My May 1988 Charts

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1st May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for S-Express as Ofra Haza nearly topples them with I’m Nin Alu at 2, Hazell Dean gets a second top 10, and Danny Wilson finally go top 10 after first charting in 1987 with Mary’s Prayer. Blue Monday is remixed back into the 20 for about the 3rd time for New Order, Belinda Carlisle rockets in for her 3rd top as Circle In The Sand rises 71 to 16, Faurground Attraction climb into the 40 with Perfect, and Aztec Camera add to their snaps of singles doing the same, with a mighty bound on Somewhere In My Heart.

Narada Michael Walden gets his 3rd top 40, and highest new entry is from Joyce Sims, in with Walk Away at 48, followed by The Housemartins not doing a cover of Bacharach/David’s Always Something There To Remind Me at 56 (just nicking the title). Gloria Estefan is back with Can’t Stay Away From You, by now more or less a solo act doing her husbands’ material as he phases out Miami Sound Machine to greater success. Second-time lucky for the song it will be, though. Heart are back with another old track, What About Love, Was Not Was are back with a remix of the fab non-hit Out Come The Freaks, Icehouse add Electric Blue to their list of chart entries here, even if not in the UK charts, The Primitives follow-up, and Scritti Politti makes it 4 years of chart gems with Oh Patti popping in at 75.

This was the week I bought my first CD player, as far as I can recall, cos the Playlist includes 2 Blow Monkeys remix tracks from the first maxi-single CD I ever bought – and the only way I could have heard them was on a brand-new Philips DC player. CD was a revolution in sound, in some ways, as hits albums squeezing too many tracks onto vinyl were a bit tinny in sound, and vinyl singles quality wasn’t what it used to be either as they got produced more cheaply. I didn’t miss the crackles and pops of vinyl, but the widescreen sound of quality vinyl was definitely superior to a cheap CD player and early CD’s of older recordings in the days before remastering – some times they were cheap crappy covers by the listed act, sometimes they’d been bunged onto CD direct from a CD or substandard master, and as I was to find out to my horror years later, the lie that CD’s would “last forever” was nonsense – many of them reacted to inks in the sleeve and turned discoloured and the sound disintegrated or jumped. The plastic wallets were just awful, I still hate the tacky packaging, and the only affection I hold for actual CD’s I bought are those I bought abroad, or those that have great packaging. The rest can happily be replaced and upgraded, unlike Vinyl where I love my own copies, clicks and all, cos they are special time-related sentimental objects.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
2 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 6 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 4 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 2 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
8 ( 15 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

11 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 9 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
13 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
15 ( 10 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
16 ( 71 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 31 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
18 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
19 ( 16 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 23 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick

21 ( 17 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
22 ( 32 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
23 ( 46 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
24 ( 11 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
25 ( 30 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( 70 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
27 ( 69 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 21 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
30 ( 36 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard

31 ( 18 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
32 ( 19 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
33 ( 38 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
34 ( 64 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
35 ( 54 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
36 ( 52 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
37 ( 22 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
38 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
39 ( 35 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 28 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

41 ( 53 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 41 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
44 ( 20 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
45 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
47 ( 39 ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
48 ( NEW ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
49 ( 49 ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang
50 ( 25 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
53 ( 60 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
54 ( 56 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
55 ( 74 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
57 ( 26 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
58 ( 29 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
59 ( 57 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
60 ( 63 ) CHANGES Alan Price

61 ( 48 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
62 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
64 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
65 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
67 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
68 ( 43 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
69 ( 62 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

71 ( 40 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
72 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
73 ( 34 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
75 ( NEW ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

1st May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIGGING YOUR SCENE (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys
2 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys

 

8th May 1988

It’s George Michael finally getting a chart-topper from Faith with One More Try ( laugh.gif ), his 3rd solo chart-topper, 4th including Aretha Franklin duets, and 6th including Wham!, 7th including Band Aid. Take your pick. Poor ol’ Ofra gets leap-frogged at 2, but Prince is driving Alphabet Street right into the top 10, and Narada is having some divine emotions doing the same. Rocketing up even higher it’s Gloria Estefan – not her first top 20, but I Can’t Stay Away From You has a sweet 48-place climb.

The Clash are back with another oldie, London Calling at 29 equalling it’s peak in 1979, Heart get a 5th top 40 with a big climb, and the big Eurovision song from 1988 enters at 35 for Hothouse Flowers – not that Don’t Go had been entered, they were the interval act. Cry Before Dawn also enter the top 40 with a song I’ve completely forgotten – truly, gone if not forever-then-for-32-years. Scritti Politti get a pleasing bound to 39 from 75 with Patti, Hall & Oates return for 12 years of chart activity, and just for charity-mates, Wet Wet Wet mangle a Sgt Pepper Beatles song that had already charted for Joe Cocker 20 years earlier, and Billy Bragg murders the gorgeous She’s Leaving Home, which should have been released as a single in 1976 for The Beatles around the time that Bryan Ferry did a great cover on one of his B sides in 1977. Still, both songs died for a good cause.

If you’d asked me if Magnum had ever made my charts I would have said “not likely!”, but there you are, Start talking Love enters at 68, even ahead of Kim Wilde’s latest album cut from Close to make single. In what must have been a desperately bad week for new music Harry Enfield annoys at 73, Dirty Dancing tedium enters at 72 for Patrick Swayze, Luther Vandross meanders in at 74, and Eddy Grant remains forgettable at 75 – his glory days started in 1968 with The Equals, and solo in 1979 through to Jo’Anna, but I don’t recall this one, so I guess it does what it says on the tin. So, of the new entries, one is old, 2 I dont recall, 4 are various scales of OK, and 4 I wouldnt mind never hearing again. Quality down-turn!

1 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 8 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
6 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 5 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 35 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
9 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
10 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

11 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
13 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 23 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
15 ( 16 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 64 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
17 ( 18 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
18 ( 20 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
19 ( 26 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
20 ( 22 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

21 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
22 ( 12 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
23 ( 36 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
24 ( 17 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
25 ( 34 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
26 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
27 ( 33 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
28 ( 15 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
29 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 19 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart

31 ( 25 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
32 ( 67 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
33 ( 24 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
34 ( 28 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
35 ( NEW ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
36 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
37 ( NEW ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 75 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
40 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher

41 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 56 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
43 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
44 ( 38 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 21 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( 70 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)
48 ( 43 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
49 ( 40 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
50 ( 46 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 37 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
53 ( 52 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 31 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
55 ( 55 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
57 ( 74 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
58 ( 32 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
59 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
60 ( 59 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

61 ( 50 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
62 ( 53 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
63 ( 54 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
64 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 30 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
66 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
69 ( 61 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
70 ( NEW ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

71 ( 69 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) SHE’S LIKE THE WIND Patrick Swayze/ Wendy Fisher
73 ( NEW ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
74 ( NEW ) I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) HARMLESS PIECE OF FUN Eddy Grant

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5
2 EAGLE Abba
3 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE Abba

 

15th May 1988

It’s a first week on top for Alphabet Street, as Prince gets his first chart-topper after numerous big hits and some runners-up, belatedly deserved despite the annoying Lovesexy album CD version being one long track with no individual track skipping ability. Talk about annoying! Blue Monday goes top 10 again, albeit remixed, and Fairground Attraction grab a Perfect top 10 debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it a hat-trick of the same, and Gloria Estefan adds to hers too.

Heart shoot into the 20 with What About Love, Prefab Sprout get another top 20 4 years on from When Love Breaks Down, and The Clash second-time round also peak higher than 1979’s peak of 29, at 19. Highest new entry is Debbie Gibson at 26 with Out Of The Blue, while in at 29 it’s another track I don’t recall, hot on the heels of Cry Before Dawn last week, it’s Won Ton Ton and I Lie And I Cheat. Playing it now and I’d swear I’ve never heard it in my life, oops! It’s not aged that well…..

Aerosmith pop back in at 33 with Angel, a much more realistic chart position for a track I do remember, and ditto Icehouse at 35 with Electric Blue – a big week for that colour – while Aswad follow-up with Give A Little Love at 39. Kylie is back with another production-line track off her album, Got To Be Certain, and Derek B is a Bad Young Brother at 58. Quo turn up with a track I dont recall either, Who Gets The Love marking a move towards a more AOR sound, Climie Fisher get a 3rd entry, Richard Marx gets another ballad sneaking in – his current single is pretty good as I’ve started following him on Twitter as he’s not one to mince his words biggrin.gif Voice Of The Beehive are back with Don’t Call Me Baby, and sneaking in as a bonus 76 it’s my airplay album track Dirty Diana, soon to be the next single off Bad from Michael Jackson. safe to say it would have charted much higher had I permitted album tracks in my chart.

1 ( 8 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 10 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
8 ( 14 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
9 ( 15 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 5 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
12 ( 7 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 32 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
14 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
15 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
16 ( 25 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
17 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
18 ( 23 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
19 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
20 ( 11 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

21 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
22 ( 18 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
23 ( 21 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
24 ( 20 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
25 ( 35 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
26 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
27 ( 26 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
28 ( 17 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
29 ( NEW ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 39 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

31 ( 28 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
32 ( 27 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
33 ( RE ) ANGEL Aerosmith
34 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( RE ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
36 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
37 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( NEW ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
40 ( 47 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

41 ( 24 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
42 ( 34 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 56 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
44 ( 43 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
45 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( NEW ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
48 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
49 ( 57 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
50 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
53 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
55 ( 59 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
56 ( 49 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
57 ( 30 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
58 ( NEW ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
59 ( 31 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
60 ( 70 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

61 ( 36 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
62 ( 60 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
63 ( 33 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
64 ( 68 ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
65 ( 73 ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
66 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
70 ( 52 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
73 ( 54 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
74 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
75 ( NEW ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
76 ( NEW ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DEVIL’S BALL Double
2 WHY DID YOU DO IT Stretch
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

22nd May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Prince as Belinda Carlisle starts to threaten with her first top 3, Circling In The Sand you might say, as Heart grab a 3rd top 10 and Aztec Camera a 2nd. Kylie shoots up to 12, her 3rd top 20, and Cher makes it two in a row too – or her 5th in total over 17 years – Rod Stewart has had many more than that over the same period, and his latest try enters at 60. Highest new entry is LA Mix at 18 with Check This Out, another cut ‘n’ paste dance track, as I vaguely recall.

Kim Wilde bolts up to 22 with Hey Mr Heartache, 7 years-worth of top 40’s and the biggest still to come, Hall & Oates are back in the 40 12 years since She’s Gone, and 6 years since they topped my charts, while new into the 40 goes Maxi Priest’s lover’s rock version of Jimmy Cliff’s reggae version of Cat Stevens Wild World, Mica Paris debuts with My One Temptation, smooth, and Merry Clayton says Yes at 38. I liked that track much more than record buyers did.

Sam Brown debuts at 53 with the fabulous Stop, a full year of it becoming a hit, outrageously not hitting first-time round, all diva soul from Joe Brown’s little girl. I’ve seen Joe Brown in concert a few times, sometimes Sam supports him, which is lovely to see and hear, as her career never really took off properly after Stop, unlike Joe who was around through the 60’s, and beyond in light entertainment, until he re-invented himself a musicians musician and a live draw.

Quietly in at 65, a terrific French dance track, Voyage Voyage from Desireless, while Stevie returns with Michael on tow, Get Up being a tit for tat for appearing on the weakest track on Bad with Michael. I mean, I’m always going to have time for Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, bot childhood and teen faves when one was not much older than, and the other younger than, moi. It’s not the best track either appeared on though.

Alexander O’Neal is back with another Jam & Lewis dance gem, The Lovers, Basia has left her Matt Bianco days behind her and gone solo – though she was more notable for noticeably being amongst the first EU-era movement of Polish folk to the UK than her solo career – and finally Samantha Fox pops in yet again, somehow managing to get a mention with another bit of tat.

1 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 9 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
5 ( 13 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
6 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
8 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
9 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 7 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
12 ( 47 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 16 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
14 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
15 ( 12 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 26 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
17 ( 14 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
18 ( NEW ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
19 ( 11 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
20 ( 30 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
22 ( 60 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
23 ( 25 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 18 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
25 ( 20 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
27 ( 39 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 35 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
29 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 24 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

31 ( 21 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
32 ( 23 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 34 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
36 ( 19 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
37 ( NEW ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
38 ( NEW ) YES Merry Clayton
39 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 55 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg

41 ( 27 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
42 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 22 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
44 ( 31 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
45 ( 44 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 32 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
47 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
49 ( 75 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
50 ( 72 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
53 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
54 ( 28 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
55 ( 58 ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
56 ( 36 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
57 ( 54 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
58 ( 69 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
59 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
60 ( NEW ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart

61 ( 52 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
62 ( 33 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
63 ( 62 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 56 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
65 ( NEW ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
66 ( NEW ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
67 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 74 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
73 ( NEW ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
75 ( 63 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist faves of that week
1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 THE ANGELS CRY Agnetha Flatskog
3 I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

 

 

29th May 1988

It’s back on top for a 2nd week for George Michael’s One More Try, while at the other end of the chart it’s a mention for my top album track of the week (also from Faith, the fab Hand To Mouth which should also have been a single) by virtue of topping my list of other non-single criminally-ignored tracks of the 80’s. LA Mix Check this Out at 4, Scritti Politti make it a 3rd top 10 with Oh Patti, and Cher makes it two in a row at 10, her 4th solo, 6th including duets.

Alexander O’Neal bounds into the 20 with The Lovers, and highest new entry is KLF’s Doctorin’ The Tardis – under the pseudonym The Timelords – their debut, though Jimmy Cauty had charted as part of Brilliant several times already, in at 20. Essentially a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme (one of the greatest TV themes ever), Sweet’s Blockbuster sirens and Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll Part 2 as the hook. What’s not to like! Glam Rock and House Music! Ish.

Other newies: Eurythmics second-best best track off their latest album, You have Placed A Chill In My Heart at 26, one of Erasure’s very best singles in at 29 with Chains Of Love, and an old Brass Construction funk groove Housed-up, Movin’ in at 30. At 38, Elton returns with a great track, I Don’t Want To Go On With You Like That, not the hit it deserved to be as he was well out of fashion by 1988, Sade is in Paradise at 44, one of her/their best tracks. Yes, confusing plurals were a thing back then too, albeit limited to bands named after the lead singer, or bands with a name that became acquired by the lead singer. Yes, I’m looking at you Alice Cooper.

The Sytle Council are nearing the end of their time in the chart sun, albeit with a healthy track, Whitney’s looking for something to save the day, not that she’d have listened if she’d found it, and musically at least not for another decade. Fleetwood Mac pop back in with a lesser Tango In The Night track, Big Audio Dynamite keep plugging away, and Nick Kamen has a last fling at chart action.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
3 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 18 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 4 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 5 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
7 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
8 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
9 ( 20 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 14 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher

11 ( 16 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
12 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
15 ( 11 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
16 ( 8 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
17 ( 13 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
18 ( 70 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
19 ( 22 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
20 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)

21 ( 35 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
22 ( 15 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
25 ( 33 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
26 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 37 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
29 ( NEW ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
30 ( NEW ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction

31 ( 19 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
32 ( 60 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 38 ) YES Merry Clayton
35 ( 50 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
36 ( 49 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
37 ( 40 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
38 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
39 ( 26 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
40 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 28 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
42 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
43 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
44 ( NEW ) PARADISE Sade
45 ( 21 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
46 ( NEW ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
49 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
50 ( 48 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 65 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
52 ( 31 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
53 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
55 ( 52 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
56 ( 24 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
57 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
58 ( 74 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
59 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
60 ( 36 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

61 ( 66 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
62 ( 57 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 30 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
65 ( 41 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
66 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
67 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( 61 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
69 ( 67 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
70 ( 73 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 64 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
74 ( NEW ) JUST PLAY MUSIC Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
76 ( NEW ) HAND TO MOUTH George Michael

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael
2 MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

My January 1988 Charts

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“Are ya dancin’? Are ya askin’?” Liver Birds revisited before The Beatles Museums & revamps 1987

 

 

3rd January 1988

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys on my 30th birthday, a quiet chart, and the annual Gary Glitter rousing Xmas/New Years concert with support from Westworld popping up in my weekly playlist mentions. The Bee Gees make it 2 top 10’s in a row, and make it another year they can tick off a top 10 hit: so that’ll be 1968-1972, 1975-1981, 1987-1988, though if you include top 20’s, solo records, and acts they wrote and produced for they only missed out on 1973 and 1985, I think.

Bananarama make it 3 top 40 in a row off the new album, highest new entry is a charity track at 50, Lloyd Cole follows up My Bag, and INXS get a second Kick track in the chart….and that’s it. Not much happening!

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
3 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( 4 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 10 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees

11 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
12 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
13 ( 11 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
14 ( 23 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 13 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
16 ( 20 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
18 ( 14 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
20 ( 22 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 19 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
22 ( 17 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
23 ( 28 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
24 ( 34 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
25 ( 16 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
26 ( 30 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
27 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 26 ) BAD Michael Jackson
29 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 39 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

31 ( 25 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 58 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
33 ( 35 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 24 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
35 ( 38 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 42 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
37 ( 31 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
38 ( 32 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
39 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
40 ( 45 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

41 ( 36 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
42 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 41 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 40 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
45 ( 52 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
46 ( 33 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
47 ( 66 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
48 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
49 ( 44 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
50 ( NEW ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 47 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
53 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 49 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
56 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
58 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
59 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 48 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

61 ( 46 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
62 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
64 ( 57 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
65 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
66 ( NEW ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
67 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 70 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 62 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
74 ( NEW ) NEW SENSATION INXS
75 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 METAL GURU T.Rex
2 I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED YOU (TILL I SAW YOU ROCK’N’ROLL) Gary Glitter Live at BIC Bournemouth
3 SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld Live at BIC Bournemouth

10th January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous under-rated Eurythmics single, Shame, their 3rd chart-topper after Sex Crime (1984) and There Must Be An Angel, though Sweet Dreams almost did it, and most of their earlier singles went top 5. In at 5 2 years early for the UK charts, it’s the Righteous Brothers classic from 1965, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, a record I liked as a kid (and charted in in 1969 when it was a hit again), liked some more when it charted again in 1975, and by 1988 it had turned to love and a new chart peak. By the time it became the follow-up to Ghost-reissued Unchained Melody I was on full-on adoration and have remained so ever since. The greatest recorded vocal pop performance by a male duet, bar none. Not even close.

Jellybean finally gets a top 10, by Jingo, Krush are arresting some House, and Belinda Carlisle gets her first solo top 10. In at 14, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his third top 20, with his best record, Sign Your Name, and George Michael finally releases one of the classic tracks off Faith, the brilliant Father Figure – and is rewarded by a UK under-performance chartwise, presumably everyone sick of the OTT ballad-filled Xmas charts and just wanting to dance in the New Year. This curse also did for Jacko’s Man In The Mirror, inexplicably, and both huge US hits to boot.

At 48 Sinead O’Connor debuts baldly where no woman has debuted before – with Mandinka, a quirky ethnic-tinged pop ditty which wasn’t a sign of things to come. Joyce Sims smoothly beckons you to come into her life, veteran Gladys Knight is back chucking love overboard 20 years into her career, and still going 32 years on from 1988. Debbie Gibson prefers to shake her love, which is quite catchy, Elton John does a live version of Candle In The Wind, which I never liked much in 1974 (the B side Bennie & The Jets was a chart-topper for me) and doesn’t entirely bring on loathing from me. It took 1997 to do that. Depeche Mode drive into the top 75, just about passing their test.

1 ( 2 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
6 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 12 ) JINGO Jellybean
8 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 16 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 8 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
12 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
13 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
14 ( NEW ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
15 ( 19 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
16 ( 13 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
17 ( 24 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
18 ( 15 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
19 ( 20 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
20 ( 11 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

21 ( 10 ) ESP The Bee Gees
22 ( 18 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
23 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
24 ( 32 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 30 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
26 ( 21 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
27 ( 41 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
28 ( 33 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
29 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
30 ( 17 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

31 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 36 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
33 ( 28 ) BAD Michael Jackson
34 ( 45 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
35 ( 35 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 26 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
37 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 25 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
39 ( NEW ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
40 ( 39 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 34 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
42 ( 22 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
43 ( 50 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
44 ( 40 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
45 ( 47 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
46 ( 68 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
47 ( 48 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
48 ( NEW ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
49 ( 23 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
50 ( 43 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 38 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
52 ( 37 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
53 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
54 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 44 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
56 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 66 ) JENNIFER SGE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
58 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
59 ( 63 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
60 ( 56 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

61 ( 52 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
62 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 74 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
64 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 49 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
66 ( 58 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
67 ( 65 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
69 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
70 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 55 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
2 SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
3 MOVE ON Abba

17th January 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Eurythmics lovely Shame, and some sudden reversals for both Family Man (Fleetwood Mac up to a new peak of 2, as still-album-track Everywhere enters at 76) and Tell It To My Heart (Taylor Dayne hitting a new peak of 5). One of them will top my chart next next week. Ooh, the suspense! Terence Trent D’Arby hits 7 as he gets his girlfriend to signs her name across his heart, I’m not sure that’s a recognised medical procedure mind you, and Tiffany joins the yo-yo club too, heading back yet again into the 20 with I Think We’re Alone Now.

Billy Idol’s early 80’s Hot In The City also is in the 20, and highest new entry is a reactivated Barry White lush oldie, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, which had charted for me in 1974 before Bazza really had caught on much, but now is deservedly back at a respectable 15. Father Figure leaps into the 20, making it 3 in a row from Faith for George Michael, Climie Fisher make it 2 top 20’s in a row, and the ‘Nana’s 3 in a row.

Dollar rocket Erasure’s O L’Amour into the 30, at 22 from 59, and Lloyd Cole makes it 2 top 30’s in a row as Jennifer She Said joins My Bag in doing so. INXS create a New Sensation with a Kick into the 40 for the 2nd track, Elton is blowing his own Candle, the live version on the verge of outdoing the original at 38, and U2 make it another Joshua Tree top 40. Newies this week: Elvis is back with oldie Stuck On You, one of his big hits that had never charted for me, at 44, Eddy Grant returns with his last big hit, the jolly anti-apartheid Gimme Hope Jo’Anna, and a career of 20 years since The Equals were Baby Come Back-ing.

The Beatmasters drag in The Cookie Crew for some more House dancing, there was a lot of it about, Bros debut a bit late with When Will I Be Famous – answers on a postcard not needed, as the correct response was “any day now” – and Sinitta, rides her GTO. I assume she had to sell it as she ended up Hitchin’ A Ride some time later. The Screaming Blue Messiah’s pop in with I Wanna Be A Flintstone – rather sadly never used in the big 90’s movie version of the great 60’s animated sitcom – and I have to say at one time as a boy (around the time I had a Flintstones Annual for Christmas) I probably did wanna be a Flintstone, but not Fred, he was too loud. Probably Pebbles or Dino.

Stevie Wonder was well into his “minor chart entry” phase by 1988, resolutely flagging his intentions for the next 30 years, Basia had abandoned Matt Bianco for a solo career that never took off, despite her Promises, Black get a 3rd chart entry, and it’s Paradise, Wendy & Lisa return with a Sideshow, and The Beat return at 75. I mean, Fine Young Cannibals return. Doh! I mean Dave and Andy from both bands return with a quirky dance instrumental, mostly.

1 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
4 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 11 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 14 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
8 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 10 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

11 ( 7 ) JINGO Jellybean
12 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
13 ( 27 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
14 ( 15 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
15 ( 23 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
16 ( 25 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
18 ( 39 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
19 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
20 ( 12 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield

21 ( 13 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
22 ( 59 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 16 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
24 ( 34 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 18 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
26 ( 22 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 20 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
28 ( 57 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
29 ( 17 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
30 ( 26 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

31 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 53 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
33 ( 19 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
34 ( 48 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 43 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
36 ( 33 ) BAD Michael Jackson
37 ( 62 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
38 ( 74 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
39 ( 45 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
40 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 21 ) ESP The Bee Gees
42 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
43 ( 47 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
44 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
45 ( 28 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
47 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 75 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
49 ( NEW ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
50 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

51 ( 36 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
52 ( 38 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
53 ( 50 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 41 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
56 ( 32 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
57 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
58 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
59 ( 55 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
60 ( 58 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

61 ( NEW ) GTO Sinitta
62 ( 60 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
64 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 68 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( NEW ) PROMISES Basia
69 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
72 ( NEW ) PARADISE Black
73 ( NEW ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
74 ( 69 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
75 ( NEW ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
76 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies of the week
1 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
2 CHIQUITITA Abba
3 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel

24th Jan 1988

It’s back on top for a 3rd week for The Beatles fab 1967 Hello Goodbye – I’m not sure why, maybe Magical Mystery Tour had a 20th anniversary showing on TV or summat – leaving The Mac stranded at 2 and Terence Trent D’Arby reaching a new peak of 3. Tiffany finally reaches the top 10 after 2 or 3 months of trying, at 6, and Climie Fisher make it 2 top 10’s in a row as they rise to the occasion. New act Bros make a giant leap asking when will they be famous, up to 19, just ahead of a Presley oldie I’d never noticed much but out on reissue instead of hidden amongst a grouping of better singles.

Jermaine Stewart gets another decent-sized chart hit, say it again? In at 26 2 years since he didn’t take his clothes off. Debbie Gibson leaps into the 40, shaking my love, apparently, Eddy Grant gets his first top 40 in 4 or 5 years (with new stuff), and George Harrison follows-up his big ol’ cover with a big ol’ Beatles-sounding Fabs-tribute, Jeff Lynne setting the stage for his work on the Beatles 1995 Anthology-inspired “new” tracks. When We Were Fab in at 38. T’Pau get a 3rd, Donna Summer extends to 12 years with a track I don’t recall, and The Bangles cover Simon & Garfunkel 3 years after they started off with a cover of Katrina & The Waves Going Down To Liverpool.

All About Eve also follow-up, Godley & Creme return with a hit extension as an act to 10 years give or take, or 16 years as 10C.C., or 18 years as Hotlegs. Take Your Pick. Jethro Tull also return, 19 years since I was big on Living In The Past, their finest moment by quite some distance. It’s not even close. Said she was a dancer, presumably around a maypole with a minstrel fluting away.

1 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 7 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 13 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
7 ( 9 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
8 ( 3 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
9 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
10 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
12 ( 18 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
13 ( 19 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
14 ( 15 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
15 ( 10 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
16 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
17 ( 12 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
18 ( 11 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 57 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
20 ( 44 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley

21 ( 14 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 34 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
23 ( 32 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
24 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 28 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( NEW ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
27 ( 20 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
28 ( 37 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
29 ( 49 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
30 ( 38 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John

31 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 30 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
33 ( 26 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 21 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
35 ( 23 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
36 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
37 ( 46 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
38 ( NEW ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
39 ( 36 ) BAD Michael Jackson
40 ( 27 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

41 ( 25 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
42 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 75 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
44 ( 17 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
45 ( 72 ) PARADISE Black
46 ( 35 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
47 ( 48 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
48 ( 41 ) ESP The Bee Gees
49 ( NEW ) VALENTINE T’Pau
50 ( 42 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

51 ( 29 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
52 ( 73 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
53 ( 47 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 63 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
55 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 53 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
57 ( 65 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 33 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
59 ( 68 ) PROMISES Basia
60 ( NEW ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

61 ( 59 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
62 ( 60 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
63 ( 62 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
64 ( 39 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
65 ( 64 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
66 ( 66 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 55 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
68 ( NEW ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
69 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 74 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake

71 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
72 ( 67 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
73 ( 71 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
75 ( NEW ) SAID SHE WAS A DANCER Jethro Tull
76 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist faves of that week
1 THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes

 

 

31st January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the fab Tell It To My Heart, Taylor Dayne on full-dance-diva mode, just holding off Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror, written by Siedah Garrett and I’d always assumed she got to duet with him on t’other Bad ballad by virtue of gifting this one, which was huge in the USA but not the UK. Following his death, of course it was the big posthumous seller of all his back-catalogue, rightly so as one of the best tracks on the album. Beatmasters & The Cookie Crew bring some House into my top 5, and Bros bring some boyband pop into the top 10 – not their last top 10, but very much their best record. Billy Idol makes it a 7th top 10 or so with the belatedly big Hot In The City, and Dollar get their first top 10 since 1985, and their 8th, O L’Amour going where Erasure failed to go.

Jermaine Stewart gets his 2nd top 20, and another House track enters at 14 for Jack’Chill, I must have felt like dancing this week! Bourgeois Tagg enter at 32 with the nice I Don’t Mind At All, and oh hang on, future superstar alert as teenage Aussie soap star Kylie Minogue debuts at 45, and I think most of us wouldn’t have predicted over 30 years of chart success – SHE should be so lucky, starting with this catchy but disposable bit of SAW pop fluff. Eric Carmen is back after quite a long gap, 11 years or so, and some 13 years since he took The Raspberries into my charts, and solo with All By Myself. It’s due to Dirty Dancing of course, the movie not the hobby.

Johnny Clegg is back again, 5 years on from Scatterlings Of Africa, Feargal Sharkey is still singing rather than A&R’ing as he makes it a decade of chart entries, Luther Vandross is also back with Give Me The Reason, Mental As Anything get a 3rd song into my list, and Sharpe & Numan keep the partnership going 3 years on from the fab debut hit Change Your Mind. Michael Jackson is also back again, like Man In The Mirror having charted in the lower reaches as an album playlist track in 1987 for a few weeks (I’ve retroactively added those in as chart bonafide tracks because I banned album tracks in those days when they would clearly have been at least at number 75 and most-likely way higher, for much longer, had I allowed them.


1 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 29 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 19 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
7 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
8 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar

11 ( 6 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
12 ( 26 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 11 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
14 ( NEW ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( 10 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 9 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( 7 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
18 ( 15 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
19 ( 22 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 23 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims

21 ( 17 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
22 ( 43 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
23 ( 8 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
24 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 36 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
26 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
27 ( 30 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 37 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
29 ( 38 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
30 ( 12 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael

31 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
32 ( NEW ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
34 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
35 ( 32 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
36 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
37 ( 49 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
38 ( 33 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 25 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
40 ( 45 ) PARADISE Black

41 ( 39 ) BAD Michael Jackson
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 20 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
44 ( 34 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
45 ( 52 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( NEW ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
47 ( 35 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
48 ( 71 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
49 ( 40 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
50 ( 60 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

51 ( 41 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) PROMISES Basia
53 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
54 ( NEW ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
55 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 50 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
57 ( 68 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
58 ( 56 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 48 ) ESP The Bee Gees
60 ( NEW ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka

61 ( 28 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
62 ( 53 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
63 ( NEW ) ARE YOU SURE So
64 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 63 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
67 ( 65 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
69 ( 62 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
70 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT The Mighty Lemon Drops

71 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) HE’S JUST NO GOOD FOR YOU Mental As Anything
73 ( 73 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
75 ( 70 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
76 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

My December 1987 Charts

Ian, me Swanage area 1986 134

80’s fashions not all they could have been…

 

 

5th December 1987

It’s straight in on top for yet another 20th anniversary Beatles oldie reissue, my childhood fave Hello Goodbye. Loved it aged 9, loved it aged 29, love it aged 61. It’s pure uplifting joy, and featured as a fab video in their generally not-great Magical Mystery Tour TV musical. It had previously topped my chart in a special Beatles-Chart I had to compile in 1976 to stop 20-odd Beatles singles taking over my top 50 charts when they were all reissued in matching sleeves and sold very well. The theme of the week is loads of new entries setting up Christmas, and loads of sudden drastic drops…

Jellybean gets a first top 10, and Expose ditto following my purchase of a remixed version on 12″ for the track that had been in my charts since my September USA hols, now peaking at 9. Alison Moyet makes it a 6th solo top 10, or 13th including Yazoo, with the standard, Love Letters. Talking of old standards, the smooth family fave Nat ‘King’ Cole enters my chart over 20 years since he died with his fab When I Fall In Love at 17, spurred on by Rick Astley’s inferior cover (in at 66). Nat’s is the definitive version, it just is, no-one has that warm, smooth, cool vocal tone.

The highest new track is Eurythmics 60’s-referencing and pure gorgeousness that is Shame. The title sums up its getting lost in the Christmas-ballad overload that was 1987 and failing to make the UK top 40 despite being one of their finest singles. Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell)… Anyway in at 11 in a chart that appreciates fabness. The Bee Gees have ESP, presumably they knew it would shoot up into my top 30 having read my mind, while The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl enter at 33 with a perennial christmas classic, one of those you never actually get fed up with hearing each year. Fairytale Of New York would top my my chart – eventually – once it’s arguing drunks just oozed nostalgia.

Talking of christmas, Mel & Kim are back. Comedian Mel Smith & the fab Kim Wilde (off to see her again next week doing an acoustic Wilde Winter Songbook tour) that is. I was tempted to go and see her dad Marty in concert tonight, but I’m typing this instead, oops! Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree was already a seasonal regular courtesy of young Brenda Lee, and they’d done a comedy version for charity that didn’t get on your nerves when you heard it a few times. Result!

GG is back with part 3 of his debut hit – mostly to promote his annual Christmas/New Year tours which pulled in the punters (including me each year) cos they were such a huge party experience. Contrary to rewritten history, he was actually popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Dollar return with an Erasure cover, after a couple of years away from my charts, and extending their run to 9 years as a duo, or 12 years if including as a third of a sextet: take your pick. Climie Fisher get a quick follow-up to a great record that flopped, and mysteriously get a hit out of it – cos it wasn’t as good! Not bad, but not in the same league. Sneaking in at 76, by virtue of the record not being listed as coming out as a single and therefore not permitted in my chart, instead topping my Playlist 3, but retroactively allowed to feature just because it’s brilliant – Taylor Dayne’s terrific bop Tell It To My Heart, fitting in with the Expose dance sounds that would influence Pet Shop Boys before long.

1 ( NEW ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 4 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 10 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
8 ( 12 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
9 ( 55 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
10 ( 27 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( NEW ) SHAME Eurythmics
12 ( 8 ) BAD Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
14 ( 7 ) KID The Pretenders
15 ( 20 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
16 ( 42 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
17 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 24 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
19 ( 26 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
20 ( 5 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
22 ( 11 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
23 ( 38 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
25 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
26 ( 22 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
27 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 75 ) ESP The Bee Gees
29 ( 44 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
30 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 14 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
32 ( 17 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
33 ( NEW ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
34 ( 36 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
35 ( 23 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
36 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
37 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 28 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
39 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 71 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna

41 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
42 ( 53 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
43 ( 19 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
44 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
45 ( 32 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
46 ( 33 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
47 ( 54 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
48 ( 40 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 18 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
50 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 45 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
53 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
54 ( 67 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
55 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 34 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
57 ( 31 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
58 ( 73 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

61 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 35 ) BUILD The Housemartins
63 ( 46 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
64 ( 60 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston
65 ( 41 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 43 ) FAITH George Michael
70 ( NEW ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42

71 ( 64 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
72 ( 56 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( NEW ) HYSTERIA Def Leppard
74 ( NEW ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
75 ( NEW ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
76 ( NEW ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

5th Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark

 

12th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for the mighty Fabs, still holding off Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind, still not available to buy but almost on top (bearing in mind I bought the charity single at 20 this week, I think that’s a given!). Dusty’s duet with Neil & Chris is still in the charts and on the back of that she gets reactivated chart action with classic early 60’s hit I Only Want To Be With You in at 5. Long a childhood fave, it had already charted for Bay City Rollers in 1976 and The Tourists in 1979, the latter version making my top 10 and starring…Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox, who just happen to be up to 4 with Shame. I love a Musical Connections anecdote.

Up 30 to 7 Fleetwood Mac make it 3 top 10’s out of 4 from Tango In The Night, the flop Family Man doing better here than in the real world, and ditto ESP up to 12 for The Bee Gees, both following-up chart-toppers. The Pogues & Kirsty go top 20 for the first time – and not for the last time! Mel & Kim go top 20 for the first time – and the last time as a duet. I’ll be seeing Kim day after tomorrow and I’m hoping she does Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree as Ive never seen her do that one. Cher meanwhile leaps into the 20 for her first solo top 20 in, gasp, 13 years! The gaps won’t be that long again until the 21st century.

Jellybean gets a quick 3rd top 40 hit with a spruced-up cover of a 1969 Santana latin track, Springsteen gets another hit at 41 with Tunnel Of Love, SAW do it alone again and are Packjammed With The Party Posse this time, presumably avoiding any roadblocks on the way. Sneaking in with a slightly amusing mickey-take of the Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin, Jonathan King returns for possibly the last chart entry in his 22-year-career (I was mad on Everyone’s Gone To The Moon as a kid, and would have charted it high hypothetically) with Cat Stevens Wild World. It’s supposed to underline the melodic similarity between the 2 songs, though actually it serves to show they aren’t much alike apart from one short melody line. I mean it has ALL the same notes, but not necessarily in the right order….

Finally the Nanas get a 3rd SAW-track in a row in 1987, the lesser I Can’t Help It following on two smashes, and taylor Dayne is stuck at 76 as she’s still not officially announced as a UK single but is topping my fave non-single playlist (she would otherwise be very high in the chart).

1 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 5 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 11 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 4 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
9 ( 7 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
10 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
12 ( 28 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
14 ( 17 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
15 ( 8 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 33 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
17 ( 18 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
18 ( 12 ) BAD Michael Jackson
19 ( 38 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
20 ( 36 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)

21 ( 15 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
22 ( 40 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
23 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
25 ( 16 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
26 ( 14 ) KID The Pretenders
27 ( 29 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
28 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
29 ( 26 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
30 ( 19 ) SATELLITE The Hooters

31 ( 22 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
32 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
33 ( 20 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
34 ( NEW ) JINGO Jellybean
35 ( 42 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
36 ( 31 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
37 ( 35 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 32 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
39 ( 54 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
40 ( 44 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

41 ( NEW ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 21 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
43 ( 24 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
44 ( 52 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( 47 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 25 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
47 ( 58 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
49 ( 70 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
50 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 48 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 46 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
53 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 51 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
56 ( 55 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 45 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( 34 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 43 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC

61 ( 66 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
62 ( NEW ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
63 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 57 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
65 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
66 ( 63 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( 53 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond

71 ( 62 ) BUILD The Housemartins
72 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jonathan King
73 ( 65 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
74 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
76 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
3 WEDDING BELLS Godley & Creme

 

 

20th December 1987

It’s a first week on top for my Xmas chart-topper of the year, and Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind outdoes the Elvis version while giving them a 6th number one inside 24 months. Only the likes of Abba, Beatles, Roy Wood & Wizzard had managed that to date. Meanwhile it’s a big ol’ ballad xmas, with little new and modest chart moves, though Fairytale Of New York also makes the Xmas top 10, the first of many occasions, and the Nat ‘King’ Cole standard also becomes one of the oldest recordings to make my top 10 at 35 years old. The only older is Laurel & Hardy’s Trail Of The Lonesome Pine which did it Xmas 1975 with a 1937 recording. Both records would be smashed eventually, though the only charted recording older than Laurel & Hardy is Winifred Shaw’s The Lullaby Of Broadway from 1935 which charted in 1976.

Taylor Dayne finally gets released and is rewarded with a massive climb to 17 (or a new entry ignoring the bonus weeks at 76) for the fab Tell It To My Heart. Jellybean takes Jingo to 2 consecutive top 20 singles, Springsteen makes it 12 years of top 40’s, and Simply Red join the classic blues cover trend and nick Ella Fitzgerald’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, in at 36. New Order are touched by the hand of God, which can get you 6 months inside these days, Wally Jump Junior covers Archie Bell & The Drells House-style, and The Smiths get another quick entry as the clock ticks on their career.


1 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 7 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 16 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 14 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
10 ( 6 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 8 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
14 ( 9 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
15 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
17 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
18 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
19 ( 22 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
20 ( 34 ) JINGO Jellybean

21 ( 18 ) BAD Michael Jackson
22 ( 13 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 35 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
25 ( 17 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
26 ( 32 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 41 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 24 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
29 ( 39 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
30 ( 28 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

31 ( 29 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
32 ( 25 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 21 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
35 ( 26 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
36 ( NEW ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
37 ( 47 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
38 ( 49 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
39 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
40 ( 37 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

41 ( 31 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
42 ( 40 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
43 ( 30 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
44 ( 38 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
45 ( 55 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
46 ( 36 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
47 ( 27 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
48 ( 66 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
49 ( 42 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
50 ( 62 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 54 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
53 ( 45 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
54 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
55 ( 52 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 61 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 48 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
62 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
63 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 46 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
66 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 65 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( RE ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

71 ( 43 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
72 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
73 ( RE ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( 73 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

 

27th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys in a very quiet post-Xmas chart, just a top 10 move for Cher – her first solo top 10 since Dark Lady in 1974 – and Taylor Dayne debuts inside the 10 too. New Order get the biggest climber to the top 30, Climie Fisher get the biggest climber in the chart, to 39, for a second top 40, and the highest new entry is Heart, There’s The Girl.

Other newies: Roger Waters gets a solo non-Floyd track, 8 years since topping with Another Brick, The Stranglers cover The Kinks, Billy Idol returns with Hot In The City, U2 get a 4th track off the Joshua Tree, and Los Lobos cover Ritchie Valens again, this time Donna some months after the original was reissued. In my playlist I was into Roy Orbison and Abba, beating the future chart-topping hits albums.

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
6 ( 16 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 6 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 17 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

11 ( 14 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 9 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
14 ( 10 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
17 ( 11 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
18 ( 20 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 13 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

21 ( 29 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 26 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
23 ( 34 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
24 ( 18 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
25 ( 27 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 21 ) BAD Michael Jackson
27 ( 30 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 36 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
29 ( 22 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 54 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order

31 ( 38 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
32 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
33 ( 24 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
34 ( NEW ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
35 ( 37 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 48 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
37 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
38 ( 58 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
39 ( 70 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
40 ( 35 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders

41 ( 40 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 45 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
43 ( 25 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
45 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
46 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
47 ( 41 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
48 ( 39 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
49 ( 44 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
50 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( NEW ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
53 ( 52 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( NEW ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 49 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
58 ( 66 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 72 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
63 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
67 ( 62 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 46 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 53 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( NEW ) DONNA Los Lobos
75 ( 42 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

playlist oldies
1 OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba

Top 100 of 2014

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Based on chart-point “sales”..

1 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
2 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly 1259400
3 1 18 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue 1224950
4 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
5 1 17 I WALK ALONE Cher 1029200
6 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith 1009550
7 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
8 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT OneRepublic 978650
9 1 20 THESE DAYS Take That 911800
10 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE Indila 794700

11 1 19 LET THE NIGHT Dirty Vegas 752700
12 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200
13 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
14 3 19 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS Train 702600
15 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
16 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050
17 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
18 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000
19 1 14 ONE Order Of Era 656300
20 2 16 SAY SOMETHING A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150

21 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
22 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
23 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
24 1 9 EMPIRE Shakira 582300
25 4 20 HIDEAWAY Kiesza 568700
26 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE Broken Bells 560900
27 1 12 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050
28 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
29 4 15 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 511050
30 2 12 SING Ed Sheeran 497000

31 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
32 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR Phoenix 442500
33 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT Hang The DJ 434500
34 4 12 HOME Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
35 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD ELO 425800
36 6 15 MY TYPE Saint Motel 416250
37 7 20 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 397400
38 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
39 7 17 KINGS The Pierces 392700
40 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY Paolo Nutini 389250

41 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS 376950
42 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue 376850
43 3 11 CHANDELIER SIA 376250
44 5 12 SUNDREAM RUFUS 372500
45 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE Elbow 369050
46 3 11 UGLY HEART G.R.L. 363150
47 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
48 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
49 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE Parralox 342950
50 3 14 SOLO DANCING Indiana 336000

51 5 12 LET ME GO Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
52 6 11 WASTED Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450
53 4 11 FACE TO FACE Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
54 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) The Common Linnets 327250
55 6 10 JUBEL Klingande 326700
56 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
57 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
58 5 10 KISS ME ONCE Kylie Minogue 321400
59 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN Keane 318500
60 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800

61 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
62 6 12 DO IT AGAIN Royksopp and Robyn 304400
63 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS Panic! At The Disco 302150
64 7 12 IF U GOT IT Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
65 5 9 BULLIT Watermat 299600
66 6 8 THE CHAMBER Lenny Kravitz 297950
67 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE Bruce Springsteen 297500
68 4 10 IN YOUR BED Ariana & The Rose 296650
69 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME The Pierces 295250
70 5 10 ELLE Shy’m 294450

71 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
72 4 8 LET IT BE Labrinth 291000
73 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
74 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
75 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
76 6 12 I GOT YOU Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
77 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
78 7 9 RED CASSETTE Mamas Gun 276500
79 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
80 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM Lana Del Ray 273650

81 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
82 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE Gorgon City featuring MNEK 265200
83 7 12 CHANGES Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
84 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE Kylie Minogue 264500
85 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
86 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT U2 263200
87 9 10 OVER YOU Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
88 5 12 EMMYLOU First Aid Kit 262550
89 9 13 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab 261150
90 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050

91 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
92 7 10 FROM NOWHERE Dan Croll 255150
93 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
94 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400
95 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950
96 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450
97 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
98 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS Cherub 250150
99 6 9 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 242300
100 4 10 DARK HORSE Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500

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My 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

A 2nd week on top for Janet Jackson’s Escapade, as the Florida holiday really causes a mass invasion of US chart hits, and climbs, with Black Velvet the main beneficiary shooting up to 2 for Alannah Myles. There are also some UK chart hits though, led by Snap! debuting at 3 with the classic dance rap of The Power, one of the influential dance tracks of the 90’s. That even manages to outshade the 20th anniversary hit reissue of The Beatles 1970 number one Let It Be, in at 4, and still a classic. Also back, thanks to US radio, Personal Jesus hits a new peak of 6 for Depeche Mode, Cher’s Bucks Fizz cover is at 8, and Taylor Dayne gets a second top 10 hit 2 years on from the brilliant number one Tell It To My Heart, this time it’s a ballad. UB40 also make it 10 years of big hits as their cover of Kingston Town is in at 17, and their best record, just gorgeous.

Heart shoot up 40 places to 14, Candy Flip’s Beatles cover returns at 20, and Jamtronik cover Phil Collins recent single Another Day In Paradise, done shuffle soul dance stylee. They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul go top 40, as do Chicago, 20 years on from debuting with the much better 25 or 6 To 4. Madonna has her US single Keep It Together hitting 7, as her brand new single Vogue enters at 34 – I was sad they didn’t give Keep It Together a UK release immediately after Dear Jessie, it deserved it. In at 35 Jane Child with a good pop single Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Bowie’s Fame is revamped 15 years on and is in at 39 (but no credit for John Lennon, though, annoyingly) – he did co-write it, which helped it hit the US number one in 1975.

A great new entry for The Inspiral Carpets at 41, This Is How It Feels being both current and retro sounding both, the fab Ghetto Heaven has a SoulIISoul vibe for The Family Stand at 44, The Blues Brothers famous movie song enters at 56, while Wilson Philips future famous movie song (Bridesmaids) debuts at 60. Hold On is very harmony-delicious, not surprisingly given the girls were the daughters of Brian Wilson, and John and Michele Philips – that’s The Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas next generation. Prince’s lead track on his maxi-CD The Scandalous Sex Suite enters at 67. I bought 2 copies of it while in Florida, reasoning they would be collectable. Sadly, I left it too long, Prince not that much in demand these days. Ah well. At 68, The Happy Mondays cover the brilliant John Kongos South African tribal-rock He’s Gonna Step On You Again, and turn it into a Madchester laddy dance shuffle. I can’t forgive the melon-twisting add-on though, sorry!

1 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 12 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( NEW ) THE POWER Snap!
4 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
7 ( 16 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
8 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 6 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 20 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

11 ( 7 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
12 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
13 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 54 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
15 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
16 ( 10 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
17 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
18 ( 9 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
19 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
20 ( RE ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

21 ( 5 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
22 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 13 ) LOADED Primal Scream
24 ( 15 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 42 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
26 ( 14 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
27 ( 35 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
28 ( RE ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
29 ( 57 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
30 ( 17 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith

31 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
32 ( 39 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
33 ( 21 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
34 ( NEW ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( NEW ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
36 ( 29 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
37 ( 30 ) ROAM The B52’s
38 ( 23 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
39 ( NEW ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
40 ( 62 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

41 ( NEW ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
42 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
43 ( 26 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
45 ( 52 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 27 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
47 ( 31 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
48 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
49 ( 24 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
50 ( 67 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

51 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
52 ( 38 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
54 ( 33 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
56 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LOVED The Blues Brothers
57 ( NEW ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
58 ( 51 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
59 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips

61 ( 34 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
62 ( NEW ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
63 ( 36 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
64 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
65 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 71 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
67 ( NEW ) SCANDALOUS Prince
68 ( NEW ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
69 ( 60 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( RE ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K

71 ( NEW ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
72 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER The Beloved
73 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
74 ( 50 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) CHIME Orbital

In Florida, we had a day at St. Petersburg on the west coast, visited the pier, took photos of Vicki and Gavin, and some pelicans, and then drove to Treasure Island resort, and it’s fabulous fine-coral-sand wide beaches. On the way back home we heard news on the radio that Gloria Estefan had been in a bus crash, and was critical with a suspected broken back. I was a big fan at the time, so that was very saddening news, and I kept waiting for updates. She eventually recovered, more or less, and wrote a touching song about the trauma.

MGM Studios at Disney World was a blast for the family, all big movie fans, but it seemed smaller, and with more standing in line than other theme parks. The Studio Tour was interesting, exploding lorries, props and famous Film houses, like The Golden Girls, but was a less-good version of the Californian tour. I wore my Batman T shirt, bought in Boston, Mass, a young American mother took a liking to it and wanted to know where she could buy one for her little boy as it was better than the ones on sale in Orlando. I almost got dragged into a movie-set mock-up but refused, to the annoyance of the family. Me so shy! Indiana Jones stuntshow, fab Star Tours Star Wars ride, with R2D2 and C3PO on hand. Best ride of the day.

Other days out: Cypress Gardens with it’s lush gardens, and southern Belles, and aerial platform over a large lake, water ski shows, and now history as it’s long gone, sadly. Magic Kingdom again, and this time I got onto Space Mountain, a roller-coaster ride in the dark, still great. I also treated myself to a Panasonic cassette recorder with radio, so I could tape music direct off American radio, and also the DJ’s which made for a great souvenir over the years, as I recorded all sorts of 90’s future nostalgia and meant I got copies of those more obscure tracks. Then it was goodbye Florida, Gavin’s toy gun not going down very well with US customs – they took it away – and a small plane ride, bumpy, to Miami to catch the Virgin flight home. We flew over Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Miami Beach, which was great. Not great was the mad dash to the far end of the airport, the long wait in line, and the customs again. We were jetlagged before we even got on board. I’ve made sure I never change planes again. Too stressful. Direct flights only!

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8th April 1990

The Beatles Let It Be gets to number one (again) 20 years since first topping my chart, and holds off The Power. Snap! Madonna gets greedy at 6, with her US remix of Keep It Together, and 7 rocketing upward with Vogue. Madonna was on fire at this time – at least until the soundtrack to Dick Tracy popped out (including Vogue, for some reason). UB40 and Heart go top 10, both of them with their best ever single, so yay! Jane Child climbs into the 20, Bowie does it 2nd time round with Fame remixed, and They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul also go top 20 with their best singles. Lots of quality about!

Into the 40: The fab Family Stand, the wondrous Wilson Philips, The Inspiral Carpets, Whitesnake, and errr, Milli Vanilli. Shhhh! New entries: Janet Jackson has yet another Rhythm Nation single, Alright in at 36 as Escapade drops off the top – at some stage in it’s chart run it changes from it’s original superior Jam & Lewis album mix, and morphs into the now obligatory Italian jangly-piano eurotrash-style house mix – this style pretty much killed off Jam & Lewis as chart forces, rather annoyingly, but that’s the ever-changing dance-music scene for you. At 38, the terrific Jesus Jones return, Real Real Real good as they finally become chart regulars for a while, well deserved, they always had their own sound, and it was one I was very partial to.

Other new entries: Natalie Cole still charting, 15 years on from her debut, though always in the shadow of her timeless dad, this time Wild Women Do. Apparently. It wasn’t bad. At 61, I Found Out The Christians had returned, but Kim Wilde says not, It’s Here, she says, at 64, a nice track that seriously underperformed after her run of big success in 88/89. Times were changing. The Cure have A Picture Of You at 69 for a cool decade of cool hits, and the glorious Kirsty is back briefly wagging the finger at Sonny Jim, who really shouldn’t come the cowboy with her at 74. Finally, Taylor Dayne grabs a second entry with her UK single, I’ll Be Your Shelter, which isn’t as good as the big US ballad hit higher up.

As I’ve featured Let It Be in other charts, though, I’ll instead show Candy Flip’s cover of a Beatles classic, all trip-hop pop at 13: Strawberry Fields Forever.

1 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE POWER Snap!
3 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
5 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 7 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
7 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
8 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 17 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart

11 ( 6 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
12 ( 20 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
13 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
14 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
15 ( 19 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
16 ( 11 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
17 ( 16 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
18 ( 39 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
19 ( 28 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
20 ( 25 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants

21 ( 15 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
22 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 12 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
24 ( 10 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
25 ( 13 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
26 ( 18 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 23 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 44 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
29 ( 32 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
30 ( 40 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

31 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
32 ( 21 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
33 ( 60 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 27 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
35 ( 41 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
36 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
38 ( NEW ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
39 ( 29 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
40 ( 50 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

41 ( 73 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
42 ( 33 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 26 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
44 ( 36 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
45 ( 56 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
46 ( 68 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
47 ( 37 ) ROAM The B52’s
48 ( 57 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
49 ( NEW ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
50 ( 62 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine

51 ( 71 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
54 ( 75 ) CHIME Orbital
55 ( 64 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
56 ( 43 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 30 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
58 ( 66 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
59 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 58 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

61 ( NEW ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
62 ( 38 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
63 ( 49 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
64 ( NEW ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU LOVE ME The 49‘ers
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 61 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( 55 ) WATER Martika
69 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
70 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

71 ( NEW ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic
72 ( NEW ) HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Jason Donovan
73 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
74 ( NEW ) DON’T COME THE COWBOY WITH ME SONNY JIM Kirsty MacColl
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

Back in the UK, from Florida, I was in post-holiday sort-out at home, and new boy Graham joined out team at work, to get some cash as he struggled making ends meet for his girlfriend and kids as a musician in local band the Cropdusters, and getting over some serious hospital operations. We shared a love of music, and got on well. Nephew Gav was off ill from school at home, and kindly passed it on to me. I bemoaned the lack of time to do all the things I needed and wanted to do in my life. I dream of having the time I had spare in those days, these days. That situation remained true throughout my life, there’s never enough hours in a day to do stuff.

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16th April 1990

Snap! have The Power to knock off The Beatles, and a great dance record too, this was the line-up of Snap! I saw in concert at the BIC in Bournemouth. Those riffs are fantastic, and the blending of rap with a sung chorus was the way of the future for dance pop. Or vice versa. Depeche Mode meantime follow-up their chart-topper with the previous brilliance of Personal Jesus from late ’89 coming back bigger and peaking at 2. It’s the girls dominating though, Madonna at 5, Cher at 6 almost equalling the Bucks Fizz original, and Paula Abdul hitting the top 10 along with Jane Child. Opposites Attract says Paula, thinking of her TV American Idol future as the pop career fades in a few years.

Jesus Jones rocket Real Real Real into the 20, Stevie B has a ballad highest entry at 24, Love Me For Life, and Kim Wilde? It’s Here at 28. Deserved to be bigger in the real sales charts and not just in mine. Up to 31, it’s John Belushi and Dan Akroyd and there very famous cult performance as The Blues Brothers, a film that got bigger as time went by, which is why it took the song from the film 11 years to chart as video movies were huge by 1990. I’ve seen tribute versions many times singing live at Universal Studios, Florida, always great fun. The Happy Mondays step on 36, Debbie Harry is Sweet and Low, dancing it up nicely at 37, one of her better solo singles, and Natalie Cole is wild about being one place lower, while Taylor Dayne greedily bags a 2nd top 40 entry in the same week.

New entries: Aerosmith, Rag Doll, another goodie from them; Adam Ant finds he Can’t Set Rules About Love; The Associates have a fever, but not THAT Fever, a new song; Dave Edmunds keeps his run of entries going, notching up 20 years as the King Of Love; Fleetwood Mac claim 21 years, and Save Me pushes a Greatest Hits album; Faith No More arrive from out of nowhere; The Beatles and The Stones are at 74 – sadly not an unheard duet, it’s a new track from House Of Love; Paul Young covers Congregation’s 1971 number 2 Softly Whispering I Love You, but where that was a passionate choral and rock blend, this one is a bit subdued, and the melody mucked about with. I’m fairly traditional when it comes to melody. If the notes aren’t the same, and in the same order, then it’s not the same song. Don’t get me going on the warbling singers who add an additional 20 notes, jazz stylee, where only one exists on the sheet music! Finally, Tol and Tol, a Dutch popchart hit, enters at 68, not sure where I heard it, but it’s not bad at all, and very much not fitting in with the production sounds of 1990. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) THE POWER Snap!
2 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
3 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) VOGUE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
7 ( 4 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
8 ( 19 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child

11 ( 6 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
12 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 38 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 12 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
15 ( 13 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
17 ( 18 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 15 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 16 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik

21 ( 17 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
22 ( 35 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
23 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
25 ( 21 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 28 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
28 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 64 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
30 ( 37 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

31 ( 45 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
32 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
34 ( 46 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
35 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
36 ( 31 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
37 ( 51 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
38 ( 49 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
39 ( 25 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 75 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

41 ( 20 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
42 ( 32 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
43 ( 50 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
44 ( 48 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
45 ( 29 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
46 ( 30 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
47 ( NEW ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
48 ( 34 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
49 ( NEW ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
50 ( 42 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 39 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
52 ( 55 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
53 ( NEW ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
54 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( 58 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
56 ( 71 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 61 ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
58 ( 40 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
59 ( 44 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 60 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 41 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
63 ( 43 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
64 ( 47 ) ROAM The B52’s
65 ( NEW ) FEVER The Associates
66 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 70 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( NEW ) ELENI Tol And Tol
69 ( NEW ) KING OF LOVE Dave Edmunds
70 ( 53 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

71 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
72 ( NEW ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
73 ( NEW ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
74 ( NEW ) BEATLES AND THE STONES The House Of Love
75 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

the niece n nephew

the niece n nephew


23rd April 1990

Going back up, and all the way this time, the bluesy swamp-rock brilliant Black Velvet takes Alannah Myles to the top, leapfrogging Madonna, who’s left Voguing at 2, and presides over an all-female top 5. Jane Child is up to 3, Taylor Dayne’s big ballad also reverses as it’s released in the UK and shoots to a new peak of 4, and Cher breaks into the top 5 with her Heart Of Stone. Lower down, Kim Wilde, Wilson Philips and Family Stand all got top 20, and Faith No More rocket to 20, From Out Of Nowhere, frantic and exciting.

Highest new entry is the brilliant Dirty Cash, one of the great dance tracks of 1990 from the Adventures Of Stevie V. Fab. At 67, the very late but still great Jimi Hendrix, still charting 20 years after he died, with Crosstown Traffic. 20 years after it first charted, Hitchin’ A Ride is back for the third version (and the least) from Sinitta, just ahead of Sonia, and a couple of Madonna song titles from Salt ‘n’ Pepa and David Grant. Another borrowed song title from Sydney Youngblood at 75, wraps up a quiet week.

1 ( 7 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
2 ( 5 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 10 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 35 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 6 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
6 ( 1 ) THE POWER Snap!
7 ( 2 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
8 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

11 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
15 ( 11 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
16 ( 29 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
17 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 27 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
19 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
20 ( 72 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

21 ( 16 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
22 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
23 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
24 ( 21 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
25 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
27 ( 37 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
28 ( 25 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
29 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
30 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn

31 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
32 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
33 ( 38 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 24 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
35 ( 32 ) LOADED Primal Scream
36 ( 53 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
37 ( 22 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
38 ( 47 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
39 ( 36 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
40 ( 49 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant

41 ( 33 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
42 ( 34 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
43 ( 30 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
44 ( 68 ) ELENI Tol And Tol
45 ( 43 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
46 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 56 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
48 ( 42 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
49 ( 52 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
50 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 41 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
52 ( 55 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
53 ( 46 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
54 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( NEW ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
56 ( 45 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
57 ( 63 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
58 ( 48 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
59 ( 51 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 44 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
63 ( 71 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
65 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
67 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
69 ( NEW ) COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
70 ( 73 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young

71 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Salt ‘n’ Pepa
72 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
73 ( 75 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE Bad English
75 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood


At the cinema this week in 1990: Look Who’s Talking with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta and the voice of Bruce Willis. Amusing movie about kids, which made me get all aaahhh about Vicki and Gavin so I showed them some of the recent Florida holiday slides on the projector screen till 10pm, which they loved. At work took Graham out on site-visits to help me survey stuff, got to know him well, getting on well too. Peter thrashed me 8-0 at squash, me so crappy, but fun. On TV? Comic Strip: 5 Go Mad In Dorset repeat, a fantastic amusing and accurate piss-take of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, set locally.

sea world

sea world


30th April 1990

Madonna gets her 8th chart-topper as she Vogues her way to the top classily and memorably name-checking classy ladies of the golden era of Hollywood, in one of her best dance records. Heart go back up and grab a 3rd Top 5 single with the fab All I Wanna Do Is make Love To you, Wilson Philips say Hold On a mo at 9, Adam Ant gets a decade of top 40 hits, and David Grant a decade of Top 75 (starting with Linx).

Highest new entry is Seal debuting with his classic killer thumping dance track – actually it says Adamski on the label, but the brilliance is at least owed as much to Seal as it is to Adamski, so he gets a well-deserved credit from me. It was an advance in dance, and still sounds classic where most dance records of 1990 just sound horribly dated. Another that hasn’t aged a jot is at 31, as Dirty Cash – money talks indeed – leaps upwards. Eurythmics are charting at 38 with an Angel – this one presumably not playing with my heart, though, being much more low-key. Soul II Soul shuffle on back at 39 as they cover Les Miserables I Dreamed A Dream. Actually (and happily) not true, this one’s way better, A Dream’s A Dream. 9 years on and Kid Creole is playing with his Coconuts again, ooh, no missus, titter ye not at the Sex Of It. Naughty naughty Monsieur Creole, says Francis. Sorry, had a Frankie Howard moment there..

At 49, Chris Rea returns with yet another great (albeit minor) track off The Road To Hell, Texas. It even has a slide guitar. Distant Cousins follow-up there chart-topping singles flop in the real world, and wear their heart on their sleeve: Boo Hoo Hoo at the injustice, in at 52. Billy Idol has a Cradle of Love at 60, which means 11 years of hits since Generation X had that King Rocker, and entering quietly at 65 it’s Kylie back, with a new dance sound, a new sexy image and a classic pop record that set her on the road to another 25 years of fame and pop brilliance: Better The Devil You Know showed Stock Aitken Waterman still could do great pop, and hinted at a bit of an image hand from her popstar boyfriend Michael Hutchence of INXS. Fab.

Elsewhere: Lisa Stansfield’s back, Norman Cook covers his own minor hit as Beats International, Bruce Dickinson has a solo non-Iron Maiden entry, Morrissey is busy spawning monsters, and All About Eve are turning a bit Scarlet.

1 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
6 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
7 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
8 ( 6 ) THE POWER Snap!
9 ( 14 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
10 ( 7 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode

11 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
12 ( 5 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
13 ( 18 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
14 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
16 ( 20 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
17 ( 16 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
18 ( 15 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
19 ( 23 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
20 ( 19 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

21 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
22 ( 21 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
23 ( 31 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
24 ( 38 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
25 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
27 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
28 ( NEW ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
29 ( 36 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
30 ( 22 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

31 ( 55 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
32 ( 28 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
33 ( RE ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
34 ( 48 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
35 ( 26 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
36 ( 24 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
37 ( 35 ) LOADED Primal Scream
38 ( NEW ) ANGEL Eurythmics
39 ( NEW ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
40 ( NEW ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 39 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
42 ( 30 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
43 ( 27 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
44 ( 53 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
45 ( 68 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
46 ( 43 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
48 ( 34 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
49 ( NEW ) TEXAS Chris Rea
50 ( 29 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers

51 ( 32 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
52 ( NEW ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( 37 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
54 ( 72 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
55 ( 67 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 46 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
59 ( 47 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
60 ( NEW ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 42 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
63 ( 41 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
64 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 64 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( RE ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
69 ( 57 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

71 ( NEW ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
73 ( 56 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
74 ( NEW ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) SCARLET All About Eve

On TV: Top Of The Pops, French And Saunders, Cheers, Roseanne, Aspel, and classic golden oldie movie The Philadelphia Story.

My 1990 Charts – March

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4th March 1990

At 1, it’s the fantastic career-peaking indie synth Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode finally getting that elusive chart-topper 9 years after starting a non-stop run of chart entries, and starting to catch up with former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke’s 2 (with Yazoo – Only You in 1982 – and Erasure – Sometimes in 1986). Talking of fab synth music, the more fab melodic aforesaid Vince is at 2 with his best record, the tuneful Blue Savannah. What were the chances!?

Jumping up to 6, it’s Cliff going all Stock Aitken Waterman in sound again, and a bit of video dancing cos he’s Stronger Than That, but it gives him a sweet non-stop run of top 10 entries for most years since 1968. Tears For Fears get a 7th top 10 in 8 years, and Electribe 101 just miss out on a second at 11. Highest new entry at 19 is JT, accompanied by his Big Family. They sound a little suspiciously like sampled Soul II Soul over some Art Of Noise, actually – well not suspiciously like, to be fair, exactly like. It’s a good shuffling soul track though. Shooting up, as well, it’s a dance anthem from Guru Josh at 31 – To Infinity and beyond! Quirky indierock classic Birdhouse In My Soul enters at 34 for They Might Be Giants, still sounds great.

Bros start to fade in the UK charts, but register in mine with the decent Madly In Love at 39, Jimmy Somerville is reading lips and keeping the hit singles coming fast at 38, these days solo as opposed to Bronski or Communard hits, while Billy joel is going to extremes to get into the top 40. Not one of his key tracks, but I have a new respect for Bill, having seen Elio Pace doing his songbook twice now (including this weekend April 2015), and the versatility of Billy’s songs (classical-inspired as much as poprocksoul inspired) is undeniable, and Elio Pace is great live (NOT a tribute act as such, he’s a working musician touring the songbook for now out of love for Joel).

Lower down and new: Innocence is sweet at 42, Wet Wet Wet a bit gospelly at 47, a mish mash of tracks and artists from the BRITS is at 50, while at 68 Eurythmic Dave Stewart is back with his best solo record 11 years after debuting with The Tourists, in tandem with sax player Candy Dulfer, and Lily Is Here is fab and instrumental. Leaving The Mission seeking deliverance at 75. Wonder if they’ve tried Duelling Banjos…

1 ( 2 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
2 ( 4 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 1 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
4 ( 3 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
5 ( 11 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 29 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
7 ( 9 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
8 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 6 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
10 ( 24 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears

11 ( 34 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
12 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 7 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
15 ( 17 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 10 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 27 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 22 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
20 ( 15 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love

21 ( 19 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
22 ( 13 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 31 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
25 ( 20 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
26 ( 21 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
27 ( 16 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
28 ( 25 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
29 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
30 ( 39 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

31 ( 65 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
32 ( 28 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
33 ( 40 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( NEW ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
35 ( 35 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 23 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
37 ( 32 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
38 ( NEW ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
39 ( NEW ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
40 ( NEW ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

41 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
42 ( NEW ) NATURAL THING innocence
43 ( 36 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
44 ( 30 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
45 ( 38 ) HELLO The Beloved
46 ( 41 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
47 ( NEW ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 75 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists

51 ( 45 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
52 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
55 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
56 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
57 ( 37 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
58 ( 47 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
59 ( 51 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 63 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 66 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
63 ( 57 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
64 ( 60 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
65 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 54 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
67 ( 58 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( NEW ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
69 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 44 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
73 ( 73 ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) DELIVERANCE The Mission

At work, I spent a few days re-checking input surveying data onto a new computer system, while the culprit was off sick – if you want a job doing right…etc. Work 10-pin bowling evening was fab fun, we were all young and keen and enjoyed social activities, hooray! Young Lucy’s new hairdo was a worthy of comment all round, and with news she had got a job with Christchurch Council, sadly, she was great fun. My top 2 singles this very week came on the video screens while we bowled. Came 2nd in two games, pah! I was moaning about my bedroom being full of crap, to my diary, and I’m happy to report that situation hasn’t changed 25 years later – except I now fill 3 rooms with my “crap”, aka records, books, mags, souvenirs, DVDs and hi fi equipment, computers, TV, blu ray and much much much more. In the news the Poll tax was getting everybody wound up, and on TV I was watching a Horizon special on the awesome Voyager spacecrafts accomplishments, and loving Quantum Leap with future Trek captain Scott Bakula. The weekend was spent getting nervous over preparations for a forthcoming American holiday with mum, dad and my little niece and nephew (7 and 5 years old)…

greenland or canada...!

greenland or canada…!

11th March 1990

In from nowhere it’s a 1989 remix/re-recording of my all-time favourite single, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. In the week I went to Florida for the first time, it just seemed so appropriate as wherever I’ve gone in the world it invariably pops up, albeit less frequently these days. In chart terms though it wasn’t anywhere close to being near my all-time chart-points top, so this was a nice boost for it, even if this version is more lacklustre than the spine-tingling original. That’s bad news for Erasure, who get blocked at 2 instead of being on top with the fab Blue Savannah. Boo! Also a shame for the B52’s classic Love Shack, ultimate party track getting to 3, but it wouldn’t top until the end of the 90’s on re-issue.

Highest new entry at 4 is down to heavy rotation on Orlando pop radio, Janet Jackson’s Escapade, the best track on the fab Rhythm Nation album, and all of the singles huge in the States where the Jam n Lewis sound still ruled. All of the UK singles underperformed though, so by the time they got round to this one in the UK (the 4th) they’d resorted to jangly piano remixes for all her singles from the album to fit in with the dance sounds of UK 1990. They were all inferior to the Jam n Lewis originals, and so it’s they that count in my charts, not the UK cash-in’s. Escapade had one hell of a great melody and laid back dance groove. Not that I was agin new indie dance, as shown by Guru Josh’ big climb to 5, and in at 15 the fantastic Loaded from Primal Scream, sampling The Emotions and all sorts of bits n bobs.

Holding at 17, Marc Almond’s orchestral mini-melodrama A Lover Spurned, his forte let’s be honest. More surprisingly Bros get a rare top 20 track in my charts just ahead of the leaping instrumental delight of Dave Stewart at 19. Up to 30 the lovely chilled-dance grooves of Innocence and Natural Thing, while Belinda’s Runaway Horses gallop into the 40. Let’s not mention Jive Bunny and Shaky though, OK? It Bites, though, get their first top 40 record in 4 years for those still too young to remember Calling All The Heroes. In at 43, it’s Michael Penn and his fab jangly rockpop US hit No Myth. Who he? He’s actor and occasional Madonna hubby Sean Penn’s younger brother that’s who, and it should have been a hit in the UK. I got to hear it on Orlando radio a good bit, hooray, USA radio was pretty cooking then, oldies and pop.

Martika’s back at 46 with Water, while Siouxsie brings her Fury Eyes back a bit higher than the other week at 62, and Sam Brown keeps her run going with a little love at 66. At 70 it’s a rave second summer of love dance remix of the original summer of love Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever, a song that seemed un-coverable, but fitted in nicely with the mood of ’90. The slacker indie rock of under-rated Cowboy Junkies in at 72 as the sun comes up, and the new kids wont go away, as the largely insipid I’ll Be Loving You pops in and out at 73, ahead of Whitesnake at 75, The Deeper The Love still getting them in.

1 ( NEW ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
4 ( NEW ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
5 ( 31 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
6 ( 1 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
7 ( 3 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
8 ( 4 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
10 ( 11 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101

11 ( 6 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
12 ( 7 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
13 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
14 ( 19 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
15 ( NEW ) LOADED Primal Scream
16 ( 9 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
17 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 39 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
19 ( 68 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
20 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 15 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
22 ( 14 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
23 ( 13 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 40 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
25 ( 38 ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 34 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
27 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
28 ( 23 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 ( 22 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
30 ( 42 ) NATURAL THING innocence

31 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
32 ( 20 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
33 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( 50 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
35 ( 21 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
36 ( 26 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
37 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
38 ( NEW ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
39 ( 48 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 60 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

41 ( 28 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
42 ( 37 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
44 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
45 ( 47 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
47 ( 24 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
48 ( 27 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
49 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

51 ( 25 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
52 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 36 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
54 ( 32 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
56 ( 75 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
57 ( 55 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 54 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
59 ( 59 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 44 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

61 ( 57 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
62 ( RE ) FURY EYES The Creatures
63 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 51 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
66 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( 56 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
68 ( 63 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
69 ( 64 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) SUN COMES UP (IT’S TUESDAY MORNING) Cowboy Junkies
73 ( NEW ) I’LL BE LOVING YOU (FOREVER) New Kids On The Block
74 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
75 ( NEW ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

10th March and a 4am rise with 2 sleep-deprived kids, dad driving us to Gatwick, car parking, and running after Gavin & Vicki now well awake. Not kids that sit quietly! Virgin airways flight to Miami 11.45, sat with Gavin while some Irish yuppies joked about bombs sat next to me: not particularly funny in those days! Amazingly, once we were up in the air we headed towards Poole and actually flew over our house!! Told the kids, “where?” they asked not entirely bothered. Virgin: Now That’s What I Call Music 16 pop videos, free earphones, a free mag, MASH TV, The Fabulous Baker Boys movie (yawn!) not to mention ice-flows, snow-covered mountains and assorted dramatic Greenland/northern Canada scenery to look at. Quite exciting! Flew over Martha’s Vineyard, just to rub it in that I’d not got there 6 months earlier, and then a long haul to hot, sticky Miami and customs queuing with irritable parent and kids, Vicki refusing to sleep at any time. Conveniently, the Virgin terminal was as far from the connecting Delta Airwaves terminal as you could get, and the time between the flights limited, so it was a dash, a race, and a stress to get to the plane with minutes to spare. Nice views of Miami, though, as we flew to Orlando International, and even better was the school of whales in the sea.

It was dark as we landed, picked up the large car, and I practiced driving it a bit, before heading for our first toll booths and more by luck spotted our Days Inn motel from the toll road as it was about to merge with the I4. Got the apartment, watched The Golden Girls, and I fell asleep on the fold-out front-room bed about 3am UK time. Busy day. So the first day, Sunday, in Orlando we went to the Florida Mall for a jetlagged easy day, after I’d channel-hopped the radio at breakfast for Mix 105.1 and a host of new pop tracks. Icehouse’s Electric Blue was the first track I heard in Florida. Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was the hot new discovery for me.

The Florida “grass” lawns around the hotel grounds was like Singapore “grass” so I got all nostalgic at the many plant-life similarities, and took some photos of the kids while waiting for the hard-sell travel rep trying to get us to buy theme parks tickets. I was dead sure we could get them cheaper elsewhere (it was) but we bought some anyway. Vicki got flushed and grumpy running round in the heat, but took some good photos of them in sunglasses on the play equipment. They spoke to their mum on the phone a while, then I drove us to the Mall. It was huge, I liked the palm tree entrance (now long-gone) and we ate in the large catering plaza. I found a record store, Janet Jackson’s Escapade video was playing, and I took it as a sign that I needed to buy the 1824 Rhythm Nation CD album – this was cheap by UK standards (under £10). Shockingly, 25 years later, cd’s are still the same price and bargain-cheap compared to inflation. Got myself a Starlog mag and TV Guide as a treat. Back to the motel, ET on a billboard gazing down at our room, advertising the soon-to-open new Universal Studios. Not soon enough for us though, doh!

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida


18th March 1990

In my first full-week-in-Florida chart Erasure knock off my all-time favourite (in non-remixed form) record after one week, giving Baker Street a total not quite up to it’s 1978 run. It’s Erasure’s second chart-topper, the first being Sometimes in 1986. Blue Savannah is far and away my fave of the two, though. Janet Jackson meanwhile is up to 2, Escapade equalling her 1986 track When I Think Of You, and Primal Scream are loaded at 8 and shockingly Bros go top 10 with Madly In Love for their second and last top 10 single (following When Will I Be Famous).

Highest new entry is Cher, Heart Of Stone following up a chart-topper for her at 11, helped no end by making a slightly more thumping rock version of an otherwise identical fabulous Bucks Fizz top 5 track from 1988. Yes, that’s right, Bucks Fizz did it first, subtler and better. Elton, 1989 former number one, is now getting some serious Florida airplay, explaining Sacrifice’s rebound to 12, while also hot in Orlando, Alannah Myles sultry delta blues classic Black Velvet is in at 17 with a bang. Up to 19, and no myth-take, it’th Sean Penn’s younger brother climbing fast, while Billy Joel gets another top 20 as I go to extremes.

At 24, it’s the final single off Like A Prayer as the US-only single is ignored in the UK, Keep It Together was available in several mixes on a mega-cd single – so I bought it along with Cher’s Heart Of Stone album, and similar cd mixes of Depeche Mode, Prince and Erasure. CD singles were still available in the US, but they were about to decline as albums were the product being pushed, only a few dollars more than a single. U.S. Singles sales would be dead within a decade, from a 30-year-period where they sold millions and millions. In at 27, Aerosmith kick themselves out of the 40 with new US hit, Janie’s Got A Gun, a sort of latter-day I Don’t Like Mondays in lyrical subject matter, if not sound. At 29, Roxette are back, just a little bit Dangerous, and huge in the States as follow-up’s to The Look flopped in the UK, at least initially. Jody Watley gets a solo top 30 some decade after arriving with Shalamar, Everything, and Taylor Dayne gets a 3rd top 40 entry with a ballad, Love Will Lead You back, after her fab 1987 dance chart-topper Tell It To My Heart. Finally, The Mission grab another top 40 goth climber, Deliverance!

Lower down, lots more US radio entries, and some old UK hits now getting American airplay go back up or enter, for example Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul. At 54 Expose are back, just like they were in 1987 when I had a West Coast USA holiday, though Tell Me Why’s not as good as When I Look At Him, but they did fit in with the big Florida-based latino dance acts who were about. At 56, Belinda Carlisle’s current US single Summer Rain enters as her less-good UK single Runaway Horses peaks at 33, while Donny Osmond is back at 59, I’ll Be Good To You extending his run of solo singles to 18 years, and still only 32 years old, just like me. It seemed more sophisticated than Puppy Love at the time, but in truth it’s bland where Puppy Love is charming. The B52’s are also back with Roam, current US single as Love Shack is big in the UK, entering here at 63, less quirky but still good. At 67, Paula Abdul is also back with her best single, Opposites Attract, complete with cartoon cat video. At 71, one of music’s unlikely survivors, Paul Carrack has a solo US hit, I Live By The Groove, extending his hit career to 16 years since Ace took How Long from the UK to USA charts. That’s nothing, Chicago had been having US hits since 1970, with only occasional UK success, but What Kind Of Man extends their chart run to 20 years at 72, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt meantime get together for a ballad, and take their career in the US charts back to the 60’s and into the 90’s, while Linda gets a sweet 13 years in my charts since her 60’s hit Different Drum charted. Phil Collins wishes for rain at 74, and Michael Bolton debuts the sound of constipated vocal foghorns at 75. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
2 ( 4 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 5 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 3 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
7 ( 9 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
8 ( 15 ) LOADED Primal Scream
9 ( 18 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
10 ( 6 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

11 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
13 ( 19 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
14 ( 7 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
15 ( 12 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
16 ( 11 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
17 ( NEW ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
18 ( 13 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
19 ( 43 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 24 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

21 ( 10 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
22 ( 14 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
24 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
27 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
28 ( 16 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
29 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Roxette
30 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley

31 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
32 ( 26 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
33 ( 37 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
34 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
35 ( 30 ) NATURAL THING innocence
36 ( 39 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 38 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
38 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 56 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
40 ( 29 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

41 ( 46 ) WATER Martika
42 ( 27 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
43 ( 28 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
44 ( 74 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
45 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 23 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
47 ( 42 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
48 ( 32 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
50 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 31 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
53 ( 36 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
54 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Expose
55 ( 40 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
56 ( NEW ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
57 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 34 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
59 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
60 ( 35 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers

61 ( 41 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 44 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
63 ( NEW ) ROAM The B52’s
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 66 ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( NEW ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
68 ( NEW ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
69 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 55 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K

71 ( NEW ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
73 ( NEW ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
75 ( NEW ) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Michael Bolton


In Orlando, it was theme park time, first up Sea World, as it was just down the road 5 minutes. Not impressed by some dolphins being in a small petting pool on the way in, and I’m not a fan of performing animals so reluctantly watched the various arena shows, though the trainers seemed to genuinely care for the animals. Far more interested, me, in actual birds hanging about for free food. Vicki meanwhile managed to lose the first of several sunglasses and hats (over the 2 weeks). The bored whales, once not performing, made me feel sorry for them penned up in not huge (to them) otherwise empty pools of sea water. The best show of the day was a mime taking the piss out of people walking to seats in the sea lion show. Funny, and accurate. Best bits were the fish in huge tropical reef tanks, as it was a close approximation of a real reef. Watched over the kids while they had an hour going mad on big-scale play equipment, they loved it. Back at the motel, TV: Murphy Brown, Designing Women and my fave Newhart. I Love Bob Newhart.

Next up, long stressfully busy I4 4-lane drive to Busch Gardens near Tampa Bay on the West Coast. Oldies on the radio were great, as I got to hear new-to-me old stuff like The Raiders’ Indian Reservation. A hot roller-coaster and animals theme park, Busch also had me in 2 minds: the rides were fab, the terminally-pacing bored-to-madness animals (especially the elephants) distressing to me. Best thing? Tidal Wave. A water-mega-coaster that drenches anyone crossing a footbridge as it hits the water. Great fun watching people get soaked. I took the kids on a log flume ride, but didn’t say what it would be like. Little Gavin wasn’t bothered, Vicki was old enough to be aware of fear, and sure enough she hated it all the way through, even though it was mild until the big drop at the end. Gav only was bothered by the big drop. They loved telling mum and dad about it afterwards though, whenever we saw it again. I got soaked on a rapids raft ride, from waves of water, before getting a jet of water all over me just to make sure I was 100% wet, poor Gav also got hit by it. My driving licence and traveller’s cheques all got wet and the ink ran. I still have that runny paper licence and it’s still valid!

Next up Disney World a 3rd theme park in 3 days – this is overkill! Vicki was sunburnt from losing her latest hat, and when Hungry Eyes came on the car radio said “it’s Dirty Den!” (her mum loved Dirty Dancing). The 4-day pass cost $106, about the cost of a one-day pass these days, unlike CD’s theme park fees have kept pace with inflation! A ferry-boat ride over to Magic Kingdom on a scorching sunny day – the Car Parks needed trolley rides they were so huge at Disney! I LOVED the monorail, the public transportation of the future that never caught on, more’s the pity, and it joins up Epcot, hotels, and son, around the central huge lake. Main Street Square was as familiarly like Disneyland, as was a lot of Magic Kingdom – only bigger and more spacious. Fantasyland for the kids, through the castle, for a day of standing in line again and again. Once you know the ropes you can plan ahead, get in early, and avoid a lot of that in most theme parks, if you don’t know the ropes you needs lots of patience. Tomorrowland was my fave area, but the queues were an hour for the big rides, so we did the People Mover, and moved over to Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion – once inside it was air conditioned relief from the sticky heat! Vicki got petrified with all the holograms and skeletons and the like. Gav was more interested in what was going on with all the flying ghosts and stuff. Disney Railroad, Pirates Of The Caribbean (cool, hooray!) and finally the Big Thunder Mountain railroad, a shaky rollercoaster ride which the kids didn’t like at all – “the driver’s mad” said Vicki. We had to tell her there wasn’t a driver! Drive back to the motel was in the dark, and TV shows Night Court and Quantum Leap later on.

Kennedy Space Center 1990

Kennedy Space Center 1990


25th March 1990

Janet Jackson gets her first chart topper with the fab Escapade (the US version), knocking Erasure off the top after one week. Bros go top 5. Gasp! I must have been madly in love (I wasn’t!). Dave Stewart gets a top 10 outside of Eurythmics, and Madonna keeps it together long enough to go top 20, along with Aerosmith and Roxette, not to mention Jody Watley and Taylor Dayne, all of them had been there before. Highest new entry is a return for Depeche Mode’s brilliant Personal Jesus at 28, as it’s still big in the States, while a radio play at a Florida McDonald’s car park gives Sinead O’Connor a boost again.

Orlando radio brings in a deluge of tracks, Rod Stewart is back, Starship grab a chart entry with a previous flop, The Bee Gees mellow ballad pops in at 40 (Bodyguard), for 22 years of top 40 entries, and best of all Heart return with their last great single All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a terrific story song with a twist, albeit one with dubious moral behaviour from the lady of the lyric. Lou Gramm of Foreigner has a blue solo hit (blue is the colour of my charts it seems), while Michael Bolton kicks out his own annoying debut hit with a better bellowing follow-up.

1 ( 2 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 9 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
6 ( 12 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
7 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
8 ( 6 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
10 ( 13 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

11 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 17 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
13 ( 8 ) LOADED Primal Scream
14 ( 7 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
15 ( 10 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
16 ( 24 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
17 ( 27 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
18 ( 29 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
20 ( 34 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

21 ( 61 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
22 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 15 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 18 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
30 ( 63 ) ROAM The B52’s

31 ( 21 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
34 ( 44 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 73 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
36 ( 28 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
37 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
38 ( 26 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
39 ( RE ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
40 ( NEW ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

41 ( 36 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
42 ( 32 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
43 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT ENOUGH Starship
44 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHY Expose
45 ( 37 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
46 ( 31 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
47 ( NEW ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
48 ( 33 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
49 ( 35 ) NATURAL THING innocence
50 ( 40 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

51 ( 47 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
52 ( RE ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
55 ( 38 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
56 ( NEW ) WAS IT NOTHING AT ALL Michael Damian
57 ( 72 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
58 ( 59 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
59 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

61 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
62 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
63 ( 39 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
64 ( 43 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
65 ( 74 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
66 ( 50 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
67 ( 68 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
68 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 71 ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
73 ( 56 ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
74 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE LOVE Lou Gramm
75 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Barry Manilow


Back in Florida, we had a trip to downtown Orlando, or “multi-storey yuppie-paradise blocks, banking and the like” as I referred to them. Church Street Station was the only bit of interest, a sort of 19th-century-styled shopping area by a railroad. Happily I found a record store and bought Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits CD, and the kids played in the video arcade.

Next day, Epcot at Disney, which impressed me, especially as you walk in the entrance and see the giant golf-ball-styled building. Inside was Spaceship Earth, a very Disney-50’s view of human history and the future, but sort of nostalgically pleasant for idealised childhood images. I also loved the monorail passing overhead outdoors in amongst the huge individual indoor themed attractions and ponds and fountains and gardens. Very nice. Around the central (huge) lake was a selection of countries of the world, buildings done in the styles of each, and peopled with residents of each: Canada (very Ottawa); London (chip shop and pub); Japan I loved, huge buildings stuffed with oriental trinket mementos, and japanese gardens, pagodas; Morocco reminded me of Tunisia; China I also enjoyed shopping in for Singapore noastalgia, and it looked great; Mexico was an Aztec pyramid, the indoors set as night-time and boat ride of singing happy Mexico as an attraction. Cool air-con inside too, hooray. Other stuff: The Living Seas had a giant aquarium, Universe Of Energy had giant plastic dinosaurs and forgot to mention pollution as it was sponsored co-incidentally by Exxon. And then there was the fab 3D Captain Eo film – Michael Jackson in a sci-fi Star Wars/ Thriller styled short musical. It was naff acting and scriptwise but ended on a good version of Another Part Of You.

Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast (2 or 3 hours drive) was awesome for me, it had a Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttles, and I drove there along to the US top 40 radio countdown. The space shuttle was on the launchpad!! So we bought tickets for a coach tour of NASA, which had a viewing platform to get out and take photos of the space shuttle on the launch pad. In the distance. Also got to stop at the Saturn V rocket (then still outdoors as seen in the Police’s Walking On The Moon pop video). It was huge, but didn’t appear big due to the massive NASA building behind it (so big this can be seen for miles around, used to house the shuttle and rockets) – a few years later it was moved to an indoor building and you got real sense of scale then, you could walk underneath it. Finally, The Dream Is Alive, awesome Imax movie, the quality of the space shots, and late astronauts, was both stunning and sad, awesome and wondrous. I bought a souvenir poster an astronaut on a spacewalk, and smaller ones of Planet earth and the Space Shuttle. Back for Doctor Who on cable TV (Black Orchid), and a new Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Rob Lowe on Saturday Night Live.

Other day trips? Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee, Ron Jon’s Surfshop (megastore), cheap T shirts, and I babysat in the motel with the kids playing on the play equipment. I nipped to the bathroom, only to have Gavin come in screaming: he’d been kicked off the slide by another kid and had what appeared to be a bruised cheek. I calmed him down, soothed the bruise with water and he ran off back to play with me there. I should have been there supervising, so take all the blame. I told him a couple of years back that the mysterious chipped bone he’d had in his cheekbone as long as he could remember was my fault (sort of). It probably would have happened anyway…! Just to round off the evening, dad came out of the toilet having had the runs (food poisoning) all day following a sea food platter meal at Cocoa Beach, and fell slowly to the floor groaning. We thought he was acting and laughed. He wasn’t acting. He hit his chin, and stayed up all night with the TV on, poorly.

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My 1990 Charts – February

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4th february 1990

3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…

My 1990 Charts – January

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7th January 1990

A new decade, and Distant Cousins return to the top for a second soulful week, and Jason Donovan goes back up to 2, too. The 49‘ers Touch Me at 6, Soul II Soul Get A Life and a third top 10 at 9, Wet Wet Wet meanwhile have Broke Away at 8, returning them to the top 10 3 years since Wishing I Was Lucky started the ball rolling. Band Aid II belatedly get their christmas charity cover into the 10, as Kylie also gets the highest new entry at 14 with a decent cover of a much better 1950’s classic: Tears On My Pillow promoted her movie, but I never loved it as much I loved the Little Anthony & The Imperials version. Still don’t.

D Mob are back, with a reworking of an O’Jays song, at 23, so Put Your Hands Together, though De La Soul think 24 is the Magic Number now that it’s a double A with Buddy. Some classic new entries lower, though, headed by Cher following up her big return (If I Could Turn Back Time) with the fantastic cowboy-inspired rock track Just Like Jesse James, a song written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child. Desmond of late had been writing hits for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, among others, Diane for, well, EVERYTHING! She’s done Eurovision with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, written a million-seller for Aerosmith, got awards and movie songs coming out of her ears, Paloma Faith’s latest single (Feb 2015) is one of hers, so is Cher’s previous hit, and one of her biggest accolades (for me) Pet Shop Boys recorded her brilliant song Numb, the playout song England went out of the world cup with to dramatic effect. Pet Shop Boys just don’t record other people’s songs, except as covers, so that was pretty rare. Take a google at the list of songs, and acts recording them, from Roy Orbison to Rihanna, and gasp for breath.

Talking of brilliant songwriters, Prince. Sinead O’Connor follows up Mandinka with a heart-breaking cover of Prince’s Nothin’ Compares 2 U, complete with world-dominating tearful video, and instant world-wide fame. Classic? Absolutely! In at 57 in the first chart of the year, not a bad start. Rod Stewart meanwhile covers Tom Waits, Downtown Train, and unusually for a Rod cover it’s not bad at all, though Tom is another songwriter (like Prince) who can be, shall we say, uniquely protective when it comes to their own work? That would be worth pursuing if one were immortal, but copyright is harder to govern from beyond the grave. Unless you’re the estate of Elvis Presley.

Returning, Smokie, 15 years on, without lead singer Chris Singer, instead it was Black Lace singer Alan Barton on lead, and who died a couple of years later on a Smokie tour coach crash, effectively ending their career, barring the Roy Chubby Brown monstrosity version of Living Next Door To Alice. Candidate for the worst record ever that one, not because of the song though. Finally, a legend returns: Quincy Jones having been dumped by Michael Jackson as producer (and ending his classic period to boot) had some time on his hands, so got Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on featuring vocals. As you do. As he does anyway. I’ll Be Good To You is good.

1 ( 2 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
4 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
5 ( 1 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
6 ( 13 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
7 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
8 ( 11 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
9 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
10 ( 12 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II

11 ( 6 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 7 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
13 ( 9 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
14 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
15 ( 34 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 14 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
18 ( 20 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
19 ( 10 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
20 ( 28 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

21 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
22 ( 15 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
23 ( NEW ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob
24 ( 43 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 19 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
26 ( 38 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
27 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
28 ( 18 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
29 ( 55 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
30 ( 21 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

31 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
32 ( 25 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
33 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
34 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
35 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
36 ( 46 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
37 ( 26 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
38 ( 23 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
39 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
40 ( 53 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty

41 ( 33 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
42 ( 42 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 37 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 31 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 40 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
46 ( 22 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
47 ( 41 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
48 ( 30 ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
50 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 47 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( 39 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
53 ( 44 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
55 ( 27 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
56 ( 51 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
58 ( 45 ) MY LOVE The London Boys
59 ( NEW ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
62 ( 52 ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
63 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
65 ( 61 ) OH WELL Oh Well
66 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
67 ( 67 ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 36 ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 58 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 59 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
72 ( 69 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
73 ( 65 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

For me the new decade started on several sleepless nights, missing grandma on the first birthday without her, both her birthday and my 32nd. At home, the smoking and general upheaval of kids in the house was getting to me a bit, too. On TV, The Road To Singapore (Hope and Crosby movie), David Attenborough dinosaurs programme (who doesn’t love dinosaurs!), and worried about being too old for the new squash courses I’d joined. 32, old? Pah!



14th January 1990

3 weeker for Distant Cousins at 1, and a quiet chart otherwise, bar a batch of mostly uneventful new entries. Happily, though, Cher’s shooting her 6-guns at 6 with one of her great records, and Sinead O’Connor cries her way up into the top 40. Kylie gets her 4th Top 10, and De la Soul find 12 is this week’s magic number. Living In A Box stop yo-yo-ing and make a firm dive into the 20, their 4th time.

New entries start with the Mission at 41, and the good Butterfly On A Wheel, more melodic than usual for them, while just behind is Lloyd Cole and the pretty No Blue Skies, 6 years on and without his Commotions anymore. Cyndi Lauper’s Heading West for one solitary chart week at 49 – oops! – and so might Everything But The Girl be, as they are Driving at 52, and like Lloyd Cole part of the Class of ’84 still plugging away classily, if not exactly on fire. A bit more lively, UB40 cover Al Green, and do a nice enough reggae version of a great soul song, Here I Am (Come And Take Me), giving them a cool decade of pretty much non-stop chart entries.

Best new entry by far though is Mantronix featuring Wondress and rthe sublime Got To Have Your Love, one of the few contemporary dance tracks in the chart that doesn’t sound horribly dated. At 61, The Happy Mondays Hallelujah is in remix form (apparently), but I’m sticking with the original on the video, as it has Kirsty MaColl on Top Of The Pops with them, and that’s good enough for me! Eurythmics are back with a spot of lesser royalty, just below them, Phil Collins is hoping for some rain, 9 years on from In The Air Tonight, and no comparison. Megadeth take on Alice Cooper and lose, of course. Fish’s Marillion days are in the past, but he swims in briefly with a Big Wedge. Finally janet Jackson’s latest Rhythm Nation track is a sweet ballad, Come Back To Me at 75.

1 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
4 ( 3 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
6 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
7 ( 9 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
8 ( 7 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 5 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
10 ( 14 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

11 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
13 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
14 ( 44 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
15 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
17 ( 23 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
18 ( 21 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
19 ( 8 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
20 ( 27 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia

21 ( 20 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
22 ( 26 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 12 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
24 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
25 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
26 ( 13 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
27 ( 22 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
28 ( 29 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
29 ( 19 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
30 ( 25 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 35 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
32 ( 36 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
33 ( 34 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
34 ( 31 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
35 ( 40 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
36 ( 32 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
37 ( 57 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
38 ( 39 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 54 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
40 ( 30 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

41 ( NEW ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
42 ( 37 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
43 ( 43 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 28 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
45 ( 49 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 41 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
47 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( NEW ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 45 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

51 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( NEW ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
53 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( 59 ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
56 ( 61 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
57 ( 46 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
58 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
59 ( 56 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress

61 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
62 ( NEW ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
63 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 52 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
65 ( 38 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
67 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( NEW ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
69 ( 65 ) OH WELL Oh Well
70 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

71 ( 66 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
72 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) BIG WEDGE Fish
74 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
75 ( NEW ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson

In the 1990 world, still not sleeping at night, feeling my life isn’t my own and having bouts of lowness and anxiety, not helped by a good news bad news situation at work: good news Parks were giving me a permanent job (yay!) along with Andy and Cathy, bad news it was a salary drop of £1300, quite a bit of cash, which made the likelihood of getting my own place more difficult. The new Tower Park cinema/bowls/ice-skating/swimming/clubs/food outlets was great though for me – I went off to see Back To The Future 2 again, my top film of 1989.


21st January 1990

Cher finally grabs another solo chart-topper 16 years after Dark Lady got there, and her third in total (one with Sonny in 1972). Just Like Jesse James is fab, Cher is at her best when she’s being mega dramatic. Up from 37 to 6, Sinead O’Connor is finding not much compares 2 her, and a well deserved even bigger hit for her than Mandinka. Jimmy Somerville follows Sylvester’s original into the Top 10, while the highest new entry at 9, wham bam thank you ma’am, it’s Lisa Stansfield’s follow-up to a classic number one, this one Live Together almost as good.

In at 16, Stock Aitken Waterman’s production-line keeps on churning out hits, with Lonnie Gordon the happy beneficiary of one of their better songs, Happenin’ All Over Again, Silver Bullet go top 20 with the good 20 Seconds To Comply, going all rap Robocop with attitude, and one second less than a future less good UK number one. Good climbs for Mantronix and Quincy Jones into the 40, but the best news is The Beloved returning with a terrific slow-groove funky list of celebrities, Hello at 30: Leslie Crowther, as they say, come on down! Great record.

Another great new entry at 39, the not-that-well-known (but fab) House Of Love’s Shine On, summoning up the spirit of classic Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, jangly indie rock that needs revisiting. Meanwhile Terry Hall is back with yet another collaboration of new mates, this time as Terry, Blair and Anoushka. Ultra Modern Nursery Rhymes, and not bad at 74. At 64, Dion is back, his late 50’s and early 60’s teen heart-throb doowop pop far behind him now, as Written On The Subway Wall is more Springsteen than his 1976 revived biggie The Wanderer. Produced by the great Dave Edmunds, that can only be a good thing.

1 ( 6 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 3 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 37 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
7 ( 10 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( NEW ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 17 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice

11 ( 5 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
12 ( 7 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
13 ( 9 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 12 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
15 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
16 ( NEW ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
17 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
19 ( 32 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
20 ( 13 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

21 ( 14 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
22 ( 60 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
23 ( 56 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
24 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
25 ( NEW ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
26 ( 61 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
27 ( NEW ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
28 ( 52 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
29 ( 18 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
30 ( NEW ) HELLO The Beloved

31 ( 19 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
34 ( 54 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
35 ( 30 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
36 ( 23 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
37 ( 41 ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
38 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( NEW ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
40 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

41 ( 27 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
42 ( 33 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
43 ( 31 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
44 ( 29 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( 36 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
50 ( 21 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 26 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
52 ( 66 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
53 ( 28 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
54 ( 68 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 70 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth
57 ( 35 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
58 ( 62 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
59 ( 58 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

61 ( 59 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) I CALLED U Lil Louis
63 ( 40 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
64 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALL Dion
65 ( RE ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 73 ) BIG WEDGE Fish
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 75 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
70 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams

71 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
72 ( 46 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
73 ( NEW ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
74 ( NEW ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
75 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


In life, surveying Bournemouth’s parks still, and at home teaching the kids how to draw. Buying loads of albums in sales and raving about the forgotten UK historical sit-com Chelmsford 1-2-3, a Roman invasion laugh starring Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath. It deserves to be better remembered as it’s still funny, and being period set it doesn’t date! Played an actual game of squash with cool Peter from work – and lost. Fun though. Had a strange dream about Janet Jackson, which if nothing else is a pop culture reference! Saw When Harry Met Sally at the cinema, a pleasant romcom, and decided to myself it was time I started looking around at possibly maybe moving out and sort of maybe getting into a relationship, as I wasn’t especially happy with my lot in life. Maybe. On the other hand, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one this century if I were you…!


28th January 1990

2 weeks for Cher at 1, and The 49‘ers at 2, leaving Lisa Stansfield as the next bet to replace Cher at 4, Live Together making it a 3rd cool top 5 for Lisa. Sinead O’Connor also moves to 5 with her Prince cover classic. FPI Project’s Odyssey cover is at 7, showing their roots, and Mantronix just miss the top 10 at 11.

Quincy Jones, The Beloved (Hello!) and Rod’s train all chug in to the 20, as Janet Jackson gets another top 30 hit with ballad Come Back To Me. Highest new entry, though, is at 27 and it’s the band who made the song that became an anthem for the London Special Olympics: Public Enemy who Welcome you To The Terrordome, not Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Pleasuredome. A hugely influential rap act, but not a band I ever became passionate about so it comes as a pleasant surprise to see Public Enemy managed to beat out the competition for at least one week! There’s another welcome, albeit a dance welcome, too, at 29, from Gino Latino.

Sybil! Sybil!! No it’s not Fawlty Towers, it’s a dance soul shuffle cover of Dionne Warwick’s definitive version of Bacharach/David’s Walk On By. It’s a song that is impossible to ruin, so classic is it, but it’s also a song where no-one can better the cool heartbreak of the original, though Sybil does a fine job at 32. In the week that I went to see an Ex-Beatle live in concert, he drops by with a tuneful optmistic new ditty, Put It There Macca mate, at 49! It’s a spot of awesome though at 55, as Depeche Mode enter with their finest moment a full 9 years into their career, Enjoy The Silence is moody, tuneful, mysterious and brilliant, the Mode hitting new mature career highs worldwide and setting themselves up to be another influential act. Finally, it’s yet another dance cover at 59 – but this one’s different: Beats International was Norman Cook evolving his solo dance music career ex-Housemartins into a rave-dance DJ legend, starting with this very good cover of The SOS Band’s Jam & Lewis brilliant Just Be Good To Me. Dub Be Good To Me isn’t quite as good, but it does the job and tops the UK chart!

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 9 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
5 ( 6 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
6 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 18 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
8 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( 7 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
10 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan

11 ( 22 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
12 ( 16 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
13 ( 10 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
14 ( 23 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
15 ( 30 ) HELLO The Beloved
16 ( 25 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
17 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 13 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
20 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 11 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
22 ( 27 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
23 ( 28 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
24 ( 14 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 69 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
26 ( 20 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
27 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
28 ( 15 ) WORDS The Christians
29 ( NEW ) WELCOME Gino Latino
30 ( 34 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40

31 ( 39 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
32 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Sybil
33 ( 19 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
34 ( 60 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
35 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
36 ( 74 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( 62 ) I CALLED U Lil Louis and The World
39 ( 29 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
40 ( 56 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

41 ( 40 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
42 ( 35 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
43 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
44 ( 21 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
46 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
48 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
50 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

51 ( 36 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
52 ( 58 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
53 ( 42 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
54 ( 33 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
55 ( NEW ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
56 ( 26 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
57 ( 31 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
59 ( NEW ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 41 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

61 ( 46 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
62 ( 44 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
63 ( 61 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
64 ( 43 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( 73 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( NEW ) BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil

71 ( NEW ) NRG Adamski
72 ( 49 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
73 ( 51 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) THE FACE And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Joe Cocker

London Wembley Arena Paul McCartney Live In Concert January 24th 1990

Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

Ignoring a few Flowers In The Dirt album tracks which were a bit out of place amongst the jewels, songs like Fool On The Hill, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, and the like, though some uptempo numbers would have been even better, to add to Sgt Pepper, Jet, Got To Get You Into My Life etc. Live And Let Die came over powerfully, and Hey Jude was spine-tingling, though the crowd singalong was somewhat interrupted by a bloke just behind fainting and causing a commotion. Admittedly it was a very special moment for me – my first ever memory of record getting to UK number one, the first to top my own personal charts, and a Beatles highlight – but fainting is going one step too far for me! The encore? Yesterday (bit of a biggie that one), Get Back (brilliant), and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End. I wished I’d had a better seat, and a delayed drive back to moan about, but all in all… it was one of The Beatles! yay!

1st: Hey Jude
2nd: Live And Let Die
3rd: Sgt. Pepper
4th: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
5th: Can’t Buy Me Love
6th: Jet
7th: Back In The USSR
8th: Band On The Run
9th: Get Back
10th: Eleanor Rigby/This One/My Brave Face/Fool On The Hill/Let It Be

Phew! That’s quite a line-up of songs!

In the real world, I showed my gratitude at being given a full-time job by getting wound-up about the drop in wages and starting a meeting about the new role going straight to the point. I’d forgotten how stroppy I could be when stressed! Turns out they agreed to keep me on the same wage, which then pissed off colleagues. Oh dear! Had another game of squash (lost) with Peter, and at work Andy and I were dealing with tree damage from storms as we went out in the lashing rain and wind to note what needed attention in various parks. At home, I took the neice and nephew into the neighbouring woods to see all of the trees that had come down in the high winds. On TV: Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers), Chelmsford 1-2-3…

My 1989 Charts – October

back of my head in new york 1989

back of my head in new york 1989

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1st October 1989

5 weeks sowing them seeds on top, with Cher going top 5 18 years since Gypsies Tramps And Thieves first did it (if only she could turn back time!), Belinda’s light is still on with yet another top 10 single, and Billy Joel gets his first since 1983. Curiosity Killed The Cat get a third Top 20 hit, and Technotronic pump up that jam 35 places to 18.

Milli Vanilli get another Top 40 entry, somehow, while Roxette more understandably grab another as Listen To Your Heart starts to bite. New Kids On The Block get 2 simultaneous top 40 entries as Hangin’ Tough pops in. Trust me, that will never happen again! Highest new entry at 38 is a good Erasure single, Drama! At 55 Living In A Box get a second great single, a ballad and nothing like their eponymous number one. Wax sneak back 2 years after 2 great pop singles, anchors aweigh at 65, Bros and Bobby Brown follow-up better singles, The Wonder Stuff have a debut at 72, with more to come from them in the years that followed, ABC make it 7 years of chart entries at 75, it’s The Real Thing. Finally, Debbie Harry’s back with another solo hit, cos she Wants That Man – essentially a Thompson Twins record, written and produced by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, pretty much their last hurrah.

Post American-holiday, I remained jetlagged, caught up on new pop music, watched TV (Sledge Hammer, a great redneck cop comedy series; Juke Box Jury (Jools Holland and Julian Clary slagged off Sinitta, though it hardly hurt any of their careers); Time Tunnel and Batman 60’s classics; Blackadder Goes Forth; Police Squad. At work, the car broke down on the way in so I had to call for help from Frizzells Road Rescue. Parks boss Mr Hunt gave me a hard time, interrupting our Parks measuring on a mis-filed old plans wild-goose-chase. Popped round to Bob’s on Sunday to swap holiday photos, and his mum and dad, Ray and Iris, liked them too – some stunning shots amongst them of New York, Niagara and so on. At home, got fed up with all the second-hand smoke choking me and the kids going through a rowdy phase, but gave the go-ahead to mum and dad to organise a trip to Florida with the kids and me.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 14 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
4 ( 3 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
5 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 30 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
7 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 23 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
9 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express

11 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
12 ( 26 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 19 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
14 ( 6 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 18 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
16 ( 8 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
17 ( 7 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
18 ( 53 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
19 ( 21 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
20 ( 11 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

21 ( 13 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
22 ( 15 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
23 ( 12 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
24 ( 43 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
25 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 39 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
29 ( 41 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
30 ( 34 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

31 ( 20 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
32 ( 60 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
33 ( 22 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 50 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
35 ( 28 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
36 ( 40 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
37 ( 32 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
38 ( NEW ) DRAMA Erasure
39 ( 29 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( 45 ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!

41 ( 24 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
42 ( 31 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
43 ( NEW ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
44 ( 38 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
45 ( 48 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
46 ( 44 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
47 ( 73 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
48 ( 33 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
49 ( 65 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
50 ( RE ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 37 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
52 ( NEW ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
53 ( 66 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
54 ( 35 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( NEW ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 54 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
58 ( NEW ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
59 ( 42 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
60 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 57 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
65 ( NEW ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
66 ( NEW ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
67 ( 36 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
68 ( 55 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( 47 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

71 ( 69 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN GENTLY The Wonder Stuff
73 ( NEW ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING ABC

me in ottawa 1989

me in ottawa 1989

8th October 1989

6 weeks for Tears For Fears, 2 for Sydney Youngblood at 2, and Cher gets het first Top 3 since Dark Lady hit 1 in 1974. In the charts that same week was Devil Gate Drive, and Suzi Quatro tops my playlist chart this week ahead of Pet Shop Boys I Get Excited, which wasn’t chart-eligible (B sides and album tracks had been excluded by 1989 till I saw the error of my ways). It would pretty much certainly have been a top 10 track, though.

Pump Up The Jam hits 6, and the sublime Personal Jesus gives Depeche Mode a top 10 hit for the first time in 5 years (Blasphemous Rumours being the last time) and for the 9th time in total. I, too, suffered from Milli Vanilli madness, along with the world, at 10, while the Pet Shop Boys are at 16, as sung by Liza Minelli. Cliff rockets 50 places to 13 with his best record in 2 years, and most likely his last great pop single, though he had 21 years of big hits in my charts by then, not to mention an extra 6 years had I been charting as a nipper, as it’s absolutely certain that tracks like Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday, All My Love and The Day I Met Marie would have been chart-toppers being as I was mad on them age 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…

Highest new entry, soul great Al Green’s back again 18 years on, this time with hip-hop biggie Arthur Baker, and as suits his Reverend status, The Message Is Love. Oh Well. Yes, it’s Fleetwood Mac’s 60’s rock classic done 80’s club stylee, and in at 37. Oh Well. Oh dear! Shakespear’s Sister’s follow-up runs free at 42, Frankie’s Holly has a spot of heaven at 46, and Lisa Stansfield’s 3rd hit is THE big one, All Around The World, massive in all it’s sexy mid-Atlantic Barry White strings-tastic gorgeousness. I love it, but occasionally I enjoy singing along to it in Lisa’s natural Rochdale accent: Avv bin aroun’t worrld and ah cahn’t fahnd me barebih.

The Thompson Twins get Debbie Harry up to 40, and for good measure get themselves in a bit lower at 64 with a Sugar Daddy. The Jackson 5 also had a minor hit with Sugar Daddy in my 1972 charts, and they pop back (well minus the two most-important singers Michael and Jermaine) at 75.

At home, I started an evening course in garden design (more for work reasons than actual interest, I had an eye on a career in Parks if nothing else came along). Clive, the hippie lecturer showed a tedious video on the history of gardening, but by then sadly I’d already paid and couldn’t back out of the dullness. Monty Python’s great Graham Chapman died this week, I commented: No more Python sadly. Well, 30 years on, and that’s not quite so accurate now, the recent live shows were fun (on TV, I couldn’t get tickets). Hooray! On TV, it was MASH, Red Dwarf, Police Squad, Top Of The Pops, Blackadder Goes Forth, Doctor Who (the best episode in 3 years), and over the weekend I planted up my new pond, and bought a small eucalyptus to plant next to it. Oh was that an expensive mistake when the bloody thing grew and grew when I didn’t bother pruning it – tree surgeons eventually cut it down.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
4 ( 3 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 18 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
7 ( 8 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
8 ( 13 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
9 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 24 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli

11 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 4 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
13 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 11 ) ONE The Bee Gees
16 ( 45 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 19 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
18 ( 12 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
19 ( 10 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys

21 ( 16 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
23 ( 68 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
24 ( 15 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 26 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( 20 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 21 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
29 ( 22 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
30 ( 43 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White

31 ( 38 ) DRAMA Erasure
32 ( 23 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
33 ( 47 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
34 ( NEW ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
35 ( 53 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
37 ( NEW ) OH WELL Oh Well
38 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 66 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
40 ( 73 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry

41 ( 30 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
42 ( NEW ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
43 ( 31 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
45 ( 35 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
46 ( NEW ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
47 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
48 ( 44 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 34 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
50 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 52 ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
52 ( 33 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
53 ( 29 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
54 ( 46 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
55 ( 58 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
58 ( 36 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
59 ( 37 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
60 ( 57 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

61 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
64 ( NEW ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( NEW ) FACTS OF LIFE Climie Fisher
66 ( 64 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
67 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE AFFAIR Stefan Dennis
68 ( NEW ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Third World

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 42 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
73 ( NEW ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU (REMIX) Chaka Khan
75 ( NEW ) 2300 JACKSON STREET The Jacksons

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
2 I GET EXCITED Pet Shop Boys
3 PINBALL Brian Protheroe

that shirt again in Canada 1989

that shirt again in Canada 1989

15th October 1989

It’s a new number one as Sydney Youngblood’s catchy soulpop dance tune knocks off Tears For Fears after 6 weeks on top, and Belinda Carlisle gets her 2nd-biggest hit (behind number one Circle In The Sand) at 3. Cliff does what he used to do so often – go top 10 – while Grayson Hugh’s fab gospel pop tune shoots up to 7, an American hit if not the UK. Living In A Box have plenty of room in their heart to go up 13, and Al Green keeps the top 20 hits running on for 18 years, yes Love IS the Message. In at 18 with a bluesy gnarl, it’s the Road To Hell, probably Chris Rea’s best record, and 11 years after his previous best record Fool (If You Think It’s Over). Biggest climber is our Lisa at 21, she’s been all around the world….or at least from number 57.

Re-entries, at 20 for Eurythmics single finally out in the UK – Don’t Ask Me Why it wasn’t sooner, and Soul Sister’s bouncy The Way To Your Heart at 31. Double Trouble are Street Tuff into the 40, with the Rebel MC in tow, Bros haven’t mentioned the chocolate box yet, but there it is, at 29 and doing quite well for my charts! De La Soul are welcome back with the good Eye Know at 38, Fuzzbox do a decent cover of Yoko Ono’s classic 1981 Number One, at 48, while Fresh Four don’t so the same to Rose Royce’s 1978 classic Wishing On A Star. Queen continue their string of minor hits, Scandal at 54, really for the first time since 1982 Queen not really grabbing me with their singles off an album.

The Adventures pop back from Washington, 5 years after their debut hits now, and The Creatures take a break, as they do occasionally, from Siouxsie And The Banshees, and hit 63 just Standing There! 10 years on and Rickie Lee Jones has swapped Chuck E for a Satellite, so can’t grumble. Jive Bunny make my charts purely for the Hawaii 5-0 segment, The Blow Monkeys are slaves no more at 71, Prince and Sheena are back together again with the hit ballad The Arms Of Orion from Batman – it’s not a patch on 101 or U Got The Look though, in at 74, just ahead of Alice Cooper resting on a bed of nails.

1 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
5 ( 3 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 23 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 10 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
9 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 4 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

11 ( 7 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
12 ( 8 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
13 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
14 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
15 ( 34 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 12 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
18 ( NEW ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
19 ( 15 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( RE ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 57 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
22 ( 18 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
23 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
24 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
25 ( 37 ) OH WELL Oh Well
26 ( 21 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
27 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
28 ( 31 ) DRAMA Erasure
29 ( 39 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
30 ( 17 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( RE ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
32 ( 40 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
33 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
34 ( 68 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
35 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
37 ( 20 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
38 ( NEW ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
39 ( 42 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
40 ( 28 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF

41 ( 26 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
42 ( 36 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
43 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 55 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( NEW ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
46 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
47 ( 30 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
48 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
50 ( NEW ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call

51 ( 29 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
52 ( 48 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
53 ( 47 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SCANDAL Queen
55 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
56 ( 46 ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 45 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
59 ( 41 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
60 ( NEW ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
63 ( NEW ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( 62 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
66 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
67 ( 73 ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
68 ( NEW ) SATELLITE Rickie Lee Jones
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers

71 ( NEW ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
72 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 54 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
74 ( NEW ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
75 ( NEW ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
2 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU MIchael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 FOREVER Cliff Richard

Ottawa

Ottawa

22nd October 1989

A return to the top gives the brilliant Sowing The Seeds Of Love a rare 7th week at number one, just ahead of a massive high new entry at 2 for Elton John, with his sweet, affecting ballad Sacrifice, follow-up to Number One Healing Hands. The Uk public were unmoved by both till they were re-issued as a double A side in 1990, at which point the UK agreed with me and made them a chart-topper, the record that reinvigorated Elton’s unfairly unfashionable and declining popularity. Since then, of course, he’s made a career out of back catalogue classics getting to number one!

Elsewhere: Oh Well up to 8. Oh well. Soul Sister leap to 11 with a bouncy track, Expose and Lisa Stansfield go top 20, Queen top 30, and new at 31 Norman Cook is back with the good For Spacious Lies. Who needs The Housemartins, eh, Norman? At 36 Sybil updates the lesser-known (and brilliant) Dionne Warwick/ Burt Bacharach song Don’t Make Me Over, and it’s not bad. Raze are back again with Break 4 Love re-charting at 38, while Martika takes Carole King’s lovely I Feel The Earth Move and removes all passion, but you can dance to it at 39, ditto D Mob debuting Cathy Dennis at 40 with C’mon And Get My Love. Two of the above went on to be successful song-writers, of many a pop and dance classic of the 90’s and 00’s: Clue: it’s Fatboy Slim and Cathy Dennis.

The Temptations, or at least a few of the original line-up, are back at 56 with All I Want Is You 21 years on from their first hit, Janet Jackson ‘s second single from Rhythm Nation, the Jam n Lewis-tastic album (ignoring the annoying spoken mini-tracks) marches forcefully in at 67, and Adeva’s back at 74. I Thank You. On TV? New sitcom “Nutt House” which I’ve forgotten all about – wikipedia reminds me it was 12-episode Mel Brooks series with the fabulous Brooks faves Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman as the stars. That’s good enough for me! I now need to buy them…sadly not available, of course! Julian Clary’s Sticky Moment’s funny, and Doctor Who another goodie, frustratingly about to be cancelled thanks to a nonce Exec.

In life, mum was poorly with bad flu, I was irritable from woken up by the nephew and niece at 6am every morning, and because mum was ill I opted out of going to my cousin’s wedding in Weymouth, which caused guilt and family ill-will. Quite rightly actually, I should have gone. Tit. At worked, tried to pep up a depressed friend/colleague Peter, who was wondering what was the point in life, generally speaking. For the wonders, and art, if nothing else, suggested I, life is it’s own point. Joined the Broadstone gymn, hired a squash court to try and improve before playing others, and was brave enough to use male changing-room shower facilities, something I wouldn’t have done 10 years earlier, what with all the hang-ups I had. The way to deal with hang-ups is to confront them and get over them, seemed to work pretty well with that one, as I don’t give a toss these days!

In news: San Fransisco earthquake happened, big news obviously, while at home I got the kids teas ready while Sue at the doctors. Vicki said “I don’t like you looking after me”, humph, so I told her she was being horrible, and let her eat what she wanted. Made her happier. Parenting skills, eh?! Gardening evening course at Bournemouth Uni again with mature lady students, enjoyed the Uni bar though, still miss student days, much better than working for a living in every way bar one: money. Heavy weekend rain, and took mum to see new movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Shatner did OK with the direction, but the slow script and ageing cast “need young folks to help things along”. In the comics world, it’s the debut of of the “5-year gap” Legion of Super-Heroes issue 1, all grim and gritty and mysterious, but well-written, our heroes now well into their late 20’s and 30’s, keeping up with my real age, unique in the comics world by ageing along with their readership.

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE Elton John
3 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
4 ( 1 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
5 ( 3 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 25 ) OH WELL Oh Well
9 ( 13 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
10 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 31 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
12 ( 18 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 8 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
14 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
15 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 11 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
17 ( 21 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
18 ( 10 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
19 ( 36 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
20 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 12 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
22 ( 14 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
23 ( 50 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 38 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
25 ( 32 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
26 ( 17 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
28 ( 54 ) SCANDAL Queen
29 ( 34 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
30 ( 26 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John

31 ( NEW ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
32 ( 22 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 45 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
34 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
35 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
36 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
37 ( 24 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
38 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
39 ( 66 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
40 ( NEW ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

41 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
42 ( 23 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
43 ( 63 ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
44 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( 42 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
47 ( 39 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
48 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( NEW ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
50 ( 28 ) DRAMA Erasure

51 ( 40 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
52 ( 60 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
53 ( 33 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
54 ( 52 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
56 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
57 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 74 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
60 ( 75 ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( RE ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
63 ( 53 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
64 ( 62 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
65 ( 71 ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
66 ( 59 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
67 ( NEW ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
68 ( 70 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
69 ( 65 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

71 ( 37 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
72 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 46 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
74 ( NEW ) I THANK YOU Adeva
75 ( 58 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 MYSTERY GIRL (LP) Roy Orbison
2 SLEEPING WITH THE PAST (LP) Elton John
3 I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

Ottawa 89 and me

Ottawa 89 and me

29th October 1989

Elton John’s second topper of the year, Sacrifice becomes his 8th Number One, and the last one before his voice changed, I loved young Elton’s soulful vocals, not so much a fan of deeper-voiced later-Elton. All change at the top end, as Living In A Box climb to 3, and Grayson Hugh’s great track at 4. Lisa Stansfield gets her 3rd top 10 in a row, and Eurythmics just miss out by a whisker with a good ballad. Liza Minelli bounces back, must be bouncing bombs at 15! Debbie Harry gets another top 20 solo hit while Imagination remix an illusion at 26, new 7 years on from the original. This is long before I got a kiss and hug from Leee John, so no bias involved!

Another actual oldie enters at 34, and it’s a rare fifties classic, the 1956 doowop UK number one Why Do Fools Fall In Love, which was back out, and purchased by me in 12inch vinyl format. I always did like this one (despite Diana Ross’ 1981 massacre), though a lot of fifties tracks tended to pass me by until I got older, they sounded too old in the 70’s and 80’s as production values improved. These days, I appreciate the period charm of many of ‘em, though. At 38, great moody The Sun Rising enters for The Beloved, the first of quite a few. Rod Stewart’s back with a cover of his own cover of an Isley Brothers classic – This Old Heart Of Mine – along with Ronald Isley, at 49. The good news is it’s better than his 1975 turgid version, the bad news is it’s not a patch on the earnest gorgeousness of the 1966 Motown original which hit my Top 5 in 1968, and number one in 1976.

Boy George is back, this time as Jesus Loves You, after the love hits 53, Tina Turner’s back with I Don’t Want To Lose You at 57, Simply Red are back 63, yes you’ve got it, and The Bangles claim they’ll set you free at 66. That’s not all, though, The Eagles Don Henley gets another entry with New York Minute, a sprawling classy cinematic ballad, at 69, New Kids get a third hit with The Right Stuff (so they claim), Luther Vandross finally charts Never Too Much, remixed, and Bob Dylan lengthens his run of hits to 20 years cos everything, apparently, is broken.


On My playlist, I’d rediscovered a little-heard ballad from 1972 by Middle Of The Road that stiffed, the very touching and politically correct Union Silver, a sad ballad if ever there was one, and very under-rated to say the least. At home, planting a willow tree in the back garden, poor old 5-years-dead budgie got dug up – he’d been put into a plastic bag. Ick! The final Entertainment USA on TV, busy videoing Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes season 1 as I got hold of them, not exactly classic Trek but a good substitute add-on at this stage. Squash at the gymn, the last week at work for the team leader Kevin, who’d found gainful (better paid) employment outside the Council, and we bought him an Erasure album as a going away prezzie (Wild). We all missed him, and as a consequence of his going I got made up to unofficial team-leader (no extra cash or written responsibility of course). Sent a card to Aunty Eileen, off into hospital for an operation, went to Uni evening course, which was of no long-term consequence in my life, and joined up following an invitation to Apa247, the new Legion Of Super-Heroes fanzine, which meant I had to get back into writing (every two months) and which opened up new lifestyle changes and gave me a great group of friends for 25 years. We had our 25th anniversary do the other week, perhaps not as young and gorgeous as were back in 89, and with four tragically having passed away far too young, but still having a ball every 2 months thankfully. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 9 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
4 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
5 ( 3 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
6 ( 8 ) OH WELL Oh Well
7 ( 17 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 4 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
9 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 11 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soulsister

11 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
12 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
15 ( 35 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
16 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
17 ( 14 ) CHERISH Madonna
18 ( 13 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
19 ( 25 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
20 ( 29 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC

21 ( 16 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
22 ( 24 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
23 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 28 ) SCANDAL Queen
25 ( 19 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( NEW ) JUST AN ILLUSION (’89) Imagination
27 ( 18 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
28 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
29 ( 31 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
30 ( 40 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

31 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
32 ( 21 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
34 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
35 ( 49 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
36 ( 30 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 39 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
38 ( NEW ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
39 ( 68 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
40 ( 27 ) ONE The Bee Gees

41 ( 67 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
43 ( 33 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
44 ( 38 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
45 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
46 ( 56 ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
47 ( 50 ) DRAMA Erasure
48 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
49 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
50 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan

51 ( 59 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
52 ( 32 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
53 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
54 ( 62 ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
55 ( 37 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
56 ( 74 ) I THANK YOU Adeva
57 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 42 ) THE BEST Tina Turner

61 ( 41 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
62 ( 54 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
63 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 52 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
65 ( NEW ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
66 ( NEW ) I’LL SET YOU FREE The Bangles
67 ( 70 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 64 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
70 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
72 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO MUCH (’89) Luther Vandross
73 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BROKEN Bob Dylan
75 ( 55 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road
3 THE YEAR OF THE CAT Al Stewart

My 1989 Charts – August

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Niagara Falls 1989

6th August 1989

3 weeks for Gloria, a tad OTT I think, Macca should have been at 1 instead. Apart from Macca, though it’s divas and gals hogging the top 5 as Liza with a Z loses her mind up 45 places to 5, courtesy of Chris n Neil – it’s essentially a PSB cover with Liza singing on top. Fab. Alice Cooper snakes his way into the 10 for the first time in 16 years, and it’s Poison. Pure poison. Pure. Lightning Seeds at 8, breaking into the 10 for the first time, and most definitely not the last time.

Martika breaks into the 20, Bros get only a second Top 20 hit, and Cyndi Lauper gets a full 5 years of top 20 hits. Stevie Nicks has a long way to go up to 22, but does it easily, while Transvision Vamp keep the top 40 hits on a landslide. There’s a batch of great new entries though to liven up the charts, headed by Eurythmics getting a 10th anniversary (as The Tourists) Revival at 35 (not the song though, that’s new). Elton John proves he has Healing Hands as the best record he’s done in 6 years shoots in at 36, to UK singles chart indifference. For a year at least, till the gospel marvel of it got a bit more exposure as a double A side number one with Sacrifice.

Neneh Cherry has Kisses On The Wind at 39, The Four Tops shine on at 45 (not the famous song, it’s a new one) for 20 years of chart entries, and Jon Bon Jovi begs us to lay our hands on him. I had the opportunity nearly a decade later but managed to restrain myself. Dolly Parton has just released a great version of the song, appropriately enough. Betty Boo raps Hey DJ to the Beatmasters, and starts a brief run of good pop singles, and makes Betty Boop famous again as copyright makes her change her name, ooh any day now.

Big debut news though is the KLF, not yet in epic mode, but very much in piss-take mode following The Timelords chart-topper, with the fabulous Kylie Said To Jason. You know you’ve created a great parody record when it’s better than the targets (Kylie and Jason’s current singles) on two levels, as parody, or as borrowing the sound of SAW to make the point yet still make a great pop record. Queen, meanwhile, are a bit invisible at 58 compared to the big comeback singalong thumping rock ballad charm of Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, for a sweet 18 years of solo hits. Mustn’t forget Malcolm McLaren’s quirky Shirt Jumping either at 70. Phew! Busy chart.

In the real world: Fun Coastal walk with Cathy and Chris from work to Dancing Ledge. Pre-holiday prep anxieties, but all booked. Ageist quips flying at work, with lovely Cathy, a whole decade older than me, on the receiving end. I was on the receiving end of an eraser, quite rightly. Banter! Mansfield friends of parents holiday camping in the garden at home, though Pat my age really, and a College friend rang with news of breast cancer treatment which made me feel bad at not getting in touch, as I had no idea. She’s fine now, very very happily.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 5 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
5 ( 50 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 20 ) POISON Alice Cooper
7 ( 8 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
8 ( 12 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
10 ( 6 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 15 ) ON AND ON Aswad
12 ( 7 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
13 ( 10 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
14 ( 25 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
15 ( 26 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 17 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
17 ( 11 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
18 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
19 ( 35 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
20 ( 14 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

21 ( 9 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
22 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 31 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 18 ) BATDANCE Prince
26 ( 39 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
27 ( 16 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
28 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
30 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 22 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
32 ( 60 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
33 ( 23 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
34 ( 40 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
35 ( NEW ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( NEW ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 21 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
38 ( 48 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
39 ( NEW ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City

41 ( 36 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
42 ( 43 ) BETTER DAYS Gun
43 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
44 ( 32 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 38 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
47 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
48 ( 34 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
49 ( 29 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
50 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop

51 ( 42 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 55 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
53 ( 27 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
54 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
55 ( 30 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
56 ( NEW ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
57 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
58 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 51 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

61 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 33 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
63 ( 75 ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds
64 ( 58 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
65 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 62 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
68 ( NEW ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
69 ( 68 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S JUMPING IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 74 ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 64 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
75 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan

13th August 1989

An amazingly overlong run at 1 for Gloria keeps Liza at 2. Awwww! Losing My Mind over that one. A quiet week at the top lets Martika, Bobby Brown and Aswad get their 1st, 2nd and third Top 10’s respectively. Elton leaps to 14, something’s Jumpin’ even more – from 70 to 16 it’s Malcolm McLaren’s model-cool dance track. Transvision Vamp and Neneh Cherry both get their 3rd Top 20 hit, meanwhile, as some Classics enter just below, highest at 26 being Black Box, the Italian house classic (with model-fronting Loleatta Holloway Love Sensation-sampling brilliant Ride On Time). Still a classic.

Even better, the Beatles-inspired epic Sowing The Seeds Of Love announces Tears For Fears 7th year of fantastic hits. Pure 1967 retro video and All You Need Is Love styled chorus, and juuuuust amazing. Just to keep up the new singles, Sydney Youngblood debuts at 34 with the fab If Only I Could, a great song, snuggling in just behind Cher and Bon Jovi into the 40. Oh but that’s not all! Madonna’s 3rd single off Like A Prayer is at 39, the sweet and pretty Cherish. Sir Cliff is also back with a Stock-Aitken-Waterman biggie, the otherwise not bad I Just Don’t Have The Heart.

Minor entries for Spandau, Paula Abdul, Art Of Noise, REM, Jody watley, Debbie Gibson and another fairly bland SAW cover (Mick Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie) for Big Fun.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
5 ( 8 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
6 ( 14 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
7 ( 13 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
8 ( 11 ) ON AND ON Aswad
9 ( 6 ) POISON Alice Cooper
10 ( 4 ) 101″ Sheena Easton

11 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros
12 ( 9 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
14 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
15 ( 19 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 70 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
17 ( 7 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
18 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 32 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
22 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 30 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 17 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
25 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
26 ( NEW ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( NEW ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
28 ( 50 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
29 ( 47 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
30 ( 38 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

31 ( 20 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
32 ( 68 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
33 ( 25 ) BATDANCE Prince
34 ( NEW ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
35 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( 21 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
37 ( 26 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
38 ( 33 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
39 ( NEW ) CHERISH Madonna
40 ( 58 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen

41 ( 29 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
42 ( 41 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
44 ( 23 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
45 ( 45 ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 37 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
47 ( 27 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
48 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
49 ( 40 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

51 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
53 ( NEW ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
54 ( 46 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
55 ( NEW ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
57 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
58 ( 57 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
63 ( 54 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
64 ( 31 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
65 ( 60 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
68 ( 74 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
69 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) YEBO! The Art Of Noise featuring Mahlatini

71 ( NEW ) STAND REM
72 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
75 ( NEW ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson

20th August 1989

A new number one, and it’s Elton’s fabulous Healing Hands. I have to admit I was completely baffled how this one managed to flop big time in the UK in 1989. His 7th number one in my chart, about as many in the USA, and yet to get a UK chart-topper on his own. Bizarre. Poor ol’ Liza was the bridesmaid again at 2. Highest new entry at 4, a 1966 classic from hippie Donovan, Sunshine Superman, probably his best record and pop psychedelia royalty giving him a belated second Top 20 hit 20 years on.

Tears For Fears sow seeds at 5, Black Box ride it to 8, and it’s a Mental new entry at 12 for some Manic MC’s. Crazy. Bon Jovi have their biggest hit in 3 years, and Rocky Horror classic The Time Warp transports in at 19 for Damian. Party classic or what?! Really drives me insa-a-a-a-ane, as Jameela might say. Meanwhile Debbie Gibson inexplicably rockets to 23, as the KLF explicably shoot up to 24. New: Donna Summer’s 3rd SAW hit of the year, Richard Marx debuts with the pleasant Right Here Waiting, The Cure bounce back with Love Song 9 years into the run of great singles, and Janet Jackson’s big comeback single isn’t Missed that much at a lowly 69.

I noted the UK singles charts had some good stuff in, but little classic, in my whinge-book, while my boss was trying to find me a permanent job at work, but it meant having to do horticulture courses. Radio One Roadshow with Simon Mayo at the Bournemouth Pier at lunchtime. Saw the Batman movie, very dark, too much for my tastes really, as it made me depressed. Built a new fish pond, parents not impressed.

1 ( 14 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
4 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 27 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
6 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
7 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
8 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 5 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
10 ( 4 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney

11 ( 6 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
12 ( NEW ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 20 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
14 ( 29 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 11 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 8 ) ON AND ON Aswad
17 ( 10 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
18 ( 7 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE TIME WARP Damian
20 ( 12 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

21 ( 39 ) CHERISH Madonna
22 ( 9 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 75 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
24 ( 62 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
25 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 50 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
28 ( 32 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 15 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 28 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 40 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
33 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 13 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
36 ( 53 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
37 ( 21 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
38 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
39 ( 24 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
40 ( 17 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello

41 ( 19 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
42 ( 55 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
43 ( 60 ) SELF Fuzzbox
44 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
45 ( 33 ) BATDANCE Prince
46 ( 25 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
47 ( 30 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
48 ( 38 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
49 ( NEW ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
50 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

51 ( NEW ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
52 ( 67 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
53 ( 36 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 74 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
55 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
56 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
57 ( 44 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
58 ( 41 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Cure

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
63 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
64 ( 46 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
65 ( 47 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
68 ( 72 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
69 ( NEW ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 54 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
72 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 63 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) THE BETTER PART OF ME Jaki Graham

27th August 1989

2 weeks for Elton on top, KLF up to 8 for their first Top 10 under that name (and 2nd under various names), while Madonna makes it 3 in a row in the 10. Lisa Stansfield reverses back up to a new peak of 16, and ditto Dion at 20. Queen are slightly less invisible at 26, while Alyson Williams dances up to 34.

One of Liza’s album track covers pops in as a cover from Hazell Dean at 57 – the fab Love Pains, originally an Yvonne Elliman goodie that I never actually got to hear. Partyman for Prince, another Batman song, enters at 60, and Ziggy Marley continues in the tradition of his dad, and pops in at 62 with Look Who’s Dancing.

ON TV pissed myself laughing at Josie Lawrence on Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Enjoyed US sitcom Sledge Hammer.

1 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 5 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
4 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
5 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
8 ( 24 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
9 ( 6 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
10 ( 21 ) CHERISH Madonna

11 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
12 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 11 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
14 ( 19 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
15 ( 23 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
16 ( 34 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
17 ( 9 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
18 ( 13 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 10 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
20 ( 47 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

21 ( 25 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
22 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 26 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
24 ( 27 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
25 ( 17 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
26 ( 32 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
27 ( 20 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
28 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 18 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
30 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros

31 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 16 ) ON AND ON Aswad
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 67 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
35 ( 36 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
36 ( 49 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
37 ( 29 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 51 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
39 ( 30 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 42 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet

41 ( 35 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
42 ( 38 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
43 ( 54 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
44 ( 37 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
45 ( 39 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
46 ( 44 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
47 ( 52 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
48 ( 55 ) ONE The Bee Gees
49 ( 56 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
50 ( 48 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 57 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
52 ( 60 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( 45 ) BATDANCE Prince
54 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 40 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
56 ( 46 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
57 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
58 ( 43 ) SELF Fuzzbox
59 ( 41 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
60 ( NEW ) PARTYMAN Prince

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 64 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) WARNING Adeva
65 ( 62 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 63 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 74 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
72 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 58 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
74 ( NEW ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
75 ( 65 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson