My February 1987 Charts

4th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Aretha’s first-ever chart-topper (after trying for 19 years) and George Michael gets a 5th, including Wham!. Carly Simon gets her 5th top 10, and The Christians debut at 15 from nowhere with the brilliant Forgotten Town, the Christian brothers from Liverpool followed in the tradition of The Real Thing’s early stuff for me, great soul records. China Crisis, The Mission and Lou Reed all go top 40 again – Lou hadn’t done that since 1973! Talking about oldies, a remix of Rock Your Baby brings George McCrae back after a gap of 12 years, while remixes is the theme of the week as recent flops from Stacey Q, This Island Earth, join Freeez and Hot Choc in the charts.

Geldof, Europe, Paul Young all follow-up with minor entries, Springsteen does his own Pointer Sisters gift 8 years late, Slade join their annual Xmas oldie with a newie, which gives them 16 years of entries, and Tina Turner makes it 14 years of chart hits as album title track Break Every Rule enters before I realised it wasn’t a single and excluded it. As I now include album tracks at least I know it’s position is fair and so I am keeping it!

1 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
4 ( 8 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
5 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 3 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
8 ( 10 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
9 ( 14 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
10 ( 16 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon

11 ( 12 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
12 ( 13 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
13 ( 19 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
14 ( 9 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
15 ( NEW ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
16 ( 24 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
17 ( 11 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
18 ( 23 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
19 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
20 ( 36 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy

21 ( 15 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
22 ( 35 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
23 ( 7 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
24 ( 18 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
25 ( 32 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
26 ( 17 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 44 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 31 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
30 ( 40 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

31 ( 20 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
32 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
33 ( 47 ) WASTELAND The Mission
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 60 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
36 ( 22 ) CANDY Cameo
37 ( 72 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
38 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 50 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
40 ( 26 ) CRY WOLF a-ha

41 ( 27 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
42 ( 29 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
43 ( 33 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
44 ( 45 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
45 ( NEW ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
46 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
47 ( 43 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 30 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
49 ( 68 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
50 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets

51 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
52 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
53 ( 41 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
54 ( 62 ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
55 ( 46 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 55 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
58 ( 39 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
59 ( 59 ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 52 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 74 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
62 ( 63 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
63 ( 64 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
64 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW (REMIX) This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
66 ( NEW ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 69 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
69 ( NEW ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) DON’T COME TO STAY Hothouse

71 ( 51 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
72 ( NEW ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
73 ( 48 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
74 ( NEW ) FIRE Bruce Springsteen
75 ( NEW ) STILL THE SAME Slade

4th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
2 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
3 ADORATIONS Killing Joke

11th February 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for George & Aretha as they preside over a busy top 10, a middling middle, and a busy bottom end with lots of new entries. Carly Simon gets her highest-charting record to date, The Christians a first top 5, Berlin a second top 10, The Blow Monkeys a 2nd top 10 and a big climb, Randy Crawford a second top 10, and China Crisis a 3rd top 10. Highest new entry is Eurythmics dropping the synths and opting for gospel rock, at 30. It’s chart returns for Duran, the Nana’s, The Damned making it 8 years of chart entries, The Smiths petering out ahead of the big bust-up never to return, Spandau 7 years and still going, Five Star, Big Audio Dynamite, Anita baker & George Benson making it, ooh 12 years since Supership.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
3 ( 10 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
4 ( 3 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 15 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 11 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
7 ( 35 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
8 ( 16 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
9 ( 5 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 27 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

11 ( 6 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
12 ( 7 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
13 ( 19 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
14 ( 18 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
15 ( 4 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 20 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
17 ( 8 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
18 ( 22 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
19 ( 25 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 14 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop

21 ( 13 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
22 ( 12 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
23 ( 33 ) WASTELAND The Mission
24 ( 17 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
25 ( 30 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
26 ( 39 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
27 ( 37 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 9 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
29 ( 43 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
30 ( NEW ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics

31 ( 21 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
32 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
33 ( 44 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
34 ( 23 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
35 ( 62 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
36 ( 38 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
37 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
38 ( 26 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
39 ( 50 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 32 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon

41 ( 49 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
42 ( 36 ) CANDY Cameo
43 ( 45 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
44 ( 40 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
45 ( 52 ) TWO OF HEARTS (Q MIX) Stacey Q
46 ( 41 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
47 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
48 ( 65 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
49 ( 31 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
50 ( 46 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

51 ( 66 ) ROCK THE TOWN Europe
52 ( 61 ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
53 ( 24 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
54 ( NEW ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
55 ( 42 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) GIGOLO The Damned
58 ( 57 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( NEW ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( NEW ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
62 ( 29 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
63 ( NEW ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
64 ( 55 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 51 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
66 ( 72 ) WHY DOES A MAN HAVE TO BE STRONG Paul Young
67 ( NEW ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 69 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
70 ( NEW ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 53 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
72 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 58 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
74 ( NEW ) TEASER George Benson
75 ( NEW ) CAUGHT UP IN THE RAPTURE Anita Baker

Playlist oldies of that week
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 NO PROMISES Icehouse
3 THESE DREAMS Heart

17th February 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Aretha & George as The Blow Monkeys reach number 2 again, copying Digging Your Scene – always the Bridesmaids! – and then there are 2 classic 60’s soul oldies from an advert (Percy Sledge) & a film of the same name (Ben E. King). When A man Loves A Woman had long been popular on Radio One Top 100 Singles lists, and Stand By Me had already topped my charts in 1975 for the cover by John Lennon which was almost as great as Ben’s version.

Mental As Anything finally make the top 20 months after first charting, Duran Duran get a big climb for their relatively floppy single, and the camp Male Stripper exposes itself at 36, a good 20 years ahead of me getting grabbed by the first of three strippers on different occasions. I think it’s my grinning not leering that makes me a target, oops! Simply Red are back and well into a long run of future success, clearly onto the Right Thing, Level 42 also return, and World Party pop back with possibly their best record, Ship Of Fools, in at 68.

It’s a rap! The Beastie Boys fighting debut was bad news for Volkswagen owners across the country, including my mate who got fed up with his car badge getting nicked, and white rappers became the new thing – if one discounts Debbie Harry, Adam Ant, Billie Davies in the 60’s, and any number of other music acts who’d already dabbled as opposed to making a career out of 80’s urban rap. Talking of Debbie harry – she’s back at 75, Iggy Pop has a second current chart entry at 73, and View From A Hill get a follow-up entry.

1 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
2 ( 7 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
3 ( NEW ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( NEW ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
5 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
6 ( 3 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
7 ( 2 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
8 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
9 ( 10 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
10 ( 8 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford

11 ( 14 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
12 ( 4 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
13 ( 11 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
14 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
15 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
16 ( 13 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
17 ( 18 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
18 ( 33 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
19 ( 12 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
20 ( 25 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

21 ( 16 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
22 ( 29 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
23 ( 54 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
24 ( 26 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
25 ( 35 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 30 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
28 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
29 ( 20 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
30 ( 17 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

31 ( 15 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 24 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
33 ( 21 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
34 ( 22 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 51 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( NEW ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
37 ( 57 ) GIGOLO The Damned
38 ( 23 ) WASTELAND The Mission
39 ( 61 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 28 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley

41 ( 31 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
42 ( 34 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
43 ( 48 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
44 ( 38 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
45 ( 59 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
46 ( 42 ) CANDY Cameo
47 ( 63 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
48 ( 40 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
49 ( 47 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red

51 ( 37 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
52 ( 46 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
53 ( 50 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
54 ( 32 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
55 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( NEW ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
57 ( 44 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 70 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
60 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

61 ( 36 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
62 ( 41 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
63 ( 43 ) ROCK YOUR BABY (REMIX) George McCrae
64 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
65 ( 74 ) TEASER George Benson
66 ( 67 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
69 ( 65 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
70 ( 53 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

71 ( NEW ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( NEW ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
73 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
74 ( 49 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
75 ( NEW ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
2 SOMEBODY Brilliant
3 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry

25th February 1987

It’s a first week on top for Ben E. King 12 years since John Lennon took his version of Stand By Me to the top of my charts, and 26 years since it came out, making it the longest wait from release to topping my chart to date, and the second-oldest track to top my charts since 1959’s Oh Carol reissue for Neil Sedaka topped in 1972, a mere 13 years old. Live It Up finally breaks into the top 10, The Jets Crush their way in too, Eurythmics tell us not to mess with the Missionary Man as they add another top 10 to their growing total, and Curiosity catwalk their way to 10, not for the last time.

Highest new entry is the fab You Are My World, one of The Communards best records that wasn’t the big hit I hoped, at 11, with a-ha continuing their streak with the glorious Manhattan Skyline at 27, pure class, though I under-appreciated it a little for a time. Two great climbs for Westworld and World Party (THEME!) and The Smiths, Geldof, the Nana’s and Simply Red all go top 40.

New entries lower down include Bruce Willis, fresh off the fabulous Moonlighting TV comedy-drama (still one of the greatest TV shows of all-time) taking a soul cover-version diversion of The Staple Singers’ Respect Yourself, closely followed by 2 future UK chart-toppers, Mel & Kim’s fab Respectable (THEME!), and Boy George’s reggae cover of Ken Boothe’s UK chart-topping reggae cover of Bread’s original Everything I Own. It’s not as good as either version, but pleasant enough. The Big Supreme get a second entry, Please Yourself said Frankie Howard, Gwen Guthrie makes it 3, Paul Simon makes it 3 off Graceland, and The Icicle Works are back after a short time out in the freezing cold.

1 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
2 ( 1 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 4 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
4 ( 5 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
5 ( 2 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
6 ( 18 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 6 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
8 ( 28 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 26 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
10 ( 15 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat

11 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
12 ( 7 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
13 ( 9 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
14 ( 10 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
15 ( 23 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
17 ( 8 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
18 ( 24 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 11 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
20 ( 13 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

21 ( 20 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
22 ( 14 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
23 ( 47 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
24 ( 12 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
25 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 36 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
27 ( NEW ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
28 ( 19 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
29 ( 68 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
30 ( 17 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie

31 ( 21 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
32 ( 50 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
33 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
34 ( 30 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
35 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
36 ( 66 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
37 ( 32 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
38 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
39 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
40 ( 45 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
42 ( 22 ) THE KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
43 ( 37 ) GIGOLO The Damned
44 ( 33 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
45 ( 27 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
46 ( 56 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
47 ( 40 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
48 ( 46 ) CANDY Cameo
49 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
50 ( 75 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry

51 ( 41 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
52 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
53 ( 59 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
54 ( NEW ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 53 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
57 ( RE ) STILL THE SAME Slade
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 71 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
60 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 44 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
62 ( 72 ) I’M NO REBEL View From A Hill
63 ( 60 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
64 ( NEW ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
65 ( 73 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
66 ( 64 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 48 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
68 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
70 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon

71 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
73 ( NEW ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
74 ( NEW ) EVANGELINE The Icicle Works
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

Oldies Playlist
1 EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne
2 ADORATIONS Killing Joke
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

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My 1985 Charts – April

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2nd April 1985

2 weeks on top for Cry, and Godley And Creme, as Tears For Fears hit 2 for the third time, and Frankie hit 3 with their Pleasuredome, and looking like the hat-trick of chart-toppers is about the end of it. David Grant and Jaki Graham, meanwhile take Could It Be I’m Falling In Love into the top 10 and match the Detroit Spinners original, while Dream Academy hit 10 with the utterly brilliant Life In A Northern Town. Into the 20? USA For Africa, Sheena Easton, Jermaine Jackson, The Kane Gang, and for the last time with a new single (apart from that xmas song!) Slade call it a day with the Myzsterious Mizster Jones, 14 years, 2 number ones and a long long run of big hits. TV was calling Noddy and he never went back to singing, doh!

China Crisis go top 40, as does Glen Frey snuggling up to former Eagles co-vocalist Don Henley, and ahead of Robert Palmer and Duranies. King join Prince in the 40, and The Damned get a decent return to the 40 6 years since they first did the trick, Grimly Fiendishly. Ditto Sarah Brightman, Pie Jesu-ing at 39, and Strawberry Switchblade return with Let her Go. New entries from cool Brit soul The Cool Notes, Spend The Night at 49, Phil Collins in ballad mode, One More Night at 52, Phyllis Nelson’s soulful great Move Closer at 60, The Smiths with a tribute to Bananarama vocalist Siobhan, Shakespear’s Sister at 75, and 5 years of chart entries for Change at 74.

1 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 2 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
6 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
7 ( 16 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 20 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

11 ( 13 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
12 ( 10 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
14 ( 11 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
15 ( 24 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
16 ( 12 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
17 ( 21 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
18 ( 33 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
19 ( 35 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( 37 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade

21 ( 17 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
22 ( 14 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
23 ( 28 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
24 ( 32 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 22 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
27 ( 15 ) LEGS ZZ Top
28 ( 34 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
29 ( 19 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
30 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition

31 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
32 ( 23 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
33 ( 51 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
34 ( 43 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 58 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
37 ( 31 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
38 ( 70 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
39 ( 41 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
40 ( 59 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

41 ( 26 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
42 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
43 ( 30 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 27 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
46 ( 53 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
47 ( 36 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
48 ( 45 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
49 ( NEW ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( 40 ) STARVATION Starvation

51 ( 46 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
53 ( 39 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
54 ( 42 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
55 ( 62 ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
56 ( 56 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( 49 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
59 ( 55 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
60 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

61 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
62 ( 52 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
63 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
64 ( 60 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
65 ( 61 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
66 ( 68 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
67 ( 65 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
68 ( 54 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
69 ( 74 ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
70 ( 73 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 66 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
73 ( 64 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
74 ( NEW ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
75 ( NEW ) SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 30th Mar-5th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Bomb
2 Cheers
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Newhart
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 Entertainment USA
10 Doctor Who

At the cinema: 2010 A Space Odyssey, based on the fabulous sci-fi sequel novel by Arthur C.Clarke, my hero writer, and following-on from the groundbreaking Kubrick movie 2001, which remains the definitive statement on space exploration realism (albeit with fantasy tagged on). “great effects, intelligent, though-provoking, refreshingly different angle on Soviet/U.S. relations and not overlong. More human relations would have been nice, more Europa (the moon of Jupiter) too, but nitpicking. An entertaining movie, much better than Dune, not as entertaining as Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and Return Of The Jedi, but probably on a par in a different way. More straightforward than 2001, more human, more accessible, I’d rate it higher (for that reason).” I’d still rather watch 2010 than 2001, but 2001 remains a classic and 2010 isn’t, sadly.

At work we got the great news that the boss would be moving over to the other team of surveyors and we were getting a new driver. Hooray! Got rid of him at last, we had a lunchtime drink in a pub in rural Dorset village Childe Okeford where the locals, bar one friendly guy who played pool with us, appeared to have been taken over by alien pods from Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, they said nothing, just sat there and gave the odd mild yokel ooaarrr occasionally. On sunday I bought my first (second-hand) moped from the army camp, and tried to ride it home, it just kept cutting out though and didn’t go above 25 mph, so back for a service. It wasn’t very powerful, but just about got me about in my sports helmet on a pathetic titchy moped. The helmet was a good buy, it turned out though, so who cares what I looked like.


9th April 1985

17 new entries and a new all-time classic number one as Tears For Fears finally get higher than 2 in my chart with the awesome Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Roland Orzabal always said he co-wrote it deliberately as a commercial American hit record, but that does it a disservice – OK it’s more upbeat than previous TFF singles, but oh my word it’s a perfect creation. Almost everything about it is a hook, there are multiple melodies, all great, all hooky, and Curt Smith’s vocals were perfect for the song, light and harmonic to contrast Roland’s darker deeper injections. I got, and still get, goosebumps when I hear it – it’s one of those rare perfect records where it can’t be improved on (witness the less-good Everybody Wants To Run The World a year later), it just sounds so right from start to finish, the sexual chords, the synths, the shuffling beat. Perfection!

Highest new entry at 4 is a mash-up of classic T.Rex singles, the late Marc Bolan having had a majestic run of glam-rock monsters that rated very high on my nostalgia-ometer, and still do. Megarex 1 did the trick for me, and gave T.Rex their first top 5 since Telegram Sam had been reissued in 1982 and hit my number one. Phyllis Nelson moves closer to the 10, up from 60 to 14, Go west slot in behind eyes closed, with a China Crisis on their heels, and the heat is on at 20 as Glen Frey gets his first solo top 20 a decade after hitting 2 with The Eagles.

So, new entry invasion, ABC return at 33, Be Near Me is a good addition to the classy ballads they excel at, while at 35, the American version of a ska invasion that climaxed with No Doubt and Gwen Stefani a decade or so later starts with The Untouchables, and Free Yourself. 70’s funk band War return at 38 10 years on with a slick version of The Young Rascals fabulously cool and laid-back 60’s hit Groovin’, as Sal Solo is at 39 with his follow-up to San Damiano, Music And You. Lower down there’s Howard Jones extending his pop hit run – Look Mama! – at 49, while The Rah Band have their best hit since topping my chart in 1977 with The Crunch, and it’s a jazz-funk smooth sci-fi styled dance goodie, staying just the right side of cheese for me, and in at 50.
At 52, Narada’s back (minus his Michael Walden) after a 5-year gap, in combo with Patti austin for Gimme Gimme Gimme (not to be Abba confused) it’s pop souldance, and at 53 it’s the under-rated fabulous Bangles debut hit Going Down To Liverpool, a cover of a Katrina And The Waves song, with a 60’s flavour and fab harmonies. As if that wasn’t enough my hero Leonard “Spock” Nimoy is in the video. What’s not to love?! Check it out. That’s an order. Should have been big!

Pause for breath, and the invasion continues, as a version of Flower Duet from Lakme adds some classy opera to the chart at 55, thanks to it’s use in advert, and at 56 it’s a future monster American chart-topper from a huge movie, catapulting Simple Minds into world stadium rockers for a while, and critical derision, but Don’t You Forget About Me is a good record anyway. They ain’t the only act going stadium rock either, Eurythmics do the same at 59 – Would I Lie To You? No. Don Henley has a laid-back sunset grill tale at 60, which is also fab, as is the lovely synth instrumental Moments In Love as Art Of Noise return at 65 – if you have 10 minutes to spare check out the gorgeous youtube video and try and work out how you know the tune so well (answer: sampled so often, chill-out compilations etc). That leaves Chris Rea back, Tom Petty back, both 1977/1978 veterans, and Dead Or Alive with a 3rd chart entry. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( NEW ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 10 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
8 ( 6 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 11 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
10 ( 5 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

11 ( 15 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
12 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
14 ( 60 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
15 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 31 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
18 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
19 ( 24 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 33 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
22 ( 18 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
23 ( 21 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 36 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
25 ( 16 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( 14 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
27 ( 38 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
28 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
29 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
30 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams

31 ( 23 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
32 ( 20 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
33 ( NEW ) BE NEAR ME ABC
34 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( NEW ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 22 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 27 ) LEGS ZZ Top
38 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ War
39 ( NEW ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
40 ( 29 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band

41 ( 46 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
42 ( 37 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 32 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 30 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
45 ( 52 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( 26 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
47 ( 39 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
48 ( 28 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
49 ( NEW ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
50 ( NEW ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band

51 ( 48 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
52 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
53 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 40 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
55 ( NEW ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
56 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
57 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 47 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
59 ( NEW ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) DOWN AT THE SUNSET GRILL Don Henley

61 ( 51 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 66 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
64 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
65 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
66 ( 59 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
67 ( 74 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
68 ( NEW ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
69 ( 67 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
70 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
72 ( NEW ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty
73 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
74 ( NEW ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
75 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 6th – 12th Apr
1 Blazing Saddles: film
2 Cheers
3 The Monkees
4 Alias Smith And Jones
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Abba Story
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Cannonball Run: film
9 The Muppet Movie: film
10 The Cosby Show


On TV the final episode of Are You Being Served aired, I was reading Douglas Adams’ Restaurant At The End Of The Universe on the bus to work, and we had a new van driver, big Bob, chatty, sweary, fag-smokey, and amiable. In those days people used to smoke in vans, pubs and the office, which frankly left me with a sort throat, stinking clothes and pissed off with them. Three cheers for the Smoking Ban! Grandma (mum’s mum) was down to stay with me and Aunty Eileen was down en route to my Auntie at Weymouth, fresh after Uncle Tony had moved out, the other half arrived a bit later, granddad (dads dad), Ann, Geoff, and cousins Neil and Claire. Busy day.


16th April 1980

2 weeks for Tears For Fears ruling the world, with T.Rex stalking them at 2. Phyllis Nelson and USA For Africa, 2 UK chart-toppers, make my top 10, while Don Henley goes for a 2nd consecutive top 40, down at the sunset grill, and other big USA hits from Phil Collins and REO Speedwagon join him. Plus Howard Jones, look ma no hands, and Simple Minds famously not forgetting.

Very few new entries, just Sheila E getting a second quick Prince-led hit, The Glamorous Life for her at 60, Robin George, coulda-been rockstar enters at 62 with Heartline, Marilyn’s back again in the cold at 67, and there’s a debut at 68 which is notable: not for DeBarge but for songwriter Diane Warren, one-woman songwriting power-house, Rhythm Of The Night. At 71 Toyah has a last fab pop single, Don’t Fall In Love (I Said) wasn’t one of her biggest hits, but it was one of her best singles. Love comes to Gary Glitter at 74. Yes, well, no comment, bar 13 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 2 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 14 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 11 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
10 ( 7 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

11 ( 10 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
12 ( 9 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
13 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
14 ( 17 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
15 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 24 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
17 ( 29 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
18 ( 13 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 12 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

21 ( 20 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
22 ( 18 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
23 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 33 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
25 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
26 ( 27 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
27 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
28 ( 60 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
29 ( 50 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
30 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

31 ( 21 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
32 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
34 ( 39 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
35 ( 31 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
36 ( 41 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
37 ( 38 ) GROOVIN’ War
38 ( 49 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
39 ( 22 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
40 ( 56 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

41 ( 32 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
42 ( 28 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
43 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
44 ( 62 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
45 ( 74 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
46 ( 37 ) LEGS ZZ Top
47 ( 40 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
48 ( 36 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 52 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
50 ( 54 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

51 ( 42 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
53 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 55 ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
55 ( 51 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
56 ( 72 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
57 ( 43 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
58 ( 67 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
59 ( 65 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
60 ( NEW ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E

61 ( 47 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
62 ( NEW ) HEARTLINE Robin George
63 ( 68 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
64 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
65 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths
66 ( 44 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
67 ( NEW ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
69 ( 46 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 69 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( 73 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

TV 13th-19th Apr
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 The Young Ones: Boring
3 Cheers
4 Star Trek: The Corbomite Manoever
5 Terrahawks: Stu Dapples episode
6 Dallas
7 Taxi
8 Top Of The Pops
9 The Cosby Show
10 The Phil Silvers Show

Grandma was down for a week with me, but didn’t look at all well and spent weekdays on her own while I was at work, all of which worried me. In the van there was a new daily B.O. problem to put up with (not me) which got very wearying eventually. Now reading Douglas Adams’ Life The Universe And Everything. I wrote a computer program designed to input my pop chart position data and automatically generate “sales”. Never did get round to perfecting it as a quick fix, it was more of a glorified calculator. Still, writing simple programs, hey!


23rd April 1985

The unthinkable – Tears For Fears knocked off after only 2 weeks on top, but at least it’s teen faves T.Rex that do it, with a mix of their great EMI singles, Megarex, giving them a 6th chart-topper. After 3 weeks at 3, Frankie get frustratingly close to a 4th number one, but peak no higher than 2, I’m afraid. Pat Benatar battles up to 4, and The Fabs are back with another 20th anniversary oldie, Ticket To Ride in at 6, and the jangly indiepop template was firmly laid down here. The Smiths were the cool band of the day, but they had roots in The Beatles, among others. The Rah Band get their first top 20 entry since The Crunch in 1977, and Diana Ross re-enters with her tribute ballad, Missing You, hitting the top 20 for the first time, and her biggest single in a few years.

Into the 40 go The Bangles down to Liverpool, while the writer enters herself at 50, the still-fab still-played Walking On Sunshine from Katrina And The Waves. Dead Or Alive are into the 40, replacing themselves, and Eurythmics, Art Of Noise and DeBarge join them in the big 40. At 48, Bronski Beat and Marc Almond join forces on a cover of I Feel Love, only 3 years since it was last a hit for Donna Summer. It was a big UK hit, and interesting having two male diva voices, but, yeah, not the game-changing Giorgio Moroder-produced original for me. Talking of male divas, Freddie Mercury gets a second solo hit at 58, I Was Born To Love You being a bit jollier than Love Kills, Chaka Khan is also back, eye to eye with Freddie, Ashford And Simpson have given birth to a new entry at 75, and best of all the synth pop delight of the under-rated Imagination from Belouis Some, in at 68.

1 ( 2 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
2 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
5 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( NEW ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
10 ( 9 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa

11 ( 13 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
12 ( 17 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
13 ( 10 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
14 ( 29 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
15 ( 30 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 11 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
17 ( 40 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
18 ( 38 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
19 ( 14 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( RE ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 12 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
23 ( 24 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
24 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
25 ( 45 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
26 ( 28 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
27 ( 16 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
28 ( 18 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
29 ( 20 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
30 ( 37 ) GROOVIN’ War

31 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 68 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
34 ( 36 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
35 ( 25 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 52 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
38 ( 21 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
39 ( 44 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
40 ( 59 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise

41 ( 31 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
42 ( 56 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
43 ( 33 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
44 ( 49 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
45 ( 63 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
46 ( 22 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
47 ( 60 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
48 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
49 ( 35 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
50 ( NEW ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

51 ( 27 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
52 ( 26 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
53 ( 58 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
54 ( 46 ) LEGS ZZ Top
55 ( 34 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
56 ( 39 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
57 ( 62 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
58 ( NEW ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
59 ( 47 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
60 ( 55 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet

61 ( NEW ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
62 ( 74 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
63 ( 43 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
64 ( 42 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
65 ( 41 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
66 ( 48 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
69 ( 57 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
70 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 72 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 61 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
74 ( 50 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
75 ( NEW ) BABIES Ashford And Simpson

TV 20th-26th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Interesting
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Newhart
8 The Bill Cosby Show
9 Dallas
10 Television


At work, my mate Bob had an interview for another Council, which I knew he’d get and wasn’t looking forward to him leaving, as he very much was the one I got on with – the boss came over from Dorchester to try and persuade him to stay (Bob was applying for a temp post which had more opportunities, so no chance of that). I bemoaned my shit wages (which they were). On Saturday, ailing grandma decided she wanted to go home on Sunday to Liverpool, but still obviously flushed and upset when I picked her up from the NAAFI, as she hated goodbyes even more than I do, I think. It was a 6-hour trip there, obviously not feeling good but not complaining (which worried me even more), and when I left her at home with a neighbour friend, setting off she hinted that she’d like to move down to live with me which put me on the spot and I made excuses about her having no friends (like me) in Poole. You can’t change the past, but it would have been good for her to live with her family and she would certainly have lived longer. I still feel guilty.



30th April 1985

Back up to the top of the chart, quite rightly, for a 3rd week at 1, Everybody Still Wants To Rule The World. Brilliant. Pat Benatar has to make do with the runners-up Battlefield medal, sadly, cos it’s certainly good enough to be on top, as The Beatles Ticket To Ride at 3. Aside from the time in 1976 when the Beatles entire singles back catalogue reissues had to have their own chart (there would have been no room for any new stuff, so it was just a practical solution) that’s the highest-placed Beatles oldie to date.

Lots of new entries, headed by a synthpop American classic, finally catching up with the UK music scene, at 18 it’s Animotion and the fabulous Obsession. One-hit wonders, pretty much, but an actual pop wonder. Kim Wilde returns for the 4th year of continuous chart entries, as she has a Rage To Love at 27. Still good, too. Latin Quarter had a gentle cool reggae rock style, and a great social commentary single in Radio Africa in at 32. It eventually made the UK singles chart in 1986, but I liked it right off and was annoyed it flopped. 46, Divine’s back, camp as ever, but this time destroying a Four Seasons classic. It’s a much better record than You Think You’re A Man, cos the song is a great song, and western pop video theme didn’t hurt, Divine as a right madam. Great fun. Scritti Politti also return, at 60, with a slow reggae dub groove, The Word Girl is cool pop, but then Green Gartside was always cool. New at 65, a debut for Steve Arrington and one of the great 80’s soul dance tracks that by now were incorporating the new synth sounds more than the traditional funk dance set up. Feel So Real is a terrific record. In at 70, Haywoode brings Roses into my chart, and another future UK 1986 hit that shamefully flopped, relatively, first time round.

1 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
3 ( 6 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( 2 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 14 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
9 ( 11 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
10 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 9 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
12 ( 25 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
13 ( 17 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 18 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 22 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
16 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
17 ( 10 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
18 ( NEW ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 12 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
20 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 13 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
22 ( 26 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
23 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
24 ( 16 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
25 ( 33 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
26 ( 48 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
27 ( NEW ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
28 ( 58 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
29 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
30 ( 50 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
32 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
33 ( 47 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
34 ( 23 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
35 ( 24 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 40 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
37 ( 28 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
38 ( 39 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
39 ( 45 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
40 ( 29 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 30 ) GROOVIN’ War
42 ( 27 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
43 ( 41 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
44 ( 61 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
45 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
47 ( 42 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
48 ( 37 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
49 ( 43 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
50 ( 62 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter

51 ( 31 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
52 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
53 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
54 ( 38 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
55 ( 57 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
56 ( 49 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
57 ( NEW ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
58 ( 34 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
59 ( 54 ) LEGS ZZ Top
60 ( NEW ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti

61 ( 68 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
62 ( 60 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
63 ( 56 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
64 ( 59 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
65 ( NEW ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
66 ( NEW ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
67 ( 52 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
68 ( 46 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
69 ( NEW ) PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU Kevin Kitchen
70 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode

71 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 69 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
73 ( 44 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
74 ( NEW ) BABY COME AND GET IT The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston

TV 27th Apr-May 3rd
1 The Young Ones: Flood
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Bob Monkhouse Meets Joan Rivers
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Max Headroom Show
9 Taxi
10 Newhart

On TV, Bob Monkhouse met Joan Rivers and Joan was now into the big comedy league, and Bob was going through a career re-evaluation, from trashy gameshow host, to the comic’s comic, a gag-writer supreme. Max Headroom became the first computer animated TV star (sort of), hosting a new pop music show, a place to see loads of new music videos, hooray! He was also on his way to getting a chart hit before long.

At work, Bob handed his notice in, which was gutting, and a kick up the ass reminder that I needed to start applying for more jobs too. So I did, lab assistant in a school, computer programmer trainee – damn, neither one came in trumps! On the plus side, I finally got all my records listed in an A to Z file as my collection was getting to be quite a size and I couldn’t always recall what records I had or didn’t have tucked away on compilation albums. 2,282 records in my collection. Got an invite to Paul and Sheila’s wedding in Rotherham, the last but one of my college friends to take the plunge, which was great news. I also wrote a song on my music computer this week. It was called Old Song On The Radio. Yes, well, maybe I should have sent it to Eurovision!