry is Sammy Hagar at 18, who has done, it seems, everything for you, and presides over a mini-metal invasion as AC/DC hit 19 and Rainbow return to the 20 a second time with All Night Long.

The Beat return to the 40 with a second single, and Bowie’s back with a bizarre cover of Kurt Weil’s 1927 Alabama Song and a stark cover of his own Space Oddity tucked away on the B side. 36 is quite generous for what you might call Bowie’s least-commercial single outside of Tin Machine. At 43, The Vapors re-enter a bit higher this time, and at 46, the very pleasant Take A Little Rhythm, very US-radio-friendly pop from Ali Thompson. Squeeze have another nail for my heart new at 59, uptempo, clever pop as always, even if they tended not to have big hits from here on.

At 64, a fondly-recalled Canadian new-wave classic for Martha And The Muffins, Echo Beach just seems to have struck a chord with that generation including me. The Detroit Spinners enter at 66 with a cover of a little-known Four Seasons single (at that time) Working My Way Back To You, and they do it justice, on it’s way to the UK number one 7 years after debuting with the fab Could It Be I’m Falling In Love. At 70 it’s Kenny Loggins, and it’s not Footloose (still 4 years in the future), at 71 the absolutely gorgeous Longer, from Dan Fogelberg, gentle, classy, imacculate balladry. The Lambrettas mod-ify 50’s classic Poison Ivy at 72, The Eagles go out on a minor hit, but one of their best singles, I Can’t Tell You Why, a lovely country-rock ballad at 73, and M grab a 3rd chart entry at 75 – that’s the way the money goes!

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 16 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
6 ( 10 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
7 ( 3 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
8 ( 4 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
9 ( 32 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
10 ( 28 ) SO LONELY The Police

11 ( 7 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
12 ( 8 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
13 ( 24 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
14 ( 15 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
15 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
16 ( 22 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 11 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
18 ( NEW ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
19 ( 34 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
20 ( 40 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

21 ( 12 ) MY GIRL Madness
22 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
23 ( 18 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
24 ( 19 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
25 ( 13 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
26 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
27 ( 30 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
28 ( 39 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
29 ( 21 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
30 ( 48 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat

31 ( 26 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
32 ( 29 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
33 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 66 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
35 ( 20 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
36 ( NEW ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
37 ( 27 ) BABE Styx
38 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
39 ( 23 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
40 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

41 ( 35 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
42 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
43 ( RE ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
44 ( 31 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
45 ( 65 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( NEW ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thompson
47 ( 41 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
48 ( 45 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
49 ( 60 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
50 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 54 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 50 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( NEW ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
56 ( 38 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
57 ( 44 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
58 ( 57 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
59 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
60 ( 75 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 49 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
64 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
65 ( 42 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
66 ( NEW ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
67 ( 64 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
68 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 37 ) TV The Flying Lizards
70 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins

71 ( NEW ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
72 ( NEW ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles
74 ( 46 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M

TV Feb 22-29
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 British Rock and Pop Awards
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Blake’s 7
6 MASH
7 The Rockford Files
8 Film 80
9 Marooned
10 The Two Ronnies

College days, and the usual crowd for chats, quizzes, snooker and lectures. Fab! Had to read out a poem, called Pastoral, which went down rather well in English Lit, surprisingly. I didn’t even get embarrassed once. The new UK charts, I noted, were “excellent”: I stand by that opinion! Kenny Everett & Rockford Files were good on TV. The BRITS (aka British Rock & Pop Awards) were fab: The Police, Boomtown rats, Cliff, Macca, Specials, Gary Numan, Kate Bush. On Thursday I slaughtered all-comers at lunchtime snooker and crowed about it, I must have been giddy at it all as that’s just not me! In art I was working on supasized photos cut up and glued together on raised blocks for a 3D effect. Seemed like a good idea at the time….

The weekend was a hired car, and a group off for another 21st birthday bash (Jane Deacey), with a band playing, and with a group of college girl friends of hers, which would have been in Wolverhampton. Apparently. I actually have no memory of it, which is very sad to contemplate, I seem to have lost a day, even with photos I took – I must have them somewhere, but that might take a bit of researching! We stopped off for Nottingham shopping on the way back to Lincoln, which was eventful: I finally got hold of a copy of Zager & Evans’ In The Year 2525 after 11 years of trying, and also found a copy of a long-lost Legion of Super heroes comic I’d stupidly sold in 1972 – Adventure Comics 375. Hooray! The ten-pin bowling alley was closed, though, so doh! Back in my dorm room, my tape recorder and my record player turntable were on the joint failure, double disaster for me – at least I now had a cassette recorder player as back-up, I do believe in spares as a motto in life….



11th March 1980

3 weeks for Blondie bombing the competition, and Rock With You hits 2 for Michael Jackson. They both have returned to the singles charts in the years since, so I feel justified, yay! I look at the top 10 and I see a complete range of genres and styles that would be inconceivable in the current UK charts – New Wave, disco soul, showtune, carribbean, progrock, metal, reggaerock, synthballad, band pop, MOR pop. Awesome. The Tourists get a second top 10 hit, and AC/DC their first, the fabulous Touch Too Much.

Captain & Tennille return to the 20 for the first time in 4 years, their third trip to date, while the Beat get a second visit, and Liquid Gold a first. The Vapours finally start making moves, to 21, and Echo Beach crashes upwards in waves to 25, just ahead of Scotland’s Ali Thomson, Squeeze, B.A. Robertson and The Detroit Spinners. Few new entries this week, just Secret Affair’s best single at 48, the storming My World (play loud!), Rupert Holmes classy MOR Him at 58 (his 3rd hit) and another ska band debuting at 67 – the ever-fun and loveable Bad Manners, fronted by the unforgettable Buster Bloodvessel, and the tongue-twistingly funtastic Ne-Ne-Na-Na-Na-Na-Nu-Nu. The final new entry is a return for the Brothers Johnson, 3 or 4 years on from the fantastic Strawberry Letter 23, the almost-as-good Stomp. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 4 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
4 ( 9 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
5 ( 3 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
6 ( 10 ) SO LONELY The Police
7 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
8 ( 13 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 14 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

11 ( 20 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
12 ( 28 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
13 ( 5 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
14 ( 30 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 18 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
16 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
17 ( 7 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
18 ( 34 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
19 ( 8 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
20 ( 11 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

21 ( 43 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
22 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
23 ( 17 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 12 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
25 ( 64 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
26 ( 46 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
27 ( 23 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
28 ( 21 ) MY GIRL Madness
29 ( 59 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
30 ( 24 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

31 ( 66 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
32 ( 22 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
33 ( 36 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
34 ( 32 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
35 ( 31 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
36 ( 33 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
37 ( 25 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
38 ( 27 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
39 ( 29 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
40 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 55 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
42 ( 40 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
43 ( 42 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 35 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
45 ( 37 ) BABE Styx
46 ( 26 ) SAVE ME Queen
47 ( 38 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
48 ( NEW ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
49 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
50 ( 51 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

51 ( 39 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
52 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
55 ( 75 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
56 ( 60 ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden
57 ( 72 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
58 ( NEW ) HIM Rupert Holmes
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 58 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 47 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
63 ( 48 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
64 ( 71 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
65 ( 49 ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer
66 ( 44 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
67 ( NEW ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
68 ( 70 ) THIS IS IT Kenny Loggins
69 ( 41 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 73 ) I CAN’T TELL YOU WHY The Eagles

71 ( 57 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
72 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
74 ( 67 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
75 ( 56 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell

1st-7th march 1980 TV
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Butterflies
6 Holocaust (part 4)
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Chopper Squad
10 Film 80
11 Tomorrow’s World
12 Barney Miller
13 New Maverick
14 Hanging By A Thread
15 Dallas


On TV Kenny Everett was still ruling the comedy world (with a fab assist from Cliff Richard being game for a laugh), followed by ground-breaking madcap sitcom Soap, Blake’s 7 was topping British drama for me, Dallas was building and building towards it’s classic year, and a remake of classic 50’s western Maverick, which made the brilliant James Garner a star, debuts with him returning along with the next generation of Maverick’s.

At college, lectures, snooker, various gang member combo chats as everyone still came, went, stayed, returned from teaching practice, while my world remained static and they revolved around me (from my point of view!) Pete, Ian, Sue, Julie, Paul, Jane, Bev, Alan and lesser peripheral friends. Jane, one night late, stayed to chat, and she’s such a good listener I admitted all my freaky obsessive pop-chart-compiling and other hobbies. Which I now post here!

This was also the week I hypochondriac’d myself to the college matron in the middle of the night with chronic stomache pains, panicking it was appendicitis, when it was most likely stress from running to get a deposit back to the garage we hired the weekend car from, and other stuff, like being faced with talking about looking for gainful employment before long. Wuss! The doctor called it a mild attack of gastro-enteritis. Didn’t feel mild!


18th March 1980

Lots of connections in the new chart, starting off with Daydream Believer entering twice, in at 1 as part of the Monkees EP of 4 big 60’s hits, I’m A Believer (already topped my chart in 1974 reissued), Last Train To Clarksville and A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and also in at 74 as covered by Anne Murray. Both acts are long-time faves, Anne for 10 years since I went mad on Snowbird, and The Monkees since 1967, when their groundbreaking pop group madcap sitcom was a huge fave of mine. I loved all of their records, almost all of them would have hit the top spot in charts I hypothetically might have compiled while passing happy days at RAF Valley on the glorious Isle Of Anglesey, through to RAF Swinderby near Lincoln. By 1974 when I bought their hits albums, there were many many album tracks which would have done the same. So it was only right this should have jumped in at 1, being a UK hit all over again. As John Peel commented on Roundtable at the time, in the late 60’s like most of the hippie rock fraternity and British media, The Monkees were regarded as manufactured and dismissed. By 1980, he admitted they’d dated way better than his beloved hippie records, and to boot had been influential on the next gen of rock stars. They also played their own instruments and wrote their own songs, admittedly after the initial batch of success. All four tracks are 10/10 brilliant, two of them Neil Diamond songs.

Captain And Tennille get a 3rd Top 10, Brothers Johnson stomp their way into it, and The Vapors even turn Japanese to break into the Top 10. Squeeze go up to 19, which lets me mention a future temporary member of Squeeze, Paul Carrack (Tempted), who was to later become a part of Mike + The Mechanics along with Sad Cafe lead singer Paul Young. Sad cafe get a 3rd hit in at 63, my oh my! Just to round it off, Mike himself is in at 70 with a solo entry just one spot of ahead of his band Genesis and their fabulous Turn It On Again. Former member of Genesis Peter gabriel is at 13, and Phil Collins was only months away from a solo classic. That concludes the Genesis Family Tree.

Some good disco at 23, Narada Michael Walden’s Tonight I’m Alright, Earth Wind & Fire at 50 are written in the stone, Suzi Quatro grabs another quick chart entry and Rush debut with classic metal anthem Spirit Of Radio at 56. Babs Dickson is back after a gap, for 4 years of hits with the sweet January February at 60, there’s Bodysnatchers girlgroup ska going Rocksteady at 61, and Jimmy Buffet debuts his Carribbean rock stylee at 62, as the Volcano blows, though it would be Maragaritaville that would become the karaoke classic, and he’s still going strong in Florida, having had a recent US hit with It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere. Pat Benatar also debuts with Heartbreaker, UB40 debut with the first of a very very long run of hits (see this weeks chart as I write March 2015) the double A King and the fantastic Food For Thought. Finally The Dooleys are back with a decent pop track, and Siouxsie has a happy house, and proves it by sounding distinctly unhappy at 75, but always good.

1 ( NEW ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 4 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
4 ( 6 ) SO LONELY The Police
5 ( 12 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
6 ( 11 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
7 ( 3 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
8 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
9 ( 73 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
10 ( 21 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

11 ( 2 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
12 ( 18 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
13 ( 5 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
14 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
15 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
16 ( 31 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
17 ( 13 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
18 ( 25 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
19 ( 29 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
20 ( 9 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists

21 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
22 ( 10 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
23 ( NEW ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
24 ( 33 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
25 ( 17 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
26 ( 48 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
27 ( 22 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
28 ( 64 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
29 ( 15 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
30 ( 58 ) HIM Rupert Holmes

31 ( 19 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
32 ( 20 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
33 ( 23 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 26 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
35 ( 27 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
36 ( 24 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
37 ( 57 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( NEW ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
39 ( 41 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
40 ( 36 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

41 ( 35 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
42 ( 28 ) MY GIRL Madness
43 ( 30 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
44 ( 34 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
45 ( 32 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
46 ( NEW ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
47 ( 67 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
48 ( 42 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
49 ( 43 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
50 ( NEW ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

51 ( 55 ) THAT’S THE WAY THE MONEY GOES M
52 ( 39 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
53 ( 49 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
55 ( 37 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
56 ( NEW ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
57 ( 52 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
58 ( 53 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 54 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
60 ( NEW ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson

61 ( NEW ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
62 ( NEW ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
63 ( NEW ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
64 ( 60 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
65 ( 45 ) BABE Styx
66 ( NEW ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
67 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
68 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( NEW ) WARHEAD The UK Subs
70 ( NEW ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford

71 ( NEW ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
72 ( NEW ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
73 ( NEW ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
74 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV 8th Mar – 14th Mar
1 The Kenny Everett Video Show
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH
4 Blake’s 7
5 Butterflies
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film 80
8 Barney Miller
9 The Phil Silvers Show
10 Happy Days
11 Life On Earth
12 Fuzz: film
13 Parkinson: Robert Redford
14 Hollywood
15 Harry O: Such Dust As Dreams Are Made Of

On TV a brilliant Kenny Everett episode, Panorama on the very topical nuclear issues, a growing concern for all sane people, had a discussion with Pete & Ian over whether films can be called good or bad, or whether it’s just a personal response. I say a crap film is crap by any assessment! Jane round to watch Life On Earth, David Attenborough’s ground-breaking series on life, the planet and everything. Fantastic. Had to fight to watch MASH during an evening of Ice Skating finals that everyone had come round to watch, on my TV – funny! Bumped into old schoolmate Pete Lambert in town, chat to catch up on stuff and others from school – one was in a band, some had failed their degree, some were working. I’d missed their company actually, I decided.


25th March 1980

2 weeks on top for the Monkees, track featured this time being Neil Diamond’s under-rated A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You, and Davy’s terrific vocals atop a classy pop production. Fab. Highest new entry, though, is The Jam, Going Underground at 10 and already outdoing all previous Jam singles bar Down In The Tube Station At Midnight, cos it was fab and they were on fire. The Detroit Spinners get their first top 10 since the reissue of Could It Be I’m Fallin’ In Love in 1977, also their first top 10 in 1973. Rush, literally, rush to 7, from 56 as Spirit Of Radio strikes a chord with me, a metal chord. From one Canadian act to another: Martha & The Muffins also pop in at 8, Echo Beach still fab.

The Bodysnatchers rocket-steady up pronto to 14, ah-hah, ah-hah, as the gorgeous Longer by Dan Fogelberg falls in just behind, and Barbara Dickson also belatedly for March, sings about January february at 25. BA Robertson is back in his Kaftan at 30, after inexplicably dis-robing for a week, and UB40’s sultry stylish reggae is fresh at 32. Bad Manners ne ne na na new new in the top 40 at 35, Genesis Turn it On Again at 39, and Suzi Quatro is at 37, I’ve Never Been In Love she says, I don’t believe you, says I as The Dooleys patrol a bit around about 40. Leaving few new entries, but Gerry Rafferty scrapes in at 75, bringing it home again and his 3rd in the chart, and The Motors return 2 years after Airport topping, Love And Loneliness not quite as classic, but decent enough.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
3 ( 10 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
4 ( 5 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
5 ( 16 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 9 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
7 ( 56 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 18 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
9 ( 12 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
10 ( NEW ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam

11 ( 3 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 6 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
13 ( 4 ) SO LONELY The Police
14 ( 61 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
15 ( 28 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
16 ( 19 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 7 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
18 ( 14 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
19 ( 8 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
20 ( 13 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel

21 ( 23 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
22 ( 11 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
23 ( 26 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
24 ( 15 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
25 ( 60 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
26 ( 17 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
27 ( 30 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
28 ( 50 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire
29 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( RE ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

31 ( 24 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
32 ( 73 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
33 ( 38 ) HOLDIN’ ON Tony Rallo
34 ( 39 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
35 ( 47 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
36 ( 27 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
37 ( 46 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 20 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
39 ( 71 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
40 ( 72 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
42 ( 35 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
43 ( 40 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 41 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
45 ( 25 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
46 ( 63 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
47 ( 44 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
48 ( 36 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 33 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 69 ) WARHEAD The UK Subs

51 ( 22 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
52 ( 49 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
53 ( 48 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
54 ( 43 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
55 ( 32 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
56 ( 31 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
57 ( 66 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
58 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 54 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 42 ) MY GIRL Madness

61 ( 62 ) VOLCANO Jimmy Buffet
62 ( 59 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
63 ( 58 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 57 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
65 ( 29 ) I’VE DONE EVERYTHING FOR YOU Sammy Hagar
66 ( 75 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
67 ( 70 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
68 ( NEW ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
69 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 67 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( NEW ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
72 ( 64 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
73 ( 34 ) TAKE A LITTLE RHYTHM Ali Thomson
74 ( 74 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER Anne Murray
75 ( NEW ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty

TV 15th – 22nd Mar
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Monte Carlo Or Bust: film
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The Least Of The 9 o’clock News
6 TISWAS
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 Blake’s 7
10 Friday Night Saturday Morning
11 Wonder Woman
12 Mork And Mindy
13 Film 80
14 Life On Earth
15 Butterflies
16 Chopper Squad
17 Private Eye
18 British Academy Awards
19 Tomorrow’s World
20 The World About Us


In the real world, it snowed all day on Monday, as I received careers advice on how to get into radio – to be honest it’s still the only job I want to do, and still waiting (but not presenting)! In college, we had a gang snow-ball fight, soon-to-be teachers and me, and it was fun. Oh yes it was! In art I was cutting up my mega Eiffel Tower print, in the UK chart world The Jam entered at 1, first time anyone had done that for 7 years, so that was news. Denise, one of the mature art students gave a talk on her friend Carla Lane – of The Liver Birds and Butterflies sitcom writer fame. Wish I’d tried to get sitcom writing advice through her now, another ambition never realised! At the Uni movie night it was One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest, a powerful drama, and I got to get to know better Paul’s new first-year friend Jane, not a shy girl, but likeable. She died within a very few years, which was so tragic and unexpected. I have a photo of her smiling sat on my bed from around this time, my lasting image of her. For some sadistic reason the college decided to hold a 6.45 am fire drill, the gits, so it was an early breakfast on friday. Chatted a lot with Ian who was missing his school days, athletics featuring big for him. He was kinda left out a lot as he was a day student, even though he only lived round the corner that was enough to miss out on a lot of socialising and I think he regretted that for the whole 3 years. Then it was home for easter break, mum and dad fetching me in the car, me reverting back into stroppy morose ungrateful teenager for a weekend in Mansfield with mum, dad, Mark, Sue and my tropical fish and budgies, and babysitting for lil’ cousins Rachel & Lisa saturday night. On Sunday the topic of Christening came up (ie for me), not sure why but maybe related to brothers forthcoming wedding, but in any case I put a firm, and short “No!” boot in the idea of that. Never had been, and it would have been hypocritical to do it now when I had no religious convictions one way or another. Happy to respect others convictions, but my views of the universe are more large-scale and generalised.

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My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


12th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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26th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

My 1979 Charts – October

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2nd October 1979

3 weeks for ELO on top, but the competition is so fierce that classic records I bought full-price, like Cars, actually drop. Michael Jackson gets his biggest solo hit since 1972 as Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough shoots up to 3, chased by The Police following up their number 1 with a message in a bottle at 5. Kate gets her 4th Top 10, Rainbow get their first (and last) and Quo just miss out at 12.

Supertramp, and The Tourists, go back up to new peaks of 14 and 15 respectively. Tusk, in the meantime, drums it’s way up 30 places to 19 and The Buggles take that video statement up 31 to 20. Squeeze, The Jags, Madness, Herb Alpert, The Headboys and The Little River Band all rise inside the 40, giving a very very busy chart. That’s not enough though! 12 new entries pop in, including The Dickies taking on The Moody Blues Nights In White Satin at 36: it must be heard to be believed! Following up the gorgeous Lady Lynda, The Beach Boys enter with the equally gorgeous Sumahama, a Japanese oriental-flavoured delight, while Judy Tzuke is For You at 53. Sad Cafe debut at 63, as do XTC at 66 with the brilliant, unusual and exciting Making Plans For Nigel, a record that is as relevant today as it was then in subject matter (nepotism of the rich). The O’Jays get 7 years of hits at 70, Gloria Gaynor 5 years at 74 – it’s I Will Survive part 2, sort of. Elton also makes it 8 years of hits as he goes full-blown disco again, after dabbling with older recordings of Philly soul sessions: Victim Of Love at 75 is a forgotten goodie.

Lincoln

Lincoln


Back in the UK a while, I was now back at College (hooray!), in new digs, on campus (hooray!) for the first time as I started my 3rd and final year (Boo!). Most of my friends were in the same block, Pete and Paul on my floor, Sue, Julie and Bev upstairs, which was great. Did some painting, shelves, cleaning bedroom, cleaning budgies, fish tank cleaning. I taught one of mum’s friend’s young sons how to get water moving down the pipe from the tank by sucking – he got a mouthful of fishy water, though! I hope that wasn’t the start of his lifelong substance abuse, he certainly seemed happier then.

Gracie Fields died, noted that Carry On The Khyber is the best Carry On, that MASH (practical joker episode) remained as good as ever 7 years on, and the Doctor Who episode in Paris was one of the best in ages, though I was still unsure about the new Romana. I watched Parkinson guests Terry Wogan and the marvellous Carol Channing have a great Python-esque show while the rest of the family had a huge argument downstairs, which meant Sue (brothers fiancee) had to go back home to her parents house (she’d been living with Mark here) while Ernie, the retired disabled father of the late next-door-neighbour still lived with us too in a 3-bedroom house. We have spent a lifetime often taking in people relations and family and it’s not always easy if things get fraught, as they tend to do when you have a lot of people in an overcrowded house. That, of course, is life in UK 2014 for many – just that’s it’s been life in mum and dad’s house in 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009….but not any more. Ernie, with mum and dad, took me to College, and he was always nice and appreciative of us till the day he died a few years later, but he was never happy with his condition, the loss of his wife and daughter, and really only his young grandson kept him going for a few years. When he got moved into a Council assisted flat development (staff on site, but own flats) the residents used to call it “Death Row” waiting to see who’d be next to go. It wasn’t that bad actually, certainly better than care homes and mental institutions I’ve seen.

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
5 ( 11 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 3 ) CARS Gary Numan
7 ( 10 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
8 ( 13 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 15 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow

11 ( 5 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 30 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
13 ( 7 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
14 ( 22 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 35 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
16 ( 8 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
17 ( 12 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
18 ( 4 ) SAD EYES Robert John
19 ( 49 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

21 ( 20 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
22 ( 14 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
23 ( 27 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
24 ( 38 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
26 ( 32 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
27 ( 53 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 50 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
29 ( 16 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
30 ( 18 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

31 ( 17 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
32 ( 44 ) RISE Herb Alpert
33 ( 24 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
34 ( 31 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
35 ( 19 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
36 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
37 ( 26 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
38 ( 21 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
39 ( NEW ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
40 ( 47 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys

41 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 34 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
43 ( 33 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
44 ( 45 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
45 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets
46 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
47 ( 41 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
48 ( 70 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
49 ( 43 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
50 ( 42 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

51 ( 23 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
52 ( 36 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
53 ( NEW ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
54 ( 46 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
55 ( 67 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
56 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
57 ( 37 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
58 ( 48 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
59 ( NEW ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
60 ( NEW ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
64 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 62 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
66 ( NEW ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
67 ( 63 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
68 ( 64 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
69 ( 69 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays

71 ( 55 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
72 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS The Quads
73 ( 54 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
74 ( NEW ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
75 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
2 MASH
3 Carry On Up The Khyber: film
4 Rhoda
5 The Rockford Files
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film ’79
8 Doctor Who
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Ned Sherrin: Christopher Reeves interview


9th October 1979

Michael Jackson gets his 2nd solo number one, 7 years after Ain’t No Sunshine, and it’s a brilliant Quincy Jones dance production, mixed with the first evidence that he was more than capable of writing his own great songs. It sounded like a disco step forward at the time – because it was. Still sounds great too. Quo go up to 4, Whatever You Want taking the throbbing riff and perfecting it – this is the best riffing Quo single, though surprisingly to some they had plenty of other non-riffing great singles.

Squeeze grab a 4th Top 20 entry, and Madness their first of a long run as The Prince hits 19. XTC, Judy Tzuke, Donna Summer, Dave Edmunds and Sad Cafe go top 40 along with Secret Service, no-hit wonders. The highest new entry is an advert song, Don’t Be A Dummy, at 49, while at 55 The Devil, apparently, Went Down To Georgia with The Charlie Daniels Band, a record I’d heard on my US holiday but hadn’t rated much. It was a grower, country fiddle-tastic.

Reggae? OK Fred, says Errol Dunkley new at 60, The Dooleys Are The Chosen Few, melodically tweeting at 67, and the funk run of soul singles by Earth Wind & Fire keeps shining a Star on my charts. The Nolan Sisters, before they dropped the sister and went pop, debut with a sweet enough old-fashioned pop song, Spirit Body And Soul at 70, The Eagles days are almost numbered for 30 years, as Heartache Tonight thumps in at 72, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section cover 60’s classic Spooky, jazzfunk style and grab 74 – Dusty Springfield has the definitive version, but it’s still pretty good. Lastly it’s The Skids with a 3rd frantic chanting punkpop single at 75, Charade!

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Lincoln

Back at College, in my new digs, new room, I gathered a large crowd in my room watching my portable black and white TV, half-joking “I’ll have to throw them out” I said to a friend when we went for our meal in the dining hall, who bluntly repeated it when I got back, to my mortal embarrassment, bright red, and they sheepishly drifted off, never to return some of them. Aaghhh! The core group of holiday friends and Jane thankfully stayed for some USA holiday slideshow fun. Most of my gang spent weekdays out on Teaching Practice while I had lectures with 4th-year honours students – though no “honours” title to my degree, pah!

Snooker games, news of someone who’d failed exams and left, and the sudden realisation I had a 3-hour exam in 2 days on humour in 19th century novels and I hadn’t even got the books yet, swanning off to America all summer as I did. Agh! Revised like mad, answered only 2 questions and a big flop. The other 7 or 8 exam-takers joined me for consolation in my room afterwards, which meant I missed eating. Socialised lots with my growing gang of core friends, and had great fun, laughs, and noted they were all nice people. Ahhh good times!

Friday was ART day, developing my photos in the darkroom (I always enjoy seeing what develops in darkrooms © 1965), by far my fave subject, loved it. An ex-college friend who’d left in the 2nd year was back visiting the day before she should have been getting married (it was a late cancellation of the permanent kind, sadly), then home to mansfield for the weekend, babysitting for my lil’ cousins and Kenny Everett on Parkinson, yay! Then my brother announced he was getting married to Sue next September. Can’t say it wasn’t a busy week…..!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
3 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 12 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
5 ( 10 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
6 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
7 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
8 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 7 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
10 ( 4 ) SAIL ON The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) CARS Gary Numan
12 ( 20 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 15 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
14 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 23 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
16 ( 19 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 18 ) SAD EYES Robert John
18 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
19 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
20 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags

21 ( 26 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
22 ( 25 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
23 ( 13 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
24 ( 39 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
25 ( 17 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
26 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 16 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
28 ( 32 ) RISE Herb Alpert
29 ( 63 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
30 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies

31 ( 66 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
32 ( 21 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
33 ( 28 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
34 ( 22 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 40 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
36 ( 53 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 48 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
38 ( 55 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
39 ( 59 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
40 ( 31 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

41 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 30 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
43 ( 35 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
44 ( 38 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
45 ( 29 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
46 ( 34 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
47 ( 37 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
48 ( 42 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
49 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
50 ( 75 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

51 ( 33 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
52 ( 43 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
53 ( 50 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
54 ( 47 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
56 ( 74 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 60 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
58 ( 49 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
59 ( 45 ) LINES The Planets
60 ( NEW ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

61 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 56 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
64 ( 54 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
65 ( 58 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
66 ( 70 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
67 ( NEW ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
68 ( NEW ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
69 ( 46 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
70 ( NEW ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters

71 ( 65 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
73 ( 52 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
74 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
75 ( NEW ) CHARADE The Skids

TV
1 Star Trek: Catspaw
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Doctor Who
4 MASH
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Parkinson (wed)
7 Sykes
8 Talking Movies
9 Starsky and Hutch
10 To The Manor Born

16th October 1979

Another new number one as The Police get their 2nd chart-topper, the terrific frantic rock-reggae Message In A Bottle, and Sting very much being the pin-up man of the time (pin-up boys not being that much in demand). New in at 2, though, the group most-likely-to (knock ‘em off after 1 week) it’s Abba’s brilliant disco track Gimme Gimme Gimme – not only did it inspire a TV sitcom, that insistent catchy flutey sound was borrowed heavily by Madonna for her just-as-good Hung Up. By this time Abba hadn’t NOT topped my chart in four years (and would have had at least an additional 10 or 15 had I allowed album tracks). Bit of a fan.

Rainbow go top 3, and Fleetwood Mac charge their Tusk up to 5, incredibly only their second top 5 hit (after Dreams peaked at 3). The Buggles get into the top 10, under-appreciated quite frankly! Herb Alpert gets his 2nd Top 20 hit 11 years on, as he rises, while The Chosen Few takes The Dooleys into the top 40 for the 5th time or so. New in at 40, their 6th, it’s Chic with my forbidden lover – I’m lying, I didn’t have one, forbidden or otherwise, but it’s as classy as previous hits, albeit not quite as bass-ily classic!

In at 66, Lene Lovich has a 3rd hit with the utterly fantastic Bird Song, a complete change of pace, and still mad as a hatter in a touching way. Dusty’s back again with Baby Blue, her disco period, but this is a soulful disco minor classic that never became the hit it deserved to be, but giving my all-time fave female vocalist 11 years of hits. Steve Harley, meanwhile, has lost his Cockney Rebel’s, and bounced back with the great Freedom’s Prisoner at 64 5 years on from Judy Teen. Ian Gomm debuts at 67 with the gorgeous US hit Hold On: who he? He be ex-Brinsley Schwarz, and Cruel To be Kind British co-writer, that be who. Pure American-radio-sounding, it’s yet another UK flop, not being that much in vogue with New Wave UK.

Wrapping up the lower-end, The Sex Pistols keep on having that barrel scraped as the 3rd version of Rock Around The Clock charts, more of a shambles than a punk record, but might have been mildly amusing if the tw*t farting about on lead vocal hadn’t murdered his girlfriend before overdosing. Not that funny, after that. Viola Wills also covers an old 50‘s song, disco-fashion, that had been a hit in many different genres, big-band swing, country, wall-of-sound, latino-pop, ska before it added another hit notch here. It’s OK, thanks to the song more than the arrangement. Suzi Quatro is also back again with a romping poprock She’s In Love With You at 74, and at 75 it’s Nostromo with a dance version of the theme tune to the forthcoming sci-fi film Alien. Nostromo is the name of the ship, the tune is haunting and daunting from the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith, composer of movie soundtracks like, (pause for breath) Planet Of The Apes, Logans Run, Star Trek (5 of ‘em!), Gremlins, LA Confidential, Chinatown, The Mummy. Among others. Phew!

Back at college again, it was snooker games, a social group gathering in my room for TV & tea, where my review of Airport 80: Concorde was shared by Barry Norman on Film 79. Lots of friends, chatting, discussing, opinion-ating, and general fun times. Reading Lord Of The Flies for literature course – classic! Hanging about a bit with American exchange student Steve from Waukesha Wisconsin. Evenings, I’d forgotten how much my room was the social centre of the gang, I pretty much had a parade of visitors from tea-time till bed-time watching TV and chatting. Friday a gang of us over-crowded Paul’s car for a pub evening down at the Quay (The William IV’th). In town for records searching Saturday I bumped into my old form-tutor from school, Mrs Gibson. Entertained non-campus friends in the evening, but basically every single evening I socialised, an evening sat on my own watching TV was unheard of (I’m happy to say) as everyone wound down from the stress of Teaching Practice for a laugh.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
2 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 5 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
4 ( 1 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5 ( 16 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 2 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
7 ( 6 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 4 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
9 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 7 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) CARS Gary Numan
14 ( 10 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
15 ( 9 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
16 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
17 ( 13 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
18 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
19 ( 22 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
20 ( 28 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 20 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
22 ( 15 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
23 ( 31 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
24 ( 18 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
25 ( 17 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 19 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 35 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 23 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

31 ( 67 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
32 ( 60 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
33 ( 38 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
34 ( 37 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
35 ( 21 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
36 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 55 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
38 ( 49 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
39 ( 68 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( NEW ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic

41 ( 39 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
43 ( 50 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 70 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( 27 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( 57 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
47 ( 33 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
48 ( 72 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
49 ( 56 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 40 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

51 ( 32 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
52 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
53 ( 66 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
54 ( 30 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
55 ( 54 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
56 ( NEW ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
57 ( 44 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
58 ( 42 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
59 ( NEW ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
60 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique

61 ( 53 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
64 ( NEW ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
65 ( 58 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
66 ( 43 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
67 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
68 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
69 ( 64 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols

71 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
72 ( 52 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
73 ( 47 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( NEW ) ALIEN Nostromo

TV
1 MASH
2 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
3 Roots: The Next Generation
4 Rhoda
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Doctor Who
8 Ripping Yarns
9 To The Manor Born
10 Mike Yarwood Show

23rd October 1979

Another week another new number one: of course Abba got there, it’s one of their great singles and it wasn’t on Voulez Vous (though there was yet another single to go from it). That makes it 12 in a row, far and away the longest run of number ones, and 13 in total. No other act has ever had a dozen in my chart, not even The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.

The Buggles and Blondie finally go top 5, both deserved even better, and Dr. Hook finally go top 10, their 5th in 7 years. The Beach Boys get a 2nd Top 10 hit of the year, the lovely Sumahama being their 7th in 11 years. Had I allowed album tracks, Good Timin’ would also have done it from the same album, a harmony delight. XTC make plans for the top 20, OK Fred ragga raggas up to 17, The Dooleys get a 4th top 20, and Lene Lovich makes it 3 in a row as Bird Song flies up 40 places to 16.

The Sex Pistols mystifyingly make the top 40 while more understandably old faves the O’Jays double number one’s are long behind them, but are amiable enough singing a happy song at 39, and Steve Harley is at 40, freedom’s prisoner no more. Debuts for The Selecter and Matumbi, both decent singles, ska and reggae respectively, and The Undertones are back with their second great single, the very under-rated, and brilliant, You’ve Got My Number at 57.

B.A. Robertson has a 2nd pop gem, claiming he knocked it off amongst other football references. Cats UK fly in from Luton Airport: fear not it flew out just as quickly to everyone’s relief. The Stranglers go atomic, Bob Marley has a good social message which sadly will never stop being relevant as long as their are people, Van Morrison is a little more optimistic with one of his least-dreary records, and Queen continue to underperform in my charts with their 1979 singles as Crazy Little Thing Called Love rockabilly’s its way in at 74 – the abrupt change of style didn’t work for me at the time, but it’s a pop gem actually. Lastly, Atlanta Rhythm Section re-enter with a song Dusty recorded, as she rises with her new one: Spooky!


Back in digs, the stream of evening pals dropping by continues. I feel so loved! A dull poetry lecture, some photo lab-bing, some laughs with friends, some relationship developing between 2 of them (I was chaperone). Read “Pincher Martin”, snooker (I won), college cinema for “Jaws” I was gratified to see the American students just as reactive as they were in California a few weeks back “not dumb quiet like English”. A spot of Knights Of Ni Python silliness between ourselves afterwards, and Billy Connolly very funny on Parkinson. I got the boys in stitches of laughter when I announced to the girls we used the girls toilets on our side of the student block cos they were nearer than the men’s (it was down to the comic timing, you had to be there!). At the cinema I went to see spoof Dracula movie Love At First Bite with fave Susan Saint James in it: “good cast good script mildly amusing throughout…” which leaves me bewildered as to why it’s become so obscure these days, it’s never repeated. Doctor Who: “Excellent, best series in long time”. Post-wedding social-evening with non-campus friends, to complete another great week for me. I can see why I look back so fondly on those years compared to the 80’s…

1 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
3 ( 5 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
6 ( 3 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 4 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
8 ( 16 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
9 ( 12 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
10 ( 11 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush

11 ( 8 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 6 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 10 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 23 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 13 ) CARS Gary Numan
16 ( 56 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
17 ( 32 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
18 ( 31 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
19 ( 15 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
20 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 14 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
22 ( 39 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 37 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
24 ( 21 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 40 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
28 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 18 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
30 ( 19 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson

31 ( 22 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
32 ( 70 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
34 ( 17 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
35 ( 49 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 71 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
37 ( 30 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
38 ( 29 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
39 ( 53 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
40 ( 64 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley

41 ( 24 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
42 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
43 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( NEW ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
46 ( 35 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
47 ( 74 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
48 ( 75 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 42 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
50 ( NEW ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi

51 ( 41 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
52 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
53 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
54 ( 59 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
56 ( 38 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
58 ( 55 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
59 ( NEW ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
60 ( RE ) CHARADE The Skids

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 63 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
64 ( 52 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
65 ( NEW ) LUTON AIRPORT Cats UK
66 ( 34 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
67 ( 50 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
68 ( NEW ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
69 ( RE ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( 65 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

71 ( NEW ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 68 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
74 ( NEW ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
75 ( 61 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: The Apple
2 Roots: The Next Generation
3 Parkinson (wed)
4 Top Of The Pops
5 For Pete’s Sake: film
6 Doctor Who
7 Parkinson (sat)
8 Friday Night Sunday Morning: film
9 The Rockford Files
10 Blankety Blank

30th October 1979

For the 4th week in a row it’s a new number one, even knocking off a new Abba single – Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling, ambitious, drum-thumping, everything-thrown-in-including-the-iamspamspamamisink marching Tusk. It shocked everyone at the time, following up Rumours, but I loved it. It’s fair to say if there hadn’t been so many great singles about Video Killed The Radio Star and When You’re In Love would have topped my charts as well as the UK’s.

Lene Lovich and XTC bring a bit of New Wave quirkiness into my Top 10, and there’s no Hold On Ian Gomm up 43 to 20. Highest new entry is both the first chart version of a song to be big 4 years on for Laura Branigan – Gloria – and also, as a double-pack single, 60’s melodic classic Everyone’s Gone To The Moon which I loved as a kid, helping Jonathan King to be one of my fave pop stars during the 70’s – always fun, despite being a terrible singer. Moon was supposed to be a piss-take of cliched pop drivel with trite lyrics, rhymes designed to use every lyrical cliche about. Trouble was, the tune was so strong it wasn’t at all obvious it wasn’t serious and could be taken straight, giving graduate-student JK a surprise hit and career. It didn’t qualify for my charts (I’d excluded reissues by then unless they charted in the UK) but the reality is it would have at least been as high as the much inferior Gloria, and likely a number one, had I allowed it.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 40, The Eagles also do it despite a little bit of heartache tonight, and The Nolan Sisters get their first Top 40 hit. Few new entries this week, but New Musik point the 80’s pop way with Straight Lines, a great debut entry at 47 from a great under-rated pop album From A To B chock-a-block with great singles and potential singles. Sham 69 have an abrupt change of style, Misty you’re a better man than I, and end their chart career in the process. On the one hand, phew! On the other hand the more ballady single should in theory have been a good way forward had some of their fans not been more into rioting and racism than actual music.

On TV, Doctor Who nearly knocks Star Trek off my weekly top spot, and back in student-land, visitors to Chez-John this week included Alan, Julie, Jeanette, Paul, Pete, Sue, Jane, Bev, Joe, Ian, Jane D. individually or in any combination thereof day or evening. Designed a poster for a screen print (for Art), came to the conclusion that one of my English Lit lecturers was a droning bore, and had tons of coursework and assignments assigned, such as Volpone. Boo! More snooker and laughs, after I won by 20 points for spite because I wasn’t allowed some points I felt I deserved, so I played “brilliantly” while pretend-mocking I was annoyed about it. Our American students hosted an American Studies lecture, which was fun, and I noted this weeks TOTP was crap – yes the one that was just broadcast on BBC4 as I type. It’s still crap.

Friday was an Art field trip to Bradford with Chuck my new American friend, Max, my art tutor, and 3 mature students, for a David Hockney exhibition – which didn’t overly impress me. Next stop was Sheffield for a Diane Arbus photographic exhibition, I do like her style to this day and choice of unusual people portraits. Late back, but not too late for a social evening for Paul’s Party in the student uni room, I refused to dance (as always in those days), though when a few punk tracks came on nearly everyone stopped dancing and I started – much more comfortable dancing to rock music (still am) The Cars, The Skids, The Sex Pistols which not many of our gang liked. Hey ho! Saturday in town, bumped into another ex-school teacher Mr Poole who i always liked, and had a quick chat. A pub afternoon in Anersley with Jane Dave and Paul, then the Rag Ball in the evening, with tie (against my principles, ties) and which I tried to get out of, the sound system and music pretty poor. Refused to dance again, but sulking cos I needed to stop having fun and knuckle down to the bloody pile of assignments – so Sunday was work day. Degrees, honestly, get spoilt by having to study and write rather than have fun!

1 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 8 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 5 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 16 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
9 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
10 ( 7 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

11 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 17 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 27 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
16 ( 18 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
17 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert
18 ( 15 ) CARS Gary Numan
19 ( 23 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
20 ( 63 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm

21 ( 9 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
22 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 10 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
24 ( NEW ) GLORIA/ EVERYON’ES GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 19 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
26 ( 21 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
27 ( 47 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
28 ( 33 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
29 ( 45 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
30 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John

31 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
32 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
34 ( 35 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
36 ( 29 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 40 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( 30 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
39 ( 53 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
40 ( 37 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

41 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
42 ( 38 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
43 ( 57 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 34 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
45 ( 31 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
46 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
47 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 54 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
50 ( 41 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

51 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
52 ( 42 ) THE PRINCE Madness
53 ( 49 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
54 ( 59 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
55 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
56 ( 52 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
57 ( 58 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
58 ( 68 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 39 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
62 ( 55 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
63 ( 69 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 74 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
65 ( 64 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
66 ( 46 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
67 ( 50 ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi
68 ( 51 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
69 ( 71 ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
70 ( 73 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison

71 ( NEW ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 72 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( 70 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
75 ( 75 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: Metamorphosis
2 Doctor Who
3 Fawlty Towers
4 Roots: The Next Generation
5 MASH
6 Film 79
7 The Odd Couple
8 Starsky And Hutch
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Top Of The Pops